Tutorial Title :How and Why blockchain will revolutionize the economy?

Presenter: Dr. Rahma Beaugrand
Business Transformation and Innovation Principal
SAP Middle East and North Africa LLC


From the beginning of the history of blockchain with Satoshi Nakamoto (Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System) article and the first description of bitcoin, blockchain topic got an important interest from the different financial stakeholders. How this disruptive decentralized and open ledger data base changes the game in financial market and why?
But first what does exactly mean blockchain? What are the capabilities that allow blockchain to do what others technology don’t?
These capabilities and functionalities have already started disrupting the financial market and industry.
UBS, Visa, Emirates NBD … and many others banks are already working on Blockchain projects for different business lines using Corda platform. Where we are in the latest evolution in blockchain topics in financial services?
And how about the others industries? Are the financial services the only industry where blockchain will have an impact? Which functions or processes might the most likely to be impacted by blockchain ?
Are we in the beginning of a new revolution area?


Dr. Rahma Beaugrand

Dr. Rahma Beaugrand is Global Business Transformation and Innovation Principal and Manager in the MENA Business Transformation Services team.
Dr. Rahma is a PhD in Finance from Paris Dauphine University and has an Executive Global MBA from London Business School and Columbia Business School in New York. She’s French and speaks fluently Arabic, Italian, French and English.
Rahma has more than 18 years’ experience in Management and Business and IT consulting, with an important expertise in SAP products acquired during different international Core Model and programs roll out. She worked for a Consulting firm - Plaut Consulting- as Project and Program manager in diverse Industries, joined Saint Gobain as Business Process Manager and Finance team leader for Europe and Asia regions. During the last 8 years, she was founder and

managing director of a boutique consulting firm based in Europe, managing more than 18 consultants’ and several Global Accounts. 
During these different experiences Dr. Rahma acquired skills in program management, digital strategy design and execution, Innovation framework setting, customer journey, and disruptive economy factors analysis. She managed several programs and projects in different industries and functional areas, such as business transformation projects for post M&A alignment program for large global companies, develop a new market segment through the implementation of new digital Big data platform in Retail and Luxury sectors, design a new digital platform and new business model for public sector entity and develop a global commercial offer for luxury conglomerate customer (Jewelry, automotive and hospitality) based on a group loyalty program with 360 customer degrees, targeted marketing campaign connected with social media, and the implementation of a Group Dashboard with predictive analytics.

Dr. Rahma BEAUGRAND is also leading London Business School Women in Business Gulf association with an aim of building a support network to offer advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and women. Dr. Rahma is an innovation passionate. In her free time, she is working on helping entrepreneurs and startups to design their Go to Market strategy and new Business Models.

Oct 27, 2016