Dr. David Fisher graduated with Honors from the School of Architecture in Florence. He lectured in the School of Engineering and at the Department of Restoration of Historical Landmarks at the same University. As a young architect he was in charge of the renovation of Roman Archeological sites and Renaissance churches.
Later on, he designed residential buildings, schools and hotels in Italy and overseas.
In the mid-eighties he became involved in the application of different construction methods in New York, then setting up and managing large industrial facilities.
Fisher designed industries and large hospitality buildings, getting later involved in construction management in several countries.
He built concrete domes with the unique “Binishells” technology and later developed unique industrialized integrated construction method that he applied in several locations, such as Paris, London, Moscow, Miami, Dubai and Hong Kong.
He cannot be considered an architect in the traditional sense.
Dr. Fisher has a 360-degree experience in the world of architecture and building from teaching to designing, from project development to construction management. He has been redefining the technological extremes of buildings in several cities for over three decades.
In the last two decades he took part in many scientific events and lectured in a number of Universities in Europe, America and Asia.
Dr. Fisher believes that dynamic architecture stands for sustainability and architecture stands for Logic.
His Dynamic Towers are the world first building in motion bringing building to another level of sustainability.
Dr. Fisher's professional activity has always been focused on two concepts: an industrial approach, involving the use of prefabricated units, and dynamic architecture, where the traditional three-dimensional design meets a fourth dimension: Time.
With his Dynamic Tower’s invention, he is transforming time to herald a new era of architecture.
Ali Al Jassim, Acting CEO of Etihad Energy Services and holder of bachelors of science in Civil Engineering, Masters of business administration with honours and a PhD in Business Management, has 21 years of experience in leading roles delivering programs and projects. Ali held top positions in both public and private sector entities such as Head of follow-up and development office at the Dubai Municipality, Acting CEO & Director of Drivers Licensing at RTA and General Manager of Qeyadah Driving Solutions.
Michele joined Zaha Hadid Architects in 2004 and immediately started working on award-winning projects such as the Glasgow Riverside Musem in Scotland, the CMA CGM Headquarters in Marseilles and the new Architecture Foundation building in London.
Michele studied architecture at the University of Naples and has a Master of Architecture degree from the Architectural Association (AA) in London. He is a registered architect in both the United Kingdom and Italy. Having worked on a number of the practice major residential developments, Michele has developed a strong skill-set in digital fabrication and BIM applications.
Through the course of his career, Michele has led several competition winning schemes including the design of two super tall towers and a cultural center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Chartres Expo Centre in France. He also led the team for the Egypt Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. As a Project Director, Michele has worked on the d’Leedon residential complex in Singapore, completed in October 2014. The complex comprises 7 high-end 150 metre residential towers with landscape deck and gardens and received the World Gold Award for Residential High-Rise at the FIABCI World Prix D’Excellence Awards 2016.
Currently, Michele is leading a number of projects across East Asia and Oceania, including: 600 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia; the City of Dreams Hotel complex in Macau; the Pangu retail and residential development in Beijing; a Documentation Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Mariner’s Cove in the Gold Coast and the Cairo Expo City in Egypt. Michele has also contributed his talent to the design of a number of the ZHA’s product and furniture pieces such as the Flow Vase, Dune Formations furniture system and the Zaha Hadid Exhibition in Padua, Italy.
Recognized for his groundbreaking scientific work in academic and industry circles, Dr. Faza heads all technical research & development operations at MMFX. In addition, he serves as President of MMFX Steel DMCC, where he focuses on expanding product sales and technology commercialization in the Middle East markets.
During Dr. Faza’s more than 30 years of experience in the concrete industry, he has specialized in conventional and advanced reinforcing products, and has been involved in the development and code acceptance of advanced reinforcing products nationally and internationally. His contributions to the company’s engineering and specification efforts include leading the development and acceptance of the newest ASTM reinforcing bar specification for high-strength steel (ASTM A1035). Currently, Dr. Faza is coordinating code development for concrete designs with MMFX ChromX rebars.
As a member of the American Concrete Institute, Dr. Faza serves on the ACI 439 steel reinforcing committee. He is also an active member of the American Society of Testing Materials and serves on several of its committees, along with NACE International and the American Society of Civil Engineering. He has planned, supervised and coordinated all phases of application engineering, including research programs, at more than 20 institutions worldwide.
Dr. Faza holds a Ph.D. from West Virginia University in advanced composite applications in construction, with an emphasis on rebar for concrete application, design and analysis.
Abhishek Chhabra represents Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants, a Dubai-based, multi-accredited, privately held engineering firm providing independent Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) services. The company has helped construction industry achieve quality and safety compliances in the region since 1995.
An engineer and a PG in finance, Abhishek Chhabra has been advocating the need for testing, inspections and certifications for improved safety and quality in various industries for most of the last 15 years. Along with helping certification bodies expand their horizon of business in the last decade, he has also been writing articles and presenting at various forums about mandatory and voluntary quality and safety compliances. He is currently responsible for the company’s fire compliance business.
Dr. Derek Skolnik is a Project Manager within the Open Systems & Services Division of Kinemetrics Inc., a leading seismic technology, solutions, and Services Company. For the past 10+ years, his academic and professional experience includes the design, development, and implementation of structural monitoring system solutions for enabling smart buildings and business continuity for earthquakes.
Dr. Skolnik’s expertise in applications of instrumentation technology, post-event assessment, and structural engineering has earned Kinemetrics a reputation with a client base from over 90 countries. Some notable projects in the UAE include: Burj Khalifa, World Trade Center Dubai, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, ADNOC Headquarters and World Trade Center Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Skolnik has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and has given over 20 presentations at international conferences on his work related to structural earthquake monitoring and business continuity.
Biju Krishnankutty has a masters degree in Organic Chemistry & Coating Technology from University Department of Chemical Technology, Mumbai University.
Biju has 21 years of experience in Composite & Coating Industry working with multinational companies such as Scott Bader & Asian Paints.
Biju is currently working as a Technical, Quality & Product Manager at Scott Bader Middle East Ltd in Dubai and has extensive experience in Product Development, Quality Assurance and Product Management related to Low Flame, Low Smoke & Low Toxicity matched composite system.
Biju has hands on practical experience working very closely with the composite manufacturing companies to improve their operational capabilities & designing tailor made products meeting various international and local fire standards.
Bashar Kassab is responsible for the Facilities Management operations for the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall.
He works at Emaar Properties as the Director for HFM. He has graduated from Al Mosul University in Iraq with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and from Heriot Watt University with Masters of Science in Facilities Management. He also holds multiple professional certifications such as Six Sigma Blackbelt, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Lead Auditor ISO 50001, Reliability centered Maintenance Facilitator, as well as certificates in strategic planning and thinking.
Since 2003 he has had a wide experience in building design & construction while working with important consultants and contracting companies and the main developers in the UAE and the region. In 2011 he moved into Facilities management business where he became the facilities manager for The Dubai Mall. In 2012 he moved to Manage the FM in Burj Khalifa as a Senior FM Manager and then as a Director Managing Both the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa FM operations.
Paul Drayton is a Chartered Structural Engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience in design and building construction. He currently holds the position of Head of Structures, UAE with AECOM in the Middle East. Paul has in-depth knowledge of all stages of the design and construction process from concept, scheme and detailed design through tender, construction, construction documentation, construction management and site supervision. His broad project experience encompasses healthcare, tall towers, large roofs, retail, hotel, commercial, residential, institutional, educational, railway stations and mixed-use developments. He has worked on projects of all scales and complexity in the Middle East, UK, Europe and Botswana.
CHRIS JONES is Partner of 10 DESIGN. He has over 18 years of international experience on major projects throughout the Middle East, Asia, the UK, and the US. He has lived and worked in New York, London, Istanbul, Edinburgh, and is currently based in Dubai.
Chris has extensive experience of the design, delivery, and management of projects across all stages.
These include mixed-use developments, master planning, residential, retail, commercial, education, and civic projects. He has worked with a wide variety of clients including international developers, private clients, government bodies, and universities and college trusts.
His current role is principal client liaison across all projects in the Middle East. He works closely with design leadership teams to establish project direction and interfaces with clients and other consultants to ensure that project proceeds in accordance with clients’ goals.
Presently in the region, he has been managing the design and delivery of landmark mixed use projects with Meraas, Al Barari, Emaar, Al Mana, and TDIC.
Ben Piper is a Design Director with 17 years of professional experience in architecture (based in Dubai for last 10 years). He is an experienced team leader with an excellent ability to work across varying disciplines and cultures. He has worked with a variety of global practices including Gensler, Halcrow, Atkins & Perkins + Will in designing hotel, residential and mixed-use developments in the Middle East, India, China, US and the UK.
Ben established the Perkins + Will Architectural Design Studio for the Middle East and North Africa and has since moved on to help establish Killa Design, a new Architectural Studio in Dubai. Significant wins in the hospitality and residential sector have included the Diplomatic Quarter Hotel and serviced apartment project in Riyadh (Marriot), The BLVD Heights Project; a 45 story residential twin tower for Emaar located in the Burj district.
While at his previous firm (Atkins) Ben was the lead architect for ‘The BLVD Address Hotel’ (5-star hotel and serviced apartment building for Emaar (under construction in Dubai), lead architect for the Namaste ‘W Hotel’ (300 key hotel for Starwood Group, under construction in Mumbai) and lead architect for the ITC Office Headquarters (LEED platinum project for 10,000 IT workers under construction in Bangalore).
Ben has been involved in a number of projects in China, UAE and Saudi Arabia - acting as the primary representative for Halcrow in a Shanghai-based joint venture. In the Middle East, Ben led master planning proposals for various Dubai-based developers and was involved in the design of a major retail mall/masterplan for the Dubai International Financial Centre. Ben took a leading role in the Meraas Jumeirah Garden City, a 5 km² redevelopment of central Dubai (2009), the development of 2 km² mixed use development in Riyadh (2010) and a 3 km² scale masterplan in Jeddah (2011).
Ben holds several technology patents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology based on his research into the field of computational design tools. He has an expert understanding of REVIT and other software that support the efficient production of fully coordinated design packages. As a LEED Accredited Professional Ben is deeply committed to sustainable design and has implemented numerous energy, water and waste saving principles into his design work (see LEED Platinum Office Tower, Bangalore). He regularly presents his work at a variety of international conferences including The World Architecture Festival, The Middle East Architecture Awards, The Council for Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat and The India Hotel Investment Forum. He continues to be invited to speak about his work at other leading conferences and universities around the world.
Peter is a Fire Safety Engineer with over 30 years experience in the Sector. As an Associate Director at BuroHappold, Peter co-ordinates the Asia, India and Middle East consultancy activities in addition to developing fire strategies and fire systems analysis for projects. His career started in the UK in an operational role with the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service. Following a serious injury at a high-rise fire he moved into specialising in Fire Safety Engineering. Peter is actively involved with promoting international best practice within the industry and has been instrumental in setting up a branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers in the Middle East (GCC UAE Branch) where he is currently the Branch President.
After completing her education from the School of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah, Farah decided to start her career at EDGE and develop her skills under the leadership of EDGE Founding Partners Ivar Krasinski - Design Director and Martin Baerschmidt - Managing Director.
During her career, she has worked on projects such as King Abdullah Economic City and Luxury Dubai Residential Tower 1/JBR.
Having a deep understanding of both projects; Farah will share with the audience her findings and expertise gathered from the time of working on both skyscrapers.
After completing his education from the School of Architecture at the University of Belgrade, Nenad decided to start his career at EDGE and develop his skills under the leadership of EDGE Founding Partners Ivar Krasinski - Design Director and Martin Baerschmidt - Managing Director.
During his career, He has worked on projects such as King Abdullah Economic City and Luxury Dubai Residential Tower 1/JBR.
Having a deep understanding of both projects; Nenad will share with the audience his findings and expertise gathered from the time of working on both skyscrapers.
Jens has over 24 years’ experience in the design and documentation of a wide range of structures throughout 24 countries, from seismic retrofit in Nepal and Iran, Towers in Europe, Africa and in the Middle East, Sports Stadiums in Azerbaijan, Multi Arenas in Europe to large scale commercial and residential developments in the GCC countries.
Jens has particular expertise in high-rise structures, precast building systems and building physics. Jens has experience with exanimating as well as mentoring master and PhD students at university level in relation to research and development projects.
Michael is a Partner in our Corporate and M&A practice with a strong focus on insurance & reinsurance, based in our DIFC offices in Dubai. He has gained hands on experience in the Middle East and North Africa Region having practiced in the UAE for over eleven years and supervised the organic growth of BSA into the five countries in which it now operates.
Michael’s specific areas of experience include directors and officers duties under UAE and DIFC laws, setting up of insurance and reinsurance companies in the GCC, business acquisitions in the energy sector, joint ventures in various industries and deregistration of commercial agencies.
Michael heads a team of eight corporate lawyers who are involved in corporate and regulatory advice in relation to all aspects of corporate law, including cross-border business transactions, real estate, insurance and mergers and acquisitions in the UAE, Iraq, Oman and Lebanon.
Farah Naz is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) registered with Engineering Council, UK with over 13 years’ international experience in UK, USA and UAE. Farah’s work encompasses architectural design, environmentally-conscious projects, city level urban planning, energy master planning and delivery management. Previously she worked as a technical specialist in building performance evaluation, passive and low energy design, energy-efficient retrofit and inclusive design projects in UK and USA.
Her current work focuses on Sustainability & Health and Wellbeing Agenda for smart cities, city resilience, adopting concepts of Biomimicry and Liveability for delivering future cities in the Middle East. Her award winning projects include Zero Carbon Building “Ashmount Primary School”, which won a RIBA Sustainable Buildings’ Award winning project in 2015. Previously she worked to develop Green city initiatives with the Copenhagen Government and sustainable policy level work.
Farah is a Sustainability Associate with BuroHappold Engineering Consulting, Dubai UAE and is currently working on iconic projects like EXPO 2020 Sustainability Pavilion, Museum of the Future, Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, BEE’ah Headquarters, King Abdul Aziz Centre for innovation, KSA and Masdar City. Farah is a board member of the Emirates Green building Council (EGBC), Member of CIBSE Resilient Cities Group and CIBSE Council, UK. She brings in an Eco conscious architectural design approach to an engineering solution.
Kevin is the Head of Commissioning for KEO Sustainability. Kevin has a thirty-year career in sustainable design, planning and engineering in the United States, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He founded two leading sustainable design firms in India and Singapore, which worked on pioneering green buildings in residential, commercial and industrial sectors across Asia. Kevin was also a Fulbright Scholar of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India’s premier environmental think tank, where he helped develop India’s indigenous green building rating system. Kevin has been a consultant on over one hundred green buildings in the US, India, and most recently in Singapore, where he was a part of the environmentally sustainable design (ESD) team for the top internationally-ranked School of Architecture at the National University of Singapore.
Kevin is a thought-leader, an academic and educator in the field of sustainable design, engineering, environmentalism and urbanism. He presented at conferences on smart buildings and cities, green schools, and energy-efficient retrofitting.
Kevin has a Master’s Degree in City Planning from MIT, and lives with his family in Abu Dhabi.
Firas Hnoosh has over 17 years of professional design experience, and has held design director roles for the Abu Dhabi practices of two large international architectural firms. His strong commercial & institutional building portfolio includes projects such as The National Bank of Abu Dhabi Global HQ on Al Maryah Island, the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal in Mina Zayed for the ADPC, a large mixed-use development in Dubai for Majid Al-Futtaim Group, Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 42-storey mixed-use residential and hotel tower in east London at the Olympic Village and a large retail center in Bahrain Bay in Manama. Hnoosh has also designed various commercial, and mixed-use buildings which currently under construction in the U.K., U.A.E., Ireland, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Italy, Qatar and Egypt.
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