Agenda 2024

CIOmove 2024 will bring us to Africa. Join us on our trip to “Technopolis” in Morocco. Travel the country at a speed of 300 km/h. Follow the invitation of Morocco’s network of CIOs. Get to know our hosts Nadia Tazi from Renault, Michele Rochefort from AXA and Nour-dine Hajjami from Bank Al-Maghrib.

Arrival Day

We start the unofficial part of CIOmove at Rick's Café in Casablanca

Wednesday, 8th of May 2024

Arrival at Airport, Check-in Hotel, Meeting at Rick's Café

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It is not mandatory to visit the most famous bar in film history – but it is fun! And flying via Casablanca can be cheaper and more convenient. So if possible: Arrive at Rick’s. We will be there at around 9:00 pm.

Agenda for the day:

  • from 3:30 pm: Check-In Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche hotel
  • 8:30 pm: Meet in Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche hotel lobby & walk to Rick’s Café
  • 9:00 pm – open end: Meet at Rick’s Café

We have listed convenient connections to Morocco for you here: Best Ways to get to Morocco.

On May 8, we will be staying at the Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche hotel.

Also don’t forget to take a look at our travel tips for Morocco.

Note: We provide shuttle buses to take all CIOmovers from Casablanca to Rabat on May 9. Those who are not staying at the Sofitel can still meet in the Sofitel lobby at 9:00 am the next morning if they wish to take the shuttle as well.

Day 1

Peers Day

Thursday, 9th of May 2024

(Picture: Pline/GNU)

On the first official day of CIOmove 2024, you can decide which industry interests you the most. There are three options to choose from. We will shuttle you either to:

  • Bank Al-Maghrib at 11:30 am (Downtown Rabat)
  • Renault at 1:00 pm (Close to Tanger)
  • AXA at 2:00 pm (In Technopolis, Close to Rabat)

Our “industry sessions” start around 11:30 am. So you can still make it in time if you fly directly to Rabat or Tanger and arrive in the morning. At 7 pm we will gather all CIOmovers at the Fairmont Hotel in Rabat.

From May 9 to 11, we will be staying at the Fairmont La Marina – Rabat-Salé hotel, which is located right in the middle between Rabat and Salé offering a wonderful view of the North Atlantic Ocean. Further information can be found on the hotel’s homepage.

Agenda Bank Al-Maghrib:

  • 10:45 am: Arrival of participants at the Rabat Agdal train station
  • 11:00-11:30 am: Shuttle to Dar As-Sikkah site with passport check on the way
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm: Presentation of IT activities
  • 12:15-12:30 pm: Video on the Banknote production activity
  • 12:30-1:00 pm: Coffee & Snacks
  • 1:00-1:45 pm: Visit Banknote production activity
  • 1:45-2:00 pm: Shuttle from Bank Al-Maghrib to AXA (Technopolis)

Agenda AXA:

  • 2:00 pm: Arrival at Technopolis
  • 2-2:30 pm: Late lunch
  • 2:45-3:00 pm: Warm welcome | Why it’s good to be in Morocco
  • 3:00-3:45 pm: Cybersecurity and Capabilities at AXA GO Morocco
  • 3:45-4:30 pm: Women in IT at AXA GO Morocco

Speaker: Maha Benchiba, General Manager AXA GO Morocco. With over 19 years of extensive experience, Maha leads the Corporate Function Services Division at AXA GBS. She drives the business strategy, fosters growth and shapes the strategic direction of key areas. As General Manager of GO Morocco, she oversees all aspects of management, legal and administrative functions in Morocco and serves as the company’s legal representative.

  • 4:30-5:00 pm: Coffee break | Tour of the building
  • 5:00 pm: Departure

Agenda Renault:

  • 1:00-1:30 pm: Warm welcome & lunch
  • 1:30-2:00 pm: Plant presentation & The Zero Emission Approach in Tangier
  • 2:00-2:45 pm: Metaverse 4.0 at Renault (split into groups)
  • 2:45-3:45 pm: Tour around the Plant (Important: please don’t wear open shoes or heels for safety reasons!)
  • 3:45-7:00 pm: Shuttle to train station & train ride to Rabat & shuttle to hotel

End of day at 7:30 pm: Welcome Dinner & Drinks on the rooftop terrace at Fairmont La Marina Hotel – Rabat Salé

Day 2

Academic Day

Friday, 10th of May 2024 - AI Dome at the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic in Rabat

(Picture: AI Movement LinkedIn)

Agenda AI Dome at the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic in Rabat:

  • 09:30 am: Buses depart from the Fairmont La Marina Hotel – Rabat-Salé
  • 10:00 am: Security Check-In and Welcome at the AI Dome
  • 10:30 am: Keynote “Trends in AI” by Prof. Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni
  • 11:15 am: Splitting of the groups: Five parallel focus groups by academics of the AI Movement

    1. “AI in Agriculture” by M. Youssef Hmamouche / Mr. Otmane Boughaba / Mr. Yassine Rachidi
    2. “AI in & for Security: A Dual Focus” by Mrs. Btissam El Khamlichi
    3. “AI in Immersive Technologies” by Mrs. Naima Otberdout
    4. “Leveraging large language models (LLMs) for combinatorial problems” by Mr. Younes Mechqrane
    5. “AI in Healthcare” by Mr. Youssef Alj

  • 12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Guided Tours around the University Campus
  • 2:00 pm: Short Introduction of the Morrocan Association of CIOs by Hicham Chiguer, President of AUSIM
  • 2:15 pm: Four Parallel Focus Groups of Moroccan AI Implementations
    1. “AI at CMR (“Caisse Marocaine des Retraites” – the Moroccan Pension Fund)” by Anass Elalaoui Elbahi,
    2. “AI at Bourse de Casablanca (One of the biggest stock markets in Africa)” by Houssam Biad and Mohamed Sami Kamal
    3. “AI at Leyton (A worldwide company with 3000 financial consultants)” by Alaa Bennis
    4. “AI at OCP (A Moroccan Company producing fertilizer with 4 billion dollar revenue)” by Walid Daou

  • 3:15 pm: Coffee break
  • 3:30 pm: “Deep Dive Discussions” by Partners of CIOmove
    1. “Multinational Data Sharing” by Stefan Brock, HPE
    2. “AI Mastery: Going Beyond Experimentation” by Tobias Regenfuss, Accenture
  • 5:00 pm: Transfer back to hotel
  • 6:00 pm: Optional visit to the souk in Rabat old town directly at the dinner location
  • 7:00 pm: Transfer from hotel to dinner
  • 7:30-11:00 pm: Traditional Moroccan dinner in the Ziryab restaurant

The companions of the CIOmovers will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive tour of Rabat on Friday.

The tour starts at 10 am at the Fairmont Hotel. On our excursion, we will explore the Medina of Salé, the oldest walled part of the city of Salé in Morocco. It has been classified as a national heritage site since October 1914.

The next stops await us at 11.30 am: A visit to the Kasbah Oudaya, built in the 12th century, with its palace and an Andalusian garden. We will visit the Museum of Moroccan jewellery, the Café Maure and enjoy a beautiful view of the Bou-Regreg River, the Grand Theatre and the Mohammed VI Tower from the terrace of the Oudaya.

After our lunch, we will continue with the tour and visit the Mohammed VI Mosque, the Hassan Tower and enjoy the magnificent view of the Mohammed VI Tower and the Grand Theatre. We will drive along the main avenue of Rabat and then stop at the Royal Palace to attend a special ceremony that takes place every Friday afternoon.

Important: If you prefer, you can take part in the programme only in the morning until lunch or start in the afternoon with lunch or afterwards – just as you like!

We will return to the Fairmont Hotel at 4.30 pm.

Day 3

CIO Sessions Day

Saturday, 11th of May 2024

(Back to the roots: In Morocco we will have group discussions on the train again – like at the first CIOmove 2014)

Agenda for the day:

  • 8:00-8:45 am: CIO Charity Run
  • 11:40 am: Train ride from Rabat to Marrakech
  • 12:00-3:00 pm: CIO group sessions

Get a better idea of Morocco by taking the train to Marrakech. During the 4-hour trip, group sessions will be held on the pre-selected topics. What about discussing

We are already looking forward to the lively exchange and the exciting insights of the CIOs!

In Marrakech, we will be staying at the Barcelo Palmeraie Hotel, which is a quarter of an hour’s drive from the centre, in the palm grove of Marrakech.

  • 4:00-7:30 pm: Leisure Time
  • 7:30 pm: Meet in Barcelo Palmeraie hotel lobby & shuttle to dinner location
  • 8:00-11:00 pm: Farewell Dinner

Day 4

Leisure Day

Sunday, 12th of May 2024

(Picture: Anne Kruschewski)

Agenda for the day:

  • 5:20 am: Meet in Barcelo Palmeraie hotel lobby & shuttle to balloon ride
  • 6:30-7:30 am: Balloon ride

We start the last day of CIOmove 2024 by watching the sunrise over the Atlas Mountains in a hot air balloon. A once in a lifetime experience! Please find more information here: Rising to New Heights in Marrakesh. Alternatively (or additionally) you can explore the markets of Marrakech.

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast in the desert
  • 8:45-9:15 am: Shuttle to hotel
  • 10:30-11:00 am: Shuttle to Medina
  • 11:00 am-3:00 pm: Tour through Medina incl. lunch

Some of our guests will stay longer in Marrakech. Let us know if you want to do the same. We might find a pleasant place for you to stay. By the way, here you can find some tips to make the most of your stay in Morocco.

Here you can download the short version of the agenda!

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