Storm Water and Waste Water and Resilience Forum

Day One: Monday, 2 April 2018

08:30       Registration and welcome refreshments


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


11:00       Project spotlight: The Deep Tunnel StormWater Project for flood control now and for the next century
                Eng. Fahed AlAwadhi, Director of Drainage and Irrigation Department, Dubai Municipality

11:30       International case study: Partnering for success - Sydney Water’s Urban Stormwater Naturalisation
                Mark Simister, Head of Delivery Management, Sydney Water

12:00       InfraX talk: Reserved for GIC partner

12:30       Networking lunch


13:30       Panel discussion: Exploring partnership opportunities and contractual relationships between contractors, developers and end users
                To be led by WEPCO

14:00       Regional insights: The current challenges facing storm water and waste water infrastructure and suggested recommendations
                Dr. Ayad Y. Aldaijy, Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Minister of Environment, Water & Agriculture, Ministry of Environment Water & Agriculture, Saudi Arabia

14:30       Regional insights: Abu Dhabi’s vision for reusing treated waste water - Infrastructure and resilience aspects
                Dr. Mohammed Dawoud, Water Resources Advisor to Environment Quality Executive Director, Environmental Agency - Abu Dhabi

15:00       Regional insights: Success story of the ongoing $3.5billion wastewater infrastructure developments throughout Egypt
                Atef E.Y. Abdel Sayed, Water and Waste Water Utilities Development Expert, USAID

15:30       End of forum day one

Day Two: Tuesday, 3 April 2018

08:30       Registration and welcome refreshments

09:00       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

09:30       Next-gen innovator session: Smart drainage infrastructure – Overcoming the challenges of water, waste and climate change in cities
                Amanullah Muhammad Khalil, Chief Engineer, Abu Dhabi Municipality

10:00       InfraX talk: Reserved for GIC partner

10:20       Networking break


10:50       Industry insights: How to avoid unexpected costs and network delays – Technologies and solution for leak detection
                Dr. Ala Eldin Idris, Head of Research Section, Research & Studies Department, Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA)

11:20       Industry insights: The importance of applying GIS in urban infrastructure to ensure proper planning and construction
                Fatmah Ahmed Alabdouli, Head of GIS Section Urban Planning Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

11:50       Industry insights: Aiming for 100% reuse: The future of waste water management
                Eng. Rashed Karkain, Head of Outstations Support Section Sewage Treatment Plant Department, Dubai Municipality

12:10       Networking lunch


13:10       This exclusive masterclass will cover:

  • Exploring innovations and technologies for improved operations of water networks
  • Delving deep on improving the financial and environmental implications of innovating and modernising as well as increasing the efficiency of the operations
                Mark Simister, Head of Delivery Management, Sydney Water

14:40       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.