The Speakers 2019
Senior Manager, Innovation CCC
Aref BoualwanSenior Manager, Innovation CCC
Ensuring CCC is at the forefront of innovation by incorporating start-ups into the corporate construction ecosystem
A professional with a business vision, hard-core technical skills and the ability to motivate/bring people together. Acts as a high-level orchestrator of a large numbers of discrete President Strategic Initiatives that drive organization-wide digital transformational change. Brings executives, employees at all levels, processes, and technology together to deliver pioneering solutions to address business challenges and achieve organizational goals. Develops strategic partnership with startups that build disruptive technologies to related industries. Sources Innovation by partnering & building strong lasting relationships with relevant Technology Startups. Leverages alliances to add value and competitive advantage to the business. Lead the business development and orchestrate JV\partnership structure that bring a group of technology startups under CCC umbrella; to open new business & lead to projects awards in related technologies.
3D Printing Executive Director, ACCIONA Construction SA
Luis Clemente3D Printing Executive Director, ACCIONA Construction SA
The contractor behind the world’s first 3D printed bridge
Luis Clemente is a Civil Engineer highly committed to the innovation. He’s currently the COO of the large-scale 3D printing area of ACCIONA Construccion in Dubai.
Luis graduated as Civil Engineer in 2000 in Venezuela, where he was born. After 8 years working in construction projects as Site engineer and Project supervisor, he moved to Spain to work in the R&D technology center of ACCIONA Infraestructuras. Throughout 4 years he was part of the Implantation area, taking those technologies been developed by the researchers to the sites and projects of ACCIONA. He was the link between R&D and production. The most relevant job done during this period was as Site engineer of the First Stress-ribbon type bridge using carbon fiber cables of the world.
After this, he is transferred to the Innovation area of the Corporate Division of ACCIONA. During this period he worked in several innovation projects involving all the companies of the group, applying technologies of Mixed Reality and the development of ACCIONA’s large-scale concrete 3D printing technology that was applied on the flagship project for the construction of the first 3D Printed concrete bridge of the world. Luis has continued his education with a MBA in Sustainable Economy and a Master in Renewable Energies and Energy efficiency.
Digital Design And Delivery Practice Lead, Mott Macdonald
Chris TebbDigital Design And Delivery Practice Lead, Mott Macdonald
Millennial leading digital transformation in the region ensuring UAE governments and construction firms were first to achieve BIM Level 2 accreditation
Chris is a technology passionate elder millennial who is a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and holds a single figure golf handicap. Chris is currently the Regional Digital Design and Delivery lead for Mott MacDonald in the Middle East and South Asia and a leading member of their global BIM Advisory Board. Chris is currently overseeing the digital transformation strategy and implementation programme within the Middle East Unit as well as leading Mott MacDonald’s BIM Consultancy and Information Advisory work in the Middle East.
He has ten years’ experience in digital advisory, transportation and built environment projects in the Middle East and the UK, working on projects for Highways England in the UK as well as notable major projects in the UAE such as Route 2020, Mafraq-Ghweifat Highway Upgrade and Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Chris’ notable achievements include leading the BIM consultancy team for a Client that became the first non-UK government entity to achieve a British Standards Institution kitemark accreditation for compliance with PAS1192-2 and 1192-3; writing the EIR in compliance with UK Government Level 2 for the Route 2020 project as well as leading Mott MacDonald to the 2016 Future Cities BIM Award.
Vice President, Dubox
Yasser BaajVice President, Dubox
Regional leader in precast innovation bringing a revolutionary shift in the construction industry and change in traditional practices
Yasser is a professional Engineer since 1984 when he graduated from Aleppo University and a Master degree holder in business administration (MBA) from Liverpool University.
After eleven years of structural design service with governmental and multinational consultancy firms between 1985 and 1997, Yasser moved to the specialised engineering construction field in which he occupied many managerial positions through his career in precast construction industry whereby he was the Design and Marketing Manager (1997-2005) then Technical Manager (2007-2012) of Emirates Precast L.L.C. and General Manager of Precast Concrete Products between 2005 and 2007.
His experience in construction in general and his background in precast industry allowed him to participate in bringing many landmarks in UAE to reality.
From his position as the vice president of DuBox he is currently leading a revolutionary move in construction industry with the concrete modular construction methodology and 3D concrete printing.
Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid
Sr. BIM Manager, Turner International Middle East Ltd
Dr. Marwan Abu EbeidSr. BIM Manager, Turner International Middle East Ltd
Pioneering the region’s first Blockchain application in construction to improve supply chain efficiency
Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid is the Sr. BIM Manager and Head of the BIM division in UAE for Turner Construction International - Turner International Middle East, a New York based Construction Project Management firm with regional office in Dubai, UAE. In this capacity, Marwan provides operational oversight, technical support and training of staff in BIM practices for all Turner projects in the GCC and the greater Middle East.
Dr. Marwan has over 17 years of experience in Construction Project Management and Building Information Modeling where he has worked in a variety of notable and landmark projects of various kind and use.
He is an author of several academic publications, visiting Lecturer at Heriot watt University, a visiting Trainer at RICS, and an expert industrial advisor and specialist speaker in various international exhibitions and conferences.
Dr. Marwan obtained his PhD from Heriot Watt University – UK majoring in Construction Project Management and Building Information Modeling.
Digital Project Delivery Lead, Construction Services AECOM Middle East.
Prakash SenghaniDigital Project Delivery Lead, Construction Services AECOM Middle East.
Award-winning engineer and thought leader in digital construction, BIM & 3D Printing
Prakash Senghani is the Digital Project Delivery Lead, Construction Services at AECOM Middle East.
An award-winning engineer, Prakash is experienced in executing and managing the design and digital tools on large-scale, high profile projects across the world spanning highways, aviation, leisure and retail developments.
Rooted in a desire to improve productivity using digital tools he is considered a thought leader in digital construction, and has deployed and implemented multiple digital solutions ranging from BIM and digital inspections to 3D printing.
Vice President & Chief Engineer, China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Zhu JianchaoVice President & Chief Engineer, China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Vice President of the largest international contractor in the UAE and presided over the completion of the 3D printed “Office of The Future” in Dubai
Mr. Zhu was appointed as the Chief Engineer since the establishment of China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)(L.L.C) (CSCEC ME) in 2005, and was subsequently appointed as the Vice President of CSCEC ME, which has become the largest international contractor in the UAE now after more than a decade’s development.
Mr. Zhu graduated from one of the top-class universities in China in 1988. He works in design and construction technology for 31 years since then, and has 22 year’s extensive overseas experiences in technology management and construction projects.
Mr. Zhu interests in new technologies. He presided over the completion of the 3D printing design and construction technology of “Office of The Future” in Dubai in 2016, which has reached the international advanced level.
President & CEO, Amana Investments
Riad BsaibesPresident & CEO, Amana Investments
Adopting IoT in the fight against unproductiveness and fatalities
Riad is the President and CEO of Amana Investments. Prior to that, he served for 15 years with
Amana Contracting Group leading up to the position of COO. Prior to Amana, Bsaibes held
various managerial and operational positions with Corning (Massachusetts, USA) and
Schlumberger (Middle East). Riad holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering M.I.T. (1991) and
an MBA from the Harvard Business School (2001). He is an ex-Director on the global board of
Harvard Alumni Association (USA) and Vice Chairman for the Southern Gulf of the MIT
Educational Council. Riad is also on the Advisory Board of The Harvard Club of the UAE and is
on the board of the MIT Club of the UAE. Bsaibes is an active member of the YPO and Endeavor
global organizations and a jurist on the MIT Business Plan Competition for the Pan-Arab Region.
The Speakers 2018
Project Director, BuroHappold Engineering
Tobias BaulyProject Director, BuroHappold Engineering
Tobias has led the BuroHappold design team throughout the Museum of the Future Project design phase, and is presently Project Director for the Supervision team on site during its construction.
Innovation forms the core ethos of the Museum project, and Tobias is ‘living and breathing’ the very latest design and construction technologies which are at use on the project today. He believes great Engineering is a by-product of great people inspiring one another to innovate and discover technological advances. Starting life as a Structural Engineer, he has a passion for complex building forms, and developing working cultures to close the gap between ‘designing’ and ‘building’.
Muhab M. Benten
Director General of BTSP, MOH - KSA
Muhab M. BentenDirector General of BTSP, MOH - KSA
Muhab M. Benten, Director General of Building Technology Stimulus Program in Ministry of Housing - Saudi Arabia, a program that aims to stimulate the uptake of building technology. Muhab holds MSc. in Engineering Management and Leadership from Santa Clara University.
Muhab’s career has focused on designing and developing products to support the growth of SMEs and he has led several government entities in their e-transformation journey.
COO - JLW Middle East
Ramy BoufarhatCOO - JLW Middle East
Ramy Boufarhat is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of James L Williams Middle East (JLW), the company specializes in the electro-mechanical (MEP) design and construction of large-scale projects and is based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
JLW directly manages approximately 7,500 employees; 2,500 as direct employees, supplemented by 5,000 specialist sub-contractors under its management. Its annual revenues are in excess of $190mn (AED700mn).
Ramy is a master’s qualified engineer with experience in the building services industry as both a design consultant and a contractor in Australia and the UAE.
Since late 2012, Ramy has held the post of company COO and oversees all ongoing business operations. He played an integral part in orchestrating the restructure of the company during a successful and radical growth period from 2013 to 2017 where the number of employees had increased by approximately 300%, and the turnover of the company increased by more than 250%. Currently the company is undergoing a consolidations period following its large growth but still enjoys an organic annual growth.
Robotics Institute Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi
Jorge DiasRobotics Institute Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi
orge Dias has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal (specialization in Control and Instrumentation).
His research is in the area of Computer Vision and Robotics and he has contributed extensively to the area since 1984.
Since July 2011, Jorge Dias has been on a leave of absence from University of Coimbra to setup the Robotics Institute and research activities on robotics at Khalifa University (Abu Dhabi, UAE).
Partner & Director Ventures ONSITE
Mibu JohnPartner & Director Ventures ONSITE
Mr. John has been heading Ventures ONSITE for more than 15 years and is actively monitoring the construction activities across various industries - energy, buildings and infrastructure sectors in the Middle East and North African region. Ventures ONSITE is the Knowledge Partner / Research or Intelligence Partner for the major construction related events in the region.
Mibu John has contributed as an expert speaker for major industry and private member events providing insight into industry movements and trends. Mr. John has written many construction related reports and is also involved in supplying construction related articles and statistics to press and media.
Mr. John has consulted many large local and multinational companies in the construction industry on investments, growth development,, and competitive, customer and market strategies.
Technical Director & Regional Leader for Innovation, Middle East, Aurecon
Johann BritsTechnical Director & Regional Leader for Innovation, Middle East, Aurecon
Johann has more than a decade of experience providing world-class transport solutions for projects in the UAE and countries such as Australia, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Myanmar, Qatar, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Based in Dubai since 2010, Johann has managed the transport planning for some of the most high-profile and complex developments in the region, including the World Expo 2020, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, the Burj 2020 District and the Dubai Creek Harbour Retail District.
Johann is also concurrently the Regional Innovation Leader - Middle East, supporting Aurecon’s innovation strategy and helping clients design their own future and develop innovative pathways, enabling them to thrive in the age of digital transformation.
Johann is particularly passionate about travel behaviour and factors influencing such behaviour. He is now working on infrastructure development models that support the successful adoption of autonomous vehicles.
Chief Information Officer, ASGC
Herbert FuchsChief Information Officer, ASGC
Herbert is the CIO with ASGC, one of the most successful construction and engineering companies in the GCC region. ASGC has a vision to become the most disruptive and innovative player in the region and beyond by being at the forefront of digital transformation in its industry and newly to be developed business lines.
Herbert was hired by ASGC in January 2017 with the mission to develop and to deploy a digital transformation program across the group.
Herbert’s professional career over the past +25 years is with landmark name corporations across various industries where he had the opportunity of being instrumental in significant transformation and optimization initiatives with global footprint and scope.
Throughout his career, Herbert established himself as an innovator, achiever and thought leader across the “build”, “run” and the “transform” spectrum of IT and business.
Herbert holds an MSc in Information Security as well as an Executive MBA in Information and Communication Technology.
Dr. Sabih Getea Khisaf
Head of Engineering MENA Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.
Dr. Sabih Getea KhisafHead of Engineering MENA Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.
Dr Sabih Gatea Khisaf is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer, Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, with over 34 years experience in the design, engineering and project management of major projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, this includes project such as KIZAD, Abu Dhabi IPTN, Heathrow Airport Heathrow Terminal 5 and London Underground.
Dr. Raed Bkayrat
Managing Director, Clean Energy Business Council
Dr. Raed BkayratManaging Director, Clean Energy Business Council
Dr Bkayrat spent five years leading First Solar’s business development activities in the UAE, where he played a key role in winning significant utility scale projects and developing strategic partnerships in the MENA region.
Prior to that, Dr. Bkayrat, was a founding member of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) where he established the successful Industry Collaboration Program (KICP). Before that, he was part of the core team behind Direct Drive Systems, a successful US-based start-up that was acquired by an oil and gas major. Earlier in his career, he held various roles at Siemens in the USA and Germany in functions such as project management, system engineering and R&D.
Dr. Bkayrat holds a Ph.D. and a MS. from the Arizona State University and a BSc. from the University of Jordan, all in electrical engineering. He is currently managing director of the Clean Energy Business Council in Dubai and acts as a strategy advisor to both public and private sector.
Principal Consultant, Power Systems Planning DNV GL – Energy
Andrea MasaldoPrincipal Consultant, Power Systems Planning DNV GL – Energy
Andrea Basaldo is currently involved in works within ME Utilities, Regulatory and Government Bodies and End User Customers. Among activities, Cable Fault Investigation, Planning studies, Smart Grid Techno-Economic analyses and Implementation, Control System design for high penetration of Renewable, Long Term Grid Developments, Insulation coordination studies among the present activities in GCCIA.
He also worked as technical advisor for Demand Response service in KSA.
He is currently involved in studies on Battery Storage application in the West African Interconnected Power system.
Managing Quantity Surveyor C-Quest (Division of KEO International)
Nicky DobreanuManaging Quantity Surveyor C-Quest (Division of KEO International)
Nicky works as a managing quantity surveyor for C-Quest, a division of KEO International Consultants; he has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Management. He is a member of the CIOB’s Business Development Board where he supports the Special Interest Group for Digital Technologies in ConstructioNicky is an RICS Certified BIM Manager, a BRE BIM Informed Professionals and a certified Project Management Professional.
Maged El Hawary
Controls Director, Controls Department, ASGC
Maged El HawaryControls Director, Controls Department, ASGC
Maged El Hawary is a Project Management Consultant with almost 20 years of successful experience in all aspects of Project Management, Planning, Risk Management, Cost Control and Earned Value Management.
Maged is currently a Project Controls Director at ASGC UAE. He is professional speaker & panelist in many international conferences and a lecturer in topics ranging from project management, cost control, leadership, planning and project integration.
Director at AESG
Scott CoombesDirector at AESG
Scott Coombes is a Director at AESG, a firm who specializes in reducing the ecological footprint of the built environment. Scott holds an honors degree in Architecture from the University of Nottingham and is a subject matter expert on sustainable building design and engineering. He was among the first Estidama certified PQP’s in 2011, he is a GSAS certified professional and is accredited under the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing.
Scott’s professional experience has included the management of a variety of prestigious sustainability developments, such as the North Yas Masterplan on Yas Island, the Bahrain Affordable Housing Project, the Bluewaters Residential project in Dubai and the Irena HQ project in Masdar City.
Scott is currently vice-chairman of the American University in Dubai (AUD) Advisory Board under the school of Architecture, Art and Design.
Partner, Roland Berger
Sassan HatamPartner, Roland Berger
Sassan is a Partner in Roland Berger's Dubai office leading the firm's restructuring & transformation practice in the region. He focuses on driving value-creative transformation programs covering strategic re-alignment, financial restructuring and operational excellence. He has a strong track record in re-shaping companies across industries, has delivered multiple projects in the construction space, and understands how to leverage people and technology to create maximum impact.
Sassan holds a Diplôme de Grande Ecole from ESCP Europe Paris and a Master in European Management from City University London.
Managing Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East
Christopher SeymourManaging Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East
Chris Seymour has more than 25 years’ experience in property and construction. Having worked in most of the major cities in the Middle East region over the last 8 years, he specialises in commercial, leisure and healthcare sectors plus infrastructure and oil and gas.
Chris is a member of the RICS MENAT Market Advisory Panel, and also sits on the Investment Committee of ENBD REIT and is an active member of Corporate Real Estate Network (CoreNet). Having spent many years in PFI and PPP procurement practising in both UK and Middle East he also advises many clients on strategy, risk, commercial and technical advice for large public-sector investments.
Engineering and Design Director, TAV Construction
Ahmet CitipitiogluEngineering and Design Director, TAV Construction
Dr. Citipitioglu has been involved in the design, construction and technical operations of several high-performance facility structures, from nuclear power plants, airport terminals, and high-rise buildings around the world. Working on several large airport and building projects at TAV, he also leads the implementation of tools and technology used at all phases of the built environment.
Partner B2B Connect
Rob JonesPartner B2B Connect
Robert Jones is a partner in the events and research consultancy B2B Connect, having previously been an editor at MEED. He has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist and editor in the UAE and the UK and regularly writes about and moderates discussions on renewable energy and sustainability.
He has written extensively on the Middle East's megaprojects, analysing the key business trends and opportunities, and produces research reports on the region's main industries.
Smart Mobility Director, Parsons
Andrew BevanSmart Mobility Director, Parsons
Andrew Bevan is Parsons’ Smart Mobility Director. He has a bachelor’s degree in electronic and electrical engineering (with honors) from the University of Bath, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer, holds Fellowships with two international engineering organizations and has nearly 20 years of experience, specializing in intelligent solutions and systems integration. He has worked on some of the most prestigious rail projects throughout the Middle East and has spent many years working for the federal government in Abu Dhabi developing the systems portfolio and the introduction for the national rail infrastructure.
Before joining Parsons, Andrew was a subject matter expert with Ericsson in its Global Centre of Excellence and provided consultancy services across the world for clients such as the Istanbul Municipality on Integrated Mobility and Smart Cities and Network Rail in the UK on the adoption of disruptive technologies and IoT to improve efficiencies in operations and maintenance.
Vice President of Worker Welfare - Real Estate and Delivery Expo 2020
Emma SeymourVice President of Worker Welfare - Real Estate and Delivery Expo 2020
Emma Seymour is Vice President of Worker Welfare - Real Estate and Delivery
With a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Middlesex University, Emma is a Fellow of the CIPD and brings over 15 years of experience to her role at ANGE. Prior to this, Emma was the HR Director for Al Futtaim Carillion in the UAE & Egypt, having been with the company for seven years. She has experience in the Hospitality, Facilities Management and Construction industries.
She is passionate about Employee Engagement, Sustainability and Employee welfare and has implemented a number of HR initiatives including fast track leadership development programmes, employee recognition schemes and Engagement surveys.
Chief Founder & Chief Science Officer, RsRL
Chitro MajumdarChief Founder & Chief Science Officer, RsRL
Chitro is the founding Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of R- square RiskLab (RsRL). The organisation is an independent strategic risk consulting specializing in organizing consortia for ministry and CEO sponsors. Chitro is a senior researcher on Applied Probability Theory who is currently designing algorithm on AI Ethics. Chitro chaired the European Commission’s AI Policy panel in Brussels (at end of 2017).
Eng. Afra Al Owais
Chief Efficienology Officer Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA)
Eng. Afra Al OwaisChief Efficienology Officer Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA)
Afra Al Owais leads the Energy Management & Audit Department of Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA). She joined SEWA in 2016 after qualifying with a degree in Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineering from University of Sharjah. Afra was specially selected for her current role after distinguishing herself with strategic projects.
She is passionate about environmental stewardship and promoting green growth which is one of the key goals of SEWA. Performing as a Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineer, Afra contributes to policy and research in energy efficiency. Her vision is to bring about a sustained change in consumer behavior and energy efficiency practices.
Most recently Afra has championed a building retrofit program targeting a reduction of 30 % in each premises which is an initiative to advance the position of Sharjah as City of Conservation. The title of Chief Efficienology Officer was recently bestowed in recognition of her determination and commitment to develop Green growth.
Bader Mohammad Belselah
Acting Director Aviation & Airports Safety Department, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority
Bader Mohammad BelselahActing Director Aviation & Airports Safety Department, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority
An ambitious and empowered Emirati professional with an experience of 20 years in the Aviation industry. At present working with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Aviation & Airports Safety Department as Acting Director.
Accountabilities include but not limit to the following:
1.Manage the Aviation & Airport Safety section in line with overall DCAA’s Aviation and Environmental and Safety objectives
2. Develop and oversee the implementation of the aviation & airport safety standards in line with the federal and international standards in all matters related to civil aviation for the Emirate of Dubai and to ensure compliance with the international and national regulations and policies related to civil aviation
3. Represent the DCAA in all matters related to Aviation & Environmental Safety on a federal level.
Chair, Dep. of Mechanical Engineering & Associate Professor, American University of Dubai
Salem HaggagChair, Dep. of Mechanical Engineering & Associate Professor, American University of Dubai
Dr. Salem Haggag joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at AUD in Fall 2013. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. After his Ph.D., Dr. Haggag worked with the Performance and Control Group of Caterpillar Inc., for a few years where he was exposed to the industrial state-of-art development in the fields of mechatronics and control systems.
Dr. Haggag's research focuses mainly on advanced and modern mechatroniocs systems, which include advanced vehicle control systems, modern automatic control, electro-hydraulic and mechanical systems, X-by-wire control systems, fault-tolerant systems and system simulation and optimization. At AUD, he teaches a broad range of courses in the areas of mechatronics, control systems, instrumentation, and computer-aided design.
Regional Director - Business Systems Lead, Middle East SNC Lavalin's Faithful + Gould
Nic JacobsRegional Director - Business Systems Lead, Middle East SNC Lavalin's Faithful + Gould
Nic Jacobs is business systems lead, for the Middle East region of SNC Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business. He is also responsible for the digital transformation for the region, working closely with the global business’ team. With 18 years’ experience in the construction industry, he has worked across the entire project life-cycle on a variety of projects and programmes, from inception through to completion, with the last seven years, applying the knowledge managing the development and implementation of software solutions and technology for large projects and programmes, in both private and public sectors.
With an engineering and a business degree, he focusses on translating business requirements into digital solutions, to provide the ultimate project and programme management platforms to achieve business objectives.