29-30 April 2019
Roda Al Bustan, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Summit Agenda

DAY 1 - 29th April 2019

08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 09:45

Welcome Address by Platinum Sponsor

Emre Güneş, Business Development Director, LIGMAN

Emre Güneş

09:45 - 10:05

Lighting as a Design, an Art and an Emotion

  • The appreciation of daylight in public spaces: Integrating artwork in the Abu Dhabi International Midfield Terminal
  • How lighting design & architecture can be infused to enhance overall ambience?
  • Lighting beyond illumination – exploring what lies in store for the future of lighting design

Luke Lowings, Owner, Carpenter | Lowings Architecture & Design - UK

Luke Lowings

10:05 - 10:25

Missed Opportunities Within the Public Realm

  • Do public realm lighting contracts get treated as a poor relation of those tendered for street lighting?
  • The different tasks within a public realm; when good uniformity or deliberate contrast are appropriate
  • Fresh thinking and application of unique optics can have dramatically different results

Martin Valentine, Global Design Director, LIGMAN

Martin Valentine

10:25 - 10:45

Why Color Temperatures Stands out as an Important Factor for Lighting Designers?

  • How the importance of color temperatures is being recognized across a building’s interior and exterior?
  • Challenges a lighting designer faces in setting the right color temperatures
  • Colour temperatures can impact the mood of people and evoke different feelings. How spaces can benefit from the use of dynamic tunable white light fixtures? What apps are being used for an easier control of color temperatures?

Regina Santos, Associate, Head - Lighting Design, Godwin Austen Johnson

Regina Santos

10:45 - 11:05

The Future of City Lights

  • Light for life - light has to grow with the challenges
  • The advantages of a modular lighting system

Robert Virant, CEO, VIP Virant Group

11:05 - 11:50

Panel Discussion: Human Centric Lighting – A Priority for Lighting Designers?

  • ‘Circadian Lighting’ – a term most lighting designers are aware of. Yet, do they practically consider such a concept?
  • Understanding the role of circadian lighting and is there a lighting design strategy to be followed?
  • Are organizations embracing this concept to ensure employees work in better lit spaces? How does it impact their productivity?
  • Impact of light on human wellbeing. Does it contribute to healing/ impact the psychology of patients?
  • Can human-centric lighting take precedence over technology and functional design in commercial projects?

Ahmed Saliem, Projects Director, Nulty+
Ira Naeem, Clinical Psychologist, Pulse Therapy and Learning Center
Fernando Monje, Sales Director - South East Asia, Nordeon Group
Jeferson Beltrami, Senior Lighting Designer, Studio Lite FZE
Nikos Moskofidis, Associate, dpa Lighting Consultants FZ LLC
Praveen Thampi, Creative Director, The Ministry Of Light
Uday Kumar Alaham, General Manager – Middle East, Hosmac

Ahmed Saliem
Ira Naeem
Fernando Monje
Jeferson Beltrami
Nikos Moskofidis
Praveen Thampi
Uday Kumar Alaham

11:50 - 12:20


12:20 - 12:40

Light Plays a Crucial Role in Holistic Wellbeing

  • The science of light and human - research indicates positive influence of people present in well-lit environments. How can lighting designers implement this in their projects?
  • Will lighting of residential spaces be more focused on well-being or energy efficiency?
  • A harmonious dialogue of architecture, daylighting, artificial lighting and technology means design intelligence. In the light of evolution of new ideas and concepts, what should be considered in the lighting design process?

Andrés Sánchez Alonso, Senior Associate, Lichtvision Design GmbH - Germany

Andrés Sánchez Alonso

12:40 - 13:00

IoT Platform for Commercial Lighting Solutions

  • Remote switching and scheduling
  • Energy monitoring
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Remote asset monitoring & dimming
  • End to end IoT solution development platform for commercial lighting requirements

Suresh Babu, Business Development Manager, WebNMS

Suresh Babu

13:00 - 13:45

Panel Discussion: Growing Importance of Efficient Public Lighting

  • The perception of a space changes remarkably on the way it is lit. How can lighting designers play a key role in this?
  • Lighting for a safer, greener and smarter city – Can public lighting shape the way shared spaces blend within the society to offer better interaction?
  • Creative usage of public lighting can aid in saving energy – Agree or Disagree?

Bill Johnson, Director, CD+M Lighting Design Group
David Andrew Dunn, Lighting Expert, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, UAE
Dr. Simon Miller, Product Conformity Specialist, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council
Gerald Strickland, Director, Middle East Lighting Association
Steven Velegrinis, Head of Masterplanning, AECOM
Wajih Smadi, Senior Lighting Designer, UMAYA Lighting Design

Bill Johnson
David Andrew Dunn
Dr. Simon Miller
Gerald Strickland
Steven Velegrinis
Wajih Smadi

13:45 - 14:05

Lighting Structure Design in Architectural Objects Enhanced with BIM Process. Good Practices.

  • During the lecture we will discuss the opportunities of using modern techniques of modelling and designing lighting structures for buildings. Good practices related to indoor lighting design, illumination of architectonic facilities and workflow between an architect and lighting planners on the basis of using BIM (Revit) tools, which give us additional design opportunities.

Pawel Kmiecik, General Architect, LUG Light Factory

Pawel Kmiecik

14:05 - 14:25

Contemporary Role of Lighting Designers

  • The role of a lighting designer is evolving at a fast pace. How quickly should lighting designers adapt to new ideas and concepts?
  • Playing the role of a coordinator – Liasoning with architects, electrical engineer, knowledge experts, lighting company etc.
  • What are the emerging issues and industry advancements that might be faced by a lighting designer in the region?

Zeki Kadirbeyoglu, Principal, ZKLD Light Design Studio

Zeki Kadirbeyoglu

14:25 - 14:30

Address by Lunch Sponsor

Mozammal Hossan, Business Development Manager, Lumilo Lighting

Mozammal Hossan

14:30 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:40


DAY 2 - 30th April 2019

08:50 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:50

Exploring Technology-Enabled Architectural Lighting for Tourist Oriented Cities

  • Understanding how technology-enabled architectural lighting brings forth some great benefits in terms of improved safety and increased aesthetic appeal to commercial sites
  • A street to visit and not merely pass through – how lighting can transform spaces & create an interest in the city
  • Improving citizen happiness with lighting - interactive lighting installations using smart-lighting technology and the roles visitors & passers-by will in playing with them

Alex Beim, Creative Director, Tangible Interaction Design - Canada

Alex Beim

09:50 - 10:10

Digital Developments in Lighting and Its Impact on the Lighting Industry

  • How Big Data and light-based communications are paving the way for digital advancements in lighting
  • Lighting experts need to be updated on the latest trends in designing the city of the future. What are the promising innovations changing day-to-day practices and our industry as a whole?
  • Given the pace of change in this industry, what are the challenges in adopting digital developments?

Kevan Shaw, Design Director, KSLD | EFLA Lighting Design - UK

Kevan Shaw

10:10 - 10:55

Panel Discussion: Lighting Design from a Developer's perspective

  • Designer, Architect and Developer – different viewpoints to achieve the same goal; what is the design strategy that needs to be adopted?
  • In striking the right balance between all stakeholders, what are the key metrics in implementing a successful lighting design project?
  • The Design Element - Importance of using the right lighting designer for your project
  • Role of light retrofit in the existing facilities, estimated savings that can be achieved & comfort level that can be improved

Andy Shaw, Managing Director, AMA Design
Craig Howard, Technical Director, Property & Buildings, GHD
Mark Davies, MEP Technical Director, Aurecon
Marwa Abdelaziz, Group Owner & CEO, PDC GROUP
Pradeep Kumar Singh, Manager – Business Development & Technical, Etihad Energy Services
Raya Ani, Founder | Design Director, RAW-NYC Architects

Andy Shaw
Craig Howard
Mark Davies
Marwa Abdelaziz
Pradeep Kumar Singh
Raya Ani

10:55 - 11:15

City of Dark - Lighting the Urban Nightscapes

  • Perception of architecture from day to night
  • Our impact on people and the urban life
  • The impact of interactive urban lighting on public spaces

Yanick Fournier, VP - Business Development, SACO Technologies Inc.

Yanick Fournier

11:15 - 11:45


11:45 - 12:30

Panel Discussion: Can Natural Light Change the Perception of Spaces?

  • Abundance of daylight reduces energy consumption but might diminish the essence of a space. Agree?
  • Quantity of light vs. quality of light - Techniques to transform spaces with natural light
  • Challenges in using daylight as a design concept to ensure the space utilizes sustainable lighting techniques

Benjamin Beer, Head of Facades, Ramboll
Diane Thorsen, Principal Design Director, Perkins+Will
Faraz Izhar, Senior Lighting Designer, KEO International Consultants
Preetam Panwar, Executive Director, ZAS Group of Companies
Regina Santos, Associate, Head - Lighting Design, Godwin Austen Johnson
Rodrigo Roveratti, Design Director, La Luz Lighting Design

Benjamin Beer
Diane Thorsen
Faraz Izhar
Preetam Panwar
Regina Santos
Rodrigo Roveratti

12:30 - 12:50

Lighting and Ergonomics in the Workplace

  • Lighting considerations for sustainable productivity
  • Achieving workplace wellness by incorporating natural light. What can be the checklist for proper illumination?
  • Going beyond LED lighting fixtures - exploring the full potential of natural light

Elizabeth Valkovics, Design Director, dwp

Elizabeth Valkovics

12:50 - 13:10

Middle East Lighting Policy Update

Gerald Strickland, Director, Middle East Lighting Association

Gerald Strickland

13:10 - 13:30

Incorporating Sustainable Lighting into Design

  • Sustainable lighting can be achieved by sustainable design. What are the rubrics that need to be followed to examine how sustainable a design/building is?
  • Holistic approach of designers towards sustainable lighting whilst providing customized solutions to their clients in terms of architecture and aesthetic appeal.
  • What are the other sustainable lighting strategies that can be followed in the region?

Thierry Burot, General Manager, Dialux Expert, Lighting Specialist, DMX International

Thierry Burot

13:30 - 14:15

Panel Discussion: Can We Achieve Smart Interior Design Through Lighting Design Techniques?

  • Aesthetic appeal of spaces is enhanced with the contribution of right lighting. How does it blend with other aspects such as paint, furniture, plants etc. to get the desired result?
  • Daylight or Artificial light – Is sustainability a priority?
  • What are the challenges in integrating light as a design aspect for interiors? How can architects and designers’ experiment & explore with lighting qualities?

Farah Naz, Sustainability & Innovation Leader, BuroHappold Asia, India, and Middle East (AIME)
Julia Dempster, Owner & Managing Director, Interior Motives
Liza Muscat, Managing Director, M Atelier
Paul Bishop, Owner & Founder, Bishop Design LLC
Saju Oommen, Senior Lighting Designer, Alula Lighting Design
Shawna Mcfee, Associate, Allen Architecture Interiors Design

Farah Naz
Julia Dempster
Liza Muscat
Paul Bishop
Saju Oommen
Shawna Mcfee

14:15 - 14:20


14:20 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30


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