In a pursuit to drive the importance of Digital Transformation for the development of SAARC countries, The Economic Times Presents Global Enterprise Technology Forum in Sri Lanka, Nepal Bangladesh & Bhutan.

It will be a full day conference, with an agenda focusing on technology and its benefits to organizations and individuals across all levels. The event will see participation from key policymakers, enterprise business and technology decision makers and influencers from various ministries/departments and enterprises.

Governments in Sri Lanka, Nepal Bangladesh & Bhutan look up to India’s digital transformation


Digital Transformation (DX) is sweeping every industry and will require fundamental cultural shifts from traditional methods – with siloes giving way to a more collaborative way of working. Collaboration has today moved from being internal alone to encompassing the ecosystem – employees, partners and customers. To accelerate DX, organizations must develop innovative ideas at speed – thus, co-creating with the ecosystem to rapidly develop and scale new solutions. Where ‘challenge’ meets ‘opportunity’ – collaboration is imperative if DX is to be relevant, sustainable and scalable


Sustaining performance par excellence in the face of rapid external changes is an enormous undertaking for organizations today. The pace of DX creates a greater-than-ever need for leaders to drive disruptive innovation and incorporate new business models within the enterprise. Enterprises must drive disruptive innovation in their businesses by leveraging external focus for market acceleration and emergence. As new innovations are tried and accepted, they must be, continuously integrated into the overall environment of products, services, platform, and technology.


The future growth of industries will be driven in large part by accelerating the application of digital technologies to deliver more immersive and authentic experiences with customers, reimaging products and solutions, transform operating models and empower employees. To accelerate the pace of DX, IT, LoB and Business leaders must co-create the DX vision and identify tangible DX projects aligned to priorities and use cases that focus investments.


We all have witnessed how Air BnB disrupted the hotel and hospitality sector and Uber disrupted the transportation industry. Such disruptors are good for any country as they help in enhancing the lives of the people. In such a scenario, the onus lies with the government for supporting such disruptors who can transform the lives of the people digitally.


  • Mobile internet connectivity
  • Enhancing infrastructure & communication
  • How to create a digital highway
  • Regulatory framework
  • Mobile-enabled digital transformation

Cloud is one of the biggest computing trends that has impacted every industry globally. Riding on cloud benefited organisations to run their businesses effectively. Reports say, “over 50% of all enterprise data would be managed in the cloud and 80% of application would be resolved autonomously by 2020.”


  • Where does Sri Lanks, Nepal & Bangladesh stand in cloud statistic?
  • Hybrid/public/private-which one suits the best?
  • Automated tools for workload migration
  • Challenges in cloud adoption & migration
  • SMAC for your enterprises

According to a MIT Sloan survey, more than 80% of organizations see AI as a strategic opportunity and only a quarter have started to adopt AI.

AI is the buzz word today and is disrupting businesses like never before, but many company leaders aren’t sure what to expect from AI or how it fits into their business model. Yet with change coming at breakneck speed, the time is to identify your organisation’s AI strategy is now.

  • Is your enterprise AI ready?
  • Getting rid of roadblocks in AI Journey
  • Creating customer experience

Every technology brings with it a set of pros and cons. The benefits of these latest technologies are innumerable, but we can’t overlook the security challenges they bring with them. The worldwide security spending is expected to reach $96.3 billion in 2018, an 8 percent jump over the previous year. It makes one thing clear that organizations don’t need to be convinced about the seriousness of security threats anymore. The security threats are real and being driven by organized groups of criminals to inflict serious damage.

  • How ready is your organization to combat next-gen security threats?
  • Do you have the required next-gen solutions to combat them?
  • What’s the awareness level about such emerging threats and what’s your risk mitigation strategy?
  • Securing the most vulnerable end points.

‘Customer is the king’ and therefore, the idea should be to enhance customer experience with the use of technology. Today, the customer is more demanding and smarter and providing exemplary customer experience has become the pivot. Whether it’s Chatbot or collaborative tools, these are all enhancing customer experience.


  • Immersive experience via virtual reality
  • Personalization of products
  • 3D printing: From virtual to physical one
  • Chatbots: making life easy
  • AI/IoT: Extracting rich insights from data

The world is moving into industrial revolution 4.0 and robotics & automation are taking us to a different world. According to Mckinsey, the impact of disruptive technology on world’s economy would be between $ 14-33 trillion by 2025. Industrial revolution 4.0, which would be triggered by the disruptive technologies, would impact the relationship between brands and consumers, would create value shifts from producers to consumers, and would create more jobs.

  • A peek into automated future
  • Jobs or no jobs?
  • Learning from the past mistakes
  • Future of workplace
  • Beyond video conferencing

Enterprises worldwide today have access to quintillions bytes of data, which could be utilized to chalk out an information management strategy with the help of big data insights. Big data analytics is all about making some smart decisions to accelerate business growth.

Big data analytics can help in conceptualizing and implementing a well-thought-out big data program across multiple domains and focus areas.

  • Future of Data warehousing, data science and ML
  • Data visualization, business intelligence and analytics
  • Business continuity & disaster recovery
  • Making ERP better with big data



Mr. Dhananjaya Tambe

Deputy Managing Director & Chief Information Officer
State Bank of India

Mr. Golam Dastagir Gazi

Hon’ble Minister of Textile & Jute
Government of Bangladesh

Mr. Gokul Prasad Baskota

Hon'ble Minister of Communication & IT
Government of Nepal

Mr. Mustafa Jabbar

Honorable Minister
Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology
Government of Bangladesh

Ananda Raj Khanal

Nepal Telecommunications Authority

Anil Keshary Shah

Chief Executive Officer
Nabil Bank

A. S. M. Khairuzzaman

Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO) & Senior Executive Vice President
Padma Bank

Binod Dhakal

Chairperson - ICT Development Committee

Bhawani Rana


Chandra Balani

Head Geographic Incubation, India & SAARC region
Amazon Internet Services

Chowdhury Shahreaar Ekram

The ACME Laboratories

Debdulal Roy

Executive Director, Bangladesh Bank (The Central Bank of Bangadesh)

Faiz Rehman

Business Head
North & East India, Bangladesh,
Bhutan & Nepal

Dr. Ijazul Haque

Association of Information Systems,Bangladesh Chapter

Jhuma Datta

Head IT
SBI Bangladesh

K.M. Refaul Ehsan


Khondkar Atique –e- Rabbani

Managing Director
The Computers Ltd

Laxmi Prasad Yadav

Director General
Department of IT, Nepal
Government of Nepal

Mir Tariquzzaman

IDLC Finance


Head of IT
First Security Islami Bank Ltd

Md. Shahinur Rahman

Vice President, ICT Division
Bank Asia

Mohammad Arfe Elahi

Chief Technology Officer

Nafaul Islam

Head of IT & ERP

Nazmul Haque

Head IT

Omar F. Khandaker

Sonali Bank

Philip SM

Regional Head – SAARC Countries
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Reazul Islam

Deputy Managing Director & Head of IT & eBiz Division
AB Bank Limited

Rabiul Alam Chowdhury

Senior Information Technology & ICT4D Manager
Plan International

Sivaramakrishnan Krishnamurthy

Solutions Consultant,

S.M.Mainuddin Chowdhury

Additional Managing Director-IT
Southeast Bank Limited

Shivaraj Upadhyaya

Head of Digital Banking
NMB Bank

Syed Masodul Bari

Senior Executive Vice President & CTO, Information Communication & Technology Division
Al-Arafah Islami Bank

S.A.R. Md. Muinul Islam

LankaBangla Securities

Sandeep Bhambure

Vice President & Managing Director, India & SAARC
Veeam Software

Shyamol B Das

Shyamol B Das

Taslimul Haque

Head IT
Bank Alfalah Limited


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  • CIOs/CTOs/CISOs and IT Heads of key companies
  • Top Entrepreneurs, Industrialists and renowned Professionals
  • Key Government officials
  • End users, Influencers & Consultants


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