The Rise of Smart Cities; Opportunities and Challenges

BT19 Omar

Omar Al Hashimi

This talk presents on Abu Dhabi Municipality’s bold smart cities vision that is transforming the city, and the imminent technology trends and the impact that smart cities will have on humans. Moreover, beyond the rewards, the talk will also examine the long-term risks in an increasing adaptation of AI in the raise of the smart cities, and forward thinking strategies in mitigating them.

Omar Al Hashimi, the Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation Team, has a long standing career at Abu Dhabi Municipality. Having worked at ADM for the past 20 years Omar has made a tremendous contribution to the development of the municipality and the services it offers. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and a Master’s s degree in Public Administration Omar started his career in the Design Engineering department. Due to his passion to sharing his knowledge and always looking for innovative solution together with his valuable experience in the municipality has led to him being appointed Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation.

Sana Bagersh, Government Innovation Advisor and CEO of BrandMoxie, is a senior executive with a diverse career background and extensive international business experience. She has worked in the UAE, the USA and Ethiopia, and has considerable experience in managing, deploying and executing multi-level integrated marketing campaigns across over 60 countries and in multiple languages. Bagersh is an expert in partnership building in the areas of innovation, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, and the startup ecosystem.