Energy Digitalisation Sessions

The Digital Theatre at Middle East Energy will showcase cutting-edge content from those at the very forefront of the industry’s digital revolution. The seminar series is split into three distinct themed days. Smart Building and Office Workspace; Digital Grids and Digital Future Cities.

Attendance will provide show visitors with insights and access to key players from across the full industry value chain (including relevant Government Related Entities, Utility Providers, Developers, Investors, Manufacturers, Automation Providers, Academics, R&D specialists and Engineers).

Smart Buildings and Office Workspace

Outlining the role that smart buildings can play in the regional transition to a decarbonised energy system 

13:30 - 14:30 

Panel session: Smart Buildings in action: outlining the business case for developing and building more digitally advanced buildings

Phillipa Grant, Head of Sustainability, AESG
Tolga Candan, Head of Strategic Business Development - Facilities Management & Energy Optimisation, Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technology
Stuart Harrison, CEO, Emrill
Markus Strohmeier, Senior Executive Vice President, Regions Solutions and Services, Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Middle East

14:45 - 15:15

Presentation: Energy Opimisation : The hidden “treasure” in our facilities

Tolga Candan, Head of Strategic Business Development - Facilities Management & Energy Optimisation, Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technology

15:15 - 15:45

Digital technology case-study presentation: Smart building in action

Marc Helfter, Disruptive Innovation Director, Corporate Strategy – Innovation & Business Development, Hager Group

15:45 - 16:15

Enhancing workplace wellness through the office environment

Katherine Bruce, Senior Sustainability Consultant, AESG

16:30 - 17:30

Panel session: Adopting technologies that can drive energy efficiency, optimization, and occupant health and productivity

Tolga Candan, Head of Strategic Business Development - Facilities Management & Energy Optimisation, Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technology
Rachid Hamida, Director – Technology & Performance, Enova
Ahmad El-Mani, BIM Manager, KEO
Trevor Stott-Briggs, Managing Director, Energy Institute - Middle East Branch
Henrique Pereira, Senior Manager, Energy Services, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, RAK Municipality




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 Assessing the technologies required to develop next-generation power networks   

12:00 - 12:50

Data science and machine learning in the energy industry

Marielle Akoury, Senior Consultant, DNV GL
Theo Borst, Business Director and Principal Consultant Energy, DNV GL - Digital Solutions

13:00 - 13:40

Digital grid: the AI / ML imperative for data driven decisioning

Satyajit Dwivedi, Director - Advisory, Global IoT, SAS
Ozcan Cavus, Projects, Architecture and Business Intelligence Director, Enerjisa

13:40 - 14:20

Digital technology case-study: Predictive maintenance

Senior Representative, Siemens

14:20 - 15:00

LVDC MicroGrid opportunities and challenges: value engineering perspective

Mohamed Ahmed AlEmam, Business Development Manager, AlMashariq Co

15:00 - 15:40

Digital technology case-study: Renewable energy integration

Roberto Cimadevilla, Manager, Application Engineering Department, ZIV Automation

15:40 - 16:20

Outlining innovative digital solutions to the long-term future of energy storage & energy management

Waseem Ashraf Qureshi, Founder and CEO, Infusion Solar Energy Systems

16:20 - 17:10

Panel session: Protecting the network asset in a digital world: robust management of cyber security threats to the grid

Rami AlDamati, Lead Solution Architect, Kaspersky
Dr. Fadi Aloul, Professor & Department Head, Computer Science & Engineering and Director, HP Institute, American University of Sharjah (AUS)

17:10 - 17:30

Integral role of digital automation in delivering enhanced grid performance, reliability & resilience

Chen Jun, Vice President, Sheng Ye Electric Co
Dr. Zhao Dongyuan, Energy Internet Research Institute, Tsinghua




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DIGITAL Future Cities

Technologies supporting the digitally enabled transformation of the full lifecycle of the built environment

12:00 - 12:40

Presentation: Hyperloop—Vision to Reality: delivering the world’s most energy efficient mass transportation system

Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director, Middle East & India, Virgin Hyperloop One

13:00 - 14:00

Panel session: Infrastructure Outlook 2050… trend analysis on how urban and built environment infrastructure is evolving

Dr. Sabih G Khisaf, Head of Engineering, Hyperloop TT
Martin Tillman, Director - Strategic Planning and Advisory, AECOM
Paolo Testolini, Principal, Woods Bagot
Anvita Arora, Program Director (Transport & Infrastructure), KAPSARC

14:00 - 14:40

Digital technology case-study: Machine learning / AI

14:10 - 14:50

Digital technology case-study: Data analytics

15:00 - 15:40

Panel session: Using big data and IoT analytics to make cities across the region smarter and citizens lives better 




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