Engagements

I am continuously involved in various events, critical discussions, workshops and professional bodies as part of my role and career

Below is a list of my past engagements

  • Hadarat Global Business Innovation Leadership Summit & Woman Of Stature Global Awards: Business Negotiations Beyond Borders: Embracing Change & Transformation.
    Keynote Speaker
    May 2022
  • World Green Building Council Middle East and Africa Green Building Congress 2022
    Speaker and Panellist
    Mar 2022
  • The Decade Of Action Challenge Design Workshops On “RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSTRUCTION” organized by Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity
    Workshop Participant
    MENA Climate Week, Mar 2022
  • Middle East Consultant: The Path to Net Zero 
    Personnel Feature
    Feb 2022
  • New London Architecture: Net Zero City
    Author

    Feb 2022
  • International Women’s Day Forum hosted by Construction Voices
    Profile Feature
    Mar 2022
  • Women Changemakers hosted by Talk FM

    Guest
    Mar 2022

  • Construction Week Roundtable: Building an Inclusive Future
    Speaker
    Mar 2022
  • Press Release: The Middle East’s first book on transition to Net Zero offers an action-oriented roadmap to address regional and global concerns
    Download: EN | AR
    Mar 2022
  • Khaleej Time’s WKND Featurette
    Personnel Feature
    Mar 2022
  • International Women’s Day feature by Hloov
    Profile Feature
    Mar 2022
  • Net Zero City with Farah Naz with Vickypedia
    Guest
    Mar 2022
  • Net Zero City Discussion at University of Birmingham
    Speaker & Workshop
    Mar 2022
  • Net Zero City Book Launch at Canadian University Dubai
    Speaker & Author
    Mar 2022
  • Net Zero City Dialogue with RIBA Gulf Chapter
    Speaker
    Mar 2022
  • Net Zero City Seminar at Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    Speaker
    Mar 2022
  • International Women’s Day Forum hosted by UK Pavilion, Expo2020
    Panelist
    Mar 2022
  • International Women’s Day Forum hosted by Averda
    Keynote Speaker
    Mar 2022
  • The FUTUREngineering Career Talk hosted by Bentley Career Talk
    Speaker
    Mar 2022
  • Expo2020 Dubai Interview: Is Expo2020 Dubai the Blueprint of Sustainable Design for Future Climate Smart Cities
    Subject Matter Expert
    Jan 2022
  • Biodiversity Net Gain: Cohabiting With the Natural Habitat
    Panellist
    Nov 2021
  • Climate Change – Science, Civil Society & Big Business | British Council Alumni Network Event
    Speaker
    Nov 2021
  • Architecting Green Cities of Health & Happiness
    Moderator
    Oct 2021
  • Building in the Desert | RIBA Gulf
    Speaker
    Mar 2021
  • Architectural Association SED Virtual Symposium
    Presenter
    May 2020
  • Building Services Podcast Guest Speaker
    May 2020
    https://anchor.fm/buildingservices/episodes/Farah-Naz—Sustainability-Leader-on-how-to-prepare-for-Net-Zero-Carbon-Delivery-ee7m14
  • Cityscape Global Awards, MENA
    Judge
    May 2020
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMzjlJ-4QOw
  • AA SED Virtual Symposium
    Presenter
    May 2020
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6670896770236641280/
  • Net Zero Webinar series, Emirates Green Building Council: Net zero Energy Modeling Webinar Speaker
    May 2020
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seQ6qzefJyc&t=563s
  • Colab: Climate Emergency & The Built Environment, Dubai, UAE.
    Organiser and Speaker
    Feb 2020
  • Wentworth University of Technology, Boston, MA, USA Lunchtime Talk
    Speaker and Presenter
    Feb 2020
    https://www.facebook.com/events/191304192232272/
    https://alumni.wit.edu/s/1607/16/index.aspx?sid=1607&gid=1&pgid=1212&cid=2830&fid=2829
  • Cityscape Global Awards, MENA
    Judge
    October 2019
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6452385964257009664
  • Happiness in the city: Redesigning Urban Living International Symposium held in Kuwait. Organised by KFAS, Kuwait and RIBA Gulf
    Guest Speaker
    Oct 2019
    https://www.burohappold.com/what-we-do/specialisms/health-wellbeing-and-productivity/
    https://www.burohappold.com/news/burohappold-contributes-to-health-wellbeing-and-productivity-in-retail-report/
    https://www.professionalpensions.com/professional-pensions/profile/2445665/case-study-engineering-happiness-at-buro-happold
    https://www.burohappold.com/news/burohappold-becomes-first-global-engineering-firm-receive-just-label
  • Colab: Deciphering Computational Design for Buildings and Urban Habitats. Dubai, UAE.
    Organiser and Speaker
    May 2019
  • Women in Construction Summit
    Panellist
    May 2019
    https://2020.wicsummit.net/speakers-2019/
  • Early Engagement with Educational Institutions
    Panellist
    May 2019
  • From Data to Design, Industrial Colab in UAE, BuroHappold Dubai Office, Dubai UAE
    Organiser
    Feb 2019
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6378942079493566464
  • Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC)
    Board Member
    January – December 2018
  • Dubai Health Forum
    Organizer
    January 2018
    Participated with International Wellbeing Institute (IWBI), in an all-day workshop to raise awareness about the health and wellbeing of our built environment. The forum is a key step on Dubai’s journey to become a global pacesetter in innovative healthcare, and aims to bring together highly respected decision makers, health practitioners, international guest speakers, industry experts, multinational corporate and innovators launching next-generation, game-changing technologies.Conference Topics are :
    • Technology in Healthcare
    • Sustainable Health Systems
    • Governance Legislations & Medical Ethics
    • Healthcare Leadership
    • Investment for a Healthier & Happier Community
    • Health Workforce
    • Family Health & Well BeingThe event was a key driver towards :
    • Engage and network with various healthcare stakeholders to share ideas, perspectives, and forward-thinking trends
    • Share examples and innovative approaches for the region with regards to promoting and sustaining healthy lifestyles and healthcare delivery outcomes
    • Acquire actionable insights regarding Dubai’s future directions in healthcare.
    • Raise awareness of the role of building services industry’s contribution in establishing healthy building practices.
  • FIABCI International Real Estate Federation, Dubai, UAE.
    Organizer & Guest Speaker
    March 2018
    I was invited as Guest speaker at the 69th FIABCI World Congress on Happy Cities Conference, in Dubai, UAE.
    The topic of my presentation was: The Science of Happiness- Engineers Perspective.
    The presentation covered, how data driven design and feedback loop can help us address the science of happiness for the built environment.
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6396933501110849536
  • 7th Smart Landscape Conference 2018, Dubai, UAE.
    Organizer & Moderator
    May 2018
    I moderated a cross industry panel discussion with industry experts. The topic of the discussion was Sustainable Blue-Green Infrastructure, as the Building Blocks of a Liveable Urban Setting. We explored the design principles
    • To develop blue-green infrastructure that works for our cities in UAE.
    • Planning & design strategies for a healthy urban living environment
    • How do we make our cities more liveable? Blue-green infrastructure & its impact on society
    Moderator: Farah Naz, Associate Sustainability Consultant, BuroHappold Engineering
    · Aisha Al Abdooli, Director, Green Development, Ministry of Climate Change & Environment
    · Aisha Al Muhery, Head of Natural Resources Protection Section, Dubai Municipality
    · Andre Badawy, Regional Director, Landscape Architecture, Arcadis
    · Phil Dunn, Landscape Director, The Sustainable City
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6397324551973376000
  • Cityscape Global Conference, Dubai, UAE.
    Organizer & Guest Speaker
    October 2018
    I was invited as Guest speaker, to deliver a lecture on health, wellbeing and productivity in the built environment. The topic of my presentation was: Reimagining & Transforming our Buildings for Wellbeing, Health & Happiness.
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6452387340357812227
  • Next Generation Women Leader Arabia, UAE.
    Guest Speaker & Panellist
    October 2018
    I was invited as a Guest Speaker and Panellist to discuss diversity and inclusivity and women’s contribution in construction sector.
    Panel discussion was on Women at the forefront of sustainability
    • Educating a woman, educating the world: The importance of gender balance in sustainability
    • A showcase of current energy efficiency initiatives led by women across SEWA and TaqatiPanellist:
    Afra Alowais, Chief Efficienology Officer, Sharjah Electricity & water Authority
    Joyce Honeine, Senior Programme Manager, Taqati
    Nora Adel Metawia, ME Workplace Manager, LinkedIn
    Farah Naz, Sustainability & Innovation Leader, BuroHappold Consulting Engineers, UAE.
  • Cityscape Global Awards, MENA
    Judge
    October 2018
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6452385964257009664
  • Conference Topic: Retrofit Tech & Lighting Tech Abu Dhabi Summit, held on 12th Dec 2017
    Moderator
    December 2017
    I moderated a Cross Industry Panel Discussion on Enhancing building design and asset performance for energy consumption.
    • Debating execution, implementation of technologies and strategies for energy-efficient buildings
    • Discussing sustainability while leveraging technology across various sectors
    • What has been the experience from hotels on sustainability and retrofits in the region?
    • What are the lessons learned from HVAC & lighting retrofit projects in different sectors?
    • What are the emerging trends in building design: IoT, Data analytics, smart buildings and cloud services?
    Moderator: Farah Naz, Associate Sustainability Consultant, BuroHappold Engineering
    Panellists:
    Sasikumar Chandrasekharan, Director of Engineering, Emaar
    Hassan Younes, Director, Griffin Consulting
    Raffi Kazazian, Energy Solutions Director, TAQEEF
  • Judge Cityscape Global Awards, MENA
    Judge
    October 2017
    I have been serving as a member of the judging panel for the past few years. In the judging panel I represent Sustainability & Building Services Engineering, in evaluating awards submission from all around the globe.
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6452385964257009664
  • CIBSE UAE
    Member
    January – December 2017
  • WIBSE UAE
    Member
    January – December 2017
  • Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC)
    Board Member
    January – December 2017
  • Various local and foreign universities
    Work Placement & Mentorship
    May – August 2017
  • Heriot Watt University
    Mentor
    May – August 2017
  • CIBSE UAE
    Council Member
    WIBSE UAE
    Chair
    May – August 2017
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6385466058253357056
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6384364001421295616
  • Construction Innovation Forum held in Dubai, UAE, held on 25th April, 2017
    Organizer & Guest Speaker
    April 2017
    The conference was attended by 250 people, including developers, government officials, architects and our competitive engineers.
    I was invited as Speaker and Panellist for the following session.
    Discussion topic was Sustainability in Construction and How Technology can reduce Energy Consumption.
    • While Dubai was ranked first out of eight Middle East cities covered in the recent Sustainable Cities Index report, it came in as low as in the 52nd position, globally while other regional cities lag way behind. With sustainability as one of the central themes of Expo 2020, how will one of the fastest growing economies in the world, transform itself into one of the most sustainable city and will others’ in UAE follow?
    • What initiatives have the government introduced, to encourage sustainable building in the Middle East?
    • Can technology help slash energy consumption in the region to more sustainable levels?
    • Does adopting sustainable practices cost money or can it save money in the long run?
  • Conference Topic: Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017
    Panellist & Moderator
    May 2017
    I was invited as a Panel Moderator for Interactive Panel Discussion on Trends in Sustainability for Smart Skyscrapers. The discussion covered the following topics
    • Trends in Sustainability for Skyscrapers in the region
    • Envelope shape, tectonics & functionality of High performance towers
    • Smart skyscrapers in a smart city – Are we there yet?
    • Ask the architect – What are tomorrow’s drivers for tall buildings?
    Moderator: Farah Naz, Sustainability & Innovation Leader, BuroHappold Consulting Engineers, UAE.
    Panellist:
    Chris Jones, Partner – Middle East & Europe, 10 Design
    Kevin Sullivan, Head of Commissioning, KEO International Consultants
    Sougata Nandi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Energy and Environmental Efficiency Advisory