6 - 8 September 2022

Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center

Building communities in support for a better tomorrow for the citizens, global business travellers and visitors of Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 transformation agenda has so far announced almost $1 trillion worth of infrastructure and real estate projects across the country.

The Saudi Infrastructure Summit will be focussing on bringing private and public stakeholders of these projects together to provide a platform to collaborate and discuss challenges on delivering infrastructure improvements, first class networks and delivering the cities, which will support the ambitious targets from the government to attract 100 million annual visitors to the country by 2030 and provide citizens with the cities of the future.


Who is invited to the Saudi Infrastructure Summit?

The summit provides a unique networking environment where leaders can exchange ideas freely. The event’s aspiration is to guide, inspire and support decisions. Attendees are limited to:

  • Government Official
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Managing Director
  • Partner
  • General Manager
  • Head of Infrastructure
  • Head of Water
  • Director of Infrastructure
  • Director of Water
  • Country Manager
  • Director of Utilities
  • Vice President
  • Engineering Director
  • Chief Engineering Officer
  • Regional Head

Saudi Infrastructure Summit

3:30 PM
4:00 PM
Opening Keynote
4:35 PM
Panel Discussion: Building resilient teams to future-proof infrastructure delivery

Saudi Vision 2030 has cascaded it’s objectives of a vibrant society, a thriving economy, an ambitious nation. One of the Vision Realization Programs, the Human Capability Development Program aims to ensure that citizens have the required capabilities to compete globally by instilling values and developing basic and future skills, as well as enhancing knowledge. The program focuses on developing a solid educational base for all citizens to instill values from an early age, while preparing the youth for the future local and global labor market.

  • What’s working and what needs to be improved to attract global talent and build a local workforce?
  • How can the public sector, industry and academia improve collaboration?
  • How can challenges of working on remote sites be overcome?
  • Staff retention – how can the industry attract expats for the longer term?
  • Is recruiting global talent to work off site a realistic fix?
  • How can we develop local talent to increase qualified professionals needed by the industry?

Alison Watson MBE HonFCInstCES Hon (HWU)Chief Executive Officer - Class of Your Own

Correy ConnawayInfrastructure Development Director - Qiddiya

Elie AlexandrosManaging Director - Consolidated Contractors Company

Ian RedmaynePartner, Middle East Region - Buro Happold

Stephen JonesTerritory Lead KSA - Mott McDonald

5:15 PM
Keynote: Learning from International best practice

  • Transforming infrastructure performance
  • Delivering lifecycle outcomes and successful contract models
  • Incentivising partners to drive a more sustainable, innovative and highly skilled industry

5:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Collaborating to deliver the infrastructure needed to support the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030

Through the National Industrial and Logistics Development program, Saudi Arabia aims to achieve its goals by developing world-class infrastructure for its sectors, designing new policies, and regulations to unlock value, increasing the value from the Kingdom’s resources and drastically improving global connectivity and access to markets.

  • How can project leaders improve knowledge transfer across projects?
  • What’s needed to improve contract models to deliver collaborative and successful contract models and project timelines? Can we incorporate the same models across projects?
  • How can standards and regulations be improved to support project delivery teams?
  • Funding – processes post-concept
  • Macro-Schedule for project delivery – what are the resources, materials, needed?
  • Is there a national or regional strategy for projects coming online in the next 10 years?
  • What can be delivered in what timeframe? realistic delivery, materials and resources (pipeline visibility)
  • Global construction boom – how can we overcome the challenges on talent and competition?

Dr. Anas BatawDirector - Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction, Heriot Watt University

Correy ConnawayInfrastructure Development Director - Qiddiya

Mark DysonDirector, Saudi Arabia - Turner & Townsend

Mark Jamieson CEng FICE CMgr FCMIMEA Council Member & UAE Country Representative - Institution of Civil Engineers

Neal CooteInfrastructure Executive Director - AMAALA

Paul PringSenior Director Infrastructure - Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Saleh Al ZahraniGeneral Manager - Saudi Accreditation Center

6:10 PM
Networking Break
6:40 PM
Keynote: Driving world class innovation in Saudi infrastructure

  • World innovation firsts supporting infrastructure for the future

6:55 PM
Panel Discussion: Mobility: Connecting and improving Saudi Arabia’s existing and future cities and communities

Electric vehicles and sustainable transport investment are re-thinking connectivity. Creative models in sustainable living are being built, and the preservation of unique natural habitats is central to a sustainable future for the Kingdom’s tourism industries.

  • How can we localise supply chains and is there is need for a national transport and logistics study?
  • Electrification of cities – challenges and benefits
  • How can digital twins support?
  • With the focus of new giga-projects –are we forgetting existing cities and how do we connect all regions?
  • Focus on the core projects for Riyadh

Andreas FlourouExecutive Director, Operations & Mobility - The Red Sea Development Company

Katarina Uherova HasbaniPartner and Global Director of Strategy and Advisory - AESG

Mohamed KhalilManaging Director, KSA - Alstom

Sameer DaoudManaging Director - KEO Infrastructure

7:25 PM
Fireside Chat – Infrastructure to support the drive for Saudi Arabia Net-Zero 2060

Saudi Arabia has a vital role to play in tackling climate change, and Vision 2030 is enabling the Kingdom to fulfil that role. Saudi Arabia aims to get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2060 and has established a SAR39bn fund to support sustainability.

  • De-risking infrastructure projects and promoting innovative financing solutions
  • Impact of infrastructure on carbon emissions as one of the key pillars of Vision 2030

A detailed set of enhanced health and safety measures to ensure the successful integration of exhibitions and events post-COVID-19.