16 - 17 April, 2019

Day One Plenary Sessions: Tuesday, 16 April 2019




Matthew Kitson

Middle East Director
Hilson Moran, UAE


Safder Nazir

Regional Vice President - Digital Industries Strategy
Huawei Technologies

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to boost the global economy by $13 trillion by 2030, adding roughly 1.2% to global GDP a year (Source. McKinsey). While a number of countries are in race to be the first to adopt AI, USA and China are maintaining the lead .How will the global race change the world we live in? What must countries and cities do to increase AI adoption to gain global competitive advantage?

  • What countries must do to increase AI adoption?
  • What will be more important in future cities – automated domination or leadership?
  • How can cities ensure that AI is used as a tool of progress?


Raffaele Gareri

Chief Digital Transition Officer and Co- Founder
The City of Rome and The Smart City Association Italy


Mark DeSantis

Chief Executive Officer
RoadBotics, Inc, Pittsburgh


Safder Nazir

Regional Vice President - Digital Industries Strategy
Huawei Technologies


Oualid Ali

President and Director at the Training and Smart Solutions Center
Future Cities Council and The German University of Technology (GuTech Oman)

9:30 am - 9:50 am CREATING THE NEURAL NETWORK OF THE CITY: Enabling digital transformations to be seamless and agile

Ghassan Bawab - CTO, Huawei OpenLab Middle East


Ghassan Bawab

Huawei OpenLab Middle East

9:50 am - 10:10 am EXECUTIVE THINK TANK: TAKING BIG DATA TO THE NEXT LEVEL- How can cities better utilise big data to improve smart services and understand the needs of citizens and visitors?

Fawaz Alharbi - Director of Urban Planning Public Investment Fund
Carles Agusti i Hernàndez - Open Government Director, Barcelona Provincial Council
The global big data market is expected to reach USD 123.2 billion by 2025* (Source, Grand View Research, Inc.) By 2020, we will create approximately 44 trillion gigabytes of data each year. From placing millions of sensor across cities to implementing open data initiatives, cities are increasing efforts to transform urban data into smart cities information. The key challenge cities are faced with when it comes to big data is how to make sense of it.

  • The edge VS the cloud
  • Defining edge computing opportunity
  • Innovative tools that cities can use to make sense of big data toimpact change?
  • How cities can use AI to make data driven decisions for their residents?
  • How can we empower citizens to leverage open data to resolve key city urban challenges

Carles Agusti i Hernàndez

Open Government Director
Barcelona Provincial Council


Fawaz Alharbi

Director of Urban Planning
Public Investment Fund

10:10 am - 10:25 am Visionary Opening: Advanced Visual Inspection for Mega Infrastructure

Waleed Altamimi - General Manager, Tasneef

Waleed Altamimi

General Manager

10:25 am - 10:35 am The application of inverter technology and smart HVAC system in urban building.

Peck Zhao - Overseas Marketing Manager, Midea


Peck Zhao

Overseas Marketing Manager

10:35 am - 10:45 am Excellence and Leadership in Infrastructure MENA awards

10:45 am - 11:05 am Mega Cities of the Future: Challenges and Opportunities

Fawaz Alharbi - Director of Urban Planning, Public Investment Fund
What are the key qualities and components of future Mega Cities,
• How a robust and resilient master planning framework can future proof developments,
• Can infrastructure control the balance between built environment and natural systems,

Fawaz Alharbi

Director of Urban Planning
Public Investment Fund

         Identifying key challenges and opportunities in PPPs: ensuring successful collaboration among domestic and international investment vehicles
         Addressing the legal and contracting processes behind successful PPPs to promote entity cohesion
         Identifying and providing attractive financing methodologies in order to improve transport infrastructure investments
         How to engage private sector firms, such as operators, in order to improve collaboration on PPPs

Sulaiman Abdulrahman AlHajri

Director General - Roads
Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority, UAE

Khalid Nidal Omar

Chairman of Road Department, Government of Umm Al Quwain
Planning and Survey Department, UAE


Nidal S. Odeh

Regional Lead- Bridges and Civil Structures - KEO INFRASTRUCTURE
KEO International Consultants

11:25 am - 11:45 am Reserved for ViaCon

Leszek Janusz - CEO, ViaCon


Leszek Janusz


11:45 am - 12:00 pm Speed networking

11:55 am - 12:20 pm Coffee break and refreshments