Future Manufacturing & Trade Summit 2017

6-7 November 2017
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Dubai, UAE


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Day 1 - 6th November 2017
07:30 - 09:00


09:40 - 09:45

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group,
President Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman Dubai Airports

09:45 - 09:55


09:55 - 10:00

Welcome Speech


H.E. Sami Al Qamzi, Director General, Dubai Economy

H.E. Sami Al Qamzi
10:00 - 10:20

Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 – Boosting Economic Competitiveness

  • Transforming Dubai into a leading manufacturing hub based on knowledge, innovation and sustainable industrial practices
  • Promoting economic diversification enhancing Dubai’s industrial status regionally and globally
  • The manufacturing sector ex-ante and ex-post the strategy – A boost to the emirate's economy going forward
  • Highlighting the performance of the manufacturing sector in 2016 and key achievements of Dubai Industrial Strategy after one year of implementation


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

Dr. Abdulaziz Istaitieh
10:20 - 10:40

Get Connected to the Business World with KIZAD’s New Standards for Industrial Zone Infrastructure, Environment and Operation

  • 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
10:40 - 11:00

Spotlight on Industry 4.0 – New Industrial Revolution

  • Megatrends for the future of societies and companies
  • The challenge: Industry 4.0 as a cross-functional approach
  • Success factors for cross-functional industry 4.0


Dr. Michaela Colla, Director - Industry 4.0, Volkswagen

Dr. Michaela Colla
11:00 - 11:20

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 Systèmes EUROWEST

Olivier Leteurtre
11:20 - 11:30

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
11:30 - 11:50

Digital Transformation with Digital Twins

A practical approach to utilize digital transformation to address industry challenges, related to process, equipment and people


Luc Geerts, Senior Director - Consulting Solutions, Schneider Electric

Luc Geerts
11:50 - 12:35


12:35 - 12:55

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 ecosystems, leading to job creation for a new, young and tech-savvy workforce.


Mustafa Ayhan, IoT and Industry 4.0 Coordinator, Bosch

Mustafa Ayhan
12:55 - 13:15

The Connected Enterprise


Gert Thoonen, Business Development, Network & Security Services – ME, Rockwell Automation

Gert Thoonen
13:15 - 13:35

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

Francesco Alfieri
13:35 - 13:55

Factories of the Future: Intelligent, Digitized & Automated – Ready or Not?

  • Journey of factories over years
  • Disruptive trends in digital manufacturing
  • Our company’s journey to set up smart factories
  • Quality control to ensure high level of customer satisfaction


Nikhil Padhi, Manager - Business Technology (Manufacturing), SunPower

Nikhil Padhi
13:55 - 14:15

Automated Storage Solutions that Work for Manufacturing

The talk will discuss the current deeply entrenched concept of running a factory FG, or RM/PM warehouse in the Middle East where throwing in enough cheap labor is perceived as a remedy sufficient to respond to growing production volumes. The talk argues that this being a short-term stop-gap measure seems appropriate for only businesses unsure of its future growth or else complacent with the current status quo. Businesses feeling comfortable in the chosen market niche and steadily enjoying increasing revenues sooner or later should come to realization that usage of smart warehouse technologies is the way to respond to new challenges that come with the business growth.


Andrey Kras, Account Manager, Daifuku

Andrey Kras
14:15 - 14:20


14:20 - 15:20


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


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:20

(R)Evolution of Virtual Production Systems

  • What is virtual prototyping and how it is being introduced in production machine components?
  • How to break up the disharmony of models used in different design domains by providing semantic connectivity and explorative analysis
  • The need of operative tools, namely process maps and visual design apps which are targeted to get more skilled developers and operators


Dr.-Ing. Toufik Khawli, Post-doctoral Fellow - Aerospace Research & Innovation Center, Khalifa University

Dr.-Ing. Toufik Khawli
09:20 - 09:50

Panel Discussion: Towards Energy Efficient Industries

  • Retrofitting as a tool for energy efficiency
  • Going the extra mile with solar rooftops
  • Customized retrofitting and solar solutions for the industrial sector
  • Incentives to encourage Dubai industries to become more energy efficient

Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO
Aref Abouzahr, Executive Director, TAQATI - Dubai Energy Efficiency Program
Armando Dominioni, Senior Manager - Regulations, DEWA
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
09:50 - 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
Krishna Raj, General Manager & Head - MENA & CIS, Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Kunal Gupta, Director - Supply Chain, Bateel International
Mark Heald, Head - Supply Chain, Al Ghurair Foods
Mozzamil Zakki, Supply Chain Manager, Al Rawabi Dairy
Omer Awan, AP Supply Chain Leader, Procter & Gamble

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


11:20 - 11:40

A Smarter and More Competitive Approach to Manufacturing

  • Are we really being smart in our approach to data? Having data is not the end goal
  • Is your organization really ready to adapt and adopt change quickly? What we have learned, and what the manufacturing industry needs to change in its approach to IoT
  • Digital marketing or digital transformation in manufacturing – What’s the difference?


Richard Allbert, Product Owner - Smart Manufacturing, Pirelli

Richard Allbert
11:40 - 12:00

MES – Taking Steps to a Smart Manufacturing Future

  • MES: Ensuring a sustainable, smart manufacturing journey
  • Platform for 4.0 – Collecting data for improved efficiency and analysis
  • Preparing today for the digital future


Martyn Gill, Business Development Director - EMEA, Lighthouse Systems

Martyn Gill
12:00 - 12:45

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?

Neil Gokhale, Group Engineering Lead, Fosroc International
Fazila Quaid, Regional Lean Manufacturing Manager - IMEA, Henkel
Efe Akinci, Manufacturing Excellence Manager, Unilever
Dr. Ahmad Wassim Al Gendy, Head - Manufacturing Excellence, Al Khaleej Sugar
Dr. Souraj Salah, Business Process Improvement Manager, Juma Al Majid Group
Amit Nisal, Manager - Operational Excellence, M.A.H.Y. Khoory & Co.

Neil Gokhale Fazila Quaid Efe Akinci Dr. Ahmad Wassim Al Gendy Dr. Souraj Salah Amit Nisal
12:45 - 13:30

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 CIOs and CTOs – 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
Dr. Mudhafar Ismiel, Head - MIS and Business Intelligence, Julphar
Haytham Omar, Supply Chain & Business Intelligence, American University in the Emirates
Muhammad Reeza Isaacs, Head - IT Department, Al Ain Farms for Livestock Production
Neeraj Verma, Senior Manager - Business Intelligence, Enterprise Mobility & Innovation, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)
Richard Allbert, Product Owner - Smart Manufacturing, Pirelli

Delel Chaabouni Dr. Mudhafar Ismiel Haytham Omar Muhammad Reeza Isaacs Neeraj Verma Richard Allbert
13:30 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:40


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6-7 November 2017

Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Dubai, UAE

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