Regional Conference on Clean Energy Project Financing in MENA

  • Date: May 03, 2016
  • Location: Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai

Renewable energy project financing is complex. Clean Energy Business Council in collaboration with National Bank of Abu Dhabi welcomes you to join us for this interactive conference to discuss sustainable clean energy project financing in MENA, and new ways of thinking about finance and capital. Leading global industry experts will shed light on project financing structures, latest financial innovations, share case studies and discuss the role of multilateral banks in supporting developers compared to local financiers.

This event provides a fantastic opportunity for developers, finance institutions and industry stakeholders to share ideas and to meet potential partners through this networking series.


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Mhairi Main Garcia 

Counsel, Ashurst Dubai

Mhairi is a counsel in the energy team of international law firm, Ashurst.  Specialising in corporate and commercial aspects of energy and infrastructure projects, Mhairi focuses in particular on power and water projects (including solar, wind and waste-to-energy) and upstream oil and gas projects, advising sponsors, lenders, contractors and public sector clients across multiple jurisdictions.  Based in the Middle East since 2001, Mhairi has extensive experience in MENA projects, including a nine-month secondment at leading power developer in the region.  Prior to moving to the Middle East, Mhairi was based in Brussels and Strasbourg, working as an adviser on the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.

Mhairi is currently advising or has recently advised on the Kabd Waste-to-Energy Project in Kuwait, the Fujeij Wind Project in Jordan and the Ouarzazate solar IPP in Morocco.  She has advised on the IPP3 power project in Jordan, the Muharraq STP in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Shuweihat S3 IPP in the UAE, the Fujairah F2 IWPP in the UAE, the Shuweihat S1 and S2 IWPPS in the UAE and the Ras Azzour IWPP in Saudi Arabia, as well as bids for the Facility D IWPP in Qatar, the Hassyan IPP in the Emirate of Dubai, the Az Zour North IPP in Kuwait, the Barka III/Sohar II IPPs in Oman, the Safi IPP in Morocco, the Sidi Kriri IPP in Egypt, the Salalah IWPP in Oman, the Shuqaiq IWPP in Saudi Arabia, the Al Qatrana IPP in Jordan and Al Dur IWPP in Bahrain.

Recognised as one of six leading UAE-based international lawyers by MEED, Mhairi is admitted as an attorney in the State of New York and a solicitor in England and Wales.  Mhairi is also the author of numerous publications on energy-related matters and international law.

Francois-Xavier Boul

Francois-Xavier Bouli

Senior Vice President, Acquisition, Investments and Financial Advisory, South and Central Asia, Middle East and Turkey, ENGIE

François-Xavier (FX) is a project and structure finance professional with 15 years of experience. He started his career with Natixis (Paris) in the infrastructure lending department. In 2005, he moved to Ambac (London) where he got exposure to a wider range of project finance and large PPP transaction in Europe and other continents. He moved to Arab Banking Corporation (London/Bahrain) in 2008 where he lead advisory mandates in the Arab world (Jordan, Tunisia, Egypt, Oman). After years in various financial institutions, he decided to join Acwa Power in 2011 to gain experience on the sponsors’ side.

In January 2013, FX joined ENGIE in Dubai. His main achievements include the closing of the Safi power project (2.5 bn USD) in Morocco in 2014.

FX holds a Master of Science (Environment and Civil Engineering) from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon and a Master in financial engineering from the EM-Lyon.




Brendan Cronin 

Principal Consultant, Poyry

Brendan is the head of management consulting for the Middle East.  He focuses on managing teams which provide market analysis and strategic advice to organisations engaged in the Middle East energy sector.

Brendan has a detailed understanding of the regulatory framework and functioning of electricity markets. This has been developed through market analysis projects undertaken in Ireland, UK, Europe, Middle East and South-East Asia.  He has assessed the performance of  30GW of generation capacity across a wide range of technologies including CCGT, OCGT, coal, CCS, nuclear, wind and solar.  He developed Pöyry’s crude oil market model and tracks developments in the oil market closely.

Brendan’s insights on global energy markets are highly respected by clients and the wider industry.  Brendan is regularly quoted in the trade and mainstream press in relation to oil and other energy market issues. He has been a member of the Irish Wind Energy Association’s Markets Committee and EnergyUK’s European committee.

Brendan is a Chartered Engineer and has a BE (1st Hons) in Chemical Engineering from UCD, an MPhil (with commendation) in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Economics from the LSE.

Anita Nouri

Anita Nouri
Anita Nouri, Partner & Business Dvelopment Director, Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability

Anita Nouri is a Partner and Business Development Director of Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability (GESS) a Dubai based company targeting landfills and environmental solutions in the MENA region. DESS undertook the development of the UNFCCC registered large scale CDM Al Qusais Landfull Gas Project from inception to power generation which is currently under the jurisdiction of the Dubai Municipality. Al Qusais is currently the only landfill in the Middle East to produce power from landfill gas with GESS being awarded ‘Green initiative of the Year 2014’ by Big Project ME for the development. Anita studied at Ryerson University in Canada and was previously CEO and Managing Director of AZN Construction before moving to the UAE with her husband and two children in 2008.



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Karim Nassif

Associate Director, Standard & Poors
Karim’s experience has centered around project finance and corporate credit analysis. He has worked on a number of high profile transactions in the oil and gas sectors, as well as toll road transactions most recently at Standard and Poor’s but also previously as a corporate banker. Karim’s recent portfolio has centered around the key middle east project and infrastructure corporate issuers.
Specialties:Middle East corporate/infrastructure market; Islamic Finance; and the Oil and Gas sector [particularly Liquiefied Natural Gas].


Daniel Zywietz

Founder & CEO, Enerwhere
Enerwhere, a solar company based in Dubai, is the world’s first provider of MW-scale transportable solar generator rentalsolutions for the construction, mining, logistics and manufacturing industries. With the introduction of solar net metering in Dubai, Enerwhere also offers fully-financed solar rooftop solutions under DEWA’s Shams Dubai initiative.

Daniel has a decade of experience in management consulting, banking and entrepreneurship in Europe and the Middle East, with a focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability topics.

Prior to founding Enerwhere, Daniel held roles at led Ambata Capital’s Middle East operations, and was a member of Booz & Company’s Low Carbon & Sustainability group in the Middle East and A.T. Kearney’s Utility practice in Europe.

Aiming to promote the growth of the clean energy industry in the Middle East, Daniel is a regular public speaker on renewable energy topics, and serves as the Deputy Chairman of the MENA Clean Energy Business Council.

Daniel holds a master’s degree in International Business from Maastricht University and is the co-author of several studies on the potential for renewable energy in Europe and the Middle East.


Ridah Sabouni

Ridah Sabouni

 Managing Director Middle East & North Africa, Energetics Incorporated
Mr. Ridah Sabouni is the Managing Director for Energetics Incorporated in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, based out of the Energetics Dubai office recently established in late 2015. In his role, Mr. Sabouni is responsible for growing Energetics business across the MENA region. In his 7+ years working for Energetics from the company headquarters in the Washington, DC area, Mr. Sabouni has gained significant experience leading teams in providing project management, technical, and advanced analyses to support the development of clean energy technologies and best practices. Mr. Sabouni has extensive experience working with a variety of clients, including close work with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office, Building Technologies Office, and Office of Electricity, as well as the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), among others.

Mr. Sabouni’s professional areas of expertise include industrial and commercial building strategic energy management (including the ISO 50001 energy management standard and the Superior Energy Performance energy certification program) and support of clean energy technology research and development (including solar PV, wide bandgap power electronics, and lighting).

Mr. Sabouni is an engineer by training, with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Sabouni is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP). Mr. Sabouni has held volunteer leadership positions with Engineers without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, the Network of Arab-American Professionals, and Tau Beta Pi (the American national engineering honor society).



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