6 - 9 November 2017 |
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 7 November 2017


8:00 am - 8:45 am Registration and welcome refreshments

8:45 am - 8:50 am Welcome from Edmund Balogun, Conference Director, IQPC Middle East

Edmund Balogun, Conference Director,IQPC Middle East

Edmund Balogun

Conference Director
IQPC Middle East

8:50 am - 9:00 am Opening remarks by conference chair

9:00 am - 9:30 am Keynote: Designing 21st century schools in the GCC

Eng. Anwaar Mohammed Al Shimmari, Design Director,Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE
Learn how the Ministry of Infrastructure Development is leading the charge in designing schools of the future. A highlight on the smart schools

Eng. Anwaar Mohammed Al Shimmari

Design Director
Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

9:30 am - 10:00 am Saudi Fund for Development’s (SFD) efforts in financing affordable and practicable education buildings across developing countries

Eng. Abdullah Mohammad AlShoaibi, Chief Engineer, Regional Manager, Operations Department,Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Fund for Development, with help from the Saudi Government has made giant strides in building schools across the region.
Learn how the SFD is advancing the knowledge-based economy through school construction.

Eng. Abdullah Mohammad AlShoaibi

Chief Engineer, Regional Manager, Operations Department
Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), Saudi Arabia

10:00 am - 10:30 am Interactive Session: How PPP is enhancing the development of schools across the GCC (Structures - Roles - Risks)

Dr. Irfan Al Hasani, Senior Economist and PPP Specialist, Eng. Atter Hannoura, Director, PPP Central Unit,Ministry of Finance, Egypt Osama Abdullah Suleiman, PPP Unit Director,Ministry of Finance, Jordan
GCC governments have maintained their commitment to the education sector. A huge factor driving these sustained investments is Public Private Partnerships. Join this session to learn how PPPs are set up and how it’s driving investment in education across the GCC

Dr. Irfan Al Hasani

Senior Economist and PPP Specialist


Eng. Atter Hannoura

Director, PPP Central Unit
Ministry of Finance, Egypt


Osama Abdullah Suleiman

PPP Unit Director
Ministry of Finance, Jordan

10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking break

11:00 am - 11:30 am Value for money: Maximising effective use of school buildings and facilities

Dr. Khaled Albaker, Director, Directorate of Government Schools Reviews,Education & Training Quality Authority, Bahrain
This session will shed light on the nature of school buildings in the Kingdom of Bahrain, while focusing on adequacy for learning, security and safety issues, and effective use of the buildings and facilities from a quality assurance perspective.

Dr. Khaled Albaker

Director, Directorate of Government Schools Reviews
Education & Training Quality Authority, Bahrain

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Methods and means in preventing school health environmental issues: A thought for future school building

Dr. Hamid Hussain, Deputy Director of School Health,Dubai Health Authority, UAE Dr. Walid Al Faisal, Consultant, Public Health & Safety Department,Dubai Health Authority
In setting up schools, the importance of creating a healthy environment cannot be overlooked.
Each equipment and facility needs to be inspected ahead of time. Learn from health experts on how to design schools that meet environmental requirements of the region.

Dr. Hamid Hussain

Deputy Director of School Health
Dubai Health Authority, UAE


Dr. Walid Al Faisal

Consultant, Public Health & Safety Department
Dubai Health Authority

The GCC’s commitment to education is hugely dependent on technology. This session will highlight how operators and authorities are offering innovative components like high-tech devices and dedicated IT infrastructure in schools to drive interest in technology amongst students.

Loay Ahmed AlNakhal

Excellence IT Systems Specialist Corporate Strategy & Excellence Department
Dubai Municipality, UAE

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch and networking break

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Enhancing learning environments through innovative concepts and designs

From the classroom to the halls, schools across the GCC mandate strict equipment and facilities and are adopting innovative approaches.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Examining the impact of increased budgets on the output of schools

Ziad El Maamoun, Head of Strategy and Planning,CERT, UAE
The overall question of whether added funds, such as higher tuition in the private sector or bigger budgets in public sector are likely to produce higher achievement has entered into policy debates and budgetary consideration of school finance systems. This presentation will address the most important policy discussions about class size, teacher compensation and other policy matters and their relationship to student achievement.

Ziad El Maamoun

Head of Strategy and Planning

2:30 pm - 2:30 pm End of conference 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.