6 - 9 November 2017 |
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 8 November 2017


8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration and welcome refreshments

9:00 am - 9:15 am Opening remarks and a recap of conference day one by conference chair

This panel will discuss the importance of aligning the curriculum, with the school design and infrastructure to achieve a hands-on learning environment. Key takeaways also include the role of innovative ICT infrastructures to promote a knowledge-based economy.


Dr. Anwar Dawood

Senior Advisor, Education, & Consultant
Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), UAE

Manal Mohammed Yousef

Head of IT Department
Sharjah American International School, UAE


Sudha Govindswamy

Consultant for the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Executive Director – Teacher Leaders International

9:50 am - 10:30 am Regulations, standards and codes pivotal to setting up schools

Mazen Chouihna, Senior Design Specialist, Facilities and Infrastructure,Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), UAE
What are the most important building codes for schools? How is the location determined?
Join this session to discover how schools across the region are built based on strict regulations for green and sustainable buildings across the GCC

Mazen Chouihna

Senior Design Specialist, Facilities and Infrastructure
Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), UAE

10:30 am - 11:00 am Schooling for the future… not more schools from the past

Michael Gernon, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Innovation, Research and Development,GEMS Education
This high-level session will cover in-depth pedagogical challenges facing teachers and students within current school design. What are the potential solutions using innovation and technological approaches to holistic school redesign? How can school design process be redesigned? Join the session to find out.

Michael Gernon

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Innovation, Research and Development
GEMS Education

11:00 am - 11:30 am Networking break

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Outlook of school designs with distinct themes

Mostafa Yakout Mohamed, Lead Design Architect,National Engineering Bureau, UAE
Schools across the GCC are built with a keen focus on certain elements. This session explores some of those components and why they are important in the GCC’s vision for education.

Mostafa Yakout Mohamed

Lead Design Architect
National Engineering Bureau, UAE

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Future schools in the GCC

Across the region, schools are increasingly equipped with top-notch facilities and technology. From smart-boards, internet-equipped classrooms, dedicated sports facilities, bespoke façades, playgrounds to interactive spaces.

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

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Selecting the right partners and solution providers

Paul Schwarz, Principal,Design Confidence, UAE
Unlike most construction projects, schools require special knowledge and expertise. This session will uncover how to select the experts from design, construction to finishing stage.

Paul Schwarz

Design Confidence, UAE

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Sustainability of schools across the GCC:

Michel Francis, Chief Architect,Design and Construction Engineering
Among many requirements, schools across the region are evaluated by authorities on their ability to maintain certain environmental specifications and adhere to strict use of environmental-friendly materials and renewable resources. This session highlights case studies on designing sustainable schools.

Michel Francis

Chief Architect
Design and Construction Engineering

2:30 pm - 2:30 pm End of conference and recap by conference chair

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.