Supreme Advisory Board

H.E. Mr. Salem Almemary

Executive Director of Municipal Services Sector - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Eng. Sami Alhashmi

Director of Infrastructure Technical Support Division - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

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).

Currently, Eng. Sami Alhashmi is the Director of Inrastructure Technical Support Division in AbuDhabi Municipality leading the initiatives & projects that support the transformation of Abu Dhabi into smart city.

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.

Abdulla Mohamad AlKendi

Executive Director of Technology & Policies - Abu Dhabi Digital Authority

Mohamed Abdullah Almadhani

Director of Data Management - Abu Dhabi Digital Authority

Mohammad (Abdulla) Al Madhani is Director - Data Management at the Abu Dhabi Digital authority and works in the intersection of business, technology and advanced analytics turning strategic government data into knowledge that solves complex problems and drives policy decisions. With over a decade of experience in the technology world, he is a “Big Data/Data Science” Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the ADDA, and also a member on numerous governmental committees related to applied technologies, Data Governance, and Decision Management Automation.

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.

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.

Eng. Mohammed Al Shatri

Head of Studies and Standards - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Eng. Mohammed Al Shatri holds the position of Head of Studies and Standards at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City.

The responsibility of supporting the sector's departments through conducting various specialized studies in order to support the design, implementation and development of the projects in general, as well as the development and updating of the technical and design specifications and standards and the maintenance and operation standards for all infrastructure assets on the principles of sustainability and smart cities. The Department has won numerous awards as a result of his efforts & initiatives.
 

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. 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

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

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

Eng. Saleh Mubaral Alameri

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

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.
 

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. Faisal Al Kaabi

Major - Abu Dhabi Police

Ali Aljuaidi

Head of Infrastructure and Communications - Department of Transportation

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).

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.

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.

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.

Venisio Gonzalez

Senior Technology Services Manager - Abu Dhabi Ports – Maqta

Chris Chi Lon Wan

Head of Design Management, Sustainable Real Estate - Masdar

Chris Wan is currently leading the Design Management of the Sustainable Real Estate unit at Masdar, pursuing and adopting holistic approaches to sustainable design.

Combining integrated design processes with stakeholder collaboration, Mr Wan is exploring practical ways to optimise the balance between environmental, social and commercial requirements.

Mr Wan’s approach has contributed to realising a cluster of green buildings at Masdar City, including the Siemens Buildings, IRENA HQ, Masdar Eco Villa, and most recently the Etihad Eco Residence.

Mr Wan graduated from the University of Bath, UK and has worked as an architect in the UK and Hong Kong before joining Masdar in 2008.
 

Stephen Severance

Head of Management and Marketing Program - Masdar

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.

Eng. Hassan Al – Hadethi

VP Business Development MEA - Johnson Controls

Eng. Hassan Al – Hadethi has more than 25 years of experience in delivering complex projects for integrated systems, solutions and facilities operations. He has been working with Tyco – Johnson Controls for over 20 years covering both the Middle East and Asia. During these years he has been instrumental in enhancing the product and service line card to support a wide base of customers to establish their building technology infrastructure. Projects he has worked on include integrated safety, security and controls which have provided optimum operational environments for the occupants and operational teams. In addition to this Hassan has experience working on projects with energy controls which are not only required to comply with local rules and regulations but also to enhance our customer service experience.

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.

Frans-Anton Vermast

Strategy Advisor and International Smart City Ambassador - Amsterdam Smart City & Chief Technology Office of Amsterdam

Since 2008 Frans-Anton Vermast MBA (1969) has been Strategy Advisor and International Smart City Ambassador for Amsterdam Smart City and Chief Technology Office of Amsterdam, winners of iCapital 2016.
 
He is a global expert in searching for opportunities for novel appliances and services that make cities and their regions an inclusive society and a more habitable place for people to live, work and play in pleasantly.
 
Next to a strategic and broad general knowledge and experience in this field for almost 20 years Mr Vermast specialises in citizens engagement and governance- and finance models to facilitate collaboration in a quintuple helix.
 
As the main question should be ‘What city do we want to live in?’ and cities are about “ECO systems and ego systems”1, he concentrates on helping cities facilitate their (digital) transitions via open innovation platforms as well as cross silo approaches.
 
“Innovation is about doing and learning by doing”2. Therefore, Mr Vermast is not afraid to share failures and lessons learned to prevent other cities making the same mistakes Amsterdam made.
 
His objectives are to facilitate social innovation and a sustainable-liveable environment to boost social and economic benefits based on open data and open algorithms. Ethics, gaining (back) trust of citizens and ownership of data to citizens are important topics he focusses on too. Mr Vermast is very interested to elaborate on these themes and to learn from others.
 
Furthermore, Mr Vermast has extensive Dutch, European and global knowledge and extensive experience in facilitating the participation of several local-, regional- and national governments in Europe, the Middle East, Peoples Republic of China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and is frequent visitor to Australia.
 
In addition, the private sector regularly calls on Mr Vermast his opinion and advice; this includes big consultancy firms, communication incumbents and NGO’s, local SME’s and start-ups.
 
Mr Vermast had the privilege to be a jury member for the European Capital of Innovation 2018.
 
He is a visiting speaker at Leiden University and Radboud University Nijmegen and a guest lecturer at the Universities of Applied Sciences of The Hague and HAN. Mr Vermast is experienced in national and international training both professional and as a volunteer with political parties.
 
Mr Vermast is also a sought-after facilitator, moderator and day chair for conferences, strategy sessions and workshops.

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.

Ahmad Al Montshri

General Manager for the Comprehensive Institutional Centre - Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs

Ahmad is a Certified Digital transformations professional, Certified System architecture professional with a Masters degree in information tech and Geographic Information System GIS.  With 15+ years experience in advanced Technology, Smart urban planning , Sustainble Enterprise GIS , mega Digital transformation, advanced Smart Cities and board management. Ahmad won the best Smart City Project Award for Data and Tech in the World in Barcelona. His expertise include Hi-End strategic planning, Goverments Digital development, orgnizations Business Continuity.

Working at the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu he was act.director for smartcity and digital transformation.

He is currently the General Manager for the Comprehensive Institutional Centre at Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs  in Saudi Arabia.

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).

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.

Dr. Monica Menendez

Associate Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering - New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Monica Menendez is an Associate Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi; and a Global Network Associate Professor at New York University.

Prior to that, Monica was the Director of the research group Traffic Engineering at ETH Zurich, and a Management Consultant at Bain & Company in the San Francisco office. She holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. from UC Berkeley, and has received more than 20 scholarships and awards.

Her research interests include monitoring, modeling, and control of multimodal transportation systems, with new technologies and data sources. Monica is the author of over 50 journal publications and over 150 conference proceedings and reports.

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. Emad Al Hashimi

- Abu Dhabi Civil Defense

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. 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.

 

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