Ali Sajwani, is a vibrant UAE National with 20 years of experience in Technology and Innovation domains. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from University of Washington in Seattle, Ali has held key positions in Banking and Oil & Gas sectors. In Ali’s past role as Group CIO of Emirates NBD Bank, he lead a team of 500+ high caliber professionals; and had diligently worked with his business counterparts & peers in producing significant results over his assignment with Emirates NBD. He was one of the key architects in the EBI-NBD integration that was successfully carried out in 2009, and the Emirates Islamic Bank and Dubai Bank integration. Over the years, Ali had been successful in embedding a culture of innovation at Emirates NBD Group by driving digital and process innovation and leading the creation of the Emirates NBD Future Lab, a key initiative of the Group’s digital strategy that is enabling and accelerating the development of next generation digital and mobile banking services. In 2018, Ali Sajwani established Grape Technology, a Dubai-based Technology startup focusing on Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. In the past two years, Ali has successfully managed to grow Grape Technology’s portfolio and brand and it’s currently a unique player in UAE’s blockchain market.