13-14 November 2017
United Arab Emirates

Summit Agenda

Day 1 - 8th November 2016

08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Welcome Address


H.E. Hani Rashid Al Hamli, Secretary General, Dubai Economic Council

H.E. Hani Rashid Al Hamli

10:00 - 10:20

The Internet of Things: Everything Changes. Again.

  • Connecting devices will reinvent how we do things
  • The IoT in a city context is a game-changer
  • What's next?


Dr. Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto

Dr. Jonathan Reichental

10:20 - 10:40

Cities in Motion - Street-Smart into the Future

  • Urban future mobility from a global perspective: Reinventing mobility to align with new paradigms of urbanization and changing lifestyles
  • How Daimler is shaping the future of mobility: Connected, autonomous, shared, electric


Mark De Haes, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East

Mark De Haes

10:40 - 11:00

Big Data for Public Services

  • Integration and analysis of data about citizens
  • Pro-active communications – Proposals, reminders and delivery of notifications
  • Combination of location, time and channels for maximum efficiency



Andrey Belozerov, Deputy CIO, Moscow City

Andrey Belozerov

11:00 - 11:20

Creating Smart, Safe and Sustainable Cities


Noel Kirkaldy, Business Development, Public Sector, Advanced Mobile Network Solutions, Nokia

Noel Kirkaldy

11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

The Internet-of-Things for Utilities. Here. Now. This is What It Looks Like.

  • Discussing how the disruptive forces of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the prosumerization of energy technologies has already changed many utilities' priorities and how they can better meet traditional ones, improve safety and operational efficiencies
  • Revolutionize your business models through device-to-customer-to-agent-to-business (D-CAB) processes. Innovate without overhauling your enterprise systems of reference. Learn about Avertra’s patent-pending D-CAB technologies and processes for utilities and how we are enabling our utility clients’ vision for integrated premises
  • Understanding how consumer devices can help utilities improve your utility’s safety and operations outcomes and learn how a pace-layered architecture strategy can deliver innovation within your existing business now without overhauling your enterprise applications


Bashir Bseirani, CEO/CTO and Co-Founder, Avertra

Bashir Bseirani

12:10 - 12:30

How Open Innovation and Data can Shape Future Cities?

  • The technology building blocks to support future cities
  • A data driven city
  • Driving open innovation in collaboration with citizens and businesses
  • Learning from other cities


Huseyin Ozel, Chief Technologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Huseyin Ozel

12:30 - 12:50

Case Study Presentation - Dubai Silicon Oasis City - Dubai’s Premier Integrated Smart City Project Equipped with Innovation, Technology and Convenience for Business and Residential Community

  • 2.75 million square meter of smart living
  • Collaboration is our main key driver to business growth
  • Smart DSO’s purpose is “To develop a fully integrated, sustainable and happy community through collaboration, innovation and technology.”


Muammar Al Katheeri, Executive VP - Engineering Management and Smart City, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Muammar Al Katheeri

12:50 - 13:10

ENGIE your Partner for the City of Tomorrow


Chloe Gaspari, International Business Developer, ENGIE Ineo
Laure Alazet Osborn, Business Developer, ENGIE Middle East, South and Central Asia, Turkey

Chloe Gaspari
Laure Alazet Osborn

13:10 - 13:30

Innovation Trends in Wireless Connectivity Technology: The Building Blocks of Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

  • New paradigms in wireless connectivity
  • The bifurcation of cellular technology: From LTE to LPWA
  • u-blox connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things that really matter
  • Direction of travel


Diego Grassi, Senior Market Development Manager, u-blox

Diego Grassi

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:20

Panel Discussion: How Important are Automated Networks for Automated Future Cities?

  • Smart cities and IoT initiatives aim at automating and simplifying city operations strongly relying on large scale networks
  • It does not make sense to have automated and autonomous cars, traffic, services, etc. without a proper network automation
  • Looking at the whole lifespan of a smart city, operational costs and implementation investments need to be sustainable  
  • Automated networks will make smart cities sustainable in the mid/long term and will enable fast changes

Baz Gharibi, Traffic and Transportation Manager, Louis Berger
Martin Baerchmidt, Founding Partner and Managing Director, EDGE
Martin Tillman, Director - Transport Planning, AECOM
Venturino Intrieri, Service Product Line Manager, Allied Telesis

Baz Gharibi
Martin Baerchmidt
Martin Tillman
Venturino Intrieri

15:20 - 15:40

Future Cities and Digital Leadership

  • Digital transformation
  • Leadership and smart cities
  • The need for future cities: Smart, sustainable and innovative at the same time


Dr. Oualid Ali, Associate Professor, German University of Technology in Oman

Dr. Oualid Ali

15:40 - 16:00

City Masterplan and Motor Vehicle Culture

Car culture comes with certain planning assumptions. Unmitigated, these assumptions have many unexpected impacts which lead to lack of efficiency and hurt the economy. Historical precedents for urban development are analyzed. Lessons are learned from past examples. We contrast this with the current planning methods in the GCC and explain the impact this has on pedestrians, car traffic and overall city efficiency. Recommendations are made for a more efficient planning method while still maintaining the regional cultural and physical requirements.


Ivar Krasinski, Founding Partner/Design Director, EDGE

Ivar Krasinski

16:00 - 16:05


16:05 - 16:35


Day 2 - 9th November 2016

09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:30

Advanced Smart City Infrastructure in a University City

  • Current urban infrastructure will need to progress rapidly to support the digital future
  • Urban centers need as clear a vision for the supporting digital infrastructure as for their transportation
  • In a ‘University City’, how should the university make a substantive contribution


Dr. Ian Lewis, Director - Infrastructure Investment, University of Cambridge

Dr. Ian Lewis

10:30 - 10:50

Future Cities Run on Code? Can They be Protected?

  • Cybersecurity challenges in future cities
  • Cyber defense maturity levels and threat model
  • Recommendations to protect future cities


Ali Al Shidhani, Director - ICT Research, The Research Council Oman

Ali Al Shidhani

10:50 - 11:10

Smart Mobility and Transportation – Driverless Cars and What They Mean for the Form of Future Cities

Approximately 50-60% of city downtown areas are currently occupied car parking representing enormous financial cost of car parking. Despite that cars are almost universally depreciating assets that do not multiply effects in the economy. Perhaps for this reason the sharing economy is growing in leaps and bounds and this is particularly true of ridesharing. At the same time the Dubai Future Foundation is currently pursuing a goal to make 25% of all vehicle trips driverless by 2030 in Dubai. Driverless cars promise to drastically reduce the amount of car parking required in cities potentially drastically changing urban streets in positive ways. The potential of such a change is exciting but also makes the model of the suburb more likely to survive and less likely to encourage more sustainable urban form. This presentation will explore the potential urban outcomes and how we might turn this change into a positive through the complete reconceptualization of the street.


Steven Velegrinis, Associate Principal – Cities+Sites, Perkins+Will

Steven Velegrinis

11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:30

Panel Discussion: Urban Resilience Strategies - Middle East Perspective

To face the challenges of increasing energy scarcity, climate change, and population change, cities will need to increase their resilience strategies.

Ali Al Jassim, Acting CEO, Etihad ESCO
Farah Naz, Sustainability Associate, BuroHappold Engineering
Guy Mercer, Technical Director - Environment & Sustainability, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Ali Al Jassim
Farah Naz
Guy Mercer
Martin Valentine

12:30 - 13:00

Let’s Talk About Resilience - How to Build Back Better

  • Importance of resilience
  • Resilience assessment
  • Case study from the Arab cities


Farah Naz, Sustainability Associate, BuroHappold Engineering

Farah Naz

13:00 - 13:20

Emirati Smart City – Cross-Culture Differences – Scheme of How to Build and Evaluate Smart Cities

  • Why many generous investments were made on smart cities but there are still considerable projects unsuccessful in many aspects in reaching their final destination in the GCC
  • Why do different cultures require different approaches
  • What are dimensions of the cultural differences
  • Utilizing “The Emirati Smart City Scheme”, how to launch a smart city of effective aspects, taking into consideration the cross-cultural differences
  • What are the main stages, qualifications and ingredients of launching a smart city


Eng. Hashem AlMansoori, Advisor & Director General - Smart e-Governance, Emirates Advanced Investments Group (EAIG)

Eng. Hashem AlMansoori

13:20 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30


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