03 - 04 December, 2018
Hilton Kuwait Resort, Kuwait

Summit Day One: Monday, 3 December 2018

OPENING PLENARY SESSIONS

8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration, refreshments and networking

8:30 am - 8:45 am Speed networking

8:45 am - 8:50 am Welcome address from IQPC

8:50 am - 8:55 am Kuwait National Anthem and recitation from the Holy Quran

8:55 am - 9:00 am Welcome address by the Chairman

MARKET POTENTIAL: WHAT DOES 2019 HAVE IN STORE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

9:00 am - 9:05 am Visionary keynote address

. . - Undersecretary, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait

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Undersecretary
Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait

9:05 am - 9:30 am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: 4th Kuwait master plan: Latest updates, insights and future vision

Saad Muhaillbi - Director of Master Planning Department, Kuwait Municipality, Kuwait
  • Evolving vision for housing development in Kuwait
  • Evaluating opportunities for innovation in future road and bridge projects in Kuwait
  • Uncovering the ground-breaking mega projects in the region for 2019 and beyond
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Saad Muhaillbi

Director of Master Planning Department
Kuwait Municipality, Kuwait

9:30 am - 9:55 am Investment opportunities for infrastructure development

Eng. Faisal Duwaih Alatel - Chairman, Kuwait Society of Engineers, Kuwait
  • Best practices to attract investment for transport and housing projects
  • How business and government can collaborate to address emerging economic realities
  • Allocating risk in PPP models for reduced costs and effective project delivery
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Eng. Faisal Duwaih Alatel

Chairman
Kuwait Society of Engineers, Kuwait

9:55 am - 10:20 am Strategic initiatives in inclusionary housing development in the Middle East

Drs. Johan J.H. Beth - Advisor to H.E. the Minister, Ministry of Housing, Bahrain
  • The concept of place making and management
  • Inclusionary zoning and market rate housing
  • Frameworks for inclusionary housing
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Drs. Johan J.H. Beth

Advisor to H.E. the Minister
Ministry of Housing, Bahrain

10:20 am - 10:40 am Planning and optimisation of road projects to reduce delays

  • Ensuring proper planning of projects to avoid delays
  • Setting up cost-optimisation techniques during the planning stage of the projects
  • Communicating cost-optimisation techniques and implementing them to achieve best results
  • Key driving factors behind the impressive pipeline of road and bridge projects coming up in the Middle East
  • What future plans are in place to ensure the continued prominence of the housing development
  • Developing a national planning model for prioritising road investment projects on a sustainable basis
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Saad Muhaillbi

Director of Master Planning Department
Kuwait Municipality, Kuwait

Faisal Dowaih Al-Ottol

Chairman
Kuwait Society of Engineers, Kuwait

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Drs. Johan J.H. Beth

Advisor to H.E. the Minister
Ministry of Housing, Bahrain

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Susanna Zammataro

Director General
International Road Federation, Switzerland

11:10 am - 11:45 am AWARD CEREMONY: The Kuwait Infrastructure Summit Awards Ceremony will acknowledge the outstanding achievements and innovations that have contributed to infrastructure development for all stakeholders and end-users during 2018.

Categories:

  • Best Road Project 2018
  • Best Tunnel Project 2018
  • Best Bridge Project 2018
  • Best Sustainable Housing Project 2018

11:45 am - 12:00 pm Individual summit streams begin:

ROADS, BRIDGES AND HIGHWAYS

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm CHAIRPERSON
Opening address

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm CHAIRPERSON
Opening address

MOBILITY AND TRAFFIC INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING IN KUWAIT

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Mitigating congestion by considering the required traffic capacity during road planning phase
Mohsin Ali Balwan - Director of Traffic Engineering Department, Roads Projects, Roads and Transport Authority, UAE
  • Discussing road system capacity limit in Kuwait
  • Meeting the future trip demands and considering the inevitable traffic congestion problem
  • Integration of rapid transit corridors to the road system in Kuwait
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Mohsin Ali Balwan

Director of Traffic Engineering Department, Roads Projects
Roads and Transport Authority, UAE

MOBILITY AND TRAFFIC INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING IN KUWAIT

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Traffic flow modelling on the road network
  • Connecting inner city road networks to ease flow of traffic and congestion
  • Considering the specific road infrastructure challenges presented in rural areas
  • Incorporating regulatory standards to reduce blockade and allow minimal reconstruction

Reserved for Gold Sponsor

MOBILITY AND TRAFFIC INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING IN KUWAIT

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm Carrying out efficient road inspection and applying non-destructive testing methods for highway inspection
Nidal S. Odeh - Director - Transport and Infrastructures, Arcadis, Saudi Arabia
  • Understanding the benefits of ground penetrating radar
  • Going beyond non-destructive testing - how to effectively balance nondestructive and destructive methods for more accurate condition assessments
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Nidal S. Odeh

Director - Transport and Infrastructures
Arcadis, Saudi Arabia

ASSESSING THE CURRENT HOUSING REQUIREMENTS IN THE REGION

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Implementing a comprehensive strategy to deliver Kuwait’s housing requirements
Eng. Sandra Draskovic - General Manager, Kuwait Green Building Council, Kuwait
  • Examining Kuwait’s long-term housing requirements to understand the rate at which housing needs to be constructed
  • Discussing the government plans to develop projects for Kuwait’s youth
  • Examining the role of the private sector developers in delivering housing stock to reduce housing shortage
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Eng. Sandra Draskovic

General Manager
Kuwait Green Building Council, Kuwait

ASSESSING THE CURRENT HOUSING REQUIREMENTS IN THE REGION

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Master plan challenges in designing housing projects
  • Considering the consequences of road and bridge projects that lacked appropriate designs
  • Detecting flaws during early stages of development to prevent redesign, reconstruction and safety issues

Reserved for Gold Sponsor

ASSESSING THE CURRENT HOUSING REQUIREMENTS IN THE REGION

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm Affordable housing and the role of government and the private sector in the Middle East
Joaquin Perez- Goicoechea - Principal & Founding Partner, AGi Architects, Kuwait
  • Overview of affordable housing development in the region
  • Evaluating the current situation of housing provisions and frameworks within the region
  • Comparing and contrasting the contributions made to housing development by the government and private sector
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Joaquin Perez- Goicoechea

Principal & Founding Partner
AGi Architects, Kuwait

OVERCOMING DESIGN AND PLANNING CHALLENGES IN ROAD AND TUNNEL CONSTRUCTION

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm Unleashing the potential of data to make road safety a reality for all
Mohammad Najam Khan - Advisor - Bridge and Road Structures, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, UAE
  • How to collect high-quality data in a cost-saving way even in low and middleincome countries
  • How high-quality data can be used to learn and develop evidence-based interventions - whether at the policy or operational level for improving road safety
  • How to organise the capacity building for efficiently and effectively managing the road safety system
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Mohammad Najam Khan

Advisor - Bridge and Road Structures, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities
Abu Dhabi City Municipality, UAE

OVERCOMING DESIGN AND PLANNING CHALLENGES IN ROAD AND TUNNEL CONSTRUCTION

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Discovering innovative methodologies for deep excavations to improve efficiency
Dr. Fahad Sayah AL-Rukaibi - Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Kuwait College of Engineering and Petroleum
  • Tailoring the excavation support according to the excavation size and composition of soil and rock
  • Latest developments in shafts and tunnels
  • Recent project-specific examples to show solutions

Dr. Fahad Sayah AL-Rukaibi

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Kuwait College of Engineering and Petroleum

  • Undercovering challenges that arise when planning, designing and engineering urban underground space infrastructure
  • Mitigating construction risks and managing groundwater inflows
  • Tunnelling through difficult ground conditions
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Srikanth Pandurangi

Associate Director - Transport Planning, Middle East
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Kuwait

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Mohsin Ali Balwan

Director of Traffic Engineering Department, Roads Projects
Roads and Transport Authority, UAE

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Mohammad Najam Khan

Advisor - Bridge and Road Structures, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities
Abu Dhabi City Municipality, UAE

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Nidal S. Odeh

Director - Transport and Infrastructures
Arcadis, Saudi Arabia

FINANCING OF HOUSING PROJECTS

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm Manipulating mortgage regulations to protect the housing market from property price fluctuations
Dr. Adnan A. Al-Homoud - Vice Chairman of the Code Approval Committee, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait
  • Assessing the potential impact of the availability of mortgage financing on property prices
  • Restricting mortgage financing to speculators and investors to minimise the increase in house prices
  • Discussing foreign ownership regulations and the impact that this has on the housing sector
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Dr. Adnan A. Al-Homoud

Vice Chairman of the Code Approval Committee
Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait

FINANCING OF HOUSING PROJECTS

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Funding the private sector development of housing to increase housing stock in Kuwait
Loay Ghazaleh - Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary (Us), Ministry of Works, Bahrain
  • Accessing cost-effective development financing to enable profitable housing projects
  • Assessing capital market funding to reduce the cost of long-term financing
  • Exploring government grants to finance low-cost housing in Kuwait
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Loay Ghazaleh

Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary (Us)
Ministry of Works, Bahrain

  • Capitalising on the specialist expertise of governments, developers and financiers to produce cost-effective housing
  • Clearly defining the responsibilities of each partner to ensure the success of the project
  • Utilising government land banks to reduce the cost of development and increase profitability
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Joaquin Perez- Goicoechea

Principal & Founding Partner
AGi Architects, Kuwait

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Eng. Sandra Draskovic

General Manager
Kuwait Green Building Council, Kuwait

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Dr. Adnan A. Al-Homoud

Vice Chairman of the Code Approval Committee
Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait

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Loay Ghazaleh

Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary (Us)
Ministry of Works, Bahrain

2:20 pm - 2:20 pm Networking lunch and end of day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.