Leadership Seminar: Advancing Water Infrastructure with Digital Solutions

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Time: 02:30 PM UAE Time
Duration: 1 hr 45mints

Summary: Learn how industry leaders are leveraging digital technologies for a sustainable and efficient water future in the Middle East. Gain insights into innovative strategies, case studies, and practical solutions addressing the challenges of water scarcity, aging infrastructure, and technology advancements.


Slavco Velickov

Slavco Velickov
Director | Global Advancement Water Industry
Bentley Systems

Slavco Velickov joined Bentley in 2006 as an industry sales director for utilities and water. Currently he works as an advancement director for the water industry and heads up a team of enterprise sales professionals that deliver Bentley’s water digital twin solution globally. Slavco further develops new markers and business opportunities with strategic partners and alliances. He is a chartered engineer and has over 25 years of experience in the water industry in all phases of infrastructure projects development, financing, and implementation. Slavco holds a bachelor’s degree in civil hydraulic engineering with post graduate specializations in hydro-informatics and business development. His Ph.D. is from the Technical University in Delft, The Netherlands.

Dr. Ahmad Faeq M. Salih

Dr. Ahmad Faeq M. Salih
Vice President | Operational Excellence and Knowledge Management
Khatib & Alami

Dr. Salih, a top-ranked thought leader by Thinkers360, is currently the VP of Knowledge Management and Operational Excellence at Khatib and Alami PTE in Singapore. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Digital Leadership and Digital Strategy at Heriot-Watt University and Grenoble Ecole de Management. With expertise in leadership, Cultural Intelligence, entrepreneurship, and digital transformation, Dr. Salih strategically implements digital platforms to foster knowledge sharing and curates communities of practice. He excels as a cultural transformation architect, delivering efficiency and profitability gains. In academia, Dr. Salih is a published author and course leader in leadership and digital business strategy, making significant contributions to digital leadership and cultural intelligence.

Ahmed Gebreel

Ahmed Gebreel
Team Lead | Infrastructure & Utilities
Ras Al Khaimah Municipality Department

Ahmed Gebreel is a seasoned professional in the field of infrastructure and utilities. With an impressive career spanning over 15 years in esteemed organizations, he has played a pivotal role in orchestrating the successful execution of significant urban infrastructure and mixed-use development projects, catering to both public and private sector clients across the Middle East. During his professional career in Dorsch, Parsons, Aecom, and, most recently, RAK Municipality, Ahmed has garnered extensive and diverse experience in managing and designing complex infrastructure planning and development projects, from strategic initiatives to intricate design details.

Bandar M. Alshammari

Bandar M. Alshammari
Director | Engineering
The National Water Company (NWC)

Engineering and operation management, international business, microeconomics & financial engineering.


14:30 - Welcome Note

14:35 - 15:00 - Bentley Systems opening address: Current state of the water industry

  • Balancing water scarcity and rising demand
  • Challenges of aging infrastructure
  • Impact of technological advancements

15:00 - 15:45 - Panel discussion

How can digital technologies overcome challenges and improve Middle East water infrastructure sustainability and efficiency

  • Economic Efficiency: Access how digital technologies can optimise resource allocation and reduce operational costs in Middle East water infrastructure.
  • Environmental Impact: Understand what role do digital tools play in achieving environmental sustainability goals and minimizing the carbon footprint of water systems.
  • Operational Resilience: Learn how digital twins and connected data environments can enhance the resilience and efficiency of Middle East water infrastructure.

15:45 - 16:05 - Overview of possible solutions to the challenges and the impact: Case studies and use cases from Bentley Systems

  • Practical solutions: Bentley Systems' impact
  • Efficiency gains through digital technologies
  • Sustainability achievements in water industry

16:05-16:15 – Q&A session & Closing address

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