Big 5 Construct Egypt to Continue its Towering Success in 5th Edition with 160 Speakers in 90 Sessions

by Nada Khaled

With one week to its opening, the 5th edition of Big 5 Construct Egypt, supported by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities, will convene many of the region’s senior leaders in infrastructure and construction, industry professionals, regulators, decision-makers, and experts from June 19 to 21, 2023, at the Egypt International Exhibition Center. Together, they will provide a comprehensive perspective on the deployment of construction technologies and innovation while also focusing on improving collaboration between the private and public sectors as well as local and international communities. 

At Big 5 Construct Egypt, which will bring together the entire construction value chain under one roof, expert talks and thought leadership sessions across three days encompassing the Big 5 Egypt Construction Leaders’ Summit, Egypt Infrastructure, and Water Summit, Big 5 Egypt Security, Fire & Smart Buildings Summit and CPD-certified Industry Talks will bring construction and infrastructure communities together to promote the development of strengthened partnerships.

“Despite the challenges it faces, Egypt perseveres in its efforts to address them by actively generating investment opportunities within the construction and infrastructure sectors. Through Big 5 Construct Egypt and its co-located events, the industry comes together to collaborate, connect, learn, and explore these opportunities,” said Ben Greenish, Senior Vice President – Construction, dmg events. “Running in conjunction with Big 5 Construct Egypt and the inaugural edition of Egypt Infrastructure & Water Expo, the summits and industry talks will host over 160 speakers across a series of 90 sessions. These summits serve as catalysts for shaping strategies that navigate economic challenges while driving sustainable growth and building vital partnerships within the dynamic construction industry.”

Knowledge sharing at Big 5 Construct Egypt with summits and industry talks

In parallel to Big 5 Construct Egypt, the 3rd edition of Big 5 Egypt Construction Leaders’ Summit will future-proof the construction landscape to drive the best in sustainable development, technology deployment, and leadership. The summit will discuss the enablement of digitalization and technology to transform project delivery and asset lifecycle. It will also leverage public- and private-sector efforts to build and strengthen resilience and catalyze Egypt’s sustainable urban development and localization of industrial development. 

Attendees will also explore the potential for the country in developing fourth-generation cities, building new partnerships while seizing first-hand Infratech opportunities, and advancing sustainable urban development. Speakers headlining the summit include Ahmed Ouda, Chairman, of Elsewedy Electric Infrastructure; Mohamed Mahlab, CEO, of Rowad Modern Engineering; Tarek Fayed, Chairman & CEO, of Banque du Caire; Ali El Mahdy, CEO, of Kortech; Philippe Coquelle, Tabreed’s Chief Development Officer; Amira Ayoub, Head of MENA Programmes, World Green Building Council; Abir Leheta, CEO, Egytrans; Wael Ahmed, Managing Director, Eden Facility Management; and Alison Watson MBE, Founder & Chief Executive, Class of Your Own.

“It is an honor to speak at Big 5 Construct Egypt 2023. This prestigious event brings together industry pioneers and visionaries, providing a platform to discuss the transformative power of sustainable construction and infrastructure solutions, including the positive impact of energy-efficient district cooling,” said Philippe Coquelle, Chief Development Officer, Tabreed.

The series of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) certified Industry Talks, a part of the Big 5 Construct Egypt program, will explore stimulating and insightful sessions under four main streams: technology, architecture & design, facilities management, and project management. A plethora of topics will be in focus, from the future of sustainable design and green building to new technology trends in Egypt’s construction sector, applying digital twins to optimize asset management to the digitalization of facilities management processes, the future of project management with the evolution of AI and big data as well as closing the execution gap in construction through sustainable project management.

Renowned names from the industry will feature in the industry talks. They include Dr. Salah El Haggar, Ph.D. President, Egypt Green Building Council; Mohammed Amer, Regional Director of Operations – MENA, International Code Council (ICC); Sandra Woodall, Founder, Tangram Gulf; Rania Abdel Fattah, Digital Delivery Director, Orascom Development Holding; Eng. Osama Othman, Co-founder and Chairman, Egyptian Facility Management Association (EGYFMA); Dr. Mohamed ElDeeb, Chairman & CEO, ElShams for Housing and Urbanization; Matt Doran, Regional Manager – MENA, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); Eng. Grace Najjar, Regional Managing Director, Project Management Institute (PMI) MENA; and Ahmed Akmal, Project Controls Associate Director, Palm Hills Development. 

Co-located with Big 5 Construct Egypt and marking its launch this year, the Big 5 Egypt Security, Fire & Smart Buildings Summit will explore discussions on integrated security, fire safety & emergency response, and smart buildings. Speakers such as Ghaith Bakir, Senior Regulatory Engineer-MEA, Codes and Regulatory Services, UL Solutions; Thomas Wan, CEO, Actatek; Aly Mansi, FOSHA Regional President, OSHAssociation Egypt Region; Ahmed Fekry, Regional Business Leader, Africa, Egypt and Levant, Honeywell’s Building Management Systems Business; and Mohamed Draz, Senior Regional Director Security & Crisis Management – MENAT, General Electric, among others will be featuring on the summit. 

“It’s a privilege to speak at the Big 5 Egypt Security, Fire & Smart Buildings Summit and shed light on the transformative power of digitalization in the realm of building management. In an era of rapid technological advancement, embracing digital transformation has become imperative for optimizing building performance, enhancing occupant well-being, and supporting sustainability. Through this event, professionals will get to explore the potential of digital solutions in creating intelligent and efficient buildings that will shape a smarter future for Egypt’s built environment,” said Ahmed Fekry, Regional Business Leader, Africa, Egypt and Levant, Honeywell’s Building Management Systems Business.

Gaining value insights on sustainable infrastructure and water security

Underscoring water security’s importance as a catalyst of Egypt’s strategy for building cities of the future, the inaugural edition of Egypt Infrastructure & Water Summit will be presenting highly ambitious perspectives toward building Egypt’s water-resilient future. The summit will reflect Egypt’s efforts to scale up urban expansion, sustainable master planning, water security, water desalination, and green hydrogen ecosystem transition, with international industry leaders, policymakers, and experts focusing on water management, transport, utilities, and smart technology needed for upgrading infrastructure and water systems. 

Ahmed Ouda, Chairman, Elsewedy Electric Infrastructure; Waleid Gamal Eldien, Chairman of the General Board, Suez Canal Economic Zone; Dalia Wahba, Chief Executive Officer, Hassan Allam Utilities; Ayman Ashour, CEO Mobility Turnkey -MEA & Siemens Mobility – UAE; Ahmed Farghal Maree, Vice President, Innova Transportation LLC; Eng. Elia Saber, Executive Manager, Kharafi National; Malak Khalil, Counsel, ADSERO – Ragy Soliman & Partners; Mostafa El-Bagoury, CEO, Siemens Egypt; and Ayman Ayad, Head of Water Sector – Delegation of the European Union to Egypt, European Commission will join the strong lineup of speakers. 

Some of the renowned companies exhibiting at the inaugural Egypt Infrastructure and Water Expo include Al Shorouk Construction, Innovo Build, GV Development, and Mentor Consulting Group. “As part of Innovo’s plans to contribute to Egypt’s ambitious growth, our participation in Egypt Infrastructure & Water Expo is rendered an excellent opportunity to share our expertise, innovative practices, and latest technologies as well as meeting key stakeholders to hold conclusive discussions about the industry and connecting with peers of the business community,” said Eng. Mohamed Gamal, Managing Director, Innovo Egypt.

Running in parallel with the Egypt Infrastructure & Water Summit, the series of Industry Talks will host sessions and presentations under engineering, infrastructure, and technology streams. Sector-relevant topics such as reshaping Egypt’s vision for water scarcity and sustainable development with desalination, the role of sustainable development in accelerating climate action, financing mega infrastructure projects, the future of desalination and GIS construction progress, and environmental monitoring will be discussed.

Industry figures including, Dr. Karim Morsy, Technical Advisor, Egyptian Ministry of Environment; Dr. Karim Shahin, Engineering Consultant, The Egyptian Cabinet of Ministers; Ahmed Abdel Mageed, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, National Authority for Tunnels; Marwa Fathi ElSayed, Senior Sustainability Engineer, Khatib & Alami Consultants; and Mohamed Tarek Ismail, Public Private Partnership & Water Expert, Mast Group Consulting will drive the Industry Talks.

Big 5 Construct Egypt, Egypt Infrastructure & Water Expo, and Big 5 Egypt Security, Fire & Smart Buildings Summit are free-to-attend for industry professionals, excluding visitors under the age of 18. 

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