H.E. Thani Al Zeyoudi
Minister of Climate Change, Government of UAE
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 17 April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues.
Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 – 2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres. Under her leadership, New Zealand achieved significant economic growth, low levels of unemployment, and high levels of investment in education and health, and in the well-being of families and older citizens. She and her government prioritized reconciliation and the settlement of historical grievances with New Zealand’s indigenous people and the development of an inclusive multicultural and multi-faith society.
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi
Chief Executive Officer, Masdar
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Masdar in February 2016. As the CEO, Mohamed Al Ramahi spearheads the company’s development and strategic direction as it plays a prominent role in the renewable energy and clean technology sector. Mr. Al Ramahi joined Masdar in 2008 as Head of Internal Audit and Compliance, where he was responsible
for ensuring that the company complied with all regulatory guidelines. He set up the corporate enterprise risk management function, which protects Masdar’s investments. Later, Mr. Al Ramahi was appointed Masdar’s Director of corporate services and financial affairs. He was subsequently named Chief Financial Officer, a position in which he managed Masdar’s financial risks and opportunities. Mr. Al Ramahi then served as Chief Operating Officer, where he oversaw the company’s daily operations, driving consistent improvement in the company’s bottom line to generate returns for shareholders. In addition to his responsibilities as CEO, Mr Al Ramahi serves on the board of a number of prominent companies, joint ventures and special entities, including the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm in the UK, the Masdar Solar Wind Cooperative, Masdar Investment Committee, and Torresol Energy. Before joining Masdar, Mr. Al Ramahi was head of the Internal Audit and Risk Management Office at GASCO, a leading oil and gas company based in Abu Dhabi. Mr. Al Ramahi earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Evansville in the U.S.
President Constitutional Council, Former President of COP21
H:E.Laurent Fabius (born 1946 in Paris) occupied several governmental positions in France: Minister for the Budget (1981-1983), Minister of Industry and Research (1983-1984), Prime Minister (1984-1986), Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry (2000-2002), Foreign Minister (2012-2016). He was also Member of Parliament from 1978 to 2012, and served twice as President of the French National Assembly, from 1988 to 1992, and again from 1997 to 2000. In 2015, as President of the COP 21, he played a crucial role in the negotiations that led to the Paris Climate Agreement, the first universal agreement to fight against climate change. In February 2016, he was appointed President of the Constitutional Council of the French Republic.×
Adnan Z. Amin
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.
H.E. Connie Hedegaard
Chairwoman, KR Foundation
H.E. Connie Hedegaard is the Chairwoman of the Kann Foundation, which focuses on initiatives to promote economic transition, including in production and consumption patterns, and to help increase sustainability and planetary resilience.
Born in 1960, Connie Hedegaard had already been working with climate issues for several years by the time she began her appointment as the EU’s first ever Commissioner for Climate Action in February 2010. In August 2004 she was appointed as Danish Minister for the Environment. In 2007 she was in charge of setting up the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, where one of the main tasks was to prepare the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. Besides her political career, Connie has had a long career in journalism. She worked for the Danish national newspapers Berlingske Tidende and Politiken, and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr
Director General of the Smart Dubai Office
Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity charged with overseeing Dubai’s citywide transformation into a global benchmark smart city.
Prior to that, Dr. Aisha worked as Assistant Director General of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The Executive Office role is to implement the vision of HH to make Dubai #1 globally as well as to be the source of the best futuristic initiatives. Dr. Aisha also 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 more than 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.
Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr holds a PHD in Management, Science, Technology and Innovation and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Policy and Research on Engineering, Science and Technology from Manchester Business School.×
H.E. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah
Director General, Dubai Municipality
Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah was appointed as Director General on January 7th, 2009.
A civil engineering graduate from the United States, Lootah began his career as an engineer with the Federal Ministry of Electricity and Water. He was promoted on December 22nd, 2005 to the post of Deputy Director General of Dubai Municipality. Eng. Lootah chaired a number of committees in Dubai Municipality such as the Technical Committee, Strategic Plan Committee, e-Government Committee, Personnel Committee, and organizing committees of a number of conferences organized by the municipality. He was also instrumental in winning some 30 local, regional and international awards for Dubai Municipality.
As the Director General of Dubai Municipality, Eng. Lootah manages this civic body, assisted by a team of six Assistant DG and 32 Head of Departments. Eng. Lootah played a significant role in setting up the UAE Engineers Society, and held the post of the Chairman from 1992 to 1996.×
H.E Ahmed Al Muhairbi
Secretary General, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
HE Ahmad Al Muhairbi is the Secretary General of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE). He joined the DSCE in December 2012. Mr Al Muhairbi holds a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering graduated from the University of Texas. Before joining DSCE, Mr Al Muhairbi worked for ADNOC, ARCO Dubai and Margham Dubai Establishment and Dubai Supply Authority.
With overall 25 years of experience in Oil & Gas, Mr Al Muhairbi used his comprehensive knowledge of well technology as well as his petroleum engineering education; he focused on operational and well technical recommendations on field development and drilling plans. He has gained experience in the management of gas storage for power generation in existing fields in the Emirate of Dubai. Mr Al Muhairbi is also the Vice Chairman of Dubai Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau for Electricity & Water, Board of Directors of Dragon Oil Plc and a board member at Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) and member of the board of Etihad ESCO. Mr Al Muhairbi likes to keep busy with work and his family, and enjoys a jog whenever time allows for it.×
H.E. Matar Al Tayer
Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai
A professional civil engineer, H.E. Mattar Al Tayer has led the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) since November 2005. Under his able leadership, he established a specialist and experienced workforce within the RTA, which has driven achievements that have led to RTA’s rise to become a world-class organisation.
Prior to this, H.E.M. Al Tayer worked with the Dubai Municipality since 1983, where he assumed various leadership roles and eventually the responsibilities of Deputy Director General of the Dubai Municipality.
He has been the recipient of many awards throughout his distinguished career, including the Man of the Year Award (CEO Middle East Award) in 2009, the Award of the Middle East Forum for Accessible Tourism in 2009 and also the coveted Mohammed Bin Rashid Sash in 2011 for his efforts and achievements in the RTA.
Apart from his work at the RTA, Al Tayer also participates in several boards and committees both at the local and federal levels, including the Executive Council of the Dubai Government, the Dubai Sports Council, the Expo 2020 Preparatory Committee and many more.×
Singer, Co-founder of Solektra INT
Akon is an American-Senegalese RnB singer and producer. Brought up in a family of musicians, he spent his early childhood in Senegal before leaving at the age of seven to live in the USA in Union City, New Jersey.
A Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Akon is one of the world most influential voices in music today. Akon is the first artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.
Akon formed in 2007 the Konfidence Foundation to improve the quality of life for people in Africa and the United States.
In 2014, Akon co-founded with two partners, Malian entrepreneur Samba bathily and Senegalese-US youth leader and consultant Thione Niang, Solektra International. Incorporated in New York and with offices in numerous African countries, Solektra International aims at providing clean, renewable and affordable solar solutions in rural and off-grid areas. In just over a year, Solektra International was operational in 15 African countries with a wide offer of solar equipment including solar street lamps, micro-grids and domestic kits.×
Global African entrepreneur and pioneer in sustainable clean energy and solar solutions
Samba Bathily is a Mali born, global African entrepreneur and pioneer in sustainable clean energy and solar solutions. He is Founder of Africa Development Solutions (ADS), Co-Founder and CEO of Solektra International.
To provide a formal framework for private and public partnerships, Samba launched the ADS Group in 2004 drawing in companies such as Huawei and Samsung. Under this umbrella there is a dynamic group active in the sectors of project financing, renewable energy and access to water, new technologies and communications, infrastructures construction and real estate, education and youth employment, automobile and logistics, processing industries and franchising, bringing together 18 subsidiaries operating in a total of 15 African countries. Samba Bathily has developed a detailed understanding of B2B and B2G business, enabling him today to offer very innovative public partnerships through the ADS Group.
More recently in 2014, Samba co-founded Solektra International, with international music star Akon and youth leader Thione Niang. Solektra International has launched Akon Lighting Africa, an initiative that promotes awareness and usage of innovative solar solutions to provide villages throughout Africa with access to clean electricity.
VP Corporate Development, Living PlanIT
Dan is Vice President of Corporate Development, responsible for building and leading strategic corporate development building corporate level strategic partnerships and alliances including design wins, strategic partners and investors, managing the company deals pipeline and participating in the assessment of target markets. Before joining Living PlanIT, Dan was a British Member of Parliament serving on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and the Science & Technology Select Committee. He has strong expertise in energy, environment and clean tech policy, serving on the Parliamentary Bill Committee for the Energy Act 2013 and chairing a number of high profile All Party Parliamentary Groups.×
Bader Saeed Al Lamki
Executive Director, Masdar Clean Energy
Bader oversees the effective management of the Masdar Clean Energy business unit to achieve performance excellence in all areas of green field development, investment (M&A) and operations of renewable energy utility scale projects, Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage, Waste to Energy and Industrial Energy Efficiency solutions.
Bader brings 18 years of outstanding experience in the energy sector to Masdar. Prior to joining Masdar, Bader led a multi-discipline team tasked to develop and deliver a strategic initiative at ADMA-OPCO, an Abu Dhabi based offshore E&P Company, to increase the oil production of the company to nearly one million barrel. He also worked for the French oil major TOTAL and the NKOSSA field gas handling facilities in the Republic of Congo.
Bader is currently the Chairman of Shams 1 Company, a joint venture company between Masdar, TOTAL and Abengoa Solar operating the first CSP plant in the MENA region. He sits on the board of various companies engaged in renewable power production. He also chaired the selection committee of Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for three years.
Bader holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the UAE University. He joined Masdar in February 2008.×
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.
CEO, Climate Reality Project
Ken Berlin is the president and CEO of The Climate Reality Project, a twenty-first century communications and advocacy organization with the mission to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. As president and CEO, Ken leads teams in Washington, DC, Boulder, Colorado, and 10 branch offices around the world, along with 10,000 Climate Reality Leader activists in over 100 countries working together to confront the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.
Ken has devoted his career to leadership on environment, energy and climate change issues. Prior to joining Climate Reality, Ken chaired the environmental and climate change practices at the globally renowned practice of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and served as the executive vice-president and general counsel for the Coalition for Green Capital. In that role, he led efforts to establish green banks at the federal level in the US and in many states. In 2012, Ken served as chair of the Energy and Environment team for President Obama.
Ken has served as chairman of the board at the Environmental Law Institute, the Center for International Environmental Law, the American Bird Conservancy, and the Rare Center for Tropical Conservation. He also serves or has served on the boards of the Earth Day Network, Coalition for Green Capital, and Defenders of Wildlife.×
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.×
Director and Regional Representative, UNEP
Thirty two years of experience with the private sector, scientific and international organizations on strategic planning, sustainable development, water resources management, and knowledge and innovation. Twenty years with the UNDP and UNEP in different positions including Assistant Resident Representative in Jordan, Global Practice Manager in New York, Senior Policy Advisor in Lebanon and Head of Innovation unit in Egypt. Currently working as Director and Regional Representative of the United Nations Environment Programme for West Asia.
As UNEP Director, Dr. Abumoghli leads the regional team of UNEP in West Asia in identifying and assessing relevant needs, priorities, trends, developments, and policies at the national, sub-regional, and regional levels, in order to incorporate them into UNEP policy and programme development. Identify and build/strengthen strategic partnerships at all levels, both with West Asia Governments, the private sector and civil society at large to mobilize support for sound environmental action. Represent the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences
Business Development EMEA, Joi Scientific
Michael Schoeneberg leads Joi Scientific’s business development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa where he works with a broad range of companies, governments, NGOs, integrators and resellers on sustainable, next-generation Hydrogen 2.0 solutions.
Schoeneberg has 40-years of technical, business and consulting experience with expertise in international operations, marketing, sales, supply chain management, and procurement. His focus has been in providing companies wanting an entry into the European market a local presence by supporting and developing all aspects of the business from setup of a local infrastructure with logistics, planning, controlling and product marketing to active marketing and sales throughout the EMEA region.
The Joi Scientific Hydrogen 2.0 technology is the world’s first hydrogen production process that is on-demand, economically competitive, and environmentally neutral. The company is licensing its Hydrogen 2.0 technologies to a wide range of major power industries including electrical generation, heat generation, transportation, and specialty power.×
Jane Wilkinson is a Director at CPI and plays a key role in setting strategy and managing teams in the land use and climate finance work programs. She joined CPI in 2012, and founded the Indonesia program the same year. She served as Director of the Indonesia program until 2016, and she continues to play a close role managing strategy and analysis in Indonesia, as well as across other CPI programs. In 2014, she helped establish The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance.
Jane advises leaders in the Ministry of Finance in Indonesia, Unilever Corporation, and the G7 governments, among many others. She has also been a lead contributor on numerous CPI reports including the Global Landscape of Climate Finance the Landscape of Public Climate Finance in Indonesia, and the Background Report for the G7 on Long-Term Climate Finance.
Prior to joining CPI, Jane served the Australian government as a professional diplomat and policy expert for more than eight years, leading analytic and negotiation teams on international policy, finance, markets, and trade issues. In her time in government, she was responsible for developing the response to the climate financing challenge including through the design and delivery of Australia’s fast-start financing package, analytical inputs to the UNSG High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, and was also appointed Senior Adviser to the Garnaut Review 2011 Update.×
Dr. Henning Wuester
Director of Knowledge, Policy, Finance Centre, IRENA
Henning Wuester is currently Director of Knowledge, Policy, and Finance Centre at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). From 2011 to early 2014, Dr. Wuester was working for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). He was the Secretary to the Transitional Committee that drafted the Governing Instrument for the GCF in 2011, heading a Technical Support Unit with senior staff from international financial institutions and UN agencies. Subsequently, he was the Senior Manager at the Interim Secretariat of the GCF, in charge of supporting the GCF Board, developing the Fund’s business model framework, setting up the Fund’s administrative policies and procedures and negotiating the headquarters agreement of the GCF with the Republic of Korea.
From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Wuester was Special Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He was responsible for the management of the Executive Office, for overall internal policy coordination processes within the UNFCCC secretariat, liaison with the United Nations Secretary-General, and for cooperation with other organizations, in particular UN system entities. Before joining the UNFCCC from 1991 to 2003, Mr. Wuester was at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, where he performed various functions in the secretariat of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. He studied economics and international law at Munich University (final degree in 1986) and obtained his PhD in economics there in 1990.×
CEO, Yellow Door
As the Chief Executive Officer of Yellow Door, Jeremy is leading the expansion of the distributed solar industry in the MENA region. Jeremy co-founded Yellow Door with Adenium, where he previously acted as COO and helped build the regions’ most successful renewable energy investor, deploying over $250M in solar in his last 12 months alone.
Previously he founded a Canada developer and completed $40M of rooftop solar projects. He has also run a power utility and a phone company in Honduras, was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and built windfarms in the USA. Jeremy holds an MBA from INSEAD and an Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Saeed Al Abbar
Chairman, Emirates Green Building Council
As well as his professional role as Director of Alabbar Energy and Sustainability Group, 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.
Saeed 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.×
Lisbeth D. Jespersen
Head of Secretariat, Global Green Growth Forum (3GF)
Ms. Lisbeth D. Jespersen, MSc Political Science and BA East Asian Area Studies is a Senior Diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark, and the Head of Secretariat for the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF).
Mrs. Jespersen has held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since she joined in 1988, particularly in the field of politics, development aid, public-private partnerships and sustainability issues. She was posted as First Secretary at the Danish Embassy in Tokyo, Japan (1992-95) and as Deputy Ambassador at the Danish Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (2000-03).
Alongside these positions Mrs. Jespersen has been working with collaboration and synergies among public and private partners in general and involving private sector in development. In 3GF in particular, focus in on sustainable growth and development through global collaborative public-private partnerships.
Regional Director Middle East and Turkey For Smart Grid Solutions Itron
Hussain Rizvi is Regional Director Middle East and Turkey for Smart Grid Solutions business in Itron.
In this role, Hussain engages with City authorities primarily utilities & municipalities around the region to support their requirements for integrated communications technologies which enables them to optimize the intelligence in their grid networks that are the backbone of integrated Smart Cities.
Hussain firmly believes that a key pillar of any Smart City concept is the sustainable and efficient use of energy resources and believes that the Intelligent Grid and Internet of Things concepts in the context of a Smart City will help unlock long term value for the stakeholders of such infrastructure.
Astronaut Dr. Donald Thomas
Former NASA Astronaut
Astronaut Donald Thomas was selected by NASA in January 1990 and became an astronaut in July 1991. He has logged over 44 days in Space (1,040 hours) and orbited the Earth nearly 700 times on his 4 Space Flights. He now educates the community about how fragile our earth is to help the public protect our environment. He currently travels the globe and speaks to the public and working as a motivational speaker who is extremely passionate about the benefits of sustainable energy and how it can be used to preserve the Earth’s environment. Astronaut Thomas is helping to inform and excite the public about the future in space, the benefits of space exploration, and preparing the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers for their missions in the future.×
Dr. Matthew Kennedy
Head of Strategy and Business, International Energy Research Centre
Dr. Matt Kennedy is Head of Strategy and Business with the International Energy Research Centre. Prior to this role Matt led national and international energy RD&D initiatives for the Irish Government and was National Delegate for Horizon 2020. Internationally, Matt led the technology negotiations for the EU at COP21, was the Chair of the UN’s Climate Technology Centre and Network in Copenhagen, was a member of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee from 2011- 2015 and is Chair of the Programme Board of the Renewable Every and Energy Efficiency Partnership ( REEEP) based in Vienna. Matt chaired a IEA collaborative group of 10 OECD countries that pooled finance for energy research collaborative activitiesMatt has a Phd (Engineering) from Trinity College Dublin and Masters’ degrees from University College Dublin (Business Admin) and National University of Ireland, Galway (Development).×
Director, Southern Europe CDP
Diana joined CDP in 2010 as country director for Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. She is responsible for all CDP activities in the Southern Europe region and has extensive experience in carbon management and compliance. Diana spent three years in China working on the origination and commercialization of carbon credits, specifically from Clean Development Mechanism and Voluntary Emission Reduction projects. She has also worked in forex trading in Mexico, venture capital in Washington, DC. and business development in the insurance sector in Hong Kong.×
Deputy Leader in Solar K.A.CARE
Abdulaziz Baras has a Master of Science degree in Material Science and Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, class of 2009 the founding and first graduating class.
He has developed doped ZnO nanowires used to increase solar cells efficiency. Also, he has developed doped ZnO films for spintronic applications.
In 2011, he joined King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE), as a researcher in solar energy. Currently he is the deputy leader of the electricity group in Research, development and innovation sector at K.A.CARE.
He has participated in understanding and implementing the challenges and solutions of solar energy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This includes: renewable resources assessment, dust mitigation, solar standards, solar value chain, national power strategy and establishing solar research facilities. He was selected as one of the top 10 solar pioneers in MENA region in 2014.
His dream is to support the world to live in growing and green environment.
New Business Development, Energrid S.p.A.
Valeria Cantello graduated in Electrical Engineering at the Politecnico of Turin (Italy). After a few years in consulting, in 2005 she joined in the Gavio Group, one of the main industrial groups in Italy and a long-lasting leader in the Italian infrastructure sector. Valeria Cantello is currently responsible for developing new business opportunities at Energrid S.p.A., the energy trading Company inside the Gavio Group. In her role, she recently managed the start-up activities of the Energy Efficiency Division and she is now in charge of identifying new business and investment opportunities in international markets, with a special focus on Middle East and Africa.
Formerly Responsible for R&D activities, she managed several projects funded at the national and European level, aimed at promoting energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, distributed generation and smart grids. On behalf of Energrid, she participates in the technical working groups within ASSOESCo (Italian Association of Energy Service Companies), AIGET (Italian Association of Energy Traders and Wholesalers) and the Innovation Clusters promoted by the Piedmont Region.
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×
Senior Programme Manager, OECD
Matthew Griffiths is a Senior Programme Manager working on green growth and water issues in the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD).
He leads a programme of work for water and wastewater sector reform in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region under the GREEN Action Programme.
Prior to joing the OECD, Matthew worked for the Regualtion and Supervision Bureau, the independent utility regulator in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He led teams working on a wide range of water and wastewater issues including development of the first regulatory framework for promoting safe and sustainable wastewater reuse and initiatives to drive water conservation.
Matthew has also worked for Anglian Water and PURAC Ltd in the UK where he gained experience of using new technologies to reduce capital and operating costs of water and wastewater services.
Dr Uwe Krueger
Prof Dr Uwe Krueger was appointed an executive director in June 2011, taking up the post of CEO in August 2011. He is a physicist who studied at the University of Frankfurt am Main, graduating with a PhD in complex system theory. He also studied at Columbia University (New York), the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and at Harvard (Boston). He holds an Honorary Professorship in Physics from the University of Frankfurt am Main and an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University awarded for his exemplary entrepreneurial leadership and contributions to the application of science, engineering and technology to business and industry across the globe.
Uwe has spent the majority of his career leading engineering and consulting organisations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. More recently he was chief executive officer of Swiss company, Oerlikon, one of the world’s leading high-tech industrial companies specialising in machine and plant engineering. He joined Atkins from Texas Pacific Group, a private equity investment firm based in London and San Francisco, and Cleantech Switzerland, a trade promotion organisation in the area of sustainability which operates on behalf of the Swiss Federal Government.×
CEO, World Climate Ltd
Jens Nielsen is a business leader based in Copenhagen. He has worked in more than 20 countries performing strategy work for some of the largest companies in the world. He has been an industry leader in the global utilities sector in PricewaterhouseCoopers in the nineties. He has been managing more than 1000 people during the global roll-out of the largest company within PR and communications, Cision, through the first part of this century×
Chief Executive Officer, Middle East, Veolia
Xavier is leading Veolia’s activities (water, waste, and energy management services) in the Middle East since 2013. Prior to this position, Xavier was in charge of Veolia Water’s operations for Veolia Water Middle East.
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, Qatar, Oman and the UAE). His portfolio of achievements, in his past and present areas of responsibilities, includes, organization of project financing for water utilities, operations & maintenance projects for water treatment plants and water utilities, and the management of companies selling Veolia unique portfolio of water services.×
Senior Manager, Business Development, Reeep
Katrin Harvey has almost ten years’ experience in international clean energy market development and organizational management. She is responsible for business development at REEEP, including managing REEEP’s global fundraising activities, institutional donor relations and new growth strategies. She also handles governance and partnership issues and is a member of the REEEP strategy team. She holds a Master’s degree in English and American Studies and a Master’s degree in International Development Studies, both from the University of Vienna.×
Mayor of Aspen
Steven Skadron has been the Mayor of the City of Aspen since June, 2013. He is committed to sustainable land use practices that support a healthy year-round community and a vibrant visitor-based economy. Under his leadership Aspen has achieved its goal of reaching 100% renewable energy in its municipal utility and tightened building codes that threatened small town character. He is currently spearheading an effort to bring next generation mobility options into Aspen to reduce people’s reliance on single occupancy vehicles.
Mayor Skadron previously served six years as a member of the Aspen City Council and is the principal of SpoonerSkadron LLC, a marketing communications firm he founded in 2003. He serves as an adjunct professor of E-Commerce at Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School, and as the President of the Colorado Association of Ski Towns focusing on policies to benefit and sustain mountain communities. He is a graduate of University of Minnesota and has a MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.
Prof. Dr. Michael Weinhold
CTO Energy Management Division at Siemens
Born on February 2, 1964, in Rüsselsheim, Germany, Mr. Weinhold completed his studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, in 1993 with a Dr. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering.
He began his professional career that same year at Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD). After holding technical expert and management-level positions in the Network Planning Department, he joined the High Voltage Division as technical director for Static Var Compensator (SVC) technology.
In 2004, he was named head of the Technology and Innovation Department at PTD and then in 2008 CTO of the Siemens Energy Sector. Since 2014 he is CTO of the Siemens Energy Management Division.
In 1997 Mr. Weinhold was named “Siemens Inventor of the Year” and in 2008
Mr. Weinhold was promoted to the status of “Siemens TOP Innovator”.
From 2004 until 2008 Mr. Weinhold was serving as German Speaker for the IEC SC 22F standardization committee “Power Electronics in Transmission and Distribution Systems”.
Since 2011 he is Adjunct Professor at Danish Technical University (DTU).
In 2013 he was promoted to the status of Chief Key Expert and since 2014 he is Member of the Supervisory Board and Advisory Council of Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH.×
Deputy Executive Director at Green Infrastructure Basel Foundation.
Katharina works as Deputy Executive Director at the non-profit foundation Global Infrastructure Basel. Her team has assessed over one hundred infrastructure projects over the world based on the GIB Grading. In order to help projects to access investors, she organised annual investment fora during the GIB Summits and did trace-back studies of the projects. She was responsible for the publishing of the Sustainable Infrastructure Capacity Building Handbook and a Scoping Study for the Early Stage Project Preparation Stage. She co-chaires the Cities Climate Leadership Alliance’s Working Group on Project Preparation Facilities and is a member of the Resilient Cities Conference Program Committee and participated in the World Bank Resilience Finance Symposium in 2015. the support of the Swiss Government and international experts, she is working with a project team to establish SuRe – The Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. She is the GIB representative on the SuRe Standard Comittee. She has lived in China for twelve years and worked as a journalist and TV-producer and researcher and as a lecturer at Peking University.×
Manager, Strategy and Relationship Management, UNFCCC
Niclas Svenningsen is the Manager for the Strategy and Relationship Management unit in the UNFCCC Secretariat. In this capacity he is responsible for developing and strengthening approaches and strategies for catalysing climate action under, and in addition to, activities mandated by UNFCCC, in particular through market based instruments such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). He was previously working in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) where he was in charge of the climate neutral strategy of the UN system, as well as for the implementation of UNEP’s programmes for sustainable buildings, urban development, and sustainable procurement. Niclas has a background in civil engineering and environmental law, and is in his spare time trying out all good and bad ideas for energy savings in his summer house in Sweden.×
Eng. Lamya Abdel Hady
Head of Sector Private Projects Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC)
Eng. Lamya Adbel Hady heads the Private Projects Sector at the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, and leads the Solar FiT Program for the Ministry. Her distinguished career spans 15 years with the Egyptian Electricity Authority (now EEHC) and she has worked in private renewable energy programs since 2007. Eng. Lamya is responsible for the BOO 250MW wind project in Gulf of Suez, BOO 10x20MW PV solar projects in Kom Ombo–‐Aswan and the Egypt FiT program with the target of achieving 2000MW wind projects and 2300MW PV projects. Eng. Lamya graduated from Ain Shams University Faculty of Engineering Power Systems Dep and completed her MBA in Strategic Management in 2013 from the Cairo licenced Victoria School of Business.×
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.×
Yvo de Boer
Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Yvo de Boer is the Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), a Seoul-based international organization. He was appointed as the Director-General by the GGGI Assembly, GGGI’s supreme governing body to serve a four-year term beginning on April 15, 2014.
Previously, Mr. de Boer served as KPMG’s Global Chairman of Climate Change & Sustainability Services (CC&S). In this role, he led KPMG’s international network of climate change and sustainability consulting businesses, which comprise several hundred sustainability professionals in over 60 countries.
As well as leading KPMG’s CC&S agenda Mr. de Boer advised corporate leaders on the impacts of rapid environmental, social and political change and how their businesses should respond in order to grasp opportunities and manage risks.
Before joining KPMG in 2010, Mr. de Boer led the international process to respond to climate change in the role of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2006 to 2010.
During his tenure he raised the issue of climate change to the highest levels of political and media attention. He brought over 100 world leaders to Copenhagen for the international climate negotiations in December 2009 and secured commitments from over 90 countries to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Throughout his career, he has focused on the economics of climate and sustainability to help policy makers and the business community understand the consequences of acting, or failing to act, in economic terms.
Prior to his UN role, he was extensively involved in European Union environmental policy as deputy Director General of the Dutch Environment Ministry. He also served as vice-chair of the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, and acted as an advisor to the Government of China and the World Bank. In 2011 he was appointed to chair the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change.
- Yvo de Boer is also a Professorial Fellow at the University of Maastricht.
- He is a Council Member of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (and co-chair of the taskforce on Climate and Energy),
- He is a member of the Green Growth Leaders, a member of the Capital Markets Climate Initiative steering group (established by UK Climate Minister Greg Barker),
- He received a knighthood from her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands in 2009 and the Dutch Climate Award in 2010.
Al Hadi Hilmi
President, Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) Executive Director, International Development, SkyPower Global
Strategic level Renewable Energy development executive with 17 yrs across diverse Middle East, Asia, and Africa solar energy market sectors.
Currently heading the Middle East & Africa office for SkyPower, Hadi is responsible for developing the Middle East Solar energy projects strategy for SkyPower from zero to project launch, as well as to expanding SkyPower’s business development foot print in the Middle East’s evolving Renewable Energy market sector. Hadi Tahbopub is currently the Presient of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), where in his current role , is garnering regional solar energy project stakeholders with in the same benchmark cooperative areana.
Executive corporate management skills covering 10+ years with profit & loss analysis, financial projections, strategic planning, technical operations management and international business development.
Hadi has a B.Sc. Degree in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering from the American University of Cairo, Egypt, and an MBA degree from Chifley Business School, Sidney, Australia. Hadi sits on the board of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Middle East & Africa zone.×
President for Lighting Growth Markets, Philips
Murali Sivaraman, formerly CEO Domestic Appliances in Consumer Lifestyle, has been appointed to the position of Market Group Leader Growth Markets for Lighting, effective February 1, 2015
Murali is responsible for driving the business across ASEAN Pacific, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Central Asia, Middle East and Turkey, India, Pakistan and Africa. Murali is also an Executive Vice President in Philips.×
Executive Director of UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia)
Mohammed AlShamsi is the Acting Executive Director of UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia).
At DEWA, where AlShamsi is a Senior Manager of Climate Change and Sustainability, he has contributed to DEWA’s corporate sustainability program, which resulted in updating DEWA’s sustainability strategy map, and formulating climate change strategies through the carbon emission reduction program. Prior joining DEWA, AlShamsi worked in a number of leading financial institutions in the UAE.
K. Marcus Chee
Founding Executive Director of the Energy Council of Malaysia (ECOM)
K. Marcus Chee is the founding Executive Director of the Energy Council of Malaysia (ECOM) for the last 8 years ago. He is also the CEO of Eco Partners SB, the largest producer of biomass 3.0 fuel in the region. Recently, he was name the top CleanTech startup in United States. His company produces renewable energy (RE) – leverage on the excess capacity of existing Coal-fired Power Plants.
He has spoken widely on climate change and carbon trading in Asia, Europe and the US. He holds observer status with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a past member of the National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Committee. Mr. Marcus also held the Honoree position of Director with the Business Council for Sustainable Development, Malaysia. He is also an author, with his upcoming book titled Sustainable Energy Secrets and What’s My Carbon Footprint×
Head of Sustainable Banking at Credit Agricole CIB
Tanguy Claquin created and manages the Sustainable Banking team at Credit Agricole CIB. The team provides financial advisory for transactions targeting both financial objectives and positive social and environmental impacts, in all asset classes. During the last six years, Credit Agricole CIB became one of the largest arranger of Green Bond and Sustainability Bond transaction on a global basis, having arranged several landmark transactions for a wide array of issuers, from development banks to large corporates, from emerging market issuers to real estate companies. CA-CIB was elected “Most impressive bank for Green / SRI capital markets” in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in Global Capital market survey. Tanguy was elected “Most impressive Green / SRI banker” in 2016 in the same market reference survey. The team has also arranged a number of impact investment funds (carbon funds, microfinance, private equity) and advised on agriculture risk management instruments. Tanguy has more than 15 years’ experience in investment banking and advisory. Tanguy holds a PhD in physics and graduate from Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon.×
Senior Director - Strategy & Planning Dubai Supreme Council of Energy Secretary General - Emirates Energy Award
Mr. Diab is Senior Director of Strategy & Planning 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 26 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.
Managing Director, Silk Road Fund Co., Ltd.
Mr. Liu Zhengming is Managing Director of the Silk Road Fund. Previously, he held a number of positions within the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) including Director of International Monetary Fund Division and Director of Development Institution Division of the International Department, Chief Representative of the PBOC Frankfurt Representative Office, Deputy Director-General and then Director-General of Anti-Money Laundering Bureau. He also worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the capacity of Assistant to Executive Director for China.
Mr. Liu holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Financial Development from the University of Finafrica in Italy.
Founder & Managing Director of E Treanor Media
Eithne Treanor runs a specialist media consultancy company based in Dubai. www.etreanor.com. She is a professional conference moderator and facilitator and an expert media and communications trainer as well as a seasoned energy industry commentator.
Eithne acts as OPEC’s official on-air conference and webcast moderator. She has moderated at a large number of other conferences including the International Energy Forum, ADIPEC, World Energy Forum, the Africa Global Business Forum and the Excellence in Energy Awards. She is CNBC Arabia’s Special Consultant and she 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 around the world. She is a guest presenter on Dubai Eye radio on the award winning Business Breakfast show and she regularly comments on energy matters.
She studied Politics and Sociology at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and has a degree in Broadcast Communications from Columbia College in Chicago and a post-graduate diploma in International Relations from the London School of Economics.×
M. Saïd Mouline
CEO, ADEREE President, Energy Climate and Green Economy Commission, CGEM Head of Public Private Partnerships, COP22 committee
Born in 1963 in Rabat, Saïd Mouline is an engineer specialist in the energy and environmental questions. Graduate from the Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble, France) and University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), he is President of the Energy, Climate and Green Economy Commission at the General Confederation of the Moroccan Companies (CGEM) and President of the Moroccan Center for Clean Production. He was advisor to the President of OCP, the world leading phosphate company for a sustainable development policy. He has in the past worked within the Cabinet of the Minister of Energy and Mines and counseled various national and international organizations like the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental protection, BMCE Bank, WLPGA, World Bank, IFC, GTZ, KfW and UNDP. He is currently CEO of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency National Agency (ADEREE). He is also Head of Public Private Partnerships at COP22 committee.×
UNDP Team Leader for the Arab Region
Kishan Khoday is with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), currently as UNDP Team Leader for the Arab Region. UNDP is the U.N.s largest provider of assistance in areas of climate change, energy and the environment with over $3 billion of grants today to over 140 countries. Kishan has been with the U.N. for the past 18 years, leading climate change, energy and the environment cooperation in emerging and developing countries. He has helped mobilize and manage portfolios of over $300 million from global UN funds, international donors and the private sector in support of local action at the national level. Prior to his current role as UNDP Team Leader in the Arab region, Kishan had served as UNDP Deputy Representative in Saudi Arabia from 2009-2013; as UNDP Assistant Representative and Team Leader for Energy and Environment in China from 2005-2009; and UNDP Deputy Coordinator for Environment and Natural Resources in Indonesia from 1997-2005. He holds degrees in science, management and law, specialized in multilateral environmental agreements, speaks frequently at global summits and has published widely on various aspects of the global development agenda.×
Senior Researcher of Energy Efficiency at DEWA
Dr. Edwin Rodriguez-Ubinas is a Senior Researcher of Energy Efficiency at DEWA and the Manager of the Solar Decathlon Middle East Competition. In the last ten years, he worked at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) as researcher and professor. Dr. Rodriguez-Ubinas is a founder member of the Solar Decathlon Europe and served as the Competition Manager for all three of the Solar Decathlon Europe competitions: in Madrid, Spain (2010 and 2012) and Versailles, France (2014).×
SD EU Decathlete, Solar Decathlon EU
Born in Rome on November 25, 1989. She carries out academic career at the University of Roma Tre, bachelor’s degree in Science of Architecture in 2012 with 110/110 cum laude. In 2015 she obtained a degree in Architectural Design 110/110 with honors. In 2014 she obtained, along with the research team of the University of Roma Tre “Rhome for Dencity”, the 1st prize at the competition “Solar Decathlon Europe 2014” (Versailles). Since 2015 she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Roma Tre.×
SD EU Decathlete, Solar Decathlon EU
Architect; Team Rhône-Alpes project manager in 2012, winner of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012; General support, Solar Decathlon Europe 2014; Coordinator of “Sustainable house & city” department in AECC research laboratory.×
SD EU Competition Director, Solar Decathlon
Pascal Rollet is an architect trained in the University of Grenoble and the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked for Stanley Saitowitz and Lars Lerup in San Francisco, Jourda & Perraudin in Lyon and CRAterre in different African countries.
He has established his own professional practice, Lipsky+Rollet architects, in Paris with Florence Lipsky since 1990. Lipsky+Rollet architect’s work has been awarded several French prizes such as the 2005 Équerre d’Argent (Silver Square) for the best building of the year, or nominations in international competitions such as Benedictus Award 2005 or World Architectural Festival 2008 in Barcelona. Today, L+R is mostly involved in sustainable architecture for educational facilities and works on R&D solar housing programs.
Pascal is a full Professor of Architecture at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble. He is co-directing the Architecture, Environnement & Cultures Constructives (AE&CC) research team recognized as LABEX unit by the French National Research Agency (ANR). He is currently the Scientific Director of Grands Ateliers in Isle d’Abeau, a French research center and technical platform dedicated to “learning by doing” and “learning by building” experimentations for students in architecture, art and engineering. He is promoting design-built education in architecture in a transdisciplinary approach of the built environment. His researches focus on sustainable human settlements, solar architecture, wood and earth construction.
He was the Faculty Advisor of Team Rhône-Alpes, winning team for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 competition with the Canopea© project, after a first participation in SDE 2010 with the Armadillo Box©.
He was the Director of the Competition of the Solar Decathlon 2014 Competition in Versailles organized by CSTB Solar for the French Government. He is now a member of the European Energy Endeavour committee to promote the Solar Decathlon in Europe.
Richard J. King
Senior Advisor, Solar Decathlon Middle East U.S. Department of Energy, Retired
Richard King is the creator of the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, an award-winning design competition. The Solar Decathlon challenges university schools of architecture and engineering to design, build and demonstrate highly efficient solar powered houses. The houses are built side-by-side to form a solar village which is opened to the public. This exciting competition has inspired hundreds of students to pursue careers in the clean energy field and attracted thousands of people to see the innovative houses on display.
Mr. King is currently working for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as a senior advisor for the Solar Decathlon Middle East.
Mr. King worked for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1986 to 2016 in the Solar Energy Technology office as Team Leader of the Photovoltaic R&D Program and as the Director of the Solar Decathlon since its inception in 2002. Mr. King holds a physics degree from the American University in Washington, DC.×
Founder and Managing Partner of Inerjys
Stephan Ouaknine is founder and Managing Partner of Inerjys. A proven entrepreneur and investor, Stephan has been a visionary leader across multiple technology sectors, from clean technology to telecommunications. His career has spanned three high-tech ventures, creating significant shareholder value with three successful exits. Stephan founded Inerjys with the insight that new deployment approaches and proven technologies could overcome the challenges of the cleantech sector and power a better tomorrow.
Prior to Inerjys, Stephan founded Blueslice Networks, a leading provider of evolved Subscriber Data Management (eSDM) solutions for telecom carriers. Stephan led Blueslice from its foundation in 2001 until its acquisition in 2010 by Tekelec (NASDAQ: TKLC). At the time of its acquisition, Blueslice was the global leader in cross-platform eSDM solutions deployed in tier 1 accounts in over 25 countries. Stephan’s other successes include Emblaze (LSE: BLZ), a next-generation mobile multimedia company which reached a $6 billion valuation during his tenure, and Airslide Systems, a leader in next generation signalling which merged with Cantata Technology and was acquired by Dialogic (NASDAQ: DLGC).
Stephan is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the TED community, a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos and a recipient of the Annual Honoree Award from the Canadian Technion Society. He is frequently invited to share thoughts on entrepreneurship, investing and the clean energy sector at global events.×
General Manager, Middle East and Africa Region, Huawei Smart PV Business
Paul Pan is an experienced executive in technology sector. He currently is General Manager of Huawei Smart PV Business Middle East and Africa Region. In this role, he has overall responsibility on business development, sales, partnership development, government relations, as well as services for Huawei’s Smart PV business in the region.
Paul brought with him over 20 years’ experiences and a strong track record in sales and technology management in high-tech sector. Paul’s expertise covers a broad area of the latest technologies like broadband mobile, Internet of Things and Cloud. Prior joining Huawei, he had been in Nokia for 13 years in various executive roles, Most recently, he was the General Manager of Nokia’s R&D Center in Japan. There he led the R&D team to develop advanced mobile broadband solutions for demanding Japan market.
Before working in Japan, he was in Nokia China as Vice President and General Manager of Sales Development for Greater China Region. He was a member of Nokia’s Regional Leadership Team managing a business over 1.2 Billion USD per year.
Before Nokia, Paul worked 8 years with Tellabs International, a US-based telecom equipment provider as Country Manager for China.
Paul holds a MBA degree from Rutgers State University of New Jersey, US. He also has EE Master and Bachelor degrees from Beijing University of Post and Telecom, China.×
Chief of Climate Change & Green, AfDB
Gareth Phillips is Chief Climate and Green Growth Officer at the African Development Bank. His main roles in AfDB are promoting Green Growth within the Bank and Coordinating two of the Climate Investment Funds – Forest Improvement Program and the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. Since joining AfDB almost 18 months ago, he has contributed to the inclusion of Green Growth in Country Strategy Plans and authored the current proposal to establish a Green Growth Certification Standard. He is also exploring alternative ways of financing climate resilience. AfDB has developed the Hi 5 strategy to mainstream Green Growth into the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy and its daily operations and Gareth helps to oversee the inclusion of Green Growth principles into the Hi 5s. Gareth’s objectives at GGGW include Launching the Green Growth Certification Standard and networking.×
Executive Director, Capital Solutions
Based out of Singapore, Rahul Sheth is an Executive Director in Standard Chartered’s Capital Solutions team, housed within its Capital Markets franchise.
In his role as a solutions specialist, he globally heads the green bonds product and has been responsible for leading pioneering and award winning green bond transactions for clients across the bank’s footprint including the New Development Bank, Axis Bank, Turkiye Sinai Kalkinma Bankasi (TSKB), Agricultural Bank of China, National Thermal Power Corporation, Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) and CLP Windfarms amongst others. He maintains an active dialogue with regulators and organisations such as the Climate Bonds Initiative and the Green Bond Principles. Standard Chartered was amongst two international banks to be on the People’s Bank of China led ‘Green Finance Committee’, responsible for setting the green bond regulations for Chinese issuers.
Rahul also spearheads hybrid capital structuring business for banks, insurance companies and corporate. He has structured path breaking hybrid transactions, both in the FI and corporate space across the bank’s footprint. As part of his mandate, he maintains a very close linkage with issuers, regulators, rating agencies and investors within the hybrid universe.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered in 2010, Rahul worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Fixed Income Structured Solutions team in Australia and prior to that, with Citibank
Rahul holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Group Head of Investments & Corporate Solutions (formerly M&A Department) at Emirates National Oil Company (“ENOC”)
Aakash Nijhawan is Group Head of Investments & Corporate Solutions (formerly M&A Department) at Emirates National Oil Company (“ENOC”). He is responsible for ENOC’s M&A, Divestment, Investment, Venture and corporate solution activities including developing general investment strategy and transaction sourcing, execution and integration.
Aakash joined ENOC in 2014 after a 16 year career in Investment Banking, focusing on the broader Energy Sector (Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities and Renewables). In his previous banking roles at Citi, UBS HSBC etc., he focused on complex cross border Mergers & Acquisitions and financings covering the broader Energy sector with stints in North America and the Middle East. To date, he has executed over $30bn of M&A and financing activity in over 16 countries with transaction types ranging from simple sub $100mm private sell sides to complex multi-billion dollar public tender offers. He has also published three debt management advisory papers.
Aakash graduated as a Beta Sigma Gamma Scholar with an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. At Columbia Business School, Aakash was the Head Teaching Assistant for Corporate Finance.×
Technical & Performance Director, Middle East, Veolia
Graduated as process engineer, Hervé joined Veolia Water Malaysia in 1999 as design engineer. He worked on various successful projects including Kranji Reverse Osmosis for reuse of secondary effluent and Maha Sawat, a large Sewage treatment plant in Thailand.
In 2002, Hervé returned to Veolia headquarters in Paris and took the responsibility of the design of a large potable water plant for Shanghai (Pudong).
In 2007, he then moved to Dubai as Engineering Director to execute two jobs in Dubai (membrane bioreactor in Palm Jumeirah and a compact lake water filtration plant for Burj Khalifa Lake).
Hervé also set-up an engineering base in Dubai to cover the needs of UAE, Qatar, Oman and Iraq. Since that, four main jobs have been executed by his department, for Sea water pretreatment (Dissolved Air Flotation), Upgrade of Sewage treatment plant in Doha (Sequence Batch Reactor) and in the Emirates (Anaerobic treatment), and a compact surface water plant in Iraq (ActiDisc).
Since 2013 Hervé is heading the Technical & Performance Direction of Veolia in the Middle East.
Kersten Karl BARTH
Chair of the Commission on Environment and Energy of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Kersten is the Chair of the Commission on Environment and Energy of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is an experienced General Manager and Executive with international and intercultural expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions, including post merger integrations, Restructuring, Operations as well as Business Development for Services, Project Management and Sales in the industrial and power generation environment. During his 24 years in industry, Kersten has held various positions for Bilfinger and Siemens across the company’s portfolio and geographical reach, ranging from hydropower in Latin America to industrial energy efficiency in Europe and field service for power plants worldwide. He holds a Master’s degree in engineering from the University of Dortmund.×
Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy
Andrew Graves is a Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, International Program. Mr. Graves manages international research collaborations, and technical and policy assistance projects designed to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies worldwide. His portfolio cuts across many different technology sectors, and includes projects in the Middle East, North Africa, Mexico, and India. Mr. Graves also serves as DOE’s representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and leads the DOE strategy to help bring the Solar Decathlon competition to international audiences. Prior to joining the DOE International Program, Mr. Graves led U.S-China research collaborations for DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Mr. Graves has an M.S in Global Affairs from New York University, and a B.A. from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.×
Alia Ali Busamra
Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Emirates National Oil Company Ltd. (ENOC) L.L.C.
Ms. Alia Busamra has a BSc. Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master Degree in Environmental Sciences. Alia has 13 years of experience in ENOC. She has conducted numerous environmental and energy projects for major oil and gas companies in the region. She represents ENOC as a member in both Dubai Executive Demand Side Management Committee and Dubai Carbon Abatement Technical Committee.
Alia is responsible to develop, deploy and implement sustainable strategies across ENOC Group in line with UAE Government directives and the approved ENOC Group Sustainability Charter. Thus, provide the group with various services which will result to overall economic, cultural and environmental benefits required for its sustainable growth in line with international best practice in sustainability.
Alia has a wide range of professional interests where she conducts Energy and Resource Management Audits, Environmental Impact Assessment Studies, Environmental Baseline and Waste Audits, Environmental Management Systems Compliance Reviews, Environmental and Resource Conservation Trainings for ENOC Group of companies. In addition she is responsible for collecting, analyzing and validating Energy and Resource Management KPIs, Business Plans, Quick Wins, etc. She develops as well various elements of quality, environmental, energy and resource and integrated management systems for ENOC Group to enable them to continual improvement.×
Marco C. Janssen
Director Smart Grid PMO, DEWA
Marco C. Janssen is the Director Smart Grid PMO for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. He received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic in Arnhem, The Netherlands and has worked for over 26 years in the field of Smart Grid, Protection, Control, Monitoring, Advanced Metering Infrastructures, Distribution and Substation Automation. He was a member of IEC TC57 WG 10, 17, 18, 19, the IEEE PES Power System Relaying Committee and CIGRE B5 and D2 working groups. He was the convenor of D2.35 and editor of the Quality Assurance Program for the Testing Subcommittee of the UCA International Users Group. He holds one patent, has authored and presented more than 58 technical papers, is co-author of four Cigré Technical Brochures and two books on Smart Grids and Electrical Power Substations Engineering and is the author of the “I think” column in the PAC World magazine.×
Chairman, Board of Directors for KEPCO
Dr. Ahn is currently Chairman, Board of Directors for KEPCO and Korea Commission for Corporate Partnership (KCCP) and responsible for inducing voluntary collaborations and nurturing synergy between Korea’s big businesses and small and medium enterprises. Before taking his current post, he served as Foreign Investment Ombudsman (2006-2014).
He is former Chairman of the Presidential Regulatory Reform Committee (2010-2012). He holds also Distinguished Professorship at Graduate School of International Studies, Chung-Ang University. While on sabbatical from Chung-Ang University, he also served several posts such as the President of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (2002-2005); Chair of the APEC Economic Committee; Chair of Board, Choheung Bank; consultant to the World Bank; UNIDO Chief Technical Advisor to the Economic Planning Unit of Malaysia to design Malaysia’s industrial master plan; and served as President of several academic societies in Korea.
Dr. Ahn’s honors include the Economist of the Year Award from the Maeil Business Daily Newspaper in Korea, the Okita Policy Research Award by the National Institute for Research Advancement in Japan.×