Invited Speakers

Prof.Dr.Shaleen Singhal
Dean (Research and Partnerships),
TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi,
Visiting Fulbright Fellow Yale; Fellow HEA UK

Dr. Shaleen Singhal, is a Professor and Dean (Research and Relationships) at TERI School of Advanced Studies. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom and had been a Visiting Fulbright Fellow at the Yale University in 2018. Dr. Singhal has over 24 years of research, consultancy and teaching experience in areas relating to sustainable smart cities, climate change, sustainable consumption, redevelopment, public policy and planning. His PhD from Ulster of University, UK (now Ulster University) received the Global Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in 2009 and the Best Thesis in Built Environment, University of Ulster, and Faculty Award 2009. He had worked as lecturer in Sustainability Design at the School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster. He is the founding member of the International Universities Climate Alliance; member of the Global Urban Competitiveness Project Council, US; and member of the ProSPER.Net alliance in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Singhal has successfully led several multi-disciplinary research and consultancy assignments focusing on India and other developing countries. He had been the Principal Investigator of the EU-UNEP funded Switch Asia initiative on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP); and the Indian Lead Collaborator of the Indian European multi-level climate governance research networking programme. Inter-disciplinary research by him and his PhD scholars examines the challenges and solutions for cities. He had pioneered in structuring first-of-its-kind MTech programme on Urban Development Management in India; and the first masters' course on SCP with emerging economies perspective. Prof. Singhal contributes as an external PhD examiner, doctoral research committee member and guest faculty for research methodology at leading institutions such as IIT Kharagpur, CEPT, SPA, Nirma University, AKTU and Amity University in India.

Prof. Dr. Rohinton Emmanuel
Director of the BEAM Research Centre
Professor in Sustainable Design and Construction in Glasgow Caledonia University

Dr.Rohinton Emmanuel, is Professor in Sustainable Design and Construction in Glasgow Caledonia University and has over 20 years of University teaching experience in Sri Lanka, Sweden, USA and UK. As an Architect with urban design interests. He pioneered the inquiry of urban overheating in tropical cities and has taught and consulted on climate, energy and environment sensitive design, building and urban sustainability and its assessment, urban heat islands and energy efficiency. Rohinton leads the Sustainable Urban Environment Research Group (SUE-RG) and is an elected member of and Secretary to the Board of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC). He is also a member of a World Meteorological Organization Expert Team on Urban and Building Climatology and the Working Group on 'Climate Change and the Built Environment' (W108) of the International Council for Buildings (CIB). He had designed LEED certified buildings and has consulted widely in the area of energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. Current research includes the development of the next generation of building sustainability assessment systems, natural building materials and processes for energy efficiency in existing buildings and urban heat island measurement in Glasgow, funded by UK and EU funding bodies. Rohinton was the Secretary of the largest group of urban climate researchers, the International Association for Urban Climate (2010-2013) and was a member of the Expert Team on Urban and Building Climatology (ET 4.4) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as well as the CIB Working Group (W108) on "Buildings and Climate Change." Dr.Rohinton has authored over 150 research publications, including An Urban Approach to Climate Sensitive Design: Strategies for the Tropics (E&FN Spon Press, 2005), Carbon Management in the Built Environment (Routledge, 2012), Critical Concepts in Built Environment: Sustainable Buildings (Routledge, 2014) and Urban Climate Challenges in the Tropics (Imperial College Press, 2016).

Dr. Steffen Lehmann
Assoc. AIA, RIBA
Professor in Sustainable Design and Construction in Glasgow Caledonia University

Dr. Steffen Lehmann, Assoc. AIA, RIBA (born in Stuttgart, Germany) is an internationally recognized educator, scholar, author, designer, scientific researcher, and strategic leader. He is a tenured full Professor of Architecture & Urbanism in the USA, and the former Director of schools of architecture, including the UNLV School of Architecture in Las Vegas and the School of Built Environment in Perth, Australia. Since 2002, he has been a tenured full professor in a range of leadership roles at four research-intensive universities, on three continents: in the U.S., the UK, and Australia. He is Director of the interdisciplinary Urban Futures Lab, and CEO of the Future Cities Leadership Lab (see links below), where he is developing architectural and urban solutions for a rapidly changing profession, transforming society, and a warming climate. He has published 22 books and over 400 papers on the relationship between architecture and climate change; in the 1990s he coined the notion of Green Urbanism. Before joining UNLV, Steffen Lehmann was the chair-holder of the UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Urban Development for the Asia-Pacific Region, and in this function also visited Northern Cyprus. Steffen became a licensed architect in Berlin in January 1993, when he founded Steffen Lehmann Architekten & Staedtebau GmbH as a collective interdisciplinary practice engaged in research and design.

Education: After completing the German abitur in Stuttgart in 1983 and a Master's degree in Mainz, Germany in 1988, Steffen graduated with the AA Diploma from the Architectural Association School in London (1991, enabled by a DAAD scholarship); and later completed a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urbanism at the Technical University in Berlin (2003). He looks back at 30-years of experience in practice, and a 20-years distinguished career as a full professor. He has recently established si_architecture + urban design in Dubai with the ambitious aim to design and build the world's most sustainable projects.

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Prof. Ali A. Alraouf
Registered Architect & Urban Planner in Egypt, Bahrain & Qatar
Assoc. AIA, Middle East and Gulf Chapter
Professor at HBK University in Qatar Education City
Head of Capacity Building, Training, Research and Development Unit at Ministry of Municipality & Environment (MME) in Qatar
Leader of Green Urbanism and Planning Group at Qatar Green Building Council

Prof. Alraouf, born in Cairo, Egypt is an architect, urban designer and planner interested in research and practice related to architectural and comprehensive sustainable design and urban planning. He is focusing on researches within the domain of theory, criticism and creativity in architecture and urbanism. He was a Visiting Scholar at University of California at Berkeley-USA. Alraouf has held permanent and visiting teaching and research positions at regional and international universities. His teaching portfolio includes courses in graduate and undergraduate levels for Architectural History and Theory, Urban Design, Urban Planning, and Design Studios. Alraouf is a registered architect and urban planner in Egypt, Bahrain and Qatar. He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, Middle East and Gulf Chapter. Alraouf writes extensively in newspapers, periodicals and architectural magazines locally and internationally. He published more than 95 journal refereed papers, critical reviews, essays, in addition to books and book chapters. Alraouf's current research interests are: Knowledge-based Urban Development, Post-Carbon Contemporary Gulf Cities, Museums in the Gulf, Urban vitalization of historical districts, Knowledge and Creative cities. He serves in editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for international journals and conferences. He delivered lectures and presentations in over 25 countries. His teaching portfolio includes courses in graduate and undergraduate levels for Architectural History and Theory, Urban Design, Urban Planning, and Design Studios. His research interests and activities are centered on the impact of late capitalism on the architectural and urban transformations of Cairo, Doha, and Dubai. He has authored book chapters, articles in refereed journals, and numerous papers in conference proceedings. He serves in editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for international journals and conferences. He has been invited to present his research work at international institutions such as University of Oregon, Illinois Institute of Technology, Drury University, Cambridge University, University of Seoul, Malaysia International University, University of Belgrade, and American Universities in Beirut, Sharjah, Kuwait and Cairo. Alraouf is the recipient of number of awards including the innovation award in environmental and sustainable planning from Ministry of scientific research in Egypt 2000, Modern Science and Arts University (MSA) Teaching Excellence Award 2004, Best Research Paper in Sharjah International Conference for Urban Planning 2008 and Research Publication Achievement Award from University of Bahrain 2009. Alraouf was selected as member of 2012 Excel campaign at Qatar University and the distinguished speaker of the Arab Future Cities Summit 2016. In addition to teaching at HBK University in Qatar Education City, Alraouf is currently acts as Head of capacity building, training, research and development unit at Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) in Qatar. He is also the leader of Green Urbanism and Planning Group at Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC).