Planning Our Future: Desirable, Efficient and Sustainable


Dr. Ahmed Abukhater
Boeing, Sr. Product Management Leadership

An award-winning author and TED speaker, Dr. Ahmed Abukhater is an architect, environmental scientist, and an urban and regional planner by trade. Throughout his career, he served in a variety of senior and executive positions in both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including Product Management and Innovation Leadership at Boeing, Senior Director of Mapping and GIS at Trimble, Global Director of Product Management at Pitney Bowes, Esri’s Global Industry Manager for Planning and Community Development and Director of PLACES (Planning, Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Sustainability).

His experience ranges from the technological and practical aspects of planning to public policy and implementation matters. Dr. Abukhater is a noted expert in a number of areas including GIS/Geospatial and navigation solutions, strategic marketing and product management, planning and community development, and trans-boundary water resources management and conflict resolution.


He holds a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, Executive Education in Public Leadership from Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a dual Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelors degree in Architectural Engineering. Throughout his career, Dr. Abukhater has authored numerous publications, served on many governing and advisory boards, and received over 20 prestigious awards for his work.


Today our planet is challenged with complex environmental, economic, and social equity issues. Governments, businesses and communities aim at balancing these three often competing issues while maintaining adequate public engagement and development agenda. This calls for a coherent and integrated strategy and collaborative approach to understanding and managing these issues enabled by participatory technology implementation. This highlights the need to provide a complete, end-to-end solution to support development and workflow management to achieve sustainable desired future conditions.

This session will provide a quick overview of the current challenges faced by communities around the globe and will articulate the need and value for an integrated technology implementation approach to achieving sustainability. It will also feature real life examples of how this integrated approach enables various communities to successfully streamline the various project lifecycle components, with accurate and relevant data and more efficient and compatible analytical and visualization capabilities.