Speaker List

Dima Attar

Landscape Architect and Urban Designer , Jeddah Economy Company (JEC)

Dima Attar is a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer at Jeddah Economic Company where she is currently working on the team on various landscape projects in the Jeddah Economy City and the Jeddah Tower (world’s tallest tower) development. Her work involves city planning and development, research including landscape proposals of various scale. After obtaining a Diploma in Agricultural Engineering, Dima went on to obtain her degree in Landscape Design and Eco-Management in 2011 from the American University of Beirut before her Masters in Landscape and Urbanism in 2013 from Kingston University in the UK.A graduate of Kingston University, UK where she obtained. Before joining the Jeddah Economy Company, Dimar worked with AECOM as a landscape Architect and Urban designer.



Dr. Galal Abada

Architect, Urbanist and Development Consultant, Advisor - Planning and Development, Madinah Development Authority “MDA” KSA

Galal Abada is an urban design, conservation and planning advisor, consultant and educator. He is currently the advisor for studies, planning and Development for the Madinah Development Authority MDA, Madinah, KSA. He is also an associate professor of architecture and urban design at Ain Shams University in Cairo ASU (on leave).

Dr. Abada was trained at Ain Shams University ASU, the School of Architecture Paris-Belleville, France, and the University of Leuven KUL, Belgium. He received a Ph.D. in City Design and Development from the SI, Stuttgart University in Germany. He is specialized in the linkage between the urbanism, historical, cultural and environmental, institutional development, and its relationship to the multidimensional design activities of various challenges.

Dr. Abada has been leading of outstanding technical contributions to a wide range of multidisciplinary urban development and design projects of various scales; from historical city and development and heritage sites conservation; to urban design and large-scale design and city development projects in Germany and Belgium, the North Africa, Middle East, with long experience in Saudi Arabia and UAE. He published more than 80 articles, research papers, critical reports and technical reviews in international conferences, refereed journals and professional magazines. He also contributed to several books on the Arab contemporary urbanism, conservation of historical cities and heritage sites.

Kamal Shahat

Lead Landscape Architect, DAR Al Riyadh E&A.

Kamal is a 15 years’ experience in Urban and Landscape architect. Graduate of faculty of Urban and Regional Planning in Cairo-Egypt University and holding a Master’s degree of science in architect from University of Cairo Faculty of engineering.

Kamal had worked on urban design processes, landscape architecture, sustainable development, Business Development, Integrated Design, Upgrading and Rehabilitation of heritages zones, As a part of multidisciplinary working teams for many consultants in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, on various projects that vary from small scale projects to large-scale master plans.

Kamal current role, Lead Landscape architect, working in DAR AlRiyadh –KSA for King Abdullah University of science and technology Housing expansion project with a recreation area, 4 main Parks and integrative street scape in thuwal - Jeddah – KSA and King Abdullah Science and technology Creative landscape in an arid desert environment- water availability. Riyadh-KSA.

Also leading design for AlRimal Gated community project and for the Ministry of Housing projects ranging from just under 50,000 square meters to a site in Arar which is over 6,800,000square meters.

Kamal found out that successful Landscape Architect should consider sustainability, competitively, outdoor thermal comfort, to meet the preferences of locals and to be aligned with the ongoing national ambitions and developments, and that, matching the clients wishes with designer knowledge is the easiest way to get how the design work best.

Mamdouh Al Mirabi

Director of Public Facilities, Makkah Region Development Authority

An architect with over 7 years of professional experience in Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design field including conceptual design, detailed design, working drawings, cost estimations, site supervision, working in government projects preparing bidding's and tender documents for new projects such as military buildings, sport cities, military housing, industrial housing, operating and Maintenance projects, also have been honored to participate in the development of Saudi Arabia’s legislations of land usages and housing.

Worked in private sector with diverse of architectural projects with all forms of building structures, including residential, industrial, commercial, Institutional facilities and special structures such as sport stadiums, commercial, hotels, multi purpose complexes, high-rise towers, tourism facilities, health SPA, resort style development, educational buildings, medical centers and hospitals, new urban and neighborhoods, housing estates, residential and office buildings, etc.

Ramy Mosa

Senior Design Architect, RIBA - Zuhair Fayez Partnership

Ramy has practiced as an architect for more than 12 years, most of this professional experience was in the gulf region. During this period he worked for/with either consultancy or contracting companies and experienced in all aspects of the industry in all project stages from bid winning to implementation and on-site follow-up.

Ahmad El Sherbieny

Irrigation & Landscaping Consultant, Water expert, Zaid Alhussain Group

Dr Mona Helmy

Chair; Architecture Department, ARCH, , Dar Al-Hekma University

Mona Helmy is an architect, urbanist, and educator. She received a Doctoral degree in Architecture and City Planning from Stuttgart University. She holds a Master's degree in Urban Design and a Bachelor of Architecture. Dr. Helmy is an Assistant professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Dar Al-Hekma University (DAHU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is the Founding Director of the Architecture Program at DAHU.

Since 2010, she is a research fellow at the Städtebau-Institut “SI” of the University of Stuttgart. The current research studies of Dr. Helmy focus on “Creative Public Space”, “City Imaging and Branding” as well as “City Festivalization and Eventification”.

As a consultant and advisor in urban design, city branding, and Contemporary Arab Gulf urbanism, she has participated in a number of significant planning projects and design studies. She has contributed to a number of publications and conference proceedings on the Arab City, Public Spaces, as well as Residential projects in Germany and urban projects in the Middle East. She is a member of a number of scientific committees in international conferences, symposia, and refereed journals

Fady Khalife

Group Design Director/Managing Director-Europe, Cracknell

Fady is a registered architect with a strong background in strategic planning, urban design and place making for large mixed-use projects. He is proficient in all aspects of landscape architecture and urban design from concept inception through to construction completion, gained from over 22 years' experience in large international practices. Across every commission, Fady is focused on achieving his clients' apsirations through delivering innovative design solutions that push the creative envelope. His attention to detail and strong project management capability ensure that the design solutions are executed in an exemplary manner.

Sameh Gharib

Senior Project Manager & Senior Urban Designer, Dar Al Riyadh Group

Dr. Gharib, with a PhD in Strategic Management, MSc. in Urban Design & Regional Planning, MSc. in GIS & RS, BSc. in Architecture, has 30 years of international experience in 14 countries (Europe, Africa, Asia, and Middle East). Managed and participated in multi-disciplinary projects and international teams that achieved significant results under dynamic, stressful, and sharp deadlines. Dr. Gharib worked closely with Federal Authorities, international organizations such as UNFAO and GTZ to help them build-up their projects in developed countries. Has excellent communication and conflict resolution skills and proven teamwork abilities.

Anas Mohammed Hassan

Head of Design, Projects & Development Dept., Knowledge Economic City Company

Madhu Rose

Urban Planner, Cracknell

Ahmad Alshihri

Senior Urban Designer & Planner, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs

Don Sharp

Director of Landscape Architecture, PARSONS

Eyad M. Fadul

Senior Landscape Architect, Dr. Nabil Abbas Architects – Consultant Office

Over 16 years of professional experience in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design field including project management, conceptual design, detailed design, working drawings, cost estimations, site supervision, including 12 years of experience working on government projects, bidding’s and tender documents, has experience in Business Development, and Project Management Office, also has taught professional Landscape architecture courses at King Abdul Aziz university, and has a great experience in CSR field through managing NGO projects.

Yasir Genaib

Project Manager, Hill International, Inc