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 - 09:35

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

09:35 - 09:45

Ministerial Address


H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif AlNuaimi, Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure Development

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif AlNuaimi

09:45 - 09:55

Welcome Address

09:55 - 10:00

Keynote Speech


H.E. Jamila Al Fandi, General Director, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

H.E. Jamila Al Fandi

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 most connected city


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

Samira Al Rais

10:20 - 10:40

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 & CEO, Leading Cities, Boston, USA

Michael Lake

10:40 - 11:00

Case Study Presentation: Dubai Design District D3 Smart City Initiatives

This presentation will cover the initiatives being undertaken by D3 in the areas of mobility, people, economy, environment, living & governance


Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, Chief Operating Officer, d3 - Dubai Design District

Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi

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, Co-founder - Kaspersky Lab

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

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

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 & Transport Authority
Christopher Free, General Manager, Uber UAE
Ian Machen, Head of Intelligent Mobility Middle East, Atkins
Paul Copping, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Greenwich, UK
Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director, Masdar

Ahmed Bahrozyan
Christopher Free
Ian Machen
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 & 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. Louise Lambert, Associate Professor, Canadian University of Dubai
Dr. Marie Thompson, Clinical Director, Vivamus
Dr. Zakir Malik, General Manager – Group Human Resources, Oasis Investment Company (Al Shirawi Group)
Ismail Mohammed, Senior Vice President - Customer Operations, Du
Saman Haziq, Happiness & Positivity Editor, Khaleej Times
Wafa Al Awlaqi, Chief Happiness and Positivity Officer, National Qualifications Authority

Dr. Louise Lambert
Dr. Marie Thompson
Dr. Zakir Malik
Ismail Mohammed
Saman Haziq
Wafa Al Awlaqi

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

Ghazi Atallah, CEO, NXN (formerly neXgen)
Hans Henrik Christensen, Director - DTEC & SOF, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
James Bernard, Director of Business Development, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
Ramez Shehadi, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Booz Allen Hamilton Mena

Ghazi Atallah
Hans Henrik Christensen
James Bernard
Ramez Shehadi

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

Dr. Osama Elhassan, Head of e-Health Section, Dubai Health Authority
Mohamad Easawy, Head of IT Excellence, Dubai Customs
Muhammed Adil Hayat Khan, Security Infrastructure Specialist, Department of Health Abu Dhabi
Yousuf Mohammed Al Shaiba, Director of Smart Services Development Department, Ajman Municipality & Planning Department

Dr. Osama Elhassan
Mohamad Easawy
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 of Cities & 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 of Engineering Services Department – Engineering Affairs Sector, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

Eng. Basem Mohamed Al-Namer

11:00 - 11:20

Smart Lighting – Enhancing the Look of Future Cities with Smart and Sustainable Lighting

  • Embedding sensor-equipped lighting solutions for reduced energy consumption
  • Use of latest innovative lighting solutions to augment the prominent look of smart cities
  • Incorporating energy solutions aiming for net zero energy requirements/net zero carbon emissions
  • City’s lighting infrastructure enabling data gathering and delivering information and services to and from millions of devices

11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:40

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
Michel Francis, Chief Architect, Design Director, Design & Construction Engineering
Phil Dunn, Design and Planning Manager, The Sustainable City - Diamond Developers
Robert Shakespeare, Group Design Director, Cracknell

Chris Browning
Dan Bulmer
Michel Francis
Phil Dunn
Robert Shakespeare

12:40 - 13:00

Connecting Smart Cities – How Telecoms Play an Integral Role in Smart City Implementation

  • 5G & IoT – Connectivity technologies driving smart nations
  • The need for heterogeneous networks to support smart cities
  • Big data, real-time analytics and cloud computing – How telecoms will drive Innovation

13:00 - 13:20

Environmental Design in Building

  • Exploring latest trends in environmental design
  • Maximizing the environmental performance on buildings
  • Sustainable construction techniques & materials

13:20 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30


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