Forum Day One: Monday, 20 November 2017

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Registration and morning refreshments

8:45 AM - 9:10 AM Chairman’s opening remarks

9:10 AM - 9:15 AM Opening keynote: An update on Kuwait’s mega project landscape

Ghalib Safouq, Assistant Undersecretary for Construction, Ministry of Public Works, Kuwait

Ghalib Safouq

Assistant Undersecretary for Construction
Ministry of Public Works, Kuwait

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM Guidelines to plan the Kuwait Development Plan to enhance the National Innovation ecosystem and knowledge economy

Dr. Salah Al Mazidi, Board Member, Supreme Council for Privatisation, Council of Ministers, Kuwait

Dr. Salah Al Mazidi

Board Member
Supreme Council for Privatisation, Council of Ministers, Kuwait


9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Build New Kuwait awards ceremony

Join us at the Build New Kuwait awards ceremony dedicated to celebrating engineering and technological excellence in the development of a ‘New Kuwait’.

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Introducing smart cities: Discussing Kuwait’s masterplan 2040

David Green, Global Leader of Cities and Sites Practice, Perkins+Will

David Green

Global Leader of Cities and Sites Practice

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Exhibition opening and networking break

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Session reserved for Orange Business Services: Smart Cities

Fadi Shanaah, Regional Director Business Development - MEA, Orange Business Services


Fadi Shanaah

Regional Director Business Development - MEA
Orange Business Services

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM New Kuwait: Imperatives, challenges and opportunities

Mike Wood, Consultant, Ministry of Electricity and Water
This session will outline the current demand trajectories in Kuwait’s energy sector. Key decisions and interactions throughout the demand and supply energy chain will be identified. It will be proposed that the significance of demand escalation and the imperative for change are being underestimated, management and coordination of accelerated public and private sector action throughout the energy chain.
Directions are proposed and their potential outlined.

Mike Wood

Ministry of Electricity and Water

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Exploring smart buildings and the structural design aspects of tall buildings in the UAE

Paul Drayton, Head of Structures, AECOM

Paul Drayton

Head of Structures


12:45 PM - 1:15 PM South Al Mutlaa Phase 2: A snapshot of the future of Kuwait

South Al Mutlaa City is the largest housing project in Kuwait with 28,363 units. The project will include education, healthcare, religious, residential and retail projects. Gain an insight into the construction progress of the second stage of South Al Mutlaa and an overview of opportunities for private investment.


1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sustainability: An added value approach for better quality developments

Dr. Ioannis Spanos, Sustainability Principal: Sustainability Unit Services, KEO International Consultants

Dr. Ioannis Spanos

Sustainability Principal: Sustainability Unit Services
KEO International Consultants

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Environment-friendly coatings

Johnson Puthanangady, Regional R&D Manager, Hempel


Johnson Puthanangady

Regional R&D Manager

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Reviewing the use of energy-efficient building energy façades

Holley Chant, Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability, KEO Consultants
Façades are one of the most significant contributors to the energy consumption and the comfort parameters of any building. Control of physical environment factors (heat, light, sounds) must be considered during the design process as well as during implementation of design strategies which improve the comfort of the occupants. This session will discuss design methods for sustainable, high-performance façades and the necessary steps in ensuring that the environmental factors and energy-efficiency strategies are integrated with the design process.


Holley Chant

Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability
KEO Consultants

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Chairman’s closing remarks

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Networking lunch

4:00 PM - 4:00 PM Close of conference day one

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.