Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development
Kingdom of Morocco
Kingdom of Morocco
H.E. Aziz Rabbah, the former Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics since January 2012, was appointed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI as Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development on April 5th, 2017.
H.E. Aziz Rabbah is an engineer, specialized in new information technologies. He holds a Bachelor in Mathematics from the Mohammed V high school in Kenitra (1981), an engineering degree from INSEA (1985) and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Laval University in Quebec (1992).
H.E. held several leadership positions in the Ministries of Economic and General Affairs, Foreign Trade, Trade and Industry. He also served as an adviser in the offices of several Moroccan Ministers.
H.E. was elected Kenitra city Mayor in 2009 and was re-elected in 2015. He was elected member of the Moroccan parliament in 2007, 2011 and 2016.
H.E. Aziz Rabbah participated in several meetings concerning information technologies and communication, administrative reform, e-government, the upgrade of economy and the information society.
He is Research and Expertise Center (CEREX) Executive Committee and founding member and a founding member of the Sigma21 association. He was also a member of the National Committee for Upgrading the Economy (2002-2004), the Strategic Committee for Information Technologies (CSTI) (2004-2005), the Interministerial Committee for Electronic Commerce.
On the political level, H.E. Aziz Rabbah is one of the Moroccan Justice and Development Party leaders, of which he is a member of the General Secretariat for 4 terms.
He was elected the party’s youth section’s national secretary for 2 terms and head of the party’s Executives section.
H.E. was born in 1962 in Sidi Kacem. He is married and has three children. He speaks fluently Arabic, French and English.
Cabinet Member and Minister of Climate Change and Environment
His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi was appointed as Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the UAE in February 2016. The Ministry’s mission is to spearhead the UAE’s drive to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change and protect the country’s unique ecosystems through developing and implementing preventive measures, policies and initiatives.
The Ministry coordinates the efforts of municipalities, food control bodies and other concerned local authorities to achieve the UAE’s sustainable development goals in all areas of life.
Previously, His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi served as Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the first international organization dedicated to renewable energy. He also completed a tenure as Director of the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In his earlier role as Project Engineer at Masdar, His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi worked to advance renewable energy technologies and solutions. In addition, he played an instrumental role in the UAE’s successful 2009 bid to host IRENA. He started his career as Reservoir Engineer at the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO).
In 2015, His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi received the first Gulf Cooperation Council Excellence Award in recognition of his pioneering efforts in renewable energy. His Excellency is the Chairman of the UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment. He is a member of several committees including the Emirates Green Development Council, as well as the Audit and Selection Committees of the Zayed Future Energy Prize.
His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi holds a PhD in Project and Program Management from SKEMA Business School in France, an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology in the US, an MSc in Project Management from the British University in Dubai and a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa in the US.
Minister of Energy
H.E. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei was appointed Minister of Energy in March 2013. He is a Board Member and Managing Director of IPIC.
Chairman of IPIC subsidiaries:
Borealis, NOVA Chemicals and CEPSA, and Aabar Investement.
In addition, H.E. is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mubadala Petroleum Co, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Liquified Gas Co, Member of the Supreme Petroleum Council, Member of the Board of Directors of Tatweer Petroleum Co, Member of the Board of Directors of the Dolphin Energy Co.
H.E. graduated in 1996 from the University of Tulsa the United States with a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation
In February 2016, she was appointed as Minister of State for International Cooperation. H.E. Reem Al Hashimy joined the Federal Government in 2008 as Minister of State and had a vital role in dealing with a number of foreign and vibrant issues of the UAE such as the UAE’s bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, where she holds the position Director General and board representative on the higher committee of the EXPO 2020 Dubai, in preparations for this mega-event. ”
Since H.E. appointment, H.E. AlHashimy manages the International Affairs Office of the UAE Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Additionally, she holds responsibility within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the UAE’s bilateral relations with India, Pakistan, Sub-Saharan African countries and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
H.E. is also the chairperson of The Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and a chairperson of Dubai Cares.
H.E. Reem Al Hashimy has extensive experience in international affairs and started her career as Commercial Attaché and, subsequently, went on to become Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. Her H.E. Al Hashimy Excellency completed her undergraduate studies at Tufts University, Massachusetts in 1999, where she earned Bachelors of Arts degrees majoring in international relations and French. H.E. Al Hashimy also holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University in 2002.
Director General, Smart Dubai Office
H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity charged with overseeing Dubai’s city-wide smart transformation, and coordinating public and private-sector efforts to make Dubai a benchmark for smart cities around the world.
Before assuming her current position, Dr. Aisha served as Assistant Director General of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Executive Office is in charge of implementing H.H. Sheikh Mohammed’s vision to place Dubai at the fore of smart development on a global scale, and to establish the emirate as an international hub for the future industry.
During her tenure at the Executive Office, Dr. Aisha was tapped to lead the Smart Dubai taskforce team from the time the Smart Dubai initiative was announced in March 2014, till the formation of the Smart Dubai Office. H.E. represents Smart Dubai in conferences and events around the world, including City Protocol Society, Smart City Expo World Congress, and GSMA, among others.
Elsewhere, Dr. Aisha worked in the Ministry of Labour as an Assistant Undersecretary for Support Services, in charge of strategic management, partnership development, and change management policies. With more than 20 years of experience in ICT development in the public sector, H.E. possesses extensive analytical, coordination, communication, and advocacy skills.
Principal, Arthur D. Little
Adnan Merhaba is a Principal with Arthur D. Little. He leads ADL’s Global Renewable Energy Competence Center and was featured in “Who’s Who in MENAT Renewables 2017”. He brings over 15 years of experience in consulting and industry across the US and the Middle East. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the World Green Economy Summit. He has a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the US and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.
Adnan’s work in renewable energy spans from policy and regulation to investment strategy to technology assessment. He works on emerging topics such as energy storage, novel PV technologies, smart cities and other disruptive trends that impact the power and water sectors. His clients are a broad mix of ministries, regulators, utilities, IPPs and oil & gas companies.
Adnan regularly publishes on the topic of renewable energy and is a frequent speaker at conferences in the Middle East and Europe.
CEO, Etihad Energy Services
Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services and holder of bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, Masters of Business Administration with Honors and a PhD in Business Management, has 21 years of experience in leading roles delivering programs and projects.
Ali held top positions in both public and private sector entities such as Head of Follow-up and Development Office at the Dubai Municipality, Acting CEO & Director of Drivers Licensing at RTA and General Manager of Qeyadah Driving Solutions.
Presently Ali is leading Etihad – The Super ESCO in the Emirates of Dubai, which will help Dubai to make one of the most sustainable cities and a leading example of energy efficiency for the region and the world.
Under the leadership of Ali, Etihad ESCO has retrofitted 2,184 facilities (offices, staff accommodation, villas etc) and more than 246,000 lighting fixture in 2016 which helped Dubai to save 48 GWh of electricity and 11 MIG of water. His energy saving targets for this year is far ahead as compared to last year and he planned to save of 140 GWh of electricity and 303 MIG of water by end of 2017.
He is playing a key role in the expansion of Etihad ESCO, he formed two vertical under Etihad umbrella– Etihad Solar & Etihad M&V in last 1 year and is currently working to develop District Cooling vertical. He is also strategically planning to expand the footprint of Etihad ESCO to the MENA region and to other parts of the world.
Inventor, co-founder & Chairman, Saphon Energy
Anis Aouini is a 40 years old awards-winner Tunisian inventor. He invented and designed number of innovative cleantech technologies, including The Saphonian – a zero-blades wind converter – (2012); Tyer Wind – a biomimics wind converter inspired from hummingbird (2017), Heptere Marine – a new biomimics marine propulsion inspired from marine fauna’s morphology (2017); & a new wave energy converter plant (2011).
Anis is also the inventor of an innovative mechanical kinematics “3D Aouinian Kinematics” allowing the conversion of linear motion into reciprocating one (and vice versa) and has major applications.
He is the winner of several international prizes such as the KPMG innovation Award (2012 Tunis / Tunisia); Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award- Best Idea (2013 Vienna / Austria); Innovation Prize for Africa (2013 Cap Town / South Africa); Gulfstream Ocean Exchange Award (2015 Atlanta / USA)
Anis is the chairman and co-founder of Saphon Energy and Tyer Energy and he is the founder and Chairman of Heptere Marine. Prior to that, Anis had senior regional positions in leading Oil & Gas companies including Shell and Schlumberger.
He participated at the 2016 Energy Security Summit (Berlin/Germany) as a panellist and has been invited by the World Expo 2017 committee to showcase Tyer Wind Invention in ASTANA (Kazakhstan).
Anis holds an Engineering degree in Applied Sciences to New Technologies from INSAT (National Institute of Applied Sciences & Technology) – class valedictorian -.
Axel Threlfall is Editor-at-Large, Reuters, based in London. He hosts high-profile engagements and thought leadership events for and on behalf of Reuters and Thomson Reuters, such as the Newsmaker series and the World Economic Forum news programming in Davos.
He was previously Lead European Anchor for Reuters Digital Video. Prior to joining Reuters, Axel spent four years as an anchor for CNBC in London. Before that, he was an editor with The Wall Street Journal in New York and a news reporter for Bloomberg in London. He has also advised businesses and NGOs on their dealings with the international media. Axel is frequently asked to moderate events for international organizations, including the United Nations and the OECD. He has a BA in History from Durham University and a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University, London.
Explorer and chairman of the Solar Impulse foundation
With his dual identity as a medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand Piccard has become an influential voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader in progress and sustainability. He is independent, not affiliated to a particular party or lobbying group, and as such is a trusted adviser and influencer for the development of new societal solutions, and a very sought-after speaker for private and public audiences.
It is in Bertrand’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible, as he did with his two round-the-world flights, recently in a solar-powered airplane, and before that non-stop in a balloon. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him. Rather than new territories, he wants to discover new ways of doing and thinking, in particular in the field of clean technologies for a better quality of life.
Bertrand is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. Taking turns at the controls with André Borschberg for the first flight around the world on solar power, his ambition is to leverage pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies. This is why he spent the last 15 years bringing together the major partners providing technologies and funds for this adventure. Together with his wife Michèle, he conceived the Solar Impulse project as a now widely recognized platform to raise public awareness and encourage political actions in favour of clean technologies and energy efficiency, the next stage of which includes the establishment to this end of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions under the aegis of the Solar Impulse Foundation
Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
Björn Ewers is a core member of BCG’s Energy practice. Today, his specialty areas cover strategic planning, operations and company
Björn first joined BCG more than a decade ago. Since 2005, Björn has spearheaded a wide range of management and consulting assignments – related to policy, strategy and operational issues – for leading Energy players in Europe and the Middle East.
His professional accomplishments to date comprise designing and rolling out strategies for international and national GCC oil companies across upstream and downstream, supporting a transformation of a major GCC utility, restructuring and post-merger integration for a European energy and chemical conglomerate; devising a renewable energy strategy for a GCC country; and designing a cost optimization program in oil upstream for a major GCC national oil company.
Björn holds an MBA from Germany’s European Business School (EBS). He also studied Business Management at Grande École de Commerce (CERAM) in France and Economics at University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
Darrin Morgan leads strategy development and execution for Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Sustainable Aviation Fuels Program. He is a co-founder of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, whose members account for more than 35 percent of global jet fuel demand and whose goal is to diversify aviation’s fuel supply, while also reducing the industry’s lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions. Morgan has also served as founding co-chairman of the world’s first global algae-for-energy trade association, the Algal Biomass Organization and co-founded, with Etihad Airways, the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium, which focuses on halophyte biomass development.
Executive Director and Head of Renewable Energy Business Development, ACWA Power
Dr. Lovato is a seasoned industry expert in the power utility space with focus on Independent Power and Desalination Projects (IWPP), developed, financed constructed and operated through concession or utility outsourcing contract models.
Since 2009 Dr. Lovato is holding the position of Executive Director, Business Development at ACWA Power and has worked on the development of several IPP and IWPP projects in the region and internationally, with special focus in the recent years to renewables (CSP/PV/Wind).He has secured financial closing of various industry’s landmark projects, including the NOORo projects in Morocco and the DEWA project in Dubai.
Dr. Lovato received a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen and has been based in the UAE since 2005.
Executive Director of Board of Smart Cities, Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA)
Dr. Daeyeon Cho is an Executive Director of Board of Smart Cities in Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA), a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea, a Chair of Social Safety System Integration Committee of SAS Forum. He is also a Chair of Future Construction Technology Committee of Korea Society of Civil Engineers. He has been in charge of planning and execution of National R&D programs such as topics of urban regeneration, smart cities(u-city), high-rise buildings, smart highways, green building, high speed railways, desalination plants, etc. since 2005. He suggested Test Bed Strategy to testify the usability of developed technologies. Through these big programs, KAIA has built a 10MIGD desalination plant in Busan, and developed 430 km/h high speed train and shown the ubiquitous platform for Songdo, Dongtan, Pankyo which is for domestic standard form of smart cities operation system. Recently, he has developed National Strategy for next version of smart city as a head of planning group.
Before present position, he had been a director of corporate venturing in Korea Highway Corporation from 2000 to 2004. He worked at George Washington University as a visiting scholar in Center of International Science and Technology Policy(CISTP)(2011-2012). He was a national member of Design Supervising Committee of MOLIT(Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport). He got a Ph.D in Structural Engineering from Seoul National University in 1994.
Director General, Global Green Growth Institute
Republic of Korea
Republic of Korea
Dr. Frank Rijsberman leads the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in supporting governments transition towards a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. With over 30 years’ experience addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability and poverty reduction with leading international organizations and philanthropic foundations, Dr. Rijsberman was appointed as the Director-General of the Institute, on October 1, 2016.
Upon assuming his position, Dr. Rijsberman has engaged with senior international stakeholders to drive the green growth agenda and help mobilize finance for climate action and sustainable development. As an advocate for sustainable development, Dr. Rijsberman is focused on supporting GGGI Member and partner governments to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and achieve their Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. His priorities are to support collaborative NDC implementation among GGGI Members, as outlined under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and assist its Member governments to green their investment to deliver inclusive, pro-poor green growth, as well as climate action.
Executive Vice-President, BOOZ-Allen- Hamilton
Dr. Walid Fayad is an Executive Vice-President at Booz Allen Hamilton and a key member of the leadership team for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where he spearheads the firm’s activities in the energy, chemicals and utilities sectors. Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Fayad has gained extensive global and regional experience leading largescale organizational transformations and restructuring programs across multiple industries from oil and gas to ICT. Adding to his wide-ranging expertise, he also specializes in policy-making, strategy, operations and private sector participation.
Dr. Fayad re-joined Booz Allen Hamilton from Booz & Company in 2014, continuing a career with the firm that first began back in 2002. In what counts as a rich and varied career to date, Dr. Fayad has also served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company as well as a research associate in the field of electronic materials at MIT—a prestigious institution that he remains involved with today. In addition to his senior role with Booz Allen Hamilton, he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board at the MIT Enterprise Forum, a non-profit networking organization dedicated to the entrepreneur community.
Dr. Fayad’s relationship with MIT is rooted in his own educational experience at the Massachusetts-based institute, where he gained a master of science degree in civil and environmental engineering and a Ph.D in electronic materials. Dr. Fayad’s academic achievement also includes a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the École Polytechnique, France; and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur des Arts et Manufactures from the École Centrale, Paris.
CEO and co-founder, Ecoisme
Ivan Pasichnyk is CEO and co-founder of Ecoisme – AI home energy assistant which helps to save 15% of energy thanks to algorithms of device detection. Ivan has a strong experience in team and project management. In 2016 he got into 30 under 30 best European entrepreneurs Forbes list.
Except Ecoisme, he has successfully founded and led two social entrepreneurial projects such as Opir.org and Cherrytea.org. Opir was an interactive map of everything, happened in Kyiv during hardest days of the revolution (the project had more than 800 000 views in first 24 hours). Then Opir.org was re-designed for controlling elections in Ukraine by society. Cherrytea is the project for gathering and delivering clothes to charity centers in Kyiv.
Professor Emeritus, The Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Professor Emeritus at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo), Paris and Professor at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, where he is Co-President with Emma Marcegaglia of The LUISS School of Governmental Studies, Jean-Paul Fitoussi is also a member of the Centre for Capitalism and Society at Columbia University.
Since January 2013 he has been Co-Chair with Joseph Stiglitz and Martine Durand of the High Level Expert Group on the measurement of Economic Performances and Social Progress. From 1995 to 2014, he was a member of the Economic Commission of the Nation. From 1990 to 2010 he was President of OFCE, the economic research centre of Sciences-Po.
He has published a number of articles in international scientific journals and numerous books and essays on related subjects. Among his last books are:
Mismeasuring our lives, with Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, the New Press, 2010; After the Crisis, the Way Ahead, with Edmund S. Phelps, Christopher Pissarides and al., Luiss University Press, 2010; Report on the State of the European Union, with Jacques Le Cacheux, Palgrave, 2010, Le théorème du lampadaire, Les liens qui Libèrent, 2013 (also published by Einaudi)
Dr. Fitoussi has contributed regularly to French and foreign newspapers.
From 2000 to 2009 he has been an expert at the European Parliament, Commission of Monetary and Economic Affairs. He was also a member of the UN Commission on the Reform of the International Monetary and Financial System and Coordinator of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (2008-2009).
He has received together with Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen the medal 2016 of the Society for Progress for the book “Mismeasuring our Lives”.
Special Advisor, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
Khalid Malik is Chairman, Global Sustainability Forum. He has held a variety of senior positions with the United Nations. He was Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office; UN Resident Coordinator in China; Director, UNDP Evaluation Office (1997-2003) and Chair, UN Evaluation Group. Earlier he was UN Representative in Uzbekistan. He has been active on UN reform and has worked closely with development partners and UN intergovernmental bodies. In 2009, Mr. Malik was one of ten “champions” – and the only foreigner – to be honored for their contributions to the protection of the environment in China. Mr. Malik is on the Strategic Council of the New World Forum (Paris). Earlier, he was co-chair of the International Finance Forum (China), and Board of the International Poverty Reduction Centre (China).
Mr. Malik has written widely on a range of topics. His latest book “Why China Has Grown So Fast for So Long” was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press, with a Chinese version in preparation by Renmin University Press. Earlier, he co-edited “Capacity for Development: New Solutions to Old Problems” (2002), and Lessons Learned in Crisis and Post Conflict Situations (2002). He is the Simon Fellow, Manchester University, and has lectured widely on global issues and on the Chinese economy.
Before joining the UN, Mr. Malik taught and conducted research at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (1975) and at Pembroke College, Oxford (1974-75). He studied economics and statistics at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Essex and Punjab.
Founder and CEO, AlliedCrowds
Mr. Kroijer (born 1972) is the founder and managing director of Alliedcrowds.com – the leading directory and aggregator of alternative capital into the world’s 132 lower and middle income countries. He is the author of “Money Mavericks – Confessions of a Hedge Fund Manager” (Financial Times Press – 2010 & 2012 – 2nd edition) and “Investing Demystified – How to Invest without Speculation and Sleepless Nights” (Financial Times Press – 2013 & 2017 – 2nd edition).
Mr. Kroijer currently serves on the advisory board of alternative investment funds in London, New York, and Hong Kong. He has frequently appeared as a finance expert on a broad range of media, including BBC, CNN, CNBC, FT, Bloomberg, Reuters, NY Times, Forbes, etc.
Previously Mr. Kroijer was the CIO of Holte Capital Ltd, a London-based market neutral special situations hedge fund which he founded in 2002 before returning external capital in the spring of 2008. Prior to establishing Holte Capital, Mr. Kroijer served in the London office of HBK Investments focusing on special situations investing. In addition, he previously worked at SC Fundamental, a value-focused hedge fund, and the investment banking division of Lazard Frères, both in New York. While in graduate school Mr. Kroijer held internships with the private equity firm Permira Advisors (then Schroder Ventures) and management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.
Mr. Kroijer graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard University with a degree in economics and received a MBA from Harvard Business School. A Danish national, Mr. Kroijer lives in London and is married with twin daughters.
As Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi leads the strategic development of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), today a leading global commercial enterprise in renewable energy and clean technologies.
A company veteran, he has played an instrumental role in the company’s emergence over the last decade, both as a catalyst for renewable energy in the Arab world and as an early adopter of advanced clean technologies at scale in key international markets.
Joining Masdar as Head of Internal Audit & Compliance in 2008, Mr Al Ramahi established the firm’s enterprise risk management function, before being appointed Director of Corporate Services & Financial Affairs in March 2011 and then Chief Financial Officer in December 2012.
Mr Al Ramahi served as Chief Operating Officer from 2013 to 2016, driving substantial bottom line growth and operational efficiencies across the organisation.
In February 2016, Mr Al Ramahi succeeded Dr Ahmad Belhoul as CEO. His appointment coincided with Masdar’s 10th anniversary and further expansion of the firm’s commercial portfolio, including the ramping up of construction at the flagship sustainable urban community Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, and the award of a number of large-scale renewable energy projects.
Under Mr Al Ramahi’s leadership, a Masdar-led consortium was chosen to develop the 800-megawatt (MW) third phase of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai in partnership with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), after quoting a record-low price for solar power of 2.99 US cents per kilowatt-hour.
The photovoltaic (PV) project will be the largest solar power plant in terms of electricity output when completed in 2020.
Mr Al Ramahi is a member of the Masdar Investment Committee and serves on the board of a number of prominent corporations, joint ventures and special entities, including Shuaa Energy 2 PSC, the company developing the DEWA 800MW project, and the UAE-based district cooling firm Tabreed.
Before joining Masdar, Mr Al Ramahi ran the internal audit and risks management function of Abu Dhabi Gas industries Limited (GASCO). He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration & finance from the University of Evansville in the United States.
Project Director, World Green Economy Organisation
Paolo Lembo is currently seconded from the United Nations as Project Director of the World Green Economy Organisation.
Mr. Lembo has been with the United Nations system for the last 30 years of his professional career, holding increasingly responsible positions in several UN organizations. Among the others, he has been Director of UNDP Regional Centre for the Middle East, Head of UN Mission in Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen and Special Representative ai of the UN Secretary-General in Tajikistan.
He has authored a number of publications on human security and has been a member of the Board of the Arab Human Development Report. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the UN Peace University and teaches in post-graduate studies at the Universities of New York, Geneva, Rome and Milan.
Director, The Green Fund
Samy Ben-Jaafar is Director of the Green Fund, and DEWA’s point person for matters related to green economy and finance.
Mr. Ben-Jaafar first became involved in Climate Finance in 2014, when he joined the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) as its inaugural Head of Private Sector Investments. He’s created a platform through which banks, private equity funds and multilateral institutions have committed a US$ 1 Billion of private-sector investments into companies providing rural electricity and sustainable agriculture in Africa, and energy efficiency bonds in Latin America.
He trained as a banker with Citi, where he held several senior level positions within Africa and Europe. He served as a Country Risk Manager, a Country Corporate & Investment Bank Head, and a Region Head for Corporate Finance Advisory.
Mr. Ben-Jaafar is committed to rural development in low-income countries through the mobilization of private sector investments. He launched Citi’s West Africa CSR program.
Sébastien Arbola is the CEO of ENGIE Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey.
He has worked in the ENGIE Group since 2006, starting as a Senior Finance Officer in the Merger & Acquisition (M&A) team in Paris, where he was in charge of the Execution Team managing the merger between Gaz de France (GDF) and SUEZ.
In 2009, he joined the Finance Department as Head of M&A and, in 2012, he became M&A Group director for GDF SUEZ. In 2013, he moved to SUEZ Environnement Asia, based in Singapore, as CFO and Senior Vice President in charge of Finance, Tax, Legal, Internal Control, IT & Procurement for the Business Unit.
He is since September 2016, the CEO of Engie Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey. In this function, he is in charge to implement the new orientations and strategy of ENGIE group ENGIE, developing its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources and providing highly efficient and innovative solutions.
Sébastien started his career in 1999 at BNP Paribas bank as a Senior Front Officer in Debt Structuring, first in London and later in Paris, until he joined ENGIE in 2006. He is a graduate of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, France.
Co-Founder & CEO, Sympower
Simon Bushell is CEO and one of the founders of Sympower. Before starting Sympower, he worked at an Energy Services Company in London, after obtaining a masters degree in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London.
Simon Bushell is still involved with the university as supervisor for thesis students. Based on his own thesis on how to communicate climate change, he has continued to author articles on the topic.
Simon Bushell his half Dutch, half English, has spent most of his life in England but now lives in Amsterdam where Sympower is based. Outside of Sympower, Simon Bushell is on the committee of the Dutch Youth Climate Movement , which strives to give young people a stronger voice on climate change.
Previously he has worked in sales, management consultancy, HR & Payroll and event management, including leading a team of ten to organize and deliver a week-long event for 3,000 people with a budget of €2 million. Before his MSc in he graduated from Cambridge with a First Class MSci & BA in Natural Sciences.
Managing Director, SAP United Emirates (UAE) & Oman
Tayfun is responsible for the company’s in country presence and growth strategy including sales and marketing operations
across the UAE & Oman.
Since joining SAP in 2014, Tayfun has solidified SAP’s position as an innovation business leader in the UAE, winning the
prestigious ‘Public-Private Partnership of the Year’ award at the ‘. GOV Awards 2015 and 2016 for Dubai and the Northern
Emirates’ in recognition of best practices to innovate in the digital transformational economy. Under Tayfun’s leadership he
established a Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) to drive innovations with our local customers and partners in key industries to
accelerate digital transformation in the UAE. Also, under his leadership, SAP was announced as the first International
Premium Partner for Expo 2020 Dubai. Tayfun continuously champions the upskilling of local talent and the creation of
diverse employment opportunities to shape the next generation workforce.
Tayfun joined SAP from Hewlett Packard where he held the position of Regional Director for Software Business in Middle East
since 2010. Previous positions with Hewlett Packard includes; Software and Solutions Country Manager for Turkey,
Industries Director for Telecom, Energy, Manufacturing in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa. Tayfun was also aboard member for several startups promoting entrepreneurs as well as lectured at several Universities on marketing and
talent & leadership management.
Tayfun holds an Executive MBA from KOC University, a M.Sc in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering as well as a
B.Sc In Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
CEO, Veolia Middle East
Xavier is leading Veolia’s activities in the Middle East for water, waste and energy management since 2013, when he was nominated CEO of the region.
Xavier is an Environmental Engineer by background, with over 20 years of experience in the water industry acquired from both developing and developed countries. Xavier arrived in Dubai in 2012 from Morocco where he had been Veolia Water Morocco Deputy Chief Executive Officer for 4 years. Before that, Xavier had essentially a French carrier; he was Managing director for Nice area in his last position.
Xavier is currently seating, as a representative of Veolia, in the Board of Directors of several companies (in France, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain). His portfolio of achievements, in his past and present areas of responsibilities, includes organization of project financing for utilities, operations & maintenance projects, and the management of companies selling Veolia unique portfolio of water, waste and energy services.
Xavier is born in France in 1966 where he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering with specialization on Electricity in the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs Electriciens de Grenoble. He completed a Master in Business Administration at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris with 6 months spent in University of California in Berkeley.