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24 - 26 January, 2021 Dubai, UAE Book for 2021

THINKLIGHT Forum

A FREE-to-attend education series for the entire industry. 50+ speakers and sessions, over three days, all in one location.

About the THINKLIGHT Forum

Light Middle East hosts three days of extensive conference sessions on the show floor, enabling you to hear best practices, case studies, standards, regulations and learn about the latest innovations and engage in panel discussions

Speakers are drawn from big players in the built environment and will explore the role of innovative technology and design in achieving their professional objectives.

Professional Lighting Design & Architecture

Professional Lighting Design & Architecture Forum

IoT & Intelligent Lighting Forum

IoT & Intelligent Lighting Forum

Who should attend? 

Lighting Designers, Lighting Specifiers, Architects, Interior Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers, Project Managers, Light Manufacturers, Consultants, Engineers, Urban Planners and Property Developers, Environment and Sustainability Consultants, Suppliers and Distributors.

2019 speakers

H.E. Ali Al Jassim

H.E. Ali Al Jassim

CEO, Etihad ESCO, UAE

Christian Stahn

Christian Stahn

Marketing Manager, KNX Association, BELGIUM

Elizabeth Valkovics

Elizabeth Valkovics

Design Director, design worldwide partnership, UAE

Siddarth Mathur

Siddarth Mathur

Partner, Studio Lumen, UAE

Gayathri Unnikrishnan LEED AP BD+C, Director, Standard Development, Concept Lead for Light, International WELL Building Institute, USA

Gayathri Unnikrishnan

LEED AP BD+C, Director, Standard Development, Concept Lead for Light, International WELL Building Institute, USA

Azmi S. Aboul-Hoda, Managing Director, EMergy, UAE

Azmi S. Aboul-Hoda

Managing Director, EMergy, UAE

Regina Santos

Regina Santos

Associate, Head of Lighting Design, Godwin Austen Johnson, UAE

Andrea Di Gregorio

Andrea Di Gregorio

Director - Energy Efficiency and Renewables Administration, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, UAE

Sumaya Dabbagh, Owner and Architect, Dabbagh Architects

Sumaya Dabbagh

Owner and Architect, Dabbagh Architects

Prof idris

Dr. Idris Bedirhanoglu

Researcher Scientist - New York University Abu Dhabi - Board Member - Turkey Engineering News, UAE

Henrique Pereira

Henrique Pereira

Senior Manager – Energy Services - Energy Efficiency and Renewables Administration Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, UAE

Erin Slaviero

Erin Slaviero

Senior Lighting Designer, Nulty Lighting, UAE

Dr. Dragana Randelovic - Lecturer, Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Dragana Randelovic

Lecturer, Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering, Khalifa University, UAE

Fahad Mohammed, Director of Facility Management, Deyaar Owners Association Management, UAE

Fahad Mohammed

Director of Facility Management, Deyaar Owners Association Management, UAE

Mahbouba Karima Al Awadhi, Sustainability Researcher,British University in Dubai, UAE

Mahbouba Karima Al Awadhi

Sustainability Researcher, British University in Dubai, UAE

Pauline Dibs, Lighting Designer, Umaya Lighting Design, UAE

Pauline Dibs

Lighting Designer, Umaya Lighting Design, UAE

Dr. Ghanim Kashwani, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Civil Eng, New York university, Abu Dhabi

Dr. Ghanim Kashwani

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Civil Eng, New York university, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Fadi AlFaris, Business Director, Quantum Esco, UAE

Fadi AlFaris

Business Director, Quantum Esco, UAE

Khalid Shafar, Director, KHALID SHAFAR, UAE

Khalid Shafar

Director, KHALID SHAFAR, UAE

Vinod Pillai

Vinod Pillai

Specialist Lighting Designer, LW, UAE

Tolga Candan, Head of Strategic Business Development & Sales, Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies

Tolga Candan

Head of Strategic Business Development & Sales, Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies, UAE

waleed

Waleed Fakousa

Director at CD+M Lighting Design Group and The lighting Institute, UAE

Yenal Gul

Yenal Gul

Head of DLS Sales, Osram Lighting Middle East, UAE

Andrea Sensoli

Andrea Sensoli

Founder & Director, SUPERFUTUREDESIGN, UAE

Sharon stammers

Sharon Stammers

Founder, Light Collective, UK

Angel Cerezo Cerezo

Angel Cerezo Cerezo

CEO and Architect of CREAM Estudio, SPAIN

Al Azem Personal Photo

Eng. Abdullaziz Aalazem

MD & Lighting Consultant, DTS Arabia, KSA

Chérine Saroufim | Lebanon

Chérine Saroufim

IALD, Lighting Designer, Interior Architect, Partner, Idepconsult, LEBANON

Dr. Dalal AlSharhan from KUWAIT

Dr. Dalal AlSharhan

Lighting Consultant, Kayan Office, KUWAIT

Helena Gentili

Helena Gentili

Director Lighting Design, Ivorysense, INDIA

Todd Albert Nims

Todd Albert Nims

Founder / Creative Director, Empty Quater Entertainment, KSA

Martin Klaasen

Martin Klaasen

Founder, Martin Klaasen Lighting Design, SINGAPORE

Martin

Martin Lupton

Founder, The Light Collective, UK

Courtney mark

Courtney Mark

Design Director & Founder, STUDIO MARK

Sakina

Sakina Dugawalla

Sakina Dugawalla, Lighting Designer, Principal & Founder, Light Func, UAE

Nawaf Nahar Alnassar

Nawaf Nahar Alnassar

Interior Architect, 3njeddah, KSA

Amr Bashandy

Amr Bashandy

UL SASO EER and IEC EE Program Lead, UL, KSA

Duff Yang

Duff Yang

Energy Efficiency and Performance Testing Engineer, UL, CHINA

Martina Frattura

Martina Frattura

Lighting Designer, Synapse, PORTUGAL

Roberto Corradini

Roberto Corradini

Independent Lighting Designer, Lighting Design Workshop, ITALY

Surbhi Jindal

Surbhi Jindal

Founder, Principal Architect & Lighting Designer - DaLightHub Lighting Design & Consultancy, INDIA

Elisa Battilani - SPAIN, Founder at CREAM estudio

Elisa Battilani

CEO and Architect of CREAM Estudio, SPAIN

Dr. Amardeep M. Dugar - INDIA, Founder & Principal, Lighting Research & Design

Dr. Amardeep M. Dugar

Founder & Principal, Lighting Research & Design, INDIA

Pauline Dibs

Pauline Dibs

Lighting Designer, Umaya Lighting Design, UAE

Patricia Lopez Yanez

Patricia Lopez Yanez

Director, Lighting Design, Emaar Development, UAE

AnnaMaria Lambri, Associate Professor of Interior Design, American University of Dubai

AnnaMaria Lambri

Associate Professor of Interior Design, American University of Dubai

2019 Advisory Committee

H.E. Ali Al Jassim

CEO of Etihad Energy Services

H.E. Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services holder of a PhD in Business Management, Masters of Business Administration with Honors and bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, has 25 years of experience in leading roles delivering programs and projects. H.E. Ali held top positions in both public and private sector. Presently H.E. 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. He is also a Board member of Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC), Emirates environmental Group (EEG) & World Green Economy Organization (WGEO). Under the leadership of H.E. Ali, Etihad ESCO has retrofitted approx. 2,100 facilities (offices, staff accommodation, villas etc) which is helping Dubai to save 107 GWh of electricity per annum. H.E. Ali is taking on more ambitious aspirations with a target to retrofit 30,000 buildings by 2030, in line with the Dubai Demand Side Management (DSM) strategy and by end of 2019 Etihad ES will be retrofitting 2400 additional facilities. H.E. is playing a key role in the expansion of Etihad ESCO, he formed two vertical under Etihad umbrella– Etihad Solar & Etihad M&V in 2017 and is currently working to develop District Cooling vertical and Building Labeling. He is also strategically planning to expand the footprint of Etihad ESCO to the MENA region and to other parts of the world.

Tolga Candan

Head of Strategic Business Development & Sales, Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies, UAE

Tolga Candan is a multidiscipline engineer, MSc with his experience   ranging   from commercial applications to successful delivery of on-site construction activities. He possesses 16 years’ experience with 13 years being in UAE and the gulf region in the construction and industrial manufacturing segments. Tolga has been instrumental in completion of numerous key projects such as the prestigious Dubai Metro Project. His core strength is in leading business development and strategy along with a comprehensive network in the Middle East construction industry. Known for his expertise in HVAC, Pumps and Energy Optimization, he is now heading the strategic business development for operations and sustainability programme of Al Futtaim Engineering & Technologies with focus to UAE and neighboring regions. 

Benjamin Heydon

Benjamin Heydon, Landscape Consultant

Benjamin Heydon is a Director of Mawarid Investment Holdings and has worked in the specialist fields of Landscape Planning and Architecture for over 17-years as; programme and project management, designer, planning and advisory roles.

His experience has been generated through extensive exposure to unique environments which has seen him work throughout the Middle East, Australia, Canada and Africa, for both public and private sector clients. He has worked on a variety of projects from strategic frameworks, technical documentation, place-making development and landscape design.

Kristin Lee

Kristin Lee, Chair and Associate Professor of Interior Design

My undergraduate degree is in Women’s Studies, and that perspective has shaped how I view design. I am drawn to design as a balance of creativity and practicality, and that practicality can have a huge impact on people’s well-being.

I’ve worked on projects ranging from senior living to healthcare to large scale residential. How space impacts those who inhabit it is why I love design, and by teaching I get to share that
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Teaching allows me to connect with the next generation, and is more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. At AUD, we really do achieve a dialogue; it is a mutually beneficial relationship. Human’s experience of space happens on so many levels, we receive signals that we’re not even aware of. For many segments of the population, designing that space with the help of research will have positive results and better outcomes. This is the power of design.

Courtney Mark

Design Director & Founder, STUDIO MARK

Courtney Mark's reputation in the lighting design industry is built on performance, trust, and, most importantly, creativity. Mark loves the world of architecture and design and is incredibly proud to be part of it. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a project you envision come to life. She cut her teeth early on in her career in doing renovation design in New York.

Mark's concern and feeling for preserving and incorporating the past with the present-day design stems from her youth. "You have to have a feeling for it (refurb),” It’s a labor of love. My father (Adolf DeRoy Mark), was an architect and did it before me, and his father before him in the 30's. He taught me how to see and visualize something that doesn't exist.

Describing herself as conscientious, fastidious and detail-oriented, Mark is a firm believer in what she calls "retained tribal knowledge" that she draws from. "Everywhere I travel, and everything I see that visually works or inspires me I have the ability to recall in my designs to create cutting-edge, immersive and unforgettable experiences."

Over the past 16 years, she has played a leading role in the design, management and construction of many high profile and award winning projects spanning the GCC, North America, Central America and Asian markets. Although shifting her primary focus to hospitality lighting design in 2007, Ms. Mark has collaborated on projects in a range of sectors throughout her career including landscape, master planning, city beautification, commercial, and high-end residential.

Six years after leaving New York’s vibrant lighting design scene to establish and run CD+M’s designated hospitality lighting design studio in Dubai in 2013, Ms. Mark, widens her umbrella back out to global design industry. Prior to joining CD+M she held a Senior Designer position with Reveal Design group in New York for two years, and spent 8 years with AWA lighting designers as a Senior Designer and Associate, opening and running their newest international design studio in, New Delhi India.

The launch of her own lighting design practice (STUDIO MARK) has come after witnessing first-hand the shift in the local design market over the years. In a 21st century design market, we realize that designing and building beautiful solutions isn't enough. We partner with the top forward thinking creatives in the industry. And we are proud to be part of their teams.

Our clients trust us with their projects and know that our team of professionals will be there with them every step of the way. That’s why we focus on providing solutions that are affordable and result-driven.

Sakina Dugawalla-Moeller

Sakina Dugawalla-Moeller, Design Director

Borne out of a flair and passion for the creative, Sakina is founder and principal of Light.Func. A gregarious individual and professional designer with extensive experience in the Middle East region spanning 9 years, her passion envelopes all things artistic, with an innate focus on lighting design. Her work is most prominent not only in her professional aspirations but also investing in education and raising the bar of lighting design with fellow peers within the Middle East.

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