Ali Al Jassim, Acting CEO of Etihad Energy Services and holder of bachelors of science in Civil Engineering, Masters of business administration with honours and a PhD in Business Management, has 21 years of experience in leading roles delivering programs and projects. Ali held top positions in both public and private sector entities such as Head of follow-up and development office at the Dubai Municipality, Acting CEO & Director of Drivers Licensing at RTA and General Manager of Qeyadah Driving Solutions.
Engineer Ammar Safi, a senior electrical engineer graduated from Ajman university of science and technology, and working in Ministry of infrastructure development (Ministry of public works previously) for 4 years as an electrical and developing engineer for dry infrastructure and roads, and has a total of 7 years of experience in UAE.
Eng. Safi worked in developing several massive projects such as the Intelligent Transportation Systems for the federal roads, Public Smart Schools, Sustainable Hospitals with a renewable energy systems, Upgrading types of contracts in the federal roads` projects such as Performance based maintenance contract and road the assets management system contract, and the retrofit of existing street lights to LED in the federal roads.
Eng. Safi now is handling the northern emirates federal street lights network, and currently is working on changing all existing conventional street lights to LED.
Lighting Expert to the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City seconded from Parsons International Consultants. A Masters graduate from the Bartlett School of Architecture and has worked in the field of specialist lighting design for over 30-years. In Abu Dhabi my work for the government includes revising all current public lighting specifications and briefs and establishing new lighting design standards and best practice. Leading the implementation of an Emirate wide Sustainable Lighting Strategy.
Anissa Abbou is the Director of Lighting Application services & Specifiers Relations at Philips Lighting Middle East and Turkey.
Anissa focuses on developing a team of lighting application specialists as a service to Philips’ partners and clients with the creation of meaningful, life-enhancing applications. She has 20 years experience within Philips, of which 13 years was in Lighting. She also has experience in inspiring and supporting the lighting industry with new LED innovative solutions into authentic experiences.
Major International Architects, lighting designs firms and consultants worked together with Anissa. She has worked in collaboration with Foster+Partners, Arup, Zaha Hadid, Buro Happold, Atkins, Khatib Al Alami, Dar Al Handasah and many more. In her role she continues to support architects, consultants, interior designers and lighting designers in realizing their visions in creative lighting designs.
Kay Rauwerdink joined Philips Lighting in 1990 and has a track record in the field of international business development, marketing and sales for both professional luminaires and lamps.
In his current role Kay is focussing on development of lighting application and energy calculation standards in both ISO/TC 274 (global) and CEN/TC 169 (Europe). He is also chairing a dedicated working group on systems efficiency at LightingEurope – the European trade association for the lighting industry – advocating to set energy requirements for lighting systems in European regulations like the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and Green Public Procurement (GPP) for street lighting.
Graduate of the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunication at Poznan University of Technology, Radoslaw is Motorola alumni, has been working for Comarch capital group since 2007. From the beginning of his career, he has focused on technology adaptation and verification in various projects including RnD programs. He is the Comarch Technologies IoT Consulting Department Manager in Comarch Technologies – the technological branch of Comarch group. He is responsible for the IoT products and solution shaping including: cloud, platform solutions and electronic device applications. He is interested in new technologies enhancing the mobility of people and things, as well as using these technologies to build systems improving everyday life and work thanks to eliminating mechanical and uncreative activities
Thomas studied industrial electronics followed by an electrical engineering degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich. He is a dual citizen, Swiss and Australian. Soon after obtaining his degree he opened a company in Australia producing lighting control systems. In the mid 90’s he moved back to Switzerland taking over his father’s lighting controls business founded in the late 60’s.
Thomas concentrated on Tunnel Lighting Control Systems and Public Lighting Management Systems from the beginning. With 26 years of experience in the field he is a true expert. He lectured in universities around the globe and presented papers in 28 international conferences.
For the past 17 years Thomas has been in the Middle East advising governments and consultants in all GCC countries, helping them making our roads safer, energy efficient and reducing operational cost. Recent concepts of the “Smart City” are some of the core knowledge of Thomas.
Hatim Rahim Khan is a qualified Electrical Engineer and an MBA. He enjoys a vast experience of 22 years servicing the lighting market of the GCC while being based in the United Arab Emirates. Mr Hatim is a multi-lingual and is fluent in English, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.
Mr Hatim is associated with the FAEL LUCE brand since 2011 and is working in the capacity of Regional Manager (Middle East) for the company. He has successfully accomplished several renowned projects within his Region in the sectors of Sports Stadia, Airports, Roadway Lighting, etc.
As the Head of Sales for OSRAM Lighting Solutions, Yenal Gul manages project sales in the MEA region through a wide portfolio of solutions including but not limited to Traxon, Siteco, Osram and Tvilight.
Previously, Mr. Gul was a product manager at Traxon Technologies, also in the architectural lighting field, as well as holding several positions with OSRAM in Germany and Italy.
Originally from Turkey, Mr. Gul has an MSc in Engineering Business Management from University of Warwick and an Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree from Koc University.
David is a stage trained lighting designer originally from The UK theatre, film and TV lighting industry, he has been lighting prestigious architectural lighting projects since 1994.
David believes that every project has a story which can be told in light in space capturing the soul of a project. He also believes that the limiter to creativity should not be the budget, the limiter to creativity has to be the ideas.
David advocates that it is the lighting/visual designer’s role to balance the technical with the artistry and to design responsibly.
Roles & Responsibility:
Head of Middle East Management Board
Achievement in Organisation:
Led a major role in organizational transformation effort. Energised the existing brands and strengthened marketing initiatives. On June 2015, Luceco brand is launched in MENA. In Less than two years Luceco realised over 100 projects across MENA.
Previous Organisation Worked:
Over 15 Years of Lighting Industry experience in various roles from zumtobel group, Philips & Bajaj Lighting India & Mena regions.
Bachelor Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering Along with Management Degree.
Bassel Omara, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Ain Shams University, Egypt-2008 with a cross-culture design studio certificate from Clemson University (USA).
Omara is the BIM Manager & Senior Design Architect in Dorsch Gruppe. His dedication as an architect extended beyond professional career. Omara as a young enthusiastic architect has succeeded to be nominated twice as “Young Architect of the Year 2015 & 2016” over the MENA region.
Professionally, he has worked intensely for both the public and private sectors on various projects as airports, military, hotels, schools, stadiums, retail buildings, resorts, banks, office buildings, touristic villages, social & sporting clubs, residential buildings & theatres. His recent ASAS Marina Towers was awarded as the winner design. Philosophically, His work encompasses a diverse selection of projects that reflects his vision of never limiting.
Omara was a teacher assistant at the American University in Cairo and has continued to be involved currently as a Guest Speaker in various events including Abu Dhabi University.
Gerald Strickland works with regional and global stakeholders to help align international energy efficiency and environmental regulations with a particular focus on the lighting sector. Previously Secretary General of the European Lighting Companies Federation, he played a key role in securing mandatory federal legislation for the phase out of inefficient lighting across the European Union. Gerald has also served as an advisor to the Australian Department of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency, the National Reform & Development Commission of the People’s Republic of China, the UN Environment & Development Programs, the World Bank, the International Energy Agency and numerous leading international lighting manufacturers.
Michel Francis is the Chief Architect since 1995 at DEC consultants, a building design and project management firm based in Abu Dhabi, providing services to the UAE and worldwide including Architecture, Structure, MEP, and specialized engineering services, in addition to LEED and ESTIDAMA consultancy. In addition to Architectural design and leading design operations, Michel has worked on Estidama and LEED certified buildings as a LEED Accredited Professional and a Pearl Qualified Professional. Michel has 23 years of experience in the Gulf in building design with green buildings specialty. He has 2 Master Degrees, one in Architecture and one in Environmental Design of Buildings from Cardiff University, UK. He also conducts LEED, Estidama and Revit trainings. Michel has great interest in advocating the cause for green buildings.
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