Gauri Singh

Deputy Director - General - International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Gauri Singh is the Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Ms. Singh brings more than 30 years of experience in policy, advocacy and project implementation within the field of renewable energy and sustainable development from India and the international system.

Prior to joining IRENA, Ms. Singh worked within India’s federal government and at the apex level within provincial government. Federally, she was responsible for leading the development of the National Solar Mission of India policy in 2010, an early policy framework designed to drive solar power development across the country.

At the Madhya Pradesh provincial Government, Ms. Singh steered rural development providing strategic planning and implementation guidance across the state for large initiatives. Her work involved poverty reduction and sustainable development within rural communities. She was also responsible for spearheading initiatives aimed at improving livelihoods for nearly two million poor women across the state.

In Madhya Pradesh, Ms. Singh led livelihood projects based on decentralised renewable energy solutions to support rural artisans and ran an ambitious intervention to restore the flow of 40 rivers across the state, based on the use of remote sensing maps. She also played a key role in drafting the framework for the state Right to Water Act.

Prior to that, Ms. Singh was Director, Country support and Partnerships at IRENA where she was responsible for regional and country level initiatives and for spearheading partnerships with regional energy and economic organisations.

 

Lola Ortiz Sanchez

Director General of Planning and Mobility Infrastructure - City of Madrid

Lola Ortiz Sánchez is the General Director of Planning and Mobility Infraestructures in the Madrid City Council, Madrid is the capital of Spain with 3.223 millions Inhabitants. Nowadays, she is working in the new Sustainable urban mobility Plan in Madrid and with the implementation of the new sustainable mobility law and the new low emissions zones in the City.

Before that, She had been the General Secretariat in the public works Counceling in the Andalucia region. Also, she had been the deputy general director of Urban Development in the General Direction of european Funds in the spanish goverment. She has a Master Degree in civil engeniering and a Master in Public administration management and others executive programs relation with Leadership in public administration, communication, BIM management and so on.

She is actually the Chair in the urban Freights POLIS working group, Vice-Chair in the mobility Forum in EUROCITIES, Vice- Chair of the Spanish road asociation and she has been for three years the Dean of the Oficial asociation of civil engeneers in Madrid region.

Prof. Derek Woodgate

President and Chief Futurist - The Futures Lab, Inc.

Derek Woodgate is a consulting futurist, educator, author, speaker and curator. He is the President and Chief Futurist of The Futures Lab, Inc., a foresight consultancy, he founded in 1996, which specializes in creating future potential for major corporations and institutions (http://futures-lab.com).

In addition, Derek is an Associate Professor in the ICT Department of the Engineering and Science Faculty at the University of Adger in Norway and a Visiting Professor at the University of Houston College of Technology Foresight Program. In all cases, he teaches Grad and PhD students in Applied Foresight. Recently, he was appointed to the Executive Board of the Center for Futures Studies at the University of Dubai. Derek is also a member of the World Futures Studies Federation UNESCO Committee. Derek is a resident of USA and UAE and has extensive experience of UAE government operations. Derek has BA in Eastern European Studies and a MA in Political Economics and studied for his PhD in the ICT Department at the Faculty of Engineering and Science University of Adger.

Derek has worked on numerous integrated city development projects at the government, regional and local level, as well as with the world’s leading architects, construction, and materials manufactures. He was previously advisor to the US Government on the future of transportation and infastructure 2050, the UAE Ministry of the Interior on Security, policing traffic and civil defense, UN/UNESCO on the advancement of futures literacy for societal improvement, Ministries of Education Norway and Germany introducing transdisciplinarity for societal transformation, for the Texas State Government on the 30-year development of the future of Austin, TX, the Central Texas Technology Corridor and the cultural development of Austin, TX as well as the future of energy tech for city development, Malaysian Government on the integration of creative into the 30 year Kuala Lumpur development plan, The City of London for the repurposing of Covent Garden and the future vision for Silicon Roundabout, etc.

Dr. Eng. Humaid Saif Alshamsi

Director of the Artificial Intelligence Applications - Abu Dhabi Police

He is a director of the Artificial Intelligence applications at Abu Dhabi Police, also he served a number of entities in the Strategic management and performance development as Information Technology Expert. Dr.Alshamsi has a wide range research interests and publishes such as digital signal processing, machine learning, human computer interaction, computer vision, embedded systems and communications, and he gives more than 40 speeches in AI and IoT local and international events since 2017.

Mohamed Al Breiki

Director of Sustainable Real Estate - Masdar

Mohamed Al Breiki is the Director of Sustainable Real Estate at Masdar (wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government’s Mubadala Investment Company) with responsibility for leading the advancement of real estate business of Masdar City from investment planning through to delivery of sustainable community. Mohamed contributes by providing strategic planning, project management and financial oversights in the development of real estate assets while maintaining highest standard of excellence. Mohamed has over 20 years of development management experience ranging from planning and design to new construction and commercial tenant fit-out. Focused on optimizing various operations in the company and executing the company’s business plans.

Prior to joining Masdar, Mohamed worked at several companies, including Mubadala, ADEK and Urban Planning Council. During his 10-years at Mubadala Investment Company, he has been managing major prestigious projects in various sectors such as real estate, healthcare, education, aerospace, and ICT. Some of his notable projects include the design and delivery of the New York University, Four Seasons Hotel and Cleveland Clinic Hospital and Khazna Data Center in Abu Dhabi. While at the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Mohamed contributed to the master planning of various mixed-use developments across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and worked collaboratively with real estate developers to ensure their plans were professionally designed, sustainable and well-managed in urban environment context. Mohamed has also worked at ADEK previously where he managed the development and implementation of schools master plan in Abu Dhabi in his capacity as a Director of Infrastructure and Facilities Division.

Mohamed acquired his BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies from Southampton City College in England.  His education also includes a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi, where he also completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and earned his Master degree of Science in Engineering Management in June 2012.

Saif Ghubash

Director - Land Transport Affairs - Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure

Urban planning professional and architect with a passion for optimizing Emirate-wide development while enhancing the lives of Emirati citizens. Recognized for leveraging planning expertise, interpersonal skills, and a deep appreciation for Emirati cultural heritage to develop progressive plans that propel the evolution of Emirati cities into a model communities.

  • Drive regional planning – Partnered in developing the Plan Al Ain Region 2030. Translated the 200-page, technically complex plan into Arabic and presented the Plan to the Executive Council, 20+ government entities, and in numerous public forums.
  • Achieve strategic vision – Trained 70+ project managers on the use of planning policy documents to develop open spaces that comply with the Emirate’s 2030 vision – a key step in implementing the Abu Dhabi Public Realm Design Manual (PRDM).
  • Strengthen Emirati culture – Secured the support of Khalifa Fund to Support and Develop Small Enterprises and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage for Socoool / Hamdoon, a 15-episode animated television series aimed at educating youth and boosting the nation's sense of identity.

Humaid Al Kaabi

Acting Director, Urban Planning Division - Department of Municipalities and Transport

Major Eng. Ahmed Surour Al Shamsi

Head of Safe City Department - Abu Dhabi Police

Experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the projects management and administration successfully leading a variety of initiatives which has resulted in: the development of workable technical solutions, introduction of new operational concepts/procedures and development and implementation of AI and big data solutions.

An IEEE member, the world’s largest technical professional origination dedicated to advancing technology for the benefits of humanity. A member of the youth future energy council at Masder institute.

Anas Abdullah Almarzooqi

Traffic Systems Maintenance Section Head - Integrated Transport Center

Traffic Systems Maintenance Section Head with more than 17 yrs of experience in Design, Implementation, Operation and Maintenance of traffic Signals & controlling systems, system integration, intelligent transportation system, project Management. Graduated as Electronics Engineer, Working in Integrated Transport Centre.

Vijay Jaswal

Chief Technology Officer, Middle East & Turkey - Software AG

Vijay Jaswal is Software AG’s CTO for the Middle East and Turkey region. His main objective in this role is to support organizations in deriving value and increasing competitiveness, by driving their Digital Transformation Journey & streamlining their mission critical processes. He has worked in the field of Digital Transformation & Business Process Excellence for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Middle East and Turkey leadership team, He served as Software AG’s Pre-Sales director for EMEA. He also worked for Staffware (Tibco) in the Netherlands for 9 Years.

Samer H. Alish

Regional Director - Streamax Technology, UAE

With 18 years in mobility field, Samer played a key role in developing different in-vehicle smart systems, he joined Streamax Technology in 2016, in his capacity as Regional Director for middle east and north Africa.

Samer leads the implementation of many successful projects like the new taxi solution in the emirate of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi 2018), STS Smart School Bus Project (Dubai 2019), Abu Dhabi Police stop arm project (Abu Dhabi 2020) and the launching of King Khalid airport green taxi project in kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh 2020).

Focusing on the transportation solutions for commercial vehicles and how to create value using AI technology for safety, security and efficiency.

Emily Yates

Smart City Director - City of Philadelphia

As Smart City Director for the City of Philadelphia, Emily is responsible for managing and leading the implementation of the SmartCityPHL Roadmap that provides guidance on how smart and emerging technology solutions can improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors while improving the delivery of City services.

Throughout her career, Emily has worked to help cities position themselves as globally competitive by utilizing a systems approach to develop strategies, projects and programs that exist within the intersection of sustainability, technology, and economic development. Most recently, Emily was Deputy Director with Envision Charlotte where she was responsible for leading the development of the Circular Charlotte strategy, which made Charlotte the first city in the US to have a citywide circular economy strategy, in addition to other local programming that created a smarter, more sustainable Charlotte.

She has held a variety of positions in Europe and North America, including urban planning positions with both the District of Columbia and the city of Cleveland planning offices.  Emily was a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor/ Bundeskanzler Fellowship, which funded a year of research focused on German approaches to the implementation of sustainability policy and climate change adaptation in brownfield development.  Emily holds a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University.  She is a member of the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy (ELEEP) Network.
 

Samer M Madanat

Dean of Engineering - NYUAD

Samer M Madanat is the Dean of Engineering at NYUAD. He is also the Xenel Distinguished Professor of Engineering Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (from 2012 to 2015) at the University of California at Berkeley. From 2005 to 2014, he served as the Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies. He received a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1986, and a M.S and Ph.D. in Transportation Systems from MIT in 1988 and 1991 respectively.

From 2001 to 2011, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems. He is Editor of the Journal of Transport Policy and the Associate Editor of the European Journal of Transportation and Logistics. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of four other archival technical journals.

Madanat has served as chair of external review committees for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, the ENAC School of EPFL in Switzerland, the Department of Civil Engineering at National University in Singapore, and the School of Transportation Engineering at Tongji University in China. He has served on advisory boards for the National Academy of Engineering, the World Bank, the American University of Beirut, and as proposal review panels for NSF, USDOT, the Swiss NSF and other international foundations. He has delivered several named lectureships including the CC Mei Lecture at MIT, the Ezra Cornell Lecture at Cornell University, the Distinguished Speaker Series at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Warren Lecture at the University of Minnesota, and numerous Keynote Lectures at conferences around the world.

Muhammad Shafique

Associate Professor - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU-AD)

Muhammad Shafique (M’11 - SM’16) received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, in 2011. Afterwards, he established and led a highly recognized research group at KIT for several years as well as conducted impactful R&D activities across the globe. In Oct.2016, he joined the Institute of Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Informatics, Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), Vienna, Austria as a Full Professor of Computer Architecture and Robust, Energy-Efficient Technologies. Since Sep.2020, he is with the Division of Engineering, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU-AD), United Arab Emirates, and is a Global Network faculty at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering (NYU-NY), USA. He is also an investigator in the Center of Cyber Security (CCS) and Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES) at NYUAD.

His research interests are in brain-inspired computing, AI & machine learning hardware and system-level design, energy-efficient systems, robust computing, hardware security, emerging technologies, ML for EDA, FPGAs, MPSoCs, and embedded systems. His research has a special focus on cross-layer analysis, modeling, design, and optimization of computing and memory systems. The researched technologies and tools are deployed in application use cases from Internet-of-Things (IoT), Smart Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), and ICT for Development (ICT4D) domains.

Dr. Shafique has given several Keynotes, Invited Talks, and Tutorials, as well as organized many special sessions at premier venues. He has served as the PC Chair, General Chair, Track Chair, and PC member for several prestigious IEEE and ACM conferences. Dr. Shafique holds one U.S. patent and has (co-)authored 6 Books, 10+ Book Chapters, 300+ papers in premier journals and conferences, and 50+ archive articles. He received the 2015 ACM/SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award, AI 2000 Chip Technology Most Influential Scholar Award in 2020, six gold medals, and several best paper awards and nominations at prestigious conferences like DAC, ICCAD, DATE, and CODES+ISSS.

Yasmeen Al Hashmi

Acting Director – Spatial Data Department - Department of Municipalities and Transport

Yasmeen Al Hashmi is the Acting Director of Spatial Data Department at the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT).  

Yasmeen Al Hashmi joined Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council as GIS specialist in 2010 and has over 11 years of experience working in Spatial Data field. She has also extensive skills in spatial data analysis and remote sensing. In her 11 years working with Planning agency and Municipalities she has provided expertise in mapping, spatial analysis, and image processing.  She lead now the Spatial Data department at DMT and plays major role in working directly with DMT core business and affiliates  to ensure the unification and integration of spatial and cadastral data models across DMT and affiliates, compliance with policies and legislation to regulate the business and systems of spatial, surveying and addressing data, ensure data quality and accuracy and provide Spatial innovation solution to user to help them in making effective decision …etc of  
Selected projects that Yasmeen has been involved and managed:

  • Smart Makani Interactive Map
  • Building Data Base Management for Abu Dhabi Digital Twins
  • Unification of spatial, survey and addressing guidelines and policies
  • AI implementation for image processing

Abeer AlMansoori

Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Specialist - Department of Energy

Hasan Alhosani

CEO - Bayanat

Technology and business leader, Hasan Al Hosani brings more than 20 years of experience to the role of CEO at Bayanat. Hasan leads the development of Bayanat’s expansion into the geospatial artificial intelligence domain, and the commendable growth of its product and service offering to a large and rapidly growing market. Prior to joining Bayanat in March 2020, Hasan was a key contributor to G42's strategic growth, via the merger and acquisition team, where he played an instrumental role in the company’s transition from EDIC to G42. In 2016 Hasan co-founded SECUIRA, delivering cutting-edge technology solutions to both the public and the private sectors, and marketing and consultation services to international firms looking to enter the UAE market for Smart Cities, AI, and Big Data. Four years later, SECURIA had acquired a clear market leadership position, becoming one of the most respected and sought-after security consultation firms in the GCC region.  In 2013 Hasan was a member of the founding team of the Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Center (ADMCC), a national security firm providing management and regulation of the UAE’s monitoring and control systems, and critical analysis of data. During his tenure with ADMCC, he served as a Member of the MCC Executive Committee & Head of the MCC Standards & Practices Committee.  Prior to 2013 Hasan served in various leadership positions with Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS/ATS), where he oversaw the successful deployment of Abu Dhabi’s multi-billion dirham Smart City Solution. Hasan holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical / Electronic Engineering, and is currently working on his PhD thesis.

Khaled Almarzooqi

Director Defence AI - Bayanat

Khaled Almarzooqi joined Bayanat as Director Defence AI in August 2021, following eight years with Abu Dhabi’s Monitoring and Control Center (ADMCC), and five years with the UAE Armed Forces. As Director Defence AI, Khaled is charged with accelerating the adoption of disruptive and emerging advance technologies to directly benefit the defence sector. Khaled has enjoyed a distinguished career in both military and government domains, and in his new role at Bayanat he is tasked with introducing visions for AI innovations by delivering creative and market-leading applications. Prior to joining Bayanat, Khaled worked his way up through ADMCC, from his position as Communication Unit Head in 2013 to Execution and Planning Engineering Director in 2020.  During his tenure with ADMCC, Khaled successfully led numerous strategic projects with a total value exceeding one billion dirhams. He took an active role as Head of the Technical Committee, was a member of the Executive Committee, Emirate of Abu Dhabi NOC committee, and securing Abu Dhabi events committee. A Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Khaled holds an MSc in Network Communication Planning & Management  and a BEng in Communications Engineering from the University Of Portsmouth, as well as a Diploma of Public Sector Innovation Cambridge University – MBRIC

Dr. Prashanth Marpu

Technical Lead of Space Program - Bayanat

Prior to joining G42, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Manager of YahSat Space Lab at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Before coming to the UAE, Dr. Marpu worked as a researcher at the University of Iceland and at the University of Pavia, Italy, where he was a Marie Curie Fellow working on developing advanced methods for earth observation data analysis. He holds a PhD in Remote Sensing from TU Freiberg, Germany, and MSc in Wireless Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. He was involved in designing and building small satellites as a project manager of four satellite programs MYSat-1, DhabiSat, MeznSat and Light-1 while participating as an advisor and reviewer for several other satellite programs. He has also actively contributed to the development of novel approaches for processing remote sensing data for a wide range of applications. Dr. Marpu has been a Council member of the International Society of Digital Earth since 2020 and has been part of several international committees related to Earth Observation technologies. He has contributed to more than 150 publications in various journals and conferences and has been actively involved in the space and remote sensing educational activities globally.

Marwan Mohamed Al Marzooqi

IT Director - Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center – Tadweer

Jonathan Davis

Chief Commercial Officer - Uberbinder

Jonathan Davis is a Co-Founder and the Chief Commercial Officer for Uberbinder™, a low carbon replacement binder for concrete and asphalt; the company's mission is to change transportation infrastructure through the use of sustainable building material.

A strategist, brand builder, innovation incubator, designer, artist, and sailor, Jonathan has been a Founder, Owner, and Managing Director of consultancies specializing in groundbreaking and disruptive category innovation projects.

Jonathan was born in England, attended school in Reading followed by the University of the Arts in London, and began his career as a commercial artist. Over the next three decades, he worked for many leading brands and companies developing business propositions, new product approaches, and category innovations.

In 2014, Jonathan set sail in the Mediterranean with his family, returning to full time work in San Francisco in 2018. The juxtaposed experiences of having been at the heart of consumer marketing and then living minimally aboard a boat brought insight and a passion to make root changes to the way the world approaches the practical problems associated with energy and carbon performance.

Jonathan has recently relocated from San Francisco back to England; in his spare time Jonathan enjoys painting, writing, and sailing.

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