TWO SEASONS HOTEL / DUBAI

Next generation critical infrastructure
will drive the diversification, growth
and development of GCC countries

08 May 2024
About the

Critical Infrastructure Summit

Critical infrastructure connects people and supply chains and is absolutely essential to the smooth running and continued growth of cities and economies. Airports, seaports and land-based transportation systems including road and rail are vital enablers of both basic and the more niche requirements of everyday life.

Whether air, sea or land-focused, critical infrastructure must function like a well-regulated Swiss watch 24/7/365 in step with a city’s requirements at present, and in the future. This means steps must be taken to ensure these critical assets are kept up-to-date and are running efficiently and sustainably in line with a city’s Net Zero goals. In addition, as technology is integrated more and more into these large-scale projects due to digital transformation mandates, it’s vital that owners and operators take steps to protect these vital systems from dangerous cyberattacks. The latter is such a concern that research has found that the critical infrastructure protection (CIPS) market size was US $96.30bn in 2019 and is slated to reach $154.59bn by 2027, with a CAGR of 6.2%.

Given the age of some of the infrastructure in the region and ambitions to diversify and strengthen economies, efforts have begun to reinvigorate airports, seaports, as well as road and rail systems. This includes the development of brand-new assets and/or the upgrade and refurbishment of existing assets, which also covers the integration of technology to boost efficiency, contribute to sustainable agendas, and keep systems resilient in the face of any number of potential issues and challenges.

The

Agenda

The Critical Infrastructure Summit will combine high-level panel discussions, keynote speeches and expert presentations to communicate the views of industry experts and change-leaders. The event’s content will focus on several themes including:
  • The challenges of aging critical infrastructure in the region and how they can be improved
  • What new infrastructure is needed to sustain economic diversification and growth across the GCC
  • The role of technology in designing and operating critical infrastructure efficiently and in line with sustainability agendas and legislation
  • Steps owners and operators can take to secure digital systems from a devastating new breed of cyberattacks

Make

Connections

Meet representatives from the industry and engage with a captive audience of decision-makers and influencers, who are involved in purchasing or specifying products and services. Our sponsorship packages offer you a wide range of opportunities adapted to your needs and the level of visibility that you want to reach.

Engaging

With Experts and Peers

This event is an ideal platform to network and interact with respected regional stakeholders including government, project owners, operators, infrastructure specialists, consultants, contractors and technology companies. With several breaks scheduled for networking as well as lunch, you’ll be able to get one-on-one time with panellists and presenters, following on from interactive presentations and Q&A sessions.

Equipping

Future Leaders

We want to connect minds and empower the industry with the knowledge and insights around the tools and knowledge available to them that will help transform critical infrastructure.


Operators

Contractors

Consultants

Specialists

Government

Manufacturers

Solution Providers
2024

Agenda

The one-day event will share a snapshot of critical infrastructure (airports, seaports, land transportation) in the region, identify existing and potential challenges that must be addressed, look at the role technology can play in finding new efficiencies and achieving sustainability goals, and highlight the importance of cybersecurity in the face of a growing digital threat landscape.


Regional

Critical Infrastructure

In the past several years, GCC countries have all unveiled ambitious plans to diversify their economies away from hydrocarbons, and critical infrastructure projects are the engines that will drive this change forward. The event will look at how existing infrastructure can be transformed and ask questions about what new infrastructure is needed to sustainably enable diversification mandates.



The transformational

Impact of Technology

Technology has been mooted as a real game changer in terms of the refurbishment of existing infrastructure and the design and use of new assets. Comprehensive digital twin solutions can also play a massive role with regards to the operation and maintenance of assets, in terms of unlocking new efficiencies and driving positive sustainable impact.




Building

In Resilience

Critical infrastructure must keep pace with growing demands and be operational 24/7/365, which means that they need to be built for the future and have robust systems in place to stave off attacks perpetrated by a new breed of motivated cyberattacks.






The Event

Schedule

The event will bring together the industry’s leading minds for insightful discussions and presentations, all of which will be hosted in a live one-day event held in Dubai, UAE. Registration is complimentary for all industry professionals.

Wed / 08th May


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Registration and Networking

Delegate registration and networking

09:00 | Registration

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Introduction

MC event introduction and welcome

10:00 | Introduction

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Jason Saundalkar

Welcome Address

10:15 | Welcome Address

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MULTI SPEAKERS

Data Centres – The Backbone of a Digital World

10:30 | Panel Discussion



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Chandra Dake

Sponge Cities: Engineering Urban Resilience for Extreme Weather

11:25 | Presentation

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MULTI SPEAKERS

Resilient connections: Airports & Seaports in Focus

11:45 | Panel Discussion

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MULTI SPEAKERS

Developing state of the art urban mobility in the GCC

12:35 | Panel Discussion

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Closing remarks

MC Closing remarks

13:20 | Closing remarks



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Networking

Lunch

13:30 | Lunch



2024

Speakers

Our speakers are critical in underpinning the quality and credibility of the event and its role as a benchmark event for the regional market.

If you would like to partake and add to the topic of discussion, please contact jason.s@cpitrademedia.com

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AECOM

Samya Ghosh

Practice Director, Strategic Planning & Advisory (SP&A)
AECOM

Samya Ghosh

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AESG

Katarina Uherova Hasbani

Partner and Global Director of Strategy and Advisory, AESG
AESG

Katarina Uherova Hasbani


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Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Rana El-Dabaa

Assistant Professor of Architecture
Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Dr. Rana El-Dabaa

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Fugro

Dr. Talia Sherrard

Regional Director Strategic Sales & Marketing, MEI
Fugro

Dr. Talia Sherrard

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Buro Happold

Fabien Jean Pierre Loy

Associate Engineer
Buro Happold

Fabien Jean Pierre Loy

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KEO International Consultants

Stuart Watts

Senior Transportation Engineer
KEO International Consultants

Stuart Watts


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Danfoss

Qusay Abu-Abed

Regional Sales Manager, MENA & Data Center in-Charge at Danfoss Turkey Middle East and Africa region
Danfoss

Qusay Abu-Abed

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Trowers & Hamlins

Thomas Wigley

Resident Managing Partner (Oman)
Trowers & Hamlins

Thomas Wigley

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Climatize Engineering Consultants

Engi Jaber

CEO/ Managing Director
Climatize Engineering Consultants

Engi Jaber

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KEO International Consultants

Mohammad Shamlouli

GIS Manager
KEO International Consultants

Mohammad Shamlouli


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Zutari Engineering International Pty Limited – Dubai Branch

Nadeem Shakir

Regional Director – Transport & Mobility Planning
Zutari Engineering International Pty Limited – Dubai Branch

Nadeem Shakir

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Parsons

Shane Mitchell

Director, Advisory EMEA
Parsons

Shane Mitchell

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Dake Group Limited

Chandra Dake

Group CEO
Dake Group Limited

Chandra Dake

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Hunter Horizon Consulting

Rhona Hunter P.Eng.

Managing Director
Hunter Horizon Consulting

Rhona Hunter P.Eng.


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Serco

Rena Baba

Director of CX & Innovation
Serco

Rena Baba

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PMKConsult

Lewis Wright

Project Director
PMKConsult

Lewis Wright

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Hloov

Suhail Arfath

Chief Executive Officer
Hloov

Suhail Arfath

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Vector Corrosion Middle East

Laith Haboubi

Vice President
Vector Corrosion Middle East

Laith Haboubi


More speakers to be confirmed



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