Expo 2020 challenges discussed
Dubai, November 24, 2013
The project management challenges of the Expo 2020 were discussed at a meeting held at du in Dubai.
The second meeting of the Project Management Executive Forum (PMEF) was held under the patronage of Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chancellor of The British University in Dubai.
Vice chancellor professor Abdullah Al Shamsi explained the importance of professional collaboration at the executive level for the advancement of Dubai and the nation.
“The British University in Dubai plays an important role in the project management field through its project management masters and Ph D programmes in addition to research done in this field in collaboration with the best international research institutions,” he said.
Ananda Bose, du’s chief corporate affairs officer, said: “This forum is fast becoming an essential platform to synthesise project management ideas from different industries and apply them for real life solutions management such as the Expo, which demands the highest level of PM skills and talent.”
Abid Mustafa, director corporate programme management office in du, and the chairman of PMEF, described Dubai as one big project and Expo 2020 as an important milestone in Dubai’s journey towards sustainability and a knowledge based economy.
The keynote speech was on the innovative ways Dubai can reduce its carbon footprint during Expo 2020 and beyond, which was followed by a series of short talks building on different facets of the expo.
The short talks included how communication enhances synergy between connected minds and breaks down silos that inhibit project delivery; the importance of managing knowledge during and after the Expo2020; UAE’s rich cultural diversity as a key enabler for the delivery of project work; and the project lessons learnt from Shanghai Expo 2010.
It was also announced that the next PMEF meeting will be hosted by Huawei in Dubai Media City in March next year. - TradeArabia News Service