BCC AD Members: AED 85
Guests: AED 125
BCC AD Members: AED 85
Guests: AED 125
Solution Architect at Tahaluf
Mohamad Al Solh is a passionate advocate of Smart Cities and IoT and has extensive research experience in these domains along with over 15 years of experience in the software industry. At Tahaluf, he is working closely with the IoT, Low Code and BPM technology teams to support the company's product roadmap and map the client and prospect’s requirements to the appropriate product or service that Tahaluf can offer through digital transformation and sustainable technology solutions.
Tahaluf Al Emarat Technical Solutions is a leading technology solutions provider, creating a future of possibilities in the UAE and beyond with a focus on AI and IoT solutions that enables smart cities to support a sustainable and greener future. Tahaluf has various IoT and AI solutions related to energy monitoring, waste monitoring, air quality monitoring, litter detection and parking and tolling management solutions. These innovative solutions are part of a larger focus on creating smart sustainable cities enabled by technology which contributes towards improving efficiency, reducing air pollution, CO2 emissions, and protecting natural resources. Mohamad is proud to be part of a company that prioritizes sustainability and innovation. Tahaluf has also recently exhibited their cutting-edge IoT and AI products at the World Future Energy Summit 2023 which focused on sustainability industries.
Mohamad holds various certifications in cloud technologies, IoT, AI, data science, low code, and other relevant domains. He has a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah where he conducted research to build and scale an IoT-based context-aware wearable assessment platform for smartwatches and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Ajman University where he was the first adopter of Arduino in senior projects. He has academic publications in the field of IoT, and he frequently shares his knowledge and experience with others online.
Apart from his professional work, Mohamad is a technology evangelist interested in technology trends, including IoT and Smart Homes and likes to read technology and personal development books. He enjoys creating tech YouTube showcases and tutorials, creating online content on Linkedin and his personal blog, 3D printing, and contributing to online and opensource communities like github.
Mohamad Al Solh is committed to providing innovative solutions to customers while keeping up-to-date with the latest technology trends in the domain of Smart cities and Digital Transformation.
Acting Director of Social Entrepreneurship Division
Mona Alhashmi is the Acting Director of Social Entrepreneurship Division at the Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an. In this role, she provides direction and oversight for strategy implementation as well as direct development of policies, plans and guidelines across the division to nurture social entrepreneurship and support the development of social enterprises and not for profit organizations. She is also responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of Ma'an’s strategy and procedures for social entrepreneurship and establishing partnerships with support agencies across the UAE and internationally.
Mona began her tenure at Ma’an in November 2019 as the Acceleration Program Senior Specialist before being promoted to the Incubator Chief and Head of Social Incubator & Accelerator Section where she led the successful deployment of the Ma’an Social Incubator program and the Ma’an Grants program.
Prior to joining the Authority, Mona served as Senior Market Analyst at Media Zone Authority (twofour54), where she focused her efforts on supporting twofour54’s core business operations through conducting external and internal research studies. Before that, she was an Economic Analyst at the Office of Strategy and Corporate Planning, Strategy and Commercial Division of Dolphin Energy.
Mona holds a Master of Business degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Marketing from the University of Queensland, Australia as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with minor in Film Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.
Mona is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. She has received several certificates of appreciation for her valuable contribution in organizing various high-profile events including the Middle East International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Awards Ceremony, among others.
Founder of Elevation Sustainable Building Solutions
Paul Paterson is the founder of Elevation Sustainable Building Solutions, an engineering consultancy on a mission to improve the sustainability of the built environment.
With more than 20 years of experience working in engineering, sustainable design, project management and construction, Paul brings a 360 degree view to construction and real estate projects. He understands both the engineering elements, and the potential of technology to enhance operational performance and improve building efficiency.
From working on gold standard building projects in the UK, including the highly-acclaimed John Lewis York store development - the world’s first BREEAM Outstanding Department Store - to developing one of the UAE region’s first net zero office buildings, and leading the technical teams on major mixed use sustainable developments in Abu Dhabi, Paul is focused on striving for excellence on every project he helps deliver.
Elevation Sustainable Building Solutions is focused on improving the sustainability of the built environment, by applying the best of engineering and technology to make buildings smarter, more sustainable, and more efficient.
As a previous winner of the prestigious CIBSE Building Performance Award, Paul is passionate about the application of digital twin modelling and using digital engineering for optimum efficiency, in terms of energy performance, resource use, sustainability and carbon emissions.
As a highly ambitious endurance athlete, Paul has completed the world’s most gruelling footrace, the Marathon Des Sables - a 250km self-supported race through the Sahara Desert, along with many other ultra marathons. He sees great parallels in endurance racing and sustainable built environments, as both are about achieving more with less, optimising resources and efficiency, and taking a long-term approach to your vision.
Originally from Scotland, and now living and working in Abu Dhabi, Paul’s excited about the potential of technology to transform built environments and make them smarter, more sustainable and future-ready.
Driven by his business values of excellence, honesty, simplicity and fun, Paul believes in striving to do better, creating change, and leaving a positive legacy, while also having a great time and working with great people along the way.
Director of Growth at Masdar City
Steve Severance oversees numerous projects that balance sustainability and economic requirements, guaranteeing each project meets sustainability, revenue, cost, and schedule targets.
Severance also leads the development of the technology lines of business, including district cooling, mobility, and smart city initiatives. He develops new business models, execution of strategies, and partnerships with leading global companies to implement technology requirements.
He has 20 years of experience in project and program management, strategy consulting, financial analysis, and economic development in the United States, Moldova, and the Middle East.
Corrado Sommariva is a consultant of International reputation in the field of desalination, power generation, waste water and sustainability and Founder and shareholder of SWPC Fz LLC.
He has over 30 years of experience and has covered several executive positions in Consultancy firms for the last 20 years.
Dr Sommariva has published more than 100 leading edge papers and four books on desalination and sustainability. In 2015 he was honored by the President of Italy with the title of “Master of work”.