113th Edition – Zak World of Façades UAE

This will be the 113th edition globally and the 8th edition in UAE which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
A professional with 20 years of extensive experience, and solid technical knowledge, covering the design, specification, construction, testing and commissioning of building envelopes. Mr. Abbas holds dual major degrees in engineering, a Master’s degree in Façade Engineering, and a Bachelor...
Senior Façade Engineer, Maffeis Engineering
Renato studied master’s degree in industrial engineering and joined the façade industry in January 2001.He has an extensive experience in the design of façade systems with a wide range of materials such as aluminium, steel, curved glass, special laminated glass,...
Partner Architect, Foster and Partners
Ill Sam Park studied architecture at Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, joining Foster + Partners in 2006. He worked on a variety of award-winning projects across Asia and the Middle East, such as World Trade Centre Souk mixed-use...
Regional Architecture Director ME | Global Design Principal, Jacobs
Abdelkader has over 20 years of extensive experience in architecture in different world leading markets around the world. Starting in the UK and focusing primarily on design development of multi million pound projects for both, the public and private sector...
Marketing Director - AME, Guardian Glass
Jasmin is the Marketing Director for Africa & Middle East for Guardian Glass, working with glass industry experts in the region to help them see what’s possible™. With 20 years in the glass industry and a degree in electromechanics, Jasmin...
Head of Specification - Gulf Countries, Saint-Gobain
Dorian is the Head of Specification for Saint-Gobain UAE. With a background of civil engineer, he has been working in sustainable and lightweight construction for the past 10 years in Europe and in the Middle-East. He and his team work...
Director of Projects, Nakheel
Moustafa is a seasoned civil engineer with 35 years of extensive Global construction management experience as a main contractor and developer representative in the gulf area including 20 years in Saudi Arabia, 15 years in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar,...
Head of Business Management, A. Proctor Group
Will has worked within the construction industry for nearly 20 years with a focus on building performance. Specialising in insulation, particularly advanced technology materials such as vacuum panels and aerogels. More recently he has been driving EWI systems to enhance...
Partner, Studio Libeskind
Before joining Studio Libeskind’s New York office in 2003, Yama Karim had already collaborated with Daniel Libeskind for several years in the late 1990s in Berlin. He has brought extraordinary experience to the Studio, having served first as a senior...
As CEO of AESG, Saeed founded and built AESG into one of the Middle East and Europe’s largest and most respected specialist consultancy, engineering and advisory firms with a core focus on sustainable urban development. He holds a First-Class Master’s...
Office Director - Architecture, CallisonRTKL
Obada serves as Dubai Office Director and leads the architectural design efforts in the Middle East region. He is an award-winning architect with a passion for pushing the boundaries of design. Throughout his 18-year career, Obada’s design acknowledges not only...
Design Director, Dar Al-Handasah
With over 35 years’ experience at the offices of Foster and Partners, Squire and Partners, PRP Architects LLP and Broadway Malyan, Jeff has played a strategic design role on several iconic UK and International award-winning architectural schemes. He spent 15...
Regional Design Director, Atkins
Edward McIntosh was born in Ecuador, South America; where he received his first Professional Architect degree. During his years in Ecuador, Edward designed multiple commercial, sports and hospitality projects. Amongst these projects, the “Meson del Quijote” Eco-Resort stand out. This...
Specifications Manager - EMEA, Axalta Coating Systems
Mercè Berengueras joined Axalta in 1998 and with wide experience in technical, productive and commercial areas around the powder business. Since 2015 she is leading the European & middle east specifications team and has a very close link to Architects...
Regional Director - Middle East, Maffeis Engineering
Giovanni Zizioli is the Middle East Regional Director at Maffeis Engineering, a leading international consulting firm, headquartered in Italy. He has been involved in managing, planning, coordinating and designing projects over a wide range of engineering services and in four...
Commercial & Corporate Relations Director, Effisus MENA
Paulo Carvalho is Effisus commercial & corporate relations director, supporting the business with his skill set and experience in the international building construction industry. With a solid experience on sales, management, product development, and business strategy, his current focus is...
Sales Consultant - Middle East and South Africa, Kuraray
Jan Scheers is a Belgium born glass professional working as a consultant for Kuraray GmbH. He was born in Belgium (°1964) and started working for the US chemical giant DuPont after finishing his Bachelor in Marketing. He worked for 14...
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer + Sr. VP - Asia Pacific + MEA, Serge Ferrari
Nitin Govila is a senior-level International Director with diversified experience in managing business operations in B2B, B2C environments across different business categories at a Regional level. He has also handled international consulting assignments and global projects. Nitin is based out...
Head of Specialist Services, WSP Middle East
Andy has over 25 years of experience in the field of Building and Construction, ranging from structural testing within the nuclear industry to fire testing. Having established the Dubai Cladding Technology Centre and Laboratory, and operated it for 10 years,...
CEO, Koltay Façades
Agnes Koltay has a Masters degree in Architecture (Hungary, USA) and in Façade Engineering (UK) and worked with award winning architects and multidisciplinary engineering companies before founding Koltay Façades, a boutique façade engineering consultancy firm, in 2011. She is the...
Managing Director, Werner Sobek Dubai
Benjamin has been working as a façade professional for 20 years with projects around the world and long-term positions in Stuttgart, London, New York and Dubai. After building up and heading the Dubai office of Werner Sobek in the position...
Head of Sales EMEA, Vector Foiltec
Phil Schneider is Head of Sales EMEA and responsible for the implementation of global sales processes within the Vector Foiltec Group. With a view on technology and engineering, but also on processes, overall solutions, and the clients view, he was...
Commercial Director, Schüco Middle East
Alastair Common was born in UK (1976) and finished his Civil Engineering studies with Honors. He started his career in the façade industry in 2002 and has since then obtained a wealth of knowledge through experience gained in Italy, Ireland,...
Managing Director, Schüco Middle East
Ammar Alul is the Managing Director of Schüco Middle East which is the regional headquarters of Schüco International KG that’s responsible for eleven countries across the Region.  He has been in the Middle East since 1996 and has held several...
Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology
Michelle graduate as an Architect with the PUC-PR University – Brazil. In the first years of her career she gained experience as an architect working in Brazil and Australia. In 2004, she has completed a Masters Degree in Structural and...
Conference Agenda
  • Climate Change and the need for Net Zero
  • Aligning with the Net Zero targets ahead of COP 28
  • Delivering Net Zero Carbon Developments
  • Solutions for the Al Wasl Tower façade in Dubai
  • LEED & whole façade calculation
  • New and trendy solutions for the city of the future
  • Case study: Al Mishraq: Creating a year-round active, outdoor space in Riyadh
  • Case Study: Central Park: Using design to boost wellbeing
  • Breather and AVCL systems
  • Relax, It’s sealed with ProFlex | Elongation & Fire Rated
  • Don’t compromise your project anymore
  • Case studies (GCC & UK)
  • Ideations and Innovations in façade design
  • Development and refinement of façade details
  • Delivering the intended architecture
  • Creating tempered spaces in the Gulf Region
  • Biophilic design with an ETFE system
  • Refurbishment of existing spaces (The Beach in Dubai)
  • Future is now! Enclosing full cities with sustainable building envelopes
  • Developing an unprecedented façade design
  • Establishing bespoke testing regime for durability and performance verification
  • Overcoming fabrication challenges of a seamless shell
  • Execution of a complete off site manufactured strategy
  • Innovation and globalization in façade solutions versus local limitations
  • Three locales – three different responses
  • Case studies from practice across the globe
  • Passive Design
  • Energy Generation
  • Sustainability and long-term running costs
  • Powder coatings & sustainability
  • Durability & functionalities
  • Contribution to LEED certifications
  • Competing demands and expectations in architecture
  • Are we expecting more and more performance from building envelopes?
  • Technological progress in design and in manufacturing: will dreams manifest in reality?
  • Introduction & system components
  • Performance (Thermal, Fire, Acoustic, Structural)
  • Comparison with traditional application
  • Sustainability
  • Overview on safety and security glazing
  • Acoustic guidelines for effective noise reduction with laminated safety glass
  • Case study: Tipolitografia Zardini - Zardini Typography
  • Case study: Kö-Bogen II, Europe’s largest green façade
  • Case study: Durst Headquarter, design and fabrication challenges
  • Architectural signature
  • Thermal & visual comfort, solar protection & energy savings
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect
  • Conformity & suitability to any fire norms & regulations
  • What do you think are the main causes of delays in our industry – be honest?
  • Tackling the differing points of views of the main players of the construction process, from design to handover
  • What can be done to improve the process and give more to the end-user?

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