Conference Programmes

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Thursday 18th April

10:35 - 11:20 | Panel: The new face of urban living: How clean and autonomous transport will change city design 

For new transport technologies to become ubiquitous, the associated infrastructure must be in place. Equally, new transport technologies will radically change city design, with new thinking required around the use of land. This panel will outline the marriage between urban design and new transport models, as we move towards the look and functionality of a future connected city.  

Moderator: Aziz Mulay-Shah, Senior Partner – International Engagement
and Policy, Nexus Climate 

Dr. Zhengxiong (Maso) Yang,
Mobility Solution Architecture Lead, Bayanat

Dr. Muhammad Mustafa,
Mobility & Planning Regional Director, Egis 

Lukas Sokol, Head of Master Planning, Masdar City 

C. Faouzi Bader, Senior Director of Telecom Unit at the Digital Science Research Center (DSRC), Technology Innovation Institute 

Shahid Tanvir, Executive Advisor, Royal Commission for Riyadh City

11:20 - 11:35 | Presentation: Unlocking investment potential for scaling up electric mobility  

This presentation is based on a study commissioned by the Pakistan Private Sector Energy Project, supported by USAID and implemented by PFAN, UNIDO and REEEP. It focuses on all-electric vehicles in the two- and three-wheeler transport segment in Pakistan. It will look at the near to long term opportunities in this market segment, and provides recommendations around policy and ways to fast-track the EV value chain in Pakistan.

Naveen Ahmed, Advisor & Transaction Coordinator, Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)

11:35 - 12:15 | Panel: Enhancing clean transport stakeholder collaboration  

Collaboration between stakeholders will bring increased efficiencies to transport and its infrastructure. This talk will discuss the potential business models that can accelerate urban mobility, such as the adoption of new modes of transport like autonomous vehicles or standardisation of EV ports.

Moderator: Stephen Severance
, Director of Growth, Masdar City

Eng. Mozah Alnuaimi, Director of Productivity and Demand Management Department, Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE 

Nayef Shahin, 
Director of Innovation and Knowledge, Abu Dhabi Investment Office 

Ali Al Marzooqi, Director of Mobility, Positive Zero 

Nadia Rouchdy,
Head of Climate, Emirates Nature – WWF

12:15 - 12:25 | Interview: Achieving 50% NEV sales in the UAE by 2030

Is it a bold dream or our future reality? In our exclusive one-on-one session, we delve into the heart of sustainable transformation in the UAE. This candid conversation will discuss the roadmap to ensuring that by 2030, half of all new vehicles sold in the UAE are New Energy Vehicles. Learn firsthand about the innovations, policies, and partnerships driving the country towards a cleaner, greener future. 

Moderator: Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Co-Founder, Nexus Climate 

Hasan Nergiz, Managing Director - Electric Mobility Company, Al Futtaim

12:25 - 13:00 | Panel: Creating frameworks for autonomous vehicles in urban ecosystems

This panel explores the critical aspects of creating and implementing the necessary frameworks to support the future use of autonomous vehicles, such as governance and legal structures. It will consider the challenges of developing these frameworks, particularly so that they ensure safety, efficiency, and equity in smart cities, addressing liability and ethical considerations, and strike a balance between innovation and public welfare. 

Moderator: Jonathan Spear, Transport Policy and Strategy Advisor, AtkinsRéalis

Amelia Bowring, Senior Associate, Bracewell LLP

Ramesh Ramaswamy, Principal Systems Assurance Consultant, TUV Rheinland Middle East 

Khaled AbdulRahman Al Awadhi,
Director - Transportation System Department, RTA

Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO, EvoCargo Autonomous Logistic Services