Inaugural Keynote Speakers

H.E. Zayed R. Alzayani
Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism - Kingdom of Bahrain

   

H.E. Saud bin Nasser Al Khusaibi
Secretary General GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)

   

Speakers

Abdulaziz Al Showair

Abdulaziz Al Showair

Standards and Metrology Department

GCC Standardisation Organisation (GSO), KSA
Dr. Eng. Bijan Majidi

Dr. Eng. Bijan Majidi

CEO and President

Dinamica International Ventures Development, Bahrain

Bijan Majidi is an accomplished innovator and business transformation expert with more than 30 years of an international track record in developing business ventures in diverse high-technology industries, driving business innovation, digitalization, effectiveness, efficiency, growth and change.

Bijan Majidi is the founder, CEO and President of Dinamica International, a management consultancy, innovation and ventures development company, headquartered in Bahrain.

He recently started-up three new business units: Dinamica Automotive, Dinamica LAB and Dinamica Knowledge, all focused at developing innovative solutions and know-how in the changing automotive industry which is going through a real revolutionary transformation.

Bijan has also produced several research, white and workshop papers and is currently engaged in writing: The Automotive Revolution – Smart Cities Mobility: distinguishing hype from reality. It encapsulates the overall industry transformation, in terms of smart cities’ mobility evolution, overall business digitalization, vehicles connectivity applications, the electrification paradigm, its impact on the infrastructure and overall alternative energy development and deployment, and the future of autonomous vehicles, multimodal shared mobility, the related infrastructure, ecosystems, rules, regulations and legislations impact and change requirements.

Edward Forrester

Edward Forrester

Future Mobility Planner and Global Coordinator

Mott MacDonald, UAE

Edward is a Future Mobility Planner and Global Coordinator with Mott MacDonald in Dubai. His strong Civil Engineering background and passion for technology and sustainability give him the ideal balance for understanding and applying existing engineering principles to exciting and emerging transport technologies.

Edward has led or advised on a number of recent projects for the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Airport. These include the Dubai Electric Vehicle Infrastructure study and developing a scope and plans to run a Self-Driving Transport Challenge in the Emirate. Such experience has given him the platform to understand the potential impacts that CAVs will have on urban development.

Edward is developing a reputation in the future mobility industry and has spoken at a recent conference for the International Road Federation on the topic of CAVs.

Faisal Ali Rashid

Faisal Ali Rashid

Director-Demand Side Management

Supreme Council of Energy, UAE

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). 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.

Current job is energy Demand side director in Dubai Supreme Council of Energy looking after the whole energy demand management spectrum of emirate of Dubai. Served previously in oil and gas industry for many years as project division manager / Project Manager, handled mega feed and EPC projects and worked as general manager in glass manufacturing company as well.

Gary D. West

Gary D. West

Head of Future Mobility

General Motors, UAE

Gary D. West is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of GM’s Future Mobility technologies in the Middle East, in line with the company’s vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

West brings extensive fleet management and Mobility experience, working in diverse locations in the USA, China and Singapore.

West has over 25 years of global automotive vehicle sales, service, and marketing experience, managing teams in emerging, developing and mature markets.

Dr. Hanan AlBuflasa

Dr. Hanan AlBuflasa

Assistant Professor - Department of Physics

University of Bahrain, Bahrain
Jaime Ruiz Huescar

Jaime Ruiz Huescar

E-Mobility Manager

Murcia City Council, Spain
Manpreet Singh

Manpreet Singh

Director-Climate Change and Sustainability Services

KPMG, India
Mark Carson

Mark Carson

Customer Service and Quality Director

Renault Middle East, UAE

Mark Carson is Head of Operations for Field Quality and After Sales Support for Renault Middle East covering 14 countries throughout the MENA and  Levant region based in the Dubai Office for the past 4 years.

In this role Mr. Carson is responsible for the testing of all new products under local conditions to ensure the products meet regional requirements and has during the past 3 years overseen the rigorous testing of Renault’s Electric Vehicle Range carried out in the UAE, with a focus on the extreme heat and humidity conditions during the summer months.

In addition to this he has developed and implemented the Dealership standards at all levels to ensure Electric Vehicles are managed and maintained correctly with a true focus of safety and customer education. 

Prior to his current role, Mr. Carson was Head of Network Field Quality and Government Liaison for Renault UK where he worked closely with Government Agency’s at all levels and was actively involved in the introduction of Renault’s Electric Vehicle program into the UK market.

Mr. Carson is a fully qualified engineer and has worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years.

Michael Brightmore

Michael Brightmore

Chief Executive Officer

Ebrahim K. Kanoo B.S.C ©, Bahrain
Martin Tillman

Martin Tillman

Director of Transport Planning

AECOM, UAE

Martin Tillman is Director at international engineering consultancy Aecom leading Strategic Planning and Advisory for the UAE and Oman. He leads the disciplines of transport modelling, planning, transport technology, road safety, parking and freight. Martin has been based in the UAE for ten years, beginning with the management of the policy and planning work on the Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Master Plan for the Department of Transport. Previously, Martin has lived and worked in the UK, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, and Qatar. He is currently working on transit master planning projects as well as providing transport input to Emirate and city wide master planning projects. Martin enjoys the challenge of providing innovative and value added advice for clients and consulting with stakeholders. His key aims are to encourage sustainability, future proof concepts through appropriate measures, and to create truly connected and liveable communities. Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and the Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Mohammad Nabil Mohammad Ibrahim

Mohammad Nabil Mohammad Ibrahim

Lead Transportation Engineer - Surface Transport Sector

Department of Transport (DoT) Abu Dhabi, UAE
Rubal Dua

Rubal Dua

Researcher

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC), KSA

He is a researcher at KAPSARC leading vehicle regulatory policy and shared mobility research using the consumer perspective. He holds a Ph.D from KAUST, KSA, a M.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, U.S. and a B.Tech degree from IIT Roorkee, India.

Vitali Bielski

Vitali Bielski

Senior Consultant - Mobility Practice

Frost & Sullivan, UAE

Vitali Bielski has been tracking the automotive industry in Europe and MENA for over seven years. He is responsible for leading and executing consulting projects across multiple sub-sectors of the automotive industry including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles within both OE and aftermarket channels as well as distribution and retail networks. He provides a deep understanding of the dynamic automotive industry and the growing aftermarket opportunities in the Middle East.

With over seven years of combined management consulting experience and OEM experience (commercial finance team of a leading global OEM), he fully understands the needs of automotive companies and potential for their growth.

During his career, Vitali has gained vast experience across multiple sub-sectors of the automotive industry including passenger vehicle accessories, tire, hybrid and electric vehicles, commercial vehicles, logistics automation, automated fare collection, transaction pricing, commercial finance and others. He also leverages on extensive cooperation with clients including leading OEMs, Tier1 and Tier2 suppliers, distributors, dealers and automotive associations.

Over the past 7 years, Vitali has been presenting at various Automotive conferences in Europe and provided several TV interviews on automotive market prospects and development.

Vitali has completed his BSc in International Relations and MSc in Finance and Banking as well as Post-Graduate Certificate in Project Management in Warsaw School of Economics in Poland.

Eng. Waleed Al Sagr

Eng. Waleed Al Sagr

Head of Certification Authentication

GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)
Eng. Yusuf Al Aaji

Eng. Yusuf Al Aaji

Acting Head of IT Solutions

GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)
Yousef Ahmed Baselaib

Yousef Ahmed Baselaib

Executive Director

MASDAR, UAE