16 - 17 April, 2019
RODA AL BUSTAN, DUBAI

Day One Plenary Sessions: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

PLENARY SESSIONS

NEXT GEN POWERED INFRASTRUCTURE – CREATING THE NEXT ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE



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Safder Nazir

Regional Vice President - Digital Industries Strategy
Huawei Technologies

9:10 am - 9:30 am Visionary Opening: Mega City Infrastructure Week; What makes a city infrastructure prepared for tomorrow?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to boost the global economy by $13 trillion by 2030, adding roughly 1.2% to global GDP a year (Source. McKinsey). While a number of countries are in race to be the first to adopt AI, USA and China are maintaining the lead .How will the global race change the world we live in? What must countries and cities do to increase AI adoption to gain global competitive advantage?

  • What countries must do to increase AI adoption?
  • What will be more important in future cities – automated domination or leadership?
  • How can cities ensure that AI is used as a tool of progress?


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Raffaele Gareri

Chief Technology Officer, Brescia & Chairman
The Smart City Association, Italy

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Mark DeSantis

Chief Executive Officer
RoadBotics, Inc, Pittsburgh

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Safder Nazir

Regional Vice President - Digital Industries Strategy
Huawei Technologies

9:50 am - 10:10 am CREATING THE NEURAL NETWORK OF THE CITY: Enabling digital transformations to be seamless and agile



10:10 am - 10:30 am EXECUTIVE THINK TANK: TAKING BIG DATA TO THE NEXT LEVEL- How can cities better utilise big data to improve smart services and understand the needs of citizens and visitors?

Dr. Abdulqader Amir - Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri - Chief Executive Officer, Maqta Gateway
Carles Agusti i Hernàndez - Open Government Director, Barcelona Provincial Council
The global big data market is expected to reach USD 123.2 billion by 2025* (Source, Grand View Research, Inc.) By 2020, we will create approximately 44 trillion gigabytes of data each year. From placing millions of sensor across cities to implementing open data initiatives, cities are increasing efforts to transform urban data into smart cities information. The key challenge cities are faced with when it comes to big data is how to make sense of it.

  • The edge VS the cloud
  • Defining edge computing opportunity
  • Innovative tools that cities can use to make sense of big data toimpact change?
  • How cities can use AI to make data driven decisions for their residents?
  • How can we empower citizens to leverage open data to resolve key city urban challenges
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Dr. Abdulqader Amir

Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs
Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri

Chief Executive Officer
Maqta Gateway

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Carles Agusti i Hernàndez

Open Government Director
Barcelona Provincial Council

10:30 am - 10:50 am Reserved for Midea



10:50 am - 11:20 am CREATING THE ULTIMATE BLENDED GCC-CHINA MARKET - Can businesses benefit from the investment alliance with China and how will this initiative add to the region’s basket of economic diversification?

Dr. Raed Safadi - Executive Director, Economic Research & Policy, Department of Economic Development Dubai
Reggy Vermeulen - Chief Executive Officer, Port of Duqm
Ian Williamson - Chief Development Officer, The Red Sea Development Company
In July 2018, China had pledged USD 20 billion in loans and USD 106 million in financial support to the Middle East. A Chinese consortium has materialised an investment of USD 10.7 billion for the port and industrial zone of Duqm, Oman. Fifteen Chinese businesses have  joined the Abu Dhabi Economic Zone (KIZAD) with an investment of around USD 1 billion, since Cosco Shipping Ports have joined Abu Dhabi Khalifa Ports to expand and operate one of their terminals.
         What opportunities can GCC market players access due to investment and trade alliances with China?
         Does GCC’s presence as the cornerstone of China’s Belt and Road Initiative drive SME’s growth in the region?
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Dr. Raed Safadi

Executive Director, Economic Research & Policy
Department of Economic Development Dubai

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Reggy Vermeulen

Chief Executive Officer
Port of Duqm

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Ian Williamson

Chief Development Officer
The Red Sea Development Company

         Identifying key challenges and opportunities in PPPs: ensuring successful collaboration among domestic and international investment vehicles
         Addressing the legal and contracting processes behind successful PPPs to promote entity cohesion
         Identifying and providing attractive financing methodologies in order to improve transport infrastructure investments
         How to engage private sector firms, such as operators, in order to improve collaboration on PPPs
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Dr. Abdulqader Amir

Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs
Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia

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Sulaiman Abdulrahman AlHajri

Director General - Roads
Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority, UAE

Khalid Nidal Omar

Chairman of Road Department, Government of Umm Al Quwain
Planning and Survey Department, UAE

11:35 am - 11:55 am Reserved for ECO



11:55 am - 12:25 pm COFFEE BREAK