What Will The Future Look Like?

In an age of extraordinary disruption, how can digital transformation drive lasting value for industry and society – for a more secure, sustainable future? Join us and explore in three hybrid events the three key challenges: Urbanization - Digitalization - Sustainability

A Thought Leadership Event Series

Live from Expo 2020 Dubai

Through the lens of Urbanization (Nov 22, 2021), Digitalization (Dec 13, 2021) and Sustainability (Feb 22, 2022), our thought leadership program "What will the future look like?" will explore how our cities and industries can evolve beyond a framework for a world which no longer exists – and what we can expect of tech in the future to create a better tomorrow.


The series will spotlight expert perspectives, insights and experiences around digital-first innovation and strategy, placing these discussions within the context of a digital transformation landscape that signals a deeper, permanent paradigm shift for the way we do business, and the way we live.


Live from the heart of innovation ­at Expo 2020 Dubai, we're bringing together world-leading thinkers from across government, industry and academia to explore how technology and digitalization can help us rise to the unprecedented challenges of our time.


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Thriving, not just surviving – how innovative technology can enable the cities of the future.

Our cities were not built to deal on a day-to-day basis with the pressure caused by their exponential population growth, let alone in times of crisis. One and a half million people move to urban areas every week, piling more pressure on an already overstretched and outdated infrastructure.  But this crisis is also an opportunity. 85% of global GDP is generated in cities and these economic powerhouses can be formidable catalysts for change, helping fight poverty and inequality, as well as tackling climate change. The resilient and sustainable infrastructure that’s required to help realize this potential is within our reach and business, through its extraordinary technological innovation and creative thinking, has a key role to play in its realisation.


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  • 2:05pm - 2:20pm GST / 11:05am - 11:20am CET        
    Opening Keynote: Crossroads – the opportunity to create a better future for our cities
    with Dr. Raja Al Gurg
  • 2:30pm - 2:50pm GST / 11:30am - 11:50am CET

    Panel Discussion: Thriving, not just surviving – how innovative technology can enable the cities of the future

    with Aymeric Sarrazin, Nadimeh Mehra and Varkki Pallathucheril

    moderated by Helmut von Struve                


Can the digital transformation lead to more resilience?

Our world never stood still, but the global pandemic has brought extraordinary volatility: from changing market demands to fragile supply chains and resource scarcity.

Add the impact of climate change and urbanization, and we’re living through times of unprecedented change and disruption.

Accelerating the digital transformation of business is an essential response to these challenges, and at the heart of ensuring the ongoing success of digitalization is the effective use of data.

While it is growing exponentially, we’re only in the infancy of the data age.

How do we turn these circumstances into genuine value for business?


This session will explore how digital transformation can help cities and businesses continuously improve – becoming not just reactive, but predictive, adaptive and resilient to change.   


  • 2:00pm - 2:05pm GST / 11:00 - 11:05am CET
    Introduction – Transforming the Future
  • 2:05pm - 2:55pm GST / 11:05 - 11:55am CET
    Panel Discussion – The Impact of Data, Digitalization & Partnership
    with Her Excellency Sarah Bint Yousif Al Amiri, Ahmed Al Khatib & Dr. Roland Busch
    moderated by Lubna Bouza 


How can we transform sustainability challenges into opportunities to grow?

Resolving the complex problems of climate change and the escalating needs of urbanization and population growth is a mammoth challenge.

How do we reduce carbon emissions, whilst providing an affordable and reliable energy supply to a soaring population?

How can we increase productivity and improve quality, whilst conserving resources in our manufacturing? 

It is a challenge to which agile, collaborative business can rise – and in doing so transform industries and drive sustainable growth.

From energy efficient infrastructure and clean energy to smart mobility and clean manufacturing, this session will explore the challenges of a carbon-neutral future, consider why industrial transformation is so vital and examine how technology put to work through innovative partnerships can help build a better tomorrow.  


  • 2:00pm - 2:05pm GST / 11:00 - 11:05am CET
  • 2:05pm - 2:45pm GST / 11:05 - 11:45am CET
    Panel Discussion – Doing more with less: how industry can rise to the sustainability challenge
    with Asha Alexander, Daniel Render, Judith Wiese and our host Mohammed Aly Sergie