KSA’s Madinah to host 4-day international conference on ‘humanizing cities’

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman
Updated 24 April 2018

KSA’s Madinah to host 4-day international conference on ‘humanizing cities’

  • The conference will review global trends in the areas of “humanization of cities” and “living cities
  • The event is being organized by the Development Authority of Madinah

JEDDAH: The First International Conference on Humanizing Cities will take place from May 7 to 10 at Taibah University in Madinah.

The event is being organized by the Development Authority of Madinah, under the patronage of Prince Faisal bin Salman, governor of Madinah region and chairman of the Development Authority of Madinah.

The conference will review global trends in the areas of “humanization of cities” and “living cities,” looking at modern ways to develop public places, city centers and neighborhoods to improve urban spaces and the quality of urban life, so that cities are more friendly and comfortable places to live.

There will be discussions of the best ways to develop cities, and of the most suitable local and international mechanisms for doing so to most benefit residents. Ways to encourage various sectors and communities to get involved in the initiatives and humanization projects will also be examined.

There will be 20 panel discussions, including presentations, case studies and open debates on the humanization of cities. The participants will include 20 international experts in the planning and development of cities, public areas and open spaces, and 27 distinguished local experts in architecture, design, planning and urban development. The speakers come from 14 countries, including Saudi Arabia, the US, Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Singapore, Indonesia, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt and Jordan.

A number of experts and academics will take part, including: Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, a professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Charles Landry, a British planner known for his studies on creative cities; Joel Kotkin; Michael Mahaffey; Khoo Teng Chye, director of the Center for Liveable Cities in Singapore; Michael Sorkin, a professor at Columbia University in New York; Fred Kent, the founder and president of the Public Spaces Project; and Herbert Dreiseitl, director of The Liveable Cities Lab.

The conference will also feature senior officials from the Kingdom and other Gulf countries, and Saudi mayors. Directors of regional and international organizations working in the field will also take part and visit the Development Authority of Madinah to discuss the current state and future of moves to humanize cities.

Speakers will discuss a number of key themes, including the principles and practices of achieving human cities, a review of how best to manage them, and the role of local authorities, highlighting planning and design, and the part played by public areas and open spaces.

Other aspects covered by the conference include the financing and the transformation of cities to make them more suitable for all residents. The integration of environmental sustainability with humanization programs will also be discussed, as will the role of culture and education.

The conference will also present and discuss the experiences gained through the projects and initiatives that are part of the Humanization Madinah project carried out by Madinah Development Authority, which aims to make Madinah an example for the development of modern cities.

The conference is targeted at specialists in ministries and other government agencies and bodies, leaders of local administrations, and employees of non-profit organizations, private-sector institutions, universities and specialized research centers, along with other researchers and individuals interested in the field.


Mohammed Al-Shammary, vice president at Saudi Aramco

Updated 10 min 35 sec ago

Mohammed Al-Shammary, vice president at Saudi Aramco

Mohammed Al-Shammary is the vice president of Saudi Aramco’s procurement and supply chain management.

He joined Aramco in 1981 and obtained a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of South California in 1987. During his tenure with the company, Al-Shammary has worked primarily in the upstream side of the business at several Aramco oil fields.

From 2000 to 2017, he held various leadership roles with the company, including manager of the Qatif and Abu Sa’fah development department, managing director of the London-based Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd., president and CEO of the Aramco Gulf Operation Company based in Al-Khafji and executive director of Saudi Aramco community services.

Al-Shammary has attended executive education programs at the London Business School and Oxford University.  He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and previously held the position of senior regional vice president for the Middle East for ASIS International.

In his current role, Al-Shammary is responsible for overseeing the inbound corporate supply chain, including the procurement of diversified project construction, operational and maintenance service contracts and the placement of material purchases for strategic and general supply commodities. 

He is also responsible for maximizing localization opportunities for materials and services, the management and control of corporate inventory, overseeing global materials logistics movements.

Speaking at a recent forum of industry leaders held in Dammam, Al-Shammary said the Saudi Aramco provided investment opportunities worth $40 billion to small and medium-size enterprises in the Kingdom. 

He also highlighted the role of Aramco in promoting investment opportunities in the country through different programs particularly in the energy sector.