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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.

Thank you for your interest in Smart Built Environment Forum UAE 2023.

We regret to inform you that our registrations are now closed.


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

Fadi Nwilati
Chief Executive Officer, KAIZEN Asset Management Services

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

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

Lynnette Sacchetto
PropTech Strategist, DXB Advisors

Faisal Zaidi
Co Founder & CMO, The Crypto Oasis

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.

Smart Built Environment Forum | 2023 | UAE


Smart Built Environment Forum | 2023 | UAE

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