Speaker List

Taher Diab

Sr. Director - Strategy & Planning / Secretary General , EEA, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

27 years experience in Corporate Planning, Strategy Development, Performance Management, Project Management, Business Process Improvement and HSE & Quality Management Systems. Structured in approach and process development with focus on "buy in" to deliver intended results.

Strategic Business Planning & Performance Management System 
Feasibility Studies and Strategic Direction Development
Exposure to project developments in regional Oil & Petrochemical sector 
Business Process Improvement & Balanced Scorecard
Organizational Development & Management of Change
Corporate Governance & Risk Management (HAZID & HAZOP)
HSE and Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001, 14001 & 18001)

Achieved measurable improvements to critical business processes in relation to corporate strategy execution, business performance criteria, risk management, corporate governance and employees’ motivation scheme.

Designed and sucessfully Implemented Strategic Business Plans and incorporated divisional work plans with objectives & KPIs to support performance management system and business excellence.

Developed and facilitated a unified tool to measure performance across the various business entities. Designed specific BSC in line with strategic objectives and facilitated the implementation of BSC to key processes with aim of improving results and measuring business units’ performance. 

Designed and facilitated corporate guidelines and method for identifying financial, operational and projects risks and implementation of control measures to minimize threats.

Specialties: Strong communication, leadership & analytical skills with mentor approach to driving change management and business improvement. Experienced with Business Alignment to strategic planning and business development. 

Completed several projects aimed at Strategy development, Alignment, Workflow Processes, Performance Management, Organisation Structure and HR competency development.

Exposure to oil, gas and industrial sector.

Joachim Bergerhoff

Transportation Expert, RTA

Eng. Muammar Khaled Al Katheeri

Executive Vice President, Engineering Management & Smart City, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Eng. Muammar joined Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) in April 2006 as the Director of Planning and Construction Management Department; enriching DSOA with his wide knowledge and experience in Construction and Project Management. In two years time, Eng. Muammar proved to be an important asset for DSOA, where he was appointed as the Chief Planning and Construction Officer.
In 2010, DSOA saw the need to merge Planning & Constructions Department along with Operations & facilities under one leadership. Based on this decision, Eng. Muammar was appointed as Executive VP of Engineering Management. In 2014 Eng. Muammar was appointed as the Chairman of the Smart City project committee in Dubai Silicon Oasis.
Prior to joining DSOA, Eng. Muammar served with major real estate companies in the UAE, amongst Emirates Real Estate Corp. as the Projects and Maintenance Director, where he worked on major projects including: Ministries complex project AUH, Ministry of Education DXB, Ministry of Public works DXB, Ministry of Labor DXB, UAE Embassy in Germany, UAE Consulate in Munich, UAE Embassy in Australia, and many other prestigious projects. Eng. Muammar also served as a Design Engineer at the Ministry of Public Works in Dubai, and as a project Design Manager at ETISALAT and a partner at a local design Consultancy office.
Eng. Muammar holds a Master of Science in Innovation & Change Management from Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University in Dubai and holds a Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering from Al Ain University; United Arab Emirates.

Fatmah Al Hantoubi

Lead Officer, Transportation Mobility and Deputy Project Manager for the Abu Dhabi LEV Programme, Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport

Fatmah is the Lead Officer within the Transportation Mobility Management (TMM) Section at the Department of Municipal affairs & Transport (DMAT). She has over 8 years of experience working in the industry, and holds Bachelor Degree and a MBA from UAE University.

Fatmah’s main responsibilities include the development and implementation of sustainable travel measures and solutions that help to reduce congestion and improve mobility within the Emirate.

Fatmah is also the deputy project manager for the Abu Dhabi Low Emission Vehicle Strategy and implementation programme, where she leads a number of key initiatives that are aimed at increasing the uptake of low emission vehicles.

Stephen Severance

Head of Program Management and Marketing, Masdar City

Mr. Severance has twenty years experience in project and program management, strategy consulting, financial analysis, and economic development. As the Head of Program Management and Investments for Masdar City, he is leading the development of the $16B sustainable real estate development’s business planning and investment analysis, organizational development, and program controls. He led the development of tools, processes, and communication used to execute the program. As an engagement manager with Booz & Company he led teams for senior level clients of major projects in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, supporting the development of operating models, governance, organization, processes, and tools required to improve the success of these projects. Mr. Severance has also led project teams in growth strategy, cost-reduction, and economic analysis

Abrar Nasser Yousuf Aljaroodi

Engineer, IEC Electrical Testing Standards, Dubai Municipality

Abrar Nasser Yousuf Aljaroodi, Representing Dubai Municipality, Young Engineer working on IEC Electrical Testing Standards with Dubai Central Laboratory (IECEE Recognized CBTL).

I Graduated as Telecommunication Engineer in 2015 and concluded Post Graduation in Business in 2017 from Canadian University Dubai.  

Actively involved in:

- Innovation Team.

- CSR (Cooperative Social Responsibility) Team.

- Amman Team for Operational Safety.

Major Projects:

- Interruption with Frequency Modulation.

- Demonstration of EE for Television & Refrigerators.

Edoardo Gianotti

Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section , UNECE Sustainable Transport Division

Previous working experience includes work in the private automotive sector in the area of international regulatory work.
Since 2006 he has been a staff member of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (UNECE/WP.29) within the "Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section " of the UNECE Transport Division, working primarily  as Secretary of the Working Parties on Passive Safety (GRSP), Vehicle Noise (GRB), Lighting and Light-signalling (GRE) and General Safety (GRSG) of UNECE/WP.29. Special interest in Intelligent Vehicle Systems.


Portvik Sture

Project leader , Electrical Vehicles, City of Oslo

Project leader for Electrical Vehicles for The City of Oslo, Agency for Urban Environment. Master in political science and a bachelor in economics and communication. Specialization: Economic policy in East Asia.

Previous positions: Head of Communications at the Munch Museum, Deputy Manager Art and Culture, Manager Sponsorships Arts and Sports, Advisor Tourism and Business Development, Advisor, Korea Trade- and Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

Akin Adamson

Regional Director, Middle East, TRL

Akin Adamson is TRL’s (Transport Research Laboratory’s) Regional Director for the Middle East, providing world leading Transportation Research and Consultancy to Public and Private sector organisations. He has extensive advisory and research experience across multiple industries including Transportation, ICT and Energy.

Akin works across the full range of TRL’s capabilities covering Road Safety, Transportation, Infrastructure, Sustainability and Testing & Assurance. He is the focal point for all projects in the Middle East region, spanning research, policy development, strategy formulation, solution implementation and performance measurement.

Previously he was a Global Head of Consulting at Nokia Siemens Networks and a Director at Telstra in Australia. He began his consulting career at A.T. Kearney in the UK and Australia, focusing on the Transportation and Automotive sectors.

He began his research career at London Business School in the Energy Sector and has lectured at both London Business School and the London School of Economics. He holds both UK and Australian citizenship, is based in Doha, Qatar but travels extensively throughout the Middle East region. He was educated at LSE, LBS and the University of Michigan, USA.

Martin Tillman

Director – Transport Planning, AECOM

Martin Tillman is Director at international engineering consultancy Aecom leading Strategic Planning and Advisory for the UAE and Oman.   He leads the disciplines of transport modelling, planning, transport technology, road safety, parking and freight.

Martin has lived and worked in the UAE for nine years, beginning with the management of the policy and planning work on the Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Master Plan for the Department of Transport.  Previously, Martin worked in the UK, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, and Qatar.

He is currently working on Emirate and city wide master planning projects as well as providing advice for large scale development projects in the region.

Martin enjoys the challenge of providing innovative and value added advice for clients and consulting with stakeholders.  His key aims are to encourage sustainability, future proof concepts through appropriate measures, and to deliver a successful outcome.

Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and the Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Denis Naberezhnykh

EV expert, TRL – UK Office

Moen Azmi

Head of Infrastructure and Traffic Department, AEB

I have about 17 years of Technical and Project Management experience in UAE, Qatar, India, Kuwait, Sudan and Saudi Arabia, in the area of Transport Modeling and Transportation Engineering/Planning; from past 10 years I am working in the Middle East region. 

Well versed in the use of Micro Simulation, Strategic Modeling and Design software such as VISSIM, VISUM, EMME, Synchro, SIDRA, CORSIM and HCS. Also have working knowledge of MX and AutoCAD. 

I have a number of Research Publications in International/ National Seminars and Journals. Actively involved in Business development and have authored many technical and financial proposals for planning, detailed design and construction supervision projects. 

Particular areas of interest include Traffic Simulation and Strategic Transport Modeling.

Specialties: My range of technical expertise spans across four stage transportation modeling , traffic simulation and operational analysis, traffic impact studies, planning and design of public transport systems, access management studies, traffic management plans, traffic signal design, traffic operational analysis, highway and intersection capacity analysis, intersection design and air quality monitoring and analysis.

Ayman Ramadan

Faculty,ETS(Mech/Mechatronics), Dept of Mechatronics Engineering Division, Higher Colleges of Technology

A qualified Lecturer/ executive , with exceptional diversified employment backgrounds at executive roles in tertiary/education technical training & research, business development, transport technology/machinery service management, metal fabrication / manufacturing  engineering and plant & construction equipment marketing; is seeking a challenging and professionally rewarding role in a vision-oriented organization, to contribute accrued expertise towards the qualitative enhancement of the organization.

Strong practical experience and wide knowledge of automotive, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, material handling equipment, and plant & construction equipment. Strong practical engineering skills at both supervisory as well as hand-on levels.

Mechatronics Engineering Lecturer/ Academic Coordinator at the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology with Major Responsibilities/ Achievements:

  • SMC Engineering Academic Coordinator ( Academic Year 2014 – 2015). Supported the Programme Chair, faculty in timetabling and delivery planning. Supported students on probation by counselling, motivating them and exploring ways to bridge their learning gaps.
  • Following up with all academic matters to ensure compliance with national and international accreditation requirements to maintain rigorous academic standing.
  • Following up and motivating students with low GPA to improve the College’s success and retention rating.
  • Specialized in teaching renewable energy, Thermo-fluids courses, industrial maintenance, health, safety and environment  , engineering design  using computer aided design  ( by AutoCad) and graduation projects.
  • Implements “ Learning by Doing” educational pedagogy: Supported students to construct the following graduation and small-scale project: Bio-diesel processor, wave energy converter.

Mousa S. Mohsen

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of School of Engineering , American University of Ras Al Khaimah

Mousa S. Mohsen is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, currently he is the Dean of School of Engineering at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, where he obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University, Michigan, USA in 1991, and MS and BS degrees from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1983 and 1982, respectively. He was involved in many administrative positions; the Dean of Scientific Research and Graduate Studies, Vice Dean of Engineering, Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department. His research interests are energy systems, renewable energy, water treatment and desalination, integration of energy and water systems, environment and decision making. In his research, Prof. Mohsen focuses on both the theoretical aspects and practical issues of the problems and he is interested in participating in interdisciplinary projects. His published work exceeds sixty journal papers, and he was an invited speaker in different international conferences and workshops. Prof. Mohsen was involved in curriculum development for a number of undergraduate and graduate programs. Prof. Mohsen managed and coordinated several research projects that are funded by regional and international agencies such as European Commission, Middle Desalination Research Center and NATO science for peace program. Prof. Mohsen is the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental System and Jordan Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and he is an associate editor for other international Journals. In 2009 he was awarded the National Research Leader Award by Elsevier Scopus. He is on the directors board of the International Association of Sharing Knowledge and Sustainability, Canada and on the Scientific board of the Sharing Knowledge Foundation, Geneva. He is a member of the International Scientific Committee of many International conferences.

Muna Obaid Al Dhaheri

Chief Operations Division, Operations Departments, Al Ain Zoo

Ahmed Al Bloushi

Senior Traffic Manager, Emaar Malls

Ahmed Al Bloushi is the Senior Traffic Manager at Emaar Malls with responsibility for Traffic Management, controlling and designing the traffic light program, planning and Working closely with several International Traffic consultants in redesigning Dubai Mall & Marina Mall parking to improve the traffic flow.

Prior to joining Emaar Malls, Ahmed worked in the UAE Government as Traffic Police Officer.