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Smart Built Environment Forum

4th UAE Edition
3 – 4 October 2023

The Smart Built Environment Forum, Dubai, is the annual meeting place for powerful stakeholders who lead the management of the built environment.

In the past three years, this platform has successfully brought together five major built industry sectors under one roof in its previous iterations.

The 4th Edition of the Smart Built Environment Forum, Dubai aims to expand conversations to include urban planners, architectural firms, real-estate developers, construction consultants, FM businesses, community management and owner’s association representatives, property & asset management firms, and PropTech platforms.

The Theme for the 2023 edition is Artificial Intelligence and the Built Environment.

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    9:35 - 9:40 AM Welcome Speech

    Fyna Ashwath
    Editor, Built Environment ME, Media Fusion

    9:45 - 9:55 AM Keynote
    10:00 - 10:50 AM Panel Discussion
    A Just Transition: Transforming The Way We Build

    Maria Flouda [MODERATOR]
    Founder and Managing Consultant, Sustainability Switch Consultancy

    Abdulmajid Karanouh
    International Director | Head of Interdisciplinary Design & Innovation, Drees & Sommer

    Dr Ali Amiri
    Regional Director - Sustainability & Specialisms, Egis

    Carl Wamsley
    Construction Director, Innovo Build

    Hani Adnan Abdel Razeq
    Associate Director, AESG

    10:55 - 11:25 AM Fireside Chat
    Net Zero Campus

    Kulvinder Singh
    Director of Facility Management, NYU Abu Dhabi

    Safder Nazir
    SVP – Public Sector, Middle East & Central Asia, Huawei Technologies

    11:25 - 11:40 AM COFFEE BREAK
    11:45 - 12:35 PM Panel Discussion
    Urban Planning for Sustainable Living

    Christine Espinosa-Erlanda [MODERATOR]
    Associate Director, Godwin Austen Johnson Architects

    Ali Al Suwaidi
    Senior Executive Director - Facilities Management Services, Imdaad

    Firas Alsahin
    Co-founder, Design Director, 4SPACE design

    Marwa Al Nahlawi
    Head of Urban Planning, Diamond Developers

    Rony Hobeika
    Associate Principal, Urban Design, Middle East, AtkinsRéalis

    Steven Velegrinis
    Design Director - Urbanism & Landscape Architecture, Gensler

    12:40 - 12:55 PM Presentation
    Tenant Experience Technology

    Khalifa Al Suwaidi
    Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Real Estate Solutions

    12:55 - 1:40 PM LUNCH BREAK
    01:50 PM : 2:35 PM Panel Discussion

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    Artificial Intelligence and the Increasing Footprint on the Built Environment

    John Shenton [MODERATOR]
    Chair of the CIOB's Dubai Hub

    Alexander Karabet
    Founder & Managing Director, Mansions Owners Association Management

    Dr Anas Bataw
    Technology Committee member, COP28

    Andemir Bizhoev
    Regional Director, MENA, AN Security

    James Massey
    Managing Director - Facilities Management, Energy and Retail Intelligence, MRI Software

    Oliver Kallenborn
    Regional Data Analytics & Assurance Director - Middle East, Faithful+Gould

    2:40 - 3:00 PM Case Study
    Smart Buildings – Critical Path to Net Zero

    Francois Boueri
    Board Member, Dutco Over Technologies

    Stuart McGregor
    Managing Director, BKA Facilities Management

    3:05 - 3:55 PM Panel Discussion
    Retrofitting to Decarbonise Buildings

    Salma Aboul-ela [MODERATOR]
    Managing Director - Real Estate Development, LITE Development & Consulting

    Andy Dean
    Technical Director - Middle East, WSP

    Jawad Al Tamimi
    Regional Director, IFMA FMCC - Middle East

    Muhammad Faisal Aziz
    Principal Consultant- Digital Buildings-Middle East & Africa, Schneider Electric

    Tharun Thomas
    Deputy Manager- Energy Efficiency, Engie Solutions

    9:35 - 9:40 AM Opening remarks

    Fyna Ashwath
    Editor, Built Environment ME, Media Fusion

    9:45 - 10:35 AM Panel Discussion
    DEI in the built environment: Strategies, Policy & Culture

    Michelle Dsouza[MODERATOR]
    Business Manager - Property & Construction KSA, Page Executive

    Francis Giani
    Chief Community Management Officer, Nakheel

    Kristina Golubic
    Corporate Culture & Leadership Consultant, Dubai Chamber's Business Women Council Member

    Renji Mathew
    Head of Human Resources, Emrill Services

    Said El Haouasli
    Executive Director Community Management, Dubai Community Management

    10:40 - 11:00 AM Presentation
    Governance & Regulation of 3D Printing Technology in Construction

    Eng. Meera AlAmeri
    Head of Resarch and Building Systems, Dubai Municipality

    11:05 - 11:35 Fireside Chat
    Sustainability in Building Materials

    Mario Saab [MODERATOR]
    Head of Sustainability MENA region, Cundall

    Seb Davies
    Director – Cost Management, Rider Levett Bucknall

    Simone Materazzo
    Structural Associate, Arup

    11:35 - 11:45 AM COFFEE BREAK
    11:45 - 12:40 PM Panel Discussion

    Sponsored By

    Navigating Digital Twin Technology

    David Carey [MODERATOR]
    CEO and Founder, MET Consulting

    Amr Saad
    Associate Director, BIM, ROSHN

    Asmaa A. Atta
    Digital Delivery & BIM Manager, Saudi Diyar Consulting

    Mamdouh A. Salem
    UAE Ambassador, BIM Coordinators Community

    Mike Hapoianu
    Regional Manager MENA, Bright Spaces

    Samit Sheth
    Director - Technology and Digital, JLL

    12:45 - 1:00 PM Case Study
    1:00 - 1:45 PM LUNCH BREAK
    1:50 - 2:40 PM Panel Discussion
    Health & Wellbeing Framework: Building Smart Communities

    Misha Mittal [MODERATOR]
    Senior Manager ‑ City Advisory, Expo City Dubai

    Dr Harpreet Seth
    Head of Architecture, Heriot Watt - School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

    Huda Shaka
    Director, Urban Strategy and Planning, Gehl - Making Cities for People

    Kanagaraj Gurusamy
    Managing Director, Better Communities Owner Association Management

    Karan Nag
    Head - UAE, ANACITY

    Tekha Selim
    VP & Head of MENA Region, International WELL Building Institute

    2:45 - 3:15 PM Fireside Chat
    Big Data, Digitization and Tokenization/Blockchain in Real estate
    3:20 - 4:10 PM Panel Discussion
    Status Check: Achieving Net Zero by 2050

    Mahesh Ramanujam [MODERATOR]
    Chief Executive Officer,The Global Network for Zero

    Anna Olink
    Director of Real Engagement, EMEA, GRESB

    Ahmed Samir Elbermbali
    Sustainability Market Leader - Middle East, Bureau Veritas Group

    Chris Wan
    Director of Sustainability and CSR, Masdar City

    Majd Fayyad
    DSM Strategy & Policy Lead, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

    Rohan Chopra
    Regional Director, Sustainability - Middle East & Africa, Johnson Controls

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    Smart Built Environment Forum | 2023 | UAE

    Macro Themes

    Smart living experiences that are empowering, effective and give a sense of ownership offer a sense of belonging to a “smart community.” Our cities are only as smart as our people, and their opportunities as co-creators of their experiences create “smart connectedness.”

    Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial generative intelligence can prove to be a boon or a bane to the built industry. From threatening to make certain tasks and roles obsolete to powering business efficiency, the evolution of ChatGPT’s capabilities signifies immense change for the built environment.


    A status check on the commitment to be Net-Zero by 2050. The discussions around this will also involve the challenges and pitfalls that are hampering acceleration towards decarbonising the built environment. A more elaborate conversation will discuss relevant solutions and technologies.

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    Smart Built Environment Forum | 2023 | UAE

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