Cognit appoints Amal Al-Jabri as CEO

Al-Jabri leaves her role at Injazat to focus on bringing IBM Watson disruptive capabilities to MENA

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Cognit appoints Amal Al-Jabri as CEO Al-Janri will leave her role as deputy CEO at Injazat Data Systems.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  July 11, 2017

Mubadala Investment Company has appointed Amal Al-Jabri as chief executive officer of Cognit.

Cognit, a joint venture between Mubadala and IBM Watson, is an exclusive provider of Watson technology for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Al-Janri will leave her role as deputy CEO at Injazat Data Systems.

Al-Jabri had also been operating as acting general manager of Cognit since June 2016 and had focussed on the growth of the company and delivering IBM Watson to the UAE and broader MENA region.

Khaled Abdulla Al Qubaisi, chief executive officer, Aerospace, Renewables and ICT at Mubadala, said: "Amal has been pivotal to Mubadala's activities in the sector for over a decade, and has rapidly developed into a clear leader in the technology space. Cognit is one of the most exciting and ambitious investments for Mubadala, and Amal is the ideal candidate to lead this company as it brings to market IBM Watson's transformative solutions."

Al Jabri, added: "Today is an extremely proud and humble moment for me. I am looking forward to building on the legacy already in place by the talented Cognit team, and supporting our shareholder's mandate to deliver value for the UAE government and subsequent diversification of the economy."

The inception of Cognit is critical as the UAE, plus Watson had been programed with Arabic cognitive learning capabilities, followed by the first successful installation of a live application of IBM Watson Arabic.

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