30-31 October 2017
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
منتجع وسبا سوفيتيل دبي بالم

Summit Agenda

Day 1 - 30th October 2017

08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00

Ministerial Address & Keynote Speech



H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif AlNuaimi, Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure Development
Dawoud AbdulRahman AlHajri, Assistant Director General - Engineering and Planning Sector, Dubai Municipality

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif AlNuaimi
Dawoud AbdulRahman AlHajri

10:00 - 10:20

Dubai Plan 2021

  • An overview of initiatives being undertaken by Dubai Government
  • Strategies in place for achieving Dubai's 2021 goals – Happiness, sustainability, smart governance, smart mobility and energy efficiency
  • Future plans for improving citizen engagement along with making Dubai the innovation hub and the most connected city


Samira Al Rais, Director - Policy and Strategy, Sustainable Development, The General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai

Samira Al Rais

10:20 - 10:40

Smart Society – Case Study on Peterborough’s Smart City Program

  • Why smart cities should put citizens first
  • Citizen engagement and participation
  • Social innovation


Charlotte Palmer, Environment Strategy and Future City Manager, Peterborough City Council, UK

Charlotte Palmer

10:40 - 11:00

Green Building Rating System (ALSAFFAT)


Fida Mohammed AlHammadi, Head - Research and Building System Section, Dubai Municipality

Fida Mohammed AlHammadi

11:00 - 11:20

Safe and Secured Connected Cities

  • Creating a secure, reliable and resilient smart city with a robust Information and Communications Technology
  • Leveraging city wide digital information while guarding against malicious damages, unintentional destruction and natural disasters
  • Developing robust laws and policies to improve cyber security of the future cities


Natalya Kaspersky, President, InfoWatch Group

Natalya Kaspersky

11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Smart Mobility & Smart Transportation

  • How intelligent transport will change the way our cities move
  • Time to re-think our urban mobility
  • Economic and environmental impacts of smart urban mobility


Paul Copping, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Greenwich, UK

Paul Copping

12:10 - 12:30

Future of City Resiliency: Economical, Ecological and Sociological

  • How do we achieve greater economic equity?
  • How do cities lead in global efforts to protect our environment?
  • How do we advance a human-centric approach to creating smart cities?


Michael Lake, President and CEO, Leading Cities, Boston, USA

Michael Lake

12:30 - 13:10

Interactive Panel Discussion: Autonomous Vehicles Connected Cars for Smart Cities

  • Way forward for autonomous vehicles
  • Safety and security challenges for autonomous vehicles
  • Deployment approaches

Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO - Licensing Agency, Roads and Transport Authority
Christopher Free, General Manager, Uber UAE
Martin Tillman, Director - Transport Planning, AECOM
Paul Copping, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Greenwich, UK
Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director, Masdar

Ahmed Bahrozyan
Christopher Free
Martin Tillman
Paul Copping
Yousef Baselaib

13:10 - 13:30

Smart City ITS Platform

  • Discussing the current situation when it comes to the existing smart systems
  • Challenge of integration of different but existing system into one single platform
  • Advantages of having one single platform
  • Case study of Hu-Go


Sajid Afridi, Director - Sales and Strategy, SSK Technologies

Sajid Afridi

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:10

Interactive Panel Discussion: Happy City – Dubai’s Journey to be the Happiest City

  • How do we measure happiness?
  • How government services impact happiness of its citizens
  • Private sector participation – What steps do we need to take to achieve the happiness goal?
  • How to implement a culture of happiness

Dr. Marie Thompson, Clinical Director, Vivamus
Dr. Zakir Malik, General Manager - Group Human Resources, Oasis Investment Company (Al Shirawi Group)
Eng. Hamad Al Dhanhani, Chief Happiness and Positivity Officer, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme
Saman Haziq, Happiness and Positivity Editor, Khaleej Times

Dr. Marie Thompson
Dr. Zakir Malik
Eng. Hamad Al Dhanhani
Saman Haziq

15:10 - 15:50

Interactive Panel Discussion: Blockchain and the Smart City

  • How can blockchain help Dubai achieve its smart city objectives?
  • Impact of blockchain on government services
  • How the technology can increase both efficiency and quality of life
  • How blockchain could help Dubai's plan to go paperless by 2021

Alexandar Williams, Director - Future Economy, Corporate Strategic Affairs Sector, Dubai Economy
Franco Bosoni, Director, DMCC Innovation Hub
Ghazi Atallah, CEO, NXN (formerly neXgen)
Michael Lake, President and CEO, Leading Cities, Boston, USA

Alexandar Williams
Franco Bosoni
Ghazi Atallah
Michael Lake

15:50 - 16:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Digitizing Government Processes and Service Delivery

  • Framework for setting digital priorities
  • Automation of transactional services
  • Engaging citizens & businesses

Charlotte Palmer, Environment Strategy and Future City Manager, Peterborough City Council, UK
Dr. Osama Elhassan, Head - e-Health Section, Dubai Health Authority
Muhammed Adil Hayat Khan, Security Infrastructure Specialist, Department of Health Abu Dhabi
Yousuf Mohammed Al Shaiba, Director - Smart Services Development Department, Ajman Municipality and Planning Department

Charlotte Palmer
Dr. Osama Elhassan
Muhammed Adil Hayat Khan
Yousuf Mohammed Al Shaiba

16:30 - 16:40


16:40 - 17:10


Day 2 - 31st October 2017

09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency in Smart Cities

  • Exploring different energy sources for producing, storing and distributing urban energy in sustainable smart cities
  • Transforming UAE's smart energy mix
  • Developing a low carbon city strategy

Sgouris Sgouridis, Associate Professor - Engineering Systems and Management, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE

Sgouris Sgouridis

10:20 - 10:40

Ecological Urbanism and Building ‘Smart’: Exploring the Atlas for the End of the World

  • The Atlas for the End of the World highlights the urgent need to take a global and biodiversity view on cities
  • We need to stop building ‘smart’ cities in dumb ways
  • Climate change responsiveness has to be part of the lexicon of smart cities
  • In order to be smart cities must be conceived as human ecologies


Steven Velegrinis, Director - Cities and Sites, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will

Steven Velegrinis

10:40 - 11:00

The Future of Housing in UAE

  • How can we lead the change to future housing?
  • How do clean energy systems affect the architectural design of future housing?
  • The social and environmental impacts of smart technologies in future communities?


Eng. Basem Mohamed Al-Namer, Director - Engineering Services Department, Engineering Affairs Sector, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

Eng. Basem Mohamed Al-Namer

11:00 - 11:20

Urban Aviation On-Demand: Safe and Reliable Switch to 3D Mobility


Evgeni Borisov, CEO and Founder, VIMANA Global

Evgeni Borisov

11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Dubai SMART Mobile Monitoring Station

  • Background information about the SMART mobile monitoring station
  • Equipments used and the monitored parameters
  • Features and abilities
  • Benefits and outcomes


Khaldoon Aldarraji, Environmental Studies & Research Senior Specialist, Dubai Municipality

Khaldoon Aldarraji

12:10 - 12:50

Interactive Panel Discussion: Designing Sustainable Cities – Urban Regeneration

  • Urban planning & design principles for sustainable cities
  • Citizen-centered design approaches
  • Landscape planning and design

Chris Browning, Director, NORR Group Consultants International Ltd
Dan Bulmer, Managing Director, Place Dynamix
Phil Dunn, Design and Planning Manager, The Sustainable City - Diamond Developers
Robert Shakespeare, Group Design Director, Cracknell
Steven Velegrinis, Director - Cities and Sites, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will

Chris Browning
Dan Bulmer
Phil Dunn
Robert Shakespeare
Steven Velegrinis

12:50 - 13:20

Technology + Psychology = Better Cities

  • Big data and human nature
  • Heuristics, nudging, the psychology of happiness and paradoxes galore
  • What can the smart cities learn from behavioral economics?


Hrvoje Cindric, Associate, Arup

Hrvoje Cindric

13:20 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30


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