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Global Energy & Utilities Forum

With a 45-year legacy Middle East Energy, formerly Middle East Electricty, has well established itself as the region’s most reputable and comprehensive energy event in the MENA region, where global buyers and sellers connect to discover products and showcase solutions to deliver cleaner energy and supply sustainable power.

The Global Energy & Utilities Forum, part of Middle East Energy, is a 3-day immersive experience taking place both online and in-person, under the patronage of Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE.

Bringing together the highest stakeholders within the energy communities, this comprehensive closed-door conference will be delivered by distinguished industry experts and influencers, focusing on addressing real-world commercial solutions to help fasten the road to global energy transition.


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Theme: Decarbonisation

Opening Remarks from the Patron

H.E. Yousif Al Ali

Assistant Undersecretary for the Electricity, Water and Future Energy Sector at the
Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure


Industry Keynote Address: UAEs Roadmap to Green Development & Net Zero Goals

H.E. Aisha Al Abdooli

Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Green Development & Climate Change, Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, UAE


Roadmap to Decarbonisation

Following on from the signing of landmark agreements signed at Cop 26, attention now turns to delivering ambitious decarbonisation initiatives and net-zero programmes. GEUF’s openingpanel will focus on top-level strategies and approaches being adopted across the region to deliver on energy transition targets.

  • Strategies and approaches to decarbonisationl
  • Role of policy and regulation in enabling the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes – taxes or incentives?
  • Road to net zero - how utilities can increase sustainability and lower carbon emissionsl
  • Regional and international cooperation in meeting net zero targets

Moderator

Andrea Di Gregorio

Executive Director – Energy Efficiency & Renewables, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality 

 

Fahad Al Hammadi

Energy Policy Specialist – Office of the Undersecretary – Future Energy, Water & Power, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

 

Carlos Gasco Travesedo

Energy Policy Executive Director, Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi

Dr. Yahya Al-Hadban

Associate Research Scientist - Energy & Building Research Center, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

Reji Kumar Pillai

President, India Smart Grid Forum I Chairman, Global Smart Energy Federation

Abdurrahman Khalidi,

Chief Technology Officer, GE Gas Power EMEA


100% Renewable Energy System

Dr. Jens Madrian

Executive Director – NEOM Energy, NEOM


Energy Systems of the Future

Following on from the signing of landmark agreements signed at Cop 26, attention now turns to delivering ambitious decarbonisation initiatives and net-zero programmes. GEUF’s openingpanel will focus on top-level strategies and approaches being adopted across the region to deliver on energy transition targets.

  • Strategies and approaches to decarbonisationl
  • Role of policy and regulation in enabling the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes – taxes or incentives?
  • Road to net zero - how utilities can increase sustainability and lower carbon emissionsl
  • Regional and international cooperation in meeting net zero targets

Moderator

Brendan Cronin

Director, AFRY Management Consultants

 

Mike Ballard

Vice President Industry Strategy, Oracle Utilities

 

Mohammed Atif

Area Manager – Energy Systems, DNV GL

Eng. Mohammed Al Taani

Secretary-General, Arab Renewable Energy Commission (AREC)

Dr. Jens Madrian

Executive Director – NEOM Energy, NEOM

Eng. Iqbal Altayar

Director – Technical Supervision (Power & Alternate Energy), Ministry of Electricity & Water, Kuwait


An introduction to the MENA Hydrogen Alliance and outline the potential for green hydrogen in the region

Fireside Chat with Cornelius Matthes, CEO, Dii Desert Energy

Cornelius Matthes

CEO, Dii Desert Energy


The MENA Green Hydrogen Opportunity

The role of green hydrogen in the energy transition is quickly rising up the agenda, with governments and energy companies across the world starting to evaluate the potential advantages of developing the technology to reduce carbon emissions across utilities, transport and industrial sectors.

The Middle East has the potential to emerge as a global hub for green hydrogen, with a recent report stating that green hydrogen could stimulate $200bn of revenue in the GCC alone by 2050.

  • Potential for MENA region to emerge as global hub for green hydrogen and green ammonia - what can make the region competitive in any future hydrogen market?
  • Who will be the offtakers for hydrogen and ammonia products?
  • How will green hydrogen projects be financed?
  • Importance of dedicated hydrogen strategies and policies to support green hydrogen projects
  • Green v blue hydrogen - what opportunity does blue hydrogen offer in the region - will it emerge as a serious proposition in the region or do you expect green hydrogen to dominate?

Moderator

Frank Wouters

Senior Vice President – Energy Transition, Reliance Industries

 

Eng. Nawal Yousif Ibrahim Al-Hanaee

Director of Future Energy Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

 

Stephan Gobert

Senior Vice President – Hydrogen AMEA, ENGIE

Michael Mair

VP Growth and Development (Europe, Middle East & Africa), Wood

Francois Dao

Vice President – Middle East & Africa, EDF Renewables

Alicia Eastman

President, Inter Continental Energy

Dr. Malcolm Cook

Vice President & Head of Chemicals & Process Technologies – Middle East & Turkey, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG


Theme: Finance and Investments

Funding the Energy Transition

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates energy transition technologies will require investments of around $131 trillion by 2050. Where will the capital come from to deliver on ambitious renewable energy projects and energy efficiency programmes? 

  • Increasing the involvement of private investment in projects
  • Role of government in making the region and projects attractive to investors
  • Making finance available to developing countries
  • The growing influence of green finance and instruments such as green bonds
  • Role of export credit agencies (ECAs) in supporting the development of clean energy projects

Tim Palmer

Head of Renewables & Transition, UK Export Finance

Ahmed Badr

Director – Project Facilitation & Support, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Claudio Pedretti

President, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

Gurmeet Kaur

Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Rajit Nanda

Advisor to the CEO, ACWA Power


The rise of Sustainable Finance

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) is playing an increasing role in the finance sector, with regulators putting increasing attention on climate risk management and ESG criteria and banks and funds following suit. With the requirement for sustainable investment set to grow significantly in the coming years, what impact will that have on corporations and financing for energy projects?

  • The growth of sustainable investment – challenges and solutions for securing sustainable capital
  • Challenges companies are facing in making ESG disclosures and achieving compliance
  • How are organisations adapting their operations to meet the requirements of increasing ESG criteria in securing finance?

Oliver Phillips

Associate Director – Sustainable Finance, Africa & MENAP, Standard Chartered

Jeffrey Beyer

Managing Director, Zest Associates

Amit Jain

Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank

Chetan Kapoor

Partner, Synergy Consulting


Fireside Chat – Women in Energy

Reena Suri

Executive Director, India Smart Grid Forum

 

Katarina Uherova Hasbani

Partner & Global Director – Strategy & Advisory, AESG


Powering the African continent with renewable energy

The African continent is facing a major challenge in meeting the energy needs of its people, with close to 600 million people without access to electricity. The number rose in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, reversing some of the progress made in recent years. This panel will address the challenges facing African countries in meeting the electricity needs of their populations and the opportunities renewable resources offer to increase electrification rates.

  • The role that renewable energy can play in helping meet the growing demand for power and help electrify off-grid and rural areas
  • How are/can clean energy projects and programmes be financed? Role of international financial institutions in supporting the development of clean energy schemes.
  • Regulatory environments – what needs to be done to ensure regulatory and policy frameworks are robust enough to attract private and international investors
  • Case studies of successful delivery of clean energy projects in developing countries – what needs to be replicated and improved on to enable a ramp up of renewable energy projects in Africa

Moderator

Alexandre Allegue

Chairman, Pawame 

 

Sowunmi Olabole II

Office of the Senate, National Assembly - Nigeria

 

Ahmad Salihijo

Chief Executive Officer, Rural Electrification Agency

Eng. A. D. Abubakar

Director – Renewables & Rural Access 

Dr. Maged Mahmoud

Technical Director, Lead RE Advisor, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

Eng. Nicholas Maundu

Principal Engineer – Construction, Rural Electrification & Renewable Corporation, Kenya


Theme: Digitalisation and Technologies

Decarbonising industries

Decarbonising energy intensive industries will be critical to the success of carbon reduction programmes and net-zero targets. The UAE has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050, which is expected to require new investments of $164bn in clean and renewable energy sources. This panel will address what some of the region’s largest corporations are doing and planning to reduce their C02 footprint.

  • Strategies and technologies for reducing CO2 within carbon intensive industries
  • Financial support for decarbonisation
  • Making sure suppliers are aligned with C02 and net-zero goals

Moderator

Brendan Cronin

Director, AFRY Management Consultants

 

Alexandre Eykerman

Managing Director and Energy Business Director, Wartsila

 

Dr. Chet Biliyok

Technical Director – New Energy Services, Petrofac

Ali Zerouali

Head of Cooperation & International Development, Masen

Turki Al Shehri

Chief Executive Officer – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ENGIE

Salim Mousallam

Executive Director - Decarbonization Strategy & Partnerships, GE Gas Power EMEA

Sergio Lopez Perez

International Relations Senior Specialist, Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi


Grids of the future

With the integration of significant variable renewable energy resources into grids combined with a drive to increase flexibility and efficiency of electricity networks, grid operators are investing heavily in digitalising
their infrastructure to ensure stable electricity supplies and reduce operating costs.

The focus of power distribution has changed from simple generation and delivery to consumption and intelligent grids which can save, store and redistribute power where and when it is needed.

This session will focus on the digital technologies being adopted to stabilise grids and improve efficiency, the importance of accurate data collection and the increasing role of predictive maintenance in ensuring
stable and efficient networks.

  • Digital technologies for stabilising grids during the energy transition
  • Capex cost barrier v opex savings for digitalising electricity networks
  • Rise of the “prosumer” and impacts on grid development
  • Role of machine learning and artificial learning (AI) in future grids

Moderator

Mohammed Atif

Area Manager – Energy Systems, DNV GL

 

Ahmed Fateen

 Vice President – Power Systems (Gulf), Schneider Electric

 

Rui de Sousa

 Principal – Industry & Value Advisory, Energy & Natural Resources MENA Region, SAP

Yousuf Al Mahrooqi

Chief Distribution Officer (Acting), Muscat Electricity Distribution Company

Shaikh Sahid Hossain

SVP & Global Director, ETAP

Talal Eskandar

 Senior Director VP Sales I Grid Software, GE Digital


Digitalisation focus: New technologies and changing customer requirements

With the growth of renewables and a drive to improve efficiency of electricity networks, digital technologies are transforming the distribution of power and providing grid customers with flexible and sustainable solutions.

Panel will discuss the changing requirements and expectations of networks and grid customers, the technologies facilitating the energy transition and the development of new consumer interfaces and solutions. 

Moderator

Nauman Afsar

Regional Vice President – MEA & Turkey, Oracle 

 

Simon Timmis

Smart Services Director, The Red Sea Development Company

 

Ezzeddine Jradi

Chief Transformation & Business Excellence Officer, EMICOOL

Elie Nasr

Smart Grid Adviser/Program Manager, Electricity & Water Authority (EWA) - Bahrain

Reji Kumar Pillai

President, India Smart Grid Forum I Chairman, Global Smart Energy Federation

Dr. Khaled El Distawy

Vice President – Distribution, Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC)


Energy efficiency focus

While developing clean renewable energy resources grabs much of the energy transition media coverage, increasing the energy efficiency of infrastructure is the easiest place to start.

This panel will address some of the approaches and technologies which are being adopted by government entities and the private sector to reduce C02 emissions and opex costs.

  • Reducing energy usage across residential, industrial and commercial sectors through energy audits and energy management systems
  • Developing smart infrastructure role of technology in improving efficiency
  • Impact of green building codes and green certification programmes on boosting energy efficiency

Moderator

Andrea Di Gregorio

Executive Director – Energy Efficiency & Renewables, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality 

 

Katarina Uherova Hasbani

Partner & Global Director – Strategy & Advisory, AESG

 

Francisco Ramalheira

SVP – Business Development & Marketing, Enova

Ahmed Elkiki

Director of Technical Services, RAK Hospitality Holding

Luay Khdeir

Regional Water Sector Leader,  Mott MacDonald