Interviews

Mr. Joe Kaeser

Mr. Joe Kaeser

President and Chief Executive Officer

Siemens AG

With its massive shale gas resources, the US has the opportunity to get re-industrialised in a big way with energy-intensive industries

I’m one of 386,000 dedicated Siemens employees worldwide. Together, we’re making real what matters. For us, “Ingenuity for life” means working relentlessly to create value for our customers and employees as well as for society – because I believe that companies must contribute to the welfare of society in a sustainable way. Joe Kaeser has been President and CEO of Siemens AG since 2013.

Katy George

Katy George

Director, McKinsey’s New Jersey office

McKinsey

The advances in manufacturing technologies that we are seeing are more exciting and potentially more disruptive than anything we’ve seen in a long time

Katy serves as the Managing Partner of the Mid-Atlantic Office and is a leader within the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice. She is also a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI's research on global economic, business, and technology trends.

Martin Schefter

Martin Schefter

CEO

First Sensor AG

I think there is no portal in the world that will reach all of our potential and existing customers. However, we are very satisfied...

Under his watch, First Sensor AG embarked on a healthy growth trajectory by pursuing a consistent strategy. Today, the company concentrates on the growth markets Industrial, Medical and Mobility via its three business units. The global business was systematically expanded, central processes were optimized, and the productivity was noticeably enhanced.

Michael Ziesemer

Michael Ziesemer

Chief Executive Officer

Endress+Hauser Group

The impact of digitalization is being felt deep in the value chain structures and it’s changing the business models.

Mr. Michael Ziesemer served as a Member of the Executive Board and is an In charge of Sales & Marketing and Member of the Executive Board at Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd. Mr. Ziesemer is the Founder of Systemplan Gmbh. He serves as an Executive Director of Finesse Solutions, LLC.

Raphael Binder

Raphael Binder

Head of Product Management

Syslogic GmbH

Plant Automation Technology has a very global presence and offers a tremendous service. And as a bonus, we are able to reach a very interesting target group.

" Over the last 25 years Syslogic has become synonymous in its industry with embedded industrial computers and HMI systems without compromise. In recent years, Syslogic expanded its product assortment to include embedded computer and HMI systems for mobile uses. "

Subir Pal

Subir Pal

Head of Discrete Automation and Motion Division

ABB India

Indian solar energy space is under-exploited. ABB India Ltd, a power and automation engineering company, is positioning itself for a bigger role in the solar energy space.

" Indian solar energy space is under-exploited. ABB India Ltd, a power and automation engineering company, is positioning itself for a bigger role in the solar energy space. India has an installed capacity of around 2,500 MW of grid-connected solar power, while the sector expects to add about 1,500 MW this year. The potential to grow in solar in India is very high as the Government aims to achieve a target of 10 GW by 2017, says Subir Pal, Head of Discrete Automation and Motion Division at ABB India. Subir Pal talks about the potential of India’s solar power sector and the company’s plans for the country. "

Takuichi Shimizu

Takuichi Shimizu

President

Omron Management Centre of India

The outlook for India’s economy is far better than a lot of other nations in many aspects and so, as a corporate, we are very positive about our performance – both as a team and as individuals

A self-confessed fan of butter chicken and halwa, Takuichi Shimizu, President, Omron Management Centre of India, is on his first stint in the country.

Roland Wagner

Roland Wagner

Head of Product Marketing

3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH

Automation technology improves work and product quality by transferring manually performed repetitive activities to machines or plants

" Automation technology improves work and product quality by transferring manually performed repetitive activities to machines or plants. Ultimately, this means that automation technology improves the quality of life of many people. "

Joseph Reger

Joseph Reger

Chief Technology Officer

Fujitsu

The infrastructure piece, the information piece, the big data piece, I would say all these are similar to other companies like Fujitsu,” says Reger. “The differentiator is the final piece

With a PhD from the University of Cologne in Germany, Reger has worked in the fields of theoretical physics and computer sciences at institutions in Europe and the US. He joined Fujitsu in 1998 as head of technology marketing, having previously been executive consultant and chief IT architect at IBM.

Soren Berg lorenzen

Soren Berg lorenzen

Managing Director

Danish Geothermal District Heating

Nothing beats knowledge and experience in making sure a geothermal project is well planned and executed

The red thread through my professional life is renewable energy. I am passionate about the green transformation of the energy sector. I have increasingly gained this opportunity to combine with my interest in management and work with people and development

Valerio Micale

Valerio Micale

Senior Project Manager

Climate Policy Initiative

Setting ambitious deployment targets can act as a signal to international private developers, investors and technology providers

I am an environmental professional with almost 10 years of experience in climate finance and sustainability and I currently work as senior analyst in the CPI Europe office, with a focus on clean investment, policy analysis, and risk analysis

Loay Ghazaleh

Loay Ghazaleh

Advisor

Ministry of Works, Bahrain

Many projects find that pre-stressed concrete provides the lowest overall cost, considering production and lifetime maintenance

Loay Ghazaleh, a 1986 Civil Engineering graduate from Texas A & M with Global MBA - Finance from Thunderbird , Arizona is backed by over 22 years diverse experience in government and private businesses spanning many sectors in several countries. Currently I work as the Advisor to H.E. Undersecretary of Works in Bahrain

Issam Ezzeddine

Issam Ezzeddine

Director-Architectural Design

National Engineering Bureau

The traditional construction system is gradually disappearing and new innovative methods will be welcomed by the industry in near future

33 years of design experience in the gulf region and the middle east..UAE, QATAR, KUWAIT, KSA and Lebanon.Experience in designing High rise buildings/ Towers,,Clients and developers awards in Designing Hospitality projects ( Hotel and resorts).

Ziad Hissoiny

Ziad Hissoiny

Assistant Vice President

DAMAC Properties Co.

As per my own experience I see that Middle East is still lagging behind the acceptance of the PCM in the construction comparing to what in the international market

A Competent Civil Engineer, 25 years of hands-on work experience.I have accumulated wide internationally recognized experience in many facets of the construction industries.

Curt Lindroth

Curt Lindroth

Area Sales Director

ELEMATIC

A good and thorough design will enable fast production, optimize cost efficiency and provide best possible quality of buildings

Providing investment goods for the building industry in the form of complete production plants, precast concrete machinery, precast manufacturing solutions for all needs to match highest standards for buildings considering the structural and architectural design.

Christopher Tebb

Christopher Tebb

BIM Practice Leader

Mott MacDonald

It (BIM) also allows for potential site logistical challenges to be modeled and mitigated prior to construction commencement

Chris is a chartered civil engineer with over ten years' experience working as project, information and design manager for projects using BIM within built environment and transportation sectors including for multi-discipline projects at all life-cycle stages of a scheme.

Lalit Dhamija

Lalit Dhamija

Team Leader (Procurement Process)

ADCO

Logistics challenges especially for Over Dimensional Consignments needs to be addressed during the procurement for prefabrication construction projects

Lalit Dhamija is team leader (procurement process) at ADCO and the chairman of the CIPS UAE Abu Dhabi branch. He has more than 35 years experience in the procurement and supply chain profession, working in both the public and private sectors.

Sean McQue

Sean McQue

ALEC

: The whole intention of introducing modular construction methodologies in construction projects is to make construction quicker and more efficient. These benefits should be shared by both the developers / clients as well as the contractors in a win / win arrangement

An experienced, successful Project Director with a track record of delivering large, complex construction projects as well as effective introduction and execution of innovative business wide operational initiatives.

Shapour Mehrkar

Shapour Mehrkar

Kling Consult

If elements of the building can be built earlier in a factory and provided their weight and size are such that the transportation of them is not too costly plus placement of these elements in the building is possible, then significant time can be saved and to some extent cost

Have over thirty years of experience in the analysis and design of structures. I started working in 1976 in Iran on the design of steel and concrete buildings against earthquake until 1984. After further education in UK, I jointed Gifford in 1988.

Marco Cau

Marco Cau

Vice President

Novasina Switzerland

Our long-term strategy and mission is to provide high-end products, which excel in quality and longevity and always having a clear focus on customer's needs

Since its establishment more than 50 years ago, the company Novasina has specialized in the accurate measuring of air and material humidity. The basis was the world’s first, self-developed electronic measuring sensor for humidity measurement.

Amr Mohamed Elsayed Metwally

Amr Mohamed Elsayed Metwally

Head of Architecture Division PMC

Hamad Medical Corporation

Modular construction must come with well-developed Building Information Modeling (BIM) as this will minimize the risk of design errors during the manufacturing process and will allow for a design to be properly tested for clashes and clearance zones

Amr Metwally as Lead Architect Designer for the MENA Region has been a key figure in the region for the past 12 years in developing both sustainable and visionary architectural award winning healthcare.

Mr. Jayakumar V

Mr. Jayakumar V

Director

Autosys Engineering Pvt Ltd

Labor cost reduction is no longer the key deliverable of Automation. It has been replaced by consistency, accountability repeatability and measurability

Director at Autosys Engineering, Autosys Control Systems, Kore Mechatronics - Project Management Process Control and Automation Operational Excellence Personnel Ethics.

Nader Elhajj

Nader Elhajj

Director

Framecad Solutions

Greater use of prefabrication, preassembly, modularization, and off-site fabrication techniques and processes has led to widespread deployment and use of interoperable technology applications.

Nader Elhajj – Director of Middle East and Africa, FrameCad Solutions, Upper Marlboro, MD - Prior to his current position he was a project manager at the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, overseeing the research and development of alternative building materials and emerging technologies.

Mr. Charles Wemyss

Mr. Charles Wemyss

CEO

Litre Meter

Accuracy is always specified by suppliers but, surprisingly, is of less importance to users. The customer wants to know the reading will be correct day after day, year after year, so long term repeatability is the key metric

Specialties: Oil & Gas flow measurement and especially chemical injection measurement over the last twenty five years; positive displacement meters and coriolis mass meters.

Captain Hung Nguyen

Captain Hung Nguyen

Former U.S. Coast Guard Captain Co-chair

Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation Team

The most significant lessons learned from the oil-spill incident applied to the casualties – as well as increased compliance with the International Safety Management Code

Since his retirement from the Coast Guard, Captain Nguyen has served as a Transportation Security Executive and Director, Global HSE Programs. In these capacities, Captain Nguyen successfully developed and implemented many process safety management tools that enhanced his organizations' performance excellence.

Ms. Kaila Haines

Ms. Kaila Haines

Marketing and PR Director

Nidec ASI