Speakers

LOAY GHAZALEH, PORTFOLIO ADVISER – MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE & PPP, MINISTRY OF WORKS – BAHRAIN

Loay Ghazaleh, a 1986 Texas A & M Civil Engineer with MBA 2000 Finance from Thunderbird – Arizona, is backed by over 25 years Technical, Legal and Financial General Management & Advisory Roles in PPP’s, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Coastal Property Development, Construction and Management Consulting spanning Bahrain, UAE, Jordan, India, Brazil, Philippines, Saudi Arabia & Palestine.

Loay for the past 8 years has served as the Advisor to H.E. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Works in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Loay has contributed to PPP, Project Finance / Investments and Project Management development in MENA region over the years by speaking at over 40 professional events.

 

BRUNO GAJAN, HEALTH HUB TENDERS & INFRA PROJECT MANAGER, ALSTOM GROUP

Bruno Gajan is a Civil engineer with 15 years in rail transportation business, strategy, marketing and business development of rail infrastructure and turnkey systems.

With development of Concessions/PPP projects integrating financing, maintenance and operations and rail infrastructure and digital Services Innovations Management and Deployment. Bruno is currently managing the HealthHub Infrastructure Predictive Maintenance Solution and Projects worldwide

 

CHRISTOPHE SANGUINA, MARKETING, STRATEGY & DIGITAL SERVICES SOLUTIONS DIRECTOR, ALSTOM GROUP

Christophe Sanguina is Market and Portfolio Director for Alstom Services platform since September 2017.
Prior to this, he was Solution Manager for Predictive Maintenance from 2014 to 2017. From 2012 to 2014, Christophe was in Bucarest, Romania as Electrification Renovation Manager. From 2007 to 2012, he managed four electrification projects in Egypt.

Prior to this, he was Bid Manager for international projects, based in Saint-Ouen.
Christophe started his career at Alstom Power in 2004 as Project Manager for Power plants on export market.
Christophe was born in 1980. He holds an electrical and automation degree and a Project Management and International Sales development degree from Kedge Business School.

 

KAPIL JAMBHULKAR, DIRECTOR, INDIAN RAILWAYS

Kapil has done PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad and is currently working as a Director level Officer in Indian Railways in a leadership position. He is leading a workforce of about 1800 as Group “A” Gazetted Officer of the Indian Railways in Coach Maintenance Depot at Guwahati. He has been exposed to various rotational assignments in Railways in India and abroad and has gained exposure to diverse work culture across the country.

 

KHALDOUN ABOUL-SAOUD, CEO & FOUNDER, QUANTASMART IOT

Khaldoun, is a Technology and Innovation Professional with over 20 years of broad-based experience in multinational corporations and start-ups across Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He has a proven record of success consistently achieving business goals and objectives, which he attributes to his strong work ethic my willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Khaldoun strengths include driving revenue growth, overachieving sales targets, marketing, enhancing customer engagement, and optimizing the user experience. Khaldoun is multi-lingual in Arabic, English, and French.

 

MARTIN VALLANCE, HEAD OF DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, ATKINS GLOBAL

As an effective enabler of change, I guide people through the implementation of new technology solutions.

I am a results-oriented programme and project management professional with expertise in digital asset management. Able to deliver complex change projects, I have a flair for engaging teams and varied stakeholders, as well as ensuring significant efficiency savings. My strengths are that I combine a coordinated approach to planning with knowledge of all aspects of project implementation, creating robust and sustainable solutions.

 

DR. SHANAVAS KOYA, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, SHANSCO INTERNATIONAL LLC

A Technology & HR Strategist with extensive experience leading IT & HR functions.

A leader who understands the power that comes from the symbiotic relationship between business and technology. A seasoned manager with a track record of delivering global IT & HR projects and creating impactful and high-performance teams across multiple functions.

Specialties:
– Strategic Planning of Technology & Talent
– IT Governance
– ERP Implementation
– Systems Development
– Project/ Program Management
– Vendor Management
– Talent Management
– Performance Management
– Succession Planning
– Organizational Development
– Mergers & Acquisitions
and last but not least, Change and Transformation management.

 

HARISH PANT, CHIEF BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION OFFICER, NTF INDIA

Dr. Harish Pant is presently the Chief Business Transformation Officer of NTF India Pvt. Ltd. –a leading manufacturing organization, Tier 1 supplier to OEMs, that specializes in engineering plastics and light-weight composites spanning entire gamut of End Customer Experiences, Styling and Concept Development, Product Design and large-scale Manufacturing catering to multiple sectors of the economy.

Prior to this Industry transformative role, he has been Managing Director of Hampson Industries Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore for more than a decade. He is an Industry Thought Leader, Global Mentor, Advisor, Sustainability Evangelist, Poet, Author, Blogger, Columnist, Key Note Speaker, Guest lecturer in top management and technical institutes across India.

He has developed a path breaking Global Sustainability Model and further carrying out research on Three Currencies Model for Social, Environmental and Economic impacts.

Dr. Pant is passionate about developing Next- Gen Leadership, Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and Skills Development initiatives across international and national platforms through lectures, workshops, presentations and knowledge share.

 

ANKALA SAIBABA, CHIEF ENGINEER, INDIAN RAILWAYS

Ankala Saibaba has a vast experience of 30 years in the planning, design and construction of major railway projects. He is presently heading a mega rail project at a cost of USD2.5 billion involving 53 tunnels and 125 bridges including “The World’s Tallest Rail Bridge” & “The longest rail tunnel in Northeast India”!

 

DEEPAK TRIPATHI, CHIEF MECHANICAL ENGINEER & HEAD OF ROLLING STOCK & O&M, KONKAN RAILWAYS

A professional with more than 25 years of experience in Rolling Stock Operation & Maintenance, Passenger & Freight Train Operation, Product & Vendor Development, Quality Assurance, Infrastructure & Technology Project Management. Extensively travelled abroad, have also worked with several organizations overseas in the areas of product, technology and business development.

A keen learner, researcher and trainer with doctoral (Ph. D) and postgraduate qualifications specializing in Operations, Quality and Lean Management. Authored Books, Research Papers in International Journals & Conferences, conducted Workshops & Seminars and Field Projects.

Contributions include performance transformation in large, multi-location establishments in Rolling Stock O&M, including implementation of Quality and Lean Management Systems and building human resource capabilities; Products & vendors development for rolling stocks including setting up new manufacturing and maintenance units; spearheading infrastructure & nurturing technology projects including for business development in India and Overseas.

 

MAURIZIO GIOVANNELLI, STRATEGIC ACCOUNT MANAGER FOR EU OPERATORS, SKF INSIGHT RAIL

Maurizio Giovannelli is an Industrial Engineer, graduated at the Politecnico of Turin (Italy) in 2003. He has been leading the development of SKF Insight Rail since 2014 and is now part of SKF global railway team as Strategic Account Manager for operators in Europe.

 

DHARMENDRA KUMAR PANDEY, CHIEF ENGINEER, L&T METRO RAIL HYDERABAD

Result-focused, professional with over 23 years of experience of Complete Railway Business Life Cycle including in Revenue Generation, Cost Optimization, Marketing, Business Development, Tender Management, Project Management, Client Service/Sales, Operation & Maintenance, Depot Management, DLP Management, Design, Contract Management, and Team Management

  • Attained proficiency in Project Management, design evaluation, Operation & Maintenance of complete Metro Rail Systems, High speed Locomotives and Railway systems etc.
  • Adept at dealing with maintenance and contractors of various Metro Rail Systems (MRTS) E.g. Rolling Stock, Signalling, Power Supply, Automatic Fare Collection, Telecommunication, Track, MEP, Civil structure, and Various Depot Equipment Suppliers
  • Adroit in management and completion of International and Domestic projects within budget & timeline from pre-tendering stage till project completion in Metro and Railway Projects
  • Attained proficiency in driving revenue growth, market & competitors’ analysis and Business Development activities like breaking new avenues & driving sales growth and establishing brands
  • Holds the merit of working in various European and Asian Countries like Spain, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Riyadh, Mauritius etc

 

JAVIER DE LA CRUZ GARCIA DIHINX, SERVICES & ANALYTICS ENGINEERING HEAD MANAGER, CAF S.A. RAIL SERVICES

Industrial engineer at Zaragoza University (Spain) and automotive engineering at Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France). He started working in automotive sector for Renault and IDIADA but in 2004 entered in the railway sector as North America and ROW Operation Manager for CAF. From 2012 to present he has been Ingenieering Director for CAF Rail Services being highest responsible for Digital Train LeadMind, RAMLCC and Maintenance ingenieering divisions.

Due to his experience and continuous formation (Artificial Intelligence: Imprications for Business Strategy (MIT Sloan School of Management), Digital Transformation Management (IE Business School), Big Data and Business (Deusto Business School) he was chosen by CAF Board of Directors to lead the Digital Transformation of the company.

 

CHRISTIAN SPRAUER, CEO, RAILNOVA – PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE

I founded Railnova in 2010 to create an end-to-end rail fleet predictive maintenance solution.
Railnova now has the best-in-class rail telematics and fleet management solution and a prestigious customer base, with DB Cargo, Eurotunnel, SNCF, SNCB Logistics, Alstom Transport, Alphatrains among it’s leading clients.

We monitor the condition of rail assets remotely as we can interface to any kind of manufacturer, field bus, or analog sensor. We transmit relevant data, convert diagnostics into actions in real time, and integrate seamlessly to our customer’s rail operations and maintenance planning via our fleet management dashboard.

 

DAVID MCGORMAN, DIGITAL DIRECTOR, UNIPART RAIL & MANAGING DIRECTOR, INSTRUMENTEL

Dr David McGorman, is MD of Instrumentel Ltd, a company that specialises in precision electronics and telemetry, including Condition Based Maintenance.

With significant experience in the management of technology companies and a strong technical background, David has a proven track record of delivering strategic projects within harsh and difficult to access environments, including the Rail Industry.

 

ADRIAN SUTTON, CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, VOTEX IoT

Adrian is Co-founder and Managing Director at Votex IoT, he brings a broad and deep skills set to the business having worked across multiple sectors and territories. He is highly experienced in managing complex programmes and projects to implement new target operating models to deliver digital and data driven £m savings, performance improvements and/or growth.

He’s used this knowledge, market awareness and connectivity to develop the propositions and team at Vortex IoT. He is a highly commercial and flexible individual with strategic IT and core business function knowledge.

Prior to founding Vortex IoT, Adrian spent 10 years working both independently and for blue-chip consultancies and System Integrator’s across both public and private sectors managing and delivering complex strategic transformation programmes and projects of work.

 

ESSAM SELIM, PROJECT MANAGER, EGYPTIAN RAILWAYS LOCOMOTIVE RENEWAL PROGRAM BY EBRD

A total of 40 years of experience, 32 years in the oil and gas business including 13 years in Abu Dhabi with the international organizations BP and Total, 23 years in oil and gas fields, 9 years in project management and business development, the last 9 years are in executive management post as Chairman and Managing Director of the Egyptian National Railways, since 2011, a freelance management consultant for Railways, metro, energy and oil.
Health, Safety & Environment (40 years), Project Management (15 Years)

Experienced the responsibility of project management from the contractor side for 9 years, this was also reinforced by two years diploma of the American University in Cairo which gives the different methodologies to control a project, Auditing & Evaluation (15 years), Quality Management (20 years)

Participated to prepare customized energy management solutions combine process and operational improvements with proven cultural change methodologies. Our technical support can help organization reduce energy costs, risks and carbon emissions, while gaining significant business advantage.

My responsible of the rolling stock fleet of 700 diesel- electric locomotives, 3500 passenger coaches and 6000 freight wagons.

 

ALI DAGIL, PROJECT DIRECTOR, ISTANBUL METRO

He graduated from Istanbul Technical University Electronics Engineering at 2009.

For 9 years at Metro Istanbul Transportation Company, He studied on several R&D projects mainly focused at Railway Environment and Digitalization. He worked as Project Manager, Design Analysis Chief, System Designer, Embedded Central Software Developer and also Field Implementor.

On his latest mission, He is working as signalling specialist for the certification company “Certifier”. He focuses on the Interoperability at the Regional Lines, Independent Safety Assessment and Railway certification processes.