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Course Name : Future Cities: Re-imagining Our Communities in the Age of Digital Disruption

Course Date : November 12th – 13th, 2017

Timing : 9am - 5pm

Course fees : AED 10,020

Location : DREI campus

“ The city of the future is digital, environmental, and socially friendly. This is the time to prepare and take advantage of the possibilities.

The opportunities are endless.”

Program Description:

Government and business leaders are given the tools and frameworks to create innovative, productive, liveable, and thriving communities in changing times complicated by economic, political, environmental and social challenges. Today, we face foundational and transformational technological capabilities e.g. Internet of Things, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, which will catalyze the transformation of tomorrow’s communities. Those that embrace and apply these technological capabilities, understanding the economic, social, and environmental impacts, will accelerate smart city movements and create future-ready communities.

Technology, however, is likely to change at the same speed as it was introduced to us over the past decades. Technology, therefore, needs to be considered as an ‘enabler’ to achieve future aspirations. Successful communities will apply agile business processes that stand to benefit from future disruptions and create a culture of innovation that is sustainable. Substantiated in global and local best practices, this hands-on class will offer a useable framework that can be applied to create future cities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of digital capabilities from the third and fourth industrial revolution that will transform tomorrow’s communities.
  • Ability to qualify the business impact of smart city practices.
  • Gain insight from global and local best-practices that apply economic, technological, and social instruments and business models to the benefit of tomorrow’s communities.
  • Co-create a useable framework that can be applied to assess, define, and execute sustainable innovative solutions that form the foundation of tomorrow’s communities.
  • Understand how to build and further collaborative eco-systems that will help shape, carry forward, and execute the vision of a future city.


Four sessions, 1 hour lunch, and two15-minute breaks


Session 1 Future Cities – Value Definition

Session 2 Future Cities – Value Definition – Group Exercise

Session 3 Building Blocks – Sustainability as a Differentiator

Session 4 Building Blocks – Sustainability as a Differentiator – Group Exercise

(Examples of best practices will be showcased)


Four sessions, 1 hour lunch and two15-minute breaks

Session 1 Disruptive Technologies – A Catalyst to the Cities of the Future

Session 2 Risks and Challenges – What Makes It and What Breaks It

Session 3 Risks and Challenges – What Makes It and What Breaks It – Group Exercise

Session 4 Future Cities – Defining a Roadmap for Innovation and Collaborative Ecosystems

Instructors biography

RICK HUILBREGTS is the Managing Director, Digital Transformation and Industry Solutions at Cisco Americas. Rick leads a team of highly skilled industry professionals and business developers to drive business transformation and relevance with Cisco and Cisco’s Canadian customers. As part of Industry Transformation, Rick and his team oversee two of Cisco Canada’s top priorities: Smart + Connected Communities (changing Canada’s productivity and innovation profile through community and infrastructure transformation) — including Smart + Connected Real Estate, and the Internet-of-Things (connecting the unconnected and driving toward an internet of infinite interactions with the goal to advance sustainable performance in Canada’s industries). Rick started at Cisco in 2005 as a member of Cisco’s corporate real estate team, after which he served for three years in various business development roles focusing on the real estate sector in the United States, Canada, and Emerging Markets [Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America] regions. Prior to joining Cisco, Rick was executive director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he worked at the cross- section of innovation, technology, change management, and real estate. For numerous years more, Rick promoted and implemented business transformation initiatives with international clients like AEW Capital, McGraw-Hill Construction, Aukett Architects, and Capital Planning Technologies. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management, a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University, and a doctorate from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management. Rick currently is an instructor in Harvard GSD Executive Education focusing on topics of Smart Cities and Smart Buildings; is Executive-in-Residence for George Brown College; serves on the industry advisory board for the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at the University of Toronto; is founding member on the Evergreen City Works Leaders Council; is recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Royal Jubilee Award for his groundbreaking work in Community Innovation in Canada; and was named “top 35 people to watch” in the industry by Realcomm.

MIGUEL J. MARTINS, is the Global Lead – Innovation & Sustainability in the Knowledge, Learning & Innovation Office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Miguel joined IFC in 2000. He is also the Program Manager for the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards, the world’s leading awards for financial and non-financial companies that demonstrate leadership and innovation in integrating environmental, social and corporate governance considerations into their business. Miguel started his career in the financial sector in 1987 as Manager for the International Relations Group of Banco Comercial Português (BCP) in Portugal, where he was responsible for managing the bank’s worldwide financial institutions portfolio. In 1995, Miguel moved back to Mozambique as Director, International and Treasury Division of Banco International de Moҫambique (BIM), a start-up bank equitably owned by BCP and the Mozambican Government. At IFC, he was an Investment Officer for the Global Financial Markets Department. In 2002, he was Transaction Leader for the Banco ABN AMRO Real project, IFC’s first ever financial markets project to exclusively target sustainability concerns. He was also Project Leader for the BOVESPA Stock Exchange Sustainability Index, the second index of its kind in emerging markets after South Africa. In

2005, Miguel moved on to the Financial Markets Sustainability Group where he started to focus exclusively on financial markets sustainability.

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