The Future City: Harnessing Technology to Improve Urban Life

Date: Monday, November 1st
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM U.A.E. Time
Location: U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai


  • Monica Menendez, Professor, Civil and Urban Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi and Director of the NYUAD Research Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES)
  • Amer Battikhi, Vice President Growth & Sales Asia Pacific and Middle East, Jacobs
  • Pierre Santoni, President MENA, Parsons 
  • Hamed Zaghw, Chief Executive, Middle East & Africa, AECOM
  • Cezanne Maherali, Head of Public Policy, Middle East and Africa, Uber


  • Noah Raford, Futurist in Chief, Dubai Future Foundation 


This conversation will shed light on the innovations that we can expect to see transforming cities around the globe in the coming decades. Panelists will discuss the future of urban transportation systems, high-tech infrastructure solutions, and other technological advancements that ensure greater efficiency, productivity, and connectivity in major cities around the world. The discussion will also make note of the importance of green design and sustainable urban development in responding to climate change. This afternoon coffee event comes as part of the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council’s Expo programming and coincides with Expo’s “Urban and Rural Development” theme week.

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