Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai


Kenechi Okeleke

Senior Manager
GSMA Intelligence

Kenechi has been a telecoms and IT industry analyst for more than 12 years, leading research across
a wide range of topics, including tech innovation, 5G, AI, IoT and Big Data. In his current role, he is
responsible for producing insights and in-depth reports on key industry trends and developments
across emerging regions, particularly Africa, the Middle East and Southern Asia.
Kenechi speaks regularly at industry events and provides media commentary on key issues within
the telecoms and IT ecosystem. Kenechi joined the GSMA in 2014, after previous roles at BMI
Research (now Fitch Solutions) and Euromonitor International. He holds a Bsc in Mathematics from
the University of Benin and a Masters in International Business (with Distinction) from the Grenoble
Graduate School of Business.

Sessions of the speaker



10:00 - 13:00

Future Cities: Emerging Technologies, Innovation and Investment Trends 

The 2020s will see many smart city concepts become reality, harnessing digital technology innovations to improve the lives of inhabitants, enhance resource efficiency, and enable sustainable production and consumption. Governments in MENA have been at the forefront of these initiatives, creating new, purpose-built smart cities and/or making existing cities smarter, in response to rapid urbanisation, changing consumer lifestyles, limited resources, and growing calls to tackle issues around climate change.  

The GSMA Intelligence future cities workshop will bring together professionals from the mobile ecosystem, public sector and investor community to discuss the outlook for smart cities in the 2020s and beyond. Key focus areas will include;
 • Trends and technologies that will underpin innovative smart city solutions, including 5G, AI, IoT and advanced mapping techniques
 • Impact and outlook of smart solutions on key sectors and services, such as transport, public safety, healthcare and utilities
• Emerging funding models and investment opportunities in smart city initiatives

Kenechi Okeleke
Senior Manager
GSMA Intelligence
Wiktor Barcicki
Senior Director
Etisalat International
Yousef Khalili
General Manager Smart City and Digital Transformation
NeXgen Group
Trsika Hamid
Editorial Director