UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH MANSOUR BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN, VICE PRESIDENT, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE PRESIDENTIAL COURT

8-10 October 2024

ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE

SETTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE AND GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY IN MOTION

STRATEGIC CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

STRATEGIC CONFERENCE SPEAKERS AND VISIONARIES

REALISING RAIL’S TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL FOR ECONOMIES, COMMUNITIES AND CLIMATE THROUGH COLLABORATION, INTEGRATION, AND INNOVATION


Held under the theme, ‘Setting Rail Infrastructure and Global Connectivity in Motion Global Rail 2024 will unite policymakers, network operators, transport authorities, financiers, technology pioneers, developers and OEMs, to discuss actionable strategies for realising rail’s transformative potential for communities, climate, and economies.

The three-day Global Rail Strategic Conference will identify strategic pathways for unlocking value in the railway project lifecycle, through global and cross-sector collaboration supported by regulation and policy mechanisms designed to accelerate innovation, scale new technologies, advance digital transformation and unlock rail’s potential as an enabler of economic growth, supply chain resilience and decarbonisation.

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STRATEGIC CONFERENCE THEMES

Intermodal Connectivity

Increasing rail’s inter-modal share of passengers and freight, through collaboration and integration across transport modes and networks, to future-proof supply chains and drive economic growth.

Smart Mobility

Harnessing the proliferation of transport data to drive interoperability and real-time collaboration across transport networks, for the seamless movement of people and goods.

Digital Transformation And Communications

Leveraging 5G communications technology to realise the transformative potential of AI, IoT and automation, for passenger experience, operational efficiency and business model innovation.

Infrastructure Resilience

Increasing the ability of rail systems to withstand extreme weather and unforeseen events through collaboration between project stakeholders, supported by digital technologies and infrastructure innovation.

Sustainability

Capitalising on rail’s role in global decarbonisation agendas by positioning rail at the center of sustainable transport policies, to drive innovation and investment in electrification, alternative energy systems, and green technologies.

Cost Optimisation And Value Creation

Unlocking value in the rail project lifecycle through innovative partnership and procurement models, green financing, operational efficiency, and business model innovation supported by digital transformation and green technologies.

Policy And Governance

Developing innovative policy and governance frameworks to keep pace with innovation, reduce barriers to entry, improve interoperability of new systems, and reduce time to market for disruptive technologies with the potential to unlock value for rail project stakeholders.

Tuesday 08 October 2024

Wednesday 09 October 2024

Thursday 10 October 2024

10:00 11:00

Opening Ceremony

11:00 11:40

PANEL: Putting net zero back on track: integrating transport and energy policies to drive modal shift

11:40 12:30

PANEL: Harnessing the transformative potential of rail for economic growth and supply chain resiliency: outlook for global trade corridors

12:30 13:20

PANEL: All-aboard the alternative Silk Road: developing intercontinental Asia – Europe trade by rail

13:20 14:10

Networking Lunch

14:10 15:00

PANEL: Unlocking railway financing: closing the funding gap in Low and Lower - Middle Income Countries

15:00 15:50

PANEL: Innovative PPP models to drive competition and infrastructure resilience

15:50 16:40

PANEL: Beyond risk and return: unlocking capital for rail infrastructure development with ESG metrics

16:40 17:30

PANEL: Increasing the bankability of railways through transit-oriented development and strategic land use planning

17:30 18:15

PANEL: Profitable railways: lessons learned from self-sustainable freight and passenger networks

09:30 09:45

Opening Keynote

09:45 10:30

PANEL: From road to rail: policy and governance mechanisms to drive modal shift and advance decarbonisation agendas

10:30 11:15

PANEL: Balancing operational costs with sustainability goals on the path to greener networks

11:15 12:00

PANEL: Multimodal transportation: compete or cooperate with trucking, maritime and aviation?

12:00 12:45

The shippers experience: expectations and challenges for the customers of rail freight in global and Middle East perspectives

12:45 13:45

Networking lunch

13:45 14:30

PANEL: Navigating the economics of high-speed rail freight models: identifying successful HSRF business models

14:30 15:15

PANEL: Towards seamless end-to-end logistics: overcoming first-last mile integration challenges

15:15 16:00

PANEL: Keeping competition on track: the future of the passenger rail market in Europe and lessons learned for the Middle East region

16:00 16:45

PANEL: Unlocking modal shift through cross-border interoperability and network harmonisation

16:45 17:30

PANEL: Beyond the business case: fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration for high-speed rail success

17:30 18:15

PANEL: The evolving economics of long-distance passenger transport: experience versus speed

09:45 10:00

Opening Keynote

10:00 10:45

PANEL: Safe, secure and affordable: driving public transport modal share through digitalisation and connected mobility

10:45 11:15

PANEL: The 5G Railway: re-routing communications for resilient and sustainable transportation networks

11:15 12:00

PANEL: Intermodal MaaS: overcoming data security and governance challenges to unlock seamless mobility

12:00 12:45

The internet of trains and AI: developing standards for the creation of an intelligent, end-to-end transport value chain

12:45 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 14:30

PANEL: Resilient rail: a whole systems approach to future-proofing rail infrastructure

14:30 15:15

PANEL: Driving economies of scale in electrification: a whole ecosystem approach to railway decarbonisation

15:15 16:00

PANEL: Developing railway systems to ensure territorial cohesion and boost economic development

16:00 16:45

PANEL: Moving beyond high speed: elevating rail to meet climate goals

16:45

Close of Global Rail 2024 Strategic Conference

Tuesday 08 October 2024

Wednesday 09 October 2024

Thursday 10 October 2024

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