Conference: 26th September 2017
Address Boulevard, Dubai, UAE

The future of work is on everyone’s agenda. This event brings thought leaders together to share cutting edge ideas on the future, from both a people and technology perspective. It will allow an understanding of the key drivers of change and enablers of innovation that will shape how, where and when work takes place. Our global speakers will explore future technologies, cutting edge award-winning workplaces and people, change and engagement.

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Sessions include:

The Self-Learning Workplace

Ulrich Blum, Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects

How can the office building learn from daily usage patterns and develop into a continuously evolving ecosystem?

The race towards smartest workforce: artificial intelligence, blockchain and robots

Aiham Al-Akhras, Director at Gartner

Aiham discusses emerging hot topics in the region such as the development of smart workforces, artificial intelligence, blockchain and robots.

Smartworking: Solutions for Connecting People

Nathan Hurley, Realising Smartworking, Orangebox

Nathan explores changes in our workplace, with a focus on activity-based working, looking at increased effectiveness. Rules have changed, it’s about creating connections between people, not furniture. Spaces need to promote productivity, as we have to solve increasingly complex work settings that are often project critical.

App-Centric Workplace

Philip Ross, CEO and Founder, UnWork

Philip explores the new digital workplace. With apps everywhere, both in life and in work, (there were over 100 billion app downloads last year alone!) , apps are transforming business and the way people work. We explore the opportunities and threats faced by organisations as they embrace this key trend.

The Importance of Wellbeing


The new ministry aims to promote the UAE’s plans, programmes and policies to promote the happiness of the UAE society.

Natural Working Environments

Carla M Arias, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, Canadian University Dubai

We spend a third of our lives at work. That time alone highlights the impact the place we work can have on our lives. Carla will discuss the power of Biophilia and Natural Working Environments in the workplace to engage employees and clients, how to integrate health and wellbeing into everything we do.

Organic Spaces

Frank Rexach, Vice president and General Manager of Haworth Asia Pacific
Viswesh Sathi, Director Strategic Services, Haworth

In the uncertain world we live in, clients are looking for ways to create spaces to facilitate innovation while also maintaining and evolving this footprint leveraging analytics. Haworth has developed a model to support clients on this journey and will share how customers are leveraging this new approach to future proof their CRE investment.

Expert Panel: The Occupiers Perspective

Maryanne Iles, Portfolio Manager at Shell Scott Barras, Regional Head of Property, Standard Chartered Meg Forbes, Business Leader, MEA, Mastercard

Changing corporate working patterns that are driving workplace property demands and impacting property choices

Invisible Cities: People, Place and the Future

Primo Orpilla, Co-Founder and Principal, Studio O+A

We will examine the future of living and working in world cities. Primo is one of the world's most innovative designers. Based in San Francisco he has created some of the most cutting edge workplaces in Silicon Valley and beyond. His work for Microsoft, Evernote, Facebook, AOL, Yelp, Levi Strauss and many others has pushed the boundaries and introduced a range of new ideas and concepts. Primo will share the latest trends and ideas from the USA and understand where workplace is heading…. He will talk about the invisibility of workplace and how the lines between work and life balance are becoming so blurred that one does not know where it begins and ends any more. We tend to work anytime anywhere it is convenient. Because of that and the fact that the workforce is getting younger, a new type of work environment is emerging.


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