His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi was appointed the Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates in February 2016. Previously, His Excellency served as a Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) from 2010 to 2017. He was also the Director of the Department of Energy and Climate Change within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2016.
Earlier, as Project Engineer at Masdar, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi worked to advance renewable energy technologies and solutions. During this time, he also played an instrumental role in the UAE’s successful 2009 bid to host IRENA, the first international organization dedicated to renewable energy. He started his career as Reservoir Engineer at the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO).
He heads the UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment, the National Committee of Biosecurity, and the Emirates Committee for Sustainable Environment Research. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), the Board of Trustees of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, the Audit and Selection Committees of the Zayed Sustainability Prize and the Board of Directors of the Global Green Growth Institute.
His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi holds a PhD in Project and Program Management from SKEMA Business School in France, an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology in the US, an MSc in Project Management from the British University in Dubai and a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa in the US. In 2015, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi received the first Gulf Cooperation Council Excellence Award in recognition of his pioneering efforts in renewable energy.
Dr. Chen-Yu Lee is a consultant for Taipei Computer Association (TCA) as well as the director for Taipei Smart City Project Management Office (TPMO) established by Taipei City Government. TCA was built in 1974 and is the leading industrial organization in Taiwan. Before serving at TCA, Dr. Lee used to work in Institute for Information Industry (III), which is to strengthen the competitiveness of information industry. Dr. Lee has worked on numerous central government projects, including Smart City Promotion Project, Cloud Computing Industry Project, UX Project, E-learning Project, etc., and had over 15 years of research experience in ICT related industry.
TPMO aims to implement an eco-system to combine industry and government resources to develop smart solutions that can satisfy public demands. Since TPMO was established in 2016, Dr. Lee has vigorously led the team to assist Taipei City Government with diverse Smart City projects, including Top-down policy and bottom-up POC (Proof of Concept) projects.
With long-term observation on smart city industry, Dr. Lee is considered one of the experts that able to provide professional analysis and strategic advice service to both smart city and ICT industry development.
Ayman Alharbi, IT & Smart City Director, Royal Commission for Juabil & Yanbu, is responsible for comprehensive management of the Yanbu Industrial City IT & Smart City Project. Ayman is also the IT / Smart City Project Director, Royal Commission at Jazan City for Primary & Down Stream Industry (RC-JCPDI), since September 2015. He holds an MBA from Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Scienes from King Abdul Aziz University. He has attended an Executive leadership Programs from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2016 He is a Certified Project Leader from Haward Technology Middle East since 2016. He is also a certified Value Engineering (AVS- Associate Value Specialist) since 2014.
During Ayman’s term at the RCY, he targeted a complete digital transformation on all RCY internal & external businesses. From a complete ERP solution to a wide range of E-Services application, that serves the investment & the resident of RCY. He leade’s the corporate digital transformation with rounded business, technology & operations experience. He sucssefuly manage and operate an international wining award smart city project in Yanbu Industrial city and reaplcating his success at JCPDI as well currently.
Before joining the Royal Commission at Yanbu, Ayman worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other private companies where he compined the government & private sectors knowledge and business process.
Head of the Center for Development of Urban Design and Planning of Saudi cities at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
Dhay Al Dhawyan is an Urban designer and an Architect, She is the Head of the Center for Development of Urban Design and Planning of Saudi cities at the Ministry of Municipality and Rural Affairs – MOMRA.
She Worked for McKinsey & Company as an advisor in master planning and urban design of many Mega- urban development programs as part of the transformation plan of Saudi Arabia 2030.
She is the founder and principal of D H Λ Y D H Λ W Y Λ N Λrchitects, founded in November of 2016. Partner and exclusive representative of DKA Chicago, in the Middle East.
She has participated in a number of projects in a design and production capacity with Torus Architecture & Engineering Design since 2013; and worked at CEL (Creative Exchange Lab) as an urban designer and project coordinator on CEL NEA (National Endowments for the Arts) award titled ‘Our Town’ “to develop revitalization plan with the residents of five East St. Louis neighborhoods that will use culture and the arts as an economic and community drive. The premise that architecture, art, and design can not only improve the quality of life in distressed communities, it can literally be a catalyst for revitalization.”
She is a recipient of The American Planning Association's 2015 Outstanding Student Project Award for Global Urbanism. Dhay holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Southern Illinois University, where she received an honor in architecture and allied arts. She also holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Design from Washington University, St. Louis.
In his role reporting to the CEO, Fadi heads the new ICT business unit at Omantel, launched in 2016. This business line delivers on Omantel’s v3.0 vision to lead the country’s digital transformation efforts via integrated technology solutions delivered seamlessly, as a service. This scope includes IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity and disaster recovery amongst other fast paced technologies.
His career spans Nortel and Alcatel in Canada before joining a string of start-ups across the Silicon Valley in California, culminating in a long track record in software, wireless, security and virtualization. Prior to moving to Oman, Fadi served as the lead strategic business development executive at Qatar’s and one of the GCC’s largest ICT service providers.
Fadi has a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from University of Alberta, Masters in Engineering Management from San Jose State and graduated top of the Executive MBA class from HEC Paris.
Noora Al Ahbabi holds the position of Information Security in the IT department at Ministry of Economy, UAE government, where she is contributing to improving, developing, and raising the security level in the ministry.
Noora holds a bachelor degree in information security and network technology in 2016. Graduate of Zayed University, UAE. She is certified in introduction to Networking CCNA1 (IT Essentials), in CCNA Exploration (Network Fundamentals), in CCNA Exploration (LAN Switching and Wireless), and in CCNA Routing and Switching (Routing Protocols). She is also ISO certified in information security from Merit for training and consultancy, 2018.
Noora’s aim is to implement HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE’s vision of creating a secure electronic space and to help consolidate the UAE's position among the world's safest countries in cyberspace and harnessing technology to create a new reality and a life of opportunity and a model for development and e-security worldwide.
Mr. Ali Juma Alajme is the Director of Health Information Systems Department at the Ministry of Health and Prevention. He received his bachelor’s degree in information technology, later he earned his master degree from Strategic Management from Dubai Men’s College-UAE. In addition, he graduated from Mohammed Bin Rashed government innovation center in association with Cambridge University in 2016. Mr. Ali AlAjme is an innovative professional offering 15 years of successful experience. He also worked in several places where he started as an Engineer in Tecom till he reached high managerial positions in the government. He featured of strategic insight, business acumen and resource planning skills to contribute to organizational growth and profitability.
He has worked in many projects such as Wareed (which is a Unified system that includes all MOHAP facilities files) and Rea’ayati (National Unified medical record of UAE) . He also was honored with MOHAP on working on best service on Smart Phone in Government Summit 2015. He also was in the first batch of the innovation pioneers program at MOHAP and was selected as a mentor. He recently joined Qyadat Program which is UAE’s Leadership program for the executive leaders.
Eng. Nawal Alhanaee is a PhD candidate in British University of Dubai in the Architecture and Sustainable Built Environment (ASBE) program. She is currently working as Head of Research and Technical studies in Ministry of Infrastructure development- Dubai. She was involved in the Municipality affairs and projects since 2003, and she was as the Head of building section in 2006. In addition, she was as the head of building section and building material laboratory in 2008. After that, she was as the Director of project dept. in 2011 and she worked as Director of Engineering & Land dept. & head of building section from 2012 until 2017 and her work experience is 15 years in FM.
She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the UAE University and she holds a master degree of urban planning from American University of Sharjah. Her area of specialty is Transportation, and she has experience and contributions in making strategic plans and studies for the improvement of public and customer services, managing big projects and environmental protection, as she is one of the core team in Fujairah 2040 master plan.
Fahem Al Nuaimi began his ownership as Ankabut CEO on Nov 2011.
Fahem is a Technology Executive with over 26 years of experience in networking, systems and software engineering and is known for helping to pioneer the development of Broadband Internet, Voice over IP, Community Wi-Fi, and Business Services in the telecommunication industry in UAE.
He was most recently the Vice President of the Technology Strategy and project management at Etisalat. In that role, he led the architecture, engineering, and development of the telecommunications infrastructure for Residential and Business broad band Services (GPON & IPTV). Fahem is a weathered leader in the broadband industry and he possesses deep technical knowledge and an excellent track record of partnering and collaboration to convert technical capabilities into successful business outcomes.
Goal oriented, organized, highly motivated and a perfectionist with openness to learning with Strong analytical skills with problem-solving abilities. Product knowledge spans telecommunication and hi-tech integrated systems. Extensive experience in handling of projects, system engineering marketing strategy, planning and execution, and customer relationship management. Strong international exposure having traveled and provide a presentation to most events around the world.
As Head of Sustainability Operations at Expo 2020 Dubai, Dina Mustafa leads the development and implementation of the World Expo’s sustainable event management strategy.
Dina’s current focus includes sustainable development planning for event and legacy, stakeholder and market engagement, communications and awareness campaigns designed to extend Expo 2020’s sustainability impact beyond the boundaries of its physical site.
Before joining Expo 2020, Dina worked for Ernst and Young – Climate Change and Sustainability Services, advising high-profile clients including the UAE Ministry of Interior (MOI), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
Dina began her career with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (UNFAO) where she conducted agricultural data collection, maintained budgets and prepared research papers.
Dina is a LEED-certified sustainability expert with more than 14 years of public and private sector experience. Her expertise enables her to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions that help Expo 2020 achieve its sustainability goals.
Dina holds a MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and an MBA in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Chris Chi Lon Wan is the Head of Design Management at Masdar City—one of the world’s most sustainable communities and an emerging technology cluster in Abu Dhabi that also hosts the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, developed in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Wan is responsible for setting and guiding the direction of the building designs for Masdar City. He takes a holistic approach to building design. Through briefing, goal setting, budgeting, team building and efficient processes, he directs the creation of blueprints of buildings, ensuring that these buildings are developed to achieve the best balance between environmental, commercial and social requirements.
Among his many contributions to Masdar City, Mr. Wan was instrumental in setting the vision and design parameters that led to the construction of the Siemens Middle East Headquarters building in Masdar City. The building meets some of the highest levels of energy efficiency and reduced water consumption as measured against international sustainability standards.
Mr. Wan brings 27 years of international and local architectural design experience to Masdar City. He has worked on numerous environmentally driven projects for Richard Rogers Partnership in London and for Rocco Design Ltd in Hong Kong. More recently, he moved into building development, working for Sorouh Real Estate in Abu Dhabi. He joined Masdar City in 2008.
Mr. Wan, who is a registered architect in the UK and Hong Kong, has participated in conferences and roundtables as an expert on sustainable development. He has also given lectures on this subject at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
Mr. Wan holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Bath in the UK.
Jose Francisco Fernandez has a strong background in management consulting and in the telecommunications sector with more than 15 year of experience where he has held a number of different positions with focus on business transformation, new strategy execution, and the implementation of new technologies. He has an Economics and International Studies degree from Hastings College in the USA and an MBA from IEDE Business School in Spain. Jose has broad functional and geographic experience with a multicultural mindset, and specific expertise in business transformation. He has lead du’s efforts on the regional adoption of Emerging Technologies including Blockchain & AI and is responsible for the implementation of different POCs and some of the most relevant ICT Projects in the UAE.
Emily was recognised in 2019 as "FinTech Specialist" in Legal 500. Emily has over 15 years of commercial legal experience advising clients on a wide range of technology-related and other commercial contracts, including outsourcings, electronic trading, market data, intellectual property and data protection. Having spent 11 years in-house at Barclays Bank in London, Emily has a particular focus on the financial services sector and a passion for technology and innovation. Most recently she headed Structural Reform in Legal with the creation of the UK's first ring-fenced bank in April 2018. This role saw her work closely with the Bank's senior management and UK regulators giving her a strong appreciation of the rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory environments.
As Vice President, Transportation at Khatib & Alami, Christian is responsible for driving growth in rail, highways, airports and ports, and overseeing the delivery of the company’s portfolio of transportation projects. A key focus is trends and technologies related to the emergence of smart cities, and the impact of digitisation on the urban environment.
Christian has 25 years’ experience in operations and project management, primarily in the rail and infrastructure sectors. Thanks to his strong master planning and engineering background, combined with extensive experience in management of all stages of the project life-cycle including construction, Christian has vast experience of delivering projects with high levels of constructability and sustainability. Prior to joining K&A, Christian was Executive Director in charge of infrastructure development at NEOM (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), and the development of King Salman Bridge. Previous roles include Deputy Director General responsible for setting up an infrastructure development department in Bechtel, and project manager roles for COWI and Systra.
Christian earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Denmark and his master’s degree in infrastructure planning and engineering at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in the UK and the UAE Society of Engineers.
Huda is passionate about influencing cities towards the path of sustainable development through strategic planning, policy advisory, and public engagement. She is an experienced city planner and sustainability advisor and is an Associate Director at the international consulting firm Arup leading the urban planning and design team in the Middle East.
Huda has worked on projects throughout the GCC, focusing on identifying, communicating and implementing ambitious environmental, social and economic sustainability targets and strategies. She has led, managed, and contributed to projects from visioning and concept stages to construction, working closely with a range of government and community stakeholders.
Huda is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPT) and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). She has also qualified under a number of sustainability certifications including LEED, BREEAM, Estidama and GSAS.
Andy Stevenson is the Transport Sector Director for Mott MacDonald Middle East driving strategy and growth in the region. With more than 20 years’ experience in master planning, transportation, and urban development for both the public and private sector. Andy has worked throughout Europe and the Middle East on some of the world’s biggest and most challenging projects and is also a member of the Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (MCIHT).
Andy has a strong town planning / urban development background and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Town Planning from the Birmingham School of Planning as well as an MSc (Eng) in Transport Planning and Engineering from the internationally renowned Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. This urban planning education combined with engineering know how allows Andy the ability to look at a problem or issue holistically with the appreciation of a planner as well as a transport specialist. He has also developed a great understanding of the implementation of alternative modes of transport including bus rapid transit, personal rapid transit, group rapid transit, metros and cable cars to serve major developments.
Andy joined Mott MacDonald in 2015 and has worked on projects such as the Abu Dhabi Transport Mobility Management Strategy, Yas Island Strategic Transport Study, Abu Dhabi Bus Masterplan, and RTA Metro Station Enhancements. Andy is currently busy developing Mott MacDonald’s future mobility strategy but moreover offering practical advice on the impact of future mobility to key clients in the region.
Martin Tillman is Director at international consultancy Aecom leading Strategic Planning and Advisory for the Middle East. He is responsible for transport modelling, development planning, transport technology, road safety, parking, and freight.
Martin has lived and worked in the UAE for the last 10 years. Prior to this he worked in the UK, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Qatar, and France.
He is currently working on transit related master planning projects in the UAE as well as providing transport input to wider Middle East master planning projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Martin enjoys the challenge of providing innovative and value added advice for clients and adopting a collaborative approach with stakeholders. His key aims are to encourage sustainability, future proof concepts through appropriate measures, and create smart, connected, and liveable communities.
Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and the Institute of Highways and Transportation. He is also an advisory member of the Abu Dhabi University Civil Engineering Department.
Heading the Information Technology Department of Emirates National Schools. Responsible for the technologies in the organization. Dealing with the cost curve of technologies, working very closely with the business meeting the needs of various business units and facing the challenges of HR, finance and market place protecting the business through technology.
Being the catalyst of change as a strategic business partner my role is not limited to operations excellence and efficiency but exploring possibilities for revenue creation, driving innovation growth improving business offerings and demonstrate the ability to evolve maintaining the credibility of the role.
Taking advantage of the unprecedented velocity of change in technology to bring to the table new possibilities on how to leverage technologies exploring the opportunities for improved business plans.
Galal Abada is an architect, urbanist and educator working on a variety of urban issues in the contemporary Arab city. His approach to the urban landscape is based on a place-specific approach in defining urbanism as a continuous interaction between contemporary needs, place attributes, environmental changes, and local cultural values. Dr. Abada is currently a senior advisor for design and development for the Madinah Region Development Authority MDA, and an advisor for Humanizing Madinah Program, Saudi Arabia, and an associate professor of architecture and urban design at Ain Shams University ASU Cairo (on leave). He was trained at Ain Shams University, (Bachelor and Master of Architecture), the Institute for Housing and Development Studies IHS, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (Post-Graduate Diploma), the School of Architecture Paris-Belleville, France (CEA Studies), and the University of Leuven, Belgium (Master of Human Settlements).
He received a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Design from Stuttgart University, Germany in 1999. He has accomplished numerous design and planning projects, design competitions, specialized studies, and consultancy and jury services in a variety of contexts in Belgium, Germany, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. He has been the founding director of Historic Cairo Studies and Development Center of Historic Cairo SDCHC (2000-2005) and a co-founder for the National Organization for Urban Harmony of the Ministry of Culture, Egypt in 2002, and managed its technical and planning activities till 2005.
He has been working for several specialized International agencies and organizations including AKTC, UNESCO, GIZ, ICOMOS, DCOMMM, MDA among others. He has organized and has been invited as a keynote speaker in, many international conferences and symposia. He has published more than 80 articles, research papers, critical reports and technical reviews in international conferences, refereed journals and professional magazines. He has contributed to several publications and books on the Middle Eastern urbanism, Arab contemporary architecture, conservation of historical cities and sites.
Hussain Al Fardan is the Head of Innovation Centre – Strategy and Corporate Excellence at Dubai Customs, Chairman, Ideas Arabia & Ideas UAE, Board Member Ideas UK, Board Member World Innovation Organization. Hussain has over 20 years of experience in employee engagement, Innovation and Business Improvement with proven interpersonal and leadership skills. He is experienced in all aspects of Innovation both internal and external within the organization, with demonstrable success in Building Innovation Culture within a Governmental environment. Hussain has developed and delivered innovation culture method that is now used by many government departments across the UAE to develop employee driven creativity and manage continuous improvement.
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