Dr. Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad
Minister of Environment & Water, United Arab Emirates
In 2008, His Excellency/Dr. Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad was appointed as minister of UAE environment and water. He was born in 1964 in the emirate of Dubai. In addition to his ministerial position, he has been holding the position of chairman of Emirates Standards Authority since 2008. His Excellency/Dr. Rashid obtained Ph. D. in civil engineering (Environment hygiene) from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland (UK) in 2001. He also holds Masters Degree (Ms. Sc.) in Ecology from the UAE University-Al Ain, where he graduated in 1994. In addition, he holds bachelor degree (B. Sc.) in chemical engineering from North Eastern University, Boston-USA in, where he graduated in 1989.
In addition, His Excellency is also a member of Zayed International Award for Environment and board member of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International).
H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority; Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; Chairman of the World Green Economy Summit
H.E. Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer is Dubai Electricity & Water Authority’s MD&CEO since 1991. He is also the Vice Chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy since 2009, and he remarkably contributed to several initiatives and achievements, from Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to the initiation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park of 1000 MW among many others.
Mr. Al Tayer has graduated from USA in 1984 and has more than 27 years of global experience in the fields of telecommunication, energy and water. He is a member of Government of Dubai’s Executive Council, Dubai’s Economic Council, Chairman of the Dubai Infrastructure Committee, Chairman of Empower, Chairman of Dubai Nuclear Committee, member of the Higher Committee of the Emirates National Grid, Vice Chairman of Dubal, Vice Chairman of Emal and Vice Chairman of Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA).
Mr. Al Tayer also chairs the Dubai Global Energy Forum, Emirates Energy Award and he is the Founder and Chairman of WETEX – Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition. He has led initiatives to host the World Energy Forum in Dubai, marking the annual World Energy Day on 22 October, and organizing the first World Green Economy Summit in the Middle East region among others.
DEWA delivers electricity to over 600,000 customers and water to more than 500,000 customers across the Emirate of Dubai.
DEWA’s contribution to the economic development of Dubai has been an important factor in the Emirate’s rapid rise in the world ‘s commercial and industrial scene. As the Emirate continues its vibrant progress in all spheres, DEWA meets the growing demand for water and electricity by advanced planning, preparing the necessary groundwork and execution of its projects at the highest quality, safety and environmental standards.
Modernizing is a top priority for DEWA and their programs for the e-Government make a clear commitment to make DEWA more open and accessible to the public. Services are built around the needs and expectations of citizens, residents and businesses. They are easy to use and conveniently available and accessible.
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) was formed in August 2009 under Law 19 of 2009, issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum was appointed as Chairman for the Council and His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, as Vice Chairman. The Council consists of the following members: the Director General of the Department of Petroleum Affairs, the President & Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Aluminium Company (DUBAL), the Chief Executive Officer of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) and one representative each from the Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP), Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE), Dubai Municipality (DM) and Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee (DNEC). The Council has a Secretary General and an Advisory Committee from competent and specialized workforce. The new Governing body seeks to ensure that the Emirate’s growing economy will have sustainable energy while preserving the environment. The Authority is developing alternative and renewable energy sources for the Emirate, while increasing energy efficiency to reduce demand.
Ahmad Buti Al Muhairbi
Secretary General, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DCSE)
Ahmad Buti Al Muhairbi is the Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DCSE).
Al Muhairbi holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas. Prior to joining DCSE, he spent some 25 years in the oil and gas industry, working for ADNOC, ARCO Dubai, Margham Dubai Establishment, and Dubai Supply Authority. He is a Board Member of Dragon Oil Plc, and holds the Vice-Chairmanship of Dubai Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau for Electricity & Water.
H. E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi
Permanent Representative of the UAE to IRENA, Director of Energy and Climate Change, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs
H. E. Dr. Thani Al-Zeyoudi is the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the International Renewable Energy Agency “IRENA”. He acts as focal point for the UAE on issues relating to IRENA. Dr. Thani is also the Head of the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change “DECC” within the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), where he leads the team tasked with representing UAE interests internationally in energy and climate change issues as well as working as a catalyst to domestic partners to develop UAE policies in sustainability.
Prior to joining DECC, Dr. Al-Zeyoudi worked at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s initiative advancing renewable energy technologies and solutions, where he was part of the Clean Development Mechanism and ZAKUM Field for Abu Dhabi Marine Oil Company.
Dr. Al- Zeyoudi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Tulsa University, an MBA from New York Institute of Technology, MSc in Project Management from British University in Dubai, and a PhD in Strategy, Programme & Project Management from SKEMA Business School in France.
Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development Dubai Water & Electricity Authority (DEWA), Member of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Waleed Salman has been the EVP Strategy & Business Development with Dubai Water & Electricity Authority (DEWA) since 2007. He also serves as member of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, chairs Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence and Dubai Green Economy Partnership. Furthermore, he chairs and sits on the boards of a number of regional and national committees and companies.
Waleed Salman has a wealth of experience in the energy sector gained through 20 years of leadership positions. He graduated in 1991 with a B.S. Electronics Engineering degree from USA and has an MBA from the American University in Dubai.
Ahmad Bin Shafar
Ahmad is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the founding member of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), a position he has held since the company’s inception. Ahmad brings over 19 years of experience in senior management positions including 8 years with Standard Chartered Bank in the areas of Corporate and Retail Banking, Finance, Marketing and Customer Relations.
As CEO, Ahmad provides strategic direction and under his leadership, Empower has become the World’s Largest District Cooling Service Provider from capacity perspective within a short span of a decade. Ahmad is also the Chairman of the board of directors of Empower Logstor Insulated Pipe Systems (ELIPS), a strategic joint venture between Empower and Logstor (Denmark), a world leader in pre insulated pipe systems. Ahmad is also the member of International District Energy Association (IDEA) Board of Directors and is the first UAE national to be nominated to the IDEA Board.×
Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet
As French President François Hollande’s Special Envoy for the Protection of the Planet, Nicolas Hulot, a well-known French politician and former journalist, has a threefold mission: – to reach out to different communities on energy and climate challenges, and to promote the implementation of innovative new policies; – to keep up to date with the preparations of the 2015 “COP 21” in Paris (meeting of the parties of the UN Climate Change convention), where an international agreement and new commitments in terms of adaptation and climate change mitigation should be attained; – to raise the interest of public opinion, influential people and world leaders on such environmental priorities as the preservation of biodiversity, the protection of the oceans and the fight against trafficking in endangered species.×
Dr. Adnan Z. Amin
Director General, IRENA
Adnan Z. Amin is Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in April 2011. In this capacity, he is charged with the responsibility of establishing a sound institutional management structure and clear strategic vision for the implementation of the agency’s mandate to promote the adoption and use of renewable energy worldwide.
Mr. Amin has over 25 years of experience in the fields of international environment and sustainable development policy, as well as in the political, management, and interagency coordination functions of the United Nations (UN) work.
Senior Director, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Mr. Diab is the Strategy & Planning Director at Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Secretary General of Emirates Energy Award.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of New Orleans (1989), graduate of Hazardous Waste Institute at University of Louisville (1992) and an IRCA Quality Lead Assessor certification.
His career expands over 25 years of diversified experience in Business Planning, Strategy Development, Corporate Governance, Sustainability and HSE & Quality management Systems. He worked with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ADNOC Group (UAE) and Qatar Petrochemical Company before joining the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in April 2011.
His is actively involved in strategic development of diversified energy sources, demand & supply management in Dubai and devising work plans for achieving Dubai Integrate Energy Strategy 2030.
Back in 2004, BusinessWeek called John “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades.” In 2008, The Evening Standard named him among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru,” and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable.” And in 2009, a CSR International survey of the Top 100 CSR leaders placed John fourth: after Al Gore, Barack Obama and the late Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, and alongside Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank .
John has given over 1,000 speeches ranging from the World Economic Forum and company Board meetings through to major industry events. He continues to travel all over the world to speak on sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship, and ‘tomorrow’s bottom line’.
CEO, Denmark’s Export Credit Agency (EKF)
Anette Eberhard has been CEO of EKF – Denmark’s official export credit agency, since 2007.
EKF helps Danish companies make it possible and attractive for customers abroad to buy products and services from Denmark. EKF does this by insuring Danish exporters against the potential financial and political risks of trading with other countries.
Under Anette’s leadership, EKF have demonstrated a continued commitment to the renewable energy sector, and maintain an extensive track record in financing renewable energy projects.
Prior to becoming CEO, Anette served as Deputy Managing Director at EKF for 7 years, after more than a decade of experience in public and private finance. Anette is also Deputy Chairman of the Board for The Guarantee Fund for Depositors & Investors, and on the Board of the Healthcare Professional’s Pension Fund, IFU, and the Financial Stability Company.
Anette has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.×
President & Group CEO, Jumeirah Group
Gerald Lawless, an Irish national, has helped establish Jumeirah as one of the premier luxury hotel brands in the world. He joined the company in 1997 after a 23-year career with Forte Hotels,which culminated in him setting up and growing Forte’s operations in the Middle East.
Mr Lawless is a Graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management in Ireland and holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from the Johnson & Wales University, State of Rhode Island in the US, and an Honorary Degree of Laws from the NUI Galway, Ireland.
He is a member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chairman – Corporate Governance of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); member of the Global Agenda Council for Aviation, Travel and Tourism of the World Economic Forum (WEF); fellow member of the Institute of Hospitality (formerly HCIMA); member of the Advisory Group for the Global Irish Forum; member of the Dubai Holding Executive Committee and member of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates National Development Programme (ENDP).
Gerald also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, and is a former Non-Executive Director and member of the Board of NASDAQ Dubai, and Travelodge.×
CEO, Principal Solar
Over the past five years, Michael Gorton has become one of the most prolific authors and thought leaders in the solar industry. As a founder of Principal Solar, Gorton applies business expertise, scientific education, and training to the energy sector. Under his leadership, Principal Solar has quickly become a leader in the industry and is building the largest solar plant in the Eastern United States.
A quintessential entrepreneur and company builder, Gorton has proven to be a strategic visionary, impacting the telecommunications, healthcare and energy industries. Prior to Principal Solar, Gorton founded Teladoc, the world’s leading telehealth company, Michael pioneered a health care model in which members had access to telephonic physicians who could review medical records, treat, and prescribe medication that today supports the new paradigm in health care reform. In 2000 Michael co-founded the Texas Acceleration Group, supporting and funding startup companies. In 1993, Michael founded Internet Global, a company that delivered the world’s first DSL network and one of the first VOIP networks at a time when few people predicted the profound impact the Internet would have on communication and society. Michael worked 11 years as an engineer / manager at one of the World’s largest electric utilities.
Gorton’s education include a BS in electrical engineering, Masters in Physics and a Juris Doctorate.
Amal – Lee Amin
Associate Director, E3G
Amal-Lee is the Associate Director of E3G and leads the International Climate Finance (ICF) programme. Her work is focused on shaping the international and national financial ecosystems for catalyzing and delivering transformational change.
Amal-Lee has over 20 years professional and academic experience of policies and financing for tackling climate change and development. Her Doctorate research focused on social, economic and environmental drivers for change within the electricity industry of developing countries. Policy recommendations focused on institutional requirements for commercialization of renewable energy. This has been central to shaping her professional career. Achievements demonstrate a track record of designing and delivering policy and financing initiatives for implementation of sustainable development. Lead roles include design of a new Green Investment Bank for the UK Government; design and implementation of the Climate Investment Funds and the development and launch of a global partnership on renewable energy and energy efficiency Amal-Lee also been a lead negotiator for the UK and EU on climate and sustainable energy under the UNFCCC, the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the UN General Assembly. Since 2006 she has been a Board member of the Global Environment Institute China.
Chairman, World Climate Ltd.
Andre Schneider is Chairman at World Climate Ltd. as well as CEO and Chairman at André Schneider Global Advisory, quickly developing projects and thought leadership in many important issues around sustainable development, like renewable energies, sustainable competitiveness, sustainable mobility, sustainable infrastructure grading and financing and social banking.
Andre Schneider is former Managing Director and COO of World Economic Forum.
External Relationship Manager, Earth Capital Partners
Ben Cotton is responsible for external relationships at Earth Capital Partners. He has worked on equity derivatives at a number of banks including Société Générale and Merrill Lynch and has spent most of the past 10 years working to build relationships with key clients.
At Man Group plc he was a founder member of the steering group that took Man into environmental finance. He has raised assets through hedge funds, structured and other specialist investment products, asset and liability products, and pioneered the development of options on funds. His experience is applied in advising governments, supranationals, NGOs, corporates, and others on the creation and use of instruments for environmental finance.
Managing Director, Low Carbon Workplace, The Carbon Trust
Bruno heads up the Carbon Trust’s involvement in the Low Carbon Workplace, a low carbon property development partnership between the Carbon Trust, asset manager Threadneedle and developer Stanhope. Through the Low Carbon Workplace Fund, the partnership acquires commercial office buildings and refurbishes them into modern, energy-efficient workplaces. Tenants receive ongoing support from the Carbon Trust, helping them to minimize their energy costs and carbon emissions.
In his previous role as Director of Energy Efficiency Ventures, Bruno oversaw the Carbon Trust’s commercial energy efficiency and implementation activities, including the £550m Energy Efficiency Financing partnership with Siemens Financial Services and the Carbon Trust Green Business Directory for accredited equipment suppliers. Before joining the Carbon Trust, Bruno worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey and held various commercial, strategic and operational roles with ExxonMobil and Barclays. Bruno holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.×
Social Media Manager, Mærsk Line
Davina is currently the Social Media Manager at Mærsk Line, the world’s largest shipping company. As an early adopter of social media in the business-to-business space, Maersk Line has been praised for their brave, visual and engaged approach to social media.
Prior to joining Maersk Line, Davina was Head of Social Media for Cosway Australia, Australia’s leading corporate and financial communications consultancy. Former clients include Virgin Australia, Archer Daniels Midland, the State Grid Corporation of China, Orica, Santos and a number of investment banks.
Regional Chief, Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation
Edem Bakhshish has 19 years of cross-practice advisory and leadership experience in various UNDP-supported human development initiatives. Areas of professional focus include South-South and Triangular Cooperation, local economic development and microfinance, local governance and results-based budgeting, HIV/AIDS prevention, gender mainstreaming and knowledge management.
Prior to assuming his current responsibilities Edem was in charge of the South-South Cooperation Advocacy initiative led by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation from its headquarters in New York. Concurrently, Edem was the Trust Fund Manager for Perez Guerrero Trust Fund for South-South Cooperation (www.g77.org/pgtf). Before he joined the UN Office for South-South Cooperation in 2007, Edem worked as Assistant Resident Representative/Head of Governance and HIV Programmes with UNDP Russia. From 2003-2005 he was Assistant Resident Representative with UNDP Kyrgyzstan where he also acted as the regional coordinator for the EU-funded Border Management Programme for Central Asia (BOMCA). Prior to this (2001-2002), he served as Senior Economic Policy Adviser with UNDP Ukraine where he led the preparation of the National Human Development Report team on the Power of Decentralization (released in 2003), and before (1995-2001) as economic component Team leader with the UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme in Ukraine.×
Fatima Al Foora Al Shamsi
Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy
H.E. Eng. Fatima Al Foora Al Shamsi is the Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity in the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy with a rich background ranging from electrical engineering, renewables, Business Development and project management to different Managerial roles.
Worked as the Vice President of the Privatization and Business Development in Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and as an Executive Director for Electricity in the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA).
Her climb to the corporate leadership position was a result of her high work ethics. Before joining the Ministry She was leading the Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park Project, IP(W)P program in Dubai, DEWA private investment portfolio development, DEWA corporate strategy team and R&Ds related to the Business development of DEWA. She is now leading the Electricity, clean energy, Climate change and Water desalination related activities in the Ministry of Energy.
She graduated from the United Arab Emirates University with an honors degree of BS in electronics engineering. Add to that she holds an MBA in Financial Management.
Executive Director, State of Green
Finn Mortensen (1955) has been the Executive Director of State of Green (formerly Climate Consortium Denmark) since 2008. State of Green is a public-private partnership and the official green brand of Denmark tasked with promoting and marketing Danish cleantech solutions and competences internationally.
Prior to this, Mr. Mortensen was Business Editor of Denmark’s leading general newspaper, Berlingske Tidende. Finn Mortensen has also held the position as economic and political specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, covering Danish security, foreign and domestic policy.
Mr. Mortensen’s academic background includes executive leadership program at Wharton, Master of Media Management, and Bonnier Leadership training program (Sweden), and he holds a Master’s degree in modern languages. Furthermore, Mr. Mortensen is co-author of bestselling biography of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, owner of the world’s largest shipping company.
Vice President Global & Public Affairs, Alstom
Giles Dickson is Vice President of Global & Public Affairs for Alstom. He heads Alstom’s global team that promotes the Company’s thinking on energy, environment, climate and transport policies and engages governments and others on how to support the transition to the low-carbon economy.
He joined Alstom in 2008 as Director Government Relations Europe for Alstom Power, where he was involved in advocacy on CCS, smart grids and energy efficiency. He was previously a UK Government official for 16 years, working mainly on EU affairs, finally serving as Environment Counsellor at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU.×
Director General,Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF
Ida Tillisch is the Director General of EWS-WWF. She joined the organization as Business Development and Marketing Director in 2007 and since June 2010 has taken on her new role heading up the organisation.
Ida is committed to and enjoys working with people and institutions in the UAE to conserve biodiversity, promote sustainable living and is passionately involved with all EWS-WWF projects and campaigns.
Ida is responsible for the organisation’s overall strategic direction, helping EWS-WWF achieve its mission and run effectively as a non-profit organisation via stringent financial management and the development of relevant environmental programmes.
Ida is committed to maintaining EWS-WWF’s position as a dynamic, top-level organisation that attracts the best environmental talent. She is keen on educating and motivating staff to reach their potential and push the UAE’s environmental agenda forward. In addition, she administers the organisation’s operations and oversees the day-to-day management of its priorities.
Raised in a family where environmental values were placed high on the agenda, Ida grew up with a strong interest in conservation. For the last decade she has been on the board managing forestry in Denmark and is currently pushing the project towards FSC certification.
Prior to joining EWS-WWF, Ida led a company with 15 employees in the UK, streamlining its business practices and marketing.
CEO, Innotech Solar
Mr. Jerry Stokes has been the Chief Executive Officer of Innotech Solar AS since June 03, 2013. Mr. Stokes served as Vice President at Suntech Power Japan Corporation, as well as President of Suntech Group Europe Ltd. (Alternate Name, Suntech Europe Ltd.) at Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. since August 2010 and also served as its Vice President of European Photovoltaic Industry Association since April 2012. Mr. Stokes was responsible for the EMEA region for the Suntech group.
With more than twenty years of energy industry experience, primarily in Europe, Mr. Stokes joined Suntech in 2007 through its acquisition of MSK Corporation, where he served as vice president of international sales and marketing. He has over 25 years’ experience in the technology market place and with the last 10 years in the PV industry. He served as Vice President of Suntech Europe. Mr. Stokes worked as a sales and marketing director of AEA Technology Battery Systems and as a sales director at the battery division of Sanyo Energy UK. He served as Director of Suntech Power Holdings Co. since April 10, 2012. He holds a honours degree in Metallurgy at Brunel University, England.
Lars G Josefsson
President & CEO, Vattenfall
Lars G Josefsson is President and CEO of Vattenfall since August 2000. He graduated in 1973 with a degree in technical physics from Chalmers Institute of Technology and entered his professional career in 1974 at Ericsson, where he has held a number of executive appointments. In 1993 Lars Josefsson was appointed President of Schrack Telecom AG in Vienna and in 1997 President of Celsius AB. Lars Josefsson is member of the supervisory board of Böhler-Uddeholm AG, Vienna, and of Eskom Holdings Ltd, Johannesburg, holder of several patents in the field of radar technology, member of the Royal Swedish Military Academy and of the Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences, nominated professor honorary of the University of Cottbus, Germany.×
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Foundtion for Circular Economy
He graduated at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (currently Budapest Corvinus University) and earned his MA degree in European politics and administration at the College of Europe in Bruges. He worked in the financial and consultancy sector in Hungary and elsewhere in Europe for more than ten years. Since 2004 he has been devoted his career to raising business awareness on sustainability issues and to help the transition to green economy. He initiated the founding of the Hungarian chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a CEO-led business coalition of major international and Hungarian companies.
As an executive director he was in charge of the organisation’s overall management and professional activity for seven years. In 2013 he founded and became the chairman of the Foundation for Circular Economy, a platform providing knowledge sharing and cooperation for various stakeholders to promote circular economy in Hungary. He is also the Hungary representative of EPEA Switzerland GmbH, a consulting company specialized in Cradle to Cradle design innovation.×
Pierre Langlois boasts more than 25 years of experience in the clean energy sector, namely in the design, financing, implementation and monitoring of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) projects and programs, both in Canada and abroad.
Pierre is a first-rate international expert in the development and implementation of pioneering EE financial mechanisms in industrialized and developing countries. He has also acquired solid experience in all sectors of clean energy policy development, demand-side management and design of innovative initiatives for international financial institutions. Over the course of his career, he has acted as member of the board of directors of several ESCOs worldwide and a few international organizations such as the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO), for which he is still an international trainer in the measurement and verification of EE project performance. His achievements with Econoler have been awarded numerous prizes, such as the “Legend in Energy” honour given by the Association of Energy Engineers in 2007 and the Clean Technology Award 2000 by the Climate Technology Initiative and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) at The Hague Climate Change Convention (COP 6).
Thanks to his international experience, Pierre has worked in over 40 countries as part of assignments led or financed by major multilateral development banks such the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (AsDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. He has also worked with bilateral and multilateral development organizations such as the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), KfW, GIZ, the International Energy Agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Institut de l’énergie et de l’environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF) and many United Nations agencies.×
Director, Alabbar Energy and Sustainability Group and Vice Chairman at Emirates Green Building Council
Saeed is a Director at AESG, a firm specialising in the provision of energy and sustainability consultancy in the Middle East. He holds a First Class Masters degree with honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath and is a Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional and Estidama Pearl Qualified Professional.
In his role at AESG, Saeed has been involved in managing and directing a variety of sustainable design, construction and retrofit projects throughout the Middle East. These have included some of the largest and most prestigious master plan developments in the region, high rise buildings, housing development and critical infrastructure. Since establishment, the firm has developed a strong reputation in the region for delivering high quality sustainability and energy consultancy.
As well as his professional role as Director of AESG, Saeed is the current Chairman of the Emirates Green Building Council and is the Vice Chairman of the World Green Building Council MENA Network. In this role, Saeed actively works in promoting the advancement of sustainable building in the UAE and MENA region by working with industry, academia and government departments to develop collaborative solutions to some of the regions greatest challenges.
In 2010, Saeed was awarded the title of International Young Consultant of the Year by British Expertise in the UK. In 2012, Saeed was named in Gulf Business’s top 30 achievers in the MENA region under the age of 30.×
CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilize debt capital markets for climate solutions.
Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 50 organizations involved in its development and governance; developing proposals for the European Commission on Europe’s role in mobilizing private sector capital for climate solutions; and working with investment banks around the world on growing a green bonds market.
Sean is a member of the German International Aid Ministry’s TRANSfer Expert Group on “Using Climate Financing to Leverage Sustainable Transport”, a director of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance. He was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.
Stephane Le Gentil
CEO, Etihad Energy Services (Ethidad ESCO)
Stephane le Gentil has been the Chief Executive Officer at Etihad Energy Services Company or Etihad ESCO since September 2013. Etihad ESCO is the government vehicle to drive the existing buildings of Dubai to consume less energy.
Prior to that, Stephane spent 7 years at Johnson Controls; in his last position he was Head of the Europe & Africa Center of Excellence for Energy Solutions, the ESCO arm of Johnson Controls in Europe that he contributed to build.
Until his move to Dubai, Stephane was also Chairman of the European Association of Energy Service Companies, eu-ESCO, leading the efforts to get ESCOs and Energy Performance Contracting recognized as one of the important means for Europe to reach its Energy Efficiency objectives.
Before that, Stephane held several marketing, business development and general management roles at companies in the IT and Telecom sectors including NEC, Handspring, Gemalto and Schlumberger.
Stephane is a French citizen and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering.
Author & International expert in sustainable communication, The Goodvertising Agency
Thomas Kolster is a leading international expert in sustainable communication and non-profit marketing. He’s the author of the book “Goodvertising” (Thames & Hudson); the most comprehensive book to date exploring communication as a force for good. As the Director and creative force of the Goodvertising Agency, he’s helping companies, non-profits and agencies understand this new reality.
Last year Thomas founded WhereGoodGrows; the world’s first best-practice sharing platform for sustainable initiatives. WhereGoodGrows was mentioned as “one to watch” by Marketing Week He’s an experienced keynote speaker featured at events such as SXSW, D&AD White Pencil and Sustainable Brands, a steady columnist for the Guardian and several other publications and a regular judge at international award shows such as D&AD, Creative Circle Award, EthicMark Award and Creative Conscious Award.
The Huffington Post recently dubbed him “Inspirational Leader”. He’s currently sitting at the board of two non-profit organisations and launched this year the conference Sustainable Bottom Line with Denmark’s biggest business daily.×
Managing Director, Global Head of Public Sector & Sustainable Financing, HSBC
Ulrik is responsible for all financing and capital market-related solutions for Public Sector clients globally at HSBC. He is also the point person and driver behind the development of the sustainable financing franchise at HSBC across all client sectors and product groups within the capital financing division globally. He is also a member of the executive committee on green bond principles organized by the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA), and is the architect and global coordinator of the cooperation agreement HSBC recently signed with SEB/CICERO (the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo).
Ulrik joined HSBC in 2007, prior to which he had a number of successful years at Nomura and Merrill Lynch in London. His achievements include building up the Northern European Capital Markets franchise, covering financial institutions, public sector and corporate entities. Ulrik holds a Master of Finance Degree from Copenhagen Business School.×
Dr. M.S. (Sten) de Wit
Dr. M.S. (Sten) de Wit (1964) is innovator and strategic business developer at TNO, Netherlands organization for applied scientific research. Sten’s passion is to develop innovative solutions and partnerships at the interface of infrastructure, energy and mobility, focusing on cutting CO2-emissions and boosting sustainable energy production. He supports leaders of industry and government with strategic advice on sustainable innovation. Sten is a frequent speaker on high-level events, and regularly gives interviews on radio and TV worldwide.
In 2010, Sten initiated SolaRoad, a Dutch public-private partnership, to develop roads that also function as solar panels. Imagine a future in which our roads harvest solar energy, convert it to electricity, and power the cars from the road. As a first step towards this inspiring outlook for the future, a stretch of SolaRoad was realized in November 2014 in a public bicycle road near Amsterdam in The Netherlands. In addition to being a milestone for technical innovation, this field operational test sparks inspiration and debate among stakeholders and thought leaders throughout the world.
Sten has a MSc in Applied Physics from Eindhoven University of Technology, and a PhD in Technical Sciences from Delft University of Technology.
International Director, CLEAN
CLEAN is Denmark´s leading green cluster organization with more than 170 members from the entire cleantech sector. It is a politically and technologically neutral platform where domestic and foreign companies, knowledge institutions and public authorities exchange knowledge and enter into new partnerships. This happens across industry boundaries as well as across the public and private sectors. CLEAN is a “Triple Helix” cluster organization with focus on:
Mr. Møller has been professionally active in the water and energy sector for more than 30 years and has among other things developed two international water centers from initial idea to operation, the Fresh Water Center in Silkeborg, Denmark and the Water Information Center in Kiev, Ukraine.
Mr. Møller´s professional focus areas during the last years have been
Mr. Møller has mainly worked with export of Danish know how and
technology and have been involved in a number of projects with focus
on markets in Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Managing Director, Citi Group
David is a Managing Director in Citi’s Capital Markets Origination Department and Head of Project & Infrastructure Finance, EMEA. David joined Citi in September of 2006 after having spent 20 years at MBIA, where he managed a variety of business groups in New York, Paris, Madrid, Sydney and since 2000, in London, where he successively ran MBIA’s Public and then Structured Finance operations for EMEA. Previously, David worked at Merrill Lynch/White Weld Capital Markets in Debt Capital Markets. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and a BA from Indiana University (Bloomington)
David has ssignificant financing and advisory experience in the loan, private placement and capital markets for all infrastructure, utility and project finance asset classes, including uses of securitisation techniques to enhance corporate ratings, across EMEA, Asia Pacific, Australia and NZ as well as Americas.×
Founder & Managing Director, ETreanor Media
Eithne Treanor runs a specialist communications consultancy based in Dubai www.etreanor.com where she empowers business executives, political leaders and professionals to sharpen their message and reach their audience. She has conducted hundreds of presentation, media and panel training sessions for high-level executives around the world. She is also is CNBC Arabia’s Special Correspondent and occasionally reports for CCTV, China’s national TV operator. Eithne acts as OPEC’s official on-air conference and web-cast moderator and chairs many international energy & business conferences around the world.
Eithne has worked as an international television journalist for ABC News, Sky News, BBC World, Bloomberg Television and CNBC Europe. She has interviewed thousands of leading politicians, dignitaries, energy ministers and high-ranking business people. She contributed to Dubai Eye radio and writes for Gulf Business magazine.×
Fred H. Walti II
Executive Director, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Fred is a Co-Founder of LACI, combining experience as an entrepreneur with his passion for clean technology. In just four years, Fred has forged LACI into a regional commercialization ecosystem with an international footprint. LACI is now recognized as one of the premier cleantech commercialization programs in the world: ranked as a Top 10 Global Incubator by the UBI Index of 800 incubators; the Department of Energy has selected LACI as one of their three national incubators; and LACI was awarded the 2014 Startup of the Year by the LA Sustainability Collaboration. As Executive Director, Fred lead’s the strategic, policy, Global Innovation Network and partnership efforts of LACI. Fred was named to the Techweek100 as one of the most impactful technology leaders in 2014.
Fred has been involved — either as a founder, consultant, principal, or investor — in the startup of several-dozen technology companies. Fred brings twenty years of entrepreneurship experience, having co-founded The Propellant Group, a management consulting group, Full Moon Interactive (FMI), an Internet architect, and LAI, Inc., a consulting company focusing on leveraging technology in traditional businesses. Fred also started one of the first interactive divisions of a global advertising agency in 1995.×
Dr. PARK Chanho
Regional Director of MENA Programme and Director of Abu Dhabi Office GGGI
Dr. Park, as a founding member of GGGI, has been actively engaging in the programs on developing green growth policies for the U.A.E and MENA region, especially for Jordan, Morocco and U.A.E, and has multiple publications in the field of the cross-national research on climate change and the legislation and governance area.
Before joining the GGGI, Dr. Park was the head of Global Research Centre in Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI) which is one of Korean national institutes under the Prime Minister Office. He was responsible for designing “Korean Emission Trading System(ETS)”, especially for the Presidential Decree (Regulation) of Low Carbon and Green Growth” and “the Korean ETS Act and Regulation” in collaboration with the Korean Presidential Committee on Green Growth (PCGG) and other relevant ministries. He had been involved and contributed to the development on Green Growth policies and implementations plans in green growth area.
Dr. Park also has contributed to other Korean governmental agencies including Fair Trade Commission and Ministry of Government Legislation as advisory member for a couple of years since 2006.
CEO, Kawar Energy
Hanna Zaghloul is the Chief Executive Officer at Kawar Energy (an eco-friendly project development company). Zaghloul is a founding and board member of EDAMA initiative and business Association, Jordan’s blueprint for a green economy. EDAMA Association formed as a private sector-partnership that seeks innovative solutions for energy and water independence. In addition, Zaghloul is also the Chairman of the Small-to-Medium Enterprise (SME) Innovation taskforce at EDAMA. He is also a founding member and ex-President for the Jordan Energy Chapter, JEC, representing the Association of Energy Engineers, AEE, in Jordan.
At Kawar Energy, Zaghloul directly leads several projects in renewable energy including ’Shams Ma’an’ a 100-megawatt photovoltaic (solar energy) project at the southern part of Jordan. Zaghloul is particularly interested in ’Shamsi’, a community-scale distributed renewable energy project enticing households to become clean-energy producers, while also making use of smart-grid technologies and becoming energy efficient.
CEO, The Climate Group
Mark Kenber is an economist who has worked on climate change for nearly twenty years and is an expert on international climate policy. Before becoming CEO in 2011, Mark was The Climate Group’s Deputy CEO and Policy Director.
In his role as Policy Director, Mark advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2007-2009), which produced a series of high-level reports outlining the economic and technological rationale for a global climate deal and its key components. He also co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard (formerly Voluntary Carbon Standard – VCS), now the most popular kite mark for the $400 million voluntary carbon market.
Immediately prior to joining The Climate Group, Mark was Senior Policy Officer at WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, focusing on carbon market and finance issues. During this time he worked on the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channeling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects. He has also served as Director of Planning at Fundacion Natura, Ecuador’s largest environmental organization, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government.
Mark has taught at universities in both the UK and Ecuador and is a frequent speaker at public events. He has published widely on environmental policy and climate change and is a regular commentator in the press.
President & Chief Executive Officer, ACWA Power
Mr Padmanathan, a professional Civil Engineer with over 30 years of experience has served ACWA Power from 2005 as the company grew from a startup to where it is today; a leading private developer and operator of power and desalinated water production plants headquartered in Saudi Arabia with a paid up capital of US$ 1.5 Billion now operating in 8 countries with a portfolio of plants worth US$ 23 Billion with a capacity to deliver 15,731 MW of electricity and 2.4Mm³/day of desalinated water.
While ACWA Power is focused on reliably delivering electricity and desalinated water at the lowest possible cost and is thus technology neutral and fuel agnostic, the company is also very active in the area of renewable energy; the most noteworthy efforts being the “Noor 1” 160MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant at Morocco with 3 hours of storage where the company delivered an ultra-competitive tariff of 18.9 US Cents/kWh and the recently submitted tender for a 100MW PV plant for DEWA at Dubai at 5.98 US Cents/kWh the lowest tariff with no subsidy of any kind for this technology delivered to date in the world .
A graduate of University of Manchester, UK, Mr Padmanathan started his career as a consulting engineer delivering infrastructure projects and moved on to develop privately financed power, water and wastewater projects. A substantial period of his career before ACWA Power was with Black & Veatch where he served as a Vice President and Corporate officer.
He also serves on the board of directors of several companies all operating in the water and power sectors.
Ane Rottbøll Jørgensen
Project Manager, Climate Ambassador Education in the City of Copenhagen
The Climate Ambassador Education aims to educate the next generation to become enlightened citizens who are actively engaged in efforts to create a sustainable future. Future generations will experience the complex challenges associated with climate change. Thus, it is important that future generations are able to respond to these challenges. Through practical, creative and innovative learning programs, children and youth are educated to fight for a brighter future.
In 2014 Ane was involved in taking the Climate Ambassador Education from Copenhagen and to a Global Ambassador Education. This has led to collaboration with a number of local initiatives in seven different countries around the world, where children work with climate. The Global Climate Ambassadors focus on create a dialogue between children and youth across borders and give them a voice on what motivates and engage children and youth to deal with climate change.
Since she got her Masters Degree in Social Science and Geography, Ane has been working on how to engage and involve children and youth in a sustainable future through new partnerships and innovative solutions
Member of Parliament Government of United Kingdom
Dan Byles is the Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire & Bedworth and has a strong expertise in strategic UK energy policy. He is a member of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee and the Science and Technology Select Committee and he served on the Energy Bill (2013) Committee. He is a Parliamentary advisor to the Green Alliance and he is a Vice-chair of the All Party Environment Group. He is the founder and Vice-Chair of both the Smart Cities All Party Parliamentary Group and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Unconventional Oil & Gas.
A former soldier, Dan was the youngest serving Major in the Army at the age of 27, and he holds two Guinness World Records for crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a wooden rowing boat and for walking to the Magnetic North Pole. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.”
Director General, REEP
Martin Hiller has been Director General of REEEP since December 2011. He has over 20 years of experience in environmental issues and sustainability, policy, specialized policy communications and campaigns, and in-depth knowledge of climate change and energy policy. Under his leadership, REEEP has sharpened its focus as a catalyst for up-scaling clean energy business models.
Prior to joining REEEP, Martin had a distinguished career with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) where he led campaigns and communications in the global climate and energy programme. Earlier, he established the first EU-specific campaign operation for any environmental NGO in Brussels, developed WWF’s European communications operations, and created the first EU-specific policy campaigns. Until 2013, Martin was also founding President of the Board of the Gold Standard Foundation, the world’s prime quality carbon offset provider, and was until 2014 a member of the Board.
Mohammed and Peyman Al Awadhi
Co-hosts, Peeta Planet
Mohammed and Peyman Al Awadhi are the cofounders of Qabeela New Media a production company which produces and distributes entertaining and socially conscious films.
They specialize in building social communities through the integration of social media with film making. They are the coproducers and cohosts of the award winning reality social travel show Peeta Planet.
Peeta Planet follows both brothers as they travel across the world, seeing and learning about new cities through the eyes of the young and creative changemakers who shape them. Today, Peeta Planet is broadcast to over 50 million viewers across the Middle East, and has a digital viewership spanning six continents. Through its social media networks, the show reaches seven million users a week, and growing.
The brothers have received extensive exposure online but also in traditional media with features in the The Guardian, Forbes Middle East, The National, Gulf News, Emirates 24|7, Alef Magazine and cameo appearances on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain and Masterchef Australia. They are Ahlan Hot 100 alumni and have been inducted into the “Most influential Emiratis under 40” list, on the occasion of the UAE’s 40th National Day celebration.
Since the end of his adventure onboard PlanetSolar, Raphaël Domjan continues to transmit its message in favor of renewable energy through its Foundation SolarPlanet . It gives many lectures to tell the path that led him to launch the project PlanetSolar, and explain that it is possible to change to a more sustainable world today.
Since 2014, he is the founder of the adventure “SolarStratos”, whose aim is to reach the stratosphere with a solar airplane tandem.
The initiator of the project, Raphaël Domjan, aged 42 already has solid experience in the field of organising eco-adventures and in ground-breaking ambitious projects. For example, he has already initiated, supported and achieved the first round the world trip on board of the PlanetSolar. Prior to this, he was already inspired by renewable energy. In particular, he developed the first solar-powered hosting site. Today, Raphaël is an eco-adventurer and a lecturer. Passionate about everything related to aeronautics. Raphaël is a pilot of gliders, planes and helicopters. The mission “SolarStratos” is “ambitious and risky but possible”; that is what Raphaël Domjan, who is driving this eco-adventure, will tell you. He will be the pilot of the plane “SolarStratos” which he will push, together with his team, to its utter limits in order to prove that the renewable energies have incredible capacities and will enable us to preserve our planet.×
Manager Environmental Affairs Emirates Airline
Shannon Scott is Manager Environmental Affairs at Emirates Airline. He is responsible for developing environmental initiatives and policy, including compilation of the annual Emirates Group Environment Report.
He joined Emirates in 2013 from an environmental and air navigation policy role at the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand. In this role, he represented New Zealand on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, where he coordinated the drafting of an ICAO Manual on Operational Initiatives to Reduce Fuel Burn and Emissions. Prior to that, he worked for the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology developing international science and technology cooperation programmes with North Asia.×
CEO, Salix Finance
Annie Shepperd has been the Chief Executive of Salix Finance since 2012. Since joining, she has over seen an increase in the annual turnover of the company from £31 million in 2012 to £85 million in 2015.
Salix has also been named by the London Stock Exchange as one of the thousand small businesses to inspire Britain. Prior to joining Salix, Annie held a number of senior local government posts including Chief Executive positions at Southwark Council in London, Walsall Council in the West Midlands and Director of Housing, Social Services and Community Safety in Liverpool. She was a member of the team who undertook the Capability review of the Department for Education in 2006 and she has been a peer reviewer in both local government and the National Parks.
Salix Finance is dedicated to helping public sector bodies in England, Scotland and Wales tackle climate change and reduce energy bills, by providing 100% interest-free capital loans for energy efficiency projects. Since 2004, the finance has helped 1,050 public sector clients across England, Scotland and Wales to undertake over 12,800 energy saving projects valued in excess of £350 million, which are expected to save over £1 billion over the projects’ lifetime.×
CEO, Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB)
Hans-Peter Egler is the CEO of Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB), a leading global non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting sustainable infrastructure development and financing practices globally.
Hans-Peter has long-standing expertise in international cooperation, management and project innovation. Before joining GIB he was Head of the Trade Promotion Division of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), whose mandate was to promote sustainable trade practices in developing countries. Prior to that Hans-Peter was also responsible for investment promotion activities and infrastructure financing in Latin America and Africa. From 1992 to 1994 Hans-Peter was deputy Country Director of the Swiss Development Cooperation in Bolivia. He started his professional career in 1988 as project manager for the introduction of the first office automation system in the Federal Administration. From 1990 to 1992 he was Deputy Head of Division for Latin America in charge of trade and investment issues between Switzerland and Latin American countries.
Hans-Peter holds a master’s degree in economic sciences, modern history and environmental management and has over 26 years of work experience.×
Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr
Assistant Director - General Executive Office
Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr is an Assistant Director General of the Executive Office. Part of her role is to lead the Smart Dubai task force team.
Prior to that, Dr. Aisha worked in the Ministry of Labor as an Assistant Undersecretary for support services responsible for developing and implementing strategic management, partnership development and change management policies. With 20 years of experience in information, communication and technology (ICT) development in public and government sectors, she possesses analytical, coordination, communication and advocacy skills relating to ICT, public reform trends and strategies.×
CEO, Gaia Energy
Prior to Gaia, Daniel worked at Masdar as the Head of Origination & Investment Management for 5 years acquiring, developing and operating projects in renewable energy sector. During this time, Masdar invested c.a. USD$7bn in wind and solar projects.
Prior to Masdar, Daniel worked at General Electric for 10 years in various M&A and Principal Investments roles in Asia, Europe, North and South America. At the end of his GE career, Danielwas Origination Director at GE Energy Financial Services where he covered equity investments in the solar and wind sectors.
CEO, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence
Ivano is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts in the fields of Sustainability and Carbon Emissions Management. As a member of the Senior Management team of the United Nations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has managed important projects under highly challenging circumstances, in countries such as Afghanistan, Sudan and Mozambique. His most recent notable achievements include the Yas Island Integrated Waste Management Plan and the Energy from Waste Heat project in Ras Al Khaimah.×
Dr. Pedro Banda
Senior Specialist, R&D Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Director of the R&D Centre in its launch phase for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. Dr. Pedro Banda received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, and a Masters degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. He has more than eighteen years international experience in manufacturing processes, research and technology development, and executive management within the semiconductor, photovoltaic and energy industries. His previous appointments include Abengoa Solar US, Institute of Concentration Photovoltaics Systems in Spain, BP Solar and IMEC Belgium×
Head of Industry & Society unit at Ericsson
Rutger Reman started his active career life after university at the Swedish operator Telia where he worked several years and held different roles, both local and international.
In 1995, Rutger joined Ericsson in Sweden, and has been working in Ericsson since then. He has held different positions in Project Management, Product Management, Operations, Marketing and Sales.
Since 2004, Rutger have been relocated outside of Sweden where he has worked in various roles and projects with a large number of customers in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Recently have Rutger been Executive Vice President and Head of Global Customer Unit OOREDOO based in Qatar.
As of First of January, 2015, Rutger has been appointed President and Head of Customer Unit Industry & Society, which is a newly established business line within Region Middle East, in order to drive business growth and capture market opportunities in new business areas with a special focus on Energy & Utilities, Public Safety & Security, Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Cities.
Rutger was born in 1963, in Goteborg Sweden, where he was brought up and educated.×
Chief of Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities, and Industry UNEP
Arab Hoballah serves as Chief of Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry, for “Delivering SCP”, as from January 2015. Among other responsibilities, he looks for mainstreaming Resource Efficiency and SCP policies at all levels, in particular through responsible industry and cities management. He has launched and supervises various Initiatives and Partnerships (buildings, tourism, cities).
Arab has coordinated the preparation and is actually supervising the implementation of the only operational issue that was explicitly adopted in “The Future We Want” at Rio+20, the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP; under his coordination, the work achieved by SCP team received the Special Baobab Award 2014 attributed by UNEP Executive Director.
Industrial Development Officer UNIDO
Rana Ghoneim leads the development of programmes promoting sustainable energy in industry in the MENA and French speaking African region at the United Nations industrial development organization. She also lead the development of an industry accelerator as part of the energy efficiency accelerator platform of the se4all, which was launched in early April 2015.
She has over 15 years of international experience supporting member states to implement multilateral environmental agreements including Kyoto protocol, Montreal protocol and Stockholm convention. She holds a Master of science in environmental economics from imperial college London.
Dr. Matar Hamed Al Neyadi
Undersecretary - Ministry of Energy
Date of Birth: 10/11/1967
Place of birth: Al Ain- United Arab Emirates
L.L.B., Faculty of Sharia and Law, United Arab Emirates University (1990)
PH.D. in International law, University of Edinburgh, UK (1997)
• Legal advisor to the UAE Armed Forces (from 1998 to May 2005).
• Member and Secretary of the Permanent Boundaries Committee (from May 2005 to 2009)
• Secretary-General of the Boundaries Affairs Council (from 2009 to 2011).
• Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy from January 2012.
• Board member of APICORP ( form 2012)
• Member of Trustees Board of the Minster of Interior’s Award for Scientific Research
• UAE’s representative at OAPEC (from 2012).
• UAE’s EB Member in GECF (from 2013)
• Board member of Gulf Interconnection Authority (from 2014)
1. An article on the rules of Territorial Sea Boundaries Delimitation ,
(Journal of the Faculty of Sharia and Law, UAE University, issue no 12, 1999).
2. A book entitled Basic Documents in Public International Law, 2000.
3. A book entitled Maritime Zones of the UAE: A Comparative Study of the UN Agreement on the Law of the Seas and Legislations of Neighboring States, 2001.
4. Co-author of a book entitled Basic Documents in Public International Law, Part 2, 2002.
5. Co-author of a book published by the UAE Red Crescent Society entitled: Introduction
to International Humanitarian Law & Protection of Civilians During Armed Conflicts, 2003.
6. Co-author Study Notes for the UAE Command and General Staff College entitled Lectures in Law of war, 2004.
7. A Book entitled The Rules of International Treaties in International Law, 2011.
8.A short article entitled: The need for updating the national legislation to compact piracy.
Managing Director and Global Energy Practice Leader Navigant
Jan Vrins is the Leader of Navigant’s Global Energy Practice. He advises utility executive leaders on developing and operationalizing their strategies and achieving sustainable excellence. This covers enterprise and operational strategy, operating model design, organizational (re)structuring, business process improvement, business transformation and change management, performance management, post-merger integration, and technology strategy and implementation.
Prior to Navigant, Jan held multiple global energy industry leadership roles at Accenture, KPMG Consulting and BearingPoint. While with KPMG Consulting, he developed the Utility of the Future Framework which helps utility companies understand the trends in the market, potential strategies, underlying integrated business processes and business models, aimed at further improving their commercial, operational and financial performance. His utilities industry experience includes investor‐owned and government-owned utilities in North America, Europe and Latin America. He also has early career experience in the natural resources, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive and industrial manufacturing industries.
Navigant’s Global Energy practice provides research and consulting services for energy companies in areas including market structures and pricing, operational strategy, business models and partnerships, energy efficiency and demand side management, emerging technologies, renewables, distributed generation, energy storage and transmission (electric and gas), grid operations and smart grid.×
Shamma Al Rahmah
Manager of Business Planning & Business Development Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)
Shamma Al Rahmah serves as Manager of Business Planning & Business Development Department; her main role is to lead Corporate Strategy, Portfolio Management, Business Planning and Budgeting, Performance Management and Management Reporting for Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC). Her previous Role was Manager – Shared Services Planning and Customer Management. Previously, she was Manager for Operational Excellence in the company’s Strategic Planning and Business Development Department. In that capacity, she helped business units set their strategies by developing strategy maps, performance contracts, and adopting the Balanced Scorecard tool. She worked to improve and enhance their performance by creating awareness of European quality management models and striving to adapt them. Earlier she was a Senior Analyst making feasibility studies for special projects for business units looking into new investments.
Shamma holds a Higher Diploma in business information technology from the Higher Colleges of Technology/ Dubai Women’s College. She went on to obtain an MBA from the University of Bradford, UK. She is also a certified EFQM Assessor and a member of the Middle East Leadership Academy. Her overall years of experience are 14.×
Dr. Ahmad Belhoul
Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar, is spearheading the company’s development and strategic direction as it plays a prominent role in the renewable energy and clean technology sector.
Since 2006, Masdar has successfully contributed to the advancement and global adoption of clean energy through its international investments in large and small-scale generation projects. Today, the company is delivering nearly 1 gigawatt of installed clean energy capacity across assets valued close to US$7 billion, both in the UAE and abroad.
Prior to joining Masdar, Dr. Belhoul was the CEO of strategy and tourism sector development at Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). During his tenure at DTCM, he played a leading role in developing Dubai’s Tourism 2020 strategy – an integrated effort to increase visitor numbers to 20 million annually and triple the tourism sector’s contribution to the local economy.
Dr. Belhoul was formerly vice president, Industry Unit of Mubadala Development Company, where he led an elite team responsible for negotiating partnerships with multinational organizations to increase foreign direct investment in the UAE. In particular, Dr. Belhoul led negotiations with a world-class industry leader in advanced composites and led the prefeasibility study of an investment within the UAE’s metals and mining industry.
Dr. Belhoul’s business development and corporate strategy experience dates back to his work with the management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, where he advised the Middle East’s largest telecommunications and high-tech companies.
Since 2013, Dr. Belhoul has served on the board of Emirates Development Bank, a financial institution setup by the UAE government to promote economic growth in the country through the provision of funding to small and medium-sized companies, industries of strategic importance and key housing developments.
Dr. Belhoul has a Ph.D. from Sir John Monash University in Australia, a MSc from the University of Melbourne and a BSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Khalifa University.
Dr. Azeez Mohammed
President & CEO Power Generations Services, Middle East and Africa GE Power and Water
Azeez is President & CEO of GE’s Power Generation Services business in the Middle East and Africa region. He oversees the power services business and operations for more than 30 countries in the region.
Azeez is responsible for developing and delivering a regional services strategy that offers electric utility customers the technology, knowledge and insight they need to manage the entire lifecycle of their power plants, ultimately providing reliable power to people around the world.
A veteran in the energy industry, Azeez played a pivotal role in developing a customized regional strategy that has in-turn contributed to the overall growth in services industry in Middle East and Africa.
Azeez started his career with GE Research & Development in 1998, holding numerous engineering, finance and management positions at various GE headquarters locations worldwide including USA, Latin America and Middle East.
Mohammed holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently headquartered in the U.A.E.
UAE Representative, UNDP
Sayed Aqa, an Afghanistan born USA national, is an Engineer by education with a masters degree in Business Administration. He has been engaged in humanitarian and development work at senior levels for the last 24
years. He also worked with a number of NGOs prior joining the United Nations.Sayed Aqa is currently the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the UAE, also covering State of Qatar and Sultanate of Oman. Prior
to this he served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Kingdom of Bahrain, from 2006 – 2011, where he lead the UN work in Bahrain and managed UNDP programmes in the areas of good governance , poverty reduction, energy and environment, women empowerment and institutional capacity development including parliamentary development and human rights. He also served as UNDP’s Country Director in Sudan, managing a complex programme of more than 140 million dollar with more than 500 staff. Among other achievements, Sayed played an important role in implementation of the Doha D ocument for Peace in Darfur, including preparation of the donor conference. Sayed has served as Advisor to a number of international and intergovernmental
organizations,including the European Union, Peace Research Institute of Oslo, and various United Nations Agencies
in the field of humanitarian and development cooperation.
Global Head of Public & Government Affairs Philips Lighting
Verhaar has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and is Head of Global Public & Government Affairs for Philips Lighting. He is responsible for the strategy, outreach and stakeholder management on energy & climate change, resource efficiency and sustainable development, with a key focus on the role of the LED lighting revolution.
He has since the end of 2003 been the architect of the lighting strategy on energy and climate change, which has resulted in a global momentum on phasing out of old lighting technologies.
He is an active member of a number of partnership and stakeholder networks, among which The Climate Group; Regions20 and the World Green Building Council and is a member of the Advisory Boards of The Lisbon Council and the Global Cities Institute (and their World Council on City Data). He is responsible for Philips’ relationship management with the UN and the World Bank and is a founding member of UNEP’s en.lighten program and the SE4All’s Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform. He is chairman of the European Alliance to Save Energy and is president of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.×
Dr. Klaus Grellmann
Global CEO, RWE Consulting GmbH
Dr. Klaus Grellmann is Global CEO of RWE’s Consulting business and Member of the Board of Directors of RWE Middle East. RWE Middle East is a leading advisor for the Middle East energy industry and delivers world-class strategic, technical and financial insights and consulting solutions driven by RWE’s 115+ years of experience as a global energy leader.
Since 2007, Dr. Grellmann has been CEO of RWE Consulting, the leading Energy-focused Strategy & Management Consultancy of the RWE Group. Before leading the international Consulting Business Dr. Grellmann was Executive Vice President Strategic Planning of the RWE Group from 2003 – 2006.
Prior to his career with the RWE Group, Dr. Grellmann was a Senior Manager and authorized representative for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Berlin and Houston, working in Corporate Finance Consulting and Management Consulting Services. He worked for the Association of German Electricity Supply Companies (VDEW e. V.) from 1996 – 1998 as a referee for energy economical questions of principles.
BMW i Project Manager, BMW Group
BMW i represents visionary electric vehicles, mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. As Project Manager for BMW i, Daniel Gamber coordinates and steers the holistic approach within the sales and marketing division of the BMW Group. He also synchronizes the central competence centers for electric vehicles, charging solutions and mobility services with all BMW i markets worldwide. Daniel Gamber has graduated in business management from the University of Mannheim in Germany. During his studies and the BMW Group Global Leader Development Programme Daniel Gamber has been working in Sweden, the USA and China while developing a deep understanding about fulfilling market and customer requirements in terms of electromobility.×
Dua Al Hammadi
Master of Ceremony, Sama Dubai TV
Alanoud A. Madhi
Alanoud works in a prominent government organization, whose job involves intensive research and data analysis. Previous to that, Alanoud was Student Council President at her university for two consecutive terms. In addition to having been a Master of Ceremonies at several high-level events, Alanoud moderated at HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed’s Majlis, as well as Entrepreneurship and Emiratization forums. Besides her job, her current activities involve being the youngest board member at her alma mater’s Alumni Association Board, and a columnist at Sail e- Magazine×
Assistant Director General, Dubai Municipality
Mr. Abdulla Rafie, is currently holding the post of Assistant Director General for Engineering and Planning Sector, December 2012 to present. Which is considered to be one of the core business sectors in Municipality. And Head of The Sustainability Committee In Dubai Municipality. A Civil Engineer owned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in December 1979, University Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA Followed by a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, May 1983, University Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA. Has an academic experience as A Faculty Member at the College of Engineering at the University of U.A.E, Al Ain, as a teaching Assistant 1980 – 1988.×
Author & Youth Ambassador
Dubai Abulhoul is an Emirati author and artist. Born in 1996, she is a current student at New York University Abu Dhabi. At the age of 15, Dubai published her first novel, Galagolia: The Hidden Divination, which is the first Emirati fantasy novel in English. The novel was widely recognized by the media and various institutions like the Emirates Literature Festival and the Arab Woman Awards. Dubai currently writes for The Gulf Today and Al Bayan.×
Dr. Biranchi Narayan Satpathy
Senior Advisor, National Institution for Transforming India, Government of India
Dr. Satpathy serves as the Economic Advisor for the Department of IT for the Government of India. He has extensive educational experience in Economics from Revenshaw College (BA), Jawaharial Nehru University (MA), and Punjab University (M.Phil), of India, with experience as an international Fellow at the prestigious Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. He has been sought as an Economic Advisor for various institutions and departments for the Government of india including but not limited to: the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Department of Telecom, and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in New Dehli.×
Dr. Pradeep Monga
Director & Special Representative of the Director General on Energy, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Dr. Pradeep Monga is Director & Special Representative of the Director General on Energy at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria and in his capacity he leads the energy and environment related work at the international agency. In addition to his regular duties, Dr. Monga represents UNIDO at high-level meetings on energy and environment.
Dr. Monga is an expert in the field of energy policy planning, energy technologies and financing mechanisms with over 30 years of working experience. He is both a Fulbright and Humphrey scholar.
Ph.D. LEED Green Associate
Dr. Ali Albassami is a Consultant for Investment and Business Development at King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, K.A.CARE, Saudi Arabia, specializing in commercializa¬tion of innovative building products across international markets.
Ali got his Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning at Virginia Tech and Master’s in Building Construction from Virginia Tech as well. His current research centers on new developments and international commercialization of innovative products and advanced building technologies. He has over 3 years of experience in sustainable building design and construction. Throughout his career, Ali has worked with organizations in both public and private sectors to implement sustainabil¬ity as part of building planning, design, construction, and operations. As an architect, he has been a designer and design partner of a number of projects, where his submitted work focuses on efficiency, ecological sensitivity, and responsibility and reflects his concern for the built environment. He is currently consulting on projects across Saudi Arabia, which range from single-family homes to large commercial buildings to retail and civic buildings.
As a construction professional, Ali has involved in initiating, planning, executing, and controlling a number of projects. His vision is to build responsible buildings that match users’ needs and eliminate their concerns, by honing the options available. To add to the beauty and character of urban areas for generations to come, while reducing their impact on the environment, Ali listens to and works closely with prospective.