ME Smart Lighting & Energy 2020

20-21 April 2020
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE

#MELIGHT

2020 Confirmed Speakers

Sheriff Christopher Hayward |
Sheriff Christopher Hayward

Deputy Chairman - Corporation Planning and Transportation Committee City of London - UK

H. E Dr. Rashid Alleem |
H. E Dr. Rashid Alleem

Chairman Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority

Ian Dryden |
Ian Dryden

Principal – Industrial Design City of Melbourne - Australia

Sharon Stammers |
Sharon Stammers

Co-Founder Light Collective - UK

Ilpo Laitinen |
Ilpo Laitinen

Director of Administration (City Construction & Infrastructure) City of Helsinki - Finland

Faisal Rashid |
Faisal Rashid

Director - Demand Side Management Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

Ali Mohammed Al Jassim
Ali Mohammed Al Jassim

Chief Executive Officer Etihad Energy Services – ESCO

Martin Lupton |
Martin Lupton

Co-Founder Light Collective - UK

David Andrew Dunn |
David Andrew Dunn

Lighting Expert Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities

Martin Valentine |
Martin Valentine

Global Design Director LIGMAN

Henrique Pereira |
Henrique Pereira

Senior Manager – Energy Services, Energy Efficiency & Renewables Administration Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

Francesco Lozupone |
Francesco Lozupone

Head of Creative & Technical Department Sylvania Lighting

Eng. Roaa Ghassan Alkhatib |
Eng. Roaa Ghassan Alkhatib

Assistant Technical Director Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority

Roberto Inclinati |
Roberto Inclinati

Global Senior Business Development Manager UL

Ivar Krasinski |
Ivar Krasinski

Founding Partner, Design Director EDGE

Eng Aisha Ali Al Ali
Eng Aisha Ali Al Ali

Electrical Engineer Umm Al Quwain Municipality

Manal Ahmed Al Raeesi |
Manal Ahmed Al Raeesi

Director of Engineering Al Batayeh Region - Sharjah Municipality

Dr. Simon Miller |
Dr. Simon Miller

Specialist - Product Conformity Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council

Trevor Leighton |
Trevor Leighton

Global Technical Director LIGMAN

Majid Ideisan Ibraheem Abuabdoun |
Majid Ideisan Ibraheem Abuabdoun

Lead - Energy Engineer Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Ashraf Kamal Makhaly |
Ashraf Kamal Makhaly

Head of MEP & Technical Coordination Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects

Suhas Inamdar |
Suhas Inamdar

Head of Planning and Technical Al Wasl Properties

Abdulla Al Wahedi
Abdulla Al Wahedi

Senior Director of Facility Management Emaar Properties

Mark Davies |
Mark Davies

MEP Technical Director Aurecon

Vasos Evripidou |
Vasos Evripidou

MEP Design Director Parsons

Mark Vowles |
Mark Vowles

Director Nulty Lighting

Jamie Darragh |
Jamie Darragh

Associate Director Black & White Engineering

Eng. Abdulrahman Omar Ali Alkholy
Eng. Abdulrahman Omar Ali Alkholy

Senior Electrical Engineer - Design Department Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Rabab Husain |
Rabab Husain

Associate Director: Head of MEP Ramboll Middle East

Hassan Younes |
Hassan Younes

Technical Director Griffin Consultants

Bushra Anwar |
Bushra Anwar

Associate – Electrical Cundall

Patricia Lopez Yanez |
Patricia Lopez Yanez

Director - Lighting Design Emaar Group

Regina Santos |
Regina Santos

Associate Lighting Designer Godwin Austen Johnson Architects

Paul Collins |
Paul Collins

Associate - Electrical Arup Gulf Limited

Mohan Daniel |
Mohan Daniel

Senior Electrical Engineer Atkins

Paul Miles |
Paul Miles

Lighting Designer & Partner Light Touch PLD

Siddharth Mathur |
Siddharth Mathur

Design Director Studio Lumen - Lighting Design and Consultancy

Tarek Khayata |
Tarek Khayata

Senior Manager - Infrastructure Design Modon

Farah Naz |
Farah Naz

Sustainability & Innovation Leader BuroHappold Consulting Engineers

Sheeba Benny |
Sheeba Benny

Head of Electrical Ted Jacob Engineering Group

Omar Talib |
Omar Talib

MEP Director Diamond Developers

Sheriff Christopher Hayward

Sheriff Christopher Hayward

Deputy Chairman - Corporation Planning and Transportation Committee, City of London - UK

Sheriff Christopher Michael Hayward is a former Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and was elected to the Common Council of the Corporation of the City of London for Broad Street Ward in March 2013. He serves as Deputy Chairman of the City’s Planning and Transportation Committee. Chris has also been Churchwarden at St Margaret Pattens and Chairman of The Trustees of the Friends of St Margaret Pattens. He is a former chairman of the Broad Street Ward Club, a member of the Candlewick Ward Club, Life and Council Member of the City Branch of the Royal Society of Saint George and a Life and Court member of The Guild of Freemen. In addition, he is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers.

H. E Dr. Rashid Alleem

H. E Dr. Rashid Alleem

Chairman, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority

Dr. Rashid Alleem is ranked third among the 25 most influential CEOs in GCC and is considered one of the 100 most influential CEOs in the Middle East. He is a passionate writer; an environmentalist; a sought-after thought leader; the creator of  Thinking, a unique blend of “critical and lateral” thinking; and an internationally respected transformational leader. The founder of Alleem Knowledge Center, Dr. Alleem is a dynamic leader who has worked with prestigious governmental, semigovernmental, and nonprofit organizations. He is an entrepreneur par excellence with a flair for effective, strategic decision-making by means of innovative thinking. Dr. Rashid was recognized as “The Knowledge Ambassador of the UAE” by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum—the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai—and as “Environmentalist of the Year 2012” by the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Dr. Alleem earned a Ph.D. from the University of Salford, in Manchester, UK. Being a “sustainovationalist,” he has received four honorary doctorates from different universities: Atlantic International University (USA), in recognition of his achievements in the socioeconomic fields; Somalia University, for his humanitarian services; American Global International University (USA), for his global business contributions and numerous academic achievements; and Indian Peace University, from which he received a Doctorate in Philosophy for his exceptional contributions, dedication, and social services to society.

Dr. Alleem was recently recognized as The Global Green Ambassador by DMG. Under his leadership, SEWA received the Voluntary Cancellation Certificate for excellence in energy-saving and the reduction of CO2 emissions by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2017. He was bestowed with the Friend of Singapore Sustainability Award 2017 by the government of Singapore, and he became a member of the advisory board of the Singapore World Water Council. He has received the prestigious title of “The Ambassador of Peace & Happiness in the Arab World” by VOK.
As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, presenter, and teacher, Dr. Alleem is well-known for delivering compelling and practical messages to audiences of more than 100,000 people per annum, including at some of the largest regional and international venues. Last but not least, he is one of the most interviewed and published charismatic media personalities in the region. A prolific writer both in English and Arabic, Dr. Rashid Alleem is the author of several books on management and leadership. His newest book, The SEWA Way, showcases 15 winning principles, providing a roadmap for achieving success both on an organizational and a personal scale. Aiming to improve social, economic, and environmental living conditions worldwide and helping to improve the quality of life for hundreds of millions who have not yet seen the benefits of sustainable development and inclusive growth, he has written four books on the topic of sustainability: My Green Journey in Hamriyah; Sustainability: The Fourth Wave of Economy; I Am Committed: 17 Global Goals; and Alleem Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr. Alleem earned a Ph.D. from the University of Salford, in Manchester, UK. Being a “sustainovationalist,” he has received five honorary doctorates from different universities: Atlantic International University (USA), in recognition of his achievements in the socioeconomic fields; Somalia National University, for his humanitarian services; American Global International University (USA), for his global business contributions and numerous academic achievements; Indian Peace University, from which he received a Doctorate in Philosophy for his exceptional contributions, dedication, and social services to society; and Doctor of Philosophy (D. Phil) from Amity University, in recognition of his exceptional vision, deep commitment to the environment, professionalism and direction in the pursuit of excellence; his strategic vision and inspirational leadership in steering his organization towards continuous growth and dedication to the good of humanity.

Ian Dryden

Ian Dryden

Principal – Industrial Design, City of Melbourne - Australia

Ian Dryden is the principal industrial designer within the City Design and Project team at the City of Melbourne. Since 1987, his task has been to program, design, implement and market street furniture and temporary facilities for the city. Ian's major task has been the design and coordination of the street furniture, temporary fixtures, kiosks, toilets, decoration, lighting systems and pedestrian information signage for the city's master plan. Ian's work has received both popular and professional recognition. He is a contributing member of the city’s Urban Design team, who has won a number of AIA, AILA, IES awards and international industrial design awards for the cities projects.

Sharon Stammers

Sharon Stammers

Co-Founder, Light Collective - UK

Light Collective’s creative portfolio of work houses more than architectural lighting design and has grown to encompass many innovative projects which include light art installations, marketing projects, competitions, curated exhibitions, lighting awards, branding, trade stands and shows, epic parties, pop up events, guerrilla lighting, community projects and light education. Sharon started her career in stage lighting working in London before studying for a MSc in lighting and becoming an Associate Director at both Lighting Design Partnership and Lightmatters. Her previous projects include Heron Quays station, Al Azhar Park, Somerset House, the Prince of Wales Theatre, the Coliseum Theatre and the Ashmolean Museum. Sharon and Martin have both worked in the lighting industry for over 20 years and started Light Collective in 2009.

Ilpo Laitinen

Ilpo Laitinen

Director of Administration (City Construction & Infrastructure), City of Helsinki - Finland

Adjunct professor Ilpo Laitinen is both a senior level director and a researcher and thus shows the capability of working across the boundaries of academia and the business. The work that he undertakes in both of those realms is looking for new solutions to improve the quality of the public sector in the city that is among the world leaders in providing service to its people.

He is internationally experienced both in science and management e.g. in public administration and management, smart cities and innovation management. His areas of research cover the reform and evaluation of public administration and management, change management, innovation management, higher education research, and the utilisation of information technology in organisations.
His latest academic publications have been published in Public Management Review, International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy, International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, Journal of Adult and Continuing Education and International Social Work. Ilpo Laitinen is an Associate at the University of Oxford. His current and on-going research activities focus on Citizen Centric Smart City (Meaningful Cities) and digitalization of services, service innovation and co-creation of novel services and utilization of big data.

Faisal Rashid

Faisal Rashid

Director - Demand Side Management, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

Faisal Ali Rashid, U.A.E national, a degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dayton, Ohio university, U.S.A 1991. Also, a certified PMP(Project Management Professional). Earn LSE professional certificate in the area of energy public policy making. Has a wide and solid experience in energy management including supply, strategy and demand. Has strong background in process industrial plant including oil & gas, power& water generation process, material handling process, glass manufacturing process,  etc.

Ali Mohammed Al Jassim

Ali Mohammed Al Jassim

Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Energy Services – ESCO

Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services and holder of bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, Masters of Business Administration with Honors 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.
Presently Ali is leading Etihad - The Super ESCO in the Emirates of Dubai, which will help Dubai to make one of the most sustainable cities and a leading example of energy efficiency for the region and the world.
Under the leadership of Ali, Etihad ESCO has retrofitted 2,184 facilities (offices, staff accommodation, villas etc) and more than 246,000 lighting fixture in 2016 which helped Dubai to save 48 GWh of electricity and 11 MIG of water. His energy saving targets for this year is far ahead as compared to last year and he planned to save of 140 GWh of electricity and 303 MIG of water by end of 2017.
He is playing a key role in the expansion of Etihad ESCO, he formed two vertical under Etihad umbrella– Etihad Solar & Etihad M&V in last 1 year and is currently working to develop District Cooling vertical. He is also strategically planning to expand the footprint of Etihad ESCO to the MENA region and to other parts of the world.

Martin Lupton

Martin Lupton

Co-Founder, Light Collective - UK

Light Collective are not a standard lighting consultancy…Our clients have ranged from the small scale to the large: designing for a school in Glasgow to a shopping mall in Kuwait to inventing an app for Phillips… They are based in the UK but have worked all over the world; creating light in the snow in Finland or in the heat of Kenya…
Sharon and Martin have both worked in the lighting industry for over 20 years and started Light Collective in 2009. Martin has a PhD in lighting and began in environmental engineering, moving on to Directorial roles at both Pinniger and Partners and BDP. He has worked on many high profile architectural projects including the Cutty Sark, Liverpool One, Westfield, the Royal Albert Museum, and Kelvingrove Museum.

David Andrew Dunn

David Andrew Dunn

Lighting Expert, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities

David is an experienced technical expert with a demonstrated history of working in the Electrical engineering industry. Skilled in Street Lighting Design, Traffic Engineering, AutoCAD, Value Engineering, Highways, and Earthworks. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University.

Martin Valentine

Martin Valentine

Global Design Director, LIGMAN

Martin Valentine was appointed Global Design Director at LIGMAN at the beginning of 2018 and has worked in the field of lighting design for 30-years. A Masters graduate from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture and a Fellow of the Society of Light & Lighting, he has worked within the client, independent design practice, multidisciplinary consultant and now lighting manufacturer sides. At LIGMAN Martin’s role has a strong focus on the European, Asian, Australasian, Middle Eastern and North American markets. His work encompasses standards, quality, technology, training and events, defining R&D for future interior and exterior product ranges and interfacing with the international lighting design community and clients.

Henrique Pereira

Henrique Pereira

Senior Manager – Energy Services, Energy Efficiency & Renewables Administration, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

Henrique Pereira is the Senior Manager for Energy Services at the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office in Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, responsible for all building retrofits and energy management activities in the Emirate. These responsibilities support directly the overall Ras Al Khaimah Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategy 2040, established under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, targeting 30% energy savings, 20% water savings, and 20% generation from renewable energy sources by 2040.


He has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, specialising in the last 10 years in the energy sector in Europe and the Middle East, where he was involved in hundreds of energy efficiency and energy management projects to reduce global energy consumption and improve efficiency and sustainability of buildings and organizations.


Prior to joining Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, Henrique Pereira worked with several ESCOs and Energy Services companies in C-level senior roles, to establish their business in the Middle East, support the deployment of building retrofit projects and the ambitious sustainability goals in UAE.


He holds a MSc. in Electrical Engineering from Porto University, with specialisations in IT and Energy.

Francesco Lozupone

Francesco Lozupone

Head of Creative & Technical Department, Sylvania Lighting

Head of Creative and Technical Department at SYLVANIA Lighting, with over 10 years experience in the lighting industry as Lighting Designer and Project Manager. After graduating in Italy as an Architect and working for his own construction business for over 10 years, his interest moved fully to lighting design.

Francesco Lozupone's lighting career starts in London, where he earns the Master Degree ''MSc in Architecture Energy and Sustainability'' and works as Lighting designer for Lighting Consultants in the City. For over 7 years he works at SYLVANIA Lighting and Concord promoting the correct use of Lighting design around the world with more specific attention to the Middle East market.

Eng. Roaa Ghassan Alkhatib

Eng. Roaa Ghassan Alkhatib

Assistant Technical Director, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority

I’m the chief lightovation officer of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA). The leader of the executive office lighting team. Certified CEM,KNX partner , I also have four plus years of experience in the technical lighting field. Prior to SEWA, I was the technical project manager at AlYousuf Greentech Group. In addition to my experience as project sales engineer in Philips lighting. I’ve completed several major lighting projects all around UAE specially Dubai and Sharjah cities . Currently, I’m handling new street lighting projects as well as retrofit projects, tunnels, substation lighting and indoor lighting projects in Sharjah city, Kalba and Khorfakkan.

Roberto Inclinati

Roberto Inclinati

Global Senior Business Development Manager, UL

Roberto Inclinati
Global Senior Business Development Manager Lighting Industry
Roberto develops industry strategy creating long-term value for UL by leading and representing the Lighting Division globally through positioning, targeting and segmenting the market.
In his role, Roberto, design and develop new service with a mid-long-term vision to position UL as a market leader meeting the future customer and market needs.
Before UL he spent most of his carrier in the telecommunication field working for Vodafone as a strategic network planning operation with the responsibility to oversee the implementation in the field of the new technology

Ivar Krasinski

Ivar Krasinski

Founding Partner, Design Director, EDGE

Prior to forming EDGE Architects, Ivar has been a junior principal and Lead Designer with HOK. He was design principal and partner at Burt Hill and design principal at Stantec.

During 20 years of his career, he had delivered over 50 mega projects with estimated total value of 3 Billion Dollars.

Ivar had worked on some prestigious projects such as Yankees Stadium in New York City. His GCC portfolio includes several notable projects such as Award-Winning 1/JBR Dubai high-rise residential tower, Dubai Motor City Masterplan, Automall Showroom, Mafraq Hospital, Bahrain National stadium, Bay la Sun master plan and Coastal Towers in King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia.

He is well versed in the subjects of specialty design, with working knowledge of sustainability, hospitality, health care, sports, master planning, commercial and residential projects.

Eng Aisha Ali Al Ali

Eng Aisha Ali Al Ali

Electrical Engineer, Umm Al Quwain Municipality

Manal Ahmed Al Raeesi

Manal Ahmed Al Raeesi

Director of Engineering, Al Batayeh Region - Sharjah Municipality

Dr. Simon Miller

Dr. Simon Miller

Specialist - Product Conformity, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council

Dr. Miller joined the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council as a Regulatory Specialist shortly after the Council’s formation in 2013.

He led the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Government’s product conformity assessment services, including the mechanisms by which the Government determines the impact of conformity assessment on the quality, safety and performance for products in the Emirate. His work in pioneering the services and systems of assessment in a broad range of product fields relevant to public health, infrastructure, sustainability and emerging technologies is ensuring the quality of thousands of products from hundreds of companies throughout the GCC.

Dr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a PhD in Microbiology (specialised in microbial genetics), both of which he earned at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He also has Laboratory Quality Management and Quality Management Systems ISO certification as a Lead Auditor, and is recognised for his GCC regional trade capacity building by the UN Industrial Development Organisation.

Trevor Leighton

Trevor Leighton

Global Technical Director, LIGMAN

Trevor Leighton is LIGMAN’s Global Technical Director. Trevor has worked for nearly 25-years in the lighting industry and has garnered an advanced techno-commercial knowledge and experience working primarily within Europe, the Middle East, Australia/NZ and Asia.

Trevor’s primary aim within LIGMAN is to ensure that all products take advantage of the latest trends in IoT and smart city solutions including connected luminaires and smart pole systems having benefited from almost a decade of smart city experience.  Trevor also heads up a separate division called LIGMAN Evolve which is dedicated to deploying 4G and 5G small cell, mobile sites around the globe.

Majid Ideisan Ibraheem Abuabdoun

Majid Ideisan Ibraheem Abuabdoun

Lead - Energy Engineer, Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Majid Ideisan Abuabdoun is a Project Manager at the Ministry of Infrastructure Development in Dubai, specializing in Sustainability in roads and Renewable Energy, he's been involved with the assets management and development of the federal roads network in UAE, developing self-sustained sensor systems for emergency and traffic incidents in the network, while recently he's been involved with the investments section at the Roads Department; overseeing all aspects of innovation in financing infrastructural projects, he's managing currently a Public-Private Partnership for developing the entire streetlighting network in the Northern Emirates that is established through a Public-Private Partnership.

Majid is also interested in spreading awareness about environmental studies and energy savings along with promoting
interconnected green spaces and active communities’ transportation systems.

Ashraf Kamal Makhaly

Ashraf Kamal Makhaly

Head of MEP & Technical Coordination, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects

Suhas Inamdar

Suhas Inamdar

Head of Planning and Technical, Al Wasl Properties

Suhas Inamdar is an Electrical Engineer with Masters in Financial Management. He started his professional career in 1988 and worked in manufacturing sector for 15 years, in continuous process industries. He switched his career into Facilities Management in 2005, starting with Jones Lang LaSalle. He oversaw the transitions of all new contracts across India, and later led the operations of hi-tech facilities of prestigious IT clients in central India.

He came to Dubai in 2006 and worked for Serco Middle East. Since 2008, he is working in wasl Properties, one of the largest developers in Dubai. Currently he is working as Head of Technical Support and Planning.
He believes the future of Facilities management lies in developing adaptability to embrace the new technologies evolving every day.
On personal front, his hobby is to write motivational fiction stories. He has published seven books so far, which are available on Amazon worldwide including UAE.

Abdulla Al Wahedi

Abdulla Al Wahedi

Senior Director of Facility Management, Emaar Properties

With nearly two decades years of experience in infrastructure and facilities management, Abdulla Al Wahedi is Senior Director of Facilities Management at Emaar Properties. He oversees the FM operations of Emaar’s integrated master-planned communities including iconic projects such as Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall.

He is also the Head of Emaar District Cooling LLC, managing district cooling operations for Emaar’s integrated mega-developments including Downtown Dubai, Dubai Creek Harbour and Dubai Hills Estate, among others.  

Abdulla has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Seattle University in the US, and MBA from American University of Sharjah. He is a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development and has won the Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Achievement.

Mark Davies

Mark Davies

MEP Technical Director, Aurecon

Mark Davies is an MEP Technical Director at Aurecon and specialises in delivering large and complex projects.  Mark understands how to integrate engineering design into supporting architectural aspirations as can be seen in his recent projects which includes the iconic Dubai Creek Tower, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and the Doha Oasis Theme Park.  In reflecting on his experience, he believes that, as designers, we have to consider not only the impact of the building on the users and surroundings, but how it can respond to or shape future developments.  Let us all “Just Imagine” and see where it takes us.

Vasos Evripidou

Vasos Evripidou

MEP Design Director, Parsons

I have over the course of my 26 Years career in UAE gained extensive and varied experience in the International Construction and Development sector. My experience as a client, a project management consultant and a contractor, in all phases of a diverse range of prestigious projects such as High Voltage, Aircraft Hangars, Airports, Hotels, Hospitals Industrial, High Rise Residential, Offices and Infrastructure, makes me ideally suited to provide advice to owners and key clients on the most complex of projects and contractual situations.

Mark Vowles

Mark Vowles

Director, Nulty Lighting

Mark Vowles came to Nulty in late 2015 to assist and expand Nulty into the MENA region. He is a well round lighting professional with over 10 years in the industry; 6 of which have been based in the GCC and involved an extensive range of projects.
 
From a sturdy design background, Mark has developed a strong set of skills that enables him to understand the needs of a client and deliver any scale of project within a timely and professional manner.
 
Mark leads the Dubai based practice in a pragmatic way and always makes sure the team are the industry leaders when it comes to innovation, creativity and flair.
 
Since 2011 the practice has won and been nominated for a number of awards including 2011 Lux Award Practice of the Year, 2012, 2013,  2014, 2015 & 2016, Lighting Design Awards, 2013, 2014, Retail Design Awards, 2014 SBID Awards, 2016 & 2017 Darc Awards, 2017 Light Middle East Awards, 2017 Middle East Consultant Awards, and the 2011 Energy Awards.

Jamie Darragh

Jamie Darragh

Associate Director, Black & White Engineering

Jamie is an Associate Director and Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council UK. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Jamie has a wealth of knowledge across all development sectors including technology, healthcare, commercial, leisure, residential, retail and educational establishments, he has worked across the Middle East region and extensively throughout the UK since 2005.
He is responsible for project delivery, design management, client liaison and technical quality.
Jamie has Middle East Region recognition having won ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ at the MEP Middle East Awards in 2015, ‘Electrical Engineer of the Year’ at the MEP Middle East Awards in 2017 and ‘Engineer of the Year’ at the UAE Construction Innovation Awards 2018.

Eng. Abdulrahman Omar Ali Alkholy

Eng. Abdulrahman Omar Ali Alkholy

Senior Electrical Engineer - Design Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Rabab Husain

Rabab Husain

Associate Director: Head of MEP, Ramboll Middle East

Rabab joined Ramboll more than a decade ago, and through her career as an engineer, she has contributed significantly to large scale projects in the Middle East including the Avenues Riyadh, Jumeirah Gate, Khalifa University, Green Planet and many other landmark projects. 



In 2017, Rabab’s team was awarded with the MEP engineering company of the year at the Middle East consultant Awards, the MEP Electrical Project of the year award for Jumeirah Gate and the Green Planet won the Project of the year 2016 at the Middle East Consultant Awards.

Hassan Younes

Hassan Younes

Technical Director, Griffin Consultants

Hassan is the Director & Partner at GRFN – previously known as Griffin Consultants, an award-winning consultancy specialized in Sustainable Designs, Buildings Energy Efficiency, and District Cooling.
He is an ASHRAE Trainer at the Global Training Center, a certified trainer by the Association of Energy Engineers for the CEM course, an appointed Consultant for the ASHRAE 62.1 Standard.

Hassan is on the Boards of Governors of the local and regional chapters of ASHRAE and CIBSE, the internationally adopted standardizing authorities based in the USA and UK respectively. In those capacities, Hassan works to promote the advancement and improvement of the regional construction industry by collaborating with industry professionals, academia, and governmental entities. He is currently the Chairman of the Industry Advisory Panel of the Herriot Watt Architectural and Engineering Program.

With extensive experience in engineering systems design, analysis and consulting and a passionate objective of raising the industry and sustainability standards in the region, Younes entered a partnership to establish Griffin Consultants where he is responsible for all technical and developmental aspects of the firm. Throughout his career, he was involved in the design of multiple high-end developments including retail, residential, commercial, and hospitality projects some of which are iconic in the GCC. Hassan led and completed multiple energy audits with private and governmental entities and provided consultancy on various governmental energy efficiency programs.

Bushra Anwar

Bushra Anwar

Associate – Electrical, Cundall

Bushra Anwar (BEng, LEED AP, PMP, MIET) joined Cundall Dubai in 2016 as Associate – Building Services Engineer. In her current role Bushra serves as technical and operational lead responsible for the design, development and implementation of a vast scope of electrical installations for a wide range of projects/buildings and applications in a very busy and fast track environment.


Bushra has over 19 years of experience in the building services consultancy profession as electrical design engineer, with strong technical analytical skills and broad range of project experience in UK and Middle east region. During her career, Bushra has attained a wealth of experience with various projects including; super-high rise, residential and offices towers, malls, hotels, Island developments, masterplans, data centre, schools, resorts and villa communities. Over the years Bushra has produced numerous sustainable designs for electrical and ELV services and professionally recognized as an expert electrical engineer within the industry.
Bushra is a strategic thinker, able to develop creative solutions based on sound engineering and sustainability principles. Her passion for engineering shined through to create something truly special to add to Cundall’s global and regional portfolio. Bushra has been instrumental in the successful design of few award-winning projects within MENA region such as Abu Dhabi Education Council’s Future Schools Program, Petroleum Development Oman’s community development and International School.


Bushra holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Brunel University in UK.

Patricia Lopez Yanez

Patricia Lopez Yanez

Director - Lighting Design, Emaar Group

In the position of Lighting Design Director at Emaar Development, Patricia is overseeing architectural lighting projects for all of Emaar’s portfolio, both UAE and International. She is leading the lighting design conception, development and implementation accross different types of projects such as master planning, hospitality, residential and retail.



Patricia started her career studying engineering at the Escuela Politecnica del Ecuador, she then pursued her studies in Architecture to combine her interest in mathematics with art, receiving her degree in Architecture at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in 2001. Patricia then decided to specialize in Architectural Lighting, obtaining her Master’s in Germany in 2005. She has been invited as a speaker to Dubai, London, Spain, Mexico, Qatar and Turkey.



Born and raised in Quito, a Unesco’s heritage city, taught Patricia to appreciate history and architecture. Starting her career in Quito, she participated in urban planning and refurbishment projects, experience she continued when working as a lighting designer in Germany. As an architect, when working for the United Nations WFP in Ecuador, she took part in contingency housing projects in the Amazonas.



She has participated in the design of projects ranging from Hospitality, Residential, Retail, Urban and Landscape Lighting. She has also worked on product design, developing custom made luminaires. Among her latest projects are: Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai Hills and Opera District Masterplan in Dubai, Marassi -Egypt public realm, Bvlgari Hotel and Resort.



Along her career, Patricia has developed her creative and commercial skills, taking projects from conceptual stages to site implementation and client handover. She has participated in business development and contract negotiation. In her current role she is leading different lighting design initiatives, standards and procurement framework agreements being applied throughout her company.

Regina Santos

Regina Santos

Associate Lighting Designer, Godwin Austen Johnson Architects

Regina heads the Specialist Lighting department at Godwin Austen Johnson, with 12 years’ work experience in architecture and interior design and another 12 years’ work experience with architectural lighting design (nearly 10 years’ experience in the Middle East).  Regina has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Urban Planning, and a Master of Science in Architectural Lighting Design. 

Project highlights include the Warner Bros Hotel Abu Dhabi, Shindagha Majlis Dubai, Al Bait Hotel Sharjah, Hilton Garden Inn MoE Dubai, DEWA Solar Innovation Centre Dubai, New York University Abu Dhabi, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai, Federal National Assembly Hall Abu Dhabi, West Beach Club Dubai, amongst others.

Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Associate - Electrical, Arup Gulf Limited

Paul is an associate engineer with over 16 years of experience in significant project design and management. I have worked for several consulting engineering firms in Ireland and in Australia before joining Arup, and have been based in Arup Gulf since July 2014.



Currently focused on aviation and data centre projects, with experience in the design and construction phases of a number of commercial, industrial, residential, government agency and pharmaceutical projects of varying sizes.



Since moving to the Middle East, I have worked on a range of key regional projects, and have gained valuable experience with the civil defence and local authority approval processes.

Mohan Daniel

Mohan Daniel

Senior Electrical Engineer, Atkins

Mohan has led several projects in Atkins and has successfully delivered them to the highest standards. Mohan keeps himself abreast with the latest products/technologies available in the market and his exposure in to the entire life cycle of projects has resulted in providing the most appropriate solution for every project and has helped, on several occasions, in the decision-making process for the clients as well. He is the ‘go-to’ kind of engineer for most of his colleagues and ex-colleagues for any technical advice in electrical engineering and is well-known within the electrical engineers’ fraternity in this region for knowledge sharing.

Versatile electrical engineer with over 19yrs experience in the gulf region spanning across design, execution, estimation & client-representation, covering all stages of building projects, Mohan has worked on a multitude of building projects which include healthcare, industrial, aircraft hangars, primary substations, sports complexes, warehouses, supertall towers, shopping malls, townships, residential, hospitality and commercial buildings.

His key strengths include:
• Technical knowledge
• Commercial acumen
• Contractual awareness
• Digital Automation

Paul Miles

Paul Miles

Lighting Designer & Partner, Light Touch PLD

Lighting Designer & Partner Paul Miles has worked in the lighting industry for over 20 years. During his development, he has experienced many aspects of lighting, including Project Management, Lighting Consultancy, Independent Lighting Design, Installation & working for world renowned European Luminaire Manufacturers.



Paul has led Light Touch PLD LLC as Principal Lighting Designer and Partner since 2010. The company is one of the leading lighting design consultancies in the region, having delivered the design for some of the most iconic hotels, shopping centers, and mixed-use developments in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

Siddharth Mathur

Siddharth Mathur

Design Director, Studio Lumen - Lighting Design and Consultancy

Siddharth is an experienced Design Director with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. Skilled in lighting design of exclusive hospitality, leisure, retail and residential projects. Strong arts and design professional graduated from University of Sydney.

Tarek Khayata

Tarek Khayata

Senior Manager - Infrastructure Design, Modon

Farah Naz

Farah Naz

Sustainability & Innovation Leader, BuroHappold Consulting Engineers

Having gained construction sector experience in the UK, USA, and UAE, including working with the Copenhagen Government to develop green city initiatives and other sustainability policies, Farah now oversees sustainability in Dubai for BuroHappold Engineering. She’s heavily involved in developing the practice’s sustainability strategy for building- and city-level urban planning, resource-efficient planning, the health and wellbeing agenda for smart cities, and liveability for Arab cities in the Middle East. Plus, she looks after UK and European projects in her capacity as technical specialist in building performance evaluation for passive and low energy.

Naz was a prime mover in creating the strategy for the first zero energy building in the UK which, subsequently, won the 2015 RIBA Sustainable Buildings Award. And, currently, she’s working on the sustainability projects across the region including the Museum of the Future, the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, the Bee’ah headquarters, a sustainability pavilion for EXPO 2020, and Masdar masterplanning.

Meanwhile, Farah is a major contributor to BuroHappold’s drive for innovation in health and wellbeing across the built environment. She’s also involved in several international masterplanning and infrastructure projects – the climate-change adaptation of tall towers and the future-proofing of buildings, as well as architectural design competitions focused on green principles, and strategic energy solutions for eco cities.

In addition, she helped win and develop competitive projects - the Retrofit For Future initiative for eco-refurbishing social housing in London, sponsored by the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), for example.

Specialisations: sustainability, the health and wellbeing agenda for smart cities, city resilience, and adopting the concepts of biomimicry and liveability for delivering future cities in the Middle East.

Farah is registered with the UK Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer. Furthermore, she’s a board member of the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC), CIBSE UAE chapter, and a member of CIBSE UK Resilient Cities Group and CIBSE Council UK.

Sheeba Benny

Sheeba Benny

Head of Electrical, Ted Jacob Engineering Group

“Sheeba Benny is the Senior Electrical Engineer at Ted Jacob Engineering Group, Dubai. She has 27 years of experience in diverse sectors including healthcare, commercial, residential, retail and educational establishments Working on major projects such as Iran mall in Tehran, Madinat Jumeirah, Deira mall, in Dubai & Health Science Campus in Kuwait and many other landmark projects.

In her current role Sheeba serves as a lead responsible for project delivery, design management, client liaison and technical quality. she has continuously managed to lead her electrical team towards great achievements while ensuring that her strategies and services represent the client’s best interest.”

Omar Talib

Omar Talib

MEP Director, Diamond Developers

 


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