Sheikh Nasser Al-Thani has 15+ years of experience in telecommunications operations and local government entities. In his current role, he is responsible for leading the teams that support new and emerging business opportunities in smart cities, ICTE and mega-project sectors, as well as the Qatar Data Centre.
Further more, Sheikh Nasser has created value across multiple business sectors - he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Al-Siliya Sports Club for 10 years, and is currently a board member of Masraf Al Rayyan Bank, Starlink, Ooredoo Kuwait, Aisacell and Arab Sat. With his high profile, Sheikh Nasser has been representing Ooredoo at the United Nations Forum for Business and Human Rights in Geneva.
Sheikh Nasser’s academic brilliance is well known - he ranked 1st overall in Qatar for his secondary school exam and earned an MBA from the University Of Wales. Sheikh Nasser is a successful versatile leader, engaging colleagues at every level, driven to manage any situation impeding corporate initiatives, while creating value across multiple business sectors –telecommunications, sports, and sovereign affairs. He has demonstrated vision, capability and determination to take Ooredoo to greater heights.
Sheikh Nasser proudly extends his leadership vision to the local community working with a range of charities to enrich the lives of people across Qatar and the region. Many describe him as a “truly inspirational leader” and respect him for his loyalty, integrity, dedication and honesty.
Mr. Fokion Angelopoulos joined SAP Qatar as the Managing Director in August 2016 overseeing the business of SAP in Qatar.
Prior to this job he held several Regional posts in South Europe Middle East & Africa for the last nine years.
He has an experience in ICT of more than 20 years, holding executive positions at SAP, Microsoft, Cisco & IBM.
His aspiration is to build teams that support the sustainable growth of the adopters of innovative technologies.
He holds an M.SC. degree in Electrical Engineering.
Mr. Zong Yan took role of GM Huawei Qatar Branch from November 2015, and was appointed CEO of Huawei Qatar Rep Office in May 2016.
He has more than 10 years telecom engineering experience in MENA region.
He joined Huawei in August 2007. He worked in Huawei UAE, Pakistan and Afghanistan office from 2009-2013.
In 2013, he took the role of Deputy GM (Solution Sales) of Kuwait Rep Office, at the same time he was appointed to lead Ooredoo Kuwait Subsidiary Account in 2015, taking responsibility for marketing, sales and operations of Ooredoo Kuwait business.
He joined Huawei Qatar as GM since late 2015, fully in charge of Huawei Qatar business across the country till now.
Safder heads Huawei’s Digital Industries Center of Excellence, prior to which he has held various leadership roles in global 'blue chip' companies. With over 20 years of experience across the world in industry verticals including real estate, smart cities and smart grid, Safder has enabled global companies to deliver exceptional results in new lines of business. Key to this success has been the innovative use of technology to drive business outcomes.
Having held senior leadership positions as the customer, the consultant and the vendor, this 360 degree view combined with over 10 years in the Middle East region gives Safder a rounded perspective of the market, challenges and opportunities.
Safder is also an Advisory Board Member for Dubai Silicon Oasis Smart City Program and Associate Rapporteur in the ITU-T Study Group 20 on Smart Cities and IoT.
Raheel Hannan (LLB Law) is a leading expert in digital transformation and smart cities with extensive experience in transformational change and a specialization on organizational performance analytics.
Raheel is the lead for the Business Architecture team in the region having lead major smart city engagements across the MENA and GCC region as well as for strategic customers across the EMEA region. He also has an extensive corporate background prior to joining SAP, having worked for UBS and Deutsche Bank for 7 years within the COO function and National Grid (UK) focused on transforming the analytics frameworks in each of these organizations.
Kenny Wang is Hikvision Senior Regional Technical Engineer and Adviser with responsibility for GCC region. He is expert for video surveillance solution in multiple areas such as financial industry, transportation, building surveillance and city surveillance etc.
Currently responsible for business consulting of smart city solutions within Poland-based software powerhouse, Comarch. The main areas of focus include proximity marketing, omni-channel communication and guidance solutions, designed for customers & citizens, all centered around mobile applications.
Previously Arkadiusz was involved in pre-sales consultancy of loyalty management platforms for large enterprises, especially frequent flyer programs for airlines. In parallel, he has exercised modern approach to customer engagement as enhancement to traditional loyalty, mainly in the form of gamification in managing customer relationship.
Apart from being an IT consultant, Arkadiusz runs independent music label after hours.
Bartosz Demczuk who is a Master of Science in Economics (Specialization in International Relations) has been working at Comarch since 2007. Before joining Comarch he worked in Ahold as a project manager building the first EDI platform in Poland. He was also responsible for key company projects in areas of logistics, commerce and accounting. Having gained substantial retail background and business experience after 5 years he decided to join Comarch, where he became a Solution Manager responsible for EDI solution for corporate customers. In 2007 he moved to the Loyalty & Airlines Systems group in Comarch where he took the position of Senior Manager. He was responsible for building comprehensive loyalty solutions for customers from banking, retail, telco and petrol industry, mostly in the CEE, DACH and Russian market. Since 2013 he is a Business Unit Director responsible for Comarch Middle East.
Munir Ismet is HPE’s Global Head of Digital Government and Strategic Partnerships covering Central Government, Local Government, Justice & Public Safety, Education, Defence, Healthcare and Future Cities. Munir and his team work very closely with our customers and partners (Systems Integrators and Application Software vendors) in order to help our customers achieve their objectives in Public Sector, in these very challenging times, where issues such as security, immigration and increased citizen expectations are having to be dealt with whilst facing budgetary constraints and skills shortages.
HPE has decided to focus on 4 areas in the current period, looking at Digital Transformation (move from legacy systems to the new digitial solutions), Integrated solutions (sharing of citizen data between departments), Security and Privacy (cybersecurity and data location) and the use of Big Data (data to information) for Government and Cities. HPE has extensive experience in these areas and numerous government organisations, have already benefitted from HPE’s programmatic approach to transformation and multi-cloud solutions in their quest to improve citizen services whilst reducing cost of delivery and bringing greater flexibility to their operation.
Government, Healthcare and Education sectors are key markets for HPE, wherein HPE has invested substantially in the past years and continues to do so. HPE’s innovative hardware, software, technology and services products, are created and engineered to deliver the optimum solution for these sectors and currently underpin many of the key projects across EMEA and globally, in the areas of Hybrid IT, IoT and Data Analysis.
In his 30years in the IT industry, Munir held a number of management positions in some of the leading IT companies in the industry, focusing in Public Sector, Education, Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries. During this time, Munir has been involved in some of the leading national and regional IT projects across the globe.
H.E. Dr. Rajah Vijay Kumar, Kt. OMS., D.Sc. 53, Born in Bangalore, India, is a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, a post graduate in Microelectronics and a Doctor of Science in Medical Engineering (magna cum laude), and also holds a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Crisis Management. A pioneering researcher and an opinion leader in the field of Biophysics, Radiobiology, Nanotechnology and Sustainable Energy. Specialized in Electronics and Medical Engineering, he has worked for more than twenty years on regenerative tissue engineering and high speed biological data acquisition, modeling and simulation of the human cardiovascular system, artificial intelligence and neural networks in medical diagnosis and engineering. Among the many patents held by him include the Realistic Geometry Cartographic Imaging (RGCI) which finds applications from medical science to tsunami detection, and the Cytotron which is considered an important milestone in radiobiology and in vivo tissue engineering. His work on Nanotechnology has sparked off a new technique in selective tissue destruction with a "nanoblaster" that is undergoing laboratory trials. He is also the Inventor of SPARSE fuel enrichment technology, the Fluid Ignition Engine (FIT), the TMD reactor for high intensity megasonic breakdown of long chain hydrocarbons, the FPSTAR-Boom tube Technology, the Rain tunnel technology and Transcutaneous Thermoelectroporic Omnimolicular drug delivery system, to name just a few. He is a chronic Inventor with more than thirty-seven technologies to his credit. He has many publications both in medical and engineering journals of repute. He is also the Author of the book Cytonics - a mystery of the living cell. Dr. Kumar was mentored by none other than Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam.
He is an advisor on the Board of Environmental Council of the International Organization for Education Development (IOED), an International diplomatic mission. He is the member of the United Inventors Association (UIAUS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and its Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), the Fellow of United Writer’s Association (UWA), the Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Genetic Society of America (GSA) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is the Group Chairman of Organization de Scalene, Director and Chief Scientific officer of the Centre for Advanced Research and Development (CARD), Director of Scalene Energy Research Institute (SERI) and Managing Director of Scalene Cybernetics limited and currently serves as Chairman of the board of Directors for over twelve global organizations. He lives in Bangalore, India; he is happily married with three beautiful daughters.
As the Head of Sales for OSRAM Lighting Solutions, Yenal Gul manages project sales in the MEA region through a wide portfolio of solutions including but not limited to Traxon, Siteco, Osram and Tvilight.
Previously, Mr. Gul was a product manager at Traxon Technologies, also in the architectural lighting field, as well as holding several positions with OSRAM in Germany and Italy.
Originally from Turkey, Mr. Gul has an MSc in Engineering Business Management from University of Warwick and an Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree from Koc University.
Dr. Fethi Filali is the Head of Technology Development & Applied Research at Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC). He is leading the technology development of QMIC's solutions in the area of Smart Cities, Internet of Things, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Connected & Automated Vehicles solutions. He has invented technologies and developed algorithms that have been shipped in many QMIC products, including Masarak®, Labeeb® and WaveTraf®, creating commercial impact in the order of millions of dollars.
Dr. Filali received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Habilitation degrees from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, in 2002 and 2008, respectively.
Prior to joining QMIC in 2010, Dr. Filali was with the Mobile Communications department of EURECOM, France, as Assistant then Associate Professor for 8 years.
His research grants include 15 competitive awards from several funding agencies (European Commission, The French National Research Agency, and Qatar National Research Fund).
He was the Ph.D. Director of more than ten Ph.D. students in the area of intelligent transportation, wireless sensor and mesh networks, vehicular communications, big data analytics, internet of things, and mobility management.
Dr. Filali co-authored more than 130 research papers in international peer-reviewed conferences and journals and (co-)filed more than 10 patent applications.
Ibrahim Kocagoz is the Smart City Project Manager – QPM , Lusail City Development Project. Prior to joining QPM, Ibrahim worked as an Electrical and Instrumentation Design Manager at AECO in Oman. Ibrahim received a Bachelors Degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Istanbul in 2004.
Ibrahim has more than 15 years experiences at urban development, oil & gas fields, industrial projects where he is really good on engineering, construction, commissioning, research, development, management, especially for systems integration, instrumentation & control systems, and sustainability.
He started his professional working life in 1998 with a GSM company and focused on wireless communication systems and radio systems more.
Chaos, Chua Oscillator, Chaotic and Non-linear Dynamic systems was the subject of his thesis to graduate from the university. This research took two years which was financially supported by university and government. Several universities and researchers referred to this research as well.
Prior to joining the Communications Regulatory Authority in the Competition Policies section, Francesco Paolo Di Gregorio has been a manager within Telecom Italia, the main Italian telecommunications provider with an international footprint, and an entrepreneur successfully managing an SME active at a local level.
His contribution to the Italian eGov 2012 strategy, to the development of the Digital Agenda and of viable models for the internet-based economy testify his inclination to draft innovative scenarios, adapting global solutions to local problems to bridge public and private interests.
He holds a Bachelor Degree in Law (L.U.I.S.S. University, Rome, Italy), a Postgraduate Degree in Mobile Communications (University of Naples, Italy), a Diploma in Competition Law (College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium) and a Master in Business Administration (Rotterdam School of Management, Rotterdam, Netherlands).
Architect Mohamad Diab is the head of design department in Energy City Qatar (ECQ); he has held key positions in several companies delivering variety of projects types in different sectors of design and construction industry.
Mohamad has obtained Master degree in architecture. He has more than 20 years of extensive experience in projects Management and development, Urban Planning, Architectural and Landscaping projects.
Mohamad has board background and deep experience in Green Building rating systems, He is GSAS Certified Green Professional (CGP) and LEED Green Associate accredited, and he is active member in QGBC and LGBC.
Mohamad has participated in several conferences and seminars and has published article and studies in the fields of environmental and traditional Building Design and sustainability factors.
Mr. Ghosh is a Transport Planner with 20 years of rich International experience in Infrastructure Design & Development, Transportation Design Operations, Project & Direction Management across Transportation Sector. He has worked extensively in UK, UAE, Qatar, Ireland, Kuwait, Oman, India, KSA and Bangladesh.
Mr. Ghosh has lead major strategic transport projects in the region including Dubai Trip Generation and Parking Manual, Dubai Parking Policy, Abu Dhabi Trip Generation and Parking Rates Manual, Lusail Transportation Study, Lusail Parking Strategy, FIFA 2022 World Cup Stadium, Lusail Stadium Precinct Planning etc. He also reviewed and contributed in the transport and access strategies for Vendome Mall, Katara Iconic Hotel, Doha Zoo, LRDP Projects etc. in Qatar.
He promotes the concept of efficient transport management through using smart approaches in planning, policy, technology and design.
Sudheer is a senior Information and Communication System Specialist with KEO International Consultant. He is a professional Technocrat with 16 Years Industrial experience in large-scale iconic international construction projects in the Middle east region. Mr. Sudheer has an extensive technical knowledge across a broad range of sectors including Stadiums, Healthcare, Sports & Leisure, Hotels and Government Buildings.
He has held roles with overall Technology systems and Solutions Engineering, deployment, commissioning and transition on the regional largest digital hospital project “Sidra Medical and Research Center” in State of Qatar. Mr. Sudheer is currently engaged with engineering and designing the digital technology for the State esteem project - Lusail FIFA world cup stadium.
Prof. Ali A. Alraouf is an architect and urban planner interested in research and practice related to architectural, urban, sustainable design and holistic planning. He was a Visiting Scholar at UC, Berkeley-USA. Alraouf has held permanent and visiting teaching and research positions at regional and international universities. He published more than 90 journal refereed papers, critical reviews, essays, in addition to books and book chapters. Alraouf’s current research interests are: Knowledge-based Urban Development, Post-Carbon Contemporary Gulf Cities, Knowledge and Creative cities. He serves in editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for international journals and conferences. He delivered lectures and presentations in over 25 countries. He is the recipient of number of awards and was selected as member of 2012 Excel campaign at Qatar University. He is currently acts as Head of capacity building, training, research and development unit at Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME). He is also the leader of Green Urbanism and Planning Group at Qatar Green Building Council.
Amr Saad is ambitious, exciting, on-the-way-up, BIM passionate expert, who enjoys managing change, influencing and engaging others on the BIM process. As an Autodesk Expert Elite & BIM Consultant and as being one of BIM early adaptors in MENA he contributed to spread the BIM knowledge across the region. He participated in several events introducing BIM Process. In addition, Amr has developed and maintained BIM implementation strategies in different scales. Also, he leads the production and maintenance of BIM guides, which reflect client requirements through BIM standard process and workflow. Through his career, Amr implemented BIM process in many projects. He helped several international companies to leverage the BIM benefits. These companies vary from owners, real estate developers, consultants and contractors.
Dr. Alwaer is a highly skilled urbanist with a background in ‘architecture, urban planning and sustainability’, who writes intensively and speaks regularly on making better places. He is a specialist in Sustainable Urban Design and Evaluation working at the University of Dundee, School of Social Sciences with a demonstrable leadership qualities with impact in academia, practice and in community out-reach. He has passionate interest in the future of sustainable and smart places and towns, in particular development of new thinking on processes and methods to unlock sustainable urbanism.
In addition to his experience as a masterplanner, with the skill sets of a facilitator/educator and a knowledge of sustainable urbanism, he has promoted the “place momentum” approach jointly with Kevin Murray associates, which treats place-making for more sustainable communities as an intelligent process, whereby stakeholders, community and specialists professionals collaborate in a progressive inquiry to deliver positive solutions and make a difference for people on ‘the ground’.
He has gained international recognition for providing intellectual leadership as a facilitator, educator and researcher in sustainable place making and masterplanning, contributing to emerging theory, practice and technical developments. He is increasingly recognised as a leading authority in masterplanning and sustainability assessment, with a considerable national or international reputation, evidenced, for example, by: his contribution to the Scottish Government’s Planning Review; and a recent funded project by the Scottish Government investigating the potentially significant role of facilitation in community participatory design processes. The Scottish Government (Planning and Architecture Division) has recently drawn him in as a special adviser on charrette events and their new Ideas Programme. This reflects positively on the quality of his insight on key planning techniques, as well as validating his integrity and professional judgment. The RTPI East Scotland Chapter recently invited him to join their committee.
His research has had broader impact within the community of practice and policy makers, influencing professional and policy debates nationally and internationally via invitations from national and international governments, organisations, firms and universities for outreach activities and public engagement, transferring lessons/knowledge learnt and applying them to new contexts. Prestige invitations included presentations/workshops to the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements III (3 prestige invitations in 2016 funded by the UN in Vancouver, Riyadh and Dubai), PlaceMaking Leadership Forum, Scottish Government, Saudi Government, RTPI Scotland, Urban Design London, and Urban Design Group. He has published 35 peer-reviewed international journal papers, professional reports and books relating to the broad topics of urban design, spatial planning and sustainability, including his recent published book “Site and Composition: Design Strategies in Architecture and Urbanism” with Bandyopadhyay and Aldallal (Routledge, 2016), and a new international edited book (in press) with Barbara Illsley on “Rethinking Masterplanning: Creating Better Places” (ICE Publisher, expected June 2017). He was awarded the 2014 Reed and Mallik Ltd Journal Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Urban Design and Planning. The excellence of his work in urban planning and urban design has been recognised by gaining the following prestige professional statuses: RTPI, BREEAM AP, AoU and RP(UD).
Dr. Spanos is a Chartered Engineer with 16 years’ professional experience in low energy buildings and in developing sustainable building solutions. Following a PhD in the physics of energy in urban environments, his experience includes the design and construction of buildings within almost all sectors including sports’. Dr. Spanos is actively involved from the position of PM and Sustainability Designer Manager to a number of Qatar 2022 Stadium and Precincts. During the Construction Week Awards Qatar 2016, we was Highly Commended for the “depth of knowledge in sustainable engineering design and modern construction techniques” and for “developing a standardised approach to low energy and sustainability engineering. His team has also received the “Green Service Provider, Building Consultant - Qatar Sustainability Award 2016” from Qatar Green Building Council & Qatar Foundation in the recognition of efforts, commitment, and contributions of individuals, institutions and organizations in furthering sustainable development and environmental protection in Qatar and beyond.
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