MEE Plenary Sessions

Energy in transition, connecting the world: demand, digitalisation & decarbonisation

A bespoke industry platform created with the full support of a high-level advisory board, to provide specific market information designed to meet the needs of all our visitors. 6 sessions 40+ speakers 9+ hours of FREE strategic dialogue on the issues core to the long-term development of the region’s power sector.

10:30 - 11:30 

High-level panel of leading representatives from the region’s major utility providers

13:00 - 14:30

Policy vs. technology

  • Is regulation facilitating or inhibiting the energy transition?
  • Is innovation in the power sector being matched by supporting regulatory policies?
  • Supporting a green future through a pro-active strategy of policy enablers?
  • Is the traditional model of financing power projects broken?
  • Outline how financial stakeholders should be supporting the energy transition?


Mohammed Atif, Area Manager, Energy, Middle East & Africa, DNV GL

Bruce Smith, Forecasting & Planning Director, Emirates Water & Electricity Co

Graeme Lindsay Sims, Executive Director, RSB for Electricity & Water

15:00 - 17:30

Decarbonisation and Sustainability Development Goals

  • How successful have 2015 SDG’s been? 
  • Assess developments within the power sector to-date in reducing carbon intensity 
  • Outline the trade-off between the economic and environmental dimensions when discussing the energy transition 
  • Effective financial measures to fund the energy transition (green bonds, green loans etc)


Mhairi Main Garcia, Partner, Dentons & Vice-Chair, Clean Energy Business Council

Majd Jalal Coussa, Director / ES – Energy & Utilities, Etisalat

Pri McNair, Regional Head of Client Coverage MENAT, HSBC

Benoit Lebot, Head of Secretariat, IPEEC

Franco Atassi, Smart Infrastructure MD, Middle East, Siemens 


N.B - Agenda subject to change

10:30 - 12:00

Power of digital

  • Facilitating and accelerating the energy transition through adoption of new technologies.
  • Rebuilding energy networks to embrace digitally enabled low-carbon technologies. 
  • Outlining commercially viable technologies to replace desalination  
  • The challenge of integrating new technologies with legacy enterprise systems


Jon Blackburn, Partner (Utilities), PwC

Brian Williams, Energy Natural Resources Industry Advisor, SAP

Chris Blakeman, Senior Implementation Engineer, Enerlytics (Uniper)

14:00 - 15:30

Effective renewables integration 

  • The challenges that wind and solar PV bring to system operation
  • The role that energy storage can play
  • How can integration of electricity with other sectors (such as transport) aid integration
  • How best to evaluate alternative options to add power system flexibility 
  • The changes to the regulatory framework needed


Brendan Cronin, Head of Management Consulting Middle East, Afry

Paul McCusker, Vice President – EMEA, Fluence

Rasheed Sulaiman, Digital and MYA Leader, GE Steam Power 


N.B - Agenda subject to change

10:30 - 12:00

New business models for operating in the energy sector

  • Adapting to new demand and consumption patterns (who are the new customers and where is the strongest demand growth?)
  • Increasing the role of the private sector in developing generation assets and the move to integrate the private sector into the transmission & distribution sector
  • Rethinking and revising business models: prospects for privatising existing brownfield power assets across the region 
  • Outlining the benefits and challenges of introducing electricity spot markets: plans across the region


Andrew Roscoe, Editor – Energy & Utilities, Informa Markets

Rajit Nanda, Chief Investment Officer, ACWA Power

Duncan Allison, Head of Power & Infrastructure, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa Department, EMEA, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation


N.B - Agenda subject to change