His Excellency Hani Rashid Al Hamli is the Secretary General of the Dubai Economic Council (DEC) since 2006. The Council envisioned acting as the strategic partner for the Government of Dubai in the economic-decision making. It provides policy recommendations and initiatives that enhance the sustainable economic development in the Emirate of Dubai.
Prior to his service at DEC, Mr. Al Hamli held a number of senior positions in various government and private entities in Dubai such as the Executive Council-Government of Dubai, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Investment & Development Authority, and Emirates Bank Group.
Under his management of the DEC Secretariat, Al Hamli has realized many achievements for the DEC, notably the establishment of Dubai Competitiveness Center (DCC) in 2008; the DEC has embraced the stated center from 2008-2013. Additionally, Al Hamli initiated the “clusters development” and “macroeconomic modelling” for Dubai’s economy. Moreover, he has restructured the DEC Secretariat and established two affiliates that form together the think tank of the Council. Those include: the Economic Policy & Research Center (EPRC) and the Legal Affairs & Research Center (LARC). Most recently, Al Hamli created “Driving Innovation Spirit for Dubai” initiative in partnership with ‘Royal Philips’ aimed at enhancing the concept of innovation in the U.A.E. and strengthen the institutional capacities of Dubai’s businesses.
Andrey is a lifelong technology executive with deep expertise in delivering innovations in both governmental and commercial sectors. Since 2011, Andrey has served as Deputy CIO of Moscow, after he was engaged by Government of Russia to lead Electronic Government initiative in 2010.
Prior to public services, Andrey was improving Project Management Practices in Russia in multiple executive roles, also as VP, Project Management Institute, Moscow Branch
In his current position, Andrey is responsible for implementing informational systems in all spheres of urban life with special focus on Smart City projects.
Mark De Haes is President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East.
He joined the Daimler Group in 1988 and has held various senior management positions in Sales and Marketing over the past 28 years of his career. Before coming to the Middle East, De Haes was CEO of Mercedes-Benz Belgium Luxembourg for 9 years.
Noel Kirkaldy is responsible for Business Development in Middle East and Africa for Public Sector of Nokia - Advanced Mobile Network Solutions. Noel has over 25 years in the telecoms industry; having begun his career working in Europe and the US he has spent the past 20 years based in the Middle East and African regions.
He works with commercial and public sector operators to provide commercial and market-facing expertise and engagement support for their end-to-end telecommunication and mission critical solutions. He has also been working with Regulators and associated Industry organisations to enable the allocation of additional spectrum that will be required to develop the commercial and public sector market.
Noel Kirkaldy has been instrumental in development of the use of Wireless Technologies to provide Commercial Mobile Broadband as well as Mission and Business Critical solutions in a number of markets in the MEA region.
Bashir is hands-on CEO/CTO with a passion for complex problem solving via technology with a focus on the Utilities industry. His company Avertra is a proud member of 2016 INC. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in the US and apart of the 2016 and 2014 CIO Review list of the top 20 Most Promising Utilities Technology Solutions Providers. Before joining Avertra, Bashir worked for companies such as SAP and HCL-Axon.
Bashir specializes in building high performant teams and managing all aspects of large scale technology/digital transformations, client expectation, and legislators, including working with utility executives to build business cases and roadmaps for major IT spending.
While being young, Mr. Bseirani has been working in IT and in the utility space for over 15 years now. He is extremely results oriented, self-motivated leader with strong analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. Keys process area knowledge: New Construction to Meter to Cash lifecycle, Asset (Fixed and Linear) Management, IoT integration, Call Center Optimizations, Mobility Strategy, Work Order Management, Building Innovation Centers of Excellence, Cloud Migrations, PCI/HIPPA Compliance.
Huseyin Ozel is the Chief Technologist for HPE’s focused capabilities on Future Cities & Public Sector IoT in the EMEA region.
Huseyin is an experienced technology strategy, architecture and consultancy professional with industrial background in finance, online service delivery, e-commerce, consumer electronics and travel sectors. Over last 5 years at HPE, he has worked at various positions focusing on IoT, mobility and end-user computing technologies, products and services. He is based in the Netherlands.
Diego Grassi is responsible for the market development of the Industrial, Retail & Enterprise segments at u-blox AG, a fabless semiconductors company headquartered in Switzerland. u-blox provides embedded wireless and positioning solutions for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets.
Diego Grassi has 20 year experience in Product, Strategic marketing and business development. Prior to joining u-blox, he held a number of marketing roles at high tech companies such as Micron Technology, Numonyx and STMicroelectronics with increasing responsibilities at each organization. He managed ecosystem and demand generation programs working with complex corporate organizations of several fortune 500 companies spread in three continents.
Diego has an established network of contacts with partners in the semiconductors, telecom, smart energy, mobile phone, consumer electronics, industrial and automotive industries. He is used to public speaking as an evangelist for the wireless communication technologies designed for the internet of things.
Rino has more than 30 years of experience in managing large innovative networking projects for Enterprises, Telecommunication companies and Government Organizations paying special attention to achieving profitability, effectiveness, organizational efficiency and smaller Total Cost of Ownership. He’s also a regular speaker in Smart Technologies events worldwide.
Currently responsible for defining and promoting the Service offering of Allied Telesis including IoT and SmartCities Solutions, Solution Engineering, Managed Services, Maintenance Programs as well as official Training and Certification Program.
Rino holds an Industrial Technologies Engineering degree with first class honors and attended, among all, the first course on Local Area Networks at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK).
Dr. Ali Al Shidhani is the director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Research at The Research Council of Oman. His mission at work is to push the ICT research and innovation agenda forward through several programs and initiatives. Dr. Ali is also a visiting professor at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). Previously, he was a full time Assistant Professor at the same department. Furthermore, Dr. Ali was a visiting researcher at City University London.
During his career as a full time Assistant Professor at SQU, Dr. Ali developed and taught several courses in Digital Logic Design, Embedded Systems Design, Systems Design for Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computing Systems and Programming Languages. His research interest is in wireless security and have published 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences in addition to a book chapter and have supervised numerous undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
He received B.Eng in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Sultan Qaboos University in 2001, Masters of IT in Data Communications from Queensland University of Technology, Australia in 2003. Dr. Ali received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada in 2010. Dr. Ali is a member of several national ICT committees and have delivers a number of presentations in ICT in national and international conferences and forums.
Dr. Jonathan Reichental, currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun. He is a popular writer, including recently co-authoring The Apps Challenge Playbook and he is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics.
Eng. Muammar joined Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) in April 2006 as the Director of Planning and
Construction Management Department; enriching DSOA with his wide knowledge and experience in Construction and Project Management. In two years time, Eng. Muammar proved to be an important asset for DSOA, where he was appointed as the Chief Planning and Construction Officer.
In 2010, DSOA saw the need to merge Planning & Constructions Department along with Operations & facilities under one leadership. Based on this decision, Eng. Muammar was appointed as Executive VP of Engineering Management. In 2014 Eng. Muammar was appointed as the Chairman of the Smart City project committee in Dubai Silicon Oasis.
Steven grew up in Australia and pursued a career in Urban Planning & Heritage Conservation before embarking on a career in Landscape Architecture.
Influenced by his multi-disciplinary background Steven’s work has attempted to negotiate a more instrumental role for the Landscape as an organizing medium in Urban Planning. His professional practice has included extended periods in Asia and the Middle East having spent almost a decade in each respectively.
His recent work & doctoral research seeks to promote the idea of Ecological Urbanism as the future for sustainable urban development in the Middle East and Asia. Steven’s ongoing inquiry includes the role of parametric design methodologies in urbanism with the goal of realizing ‘robust ecological frameworks’ as opposed to deterministic ‘master plans’.
Dr. Ian Lewis is Director of Infrastructure Investment at the University of Cambridge. He represents the University in the significant urban, housing and transportation developments in the region where the University of Cambridge is recognized as the hub around which a globally leading network of tech and life sciences industry and research businesses has become established. Dr. Lewis’s prior career included CIO for the University of Cambridge and global CIO roles in banking.
Ali Al Jassim, Acting CEO of Etihad Energy Services and holder of bachelors of science in Civil Engineering, Masters of business administration with honours and a PhD in Business Management, has 21 years of experience in leading roles delivering programs and projects. Ali held top positions in both public and private sector entities such as Head of follow-up and development office at the Dubai Municipality, Acting CEO & Director of Drivers Licensing at RTA and General Manager of Qeyadah Driving Solutions.
Martin Valentine is Lighting Expert to the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City and has worked in the field of specialist lighting design for over 25-years. A Masters graduate from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London; his experience encompasses a multitude of sectors from government buildings through to national museums and in environments as uniquely diverse as Antarctica and the Middle East.
Dr. Oualid Ali has obtained a bachelors degree in Management Information Systems (MIS), in 1998, from the "Institut Superieur de Gestion", in Tunis, Tunisia. In 1999, he moved to Canada, Laval University, Quebec, to carry on further studies and obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science in 2001, and PhD in Computer Science in 2006 (supervised by Prof. Bernard Moulin. After his PhD study, In 2006, he moved to UK to work as senior research assistant because he has received a 2 years- MARIE-CURIE prestigious scholarship to work in bot York University and Hull University. In 2008 he moved to Sharjah University (UAE) to work in the MIS Department in the College of Business Administration. In 2010, he became the Head of the MIS Department in the College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah. In 2015, he has moved to Muscat to hold the position of Director of the Training and Smart Solutions Center (TSSC) in the German University in Muscat, Oman and he will be responsible of research and innovation. Dr. Oualid Ali is a research leader in the areas of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Management Information Systems, Business Information Systems, Business Intelligence and Analytics, etc. He is an active researcher and has published several papers in renowned international journals. He has participated in many international and national conferences. He has participated in numerous projects arund the worls, either as a researcher, trainer or consultant. During his career, Dr. Oualid Ali has hold several administrative/managerial/leadership positions in several institution around the world.
Martin Tillman is Director at international engineering consultancy Aecom leading Strategic Advisory and Planning for the UAE and Oman. He leads the key disciplines of modelling, planning, ITS, road safety, parking and freight.
Martin has lived and worked in the UAE for nine years, beginning with the management of the policy and planning work on the Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Master Plan for the Department of Transport. Prior to this, Martin lived and worked in the UK, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, and Qatar.
He is currently working on Emirate and city wide master planning projects as well as providing advice for large scale development projects in the region.
Martin enjoys the challenge of providing innovative and value added advice for clients and consulting with stakeholders. His key aims are to encourage sustainability, future proof concepts through appropriate measures, and to deliver a successful outcome for his clients.
Ivar Krasinski, AIA, APA Partner and Design Director, is the driving force behind the phenomenal growth and success of EDGE, architectural firm in Dubai. Prior to forming EDGE, he has been a Partner and Design Leader with major firms including HOK, Burt Hill, Stantec. During 20 years of experience Ivar had worked on some of the most prestigious projects e.g Yankees Stadium in New York City or Cleveland Browns Stadium in Ohio. His GCC portfolio extends but does not limit to e.g Dubai Motor City Masterplan, Automall Showroom and Office; Bahrain National and International Stadium or an award-winning 1/JBR Dubai high-rise residential tower.
Farah Naz is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) registered with Engineering Council, UK with over 13 years’ international experience in UAE, UK and USA. Farah’s work encompasses architectural design, environmentally-conscious project, city level urban planning, energy master planning and delivery management. Previously she worked as a technical specialist in building performance evaluation, passive and low energy design, energy-efficient retrofit and inclusive design projects in UK and USA.
Her projects include UK’s award winning Zero Carbon Building “Ashmount Primary School”won the RIBA Sustainable Buildings’ Award in 2015, Green city initiatives with the Copenhagen Government and sustainable policy level work within UAE. Her current work focuses on Sustainability & Health and Wellbeing Agenda for Smart Cities, City resilience vs the Bid data initiatives and Concepts of Biomimicry and Liveability for delivering Future Cities in the Middle East.
Farah is a board member of the Emirates Green building Council (EGBC), Member of CIBSE Resilient Cities Group and CIBSE Council, UK. She brings in an Eco conscious architectural design approach to an engineering solution.
Farah is a Sustainability Associate with BuroHappold Engineering Consulting, Dubai branch, and is currently working on iconic projects like Masdar City, King Abdul Aziz Centre for innovation, Heart of Doha and Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi.
Martin Baerschmidt B. Arch, ARBV - EDGE Founding Partner and Managing Director.
Martin has over 20 years of architectural and project management professional experience within Middle East, Asia and Australia. Prior to Co-founding EDGE in 2009, he has worked with some of the largest international firms on major projects from design inception to completion.
Under his leadership, EDGE has grown to over 35 employees, that includes BIM Architects, Engineer Specialists and Interior Designers. Company provides a complete market-led solution with expertise in masterplanning, mixed-use, residential and hospitality designs and developments.
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