07 - 08 April, 2020
UAE

Day One Plenary Sessions: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

PLENARY SESSIONS

NEXT GEN POWERED INFRASTRUCTURE – CREATING THE NEXT ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE

8:55 am - 9:00 am Chairperson Remarks


Matthew Kitson, Middle East Director at Hilson Moran, UAE

Matthew Kitson

Middle East Director
Hilson Moran, UAE



Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President - Digital Industries Strategy at Huawei Technologies

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 at The City of Rome and The Smart City Association Italy

Raffaele Gareri

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

Mark DeSantis, Chief Executive Officer at RoadBotics, Inc, Pittsburgh

Mark DeSantis

Chief Executive Officer
RoadBotics, Inc, Pittsburgh

Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President - Digital Industries Strategy at Huawei Technologies

Safder Nazir

Regional Vice President - Digital Industries Strategy
Huawei Technologies

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

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 at Huawei OpenLab Middle East

Ghassan Bawab

CTO
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?

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 at Barcelona Provincial Council

Carles Agusti i Hernàndez

Open Government Director
Barcelona Provincial Council

Fawaz Alharbi, Director of Urban Planning at Public Investment Fund

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 at Tasneef

Waleed Altamimi

General Manager
Tasneef

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



Peck Zhao, Overseas Marketing Manager at Midea

Peck Zhao

Overseas Marketing Manager
Midea

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

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 at Public Investment Fund

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 at Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority, UAE

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 at KEO International Consultants

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 at ViaCon

Leszek Janusz

CEO
ViaCon

11:45 am - 12:00 pm Speed networking

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