Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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Harj Dhaliwal

Managing Director, Middle East and India
Virgin Hyperloop One

Harj Dhaliwal oversees all customer activity and projects for Virgin Hyperloop One in the Middle East and India. With over 35 years of civil engineering experience, he has a proven track record for managing mega rail and infrastructure projects in complex challenging environments around the world. He began his career as a contractor, moved into consulting and has held senior management roles in global client and consulting organizations. Harj has spent the last 22 years in the development, delivery, and management of heavy rail, light rail, and metro projects including PPP, PFI and D&B projects across Europe and the Middle East. Notably, he was the Programme Director for the delivery and operation of the first national heavy railway in the UAE - Etihad Rail. Prior to Virgin Hyperloop One, Harj was the Senior Vice President for the International Rail, Transit and Systems business at Parsons Corporation where he was responsible for some of the largest and most complex rail and metro projects in the world and led a team of over 450 staff. Prior to joining Parsons in 2012, Harj led the development of several multibillion- euro rail and transit programs in the UK and Ireland. Harj is a Chartered Civil Engineer, member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Member of the UK Engineering Council, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Nottingham Trent University, UK. Harj is based in Virgin Hyperloop One’s Dubai office.


Sessions of the speaker

25-MAR-2020

25-MAR-2020

10:00 – 11:30

According to the United Nations ‘World Urbanisation Prospects’ report published in 2014, 75% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by the year 2050. Currently, 54% of the global population is located in cities. Between now and 2020, the global urban population is expected to jump by about 1.84% per year.
- Population boom and urbanisations puts a lot of strain on resources & calls for smart cities with meticulously urban design to promote efficiency, eco-friendly and sustainability.  
- Transforming traditional cities to smart cities and their challenges.
- Identifying solutions to combat security issues
- Building the trust of smart city citizens
- Building smart cities with safety and intelligent mobility.  
- Future of Autonomous and Electric Cars and its impact.
- How will future mobility impact the residents of tomorrow's smart cities?
- Traffic Management: Top priority for many smart cities 

10:00 – 10:05

Introduction

Speakers:
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Miguel Eiras Antunes
Global Smart Cities & Local Government Leader
Deloitte

10:05 – 10:20

Keynote Address

Speakers:
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Caspar Herzberg
President, Middle East & Africa
Schneider Electric

10:20 – 10:35

Keynote Address

Speakers:
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Lacina Kone
Director General
Smart Africa

10:35 – 11:25

Panel Discussion: Smart Cities & need for Smart Mobility & Smart Infrastructure: the future of urban development

Speakers:
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Hugues Parant
Chief Executive Officer
Euroméditerranée Public Urban and Economic Development Agency
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Harj Dhaliwal
Managing Director, Middle East and India
Virgin Hyperloop One
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Karen K Burns
Co-Founder & CEO
Visory
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Alan Williams
Vice President Expo 2020 Sponsorship & Operations
UPS

11:25 – 11:30