Roads, Bridges and Highways Forum

Day One: Monday, 2 April 2018

08:30       Registration and welcome refreshments

PLENARY SESSIONS

09:00       Official opening: National Anthem and Holy Koran

09:05       Welcome remarks from IQPC

09:10       Global keynote: Technology impact on infrastructure and approach to risk mitigation
                Ravi Suri, Partner, Global Head - Infrastructure Finance, KPMG

09:30       Welcome remarks from
                His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, UAE

09:40       Global Infrastructure Congress Awards

09:55       Welcome remarks from the Host Sponsor

10:15       Ribbon cutting and VIP exhibition tour

10:20       Speed networking

10:30       Networking break

11:00       Breakout and start of individual forums

INTERNATIONAL INSIGHTS & BEST PRACTICES REVEALED

11:00       Best practice keynote: What makes the UAE’s road infrastructure the number 1 infrastructure in the world?
                Eng. Ahmed Abdallah Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director of Roads Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development

11:10       Next-gen innovator session: Designing the future of urban development through playful interaction
                Prof. Dr. Ben Schouten, Playful Interactions Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, & Advisor on IoT, European Commission

11:30       International spotlight: Developing India’s smart infrastructure programme: Exploring the $15 billion flagship programme to ease traffic congestion in booming cities.
                Anil Srivastava, Director General - DMEO & Adviser (Infrastructure Connectivity), NITI - National Institution for Transforming India, Government of India

11:50       International spotlight: Lessons learnt from rural California infrastructure challenges
                Ahmad Marwan Alkhayyat, P.E., MBA, Director of Public Works, Public Works Department - County of Madera, CA

12:10       InfraX talk: Reserved for GIC partner

12:30       Networking lunch

THE FUTURE OF PROJECTS: FUNDING, FINANCING AND PARTNERSHIPS POSSIBILITIES

13:30       Future foresight: Financing challenges for sustainable infrastructure development
                Nosratollah Farajoiilah, Lead Research Economist - Development Policy Research Division Economic Research and Policy Department, Islamic Development Bank Group

13:50       Regional insights: Delivering business process management efficiency, transparency and accountability in KSA municipality's governance
                Eng. Esam Al Mulla, Deputy Mayor of Eastern Province KSA, Eastern Province Municipality, Saudi Arabia
                Dr. Imad Al Rahim, PMO Director, Hill International
                Dr. Paul J McKeown, PMO Executive Advisor, Hill International

14:10       International insights: The perspective of the WBCG as a PPP on the current and potential PPP projects within our sector
                Mohammed Wasel Al-Hourani, Highway Design Expert, Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime

14:30       Regional insights: Infrastructure PPPs in the GCC region
                Clive M Smith, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Walvis Bay Corridor Group

ROAD SAFETY: ACHIEVING ZERO ROAD FATALITIES

14:50       Industry insights: HardWired: An analytical and experimental approach in studying and measuring "Rubbernecking"
                Husain Assad, Civil Engineer, Kuwait Municipality

15:10       End of forum day one

Day Two: Tuesday, 3 April 2018

08:30       Registration and welcome refreshments

REGIONAL CASE STUDIES AND PROJECTS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES DISCUSSED

09:00       Regional insights: Kuwait’s road expansion projects – designing for a more durable and sustainable future
                Suha Ashkanani, Director of the Road Design Department, Public Authority for Roads and Transportation, Kuwait

09:20       Regional insights: The future of transportation within the 2030 vision
                Mohammed Al Suwayed, General Manager of the Vision Realisation Office, Ministry of Transport, Saudi Arabia

09:40       Regional insights: The future plans and developments for Sharjah Roads & Transport Authority
                Eng. Sulaiman Abdelrahman Al Hajri, Director of the Authority for Roads Affairs, Sharjah Roads & Transport Authority

10:00       InfraX talk: Reserved for GIC partner

10:20       Networking break

REGION’S TOP PRIORITY FOR 2018: THE RISE OF ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE

10:50       Future outlook: Asset management future outlook
                Alan Roland, Network Inventory & RAMS Specialist, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi

11:10       Regional insights: Overview on trucks overloading in UAE - Case study from Abu Dhabi
                Hamdan Rashed Al Hameli, Specialist - Regional Highways Safety Audit, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi

11:30       Industry insights: The BIM compliance during the lifecycle of infrastructure assets
                Wajdi Mereb, BIM Projects Manager – Chief Specialist, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai

11:50       Industry insights: Use of polymer-modified bitumen in the UAE
                Eng. Maryam Karam AlKaabi, Civil and Environmental Engineer, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

12:10       Networking lunch

GREEN ROADS: CREATING ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

13:10       Regional insights: Towards a greener UAE - The sustainability KPI’s in MoID infrastructure projects
                Eng. Aishah Hassan Obaid Al Shehhi, Deputy Director Projects, Planning Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE
                Eng. Ghada A. Moniem Ahmed, Senior Structural Engineer, Planning Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

13:30       Industry insights: Solar Roads - The advantage of renewable energy in road innovation
                Architect Aileen Llagas, Director Planning Services Division - Urban Planning Section Technical and Lands Department, Fujairah Municipality

SMART ROADS: THE FUTURE OF ITS AND SMART INFRASTRUCTURE

13:50       Future foresight: Autonomous vehicles, infrastructure and legal challenges
                Michel Moutran, Road Safety Expert, Lebanese International Road Safety Academy (LIRSA)

14:10       Future foresight: Future readiness – Preparing our roads for the future of smart integrated mobility
                Eur. Ing. Abdul Ghaffar Chaudhry, Senior Specialist - Planning & Business Development, Public Transport Agency, Roads Transport Authority, UAE

14:30       Roads in space: The future of infrastructure development unhinged
                Eng. Shafia Ali Alkheyaili, Civil Engineer- Consultants, Roads Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

14:50       End of forum day two

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.