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.

Faisal Rashid

Director - Demand Side Management - Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

Faisal Ali Rashid, U.A.E national, a degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dayton, Ohio university, U.S.A 1991. Also, a certified PMP (Project Management Professional). Earn LSE professional certificate in the area of energy public policy making, board member of Emirates Green Building Council. Has a wide and solid experience in energy management including supply, strategy and demand. Has strong background in process industrial plant including oil & gas, power& water generation process, material handling process, glass manufacturing process etc. 
 
Current job is energy Demand side director in Dubai Supreme Council of Energy looking after the whole energy demand management spectrum of emirate of Dubai.  Served previously in oil and gas industry for many years as project division manager / Project Manager, handled mega feed and EPC projects and worked as general manager in glass manufacturing company as well.  

Eng. Afra Al Owais

Chief Efficienology Officer - Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority

Graeme Sims

Executive Director - RSB Dubai

Graeme Sims is the Executive Director of Dubai’s Electricity and Water Regulator, the RSB.  An economist by background, he has over twenty five 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 in Scotland.  From there he moved to Abu Dhabi to establish the emirate’s water and electricity regulatory body, acting as its first Director General.  On his return to the UK he joined United Utilities, a FTSE100 utility company, serving as its Regulation Director and sitting on the board of United Utilities’ water business.      
 
Graeme is a graduate of Oxford University and began his career with the Boston Consulting Group.

Said Mouline

CEO - Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency

Andrea Di Grigorio

Executive Director, Energy Efficiency & Renewables Office - Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

Thomas Bosse

Head of Programmes - Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE)

Pradeep Singh

Assistant Director for Business Development - Etihad ESCO

Dr. Mohamed Dawoud

Advisor - Water Resources and Environment Quality - Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Senior Advisor - Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC)

Aref Abou Zahr

Executive Director - ARK ENERGY

Aref is Energy, Water, and Utilities expert with 20 years of North American, EU and GCC in management consulting, OEM, operations management, new business setup and stakeholder management within the conventional and renewable energy sector, Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
    Founder and Executive Director of TAQATI, the dedicated Program Management Office mandated by Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to implement the Demand Side Management Strategy of Dubai and attain its energy efficiency targets (Dubai, UAE)
    Principal at Ernst and Young – Power and Utilities Advisory Services (Dubai, UAE)
    Head of Infrastructure and Utilities at General Secretariat of the Executive Council (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
    Global Market Program Leader of Alternative Energy at General Electric - Power and Water (NY, USA)
    Key executive management and senior advisory roles within the public and private sectors at General Electric (Power and Water), A.T Kearney, ITT (Water and Wastewater), etc
 
KEY EXPERTISE
 
At TAQATI and now at ARK Energy, Aref has been focusing on Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management, Building Retrofits, Solar Energy (rooftop and utility scale), Smart Grid and Smart City program design and development, strategic planning, policy design, hybrid solar solutions, expansion and growth strategies, and new DSM initiatives introduction and commercialization mainly in GCC.
 
EDUCATION
 
MBA from University of Texas, Post-MBA from McGill, Canada, and BE from the American University of Beirut.

Dr. Arzu Topal

Associate Director - Project & Construction Services - AECOM

Asif Muglo

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.

Nathan Hones

Chief Operating Officer / Partner - Carter Associates

Thiru Subramanian

Lead Mechanical - Jacobs

Bachir Rajji

Area Director Engineering & Design META - Radisson Hotel Group

Hassan Younes

Director, Griffin Consultants & - Chapter President, ASHRAE Falcon

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.

Mariam Binkhadim

Electrical Engineer, Executive Office - Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA)

I’m an ambitious Emirati lighting engineer working in Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA). Member of IEEE institution Currently I’m handling lighting projects in the executive office related to new street lighting projects as well as retrofit projects, tunnels, substation lighting and indoor lighting projects in Sharjah city, Kalba and Khorfakkan. Challenging work is my passion and it keeps me going forward. My vision is to go towards better lighting because as its known everyone needs light to operate at night.

Jason John

Technical Engineer - Emirates Green Building Council

Hamdan Al Doukhi

Sr. EHS Engineer - Emirates National Oil Company Limited (ENOC)

Nandan Tavkar

Sr. Sustainability Engineer - BuroHappold Engineering

Prof. Bassam Abdel-Karim Abu-Hijleh

Dean and Atkins Chair, Head of the Sustainability MSc & PhD Programmes, Faculty of Engineering and IT - The British University in Dubai (BUiD)

Prof. Bassam Abu-Hijleh is currently the Dean of Faculty of Engineering & IT (since Sept 2010) as well as the Atkins Chair of the MSc and PhD Sustainable programmes (since Sept 2006) at the British University in Dubai (BUiD). He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University-USA. With 30 years of post-PhD experience in energy related academia and research Prof. Abu-Hijleh has a strong technical background in Energy related topics with special focus on Renewable Energy and Energy Management & Conservation. His current research interests focuses on Experimental and simulation study of solar energy, Renewable/alternative energy sources, advanced energy production practices and Energy conservation & management. He published more than 130 papers in international journals and conferences. He holds LEED AP, CEM, CEA, CMVP, PCF and CBCP professional certifications. He is a member of ASHRAE, CIBSE, and AEE.

Szymon Ulanowski

Area Marketing & Business Development Director - Grundfos

Eng.Shaima Alleem

Sustainble and Renewable Energy Engineer - Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA)

Francisco Ramalheira

Director – Business Development and Marketing - Enova

Rajmohan Govindarajan

Manager – Building Systems and Solutions - Armstrong Fluid Technology

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