Supreme Advisory Board

H.E. Eng. Eisa Mubarak Ali Al Mazrouie

Executive Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Assets - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

H.E. Mr. Salem Almemary

Executive Director of Municipal Services Sector - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

H.E. Abdulla Mohamad AlKendi

Executive Director of Technology & Policies - Abu Dhabi Digital Authority

H.E. Ali Hasan Alshebah

The Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing - Department of Culture and Tourism

 
 

Eng. Sami Abdul Qader Alhashmi

Director of Integrated Planning Department - Department of Transport

Eng. Sami Alhashmi has more than 15 years track record of succesful experience in roads, transportation, traffic safety, parks, recreational facilities, infrastructure sustainability, & regulatory and policy instruments in Government of Abu Dhabi. Driving & empowering excellence in the work environment with 40+ awards & certifications. His efforts included developing a range of internationally recognized leading strategies in the emirate of Abu Dhabi to provide world class infrastructure such as: AD Lighting Strategy, AD Traffic Safety Strategy, Automation & Digital transformation, Stormwater & Irrigation Masterplans, Landscape Strategy, Tiling Strategy, Traffic Calming Strategy, Safety School Zone Strategy, Pedestrian Safety Strategy and AD sustainable road rating system.

Eng. Sami has also Introduced the concept of IoT in the context of infrastructure in ground. Creating a smart city framework that illuminate the management method of infrastructure components with IT & IoT in interconnected scenarios & solutions that requires the integration & collaboration of several bodies to insure the synchronizing between the different levels of smart city structure (physical level, communication, systems & AI engines, and the end user).

Eng. Ahmad Abdoulsamad Alhamadi

Director of Information Technology Department - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Ahmad is an information technology expert with solid experience in digital transformation and emerging technologies. He has over 13 years of continuous work experience in the IT industry across the Government sector. Ahmad is currently holding more than one leadership roles across the Government of Abu Dhabi. He is the head of IT departments at Abu Dhabi Municipality and Dhafrah Region Municipality.

Since his appointment as the Director of IT at Abu Dhabi municipality, Ahmed was able to effectively lead the IT team to the successful execution and delivery of multiple transformational projects. He has made tangible contribution to the advancement of the organization through the successful projects delivered under his supervision. His strategic goals gear towards providing digital-Services, minimize service delivery time, enhance staff efficiency, and improve accuracy and authenticity. Driven by these strategic goals, the projects he focused on have delivered enormous impact and benefits for Abu Dhabi Municipality as well as for other municipalities.

Moreover, Ahmad has built new innovative incubating models, programs, communication channels, and high-end strategies including the smart city strategy, artificial intelligence and Blockchain. Ahmed is a holder of Master degree in crisis management.

Eng. Ahmed Mahfoudh Ba’Obaid

Director of Infrastructure Support Division - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Eng. Mohammad Karama Alameri

Director of Infrastructure Assets Management Division - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Eng. Saleh Mubaral Alameri

Director of Planning & Integrated Coordination Support - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

LT. Colonel Eng. Salem Hashem Alhebshi

Director of Operations Department - General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Civil Defense

Director of Operations Department in General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Civil Defense. He is responsible for developing, implementing and assessing of all Fire emergency plans for all type of buildings and occupancies, he has been involved as an expertise in establishing various fire emergency planning and response management plans for critical structure and buildings,  he participated and attended  number of conferences and workshops and has participated in articles and monographs  discussing fire emmergency planning, safety and fire protection.

In addtion, LT. Colonel/ Eng. Salem Hashem had experience in handling complex fire and life safety issues in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, including inspecting, evaluating, , finals revision and  approving all kind of construction projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in line with local and international regulations and standards.

Salem Hasem hold a degree of Bachelor of Engineering, Architecture and Master of Business Administration,Certified UAE fire stations assessor, Authorized and Approved Fire & life Safety Instructor, Certified Fire and Life Safety Expert (judicial expert).

Major Dr. Eng. Nasser AlSaedi

Head of Development & Change, and AI Consultant - Abu Dhabi Police

Dr Nasser received his PhD degree in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence from Cardiff University and his Master and Bachelor degree in control systems engineering from Sheffield University. He joined the Abu Dhabi police work force in 2004 and over the years has served in a number of entities in the Information Security Department.

He is a member in various research groups and centers such as the Social Data Science Lab and the Complex Systems Research Group in the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University as well as the CAMeL Lab (Computational Approaches to Modeling Language) in the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD).

He has developed a reputation for data-driven, innovative, and interdisciplinary research that broadly contributes to the growing fields of data science, social computing, web science, machine learning and data mining. His contribution to social computing and web science is to bridge that gap between the use of “big data” and modern policing in order to maintain situational awareness and enhance public safety and decision making.

He has been awarded with several awards including; the UAE Minister of Interior’s Scientific Research Award 2015, top Emirati PhD Researcher for the 3rd year by the UAE Embassy in the UK in 2016 and the winner of the best PhD Project in Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics in 2016. Recently, he has been awarded with “Etidal,” or “moderation” Centre Award which aims to promote moderation and counter the spread of extremism using AI and new machine learning. He was also honored by His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Al Mukaramah Province.

He participated in a number of conferences and published a number of papers in famous scientific magazines and international conferences specialized in technology and AI such as ACM Transaction of Internet Technology.

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri

CEO - Abu Dhabi Ports – Maqta

Dr. Noura holds a PhD with high distinction from Masdar Institute, in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her studies focused on formulating mathematical optimization models with special application to seaport operations, making her the first female in the Middle
East to receive a Doctoral degree in the field of seaside operations.
 
She also holds a Master’s Degree with honors in Engineering Systems and Management with a concentration in Logistics and Supply Chain Optimization from Masdar Institute for Science and Technology. Prior to that, she had obtained her Bachelor’s degree with high distinction in Software Engineering from United Arab Emirates University.
 
Her distinguished career has seen her awarded a number of prestigious awards for her outstanding contributions in the field of information technology, including Schlumberger’s “Best Pipe Inspection Robot” Award. Dr. Noura also earned a certificate of honor from Bill Gates in recognition of
her innovative approach in designing a mobile learning device at the Imagine Cup 2007 competition by Microsoft, where she and her team won first-place.
 
She currently holds the position of Chairman of the Research and Development Committee, with Scientific Research Papers published in renowned international journals in the fields of logistics, sustainability, supply chain optimization, and ports operations. Dr. Noura also serves as
Chairwoman of Abu Dhabi Ports Women Committee, where she plays an integral role in supporting the career development and education advancement of women in maritime industry.

Eng. Hamad Muhsen Abdulla

Senior Supervisor Engineering - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

UAE national with vast work experience. working in Abu Dhabi City Municipality as part of the Sustainable Infrastructure Standards & Specifications . Unifying the infrastructure design standards and specifications. Initiated and executed many ADM initiatives that services environment and sustainability of ADM infrastructure.

Holder of Master's degree in Project Management Engineering (2017). Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering(2015). diploma degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering (2001).

Eng. Mohammad Zaitoun

Applications Manager - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Over 15 years of successful experience in the development and implementation of information technology applications stand at the forefront of the fastest moving digital transformation of Abu Dhabi City Municipality.

He has spent the past few years creating a wide shift to the e-government and has helped positioning the Abu Dhabi municipal system as a leader in the digital transformation & public services.

Eng. Mohammad Zaitoun embedded pioneering technology structure in services for both; the municipal system & the public community of Abu Dhabi which called (Smart Hub). His efforts have resulted in a full digital transformation of the services provided by Abu Dhabi Municipality.

He engaged the smart and practical implementation of the emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics and blockchain and empowering the development of the Municipal Applications & services with the aim of enhancing the quality of life standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Eng. Amani Alsammani

Senior Projects Director, Infrastructure Technical Support Division - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Bc.Architecture & MSc.Sustainable Design of the Built Environment from Cardiff University in UK. 11 years of experience in government of Dubai & Abudhabi.

First become involved with excellence in Dubai Excellence Program 2012 & 2014, followed by Abu Dhabi Best Practices Award 2015 & 2019, Best Technical Award 2016, and Green Flag Award 2017 & 2018. Also, she was involved in top 5 ranking in Best Service Award in Abu Dhabi Excellence Program 2017, Fastest Growing Smart City in the World & Best Smart City & IOT implementation in 2018, Top 5 in Emerging Technology Award in the Global Governments Summit 2019.

Currently, Amani Alsammani is a Senior Projects Director in AbuDhabi Municipality leading the initiatives & projects that support the transformation of Abu Dhabi into smart city.

Dr. Ammar Jarrar, PhD, PMI-PMP®, SAVE-AVS®, Green Flag Judge

Water & Irrigation Expert – Infrastructure Technical Support Division - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Dr Ammar Jarrar is a Water Resources Expert. His recent work focused on managing programs aiming at addressing challenges facing sustainable water resources management and treated wastewater reuse. He has published several articles and reports in WRR Journal, IAHS, ASCE, and IAHR. He is the author and contributor to several reports and studies in the field of sustainability and water resources management and planning.

As a Performance-driven professional with more than 25 years of experience in the water industry both in Australia and Worldwide, Dr Jarrar has worked across all facets of natural resources management and smart city initiatives, from operations and project management through to board meetings.  He has solid experience working with water resources management, smart city management, greening and landscaping program management, water resources assessment and modelling, water quality, recycled water use, the nuances of cross-jurisdictional engagement, project management, value engineering, water & irrigation infrastructure projects, drainage projects, climate change impact and adaptation, socio-economic impacts and structural adjustments, strategic planning, environmental impact assessment, and rigorous evaluation of water sector reform implementation.

Dr Jarrar has a proven track record in developing and maintaining strategic policy advice on water reform programs; developing smart city strategic plan and implementation framework; developing water, wastewater, recycled water quality guidelines and impacts; designing and implementing successful irrigation, parks, landscape and water management initiatives; and delivering efficient and effective programs on sustainable water and smart city strategies, water entitlement framework, water markets, water pricing, water accounting, water registrar, desalination and water quality, irrigation and soil management, irrigation automation systems, multi-criteria decision research, and reporting on water issues affecting communities. Together with a strong technical background as well proven track record in research and project management, Dr Jarrar has driven several successful initiatives across the world leading to improved and sustainable water management programs.

Eng. Saif Salem Bamadhaf

Director of IT and Smart Government Services - Department of Energy

Eng. Saif Salem Bamadhaf is technology professional holding a master degree in business innovation and a bachelor degree in Engineering.

Mr. Saif started his 20 years career as a network engineer at ADNOC HQ and moved on to lead the IT as Department Manager.  In 2014, Mr. Saif was appointed as the Chief Technology Officer at the Higher colleges of Technology managing the HCT enterprise and education systems across its 17 campuses in UAE.  In 2016, Mr. Saif was secondent to lead the Department of Municipalities & Transport in Abu Dhabi Government in the capacity of Chairman Advisor, Technology sector and lead the establishment of Abu Dhabi first Government Building Permit Ecosystem that was launched in April 16, 2017.

Currently Mr. Saif is holding the position of Director of IT and Smart Government Services at the newly established Department of Energy in Abu Dhabi.
 

Dr. Hazem Turki El Khatib

Director - Systems Technology, Financial Systems Technology Sector - Department of Finance

Dr. Hazem Khatib is Director - Systems Technology of Abu Dhabi Department of Finance and a member of the department's Executive Board of Directors. He joined DoF in 2010, bringing more than 15 years of technology industry and digital transformation leadership, strategic Information system planning, and executive management experience to his role with the department. Dr. Hazem El Khatib worked on a number of sensitive transformative and multi-million-dollar technology program for Abu Dhabi Government. Led many transformation programs in the government demonstrating strong experience in solving complex challenges. Dr. Khatib is also a member of the Customs Executive Board of Directors, College of Information Technology Advisory Board at United Arab Emirates University, and Gartner Advisory Board Member Dubai Symposium/ITxpo Program.

 

Eng. Omar Mohammed Al Hashimi

Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation Team - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Omar Al Hashimi has a long standing career at Abu Dhabi Municipality. Having worked at ADM for the past 20 years Omar has made a tremendous contribution to the development of the municipality and the services it offers. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering and a Master’s s degree in Public Administration Omar started his career in the Design Engineering department. Due to his passion to sharing his knowledge and always looking for innovative solution together with his valuable experience in the municipality has led to him being appointed Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation.

Sana Bagersh

Government Innovation and Strategy Advisor - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Sana Bagersh is government innovation and strategy advisor. She currently provides consulting to the Abu Dhabi Municipality, and has provided advisory services in the past to the Higher Colleges of Technology and Emirates Foundation. Bagersh is also CEO of BrandMoxie, a integrated marketing services firm; founder of Tamakkan, an entrepreneurship and innovation initiative that offers guidance to SMEs; founder of The Smovies film competition platform which leverages the power of organic content creation and storytelling; and managing editor of Tempo, a community magazine that promotes design, the arts and social engagement.
 
In the past Bagersh has variously worked as adjunct professor at Zayed University, and served on the advisory boards of Higher Colleges of Technology Women’s College and that of the Abu Dhabi Vocational Institute. She has served as board member at AmCham and chaired its Women in Business Committee where she launched the Women Achieve empowerment charter, and then its Arts and Culture Committee.

From 1999 to 2008 Bagersh was director of marketing at Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company, where she set up the marketing communications infrastructure for Thuraya in multiple languages across all media channels, for campaigns that ran across a footprint of 110 countries.
 
From the late 80s and 90s, Bagersh worked as a journalist, and then later as bureau chief of Gulf News in the UAE. She  covered economic, social and cultural news stories, and met luminaries such as Sheikh Zayed, Kofi Annan, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Wilfred Thesiger, Yasser Arafat, Kurt Waldheim, Muamar al Gaddafi, Richard Branson, George Bush Sr, Benazir Bhutto, and others.

Rayan Mohammad Almohaisen

Senior Information Technology Specialist - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Rayan is a senior technology consultant specializing in IOT | smart cities field with more than 16 years of industrial experience in implementing, building and deploying information technology solutions,
His background is Bachler in Computer science and information systems and recently got a professional certificate from MIT university in IOT-BUSINESS IMPLICATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES.


Rayan owns great practical experience and knowledge of design and integration of information technology systems. Currently he is responsible for many initiatives of Abu Dhabi municipality in IOT and smart city area .
Rayan combines consultancy experience with team leading, project management and strong negotiation skills. He gained his experience by working for a big private companies and several government entities like Abu Dhabi municipality in the UAE.


His experience from both the client and vendor side give him the ability to fully understand control center project demands and technical requirements.

Wilson Samaha

Associate Director of Innovation Development - Abu Dhabi Global Markets

Wilson Samaha has been working with ADGM since its establishment in 2014. He has held multiple roles in the organization, including  senior manager in Strategy & Business Affair and more recently as associate director of innovation development.

Prior to Joining ADGM, Wilson worked in the Abu Dhabi executive Council, the Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Wilson holds a Master in Science Management from HEC, Paris and a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Noura Al Muhairi

Infrastructure & Service Operations Associate Director - Abu Dhabi Global Market

Noura Al Muhairi is a professional and passionate leader with over 18 years of solid experience in Information Technology. Noura is proudly working at an iconic and the first global financial market in the emirate of Abu Dhabi as an Associate Director for IT Service Operation and Infrastructure, where she is responsible for the delivery of the IT Infrastructure projects and the overall IT Services to the customers including Al Maryah tenants. She is also forming part of ADGM working groups working on a unique mandate as part of Corporate Innovation and smart Island initiatives. Noura have previous experience in both semi-private and government sectors.

Maryam Mubarak

Director of Government Relations - Abu Dhabi – Maqta

Mariam has more than 9 years of national and international Experience in UAE, France, Australia, she has worked in Total Paris, Mubadala Group (Mubadala petroleum, Dolphin Energy, Injazat) as Senior Analyst, Asset manager and Strategic consultant, at the moment she is heading the Government Stockholders and Strategic Alliances Department in Maqta gateway – Abu Dhabi Ports. Mariam Has Bachelor Degree in Business information system Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne – Australia and International MBA from Rouen Business School – France.

Mauricio Zuazua

Lead Partner, Future of Production - World Economic Forum - Partner & Member of the Board - A.T. Kearney

Mauricio Zuazua is a Partner with global management consultancy A.T. Kearney and Lead Partner in the World Economic Forum’s Future of Production system. He is passionate about technology and how it accelerates economic development. Currently dedicated to enabling public and private organizations leverage digital disruptions and succeed in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Mr. Zuazua gathers nearly two decades of experience advising business leaders and top public sector officials on topics encompassing strategic growth, innovation, diversification and capability development across 20 countries in the Americas, Asia, Middle East and Africa, and in multiple industries. Mr. Zuazua is currently based in UAE.

In the public sector, Mr. Zuazua has led the crafting and implementation of national development initiatives in emerging markets, including enhancing economic competitiveness through innovation, industrial stimulation and diversification, industrial clusters development, and building and enhancing institutions to effect national change.

In the private sector, Mr. Zuazua advises CXOs and leads the development, planning and implementation of future-proof strategies, organization transformation programs and merger integrations in asset-intensive industries including Aerospace and Defense, Logistics Infrastructure and other manufacturing. Further, he brings extensive experience in greenfield start-ups and mega-project structuring, planning, funding, business development and launch – in developing economies.

Recent publications include Country Readiness for the Future of Production, How Businesses can Win at Leapfrog, The Sunny Side of the Roboconomy and The Secret Sauce of Competitiveness. Mr. Zuazua is a frequent contributor in the press with mentions and appearances in the FT, CNBC, Gulf News, and The National to mention a few.

He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS Hons. in Civil Engineering from ITESM, Mexico.

Dr. Marcus Schumacher

Vice President & General Manager GCC - Johnson Controls Middle East and Africa

Dr. Marcus Schumacher currently acts as Vice President & General Manager GCC at Johnson Controls after having previously held several executive management positions including Vice President Strategy, Vice President Operations and Engineering as well as Regional Executive Director for the applied HVAC Equipment and Industrial Refrigeration Business Units.

Marcus was key contributor for establishing Johnson Controls’ Energy Service Business in 2014 as one of the 1st certified ESCOs in the Middle East region.

In 2018, he established the Middle East Digital Solutions Smart Buildings Program at Johnson Controls serving in close cooperation with Microsoft and Evoteq landmark projects such as the first Artificial Enabled Building in the world – the Bee’ah office of the future. His current focus in the region centers around highly energy efficient and smart building concepts, smart campuses, hospitals and energy efficiency transformation measures to drive significant energy foot print reduction in district cooling installations.

For the work Johnson Controls has conducted in the field of energy reduction in medium voltage chilled water systems Johnson Controls has received the Middle East Climate Controls Award in 2018.

Marcus has more than 25 years of global experience across multiple industries of which 11 years dedicated to Middle East, Africa and India. Prior to Johnson Controls, he held the position of General Manager Middle East and India for Eaton’s Oil & Gas electrical and process instrumentation business as well as Head of Technology for AIXTRON AG, a market leader for the manufacturing of highly efficient light emitting devices, solar cells and laser applications.

He holds a master degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Material Science, both from the leading German Technical University RWTH Aachen. He attended several executive business leadership programs with leading universities such as Wharton Business School and Rice University in the USA.

Marcus is author and co-author of more than 50 international publications and 7 patents.  
 

Michael Mulquin

Chair Smart Cities Systems Committee - IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)

Using Smart City Standards & Good Practice
 
Michael has spent 25 years partnering with cities, rural areas, construction and technology companies to use technology to help neighbourhoods and cities work better.
 
He focuses on the development and implementation of smart and sustainable city standards. He works with international groups of experts to identify and describe the good practice that enables cities to take full advantage of digital technology.
 
He is Chair of the IEC Smart Cities Systems Committee, Chair of the IEEE IoT and Smart Cities Open Standards Committee and an active member of several ISO Working Groups developing standards for smart and sustainable cities. 
 
He is Principal Architect of the TM Forum’s Smart City Maturity Model and is helping lead their work on City as a Platform. He received the TM Forum Outstanding Contributor Award in 2017.
 
He is technical author of two British Standards Institution publications: PD8101 Smart cities – Guide to the role of the planning and development process, and PD8100 Smart cities overview – Guide. 
 
He is City Standards Associate with the Connected Places Catapult.
 
He works with cities and industry to enable them to benefit from those tried and tested global solutions that are relevant to their strategic requirements.

Jonas Törnblom

Founder and President - Envito AB, and Senior Advisor - Smart City Sweden

From 1 September 2017 founder of Envito AB, advising companies, cities and organizations on environmental technology development and growth issues. An environmental industry innovator, thought leader and driver for change, Mr Törnblom has built a reputation as a champion of sustainability within the built environment. He is also the initiator of the Swedish School of Governance project, which started in August 2018. Mr Törnblom has chaired the Swedish Environmental Technology Network’s steering committee, been a Board Member of the Swedish Orginizational Committee for the participation at the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010, helped to develop the SymbioCity – a concept to promote Swedish environmental technology solutions in the world, and in 2012 founded the Sweden China GreenTech Alliance. He is presently Board member of, and advisor to several innovative environmental technology companies. Mr Törnblom is also Board Member of Electricity Hammarby Sjöstad 2.0 and Gröna Städer, both national industry platforms of companies delivering green technology and services for the urban development.

Alison Young

Trade & Investment Advisor, Tech & Smart Cities - Department for International Trade - British Embassy, Dubai

Alison Young is the Trade & Investment Advisor for Technology & Smart Cities, at the Department for International Trade (DIT), British Embassy Dubai. Her focus is working with UK technology companies interested in doing business in the UAE; UAE companies interested in collaborating with UK organisations; linking UAE based investors to the UK tech eco-system and helping UAE companies set up and expand in the UK. 
 
Prior to moving to the UAE, Alison worked with the Department for International Trade in Oman for 3.5 years, again helping foster trade and investment relations between the UK and Oman. 
 
Alison’s degree is in Russian Studies from the University of Edinburgh, spending almost two years after graduating living and working in Moscow. She has a passion for travel and learning about new cultures.

André Hedberg

Consultant - Smart Mobility - Swedish Embassy

André Hedberg represents the commercial section of the Swedish Embassy, also called Business Sweden, and its operation in the Middle East. Working with his base from Business Sweden’s office in the UAE, Mr. Hedberg is currently steering and formalizing Business Sweden’s activities related to “Smart Mobility” in the Middle East, aimed at sharing Swedish best-practice regionally, as well as to build collaborative platforms that enable local actors from both public and private sector to form partnerships with the most prominent and innovative Swedish companies active within the sphere of smart mobility. Before moving to the UAE, he represented Business Sweden in its operation in North and West Africa (located in Casablanca, Morocco) and the Benelux region (located in The Hague, The Netherlands), specializing in the practice of multilateral development banks and other international financing institutions. Mr. Hedberg’s academic background consists of a dual MSc Degree in International Development from Sciences Po in Paris (France) and Business & Management from Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden).

Naïla Mazzucco

Counsellor (Commercial) and Trade Commissioner - Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Australian Embassy in the UAE

Naïla is Australian Counsellor (Commercial) and Trade Commissioner based in Abu Dhabi at the Australian Embassy. Her sector portfolio focuses on digital technology as well as defence industry. Previously she served as Trade Commissioner in India and Malaysia.

Prior to joining Austrade in 2015, she served in the Government of Western Australia as Regional Trade and Investment Manager based in London working across Europe, Russia and Turkey as well as Country Manager (Japan, Korea and the Americas).

Naïla has also worked in public relations, marketing and project management roles in an EU institution in France, the United Nations in Italy, a marketing communications and public relations firm in Melbourne, the Government of Victoria (Australia) and a private trade strategy consulting firm in Japan.
Naïla holds a Master of Public Policy and Management with High Distinction from the University of Melbourne, and double Bachelor Degrees in Arts (Public Relations and French) and International Relations from Bond University Australia. Naïla has spent a number of years working and studying across Europe and Asia and is fluent in Italian and French with a good comprehension of Japanese.

Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Chief Executive Officer - Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC)

Dr. Raed Bkayrat is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC). Prior to CEBC, Dr. Bkayrat was the Vice President for Business Development for the ME region at First Solar, Dr. Bkayrat was responsible for establishing and overseeing First Solar’s commercial footprint in the region, market setup, origination and strategy development for partnerships and project execution.

Upon moving back to the ME in 2009, Raed joined the core team that built the Economic Development Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was responsible for creating the institution’s successful Industry Collaboration Program. During his four year stint at KAUST, he also created a demonstration and testing program for solar and other clean energy technologies, advised several Saudi governmental and industrial entities and mentored startup companies.

Prior to that, he was part of successful Startups in O&G industry in California, and previously spent nine years in various roles at Siemens AG in Germany and the US. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan, all in Electrical Engineering.

Alana Tucker

Urban Innovation Manager - Downtown Detroit Partnership

Alana Tucker is a city planner in Detroit, MI, USA. Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, her love of wide open spaces led her to pursue a career in public space and environmental planning. She is currently the Urban Innovation Manager at the Downtown Detroit Partnership where she has done extensive work for downtown Detroit since 2016 in community engagement, sustainable operations, such as public space recycling programs and low-irrigation landscaping schemes, and streetscape design, including a public lighting program that addresses improving cosmetic and safety lighting infrastructure. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Eng. Salem Ali Al Ali

Director of Strategic Transformation and Innovation - Abu Dhabi Distribution Company

Yaqoob Alawadhi

ICT Architecture & Standards Section Manager - Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority

Eng. Mirah Hameed Bin Hindi

Deputy Director of the Federal Roads Department - Federal Roads Administration - Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Eng. Naseebah Abdullah Al Marzouqi

Director of Sustainability and Technical Studies Department - Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Eng. Adel Mohammed

Director of Infrastructure Management - Musanada

Marwan Mohammed Al Marzouqi

Director of IT Department - Tadweer

Eng. Salama AlDhaheri

Head, Information Technology Planning - Al Ain City Municipality

Salama is holding MSc. in Technology management from Engineering and information college at BUiD and in collaboration with Manchester university. Her experience is in Digital transformation and service modernization with multiple integration platforms. she is certified as software product manager, SSCP and Google GCP specialist.

She was responsible for infrastructure and DC upgrade projects for Al Ain region and lead the digital services projects for Al Ain municipality. She was appointed as a lead in major service digitalization project across Abu Dhabi Emirates and other federal projects.

Salama a co-founder of Al AIN municipality AI-lab and board member, also she is a member of Program Advisory Committee for HCT and engaged in many other committees related to service development projects across the municipalities. She has been recognized as the best technical employee and her project won the 1st place in the best shared service category.

Her contributions are very well recognized as an active member in Al Ain municipality innovation lab, as she has many solution prototypes and do research in fields of 3D printing, Gamification, XR, IBM data science and studied smart device and mobile emerging technologies.

Myriam SAFSAF

Deputy Head of the Regional economic Counsellor for the Arabian Peninsula - Embassy of France in the United Arab Emirates

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