Bahri hosts second edition of annual Big Data forum in Dubai

Building on the success of the inaugural edition of its Big Data forum last year, Bahri, a global player in transportation and logistics, hosted industry leaders and technology experts at the second edition of the annual event, which was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Held under the theme ‘Sailing the Big Data Era 2017,’ the Bahri Big Data Forum was organised by Bahri to focus on providing industry players with a platform to push data-driven advancements in the maritime industry ecosystem. The event gathered more than 200 guests including CEOs and senior executives from prominent companies around the world.

“Big Data applications have helped public and private sector entities better understand and serve customers, offer value-added services, optimise their processes, providing the maritime industry stakeholders with a platform that allows them to achieve sustainable development. Hosting the second edition of the Bahri Big Data Forum aims at converging and discussing the potential, need and importance of collaborating to create a maritime industry ecosystem that aims to push data-driven advancements and enable their application,” said Mohammed Al-Sarhan, vice chairman, Bahri.

“This year’s edition of the Big Data Forum proved to be a remarkable engagement and knowledge-sharing opportunity for industry leaders and executives – allowing us to focus on closely assess the full potential of big data technologies in the maritime sector. The forum focused on maximising business value for the industry’s long-term growth, and how Big Data is disrupting the transportation and logistics sector,” said Ali Al-Harbi, acting CEO, Bahri.

The Bahri Big Data Forum kicked off with a welcome address by Mohammed Al-Sarhan, vice-chairman of Bahri, and featured presentations and talks by a host of company heads and industry professionals including Remi Eriksen, group president and CEO of DNV GL; Dr. Patrick Briest, Computer Scientist, McKinsey & Company; Giovanni Moscatelli, partner and managing director, BCG Middle East; and Anwar Siddiqui, president, Bahri Data.

The presentations were followed by a CEO panel group discussion that highlighted the value and challenges of Big Data in shipping, and included Jonathan Lee, CEO, Tankers International; Cameron MacKay, ‎COO, Scorpio; John Schmidt, CEO, McQuilling Partners; Scott Bergeron, CEO, Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR); Dr. Deema ‎M. Alsekait, assistant professor in CS and IT at Princess Nourah Bin Abdulrahman University; ‎and Dr. Peter Grindrod of the Oxford ‎University and chairman of Oxonomy Limited.

The Bahri Big Data Forum also featured a second panel that saw technologists from a number of well-known companies come together to discuss Big Data solutions for the shipping industry. The panel discussion included Albrecht Grell, EVP, Digital Solutions and Innovation, DNV GL – Maritime; Rolf Stiefel, head of ‎sales and marketing, Wartsila; Oliver Cadet, EVP, Kongsberg Maritime AS; Mikko Lepisto, SVP, ABB; Nick Pinkney, VP, Integrated Solutions, Eniram; Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, GM, Health Management Solutions, ‎Rolls Royce; and Jens Lorens Poulsen, founder and group CEO, The Marcura Group‎.

The event also attracted prominent exhibitors including Eniram, ABB, DNV GL, Rolls Royce, Saudi Aviation Information Technology Company (SAVIT), among others.


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