Future Manufacturing & Trade Summit 2017

6-7 November 2017
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Dubai, UAE


Summit Agenda

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Day 1 - 6th November 2017
08:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

09:40 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Welcome Address by the Guest of Honor

10:00 - 10:15

Updates on the “Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030” – Boosting Economic Competitiveness

  • Transforming Dubai into a leading manufacturing hub based on knowledge, innovation and sustainable industrial practices
  • Promoting environmentally-friendly and energy efficient manufacturing enhancing Dubai’s industrial status regionally and globally
  • Strategic partnerships between public and private sectors – A boost to the emirate's economy going forward


Dr. Abdulaziz Istaitieh, Senior Economic Advisor, Policy & Strategy – Socioeconomic Development Department, The Executive Council of Dubai

Dr. Abdulaziz Istaitieh
10:15 - 10:35

Made in Kizad

  • Introduction to Khalifa Port
  • Kizad; Integrated industrial, logistic and trading hub of Abu Dhabi emirate
  • Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone; 100km2 land bank


Mustafa Khdair, Senior Manager Commercial, Abu Dhabi Ports – Kizad

Mustafa Khdair
10:35 - 10:50

Spotlight on Industry 4.0 – New Industrial Revolution


Dr. Michaela Colla, Director of Industry 4.0, Volkswagen, Germany

Dr. Michaela Colla
10:50 - 11:10

Push the Borders of Future Manufacturing & Trade with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

In the new economy, successful industrials are rethinking their manufacturing strategies by leveraging the power of digital to combine performance and innovation in order to achieve excellence. The extensive use of digital technologies allows them to develop new usages and services, virtualize their entire industrial systems to innovate and learn, implement digital continuity from consumers to producers… and even beyond. 
However, if technologies are critical to ensure continuous improvement of the performance, humans are central to imagine tomorrow and drive the change to fit. 
In this context, the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform has a unique value proposition to drive the industry transformation and to “connect the disconnect”, namely machines, objects and people.


Olivier Leteurtre, Managing Director, Dassault Systemes EUROWEST, France

Olivier Leteurtre
11:10 - 11:20

Intelligent Manufacturing: A Focus on Energy Management

  • How can manufacturers embrace green and sustainable technologies supporting UAE’s 2050 energy initiative to reduce the environmental impact of operations and cut operating costs?
  • Pursuing energy efficiency at all levels of production is very expensive: Overcoming the first hurdle
  • Can we achieve an energy efficient manufacturing process if manufacturers could form a synergy with technology?


Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO

Ali Al Jassim
11:20 - 11:40

Smart Asset Management & Financing – A Critical Guide to Economic Progress in the GCC Market

  • Enhancing lean principles & processes using effective asset management strategies
  • Corporate finance essentials in the Middle East
  • Overview of GCC law & ensuring that your business interests are protected
  • Discussion topic: Challenges faced by the UAE manufacturing industry
11:40 - 11:55

Q&A Session

11:55 - 12:40


12:40 - 13:00

Orchestrating Connected Factories in Emerging Markets

Industry 4.0 has triggered an extensive digital transformation across leading global industries, and emerging markets are included in this manufacturing revolution. Leading players are already reaping the benefits of digitalizing their functions and processes. For developed markets like Europe and USA, the adoption of Industry 4.0 means regaining manufacturing competitiveness. Emerging markets have a lot to gain from these solutions, too, as they offer a means to move up the value chain in spite of a rising cost of labor. In the Middle East, companies report to be making substantial investments in digitalization initiatives, and this is translating into increasingly advanced levels of connectivity, efficiency and integration. Industry 4.0 is also helping to create highly evolved manufacturing eco-systems, leading to job creation for a new, young and tech-savvy workforce.


Amit Kumar Srivastava, General Manager & Regional Head for APAC and Middle East, Bosch
Mustafa Ayhan, IoT/Industry 4.0 Coordinator, Bosch

Amit Kumar Srivastava Mustafa Ayhan
13:00 - 13:20

Understanding the Drawbacks and Complexities of Retrofitting – Weighing the Pros and Cons

  • Upgrading legacy systems is budget friendly solution but do you have to compromise on utilizing next gen technologies and automation?
  • Understanding how integration of new equipments or softwares with older machinery works
  • If it works, don’t mess with it! Changing the reluctance attitude
13:20 - 13:40

The Italian Way of New “Paradigm of Industrial Innovation”

In a world where the competition is without borders, this presentation will help you know more on the Italian approach to Industry 4.0 with some successful case studies.


Francesco Alfieri, Founder and CEO, Taiprora, Italy

Francesco Alfieri
13:40 - 14:00

Setting up the Factory of the Future

  • Practical approach to setup a smart factory
  • Role of automation & robotics
  • Role of IoT in manufacturing space
  • Quality control to ensure high level of customer satisfaction


Nikhil Padhi, Manager – Business Technology (Manufacturing), SunPower, USA

Nikhil Padhi
14:00 - 14:20

Industrial Robots – The Future Recruits Fueling the Next Wave of Transformation in Manufacturing

  • Is the industry gearing up for higher growth with automation and robots
  • A tech-savvy smart workforce VS the rise of the robots OR is it going to be “Human-centric manufacturing” – A synchronization between man and machine
  • What about SME’s – Do they lack capital or skilled resources?
14:20 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30


Day 2 - 7th November 2017
08:20 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:15

A Smarter and More Competitive Approach to Manufacturing


Richard Allbert, Product Owner, Smart Manufacturing, Pirelli, Italy

Richard Allbert
09:15 - 09:55

Panel Discussion: Towards Energy Efficient Industries

Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO
Aref Abouzahr, Executive Director, TAQATI - Dubai Energy Efficiency Program
Armando Dominioni, Senior Manager, Regulations, Shams Dubai
Christos Mimikopoulos, Executive Director, Etihad Solar
Mohammed Al Kamali, Deputy CEO, Dubai Exports
Vinesh Bhimani, Director Manager, Kimoha

Ali Al Jassim Aref Abouzahr Armando Dominioni Christos Mimikopoulos Mohammed Al Kamali Vinesh Bhimani
09:55 - 10:35

Panel Discussion: Supply Chain Excellence – Seeing Beyond the Plant

  • Manufacturers thrive on operational excellence but when it comes to transport and logistics can third party perspective complement a positive change?
  • How to reduce costs and improve service by creating an integrated and effective transportation management program
  • Can “Smart operations” empower manufacturers resolve issues in supply chain faster – Is this the new key to manufacturing excellence

George Paraskevadis, Logistics Director, Johnson & Johnson, UAE
Krishna Raj, General Manager & Head - MENA & CIS, Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Kunal Gupta, Director - Supply Chain, Bateel International, UAE
Mark Heald, Head of Supply Chain, Al Ghurair Foods
Mozzamil Zakki, Supply Chain Manager, Al Rawabi Dairy
Omer Awan, AP Supply Chain leader, Procter & Gamble, UAE

George Paraskevadis Krishna Raj Kunal Gupta Mark Heald Mozzamil Zakki Omer Awan
10:35 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:40

Mobility in Manufacturing – Playing the Game Changing Role in Improving Operations and Minimizing Downtime

  • Are manufacturers in the region still far behind in moving to mobile operations? Is it the cost to upgrade or challenging plant conditions?
  • What technologies and capabilities should you consider before creating a mobility strategy in your plant?
  • Integrating mobile technology with legacy equipment – Addressing the key challenge
11:40 - 12:00

Applying New Technology within Existing Business Process Frameworks – How Machine Learning can Bring Operation Excellence

  • Equipping finance, operations & supply chain teams to better manage factory and demand side constraints by delivering more relevant data
  • How manufacturers can accomplish better manufacturing intelligence contributing to greater six sigma performances
  • Knowing where to start – The key to unlocking the benefits of machine learning
12:00 - 12:40

Panel Discussion: Driving Operational Excellence – The Benefits of Integrating Core Improvement Programmes into the Company Culture

  • How Kaizen/lean concepts & methodologies has changed the landscape of manufacturing
  • Do manufacturers understand the need to create a culture of continuous improvement at all levels to improve processes and quality?
  • What are the challenges in adopting lean manufacturing principles and how can it transform organisations into high performing enterprises?

Dr. Ahmad Wassim Al Gendy, Head of Manufacturing Excellence, Al Khaleej Sugar
Efe Akinci, Manufacturing Excellence Manager, Unilever, UAE
Fazila Quaid, Regional Lean Manufacturing Manager - IMEA, Henkel, UAE
Neil Gokhale, Group Engineering Lead, Fosroc International, UAE

Dr. Ahmad Wassim Al Gendy Efe Akinci Fazila Quaid Neil Gokhale
12:40 - 13:20

Panel Discussion: Big Data as a Bridge between Departments – Strengthening the CIO, CDO, CTO and COO Connection in the Modern Manufacturing World

  • Leading the digital transformation journey – Fusing IT, data & operations to improve manufacturing and operational efficiency
  • Addressing the ongoing tug-of-war between CIO’s and CTO’s – Creating a common ground around improving process, product, quality & supply chain
  • Creating a win together – Driving the collaboration culture and creating a brand identity with digital transformation

Delel Chaabouni, Chief Information Officer - Middle East & North Africa, Pepsico, UAE
Dr. Mudhafar Ismiel, Head of MIS and Business Intelligence, Julphar
Muhammad Reeza Isaacs, Head of IT Department, Al Ain Farms for Livestock Production
Neeraj Verma, Senior Manager Business Intelligence, Enterprise Mobility & Innovation, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), UAE
Shumon Zaman, Vice President, Information Systems, Technology & Business Optimisation, Lamprell PLC, UAE

Delel Chaabouni Dr. Mudhafar Ismiel Muhammad Reeza Isaacs Neeraj Verma Shumon Zaman
13:20 - 13:40

Industrial Security – Protecting Networks, Facilities and Systems

  • Fortifying your connected enterprise in a fast-changing threat landscape
  • Manufacturers should increase their IT budgets to overcome the disconnect between high presence of threats and the industry’s limited spending on cyber security
  • Manufacturing sector must strive for a cyber threat resistance – After all isn’t prevention better than cure?
13:40 - 13:55


13:55 - 14:55


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