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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.

Afra Alowais

Chief Efficienology Officer , Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority

Andrea Director Di Gregorio

Energy Efficiency & Renewables, RAK Municipality

Graeme Simms

Executive Director, Regulatory Supervisory Bureau

Graeme Sims is the RSB’s Executive Director and has over twenty years experience of regulation of the water and electricity industries, gained in the UK and the UAE. He studied economics at Oxford University before joining the Boston Consulting Group. He was Deputy Director General at the UK’s Office of Electricity Regulation where he was responsible for the electricity industry in Scotland. He established Abu Dhabi’s regulatory body for its water and electricity sector and was the first Director General. Before joining Dubai’s RSB he was Director of Regulation at United Utilities, the UK’s largest stock market listed water company.

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.

Anne Le Guennec

Chief Executive Officer, ENOVA

Anne Le Guennec leads Enova, a joint-venture created in 2002 between Majid Al Futtaim Ventures and Veolia, providing building energy and facility management services for a wide portfolio of public and private clients.

Anne joined Veolia in 1998 and over a career spanning 18 years, has gained considerable experience in all facets of business development, technical and operational management.

Starting her career in France, Anne headed a team in charge of waste management contracts with municipalities and industries. She was then appointed as Project Director for EPC projects. In 2008, she became the Technical Director for Water, Wastewater and Electricity activities at Veolia in Morocco.

Anne was in charge of Veolia’s Business Development in the Middle East prior to her appointment as CEO of Enova in April 2016.

Francisco Ramalheira

Business Development & Marketing Director, Enova

Having been with Enova since 2009, Francisco was appointed Business Development & Marketing Director in September 2017. With an extensive operational background in, and knowledge of, different business models, as well as a proven track record consolidating and developing business units, he is the perfect fit for this role.

Francisco was previously Director of Operations responsible for Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, a position that went beyond operational delivery, entailing the management of supporting functions and direct responsibility for the business units’ financial results and business development.

Francisco is knowledgeable about all building services, with a deep technical exposure and interest in energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, CHP and HVAC systems. This, along with his commercial acumen, has enabled him to support the successful implementation of Energy Performance Contracts. He has extensive experience in all building typologies and is acquainted with a variety of engineering disciplines and Green Building Certification tools. Francisco has been a built environmental professional throughout his career and has been involved in more than 200 projects in Europe, South America and the Middle East.

Said Mouline

Director General, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency

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 was President of the Energy, Climate and Green Economy Commission at the General Confederation of the Moroccan Companies (CGEM). 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 was also Head of the Public Private Partnerships at COP 22 committee. He is currently CEO of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE).

Shadi Al-Kadi

Director, Program Management, TAQATI Dubai Energy Efficiency Program

Fadi Al Faris

Business Director, Quantum Eurostar

Fadi Al Faris is the Business Director of Quantum Eurostar Energy Solutions. Fadi is the Business Director of QuantumESCO. He possesses remarkable knowledge and experience in energy conservation and management business, ESCO business model, Intelligent Cities and Buildings, Holistic Energy Management Programs, Green Buildings Design & Construction, Energy Value Engineering, renewable energy studies (PV, Solar Cooling and Solar Heating). He have had excellent experience in setting up, heading and establishing the energy efficiency business in the region for more than 17 years.

Charles Tony

Regional Manager, Talisen International, UAE

Charles Tony brings with him an extensive experience in the Energy Management industry in the Middle East region. He has been an instrumental part of a large scale city wide energy management deployment projects that has helped the building owners in UAE save millions of dirhams in utility cost savings. He is currently using his professional experience in both IT and energy management to develop an end-to-end business outcome based technology solution which bridges the knowledge gap that exists between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), leveraging the latest IoT and Big Data Analysis platforms.

Sandrine Le Biavant

Director, Consultancy, Farnek

Sandrine Le Biavant is the Director Consultancy of FARNEK, the Swiss UAE-based renowned Facilities Management company. Lead Auditor for Energy Management Systems and Green Globe consultant, Sandrine is an experienced hotelier and FM consultant also specialized in carbon management processes and GRI sustainability reporting.

Managing a team of engineers and consultants in energy, water, waste, CO2 and social responsibility management advising more than 100 hotels, hotel chains, owning companies and tourist boards in MENA, but also implementing energy management for FARNEK managed facilities (residential, commercial, malls), Sandrine is a passionate consultant. Her specialty is to empower owners and managers of facilities in implementing long term innovative solutions to improve guest experience, operational / managerial performance and profits at the same time.

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.

 

 

Eng. Majid Babdoon

Energy Engineer, Roads Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Stephane CEO, Le Gentil

Clean Energy Business Council

Stephan Le Gentil

Head of Energy Efficiency at ENGIE, Middle East, South Asia & Turkey

General Manager at ENGIE Energy Services Saudi Ltd in Riyadh

CEO & Founder at Wattaqa in Dubai.

Board Member, Smart4Power LLC, Dubai

Board Member & Advisor, La Clock

Member of the Strategic Advisory board of Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO), a global non-profit organization aiming to make energy efficiency a reality.

Specialized into starting and establishing new businesses or ventures in new environments.

Experienced in B2B & B2C markets selling products, solutions & services. Worked for multinationals, government related organizations, VC funded start-ups and small family owned companies.

Specialties: Energy efficiency, ESCOs, Energy Performance Contracting, Strategy, Marketing, Business Development, Sales development, General Management.

Eng. Tariq Husam Hasan Najar

Energy Engineer, Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department

Eng. Tariq Husam Hasan Najar is an Energy Engineer for the Department of Engineering and Care of Mosques at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD). Prior to joining IACAD, he was an MEP Engineer at High Arc Engineering Consultants in Sharjah where he was responsible for submitting documentations to SEWA for assessment and approval. He also estimate the AC loads in align with suppliers, drafts single line diagram for project and load schedules etc. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Power Engineering at the Al Balqa Applied University in Jordan in 2014.

Azmi Aboul-Hoda

Publicity Chair, ASHRAE Falcon Chapter

Azmi Aboul‐Hoda is a Publicity Chair for ASHRAE Falcon Chapter. Azmi has 20 years of experience in the built environment field in international and multinational companies, his expertise covers various responsibilities in energy, sustainability, design, engineering, execution, testing, commissioning, and maintenance. During his tenure, Azmi was involved in many audits, surveys, and retrofits to enhance existing buildings’ performance, indoor environmental quality, energy optimization, etc. Azmi was part of the senior management for the electrical and mechanical systems’ works in various projects in Dubai Airport, including the prestigious Dubai International Terminal III / Concourse II Project (1.6 Billion Dirhams). Azmi is an active committee member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air‐Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Falcon Chapter. He is also a committee member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), UAE Chapter.

Rajmohan Govindarajan

Manager - Building Systems & Solutions, Armstrong Fluid Technology, UAE

Mr. Rajmohan leads the Building Systems and Solutions Business for Armstrong Fluid Technology in Middle East and Africa.

He has 13 years of wide experience in the field of HVAC and Pumping.

He is a Mechanical Engineer from PSG College of Engineering, India and has an MBA in Marketing Management from KSOU University, India.

He believes the key to future is in Integration of latest Selection, control and hydronic tools to achieve most cost effective building solutions and has been working in the industry to propagate those values.

David Dunn

Lighting Consultant, Abu Dhabi Municipality

Experienced Technical Expert with a demonstrated history of working in the Electrical engineering industry. Skilled in Street Lighting Design, Traffic Engineering, AutoCAD, Value Engineering, Highways, and Earthworks. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University.

Holley Chant

Director of Sustainability & Environment, Qiddiya Investment Company

With more than 19 years of senior leadership experience, Holley have educated design professionals, municipal officials, and individuals at corporate entities on the principles of sustainability, contributed to public policy development, and driven thought leadership at numerous conferences and architectural competitions.

Emilie Moeckel Bolduc

Vice President, New York Power Authority

Pierre Langlois

President, Econoler Canada

Senior expert with over 30 years of experience in the energy efficiency sector and more specifically in the development and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and programs in Canada and internationally.

Recognized as one of the leading international experts in the development and implementation of innovative energy efficiency financing mechanisms and in the start-up and operation of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), as well as in Measurement and Verification of energy savings in industrialized countries and in transition or developing countries.

Recognised expertise in the development of energy policies and demand-side management, as well as in the design and implementation of specific projects for international financial institutions.

Reknown speakers on energy efficiency in Canada and at the international level.

Currently acts as the Chairman of the Board of the Efficiency Valuation Organization www.evo-world.org

Stephane Le Gentil

CEO, Clean Energy Business Council

Stephane le Gentil is Founder and CEO of Wattaqa since November 2016. Wattaqa provides consultancy, advisory and project management services in end-use energy efficiency, energy Demand Side Management (DSM) and ESCO (Energy Services) activities with a focus on the Middle East region. In 2013 Stephane came to Dubai to found and lead Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) as CEO. Etihad ESCO was setup under the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as the official government organization to reduce significantly the consumption of electricity and water in 30,000 existing buildings in Dubai. Prior to Etihad ESCO, Stephane spent many years at a leading global Energy Services company to build their European activities. Stephane serves as a member of the board at the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO) who owns the IPMVP and he is past Chairman of the European Association of Energy Service Companies, eu-ESCO.

Aref Abouzahr

Chief Executive Officer, ARK Energy

Aref is an Energy, Water, and Utilities expert with 18 years of North American, EU and GCC in management consulting, OEM, new business setup and stakeholder management within the conventional and renewable energy sector, Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency.

In his nearly 2 decades in the sector, Aref assumed key executive management and senior advisory roles within the public and private sectors at General Electric, Ernst & Young, A.T Kearney, ITT, Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, and currently as Managing Director of TAQATI, which is the newly setup entity at Etihad ESCO (wholly owned subsidiary of DEWA) mandated by Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to successfully implement the Demand Side Management Strategy (DSM 2030) of Dubai.

Phillipa Grant

Division Manager, Energy and Sustainable Development, AESG

Colin Bridges

Business Development Director, BELIMO Automation FZE

Francesco Lozupone

Project Manager Lead Lighting Designer, Sylvania Lighting

Lighting designer and Project manager with track record of ensuring projects are presented and delivered to the highest quality, by effectively organizing, managing and utilizing all resources.

Experience on various large-scale projects, producing and attending product and lighting solution presentations.

Actively involved in all aspects of the project life‐cycle including initial design, technical and commercial offers and quality supervision during and after installation.

Studied lighting design as part of Master degree in Architecture and artificial and daylight design during the Msc in Architecture Energy and Sustainability.