Supreme Advisory Board

Ali Al-Jassim

Chief Executive Officer - Etihad ESCO

Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services and holder of both bachelors of science in Civil Engineering and Masters of business administration with honours, has 18 years of experience in leading roles delivering programs and projects. Ali held top positions in both public and private sector entities such as Head of follow-up and development office at the Dubai Municipality, Acting CEO & Director of Drivers Licensing at RTA and General Manager of Qeyadah Driving Solutions.

Charles Blaschke

Managing Director - Taka Solutions

Charles Blaschke is the Founder and CEO of Dubai based smart energy efficiency provider, Taka Solutions. He started the company in 2012 after working in the automotive, mining, industrial, and technology consulting industries with four years of building engineering experience since moving from Dubai in 2008. Charles and the company specialize in fully-financed, paid-from-savings Energy Performance Contracting efficiency projects. The goal is to help reduce 20% of the world's energy consumption using technology, finance, and engineering, applying IoT, energy modeling, energy monitoring, asset management and BIM.

Asif Mugloo

Head of Sustainability - Al Futtaim Retail

Asif Mugloo is the Head of Sustainability at Al Futtaim Retail, a diverse vertical of Al Futtaim that brings brands like IKEA, Marks & Spencer, ACE to Middle East and South East Asia. Utility consumption is a major part of their sustainability strategy and Asif has been responsible for managing retrofits to bring down operational costs for a selection of stores in their portfolio. Before taking on his current role, he was leading partnerships for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) consulting corporates in the region to further advance their sustainability agenda. Asif holds a Master’s degree from Oxford Brookes University specializing in International Management.

Mohammed Hajjar

Managing Director - Al Rikaz Consultants (in collaboration with Andersen Global)

Founder of PURSŪ Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in Business Transformation and Breakthrough ideas to commercialize innovation.

For over 25 years, he helped public and private organizations solve complex problems and transform into dynamic and forward looking entities. Mohammed has worked in the US, Canada and the Middle East where he helped international and local clients attain their strategic objectives.

He also advises CEOs and political Leaders, on strategy and policy matters aimed at improving the effectiveness of their organizations and impact of their social programs.

Mohammed has is author of the book “the art of designing a new business”.

Hassan Younes

Technical Director - Griffin Consultants

Named as the recipient of the Young Energy Professional of the Year 2015 for the Middle East Region by the Association of Energy Engineers. Hassan is Technical Director and Partner at Griffin Consultants, an energy focused consultancy specialized in sustainable designs and energy auditing.
 
A highly certified professional with extensive experience in the fields of Design, Sustainability, Project Execution and Management, Energy Efficiency, and Value Engineering; he is the first ASHRAE Certified professional outside of the USA to hold all six professional certifications by ASHRAE. The ASHRAE certificates he holds cover high-performance buildings design, buildings energy assessment, energy modelling, and buildings commissioning and operations. He is also a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an Estidama Pearl Qualified Professional.
 
With extensive experience in engineering systems design, analysis, and consulting and a passionate objective of raising the industry and sustainability standards in the region, Younes entered a partnership to establish Griffin Consultants where, as Technical Director, he responsible for all technical and developmental aspects of the firm. Hassan led and completed multiple energy audits with private and governmental entities and identified savings of more than $8 million in 3 year programs. Throughout his career, he was involved in the design of multiple high-end developments including retail, residential, commercial, and hospitality projects some of which are iconic in the Emirate of Dubai like The Beach (JBR) and City Walk.
 
Hassan is on the Board of Governors of the local chapter of ASHRAE acting as the Vice Chair for Grassroots Government Activities Committee and Vice Chair for Chapter Technology Transfer Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors of CIBSE regional chapter as the Consultants and Industry Liaison Officer. In those capacities, Hassan works to promote the advancement and improvement of the regional construction industry by collaborating with industry professionals, academia, and governmental entities. He currently is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Panel of the Herriot Watt Architectural and Engineering Program.   
 
He was awarded the Middle East Young Engineer of the Year 2010 and is part of the Griffin Consultant’s team awarded the Middle East Boutique Consultancy of the Year 2014.

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