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Suresh Bhaskar, Head of Business Development GCC, ENGIE

Suresh Bhaskar is Head of Business Development GCC for ENGIE Energy International in Dubai. Suresh leads a team responsible for developing independent power and water projects for ENGIE in the GCC region. His core skills are in strategy, project development, financial analysis, equity/debt structuring and financial closing in relation to acquisitions, greenfield and brownfield opportunities….


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Wim Alen, Senior Vice President Business Development Middle East, Turkey & Africa, ENGIE

Wim started his career with KMPG, one of the leading providers of audit, tax and advisory services worldwide. He joined the ENGIE Group in Belgium in 2001. He first served as Senior Internal Auditor for ENGIE Energy International, and later acted as Head of Internal Audit for the distribution activities of the Group’s Belgian Utility….


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Jaikishin Asnani, Investment Officer, Infrastructure & Energy, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Jaikishin Asnani has been based in IFC’s Infrastructure & Energy investment group for over five years and has worked on transactions in power, transport and telecommunications sectors across the Middle East & North Africa region. Prior to IFC, he held investment positions in USA focused on infrastructure in India.


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David Charlier, Partner, Ashurst

David Charlier is a partner in the energy, resources and infrastructure team of international law firm, Ashurst. He specialises in the development, financing and acquisition of infrastructure and energy assets and has over 14 years’ experience advising sponsors, lenders (including Islamic banks and export credit/multi-lateral agencies) and government institutions in the Middle East.  David is…


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Alberto Germani, Managing Director, PMF Project Management & Finance

Alberto Germani is a Chartered Civil Engineer and MBA, and has nearly 30 years of professional expertise in public infrastructure project delivery, of which 20 is in PPPs and project finance projects matured in Government and private entities. Alberto is a former member and chairman of the PPP (Public-Private Partnership) Task Force by the Italian…


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Mark Moreton, Sales Director, NEC Energy Solutions

Mark is responsible for the sales of NEC Energy Solutions (previously A123 Systems) battery energy storage systems in the EMEA region.  Originally a mining engineer, Mark has over 20 years consultative sales experience in the energy industry including thermal and renewable generation and engineering consultancy. His current role involves working with organisations to help develop…


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Afaq Mufti, Director Corporate Finance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Afaq Mufti is a seasoned Middle East power and desalination professional with 16 years of core project finance experience (banking and power industry).  He joined PwC in 2012 and has led on engagements in power and water, sugar, oil tank storage, biofuels and aviation.  Before joining PwC, Afaq was part of the Project & Export…


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Dr. KimPetrick

Dr. Kim Petrick is a partner in Bain & Company’s Middle East region. He is a member of the firm’s Industrial Goods & Services practice. Over the years, Kim has functionally specialized in strategy, corporate transformation, customer strategy & marketing, energy strategy & efficiency, supply chain management and commercial due diligence. He gained specific industry expertise in the…


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Villiers Terblanche, Managing Partner UAE, Latham & Watkins

Villiers is the Office Managing Partner for the Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha offices of Latham & Watkins. He specializes in complex infrastructure transactions and has been involved in the negotiation of a wide variety of energy, infrastructure, communications, aerospace and mining development projects, financings, joint ventures, acquisitions and strategic investments in more than 60…


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Laure Alazet, New Business Incubator for GDF Suez International

Laure Alazet, New Business Incubator, GDF Suez Energy International   Laure Alazet works as a New Business Incubator for GDF Suez International, covering the Middle-East, India, Pakistan and Africa. With a background in business strategy in emerging markets she is responsible for initiating and developing disruptive business models for GDF SUEZ across the region, looking…


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Daniel Zyvietz, CEO, Enerwhere and Vice Chair, Clean Energy Business Council

As the CEO of Enerwhere, Daniel Zywietz, is building the world’s first rental provider of modular solar-­-hybrid power plants for off-­-grid power needs. 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…


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Prof. Driss Zejli, President, Moroccan Society of Renewable Energy Development

Driss Zejli started his professional activities as researcher in the National Center of Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST-­-Morocco) in 1986. He was co-­-founder of the Unit of Renewable Energy Economy and Technologies (TEER) at the CNRST in 1995 and he headed this unit from 2005 to 2014.   In September 2014, Prof. Zejli moved to…


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Salvatore Vinci, Policy Advice Programme Officer, IRENA

Since  joining  the  International  Renewable  Energy  Agency  (IRENA)  in  2010,  Salvatore  Vinci  has  been  managing projects  related to policies to promote  rural electrification  through  renewable  energy systems.  He is the Chair of the Expert  Group  of the International  Off-­‐grid  Renewable  Energy  Conference  (IOREC)  Platform.  Salvatore  has 12 years  of  experience  in  the  energy  field,  having…


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Gus Schellekens, Partner, Leader -­‐ ME Sustainability Team, EY

Gus is a Partner  in EY’s MENA  Clean  Energy  & Sustainability  Services  team.  Building  on a 25 year  management consulting  career that has been focused on developing  and delivering  large programmes  of work with private and public sector organizations  globally, Gus has a particular  interest in supporting  the development  of sustainability, green growth and renewable…


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Waseem Qureshi, Founder, MiccGreenTec

Waseem Ashraf Qureshi is founder of MiccGreenTec Energy Innovations & MiccGreenTec Inc USA. An electronics engineer by profession,  he is Pakistan’s youngest National Science Award recipient (age 16). He pioneered the UPS industry in Pakistan selling the first UPS to the Pak Army in 1986 and is among the top 6 electronic professionals  in the…


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Claudio Palmieri, CEO, Clean Energy Business Council

Claudio Palmieri has represented  the Clean Energy Business  Council during the last twelve months in his capacity as a Technical Director and Advisor to the Board and in September this year Claudio was appointed Chief Executive Officer.  He brings  to CEBC  more  than  20 years  experience  in the power  and renewable  energy  sectors  and has…


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Hussain Rizvi, Regional Director Smart Grid Solutions MENAT, ITRON

Hussain Rizvi is Regional Director Middle East and Turkey for Smart Grid Solutions business in Itron. In this role, Hussain engages with utilities executives around the region to support their requirements for integrated communications technologies which enables them to optimize the intelligence in their grid networks. Hussain is passionate about sustainable and efficient use of…


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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…


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Rawad Massoud, Executive Managing Director, V4 Advisors

Rawad  Massoud  is a senior  level  executive  with  7 years  of experience  in the  field  of air pollution  and  climate change with emphasis  on greenhouse  gas emission  auditing and reduction.   Mr. Massoud  is the co-­‐founder of V4 Advisors,  which  is  the  only  private  company  in  the  Middle  East  and  Africa  that  is  authorized  by  the  World…


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Mhairi Main Garcia, Counsel, Ashurst

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 has a focus on power and water projects. Mhairi is a Director of the Clean Energy Business Council and has a particular interest in renewable energy, advising on solar, wind…


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Seb Henbest, Head of Europe & Middle East, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

In his previous  role as Head of BNEF’s Cross Sector Initiative  he was responsible  for coordinating  research  output on renewable  energy,  carbon markets,  energy smart technologies,  power markets  and traditional  energy to help develop  a long-­‐term  integrated  vision  of the evolution  of the energy  sector.  Before  that Seb was Manager  and Head of Research  for…


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Jesus Gutierrez, Founder & CEO, Smart4Power

Jesus is the Co-­‐founder and Managing Director of Smart4Power  (S4P), a UAE-­‐based engineering company that identifies, sources and implements efficiency solutions for existing buildings. Smart4Power  is one of the leading ESCO companies with over 40 energy savings projects in the UAE alone. Clients include Jumeirah (hospitality), RAK Hospital (health), Innoventures  (education), Unilever (industry), Dubai properties…


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Tom Fielder, Executive Manager Business Development Middle East & Africa, AFC Energy

Tom is responsible  for the Middle East and African development  of AFC Energy, a world leading developer  of low cost   Alkaline   fuel   cell   technology,    focused   on   large-­‐scale   industrial   applications.    AFC   Energy   have been awarded contracts in Korea, Thailand and Germany where waste hydrogen from the Chlor Alkali process is utilized through the use of a…


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Prof. Moustafa Eissa, Vice Chair-­‐Section Activities Egypt (Smart Grid-­‐Digital Relaying-­‐WAM-­‐DR-­‐SM), IEEE

Dr. Eissa is a professor at Helwan University, Cairo. Projects he is involved include Chair Prof. at King Abdul-­‐Aziz University,  KSA  for  sponsored  project  ”Demand  Side  Management  and  Energy  Efficiency”  with  Saudi  Electricity Company,  and  PI  for  a  large  scale  project  for  ”Smart  Grid  Frequency   Monitoring   Network  Architecture   and Applications-­‐220kV/500kV”  for end-­‐user  Egyptian  Electricity  Company….


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Armando Dominioni, Senior Manager – Regulation, Strategy & Business Development, DEWA

After  10 years  experience  in strategy  consultancy  roles in the power  sector,  Armando  joined  DEWA  to lead the Regulation  Department  and support  key strategic  initiatives.  An economist  by background  Armando  developed  a deep  understanding   of  the  technical  aspects,  and  of  the  interactions  of  the  power  industry  with  the  broader energy landscape (namely gas and coal…


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Jeremy Crane, CEO, Yellow Door Energy

With over a decade  of experience  in the renewable  energy  and infrastructure  field, Jeremy  Crane  has designed, built  and  operated  renewable  power  facilities  around  the  world.  As  CEO  at  Yellow  Door,  Mr.  Crane  leads  the expansion  of the solar  industry  into  the commercial  sphere.  Since  joining  Adenium  Capital,  a partner  in Yellow Door,  Mr.Crane   has…


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Sharath Coorg, Executive Manager Project Finance & Acquisitions, Acwa Power

Sharath   is  a  finance   professional   with   wide-­‐ranging   transaction   experience   in  emerging   markets   covering conventional and renewable energy projects. He has worked with leading project developers on acquisitions, divestments   and  project-­‐level   debt  financing.    At  ACWA   Power   Sharath   has  worked   on  power   and  water desalination  projects  in  KSA,  UAE,  Czech  Republic,  Germany,  Mozambique  and  Vietnam.  Among  others,…


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Dario Brivio, Head of Solar MEA, DNV GL Energy

Dario is an Environmental  Engineer involved in the renewable energy sector since 2004, and more specifically in solar energy since 2007. Dario is principal engineer at DNV GL and is currently based in Dubai where he leads the firm’s solar practice in the Middle East and Africa. He has been working on numerous transactions (over…


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Dr. Raed Bkayrat, Vice President Business Development Middle East, First Solar

Dr. Bkayrat  is responsible  for establishing  and  overseeing  First  Solar’s  commercial  footprint  in the Middle  East. With  over  15  years  experience,   Raed  joined  First  Solar  from  the  King  Abdullah   University   of  Science   and Technology  where  he  was  responsible  for  creating  the  institution’s  successful  Industry  Collaboration   Program (KICP). During his 4 year stint at KAUST, he…


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Aaron Bielenberg, Senior Vice President, McKinsey & Co

Aaron Bielenberg is Senior Vice President at McKinsey & Co. He was formerly an attorney at Latham & Watkins, an investment  banker at Credit Suisse and Counsel at Goldman Sachs. He is a Founder, and former Director and CEO of the Clean Energy Business Council -­‐   MENA the only clean energy industry group covering the…


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Abhay Bhargava, Associate Director and Regional Head Middle East, Energy & Environment, Frost & Sullivan

Abhay heads  the  Energy  & Environment  practice  for  Frost  & Sullivan  in  the  Middle  East,  assisting  clients  with ideating  and  strategizing  growth.  With  over  14  years  of  global  experience  across  the  Energy,  Power,  ICT  and Manufacturing  industries,  Abhay  is a business  expansion  specialist,  with  global  expertise  across  Middle  East  & India,  and  exposure  across  North…


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Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Office, Bee’ah

Before joining Bee’ah, Khaled Al Huraimel was a founder and CEO of Arabian Global Investments  LLC (AGI), a UAE-­‐ based real estate investment  company founded in 2007. In 2005, he took on the role as COO of Dubai Waterfront at Nakheel,  where  he was responsible  for launching  Madinat  Al Arab.  Previously  he held  the position…


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Dr. Bader Al-­‐Busaies, Founder & Managing Partner, Al-­‐Suwaiket & Al-­‐Busaies Attorneys at Law

Dr. Bader Al-­‐Busaies is the founder and Managing  Partner of Al-­‐Suwaiket & Al-­‐Busaies Attorneys  and is a certified lawyer and arbitrator from the Saudi Ministry of Justice with more than thirteen years experience in the legal field. Dr.  Bader’s   expertise   lies   in  contract   law,   customs   law,   trade   regulations,   corporate,   foreign   investment, intellectual property, mediation, litigation…


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Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, Head of Policy Unit and Deputy Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance, IRENA

Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi joined IRENA in 2011 where she is currently the Deputy Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance division. She also leads IRENA’s Policy Unit, which is responsible for the work on a range of renewable energy policy issues including design, socio-­-economic benefits and integrated resource management. Dr. Ferroukhi brought to this position…


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Dr. Ahmed Said Al Busaidi, Director Renewable Energy Research Program, Government of Oman

Dr Ahmed Said Al Busaidi completed his Bachelor of Science and PhD in Power engineering at Newcastle University and is presently the Program Director of the Renewable  Energy Strategic Research Program, The Research Council, Sultanate  of  Oman.  Dr.  Al  Busaidi  has  had  a  distinguished   academic  career  including  senior  lecturer  -­‐     power engineering   and  Assistant  Dean…


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Khaldoun Habahbeh, Head of Electrical & Renewable Energy, Energy & Minerals Regulatory Commission Jordan

Jordanian Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC). In addition he serves as Coordinator Officer of the Energy Crisis and Contingency Management Centre. His responsibilities include evaluating Jordan’s Renewable Energy Projects under Competitive Tendering and Direct Proposal Submission Schemes and is a permanent member of both the Renewable Energy Committee/Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization and the…


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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…


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Stephane Le Gentil, CEO, Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO)

Stephane Le Gentil is CEO of Etihad Energy Services Company, a Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) venture. Etihad ESCO is the government organization set up to drive the existing buildings of Dubai to consume less energy. Prior to that, Stephane spent 7 years at Johnson Controls and in his last position was Head of…


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H.E. Dr. Maher S. Matalka Chairman, EDAMA

Dr. Maher Matalka is Chairman of EDAMA, a non profit Association formed as a private sector partnership that seeks innovative solutions for energy and water independence, and their positive reflection on the environment. Dr. Matalka is a Board Member and Co-­-founder of ConsultUs and also a Board member and Co-­-founder of Clean Energy Concepts (CEC)…


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Dr. Nessreen Mohamed Rady, Director of New and Renewable Energy, Egyptian Electricity Holding Company

Dr. Nessreen Rady is the Director of New and Renewable Energy at the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC). Prior to joining the EEHC, Nessreen worked for the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality (EOS). She is a member of various Committees including the Egyptian Grid Connection Code of Renewable Sources and Specifications of PV Installations….


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Graeme Sims, Executive Director, Regulatory Services Bureau for Electricity and Water

Graeme is the Executive Director of Dubai’s Electricity and Water Regulator, the RSB. An economist by background, he has over twenty years’ experience of the electricity and water industries gained in the UK and UAE. Graeme was Deputy Director General at the UK’s Office of Electricity Regulation where he was responsible for the electricity industry…


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Yousif Al Ali, Associate Director Business Development, Masdar Clean Energy

Yousif Al Ali is Associate Director, Business Development for Masdar Clean Energy, a commercial-­-scale, renewable energy developer and investor that is building some of the world’s most sophisticated clean-­-energy projects. Mr. Al Ali is responsible for identifying projects and investment opportunities, developing business, delivering projects and overall business unit growth. Mr. Al Ali is also…


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Dr. Nasser H. Saidi, former Minister of Economy & Trade, former Minister of Industry, Lebanese Government and Chairman, Clean Energy Business Council

Dr. Nasser Saidi is Founder and President of Nasser Saidi & Associates  and is Chairman of the MENA Clean Energy Business Council. In 2012, he was named among the 50 most influential Arabs in the World by Forbes Middle East magazine,  for the 4th consecutive  year. Dr Saidi holds a number  of directorship  roles, is…


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Faisal Ali Hassan Rashid, Director, Demand Side Management, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) oversees the implementation of Demand Side Management (DSM) programs in line with the strategic direction set out in Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. The strategic objective is to achieve 30% energy demand reduction by 2030 and to contribute towards Dubai’s energy sustainability and security. DSM Strategy 2030 consists of…


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Waleed Salman, 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…


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