The Speakers 2019
Senior Manager, Innovation CCC
Aref BoualwanSenior Manager, Innovation CCC
Ensuring CCC is at the forefront of innovation by incorporating start-ups into the corporate construction ecosystem
A professional with a business vision, hard-core technical skills and the ability to motivate/bring people together. Acts as a high-level orchestrator of a large numbers of discrete President Strategic Initiatives that drive organization-wide digital transformational change. Brings executives, employees at all levels, processes, and technology together to deliver pioneering solutions to address business challenges and achieve organizational goals. Develops strategic partnership with startups that build disruptive technologies to related industries. Sources Innovation by partnering & building strong lasting relationships with relevant Technology Startups. Leverages alliances to add value and competitive advantage to the business. Lead the business development and orchestrate JV\partnership structure that bring a group of technology startups under CCC umbrella; to open new business & lead to projects awards in related technologies.
Ahmed Al Khatib
Chief Development and Delivery Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai
Ahmed Al KhatibChief Development and Delivery Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai
Ahmed Al Khatib is responsible for the delivery and management of the Expo 2020 Dubai site masterplan as well as all its supporting utilities, infrastructure services, roads, networks and transportation. His role also involves managing the sustainability of the site, and coordinating with key government entities and stakeholders on the final design and construction of the site masterplan.
Head of Data & AI, Vinci Construction
Djamil Yahia-OuahmedHead of Data & AI, Vinci Construction
Data visionary leading all AI experiments for the French construction giant Vinci
Djamil spent more than ten years managing large construction projects from pipelines, industrial projects, LNG tanks, water treatment plants and metros around the world.
Due to the lack of interesting solutions, he started creating efficient digital tools for all construction applications including HSE, Quality, Productivity and Project Control, and most recently considering AI and its potential for the industry by creating some deep learning based apps.
Now he is Head of Data and AI for French giant VINCI Construction (13, 960 M€ revenue, 77, 118 employees, 700 companies, 27 000 active projects) in charge of all data strategy & governance and AI experiments within the group
Digital Transformation & Innovation Lead, Arcadis Middle East
Tim SheltonDigital Transformation & Innovation Lead, Arcadis Middle East
Digital thought-leader driving new asset delivery approaches that are enhancing efficiency and transforming the industry
Well versed in best-practice major project and programme delivery, Tim is a seasoned Construction & Real Estate (“CRE”) executive who has demonstrable experience in developing the strategy, tools, assurance, governance and protocol in order to ensure value-added and successful outcomes for major real estate and infrastructure clients. In a UK and Middle East based career spanning over 17 years, Tim’s career has transitioned from traditional, consultant-based roles in commercial management to strategic, client-side roles focused on business efficiency and enhanced performance through digitally-enabled major asset delivery.
As an advocate of asset delivery best practice and industry thought leader, Tim is a firm believer in adopting innovative, collaborative and digital delivery approaches as a means of extracting greater value across the integrated supply chain and to ensure that delivery stakeholders are objectively aligned and sufficiently driven by performance and data. This has led to an informed view of how the CRE sector is transitioning and an understanding of how industry stakeholders need to respond by tailoring and diversifying their services accordingly which has been recognised through his appointment as Digital Transformation Lead for the Middle East, for Global Design and Consultancy firm, Arcadis.
Vice President & Chief Engineer, China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Zhu JianchaoVice President & Chief Engineer, China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Vice President of the largest international contractor in the UAE and presided over the completion of the 3D printed “Office of The Future” in Dubai
Mr. Zhu was appointed as the Chief Engineer since the establishment of China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)(L.L.C) (CSCEC ME) in 2005, and was subsequently appointed as the Vice President of CSCEC ME, which has become the largest international contractor in the UAE now after more than a decade’s development.
Mr. Zhu graduated from one of the top-class universities in China in 1988. He works in design and construction technology for 31 years since then, and has 22 year’s extensive overseas experiences in technology management and construction projects.
Mr. Zhu interests in new technologies. He presided over the completion of the 3D printing design and construction technology of “Office of The Future” in Dubai in 2016, which has reached the international advanced level.
Digital Project Delivery Lead, Construction Services AECOM Middle East.
Prakash SenghaniDigital Project Delivery Lead, Construction Services AECOM Middle East.
Award-winning engineer and thought leader in digital construction, BIM & 3D Printing
Prakash Senghani is the Digital Project Delivery Lead, Construction Services at AECOM Middle East.
An award-winning engineer, Prakash is experienced in executing and managing the design and digital tools on large-scale, high profile projects across the world spanning highways, aviation, leisure and retail developments.
Rooted in a desire to improve productivity using digital tools he is considered a thought leader in digital construction, and has deployed and implemented multiple digital solutions ranging from BIM and digital inspections to 3D printing.
Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid
Sr. BIM Manager, Turner International Middle East Ltd
Dr. Marwan Abu EbeidSr. BIM Manager, Turner International Middle East Ltd
Pioneering the region’s first Blockchain application in construction to improve supply chain efficiency
Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid is the Sr. BIM Manager and Head of the BIM division in UAE for Turner Construction International - Turner International Middle East, a New York based Construction Project Management firm with regional office in Dubai, UAE. In this capacity, Marwan provides operational oversight, technical support and training of staff in BIM practices for all Turner projects in the GCC and the greater Middle East.
Dr. Marwan has over 17 years of experience in Construction Project Management and Building Information Modeling where he has worked in a variety of notable and landmark projects of various kind and use.
He is an author of several academic publications, visiting Lecturer at Heriot watt University, a visiting Trainer at RICS, and an expert industrial advisor and specialist speaker in various international exhibitions and conferences.
Dr. Marwan obtained his PhD from Heriot Watt University – UK majoring in Construction Project Management and Building Information Modeling.
President & CEO, Amana Investments
Riad BsaibesPresident & CEO, Amana Investments
Adopting IoT in the fight against unproductiveness and fatalities
Riad is the President and CEO of Amana Investments. Prior to that, he served for 15 years with
Amana Contracting Group leading up to the position of COO. Prior to Amana, Bsaibes held
various managerial and operational positions with Corning (Massachusetts, USA) and
Schlumberger (Middle East). Riad holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering M.I.T. (1991) and
an MBA from the Harvard Business School (2001). He is an ex-Director on the global board of
Harvard Alumni Association (USA) and Vice Chairman for the Southern Gulf of the MIT
Educational Council. Riad is also on the Advisory Board of The Harvard Club of the UAE and is
on the board of the MIT Club of the UAE. Bsaibes is an active member of the YPO and Endeavor
global organizations and a jurist on the MIT Business Plan Competition for the Pan-Arab Region.
Technical and BIM Manager, ECC Group
Ahmed ElhadidyTechnical and BIM Manager, ECC Group
Pioneer In BIM implementation and one of the first to receive the BSI Kitemark certification in the UAE
Ahmed Elhadidy is the Technical and BIM (VDC) Manager for ECC Group, with 20 years of experience in construction & rail industry and extensive experience in BIM, facility management and project management. Ahmed holds a degree in MBA, certified from IBUS (International Business University of Scandinavia). His experience covers a wide range of sectors such as project management, BIM integration and application of BIM tools to site activities and practical implementation of BIM level 2 in construction projects.
Prof. Lakmal Seneviratne
Associate VP for Research, Director, Khalifa University Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems
Prof. Lakmal SeneviratneAssociate VP for Research, Director, Khalifa University Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems
Founding director of Khalifa University Centre for Autonomous Robotic Systems and decorated author on a mission to increase the autonomy of robotic systems in complex environments
Lakmal Seneviratne is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the founding Director of the Khalifa University Centre for Autonomous Robotic Systems at Khalifa University, UAE. He is also the Technical Director of the Mohammed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC). Prior to joining Khalifa University he was Professor of Mechatronics, the founding Director of the Centre for Robotics
Research and the Head of the Division of Engineering, at King’s College London. His main research interests are centred on robotics and automation, with particular emphasis on increasing the autonomy of robotic systems interacting with complex dynamic environments. He has published over 400 peer reviewed publications on these topics. He is a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academy of Scientists in the UAE.
Managing Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East
Chris SeymourManaging Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East
Chris Seymour has more than 25 years’ experience in property and construction. Having worked in most of the major cities in the Middle East region over the last 8 years he specialises in commercial, leisure and healthcare sectors plus infrastructure and Oil and Gas. Chris is a member of the RICS MENAT Market Advisory Panel, and also sits on the Investment Committee of ENBD REIT and is an active member of Corporate Real Estate Network (CoreNet). Having spent many years in PFI and PPP procurement practising in both UK and Middle East he also advises many clients on strategy, risk, commercial and technical advice for large public-sector investments.
Maged El Hawary
Controls Director, ASGC
Maged El HawaryControls Director, ASGC
Maged El Hawary is a Project Management Consultant with almost 20 years of successful experience in all aspects of Project Management, Planning, Risk Management, Cost Control and Earned Value Management.
Maged is currently a Project Controls Director at ASGC (Al Shafar General Contracting LLC) UAE. He is professional speaker & panelist in many international conferences and a lecturer in topics ranging from project management, cost control, leadership, planning and project integration.
Vice President, Dubox
Yasser BaajVice President, Dubox
Regional leader in precast innovation bringing a revolutionary shift in the construction industry and change in traditional practices
Yasser is a professional Engineer since 1984 when he graduated from Aleppo University and a Master degree holder in business administration (MBA) from Liverpool University.
After eleven years of structural design service with governmental and multinational consultancy firms between 1985 and 1997, Yasser moved to the specialised engineering construction field in which he occupied many managerial positions through his career in precast construction industry whereby he was the Design and Marketing Manager (1997-2005) then Technical Manager (2007-2012) of Emirates Precast L.L.C. and General Manager of Precast Concrete Products between 2005 and 2007.
His experience in construction in general and his background in precast industry allowed him to participate in bringing many landmarks in UAE to reality.
From his position as the vice president of DuBox he is currently leading a revolutionary move in construction industry with the concrete modular construction methodology and 3D concrete printing.
Director of Industry Strategy & Innovation, Oracle Construction and Engineering
Sherief ElabdDirector of Industry Strategy & Innovation, Oracle Construction and Engineering
Sherief is a Director of Industry Strategy & Innovation at Oracle Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit (CEGBU). Sherief is a civil engineer coming from a construction project management background, and with 15 years of experience in Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) systems for asset intensive industries across the project lifecycle from ideation, prioritization & selection, capital planning and budgeting, project planning, scheduling & controls, and down to facilities and real estate portfolio management.
During his career, Sherief has program managed EPPM system implementations and integration projects for large enterprises in AEC, Public Sector, and Transportation industries.
Head of Innovation, Doosan Bobcat EMEA
Vijayshekhar NervaHead of Innovation, Doosan Bobcat EMEA
Technology driven member of the European Construction association (CECE) and European Economic Association passionate about bringing believable digital experience to the construction sector
Vijayshekhar is a technology driven professional who is passionate about bringing believable digital experience to the construction sector through innovative business models, service and products.
Vijay is the Head of Innovation for Doosan Bobcat in the EMEA region. He has sizeable experience in company strategy, digitization and business development. He is a member economist with the European Economic Association and is an executive statistical committee member with the Committee for European Construction association (CECE).
He has been with Doosan Bobcat for almost 3 years and started as a data scientist in the EMEA region. He has very recently held an internal consultant role within the EMEA HQ strategy department for driving better intelligence to the Senior Leadership and working directly with the EMEA president. He has experience in strategy and data driven decision making in various sectors such as retail banking, IT and non-profits.
He was also a key founding member of the Connected Machine project which aims to connect all machines rolled out by Doosan Bobcat globally to leverage data and drive value to its customers and internals. He is currently working on projects that touch areas such as autonomy in machines, predictive maintenance, AR, asset sharing, electrification, predictive workforce analytic etc
Vijay is also a passionate road-biker.
Global Leader - Digital Services, Arup
Will CavendishGlobal Leader - Digital Services, Arup
Thought-leader in digital services & AI drawing together the very best in technology, design and engineering to redefine the built environment
As Arup’s Global Digital Services Leader, Will draws together the very best in technology, design and engineering to redefine the built environment with our clients.
Previously he was Strategy Lead, Applied at DeepMind, responsible for understanding the ground-breaking developments taking place in Artificial Intelligence, and working with key partners to apply them for public good in areas such as health and energy. Prior to this I was the Director General for Innovation, Growth and Technology at the Department of Health; Director General, International Energy and Climate Change at DECC, and Head of the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit, working directly with David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
Will has a wide-ranging experience achieving change in areas such as digital, health, education, international energy and climate change, cybersecurity, growth and innovation. When in government, I led the creation of the world's first network of What Works Centres, set up to provide proper evidence on effective uses of public money, and pioneered the use of transparency and crowdsourcing in policy making.
José Daniel García
Director Digital Innovation Hub, Acciona
José Daniel GarcíaDirector Digital Innovation Hub, Acciona
José Daniel García Espinel is the Director of Acciona's Advanced and Digital Innovation Hub in Acciona's Innovation & Technology Division. Acciona is one of the most important Renewable Energy and Construction Spanish Company. He is leading the implementation of new technologies in ACCIONA as a Digital Transformation Strategy. Acciona's Digital Innovation Hub is organized around six Skill Centers: Large Scale 3D Printing, Mixed Reality (Virtual and Augmented Reality), Connected Things (Internet of Things), Data Science (Big Data & Analytics), Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics and Blockchain & New Technologies.
José also worked as Technology Transfer Director for 6 years in ACCIONA S.A. and before as Head of the Department of Innovation of Technological Center of Acciona Infraestructuras in Madrid for 4 years.
He is a PhD Civil Engineer since 1999 with a wide experience in Construction and Project Management as I worked in important Civil Engineering projects during 8 years in Madrid.
Senior VDC Engineer, ASGC
Tamer ElgohariSenior VDC Engineer, ASGC
UAE leader in advancing the virtual design and construction transformation
Tamer Elgohari works as Senior VDC engineer for ASGC with more than 9 years of practical experience in Innovation, construction management, BIM, construction technologies and visualization.
He has completed his BSc . in Construction engineering and management (CEM) on 2010 at Faculty of Engineering Cairo University, Egypt.
Tamer was responsible for the VDC implementation in many various locations/projects across the middle east (UAE, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Morocco), he is specialized in the 4D/ 5D simulation and the overall construction project tracking and management. Also, he is responsible for the innovation process in the company.
Assistant Professor, Heriot-Watt University
Shameel MuhammedAssistant Professor, Heriot-Watt University
Shameel Muhammed is an architect and an educator with a research focus on digital fabrication and robotic construction. He holds an M.Arch degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Laboratory of AA School of Architecture, London. His work experience spans several practices from the UK, UAE and India, including Zaha Hadid Architects – London.
Shameel has extensive experience in academia. He has been associated with various design workshops, both at regional and at international platforms such as AAVS DXB ‘Expo City’ - Dubai and ‘Future Earthen Shells’ at Boisbuchet – France. His works have been exhibited at various forums in the Middle East and UK.
Currently, Shameel is teaching at Heriot-Watt University Dubai where is leading the second year architecture program.
Managing Director, Archiplexus
Shwan AlhashimiManaging Director, Archiplexus
Changing how humans perceive space through next generation AR efforts at Dubai’s expo2020
Shwan Alhashimi is an award-winning architect who founded the UAE-born Archiplexus Architecture & Design Practice. Drawing upon a vast range of international experience in architecture and development, Shwan is passionate about architecture’s role in bridging the gap between contemporary technological innovations, commercial ingenuity and everyday life. Shwan is committed to innovation in all aspects of design and utilizes technology from the inception to the delivery of Archiplexus’s human-centric projects. This commitment to high quality design and innovation is recognized by his numerous awards, including IPA 2017, New Zealand Institute of Architects Award for Urban Design, Excellence in the Beca Innovation Awards, the Emirates Green Building Council Award, to name a few.
Digital Design And Delivery Practice Lead, Mott Macdonald
Chris TebbDigital Design And Delivery Practice Lead, Mott Macdonald
Millennial leading digital transformation in the region ensuring UAE governments and construction firms were first to achieve BIM Level 2 accreditation
Chris is a technology passionate elder millennial who is a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and holds a single figure golf handicap. Chris is currently the Regional Digital Design and Delivery lead for Mott MacDonald in the Middle East and South Asia and a leading member of their global BIM Advisory Board. Chris is currently overseeing the digital transformation strategy and implementation programme within the Middle East Unit as well as leading Mott MacDonald’s BIM Consultancy and Information Advisory work in the Middle East.
He has ten years’ experience in digital advisory, transportation and built environment projects in the Middle East and the UK, working on projects for Highways England in the UK as well as notable major projects in the UAE such as Route 2020, Mafraq-Ghweifat Highway Upgrade and Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Chris’ notable achievements include leading the BIM consultancy team for a Client that became the first non-UK government entity to achieve a British Standards Institution kitemark accreditation for compliance with PAS1192-2 and 1192-3; writing the EIR in compliance with UK Government Level 2 for the Route 2020 project as well as leading Mott MacDonald to the 2016 Future Cities BIM Award.
The Speakers 2018
Project Director, BuroHappold Engineering
Tobias BaulyProject Director, BuroHappold Engineering
Tobias has led the BuroHappold design team throughout the Museum of the Future Project design phase, and is presently Project Director for the Supervision team on site during its construction.
Innovation forms the core ethos of the Museum project, and Tobias is ‘living and breathing’ the very latest design and construction technologies which are at use on the project today. He believes great Engineering is a by-product of great people inspiring one another to innovate and discover technological advances. Starting life as a Structural Engineer, he has a passion for complex building forms, and developing working cultures to close the gap between ‘designing’ and ‘building’.
Muhab M. Benten
Director General, Building Technologies Stimulus Program, Ministry of Housing, KSA
Muhab M. BentenDirector General, Building Technologies Stimulus Program, Ministry of Housing, KSA
Muhab M. Benten, Director General of Building Technology Stimulus Program in Ministry of Housing - Saudi Arabia, a program that aims to stimulate the uptake of building technology. Muhab holds MSc. in Engineering Management and Leadership from Santa Clara University.
Muhab’s career has focused on designing and developing products to support the growth of SMEs and he has led several government entities in their e-transformation journey.
COO - JLW Middle East
Ramy BoufarhatCOO - JLW Middle East
Ramy Boufarhat is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of James L Williams Middle East (JLW), the company specializes in the electro-mechanical (MEP) design and construction of large-scale projects and is based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
JLW directly manages approximately 7,500 employees; 2,500 as direct employees, supplemented by 5,000 specialist sub-contractors under its management. Its annual revenues are in excess of $190mn (AED700mn).
Ramy is a master’s qualified engineer with experience in the building services industry as both a design consultant and a contractor in Australia and the UAE.
Since late 2012, Ramy has held the post of company COO and oversees all ongoing business operations. He played an integral part in orchestrating the restructure of the company during a successful and radical growth period from 2013 to 2017 where the number of employees had increased by approximately 300%, and the turnover of the company increased by more than 250%. Currently the company is undergoing a consolidations period following its large growth but still enjoys an organic annual growth.
Robotics Institute Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi
Jorge DiasRobotics Institute Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi
orge Dias has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal (specialization in Control and Instrumentation).
His research is in the area of Computer Vision and Robotics and he has contributed extensively to the area since 1984.
Since July 2011, Jorge Dias has been on a leave of absence from University of Coimbra to setup the Robotics Institute and research activities on robotics at Khalifa University (Abu Dhabi, UAE).
Partner & Director Ventures ONSITE
Mibu JohnPartner & Director Ventures ONSITE
Mr. John has been heading Ventures ONSITE for more than 15 years and is actively monitoring the construction activities across various industries - energy, buildings and infrastructure sectors in the Middle East and North African region. Ventures ONSITE is the Knowledge Partner / Research or Intelligence Partner for the major construction related events in the region.
Mibu John has contributed as an expert speaker for major industry and private member events providing insight into industry movements and trends. Mr. John has written many construction related reports and is also involved in supplying construction related articles and statistics to press and media.
Mr. John has consulted many large local and multinational companies in the construction industry on investments, growth development,, and competitive, customer and market strategies.
Technical Director & Regional Leader for Innovation, Middle East, Aurecon
Johann BritsTechnical Director & Regional Leader for Innovation, Middle East, Aurecon
Johann has more than a decade of experience providing world-class transport solutions for projects in the UAE and countries such as Australia, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Myanmar, Qatar, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Based in Dubai since 2010, Johann has managed the transport planning for some of the most high-profile and complex developments in the region, including the World Expo 2020, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, the Burj 2020 District and the Dubai Creek Harbour Retail District.
Johann is also concurrently the Regional Innovation Leader - Middle East, supporting Aurecon’s innovation strategy and helping clients design their own future and develop innovative pathways, enabling them to thrive in the age of digital transformation.
Johann is particularly passionate about travel behaviour and factors influencing such behaviour. He is now working on infrastructure development models that support the successful adoption of autonomous vehicles.
Chief Information Officer, ASGC
Herbert FuchsChief Information Officer, ASGC
Herbert is the CIO with ASGC, one of the most successful construction and engineering companies in the GCC region. ASGC has a vision to become the most disruptive and innovative player in the region and beyond by being at the forefront of digital transformation in its industry and newly to be developed business lines.
Herbert was hired by ASGC in January 2017 with the mission to develop and to deploy a digital transformation program across the group.
Herbert’s professional career over the past +25 years is with landmark name corporations across various industries where he had the opportunity of being instrumental in significant transformation and optimization initiatives with global footprint and scope.
Throughout his career, Herbert established himself as an innovator, achiever and thought leader across the “build”, “run” and the “transform” spectrum of IT and business.
Herbert holds an MSc in Information Security as well as an Executive MBA in Information and Communication Technology.
Dr. Sabih Getea Khisaf
Head of Engineering MENA Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.
Dr. Sabih Getea KhisafHead of Engineering MENA Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.
Dr Sabih Gatea Khisaf is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer, Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, with over 34 years experience in the design, engineering and project management of major projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, this includes project such as KIZAD, Abu Dhabi IPTN, Heathrow Airport Heathrow Terminal 5 and London Underground.
Dr. Raed Bkayrat
Managing Director, Clean Energy Business Council
Dr. Raed BkayratManaging Director, Clean Energy Business Council
Dr Bkayrat spent five years leading First Solar’s business development activities in the UAE, where he played a key role in winning significant utility scale projects and developing strategic partnerships in the MENA region.
Prior to that, Dr. Bkayrat, was a founding member of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) where he established the successful Industry Collaboration Program (KICP). Before that, he was part of the core team behind Direct Drive Systems, a successful US-based start-up that was acquired by an oil and gas major. Earlier in his career, he held various roles at Siemens in the USA and Germany in functions such as project management, system engineering and R&D.
Dr. Bkayrat holds a Ph.D. and a MS. from the Arizona State University and a BSc. from the University of Jordan, all in electrical engineering. He is currently managing director of the Clean Energy Business Council in Dubai and acts as a strategy advisor to both public and private sector.
Principal Consultant, Power Systems Planning DNV GL – Energy
Andrea MasaldoPrincipal Consultant, Power Systems Planning DNV GL – Energy
Andrea Basaldo is currently involved in works within ME Utilities, Regulatory and Government Bodies and End User Customers. Among activities, Cable Fault Investigation, Planning studies, Smart Grid Techno-Economic analyses and Implementation, Control System design for high penetration of Renewable, Long Term Grid Developments, Insulation coordination studies among the present activities in GCCIA.
He also worked as technical advisor for Demand Response service in KSA.
He is currently involved in studies on Battery Storage application in the West African Interconnected Power system.
Managing Quantity Surveyor C-Quest (Division of KEO International)
Nicky DobreanuManaging Quantity Surveyor C-Quest (Division of KEO International)
Nicky works as a managing quantity surveyor for C-Quest, a division of KEO International Consultants; he has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Management. He is a member of the CIOB’s Business Development Board where he supports the Special Interest Group for Digital Technologies in ConstructioNicky is an RICS Certified BIM Manager, a BRE BIM Informed Professionals and a certified Project Management Professional.
Maged El Hawary
Controls Director, Controls Department, ASGC
Maged El HawaryControls Director, Controls Department, ASGC
Maged El Hawary is a Project Management Consultant with almost 20 years of successful experience in all aspects of Project Management, Planning, Risk Management, Cost Control and Earned Value Management.
Maged is currently a Project Controls Director at ASGC UAE. He is professional speaker & panelist in many international conferences and a lecturer in topics ranging from project management, cost control, leadership, planning and project integration.
Director at AESG
Scott CoombesDirector at AESG
Scott Coombes is a Director at AESG, a firm who specializes in reducing the ecological footprint of the built environment. Scott holds an honors degree in Architecture from the University of Nottingham and is a subject matter expert on sustainable building design and engineering. He was among the first Estidama certified PQP’s in 2011, he is a GSAS certified professional and is accredited under the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing.
Scott’s professional experience has included the management of a variety of prestigious sustainability developments, such as the North Yas Masterplan on Yas Island, the Bahrain Affordable Housing Project, the Bluewaters Residential project in Dubai and the Irena HQ project in Masdar City.
Scott is currently vice-chairman of the American University in Dubai (AUD) Advisory Board under the school of Architecture, Art and Design.
Partner, Roland Berger
Sassan HatamPartner, Roland Berger
Sassan is a Partner in Roland Berger's Dubai office leading the firm's restructuring & transformation practice in the region. He focuses on driving value-creative transformation programs covering strategic re-alignment, financial restructuring and operational excellence. He has a strong track record in re-shaping companies across industries, has delivered multiple projects in the construction space, and understands how to leverage people and technology to create maximum impact.
Sassan holds a Diplôme de Grande Ecole from ESCP Europe Paris and a Master in European Management from City University London.
Managing Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East
Christopher SeymourManaging Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East
Chris Seymour has more than 25 years’ experience in property and construction. Having worked in most of the major cities in the Middle East region over the last 8 years, he specialises in commercial, leisure and healthcare sectors plus infrastructure and oil and gas.
Chris is a member of the RICS MENAT Market Advisory Panel, and also sits on the Investment Committee of ENBD REIT and is an active member of Corporate Real Estate Network (CoreNet). Having spent many years in PFI and PPP procurement practising in both UK and Middle East he also advises many clients on strategy, risk, commercial and technical advice for large public-sector investments.
Engineering and Design Director, TAV Construction
Ahmet CitipitiogluEngineering and Design Director, TAV Construction
Dr. Citipitioglu has been involved in the design, construction and technical operations of several high-performance facility structures, from nuclear power plants, airport terminals, and high-rise buildings around the world. Working on several large airport and building projects at TAV, he also leads the implementation of tools and technology used at all phases of the built environment.
Partner B2B Connect
Rob JonesPartner B2B Connect
Robert Jones is a partner in the events and research consultancy B2B Connect, having previously been an editor at MEED. He has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist and editor in the UAE and the UK and regularly writes about and moderates discussions on renewable energy and sustainability.
He has written extensively on the Middle East's megaprojects, analysing the key business trends and opportunities, and produces research reports on the region's main industries.
Smart Mobility Director, Parsons
Andrew BevanSmart Mobility Director, Parsons
Andrew Bevan is Parsons’ Smart Mobility Director. He has a bachelor’s degree in electronic and electrical engineering (with honors) from the University of Bath, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer, holds Fellowships with two international engineering organizations and has nearly 20 years of experience, specializing in intelligent solutions and systems integration. He has worked on some of the most prestigious rail projects throughout the Middle East and has spent many years working for the federal government in Abu Dhabi developing the systems portfolio and the introduction for the national rail infrastructure.
Before joining Parsons, Andrew was a subject matter expert with Ericsson in its Global Centre of Excellence and provided consultancy services across the world for clients such as the Istanbul Municipality on Integrated Mobility and Smart Cities and Network Rail in the UK on the adoption of disruptive technologies and IoT to improve efficiencies in operations and maintenance.
Vice President of Worker Welfare - Real Estate and Delivery Expo 2020
Emma SeymourVice President of Worker Welfare - Real Estate and Delivery Expo 2020
Emma Seymour is Vice President of Worker Welfare - Real Estate and Delivery
With a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Middlesex University, Emma is a Fellow of the CIPD and brings over 15 years of experience to her role at ANGE. Prior to this, Emma was the HR Director for Al Futtaim Carillion in the UAE & Egypt, having been with the company for seven years. She has experience in the Hospitality, Facilities Management and Construction industries.
She is passionate about Employee Engagement, Sustainability and Employee welfare and has implemented a number of HR initiatives including fast track leadership development programmes, employee recognition schemes and Engagement surveys.
Chief Founder & Chief Science Officer, RsRL
Chitro MajumdarChief Founder & Chief Science Officer, RsRL
Chitro is the founding Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of R- square RiskLab (RsRL). The organisation is an independent strategic risk consulting specializing in organizing consortia for ministry and CEO sponsors. Chitro is a senior researcher on Applied Probability Theory who is currently designing algorithm on AI Ethics. Chitro chaired the European Commission’s AI Policy panel in Brussels (at end of 2017).
Eng. Afra Al Owais
Chief Efficienology Officer Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA)
Eng. Afra Al OwaisChief Efficienology Officer Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA)
Afra Al Owais leads the Energy Management & Audit Department of Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA). She joined SEWA in 2016 after qualifying with a degree in Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineering from University of Sharjah. Afra was specially selected for her current role after distinguishing herself with strategic projects.
She is passionate about environmental stewardship and promoting green growth which is one of the key goals of SEWA. Performing as a Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineer, Afra contributes to policy and research in energy efficiency. Her vision is to bring about a sustained change in consumer behavior and energy efficiency practices.
Most recently Afra has championed a building retrofit program targeting a reduction of 30 % in each premises which is an initiative to advance the position of Sharjah as City of Conservation. The title of Chief Efficienology Officer was recently bestowed in recognition of her determination and commitment to develop Green growth.
Bader Mohammad Belselah
Acting Director Aviation & Airports Safety Department, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority
Bader Mohammad BelselahActing Director Aviation & Airports Safety Department, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority
An ambitious and empowered Emirati professional with an experience of 20 years in the Aviation industry. At present working with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Aviation & Airports Safety Department as Acting Director.
Accountabilities include but not limit to the following:
1.Manage the Aviation & Airport Safety section in line with overall DCAA’s Aviation and Environmental and Safety objectives
2. Develop and oversee the implementation of the aviation & airport safety standards in line with the federal and international standards in all matters related to civil aviation for the Emirate of Dubai and to ensure compliance with the international and national regulations and policies related to civil aviation
3. Represent the DCAA in all matters related to Aviation & Environmental Safety on a federal level.
Chair, Dep. of Mechanical Engineering & Associate Professor, American University of Dubai
Salem HaggagChair, Dep. of Mechanical Engineering & Associate Professor, American University of Dubai
Dr. Salem Haggag joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at AUD in Fall 2013. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. After his Ph.D., Dr. Haggag worked with the Performance and Control Group of Caterpillar Inc., for a few years where he was exposed to the industrial state-of-art development in the fields of mechatronics and control systems.
Dr. Haggag's research focuses mainly on advanced and modern mechatroniocs systems, which include advanced vehicle control systems, modern automatic control, electro-hydraulic and mechanical systems, X-by-wire control systems, fault-tolerant systems and system simulation and optimization. At AUD, he teaches a broad range of courses in the areas of mechatronics, control systems, instrumentation, and computer-aided design.
Regional Director - Business Systems Lead, Middle East SNC Lavalin's Faithful + Gould
Nic JacobsRegional Director - Business Systems Lead, Middle East SNC Lavalin's Faithful + Gould
Nic Jacobs is business systems lead, for the Middle East region of SNC Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business. He is also responsible for the digital transformation for the region, working closely with the global business’ team. With 18 years’ experience in the construction industry, he has worked across the entire project life-cycle on a variety of projects and programmes, from inception through to completion, with the last seven years, applying the knowledge managing the development and implementation of software solutions and technology for large projects and programmes, in both private and public sectors.
With an engineering and a business degree, he focusses on translating business requirements into digital solutions, to provide the ultimate project and programme management platforms to achieve business objectives.