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.
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
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.
MBA from University of Texas, Post-MBA from McGill, Canada, and BE from the American University of Beirut.