Building Better Cities in the Digital Age


Sponsored by DREI

16-17 November 2016

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About The Program

Price: 8000 AED

To compete in today’s global landscape or local market (and anywhere in between), technology needs to become part of a community’s DNA and be the foundation for all change. Technology and innovation impact environmental, economic, ad social sustainability in our communities and nations. How should leaders and stakeholders get organized around these phenomena to take advantage of the opportunities and stay competitive in today’s global economy? After this program, you will better appreciate the impact Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the “Internet of Everything” have on the building, regeneration, and sustainment of communities around the world. Using case studies that provide real-life examples and context, this program will help shape your playbook and toolkit to address the planning, design, and realization of 21st century infrastructure and communities.

16 - 17 November 2016

9 AM to 5 PM

DAY 1: Four sessions, plus 1 hour lunch, and two 15-minute breaks

Introduction Stakeholders Map
Session 1 Value Definition for Smart Cities
Session 2 Value Definition for Smart Cities, continued
Session 3 Sustainable City Building Blocks
Session 4 Sustainable City Building Blocks, continued

DAY 2: Four sessions, plus 1 hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks

Session 1 Technology for Smart Cities
Session 2 Risks and Challenges
Session 3 Risks and Challenges, continued
Session 4 Innovation and Collaborative Eco-systems
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RICK HUILBREGTS is the Managing Director, Digital Transformation and Industry Solutions at Cisco Americas. Rick leads a team of highly skilled industry professionals and business developers to drive business transformation and relevance with Cisco and Cisco’s Canadian customers. As part of Industry Transformation, Rick and his team oversee two of Cisco Canada’s top priorities: Smart + Connected Communities (changing Canada’s productivity and innovation profile through community and infrastructure transformation) —including Smart + Connected Real Estate, and the Internet-of-Things (connecting the unconnected and driving toward an internet of infinite interactions with the goal to advance sustainable performance in Canada’s industries). Rick started at Cisco in 2005 as a member of Cisco’s corporate real estate team, after which he served for three years in various business development roles focusing on the real estate sector in the United States, Canada, and Emerging Markets [Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America] regions.


MIGUEL J. MARTINS, is the Global Lead – Innovation & Sustainability in the Knowledge, Learning & Innovation Office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Miguel joined IFC in 2000. He is also the Program Manager for the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards, the world’s leading awards for financial and non-financial companies that demonstrate leadership and innovation in integrating environmental, social and corporate governance considerations into their business. Miguel started his career in the financial sector in 1987 as Manager for the International Relations Group of Banco Comercial Português (BCP) in Portugal, where he was responsible for managing the bank’s worldwide financial institutions portfolio. In 1995, Miguel moved back to Mozambique as Director, International and Treasury Division of Banco International de Moҫambique (BIM), a start-up bank equitably owned by BCP and the Mozambican Government. At IFC, he was an Investment Officer for the Global Financial Markets Department.