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Tuesday, September 27 • 8:00am - 10:00am
(REF 27186) Role of Infrastructure on Sustainable Development - Convened by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

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Infrastructure is one of the key components of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Careful planning, designing, implementation, and operation of the infrastructures are necessary to create a sustainable infrastructure and to achieve target economic, social, and environmental goals within the framework of the sustainable development goals.
The aim of this symposium is to bring together the academic and policy-making community to exchange knowledge and insights regarding the roles that infrastructure can play in catalyzing sustainable development. The symposium will showcase state-of-the-art research carried out globally focusing on the impact of infrastructure on sustainable development, both for primary access to infrastructure services as well as more sophisticated infrastructure.


Infrastructures form the backbone of every society. Infrastructure systems provide essential services such as energy, water, waste management, transport, and telecommunications. The infrastructures are sustainable if they ensure economic, social, environmental, and institutional sustainability throughout the life cycle. In middle eastern countries, investment in infrastructure is at an all-time high. This also means that a large number of decisions are being made now that will affect the patterns of development for future generations. It is worth noting that infrastructure can also create harmful social and environmental impacts, increase vulnerability to natural disasters and leave an unsustainable burden of debt. Interestingly, these infrastructure investments are intended to increase economic prosperity and employment. It is possible to achieve the necessary economic, social, and environmental results within the framework of the sustainable development goals by the creation and use of sustainable infrastructure.
The talk in the symposium will cover the following topic, but not limited to only these:
• Sustainable Energy System's Requirements to Face the Global Energy Transition
• Adaptive pathways for resilient infrastructure
• Smart city and sustainable development
• Design of resilient road infrastructure
• Asset Maintenance
• Asset management of infrastructures
• Digital Infrastructure and sustainable development
• Transportation network and Road infrastructure.

Expected Outcomes

The symposium is expected to have the following outcomes:
• Dissemination of state-of-the-art research in sustainable and resilient infrastructures
• Will help to understand the best practices and policies across the world to aid sustainable infrastructure design and development
• Develop a white paper for sustainable infrastructure
• Develop a framework for infrastructure asset management

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Dr Khaled A. Mahdi

Secretary-General of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development
Khaled A. Mahdi is the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) and is the Program Director of the Country Plan Action Program of UNDP in Kuwait. He serves several high-level government boards, committees, such as the Public Authority for Industries... Read More →
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Dr Shaikha Al-Sanad

Program Manager / Research Scientist, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
Dr Shaikha Al-Sanad is the program manager for the Sustainability & Reliability of Infrastructure Program at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). The team is involved in risk and reliability assessment of infrastructures, structural health monitoring of various infrastructures... Read More →
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Dr. Osamah AlSayegh

Research Scientist., Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR).
Dr. Osamah Alsayegh is a Research Scientist at the Energy and Building Research Center, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). He was the Executive Director of the Energy and Building Research Center, Acting Executive Director of the Environment and Life Sciences Research... Read More →
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Dr. Hasan Kamal

Member of Kuwait Municipal Council., Kuwait Municipal Council.
Dr. Hasan Kamal is currently a Member-Elect of the Municipal Council of Kuwait, since 2013. He participated in membership of several committees, including the Technical Committee, Capital Governorate committee, Hawalli Governorate Committee, Environment Committee, Master Plan Committee... Read More →
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Prof. Eyad Masad

Zachry Professor and Executive Director for Global Partnerships, Texas A&M University at Qatar
Dr. Eyad Masad is a professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Program at Texas A&M at Qatar. He is also the Executive Director of Global Partnerships in the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station... Read More →
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Dr jafarali Parol

Research Scientist, KISR
Dr Jafarali Parol has Academic and industry experience for 20 years. He iscurrently working as a Scientist at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait. Prior to joining KISR, Dr Jafarali worked as a Scientist at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Ministry of... Read More →
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Akilu Yunusa-Kaltungo

Reader in Reliability and Maintenance Engineering, The University of Manchester
Akilu Yunusa-Kaltungo, (BEng, MSc, PGDip-Mgt, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FHEA), obtained his first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. He then joined LafargeHolcim Cement PLC, first as a junior Methods/Reliability engineer and later as the Maintenance... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2022 8:00am - 10:00am EDT