Dubai, UAE: The Kanoo Group as a Gold Sponsor, participated in the second edition of the Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF) on November 22-24, 2015 at Madinat Jumeirah, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.
Organised by Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), in cooperation with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Emaar Properties, and Project Management Institute (PMI), the 2015 DIPMF attracted over 1,500 international attendees of Project Management Professionals and Specialists, and organisations across various industries, including 12 members of The Kanoo Group, on diverse topics related to advanced strategies and approaches in executing UAE’s mega projects towards driving sustainable and innovative project management practices.
Mr. Fahad Kanoo and Mr. Bob Curtis, along with Mr. John Drinkwater, Mr. Assaad Mawad, Mr. Mark Vinnicombe, Mr. Tom Nauwelaerts, Mr. Raman Marwaha, Mr. Kannan Chandrasekaran, Mr. Nandkumar Kalate, Mr. Ali Islim, Ms. Safa Jaafar, and Mr. Mounir Sfendla attended the premier regional and global forum from across YBA Kanoo and The Kanoo Group to support the programme.
H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum [left] gives the Appreciation Award to Mr. Fahad Kanoo (Executive Director-UAE) on behalf of The Kanoo Group as a key supporter of the 2015 DIPMF
Deutsche Bahn AG is one of the largest rail operators in Europe and one of the major companies specialized in operating trains and railway in Europe, including German Railways, which extends more than 33,000 kilometers and offers its services in over 130 countries around the world, and employs more than 300,000 employees.
With global economies growing at massive scale, project management is instrumental in managing and streamlining business processes in the public, as well as private sectors. The DIPMF sheds light on Dubai’s role in leading the development drive across the region by successfully adopting to best standards in a series of large projects that have received global attention.
During his introduction speech, Dr. Grube said, “We appreciate the opportunity given to us to share this railway project expertise as an efficient project management in the Arab region. In terms of transport development, it is no doubt that GCC region is currently the most vibrant and fascinating area in the world. You are investing huge amount in building and spending global and long distance public transport system and rail freight transport. I am not only deeply impressed but at the same time very glad that Deutsche Bahn is supporting your ambitious development”.
“This year we launched the largest ever modernization program for Germany’s existing infrastructure together with the German government. We are talking about 30 Billion Euros which we are investing in rail mode by 2019. Secondly, a long distance transport will increase service by 25% throughout Germany by 2030. The aim is to increase train ridership by 50 Million passengers per year. So we intend not only to expand our services but to improve our quality. And to do this, we are working on digital solutions everywhere. We are doing this because we would like to make sure that we have what it takes to be the number 1 mode of transport in the digital age.”
“20 years ago none of us would have imagined building new railway network in the Gulf region that sums such ambition. Here in the GCC, visions seems to become more of a reality. There are interesting rail transport projects on all continents but the projects in the Middle East is the largest and the most ambitious. I’m sure that one day, rail transport between GCC member States and Central Europe or in Asia will become a reality. In any case, a new railway age is growing in the Middle East and we are proud to be a part of it and you can count on Deutsche Bahn as a reliable, safe and sustainable partner.”
Furthermore, an awarding ceremony was also held as a part of the opening program to honour groups and individuals as key supporters to the DIPMF. On behalf of The Kanoo Group, Mr. Fahad Kanoo received the Appreciation Award from the organisers of the event as one of the Sponsors.
With the year 2015 proclaimed as the Year of Innovation by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced a national strategy for innovation, the Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management.
The award, which is worth AED2 million, was launched by H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum during the opening of the DIPMF to encourage and enable innovative approaches to project management by creating a database of the best relevant practices and systems.
The award came as a surprise to all participants during the initial announcement. The Award Categories will be given to: Individuals, Teams and Innovative Ideas (Of Organizations), by next year.
Over three days, participants had the options of engaging in a number of sessions, panel discussions, and workshops that were conducted by a host of experts and specialists in the field of project management from government, semi-government and private sectors. The Themes of the Forum included topics about Leadership, Project Management in Sports, Investigation Management, Project Management in Aerospace, Innovation, Delighting Customers, Project Management in Healthcare, UAE Mega Projects, Project Management in Hospitality, Enterprise Project Management (EPM), Enterprise Project Management Maturity Model, Organizational Change Management, Project Management Office (PMO) 2.0, and Project Management Software Collaboration Tools.
Important speakers from the UAE also addressed the forum including H.E. Engineer Sultan Al-Mansoori, Minister of Economy since 2008, who served as the Minister of Transportation, and Minister of Government Sector Development; H.E. Engineer Suhail Mohammad Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy, the ministry is responsible for achieving sustainable development, coordinating and representing oil, mineral, electricity, and water affairs to ensure optimal utilisation for the benefit of the national economy in collaboration with the concerned bodies in order to play a pioneering and excellent role in all fields. Al Mazroui is also the Chairman of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, Chairman of Mubadala Petroleum Company, and Chairman of Emirates LNG Company.
Dr. Alaa Zeitoun, Executive Director – Corporate PMO, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC); H.E. Dr. Ali Al-Marri, Executive President, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government; Dr. Amer Sharif, Managing Director – Education, Dubai Healthcare City; Bassam Samman, Chief Executive Officer, CMCS; Dr. Bassem Younes, Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government; Mr. Bill Reed, Vice President, WATG Designing Destinations, also spoke in the forum.
The forum also hosted prominent international speakers such as Dr. Edward J. Hoffman, who founded and led the NASA Academy of Programme Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) for over 20 years. Currently, he is the Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA, who caters to formulating policies, strategies, processes and practices for promoting a successful knowledge creation, retention and sharing culture in support of mission success; Mr. Tom Kelley, Partner, IDEO; Author of the Best-selling Creative Confidence, The Art of Innovation, and The Ten Faces of Innovation; and Don Kingsberry, Enterprise Project Management Office Leader, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Kingsberry is a member of the Project Management Institute's Global Executive Council. He has been a contributor to several books on Portfolio and Project Management, including the 2014 book, The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook.
Other notable speakers were: H.E. Mattar Al-Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); and Dr. Eng. Khaled A. Hamdy, PMP, Projects Advisor to the Director-General, Roads & Transport authority (RTA); H.E. Saeed Al-Tayer, Managing Director & CEO, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA); Mark A. Langley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Project Management Institute (PMI) and Claudia M. Baca, Project Management Consulting Services.
H.E. Bruno Rota, CEO and Chairman, Azienda Trasporti Milanesi S.p.A.; H.E. Gerald Lawless, President and Group CEO, Jumeirah Group; H.E. Huda Al-Hashemi, Executive Director, Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation; H.E. Eng. Hussain Lootah, Director-General, Dubai Municipality; H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al-Ahbabi, Director-General, UAE Space Agency; H.E. Mohamed Al-Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC); Dr. Mohammad Al-Redha, Director of Health Data and Information Analysis – Health Policy and Strategy Sector, Dubai Health Authority; and Sarah Amiri, Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead, Have HOPE – Mission to Mars, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, were also in the list of speakers.
After the event, members of The Kanoo Group mostly gave their positive feedback on the amount of information they have gathered about innovations and the best practices to ensure successful outcomes in achieving a world-class reputation for Dubai in Project Management.
Ms. Safa Jaafar, EGM PA – PMO, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo, commented, “The depth of the insights I was exposed to, have kept my mind incessantly synchronized with our KANOO vision.”
Nandu Kalate, Head of PMO - Corporate Business Development, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo, further said, “The Project management processes & tools are important to implement in our company. Similarly, the workshop on PMI standards for Project Manager will be good in the future for PMs.”
“Organizational Change Management, Portfolio/Programs/Project management were good workshops, in addition to Project Management best practices and Office 365 capabilities demo. Also, the Knowledge Management, Innovation and Leadership are particularly good learnings,” he summarized.
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