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Bahri hosts 2nd Big Data Forum in Dubai

A CEO panel group discussion at the forum highlighted the value and challenges of big data in shipping.
Bahri, a global leader in transportation and logistics, hosted industry leaders and technology experts at the second edition of its big data forum, which was recently held in Dubai.
Held under the theme “Sailing the Big Data Era 2017,” the Bahri Big Data Forum was organized by Bahri to focus on providing industry players with a platform to push data-driven advancements in the maritime industry ecosystem. The event drew 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, optimize 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 of 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 or closely assess the full potential of big data technologies in the maritime sector. The forum focused on maximizing 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 of Bahri.
The Bahri Big Data Forum kicked off with a welcome address by Al-Sarhan and featured presentations and talks by a host of company heads and industry professionals including Remi Eriksen, group president and CEO of DNV GL; Patrick Briest, computer scientist at McKinsey & Company; Giovanni Moscatelli, partner and managing director at BCG Middle East; and Anwar Siddiqui, president of 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 of Tankers International; Cameron MacKay, COO of Scorpio; John Schmidt, CEO of McQuilling Partners, Inc.; Scott Bergeron, CEO of Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR); Deema M. Alsekait, assistant professor in CS and IT at Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University; and Peter Grindrod of the Oxford University and chairman of Oxonomy Limited.

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