Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 78 - Page 9


Huawei names Seeds for the Future 2021 winners teams from UAE University , the University of Dubai and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah were announced at a ceremony presided over by Shunli Wang , Vice President of Huawei Middle East . Huawei ’ s Seeds for the Future programme aims to bridge the talent gap that exists in the technology sector .

Meanwhile , Huawei has announced that Seeds for the Future will continue its collaboration with UAE ’ s Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority ( TDRA ) and the ICT Fund . The partnership between the parties has provided thousands of Emirati youth the opportunity to accumulate ICT expertise and skills .
Wang said : “ Huawei remains committed to enriching UAE ’ s talent development pipeline through open collaboration and public-private partnerships . Every year , Seeds of the Future empowers local youth to reimagine what technology can do to create a better world .”
Omar Al Mahmoud , CEO , ICT Fund

The winners of the 2021 edition of the Huawei Seeds for the Future ( SFTF ) competition have been announced . The winning

Eng . Omar Al Mahmoud , CEO , ICT Fund , said : “ The ICT Fund is dedicated to advancing the UAE ’ s ICT sector , which is the biggest driver of development in all other sectors . We realise the value of collaboration to pursue this mission . This is why we support such initiatives to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge taught at universities and the practical skills required by digital companies .”

Vectra AI appoints Taj El-khayat as MD for growth markets

Vectra AI , an Artificial Intelligence-driven threat detection and response for hybrid and multi-cloud enterprises , has announced the appointment of Taj El-khayat as MD for growth markets . El-khayat has more than two decades of experience bringing highvalue technology platforms and solutions to market through a keen eye for the future of digitisation and human support .

“ With digital transformation skyrocketing in both Southern Europe and METNA , we are thrilled to welcome Taj to the Vectra team as we support a growing number of customers ,” said Willem Hendrickx , Chief Revenue Officer , Vectra . “ Our platform secures organisations against the modern threat landscape by fitting the unique needs of any cloud or onpremises environment , an invaluable tool with ransomware attacks like Okta , Nvidia and RagnarLocker making recent headlines . Taj will be instrumental to our growth strategy in these key regions and beyond .”
At Vectra , El-khayat will build on the company ’ s presence in Southern Europe , Middle East , Turkey and North Africa , and continued commitment to serving the need for resilient threat detection and response technologies within the regions . He will be responsible for
Taj El-khayat , MD , Growth Markets , Vectra AI
driving growth through transformative and adaptable go-to-market and sales strategies . Before Vectra , El-khayat was the regional director , MENA at Citrix , where he led strategic growth initiatives in the region that led to more than doubling the business during his tenure .
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