Gary Thompson

Executive Program Director and Intelligent Automation Advisor | Big Innovation Centre Middle East

Gary is CEO of Tech Central, the emerging technology training and consulting company, supporting organizations in developing AI and Emerging Technology enabled businesses powered by their own internal knowledge workers, and is the Principal Consultant for Tech Central’s consulting division, Intelligent Automation Advisors.

Aligned to the values and vision of Big Innovation Centre Middle East, Gary is a Senior Executive Advisor to BICME, driving the development of the Emerging Technologies Councils in MENA Programme of events and community platform deployment.

Gary relocated to the Middle East 12 years ago and has been living and working in Region as an Advisor, Consultant and Program Director in enterprise wide organizational and digital transformation, guiding Commercial, Industrial, Banking and Semi-Government clients in the GCC and North Africa through journeys embedding operational excellence and intelligent automation enablement into their day to day activities.

Prior to moving to the MENA Region his work had taken him across Europe, North America and Asia working with global organizations including Barclays Bank, Santander, First Group, LafargeHolcim and Avis Budget Group; leading the transformation and digitalization of operational and support activities and implementing AI enabled functionality.

Gary attended university in Sheffield, England majoring in Finance and Accounting and was bestowed Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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