For the first time in Muscat, CC launched its CC-Women in Tech Forum on 26 November 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel during the Middle East 2019 GCCM. This Forum was intentionally designed for women in the telco industry to convene and discuss challenges and strategies for overcoming them in their careers and day to day business life.
REASONS TO ATTEND CC – Women in Tech 2019 - Muscat
Network and do business with community peers and Telco ecosystem partners
Join discussion panel forums featuring women in telco and learn about market trends, and unique opportunities and challenges
Join other knowledge sharing and discussion panel sessions covering topics within the Submarine Cable, Datacenter, Digital Wholesale, and Mobile Messaging Markets
Enjoy exclusive networking entertainment events
Join the Telco and Telco ecosystem partner Golf Cup
Tuesday, November 26
09:00 - 11:30
Registration-Morning Coffee Networking Reception
11:30 - 12:30
Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session
Topic: The Role of Women in the Tech Industry Today and Tomorrow
How diverse workplaces could lead to higher productivity, greater innovation and higher achievement
Corporate strategies and structures towards better integration
Key challenges women facing in the telco industry and company programmes introduced to tackle them
How to retain women in the telco industry
Integration of women in the businesses
Executive Round Discussion Table
Soh Lay Khuan, Director at Bien International Pte Ltd
Huda Al Habsi, Senior Advisor Technology at OMANTEL
Feng Yunxian (Irene Feng), Regional Operations Director at TikTok
Gagun Gahir, Regional Manager – EMEA & Americas at Telstra
Rasha Barakat, Chief Human Capital Officer at Zain Iraq
Rebecca Lewis, Director Partnerships EMEA at BSO / IX Reach
The dazzling Crowne Plaza® Muscat hotel looks across the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman from a lush clifftop in fashionable Qurum Heights. With a panoramic terrace, infinity pool and private beach, the hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Muscat International Airport and steps from Qurum Beach with its café-lined promenade. Oman’s main business and ministerial districts are 10 minutes away.
SPEAKERS & PANELLISTS
Soh Lay Khuan
Director at Bien International Pte Ltd
Lay Khuan has been in Telecommunications industry for over 30 years; her experience ranges from being in the back end of Operations, Network Design and Development, Product and Process Development; Market and Partner Establishment to the front end of Sales and Marketing. She drives business results through active partner engagement for market expansion, product differentiation, and service development that meet customers requirement.
Huda Abdullah Al Habsi
Senior Advisor Technology at OMANTEL
Huda brings more than 20 years of experience in both IT and Marketing in the telecom industry.
My experience was gained with a key focus on building and maintaining highly successful business relationships as well as contributing as a vital and dynamic leader. I have been appointed in many different leadership positions starting from a team leader of the technical support team in IT when the Internet first incepted in Oman by Oman Telecommunications Company to the position of a General Manager heading the ITDivision. Before becoming the head of IT, I was appointed in different managerial positions in Marketing, which is the business arm of Omantel. I am proud to say that I was the first woman in Omantel who has reached the position of a general manager in 2010. I am also a Director at Shell Marketing Company SAOGBoard of Directors and a member of the Shell Oman Marketing Audit Committee since 2012.
Feng Yunxian (Irene Feng)
Regional Operations Director at TikTok
Feng Yunxian (Irene Feng) manages regional operations at TikTok. Before working in the telco industry, she was a chief correspondent and host at China Central TV Middle East and an author.
Regional Manager – EMEA & Americas at Telstra
Ms. Gahir has worked in various capacities covering operations, relationship management, sales, business development and management.
Her accomplishments include building teams from customer service agents through to senior account managers from the ground up and guiding the strategies they have applied to a wide spectrum of customers - from SME to global entities. Throughout, she has applied the same ethos of finding the right solutions to drive performance.
The most interesting thing about her experience is the incredible people she has had the privilege of working with in an international arena - both internal and external stakeholders. Helping them solve long-term challenges with solutions designed to help their businesses' success is one of the many facets of her career that she is passionate about.
She has had the responsibility of using her 11 years' experience in the EMEA region, her skills and energy to lead a team of exceptional account managers in their mission to consistently exceed targets. They work in a relationship-driven business that yields significant revenues - their success is nothing without the trust of their customers and the ability they have to galvanise their strengths internally.
Telstra's values reflect the importance of their customers: showing they care; working better together; trusting each other to deliver; making the complex simple and finding their courage. Their customers are the foundation on which their business is built and their mission is to ensure their customers are delighted with their experience.
She thrives in an environment where she is challenged and the volatility of changing markets within the dynamic region where she works demands a constant willingness to learn, develop, initiate change and be unafraid of taking responsibility for calculated risks in order to protect the longevity of their success.
Chief Human Capital Officer at Zain Iraq
Rasha Barakat joined Zain Jordan family in 2005. She held different positions throughout her career at Zain Jordan. In her last position with Zain Jordan, Rasha was Chief Innovation and Human Resources Officer, where she was responsible for building and developing an active entrepreneurship ecosystem for the purpose of endorsing the ambitions of Jordanian youth and startups in order to assist them in transforming their innovative ideas into sustainable projects in the business field, and improve startups through numerous methods of support. In addition to handling all HR related functions, programs, initiatives and plans, Rasha also led the youth team at Zain Jordan that organized various activities in the social responsibility, marketing and sales realms.
Moreover, Barakat is considered an expert in deploying latest trends, techniques and technologies when it comes to Human Resources area. She has extensive experience in the field of recruitment and employment, training and development, employee relations, conflict resolution, organization development, compensation and benefits, performance management, development and implementation of organizational development and change management programs.
Rasha joined Zain Iraq in March 2019 and is currently the Chief Human Capital Officer working on culture transformation, gender diversity and inclusion programs together with the day to day human resources operations. She holds a Master Degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC and a Master Degree in Human Resource Development from University of Manchester.
Director Partnerships EMEA at BSO / IX Reach
I am a senior Telecoms/Technology executive, currently Global Head of Sales at IX Reach, after earlier roles including VP Partners & Alliances with Gulf Bridge International, Carrier Services Director with Invitel/Pantel/Turk Telekom International.
My skills and experience encompass BD/sales leadership, staff management/development, partner relations, the creation of complex business cases, procurement and the development of sales/BD strategy.
I have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and have successfully built strong relationships with C-level clients worldwide. I have performed significantly above target throughout my career and I have an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset. I have travelled extensively and successfully built and managed diverse multinational teams.
Omantel Wholesale is the international and domestic wholesale arm of Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G. (Omantel), the first and leading integrated telecommunications service provider in Oman. Founded in 1970, Omantel is a joint-stock company listed in Muscat Securities Market and is 51% owned by Oman Investment Fund (OIF), a wholly owned investment arm of the Omani government.
The company has laid the groundwork for telecommunications and technological advancement in the country and it continues to invest heavily within its own borders and abroad. As a result, Omantel has acquired a controlling stake in Kuwaiti Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain Group) last year, making Omantel the third largest telecom group in the MENA region.
Omantel Wholesale capitalizes on ultra-low latency networks to enable innovation and digital transformation globally, utilizing Oman’s geographic advantage at the absolute nexus of the east, west, north, and south to enable its customers and partners to deliver their services with the best possible end-user experience.
Omantel finds the simplest and easiest way for its partners to access some of the most challenging and high-growth markets in the world. Its business is about being open and easy to work with so that its partners can take full advantage of its global infrastructure and unique geographic position. It has investments in 20+ submarine cable systems and offers direct and rapid access to the developed markets of Europe, Asiaand North America as well as unique destinations like Iran, Pakistan and Yemen. When partners choose Omantel, they gain simple, trusted and high-performance connectivity.
Since 2003 XICOMM has been developing, maintaining and designing voice over IP networks for businesses ranging in size from large corporation to medium and small and even sole proprietorships. In 2008, XICOMM launched its own dedicated network in order to become a world wide wholesale carrier. XICOMM is interconnected with more than 160+ carriers throughout the world, carrying over 5 Million minutes of international voice traffic to various destinations in the world on a daily basis. This enables us to successfully terminate your international voice traffic to anywhere in the world with the best quality possible and the most competitive rate in the market. Today, XICOMM is carrying over 5 Million minutes a day of international voice traffic to various destinations in the world. We bring together talented professionals with idea and expertise to provide solutions unique to each of our clients. The engineers, developers and Marketing Experts at XICOMM passes over 10+ combined years of knowledge and experience that guarantees our clients do receive the highest quality of Service, Our solutions are base on a combination of the latest technology, hi-tech equipment, comprehensive business experience and competitive rates. XICOMM's value proposition is centered on providing exceptional service to our partners every day. Our relentless focus on attention to our partners' needs is the cornerstone of our success and is what separates us from other telecom companies.
Sigma Telecom was founded in 2003 to provide high-quality telecommunication infrastructure services including; optimization, planning and drive testing. In 2014 Sigma made the transition to begin providing high-quality VoIP services to telecommunication operators, suppliers and vendors worldwide.
Sigma Telecom’s aim is to deliver communication products that convert communication networks via progressions in capacity.
Whether the subject is improving network quality or reach, Sigma Telecom grows with a commitment toward innovation to provide its customers with the benefits of the best quality phone calls, lowest costs and flexible services.
Being a trusted partner to global clients is as important to Sigma Telecom as growing the company and developing new products.
Sigma Telecom always utilizes the highest quality routes available in order to provide the most efficient services to its partners.
Sigma Telecom has developed an impeccable reputation in 13 years with its global clients.
It has been a source of pride for Sigma Telecom to work with industry leaders such as China Telecom, BICS, Etisalat, TATA, Korea Telecom, iBasis, Telecom Italia, Deutsche Telecom, Turkcell, Turk Telekom and other communication services, equipment providers, governmental agencies and industry associations worldwide.
As a company, Sigma Telecom has a firm global footprint in the Telecommunications industry working with clients in over 170 countries from around the world. Our largest footprints can be seen in the Middle East and the African continent.
At Sigma Telecom we understand our clients’ business challenges, this allows us to provide advanced services and custom solutions which enables the highest quality of communication while also creating new platforms for us and our clients to grow and improve.
Our success can be attributed to a strong dedication towards the satisfaction of our partners whether we’re building a new network or extending and improving an existing one, Sigma’s commitment to it will show. In 2018, we took our place in the list of ITU (International Telecommunication Union) sector members along with other major operators of the world.
Odine Solutions is a market leading Systems Integrator and an innovative Cloud PaaS/SaaS Service Provider to Tier 1-2 Communication Service Providers as well as Wholesale Voice/Data Aggregators across the globe.
Our PaaS (Platform as a Service) bundles ODINE, our suite of intelligent wholesale voice business management applications which provides flexible policy driven routing, route optimization, offer management, rating, billing, number portability, technical and business reporting & analytics, as well as dispute management, with best-of-breed SBC, TDM/SIP Interworking, and Transcoding services.
As a part of our end-to-end approach to providing Solutions for CSPs, we have a wide portfolio of solutions including IP Voice, EPC, IMS and VoLTE, Wi-Fi Offload, SD-WAN and vCPE, DPI/GiLAN, and many others, with a focus on next-generation NFV and SDN based architectures.
With regional offices in Istanbul, London, Miami, Dubai and Lahore, Odine Solutions’ geographical presence, experience, and cultural fluency bridges Americas, Europe, and Asia, while uniquely serving emerging markets across Africa.
Through comprehensive software and professional services, Odine Solutions seamlessly builds, manages and operates new voice signaling technology, multi-vendor equipment interoperability and multiple transmission technologies in carrier networks. Odine Solutions builds defenses essential to helping service providers detect and block external threats and operate their networks with committed SLAs. Odine Solutions has developed solutions sized and priced for the range of service providers, including smaller networks lacking solutions on the market.
Leveraging IP expertise revolutionizing service provider networks, Odine Solutions is simultaneously fueling major IP transformation underway in the enterprise for business customers. For both carriers and the businesses they serve, Odine Solutions is deploying innovative new services such as Hosted IP Centrex and Unified Communications, as well as IMS, Mobility and OTT services, unleashing high potential applications, particularly when combined with the smartphone and tablet revolution.
Platin Telecom is a European company specializing in International Premium Rate Numbers (IPRN). IPRN is a value added service product, which can be sold internationally and used in countries where value added service numbers are not available. IPRN can be used for voice and data services, voting, live chats, call TV, quiz shows, and much more. The product has been very successful over the last years and has been implemented by various operators around the world.
Digitalk Mobile Cloud is a complete MVNE as a Service platform for MVNOs and MNOs that enables rich subscriber and service management capabilities. Our globally proven cloud-based platform provides a single infrastructure for pre- and post-paid real-time charging and service delivery to give MVNOs the agility, reliability and flexibility they need in today’s competitive mobile market
Data Access Solutions Inc. is a Toronto, based company which was formed as a wholesale provider of International Voice over IP (VoIP) services. A unique blend of diverse skills and experience forms the unmatchable core of our company.Through our owned and operated state-of-art equipments in Toronto and with cooperation of our worldwide partners, we offer termination services to over 150 countries worldwide.Data Access Solutions is one of the first companies deploying the new generation Mera VoIP Transit Softswitch ll (MVTS ll) at its facilities located at 151 Front Street, Toronto, as core of its network to ensure high performance and reliability for each and every call
Key benefits are:
Support of SIP, H.323 and their Variants
Advanced Transcoding Capabilities
Accurate billing through its Oracle Database.
We offer you a simple platform for connecting applications and services around the world. Over the last 20 years, we have been trusted to deliver one customer experience, enabling customers to be successful and accelerate business growth globally.
With an extensive portfolio of international Voice, Data and IP solutions, we aim to meet the needs of both fixed and mobile operators. Through these services, we offer you a platform for growing reach, revenue and reputation around the globe. https://www.wis.one/our-company/our-business/
Qatama Communications (Qatama Ltd) is a communication services firm supporting international, regional and local carriers with a range of specialized services including International Voice Termination, Cloud Switching and SIP Services.
With its headquarters strategically located in the United Arab Emirates, Qatama Communications provides its partners strong and reliable interconnects into the Middle-Eastern and Central Asia telecom markets.
Qatama Communications was founded and is staffed by people who have created results for leading Tier-1 carriers throughout Asia and Europe.
Contact us to find out more on our services and interconnects and how we can help you utilize them.
Your Better Partner
VASUDEV GLOBAL is to become one of the largest carriers of international voice traffic in the world and a global leader in VoIP. VASUDEV GLOBAL’s strength is in the dynamic management, strong financial background, fastest-growing segments of global telecommunications—VoIP and mobile with access to tremendous resources and rich experience of the wholesale VoIP carrier business.
Along with global voice termination, VASUDEV GLOBAL will add data services, prepaid calling services, including online Calling Card services and calling cards sold through distributors to their portfolio.
Innovating For Quality
Our investments in highly efficient global Voice over IP infrastructure and state-of-the-art Billing and Routing Management System allows us to deliver best of the quality route for every call passed through us. VASUDEV GLOBAL Network Operations Centers located in Hong Kong, and India combine state-of-the-art network management technology with around-the-clock dedicated technicians to ensure the highest quality of service to customers worldwide. VASUDEV GLOBAL’s VoIP customers and VoIP termination providers will get access to the web-based Partner Resource Center that provides easy and quick access to daily traffic performance statistics and dynamic reporting tools.