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About World Workplace

Further to the robust development taking place in the region, World Workplace Forum Middle East will bring forward-thinking FM strategies and solutions to Dubai in an interactive, learning and networking event.

The Forum will focus on best practices for creating, maintaining and managing efficient facilities. Professionals representing all aspects of the built environment (facility management, real estate, information technology, human resources, engineering, architecture, design, security) will gain proven methodologies that can be put into practice immediately for direct results.

World Workplace is the most longstanding and well-respected facility management conference and exposition. Discover how to meet increasing demands, prepare for future needs and drive innovation in your facilities.

Why IFMA and RICS?

The IFMA-RICS collaboration represents the most significant evolution in the history of facility management, providing an unprecedented level of industry support to meet the growing demands of the 25 million FM practitioners around the world. The strength of IFMA in the FM sector complements that of RICS in the wider built environment. By extending its global reach in FM, RICS can support the establishment of FM as an attractive career option for the next generation and, together with IFMA, provide a talent path to drive best practices around the world. Leveraging RICS' focus on standards serves a unique fit for IFMA to unify strategy across the life cycle of the built environment, helping facility managers get a seat at the table earlier and more often.

Meet Our

Darrell D. Smith

Director of Central Services for Google's Bay Area Portfolio

Darrell D. Smith has more than 20 years of experience in facility management, with a wide range of industry experience in technology, retail, data centers and manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology from California Polytechnic State University, where he graduated cum laude and was featured on the President’s Honor List. Darrell is currently the director of Central Services for Google's Bay Area Portfolio in, California, USA. In this role he oversees a team that is responsible for the facility management, critical environments, planning and other facilities services at one of the most innovative companies in the world. Having spent his career at the intersection of real estate, big data and technology, Darrell believes in using technology as an enabler for driving data driven decisions. Darrell has spoken at and keynoted several industry events anchored on technology and innovation, including Realcomm, the Maintenance and Reliability Conference, the Mainstream Conference in Australia, TechReady in New Zealand, the International Green Building Conference in Singapore, CoreNet Global and IFMA’s Facility Fusion Conference and Expo. He previously served on the board of directors for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association for Facilities Engineering, has been a longtime advisor for RealComm. Darrell is excited to be on his second term on IFMA's Board of Directors.

Robert Jackson

Director of the Royal institution of chartered surveyors (RICS)

Rob joined the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as a Director in 2013. Prior to this he spent over 20 years working in senior management roles in the Middle East; including the management of 24 multi-disciplined businesses throughout the GCC, Asia and Asia Pacific with a team of over 1000 staff. His roles have been at senior management and global board level focussing on strategic growth, organisational change and efficient plan delivery. Rob sits on the Global Operating Group and is responsible for the RICS strategic growth plan and delivery in the Middle East and North Africa markets. He is leading several initiatives in the GCC where RICS are working with, and advising governments and regulators to create sustainable property markets underpinned by appropriate processes, standards and regulation.

William M. O'Neill, CFM

Chair, Global Board of Directors, IFMA

William O’Neill, CFM, served as a facility professional at the University of Minnesota. As an associate director, he lead one of five University of Minnesota facility management districts that provide maintenance, custodial, construction, energy management and administration services throughout the university. O’Neill is also current past chair of the University of Minnesota civil service committee and was contributor of the core group which created the University of Minnesota’s strategic plan (2014). O’Neill has more than 25 years of experience in facilities, having previously held positions as associate director of facilities management central services, construction manager and facilities manager. As associate director of central services, he was responsible for directing construction, recycling, waste and reuse, as well as signs and graphics business units across 23 million square feet of facilities. As construction manager he created a design build model of in-house project delivery — integrating and collaborating with internal stakeholders and facility management organizations. As facilities manager, he led and managed operations of multi-use academic facilities within a large, urban university campus environment. O’Neill’s strategic orientation and operation experience provides him with expertise to work within complex, evolving work environments. He believes change is the constant, making it his mission as an IFMA board officer to use it to the benefit of IFMA’s future. O’Neill earned a Bachelor of Arts from William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J., and an MBA certificate from the University of Saint Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. In 2008, he earned his Certified Facility Manager® credential.

Stephen Morris

FM Standards Manager, RICS

Steve has worked within the Property Asset and Facility Management environment for over thirty years; nineteen years within the UK, and for the last twelve years in the Middle East. His experience includes client, managing agent and facilities management services roles across the built asset environment, and delivering facility management strategy to implement tactical solutions, and operational delivery. He is committed to the recognition of Facility Management as a strategic function, and the promotion of a global standard that will integrate client/asset owners and the service industry.


Group CEO, EFS Facilities Services Group

Tariq Chauhan, 53, is the Group CEO of EFS Facilities Services Group, an industry leader in Global Facilities & Infrastructure Management across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. He is an accomplished business leader, widely hailed for establishing EFS as an emerging global and premium FM Brand. Under his leadership, since 2009, EFS has risen as a leader in Integrated Facilities & Infrastructure Management services solutions. Within this period EFS has achieved a sustained growth on year on year in double digits and crossing the US$ 1Billion in contracts. Tariq is a seasoned professional entrepreneur and a Harvard Alumni, with over 29 years’ experience of leading profitable business ventures including an impressive portfolio of acquisitions to his credit. He has gained substantial business foresight and insights through progression at various levels with global multinational banks through middle and senior executive positions in international banks as well business deep dive as SME entrepreneur in IT and Structured Finance services. Tariq is an acclaimed thought leader and hailed as a visionary pioneer in the integrated facilities management industry across Asia, Middle East & Africa. He keenly engages with large government institutions in the region & international bodies such as IFMA, RICS to strengthen the case of international Facilities & infrastructure Management.

Lionel Prodgers

Managing Director, Agents4RM

Lionel Prodgers has been influential in shaping the development of facilities management practice over many years. He has worked extensively on facilities management projects internationally and as adviser to many blue chip companies, institutions and the public sector. Recent assignments have included work throughout the Gulf Region and in Australia, S.E. Asia and Eastern Europe as well as the U.K. Lionel has been at the forefront in developing Service Level Agreements and Key Performance Indicators and is actively engaged in trialling new technology tools and applications for measuring performance across the whole lifecycle of asset and facilities management.


Director – Facilities Management Consultancy, Mace Macro International Ltd

Chris is a highly experienced Strategic Asset Management consultant. He provides the role of trusted advisor, for supplier and client organisations, in both the public and private sectors. His experience encompasses the UK, the GCC region, South Africa and India. A Chartered Engineer by profession with over 28 years’ experience, Chris has worked in the independent consultancy, property management, cultural, building services and construction industries. As well as providing a range of FM consultancy services across the asset lifecycle including design reviews, operational and lifecycle cost modelling and FM tender process management, he has created and developed strategic asset management plans, enabling the delivery of efficient and effective FM in client organisations. He actively promotes a whole-life approach to asset management, and has applied his expertise in the commercial, residential, healthcare, leisure, educational, industrial, cultural and PFI/PPP sectors.

Alex Davies

Managing Director, Emrill Services LLC

With experience in asset management and maintenance services spanning close to 20 years, including 10 years in facilities management, Alex has consistently been ranked top 5 in the fmME Power 50 List, the annual independent ranking of the Middle East’s most influential FM executives. Alex is a results-orientated leader who believes in the value of team work, and has a proven track record of driving business excellence by aligning key business initiatives to support sustainable business growth. This is achieved by developing effective long-term value partnerships with clients, suppliers and stakeholders. He leads high performing teams through strong communication, empowerment and engagement to deliver service excellence. His inclusive leadership style and drive for excellence empowers his teams to be creative, innovative, and effective in delivering the highest quality FM services. Ultimately, his objective is to deliver “preferred places to live, work and visit.”

Mohammed Al Riyamy

PDO Corporate Real Estate, Operational Excellence Lead
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

Mohammed’s professional background is in mechanical engineering graduate from Sultan Qaboos University. He achieved a Master’s degree in Building Services Engineering from UK Herriot-Watt University. He has 25 years’ experience in senior roles in project management, construction, change management, facilities management and estate services in the public sector and oil and gas industry. He is a chartered member of CIBSE in the UK and the Arab Federation of Engineers. More recently Mohammed joined PDO’s Real Estate Department in 2013, as Contract Holder of a newly formed Integrated Facility Management (IFM) service supporting PDO’s oil and gas operations. He is responsible for one of the largest FM contracts in the Middle East in terms of value and complexity, and he has been proactive in executing PDO real estate strategy by driving change and efficiencies in addition to a cost down programme in collaboration with its supply chain partners.

Asif Siddique

Managing Director Deyaar Facilities Management

An industry professional with over 27 years of experience in the region with various Business and Corporate entities,Asif brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Asset Management, Property Management & Facility Management sectors. Having a Master’s degree in InternationalManagement and a BSc degree in Mathematics& Economics, Asifmanages Deyaar’s portfolio of properties asAsset Management. In addition, he is currently spearheading Deyaar Facilities Management (DFM)and also serves on multiple boards as a member Owner’s Association Management. With a solid background in Strategic Planning and Management, Asif plays a pivotal role as an Advisor for Strategy & Business Development for Deyaar Group. Highly effective leadership and focus on the Company’s vision and mission statements, DFMis committed to create a niche for itself within the FM industry. DFM is geared to redefine industry benchmarks with innovation in technology and investing in its personnel.


Smart Buildings Workplace Strategy Director EMEA, JLL

Expert in the field of workplace consultancy with over 20 years’ of experience in implementing workplace transformation briefing, strategy, master planning, concept design and change management. Ana Stanojevic is responsible for managing JLL’s Workplace Strategy - EMEA Smart Building Programme. Ana is UK Human Experience Ambassador and JLL Productive Buildings Advisory board member. Working together with JLL Upstream Sustainability & Engineering, Ana offers in depth support and expertise by combining Workplace, Health and Wellbeing & Energy Management knowledge to drive productivity gains and environmental performance, with the robust technical base to support insight into workplace performance.


Operations Director, ICD Brookfield

Brant Fletcher is the Operations Director at ICD Brookfield Management Limited, appointed from the early design stage of ICD Brookfield Place in 2015. Mr Fletcher is an Operations Management professional with diverse experience in managing solution delivery and advising on facility services and operational design for property owners, developers, occupiers and operators across Australasia and the Middle East. His appointment at Brookfield activates the group’s foresight to provide a post-building completion perspective to design teams, ensuring proficiency and completeness of building operational preparedness with a focus on tenant experience and whole of life management.


Executive Director & Co-Founder, EcoDomus Inc.

Mitch is the Co-Founder of EcoDomus Inc. and Founder of View By View, Inc., which he propelled from its initial role as an architectural visualization service bureau in 1990 to its current status as one of the first companies to have taken BIM through the entire construction process. Mitch was born in Poland, and educated in Europe, South Africa and the USA in architecture and construction project management. He is a frequent speaker on digital architecture and BIM, has been involved in international architectural competitions for the last 30 years, and has won several awards including the 2005 “Digie” Award for the Best Use of Automation-Architectural Design. His 3D digital work on the "Greening of the White House" is permanently on display at the Old Executive Office Building, The White House, Washington D.C. Together with CREST, he also produced the "Greening of the White House" interactive CD-ROM, an environmental project funded by the department of Energy and published by the American Institute of Architects, Washington DC. The CD-ROM was demonstrated by the then First Lady Mrs. Hillary R. Clinton and premiered on the "Good Morning America" TV show.


Director, AESG

Saeed is the Director at AESG, a firm specialising in the provision of specialist consultancy and commissioning services throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa through its offices in Dubai, London and Abu Dhabi. He holds a First Class Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath. As well as his professional role as Director of AESG, Saeed is currently the Chairman of the Emirates Green Building Council and a Board Member of the World Green Building Council. In this role, Saeed actively works in promoting the advancement of best practice and innovation in the building industry throughout the UAE and MENA region by working with industry, academia and government departments to develop collaborative solutions to some of the regions greatest challenges.

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