Integrated Buildings Tech Forum

integrated buildings

Part of the THINKLIGHT education series, The Integrated Building Tech Forum seeks to connect visitors to the latest Information and Technology in the Smart Buildings Industry. Providing delegates with the tools they need to arrive at an informed decision, on how to make their buildings more economic for owners and more functional for occupiers.

Integrated Building Tech Forum explores how the unraveling new trends propitiate the adoption of newer and smarter technologies within the concept of Integrated Buildings. Featuring an extensive conference program, hand in hand with the most influential professionals in the Middle East, to discuss not only all the angles of the implementation Globally, but focusing specifically on the challenges and the most effective solutions on a Regional level.

Who should attend? 

Structural Engineers, 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.

Interview with Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO

Etihad ESCO is rolling out phase 2 of the Dubai Airports Retrofit Project, comprising of 130,000 sustainable lighting fixtures that will reduce CO2 emissions by 21,000 tonnes, saving AED23 million annually. Hear Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO at THINKLIGHT’s Integrated Buildings Tech Forum during Light Middle East and see their vision to make Dubai a leading global example of energy efficiency.

Joining Ali Al Jassim are more than 50 speakers at the free-to-attend THINKLIGHT Conference, which will see three dedicated forums taking place next week form 15 – 17 October 2019 at Dubai World Trae Centre. 

2019 ProgrammeThursday, 17th October

10:30am | Opening Remarks by the Conference Chair: Dr. Ghanim Kashwani

10:45am | Brief, Design & Construction - the process of getting things build

H.E. Ali Al- Jassim, CEO, Etihad Energy Services, UAE


11:00am | RAK Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategy 2040 with a focus on building energy efficiency

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


11:15am | SEWA: Strategy and Implementation of the Retrofit Program

Eng. Roaa Ghassan Alkhatib, Assistant Technical Director - SEWA

Eng. Mariam Mohamed Binkhadim, Assistant Technical Director, SEWA

11:30am | Panel Discussion: The Future of Retrofit in UAE - Vision 2030

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


  • H.E. Ali Al-Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO
  • Henrique Pereira - Senior Manager – Energy Services Energy Efficiency and Renewables Administration - Ras Al Khaimah Municipality 
  • Eng. Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority
  • Eng. Pradeep Kumar Singh, Asst. Director of Business Development and Technical, Etihad ESCO
  • Fadi AlFaris - Business Director - Quantum Esco
  • Prof. Idris Bedirhanoglu - Researcher Scientist - New York University Abu Dhabi - Board Member - Turkey Engineering News

12:30pm | Retrofitting of structures with innovating techniques and materials

Prof. Idris Bedirhanoglu - Researcher Scientist - New York University Abu Dhabi - Board Member - Turkey Engineering News


12:50pm | ENERGY OPTIMISATON : The hidden “treasure” in pumps

Tolga Candan - Head of Strategic Business Development & Sales, Facilities  Management & Energy Optimization - Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technology


1:10pm | Achieving Efficiency and Sustainability through Energy optimization in buildings Operations and Maintenance

Fadi Al Faris, Business Director, Quantum Esco


SESSION 2: Intelligent Buildings

2:15pm | Sustainability and Integrated Building Solutions

Azmi Aboul-Hoda, Managing Director - Emergy


2:30pm | Smart Buildings: Smart Experience “From Concept to Reality”

Moderator: Fadi Al Faris, Business Director - Quantum Esco


  • Mahbouba Karima Al Awadhi - Researcher - The British University in Dubai BUiD
  • Fahad Mohammed - Director of Facility Management Deyaar Owners Association Management
  • Dr. Ghanim Kashwani - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Civil Eng. - NYU AD
  • Azmi Aboul-Hoda - Managing Director - Emergy
  • Rijo Abraham - Manager, Energy Management - Ejadah Asset Management Group at Dubai Properties Group - on behalf of MEFMA

3:10pm | The Smart and Green Infrastructure challenges in the fourth  industrial revolution era

Ghanim Kashwani - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Civil Eng. - NYU AD

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

3:30pm | Intelligent Buildings and Energy Optimization

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


3:50pm | Inteligent building technologies in Educational facilities in UAE

Mahbouba Karima Al Awadhi, Researcher, The British University in Dubai BUiD


4:10pm | Smart Buildings in the Future: Making existing buildings smarter

Rijo Abraham - Manager, Energy Management - Ejadah Asset Management Group at Dubai Properties Group - on behalf of MEFMA


4:30pm | The Future of Digital Buildings

Fahad Mohammed - Director of Facility Management - Deyaar Owners Association Management


4:50pm | Smart building Design and Future of digitalization in the building design, construction and operation

Nilesh Despande - Sustainability Manager - KEO International Consultants

5:10pm | Tech for the Next-Level of Design

Priya Telavcine - Founder & Managing Director - 361 Degrees Design Solutions

5:30pm | Closing Remarks by the Chairman of the Conference

Conference Advisory Commitee 

H.E. Ali Al Jassim

CEO of Etihad ESCO

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.

Dr. Ghanim Kashwani, PhD, CEng, MICE

PhD, CEng, MICE Academic Researcher - Civil Engineering/ New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), UAE

Dr. Ghanim Kashwani, UAE National, who got his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, UK, is the first Emirati to be Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng) (MICE) from Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK. Additionally, as academic-industrial professional, Kashwani is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) (MSSE) and a Chartered Manager (CMgr) (MCMI), where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from American University of Sharjah (AUS). Kashwani has an industrial experience with major companies as he works as Team leader in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for several years. Moreover, as Chartered Scientist (CSci), UK, Kashwani publishes many papers in international journals in which his research interests include construction materials, safety engineering, and fire engineering..

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. 


Chief Efficienology Officer, SEWA

Afra Al Owais leads the Energy Management & Audit Department of Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA).  She joined SEWA in 2016 after qualifying with a degree in Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineering from University of Sharjah.  Afra was specially selected for her current role after distinguishing herself with strategic projects. She is passionate about environmental stewardship and promoting green growth which is one of the key goals of SEWA.  Performing as a Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineer, Afra contributes to policy and research in energy efficiency.  Her vision is to bring about a sustained change in consumer behavior and energy efficiency practices. Achieving the consequent reduction in resources used, underpins everything that she does.  She quickly recognizes opportunities to translate strategy into action.  To this end she created the SEWA Sustainability Pathway as a permanent high-impact installation in the head office to illustrate the organization’s vision. This foresight also drove her to commission an innovation project to explore changing customer behavior using the FORTH Innovation Method which is new to the region.  Most recently Afra has championed a building retrofit program targeting a reduction of 30 % in each premises which is an initiative to advance the position of Sharjah as City of Conservation.  The title of Chief Efficienology Officer was recently bestowed in recognition of her determination and commitment to develop Green Growth.

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