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CEO forum

A peer-to-peer discussion between the top CEOs in the energy and utilities sector on pertinent topics that are shaping the transformation of the energy market.

The CEO forum is a unique platform crafted for the first time at Middle East Energy 2023. Positioned to be a significant feature across the exhibition, this exclusive peer-to-peer platform will feature over 40 CEOs from across the power value chain from the MEA region. The forum is carefully curated to focus on high-level pressing issues and evolving opportunities to exchange open conversations, strengthen relationships and propel the industry to new heights.

Held on 7 - 8 March 2023, this close-door symposium will take place at Al Ain J&K room, DWTC.

The forum will cherry-pick the most credible organizations from the power sector in MEA and aims to create a networking experience like no other. Undoubtedly, the meeting place for advanced strategic engagement and experience and testimony sharing, the CEO Forum allows leaders to reflect and propose concrete recommendations and unlock new ideas that will accelerate the industry’s growth.

*The forum will be run under Chatham House rule.

Forum agenda

Session 1: Africa – The global energy powerhouse of the future?

Key discussion themes:

  • The global clean energy transition agenda – The new promise for Africa’s economic and social development
  • The opportunities that gas brings in accelerating the energy transition agenda in MEA
    • Innovation in natural gas infrastructure development
  • Critical minerals in Africa – Clean energy technologies to create new export markets
  • Unlocking new funding opportunities for greening emerging economies
    • Financing utility-scale projects, addressing climate emergency, and enabling energy transition
    • New mechanisms to attract private sector investments in T&D
  • New capital sources
    • How are multilateral development banks creating incentives for increasing financial flows to Africa?
  • Making the best of existing resources – Enabling a renewable energy transition in Africa
    • Becoming a power hub for Hydrogen
  • The need for international action and collaboration to promote capital deployment to clean energy across Africa
  • Role of enabling policies and regulations that makes Africa the next destination for energy
  • How is Africa’s ecosystem supporting the scale-up of innovation and new technologies?

Session 2: Diversifying MEA’s power mix through grid-related investments

Key discussion themes:

  • Existing grid infrastructure and the need to adapt to newer forms of solutions
    • Strengthening existing grid capacities with technological alterations
    • Diversifying energy resources by investing in large-scale renewables capacity additions
    • The need for increased investments in T&D networks
  • Interconnected grids- The key to decarbonizing energy systems?
  • What are the mega-investment strategies required to strengthen and build new connections to manage the surplus or possible shortfall of energy?
  • Subsidies and tariffs – What more needs to be done to stimulate investment?
  • Orchestrating collaboration between government and industry to develop enabling grid-specific policies that further accelerate the energy transition agenda
  • Investing in grid-integrated renewables vs Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) – Which is a viable option for investors?
  • How are regional initiatives enhancing in-country technological capabilities and driving economic development?
  • A concerted approach towards grid strengthening – A focus on digital and automated solutions (smart meters, smart grids, digital grid infrastructure)