Business Engagement Summit 2019

Business Engagement Summit 2019 On Monday, 25th February 2019, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates organized jointly the 2nd edition of the Emirati-French Business Engagement Summit for future of mobility and innovation.

The event aimed to 

  • Strengthen  the  business  links  between  RTA  and  the  French  business community.
  • Work  on  potential  fields  of  mutual  cooperation  that  are  of  immediate interest to RTA.
  • Call  for  French  talents  in  the  transport  industry and urban innovations  to propose new technologies and business models.

Around 65 French companies and 200 C-level participants attended the event. It was an unique opportunity to meet the Roads and Transport Authority decision makers as well as French MNCs and startups in the transport and mobility industry.

Attendees included HE Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, Raja Rabia, Consul General of France in Dubai, and Patrick Pélata, Advisor to the French President for Autonomous Vehicle Affairs. The event drew the participation of 65 organisations representing French public and private sectors from both UAE and France.

The summit included two discussion panels, followed by three workshops:

  • the first panel was about "Commercial Transformation in the Context of Public Transport Services". Participants included Ibrahim Al Haddad, Director of Commercial and Investment at the RTA, Sophie Hassan, Head of Innovation for RATP DEV , Benoit Richard, CEO/Co-Founder of YUZO, and Francois Bruyant, Senior VP Business Development for the MEA Region of Transdev. 
  • the second discussion panel delt with "Future of Mobility: Digitalisation and Autonomous Vehicles" hosted speakers like Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO, Public Transport Agency and Head of the Smart & Sustainable Transport Committee at the RTA; Pierre Schaeffer, SVP Marketing Chief Officer of Thales; Pierre Chehwan, Director of Strategic Alliance and Institutional Relationship of NAVYA,; Arnaud Vitou, Deputy Director Autonomous Transport Systems of Transdev and Cyrille Giraudat, SVP Marketing Digital Innovation of RATP DEV.

Workshops included the following themes: 

  • Autonomous vehicles with a presentation from Khaled Abdulrahman Al Awadhi - Director, Transportation Systems Departement for the RTA, 
  • Smart Cities with a presentation from Maher Farid Shirah - Director, Information Technology Support Services for the RTA 
  • Use of Big Data & Digitalisation, with a presentation from Abdulla Al Bastaki - Director, Technology Strategy & Governance Department for the RTA

Workshops were followed by individual introductions from all the participants to the RTA, to explore synergies and possible cooperation.


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