THINKLIGHT 2019 Programme

The free-to-attend THINKLIGHT education series will see 3 different Forums hosted across 3 days of the show. Each Programme including sessions, speakers and timings can be found below. 

Dates Location
Professional Lighting Design & Architecture
Tuesday 15th October, 2019 (DAY 1) Conference Area | Hall 2, Dubai World Trade Centre
IoT & Intelligent Lighting
Wednesday 16th October, 2019 (DAY 2)
Conference Area | Hall 2, Dubai World Trade Centre
Integrated Buildings Tech
Thursday 17th October, 2019 (DAY 3)
Conference Area | Hall 2, Dubai World Trade Centre

Professional Lighting Design & Architecture Forum Tuesday 15th October, 2019

Professional lighting design & Architecture Forum is dedicated to Architectural Lighting Design with the sole purpose of promoting the art, science and culture of professional lighting design. The forum will address topics of concern and interest to lighting designers and lighting professionals, inviting them to expand their knowledge, exchange ideas and network on a platform that goes beyond national boundaries and regional associations’ work.

10:00am - Registration and Refreshments

10:45am - Opening Remarks by the Conference Chair

11:00am | - Going beyond individuality: Gathering art and design to improve quality of life

Martina Frattura

A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT project gathers art and design to improve quality of life. The aim is to create spaces/environment where to experience personal improvement by keeping a good attention level.


  • To gather both quantitative and qualitative data to map the effect of the restoration to people
  • To give evidence of the positive impact of the light in the treatment of attention maintenance

Methodology: The idea of beauty is subjective and its continuous pursuit is innate. The proposed method to go beyond the individuality is to cross-reference several disciplines with the lighting design practice:

Martina Frattura, Synapse, Lighting Designer, Portugal

11:30am |  The Value of original Lighting Design - reflections about the pursuit for creativity

Roberto Corradini

Methodological analysis of the value of original design:

  • What is authenticity?
  • Is it still a value?
  • Should it be kept or forgotten in favour of “design clones”?

Roberto Corradini, Independent Lighting Designer, Lighting Design Workshop, Italy

12:00pm |  Creating Facilities for the Next Generations of Students: lighting as an integral part of Interior Design

Roberto Corradini

This presentation is based on interior and lighting design of 4 projects for the Lebanese American University in Beirut. it will help our thinking process on how to manage and fully integrate the lighting within the interior design in a very aesthetic way whilst still respecting high technical standards in keeping the student's needs and well-being as key factor.

Cherine Saroufim - IALD, Lighting Designer, Interior Architect, Partner, Idepconsult, Lebanon

12:30pm |  When the architect wants his own light fixtures… a journey from architectural lighting to luminaire masterpiece

Andrea Sensoli

Architectural lighting means when the lighting fixture is so integrated into the architectural envelope that you don’t realise there is a light emitting feature at all; you just see that the surfaces are lit and outlined.

  • The Stop Line experience with Archea (prodromes) 
  • The discovery of Alkabox
  • Stretching Alkabox to the limits (the starting of new lines of production)
  • The maturity of Coral
  • The Leaf
  • An evolution: the UNLEAF..."

Andrea Sensoli, Founder and Director, SUPERFUTUREDESIGN*, UAE

1:00pm | Panel Discussion: Right lighting to flatter interior spaces: A perfect symmetry of classic and cutting-edge

Moderator & Panelists: To be confirmed soon. Stay tuned!

1:45pm - Lunch Break and Networking

2:30pm | Panel Discussion: Design for hospitality

This discussion will draw on the region's hospitality landmarks - what are the unique elements involved from design and how they transcend to daily operation

  • Understanding the fundamentals of enhancing design in hospitality projects, traversing boutique hotels to 7 star resorts. What are the specific tasks and processes undertaken to establish visual coherence with excellent design aptitude
  • Challenges in delivering coherently designed projects whilst enhance the identity of an operator without losing focus on serving the expectation of clientele
  • Behind the scenes: Beyond pre and post contract, how crucial is handover from the official launch date through the lifetime of the design. from launch to daily operation

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


  • Courtney Mark, Design Director & Founder, STUDIO MARK, UAE
  • Erin Slaviero, Senior Lighting Designer, Nulty Lighting, UAE
  • Siddharth Mathur, Partner, Studio Lumen, UAE

3:15pm |  CREAM lights: Golden lighting for the urban, open space and private gardens. A collection of three lighting elements with a prismatic, elegant, simple and minimalist design. Real Case Study: 'Parc de les Aigues de Cornella, Barcelona' (Park of the water, Cornellá, Barcelona).

How to bridge the concept and the content of a lighting design in a real case study, a park in Barcelona of 12 hectares. From the park to the light product design taking care specially the the water and landscape design, a just constructed real example.

Angel Cerezo + Elisa Battilani, CEO's and Architects, CREAM estudio, Spain

Angel Cerezo Cerezo
Elisa Battilani - SPAIN, Founder at CREAM estudio

3:45pm | COVE IT: Cove Light Characteristics and Applications

Dr. Dalal AlSharhan

The information and data of this lecture is a result of current research conducted. Such insight can teach designers on how to apply Cove Light well in their design, and can widen their horizons on how to be creative in their approach to cove lighting.

  • Characteristics and application of Cove lighting
  • Guidelines on how and where to apply Cove Light

Dr. Dalal AlSharhan, Lighting Consultant, Kayan Office, Kuwait

4:15pm | The Silent Call: Defining the creative fine line between East & West, combining artisanal craft & technology to create real experiences for the multicultural ME region.

Khalid Shafar

The concept, idea, & design of The Silent Call were realized as a result of a collaboration between Mr. Khalid Shafar & LASVIT’s craftsmanship in Glass and technological expertise. The presentation will also address:

  • The context of such installations in the Public Space realm 
  • The fast growth and lifestyle changes within cities as the main birth reason for such installations 
  • Light as a smart indicator beyond illumination

Khalid Shafar, Director, KHALID SHAFAR, UAE

4:45pm |  Panel Discussion: The Poetics of Darkness: A unique Immersive theatrical lighting Design 'Beit Al Dahalizi'

This discussion will reveal all different aspects (The Story, The Lighting Theme, site limitations in correlation with the Interior Stage Design) behind the success of the theatre which was set in a historic old house located in Jeddah historic Quarter.

  • Abdullaziz Alazem, MD & Lighting Consultant, DTS Arabia, KSA
  • Todd Albert Nims, Founder / Creative Director, Empty Quarter Entertainment, KSA
  • Nawaf Nahar Alnassar, Interior Architect, 3n Jeddah, KSA
Todd Albert Nims
Nawaf Nahar Alnassar
Abdullaziz Alazem, Managing Director, DTS Arabia, KSA

5:30pm - Closing Remarks by the Conference Chair

IoT & Intelligent Lighting Forum Wednesday 16th October, 2019

The introduction of LED technology is changing the lighting industry from analogue to digital. This Forum will focus on growing the market by stimulating more intelligence, controls, sensors, and dimming. As buildings become ‘smarter’ and need to operate as connected ecosystems, lighting will become the backbone of an intelligent building.

10:00am - Registration and Refreshments

10:45am - Opening Remarks by the Conference Chair

11:00am | EXPERIENCE DESIGN: IOT as a bridge to content development in lighting design

Helena Gentili

Nowadays, the so called “smart technology” allows us to create infinite lighting scenarios and users’ interactions. But, are those extensive extraordinary effects really what people demand for a better spatial and social experience?

This presentation reviews the importance of a holistic approach for the content development of a lighting design project and how IOT can be a strong support of this process when experience, design and behaviors are integrated in the equation.

Helena Gentili, Director Lighting Design, Ivory Edge, India

11:30am | Lighting Design of Things: A new breed of lighting designers is emerging to face the challenges of integrating IoT infrastructures with lighting

Martin Klaasen

KLD, has been at the forefront of developing its LDoT (Lighting Design of Things)platform, which is revolutionising the industry.

Martin Klaasen, Founder, Martin Klaasen Lighting Design, Singapore

12:00pm | Creating immersive touchpoints for smart buildings: “It’s not just the lights, sound, temperature, but about people, storytelling, communities and social elements


Martin Klaasen

Typical tools for smart buildings are sensors and interfaces, but if we are really thinking about the performance of the space, then we need to think about the performance of the people in that space

Surbhi Jindal, Founder, Principal Architect & Lighting Designer - DaLightHub Lighting Design & Consultancy, India

12:30pm | Designing with connected lighting – exploring a new framework

Martin Klaasen

As the lighting industry is fast morphing into an Internet of Things (IoT) concept, based on seamless digital interconnectivity across all facets of human life, accelerated innovation is key to survival. Exponential growth in multiple technologies including Bluetooth mesh, real-time data, LiFi, etc. are forcing rapid transformation in the way lighting is being designed. All these paradigm shifts have seriously challenged traditional ways of designing with light. In such a time of rapid change, embracing these agents of change and developing a new framework for designing with connected lighting seems to be a way forward. This lecture therefore explores the application of a framework based on “slow design” in the fast-paced realm of connected lighting.

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

1:00pm | The necessity of security in smart homes and smart buildings - an undervalued topic of highest concern


Christian Stahn

Christian Stahn, Marketing Manager, KNX Association, Belgium

Lunch Break and Networking

2:05pm | Human Centric Lighting: Discussion over the terminology and exploration of useful case studies

Yenal Gul

Did we just start designing spaces for people, or was it always the case? This presentation will review showcases where HCL practices were employed in a meaningful manner, with economic and human wellbeing implications.

Yenal Gul, Head of DLS Sales, Osram Lighting Middle East, UAE

2:25pm |  Panel Discussion: Human Centric Lighting

This panel will discuss why it is important that people get enough quality light every day, also indoors. And we will discuss how we can make it happen that indoor lighting levels is not only focused at vision but also on creating the positive biological effects of human centric lighting.

Panelists to be confirmed soon. Stay tuned!

3:10pm | Saudi Arabia market access : SASO 2902:2018 requirements for LED Luminaires and Fixtures

  • Energy efficiency requirements for lamps, ballast and control gear efficiency, efficacy requirements
  • Functionality/performance
  • Hazardous substances: substance and technology
  • Marking requirements: information to be displayed on the product
  • SASO SLS system requirements for EER Labels.

Duff Yang, Energy Efficiency and Performance testing engineer, Underwriters Laboratory, China

Amr Bashandy, UL SASO EER and IEC EE Program Lead, Underwriters Laboratory, KSA

Duff Yang
Amr Bashandy

3:45pm | Women in Lighting Panel Discussion

Moderators: Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton, Founders, Light Collective, UK


  • Sakina Dugawalla-Moeller, Founder & Design Director, Light.Func, WIL Ambassador, UAE
  • Courtney Mark, Design Director & Founder, STUDIO MARK, UAE
  • Erin Slaviero, Senior Lighting Designer, Nulty Lighting, UAE
  • Patricia Lopez Yanez, Director, Lighting Design, Emaar Development, UAE
  • Elizabeth Valkovics, Design Director, Design Worldwide Partnership, UAE
  • Pauline Dibs, Lighting Designer, Umaya Lighting Design, UAE
  • Regina Santos, Associate, Head of Lighting Design, Godwin Austen Johnson
Sharon stammers
Elizabeth Valkovics
Regina Santos

5:00pm Closing remarks from conference Chair and invitation to The Women in Lighting evening

Programme for Integrated Building Tech Forum Thursday, 17th October, 2019

11:00am - 1:00pm | Construction, Renovation & Retrofit SESSION 1

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Latest Initiatives in ESCO in Middle East
  • Best practices of Retrofit in ME
  • Regional Retrofit success case study
  • UAE actions for a sustainable built environment
  • Energy Supply for retrofitted buildings and optimization of building energy retrofits
  • Improving Performances of Deep Renovation by Enhanced Quality Control
  • Building Information Management
  • Building Electrification: climate change and air pollution


  • H.E. Ali Al- Jassim, CEO, Etihad Energy Services, UAE
  • Tolga Candan, Head of Strategic Business Development & Sales, Al-Futtaim Engineering and
  • Technologies, UAE
  • Andrea Di Gregorio, Director - Energy Efficiency and Renewables , RAK Municipality, UAE
  • Fadi AlFaris, Business Director, Quantum Esco, UAE
  • Fahad Mohammed, Director of Facility Management, Deyaar Owners Association Management, UAE

2:00pm - 6:00pm | Intelligent Buildings SESSION 2

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Future of Digital Buildings
  • Smart Buildings: Smart Experience: ‘From Concept to Reality'
  • Buildings need to be alive before they can be smart: Towards a Next-Gen IoT Ecosystem
  • Panel 'In-Building Wireless. How connected is connected enough?'
  • The Connected Hotel Guestroom
  • Specifications for Interoperability and Systems Integration
  • Tech for the Next-Level of Design
  • A Highly-Connected Smart HVAC Program
  • Selecting and Deploying IoT Platforms on Lighting and HVAC Infrastructure
  • Connectivity: The Key to Making Your Building SMART
  • Smart Buildings for smart Businesses: How IoT Technology evolution transforms buildings into operational
  • assets
  • Simplifying IoT in Healthcare facilities and workplaces
  • Smart Buildings in the Future: Making existing buildings smarter


  • Ghanim Kashwani, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Civil Eng, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dr. Dragana Randelovic - Lecturer, Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering
  • Mahbouba Karima Al Awadhi, Sustainability Researcher, British University in Dubai, UAE

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