H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori

Minister of Economy, UAE

His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori has been appointed as Minister of Economy in the UAE, effective 17th of February, 2008.

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar

Chancellor, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar is currently the Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) as well as Honorary Visiting Fellow in Organization and Information Management at University of Bradford, UK.

Abdulla Rafia

Assistant Director General - Engineering and Planning Sector and Head of The Sustainability Committee - Dubai Municipality

Eng. Abdulla Rafia is currently the Assistant Director General for Engineering and Planning Sector and Head of The Sustainability Committee In Dubai Municipality.

H.E. Hani Rashid Al Hamli

Secretary General, DEC

H.E. Hani Rashid Al Hamli is the Secretary General of the Dubai Economic Council (DEC) since 2006. The Council envisioned acting as the strategic partner for the Government of Dubai in economic-decision making.

Ahmed Bahrozyan

CEO, Licensing Agency, Dubai Roads & Transport Authority or RTA

Ahmed Bahrozyan has been the CEO of the Licensing Agency at RTA since April 2008.

Peter Hirshberg

Chairman - The City Innovate Foundation

Hirshberg first helped bring Apple into the online services arena, then acted as strategic adviser to Microsoft, AOL and NBC. Along the way, he was CEO of Gloss.com and Elemental Software. Hirshberg is a trustee of the Computer History Museum and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Masood Al Awar

CEO, Tasweek Real Estate Marketing and Development

With over 25 years of extensive experience in banking, government and real estate, Masood Al Awar has developed leadership skills and industry expertise that have turned him into a visionary who implements positive change and drives excellence within any organisation he is a part of.

Kamran Saddique

CEO and President - The City Innovate Foundation

Kamran Saddique is a US Partner in Inside Investor, a venture firm that is building ideas into products in Asia, the Middle East and the US. He is driven by building platforms, and thinking of new ideas that can disrupt old models.

Mark Chandler

Director of San Francisco Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Commerce

Mark is responsible for the international programs of the City of San Francisco, including Sister City ties, trade and investment projects, trade missions, import and export promotion, investment promotion, diplomatic relations and global policy formation.

Robert I. Sutton

Professor of Management Science at the Stanford Engineering School

Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science at the Stanford Engineering School and researcher in the field of Evidence-based management. Sutton is also a NY Times best-selling author & speaker.

Dr. Ryan C.C. Chin

MD of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab

Dr. Ryan Chin's research focuses on developing new urban systems for a post-oil, connected world in the areas of sustainable mobility, resilient energy systems, urban food production, transformable live/work space, and Big Data urban analytics.

Dr. Mitchell Joachim

Associate Professor at NYU and Co-Founder of Terreform ONE

Dr. Mitchell was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He is a TED Senior Fellow and was chosen by Wired magazine for “The Smart List: 15 People the Next President of USA Should Listen To”.

Charbel Aoun

Senior VP Smart Cities, Schneider Electric

Charbel Aoun joined Schneider Electric in 2012 to lead the company’s Smart Cities strategic initiative. As Senior Vice-President for Smart Cities, Charbel Aoun now leads the Schneider Electric smart cities Business globally.

Ken Singer

Managing Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley

A 15-year veteran of the mobile industry (enterprise software and digital advertising), Ken has been creating mobile solutions since cellphones first connected to the Internet at a whopping 28 kbps. Since then, he has founded or co-founded five companies in the mobility space.

Marwan Bin Haidar

Dubai Smart Government

Eng. Marwan has contributed to DEWA's countless international and regional awards in the field of Business Transformation, Mobility and eServices, mServices.

Amr Salem

MD Smart Cities & Internet of Things at Cisco Systems

Amr leads Cisco's Global Sales and Marketing for Smart Cities - Internet of Things (IoT), focused on Large Critical Infrastructure projects in the areas of Traffic, Transportation, Energy, Public Safety and Security and eGovernment.

Anousheh Ansari

Co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems and First Female Private Space Explorer

Anousheh Ansari is an Iranian-American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. The Ansari family is also the title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize. Ansari was the fourth overall self-funded space tourist, and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station.

Ali Nimer

Government Solution Director, Microsoft

Ali currently serves as the Government Solution Director for Microsoft. He leads key and strategic government programs including Microsoft CityNext and the National Cloud programs in all Gulf countries.

Yousif Almutawa

CIO at DP World and Founder at TURN8

Yousif Almutawa is the Chief Information Officer of DP World, responsible for Information Systems and Information Technology strategy, global business solutions for the company and new revenue making opportunities.

Aben Kovoor

Regional Director DX Middle East & Africa, Microsoft

As the Regional Director for the Developer Experience and Evangelism Group, (DX), Aben leads a team of professionals who are responsible to drive the awareness and value of the Microsoft platform to Developers and IT professionals.

Kamal Hassan

Founder, President and CEO of Innovation 360

As founder, President and CEO (Chief Excitement Officer) of Innovation 360, Kamal works with organizations of all sizes and specialties to enhance value creation through innovative products, services and business models.

Ignasi Vilajosana

CEO of Worldsensing

CEO of Worldsensing and co-founder of Sensefields, Ignasi has extensive experience of all stages of company start-up and development, with over 10 years of experience in the geophysical sector. He holds a PhD in Physics, having authored numerous high impact publications.

Nidal Khalifeh

Chief Executive Officer, KALBOARD360

Nidal has over 10 years of experience in education technologies, and worked on producing e-learning hardware and software that is currently selling in 40 countries.

Sitaram Chodimella

Head of Smart Grid Division – Middle East, Siemens

Sitaram is responsible for the division Smart Grid which supports its customers like power producers, grid operators, industries, multi utilities, cities and rail operators in expanding intelligent transmission and distribution energy grids.

Tarek Abdalla

Head of Marketing – MENA, Google

Tarek joined Google in 2012 with a mandate to drive adoption and penetration of Google’s consumer and business products as well as drive the Google brand across the region.

Stephane Le Gentil

CEO, Etihad ESCO

Stephane Le Gentil is Chief Executive Officer of Etihad ESCO and previously headed the Europe & Africa Center of Excellence for Energy Solutions at Johnson Controls.

Ali Nimer

Government Solution Director, Microsoft

Ali currently serves as the Government Solution Director for Microsoft. He leads key and strategic government programs including Microsoft CityNext and the National Cloud programs in all Gulf countries.

Professor Nabil Baydoun

Assistant Chancellor for Institutional Projects, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

Prof. Baydoun is the first to introduce Islamic accounting courses to Higher Education in New Zealand in 1993 and held various senior academic positions and staffed key board committees at various institutions in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the UAE.

Xavier Joseph

Chief Executive Officer, Veolia, Gulf Countries

Now leading the Veolia's activities in the Gulf Countries, Xavier was most recently Veolia Water Chief Operating Officer for Veolia Water in the Middle East.

Professor Alain Senteni Dean

School of e-Education (SEED) of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

Professor Alain Senteni is currently the Dean of the School of e-Education (SEED) of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University in Dubai (UAE).

Kara Pecknold

Senior Design Researcher, Frog

Kara Pecknold is a senior design researcher at frog where she focuses on the dynamic insights found at the intersection of people, products and systems. Prior to this, she worked on projects in international development, health care, energy and education.

Todd Taylor

Head of Marketing EMEA, Frog

Todd Taylor is a senior manager within frog’s EMEA leadership team. Before joining frog, he spent six years working to commercialize geospatial technologies designed to automate how we map, measure and model our urban environments.

Ashish Cowlagi

Smart Cities Business Leader, IBM

Ashish is the worldwide offering leader for IBM Software Group, where his responsibilities span strategy, product/asset development, marketing, and business development for the Government & Education industry solutions and Smarter Cities business.

Serb Jodha

COO - Incept.co and Partner - 1337 Ventures

Serb Jodha is an entrepreneurial execuitve with over 15 years of experience in enterprise technology solutions and adoption strategies across North America, Europe and Asia.

Suneil Mishra

Board Member - The City Innovate Foundation

Experienced in technology branding, strategic positioning and product marketing. Driven multiple industry standards across diverse technologies including graphics, audio, mobile and physics.

Savio Tovar Dias

Director - Technical Operations, Avaya

Savio has been involved in the telecommunication industry for over 16 years spanning AT&T, Lucent Technologies and currently, Avaya. Avaya is a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions, providing unified communications, contact centers, networking and related services to companies of all sizes around the world.

Juan Jose de la Torre

VP, Digital Mobile and Web, Intigral

Juan Jose de la Torre (J.J.) is currently Vice President of Digital at Intigral, MENA’s leading digital company. He has led the strategic growth of Intigral’s market leading digital services and products across Mobile, Web and Advertising.

Nina Curley

Managing Director, Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi

Nina Curley is a startup advisor, journalist, and investor working in the Middle East. This fall, she will serve as the Managing Director of Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, a startup accelerator designed to support early stage companies with a focus on media and content.

Mohammed Johmani

Founder and CEO - Cary!, O2, Belong, Next, and Mobibus.com

Mohammed Johmani is Serial Entrepreneur a Multi-talented, ambitious and passionate about entrepreneurship, professional at juggling the demands of managing four different businesses: Cary!, O2, Belong, and Mobibus.com while planning for regional expansion and global reach.

Mohamed Hamdy

Managing Director - TURN8

Mohamed Hamdy was the investment and business development director for a family Office in Abu Dhabi for 7 years, primarily managing a private equity portfolio and sourcing investment opportunities in diverse industries.

Clare Woodcraft-Scott

CEO, Emirates Foundation

Clare Woodcraft-Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Foundation, the national foundation of the UAE, and is responsible for driving its vision of supporting youth development in the country.

Eissa Khoury

Director of Business Development, Amsterdam, Frog

Eissa is Director of Business Development at Frog's Amsterdam studio. For nearly two decades, Eissa has been helping organizations to deliver unique brand experiences.

Francesc Domingo

Traffic Division Director, Worldsensing

Francesc Domingo is currently the Traffic Division Director of Worldsensing and has been developing projects within the traffic industry for more than 10 years.

Alfonso D'Andretta

Head of Lighting Systems and Services, Philips Middle East and Turkey

Alfonso started his career in R&D at Infineon Technologies, based in Austria. In 2008 he moved to Italy where he joined Philips Lighting covering different roles within Marketing and Sales.

Alexandar Mathew Williams

Director-of-Strategy and Policy, Dubai SME

Alexandar Mathew Williams is presently the Director-of-Strategy and Policy at Dubai SME, which is a government agency under the Department of Economic Development (DED) of the Government of Dubai. He is responsible for the development of Entrepreneurship and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Dubai.

Dr. Tom Bellemans

Assistant Professor, Department Transportation Sciences, Hasselt University

Dr. Tom Bellemans is an Assistant Professor within the department Transportation Sciences at Hasselt University, Belgium and is also a member of the Transportation Research Institute (IMOB).

Issa Aghabi

Head of Investments, TwoFour54

Issa Aghabi is the head of investments at TwoFour54, Issa possesses almost 10 years of experience in international and regional companies. He previously worked as Business Development Manager in Yahoo.

Ivano Iannelli

CEO - Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence

Ivano is widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost experts in the fields of Sustainability and Carbon Emissions Management.

Kamel Al-Asmar

Social Entrepreneur - Head of Communications and Community Engagement, Wamda

Arab social entrepreneur; Founder, Nakhweh: the first development & volunteerism network for the Arab world

Ihsan Anabtawi

Regional Manager, Cloud Productivity and Enterprise Social, Microsoft Corporation, Gulf (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman)

Ihsan Anabtawi is responsible for driving Microsoft's productivity strategy for information workers, with a focus on cloud services and enterprise social.

Omar Christidis

Founder and CEO, ArabNet

Omar Christidis is the Founder & CEO of ArabNet, the leading events & media company focused on the Arab web and mobile industry.

Ashish Sidhra

VP for Digital Innovation, Du

Ashish is the VP for Digital Innovation at Du - UAE's leading Integrated Telecom services provider. He is a passionate advocate of Applied Innovation; Innovation that consumers can experience and that delivers shareholder return.

Smart Living City Dubai 2014

15th - 16th September 2014 | Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai

Smart Living City - Dubai 2014 was an event to accelerate smart business programs in Dubai and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

SLC was able to bring together high-level representatives from startups, investors, corporations, foundations, researchers and cities; including esteemed individuals from the Government of Dubai, MIT Media Lab, NYU, Microsoft, Terreform ONE and the Hamdan Bin Mohammed SMART University (Anchor partner).

SLC Dubai brings the best of technology and the best practitioners across continents to the fore. It provides them with the unique opportunity to share their ideas with government representatives, company executives, technology investors and business accelerators.

DAY ONE: 15th September 2014

  • 09:30

    Opening Ceremony

  • 09:45

    Welcoming Remarks

    • Masood Al Awar (CEO - Tasweek Real Estate Marketing and Development)
    • Kamran Saddique (President and CEO - The City Innovate Foundation)

  • 9:55

    Opening Remarks

    • H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori (Minister of Economy, UAE)

  • 10:05

    Keynote: Dubai's Smart Development

    • Eng. Abdulla Rafia (Assistant Director General - Engineering and Planning Sector and Head of The Sustainability Committee - Dubai Municipality)

  • 10:10

    Keynote: Public Private Partnerships

    • H.E. Hani Al Hamli (Secretary General - Dubai Economic Council)

  • 10:15

    Creating a Smart Ecosystem

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  • 11:10


    • H.E. Sayed Aqa (UN Resident Coordinator - UNDP Resident Representative in the UAE , Qatar, And Oman)

  • 11:15

    Big Data and SMART Government Solutions

    ▸ show details

  • 12:00


    • Mahmood Al Asmawi (Economic Development Portfolio Manager - UN)

  • 12:05

    Urban Development

    ▸ show details

  • 13:00


  • 14:00

    Mobility & Transport

    ▸ show details

  • 14:50

    Electricity & Water

    ▸ show details

  • 16:00

    Keynote: Future of Education

    • Dr. Mansoor Al Awar (Chancellor - Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University or HBMSU)

  • 16:05

    Future of Education
    hosted by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

    ▸ show details

WORKSHOPS: 15th September 2014

  • 12:15

    FLOW - a working prototype of a Smart Office
    by Orange Business Services

    ▸ show details

  • 14:00

    Leadership and Scaling Up Excellence
    by Robert Sutton (Professor, Management Science at the Stanford Engineering School)

    Professor Sutton presented the main lessons from his Wall Street Journal bestseller Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less.

  • 15:00

    Big Data For a "Small World": Designing a New Urban Reality
    by Frog Design

    ▸ show details

AGENDA: 16th September 2014

  • 09:15

    Welcoming Remarks

    • Anousheh Ansari (CEO & Co-Founder - Prodea Systems)

  • 09:25

    Opening Remarks

    • Ken Singer (Director - Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, UC Berkeley)

  • 09:30

    Creating an Innovation Hub

    ▸ show details

  • 10:20

    COMPETITION: SLC Dubai Innovation Showcase
    hosted by Incept.co, Microsoft BizSpark and
    UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

    *3-4 minute Startup Pitches

  • 11:10

    Funding & Scaling Startups

    ▸ show details

  • 12:00


  • 13:00

    The Startup Ecosystem in the Middle East

    ▸ show details

  • 13:50

    Announcement of Winners

    ▸ show details

WORKSHOPS: 16th September

  • 09:30

    Responsive Organizations Work Like a Network
    by Ihsan Anabtawi (Regional Manager - Cloud Productivity and Enterprise Social, Gulf, Microsoft Corporation)

  • 11:00

    Microsoft Ventures Workshop
    by Rami Sarieddine (Technical Evangelist - Microsoft Gulf)

  • 13:00

    Post Sustainability; New Directions in Ecological Urban Design for the Near Future
    by Dr. Mitchell Joachim (Associate Professor - NYU & Co-founder - Terreform ONE)

  • 14:00

    Beyond Smart Cities
    by Dr. Ryan Chin (MD - the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab)

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