Dr Jassim and Dr Akbar to join IBIS Middle East 2023

The International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) is excited to announce that Dr Jassim Haji, president of International Group of Artificial Intelligence and executive advisor to HH Sheikh Nasser AI Research & Development Centre in Bahrain, and Dr Akbar Jaffari, chief executive of JAFCON Consultants, will join the 2023 edition of IBIS Middle East as keynote speakers.

Standing out as the first IBIS event under the 2023 theme of “Sustainable Strategies for Success”, IBIS Middle East (7-8 February 2023 at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre) will seek answers to key questions about the present and future of the automotive collision repair industry, placing emphasis on approaches that can secure sustainable solutions to challenges encountered along the way.

More information about IBIS Middle East 2023 can be found at https://ibisworldwide.com/ibis-middle-east-2023/. To see the provisional event agenda, please visit https://ibisworldwide.com/ibis-middle-east-2023/agenda/.

Dr Jassim is an international expert, strategist and researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation, who has participated as keynote speaker and chairman in more than 300 technology conferences in the Middle East and Europe to cover the latest technologies such as AI, cloud computing, big data, cyber-security, and digital transformation.

Visit https://ibisworldwide.com/speaker/jassim-haji/ to read more about Dr Jassim.

Dr Jassim will provide a vision of our future, highlighting how AI will play a major role and become a standard feature in collision repair, in other sectors and in our private lives. Dr Jassim will then be joined on stage by a cross industry panel to discuss where AI sits within the GCC collision industry and how we can progress toward the future we face.

Dr Akbar is a renowned and respected efficiency expert and the chief executive of JAFCON Consultants. Since 1990, Dr Akbar has provided consultation to more than 700 companies on productivity and performance measurement, KPIs, organisational excellence assessment, human resources management and development, R&D, and strategic planning. He is a visiting speaker on Economics and Management at Cambridge University in the UK, an assessor with the Performance Excellence Programme (Dubai government), an arbitrator and expert with the Gulf Co-operation Council Commercial Arbitration Centre, and a visiting lecturer on Engineering Economics and Human Resources Management at the University of Bahrain.

Visit https://ibisworldwide.com/speaker/akbar-jaffari/ to read more about Dr Akbar.

Dr Akbar will discuss the concept of productivity, before being joined on stage by a cross industry panel to discuss where the GCC collision industry is with productivity today and how we can implement the ideas to improve the repair journey for all stakeholders.

IBIS CEO Jason Moseley commented on having Dr Jassim and Dr Akbar as keynote speakers at the first IBIS conference of 2023: “We are delighted to have such luminaries taking to the IBIS stage in 2023. The collision repair industry grapples with the adoption of digitisation, with a backdrop of continuing to find marginal productivity gains. These keynotes will provide essential thought leadership know-how for IBIS Middle East attendees and the wider IBIS global family that will be tuning in live via live HD video link. A truly exciting start to our 2023 campaign.”

IBIS conference moderator Robert Snook added: “Dr Jassim and Dr Akbar delivered powerful and thought-provoking keynote sessions at the recent IBIS Bahrain National Forum. At IBIS Middle East we will be taking the conversations up to a regional level to see how the GCC region is managing these two critical strategies for ensuring the sustainable success of our industry stakeholders.”

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If you are interested in attending IBIS Middle East 2023 or becoming one of our IBIS Middle East partners, please contact IBIS Worldwide head of sales Suzie Scott ([email protected]).

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Notes for editors

Since the first IBIS conference in 2001, the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) has become firmly established as the leading global conference and networking provider for automotive collision repair industry leaders and influencers.

The inaugural conference was held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales and hosted 120 delegates from 12 countries. Since then, IBIS events have been held at venues on five continents, reaching more than a thousand influencers each year, with the Global Summit annually attracting more than 350 delegates from around 30 countries.

IBIS continues to spread its world-class conferencing in new territories and has recently visited markets across the globe including Ireland, USA, India, South Africa, China, Brazil, Mexico, the Middle East and Turkey.

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