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Strategic Conference

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.

Based on industry demand, the 48th Middle East Energy edition will host the first Strategic Conference; the only high-level forum exclusively focused on unpacking the complex opportunities and challenges for senior decision-makers in the energy and utilities sector in the Middle East and Africa.

Explore the latest insights and best practices in developing and implementing strategies to successfully facilitate the energy transition, stewardship of energy efficiency projects, all whilst enabling adequate energy generation to meet future needs.

Gain access to international and regional perspectives from governments, utilities and financiers, developers, technology providers, and EPCs under the themes highlighted.

Theme: Powering the energy transition

Bringing together the highest stakeholders within the energy communities, this comprehensive 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.

Day 1, Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Future Energy outlook in Middle East and Africa – planning and policies
Day 2, Wednesday, 8 March 2023

Decarbonising energy and utilities 
 
Day 3, Thursday, 9 March 2023

Driving digitalisation and innovation in the power sector

Who will attend?

Delegate profile

  • CEOs
  • VPs of Strategy
  • Executive Vice Presidents
  • Presidents
  • Managing Directors
  • Project Director/ managers
  • General managers
  • Chief Technology Managers

Delegate profile

  • Chief Investment officers
  • Consultants
  • Department Heads
  • Chairmen
  • Account directors
  • Senior Analysts
  • Board Members
  • Energy Attachés
  • Senior government officials

Delegate profiles from

  • Regulators and authorities
  • Utility companies: Power generation
  • Utility companies: Power Transmission
  • Utility companies: Power Distribution
  • EPCs and engineering services
  • IPPs
  • Finance and insurance bodies
  • Technology services

Conference Agenda

Theme: Future energy outlook in Middle East and Africa

10:00

Conference doors open | Networking


Session: Opening

10:45

Conference opening


10:50

Welcome speech
Senior representative, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure


11:00

Fire-side chat: Perspectives from Saudi Arabia on the Energy Transition

Explore the new geography of energy in Saudi Arabia, built upon the country’s great natural endowments of hydrocarbons, wind, and sunshine. Review progress toward green hydrogen, large-scale carbon capture projects, prospects for CCS and the market for carbon-free hydrogen.

Moderator: Amena Bakr, Dubai Deputy Bureau Chief and Chief OPEC Correspondent, Energy Intelligence
Speaker: Senior Government Official, Ministry of Energy – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


11:30

Opening speech
Senior representative, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority


11:40

Welcome remarks by Informa
Azzan Mohamed, Exhibition Director, Energy – Middle East and Africa, Informa Markets 


Session: Energy market trends

11:45

Fire-side chat: Perspectives from Rwanda on the Energy Transition

The newly confident East African country, at the heart of the East African Rift System, faces many of Africa’s energy challenges but with great resources to meet them. The country is building a rich mix of energy resources, with creative applications of renewables adding to its hydroelectric base, in an effort to achieve 100% electricity access next year. 

Moderator: Senior media representative
Speaker: Senior Government Official, Ministry of Infrastructure – Rwanda


12:15

Fire-side chat: Perspectives from Morocco on the Energy Transition

Recognizing future challenges for energy supply and rising electricity demand, Morocco has set ambitious targets for the deployment of renewable energy sources for electricity generation (RES-E). The realization of these targets will lead to a fundamental transition of the Moroccan electricity sector and requires substantial public and private investment. However, different risks constitute barriers for private RES-E investments and lead to high financing costs. Tune in to this session to explore plans to encourage capital-intensive RES-E projects.

Moderator: Amena Bakr, Dubai Deputy Bureau Chief and Chief OPEC Correspondent, Energy Intelligence
Speaker: : HE Mrs Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Kingdom of Morocco


12:45

Keynote: Challenges and opportunities for the Energy Transition in the Middle East and North Africa

Given its natural resources, expertise on energy markets and investment capacity, the Middle East and North Africa has the conditions to lead on the energy transition. While some challenges are preventing this from happening, the opportunities remain enormous.

Speaker: Nicolas Daher, Lead Energy Analyst, The Economist Intelligence Unit - London


13:15

Panel: What electricity demand looks like in the future and what energy companies are doing to meet it and why?

Sub-topics:

  • The impact of EVs on electricity demand
  • Generation portfolio optimization
  • Management models
  • Internationalisation
  • Infrastructure developments

Moderator: Nicolas Daher, Lead Energy Analyst, The Economist Intelligence Unit - London

Panellists:

  • Dr Joseph Oketch, Director – Electricity and Renewable Energy, Energy & Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Kenya
  • Abhay Bhargava, Vice President– Energy & Environment, Industrial Practice, Frost & Sullivan MEASA

14:15

Networking break | Exhibition visit


Session: Funding the Energy Transition

14:45

How can large companies accelerate their innovation activities while maximising financial and environmental impact?

How energy companies can accelerate their transition to clean energy by combining Venture capital investing and a holistic Innovation ecosystem

Speaker: Brian Ryan, VP of Innovation, National Grid, USA


15:15

Panel: Bankability of renewable energy projects


Review the latest best practices in controlling project risks, securing revenues and putting in place adequate lender protections to ensure that lenders can be comfortable providing debt finance on a non-recourse or limited recourse basis.

Moderator: Oliver Phillips, Middle East & Africa Lead, Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

Panellists:

  • Dr. Mohsen Abou Bakr, General Manager - SMEs Corporate Banking Division, National Bank of Egypt NBE
  • Dr. Ibrahim Saad Al-Mojel, CEO, Saudi Industrial Development Fund
  • Sufyan Al Issa, Country Head, UAE, International Finance Corporation
  • Maher Al Kaabi, Advisor to Group Chairman, Al Serkal Group of Companies, UAE

16:15

Framework for energy efficiency financing

Explore the financial tools necessary to de-risk energy efficiency financing and make private investments more attractive

Speaker: Azhar Hussain, Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation


16:45

Closing Remarks


17:00

End of Day One

Theme: Decarbonising Energy & Utilities

Session: Through the Lens of the Future

10:45

Our Shared Future

An inspiring view of meeting future energy needs

Speaker: Licypriya Kangujam, 11-year-old Climate Activist


Session: Achieving Universal Electricity Access

11:00

Fire-side chat: Perspectives from Kenya on the Energy Transition

Explore how Kenya is rapidly emerging as a renewable energy superpower in Africa, building up capacities and plans and projects to reach 100% clean energy by 2030

Moderator: Oliver Klaus, Dubai Bureau Chief; Eastern Hemisphere Head of Client Engagement & News Editor, Energy Intelligence
Speaker:
Senior Government Official, Ministry of Energy Kenya 


11:30

Fire-side chat: Perspectives from Jordan on the Energy Transition

Jordan's energy transition has been rapid and ambitious. Review renewable energy and financial challenges, energy fund project, and megaprojects that enable energy transition strategies and priorities

Moderator: Oliver Klaus, Dubai Bureau Chief; Eastern Hemisphere Head of Client Engagement & News Editor, Energy Intelligence
Speakers

  • Mr. Rasmi Hamzeh, Director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources - Jordan
  • Mr. Eng Yacoub Marar, Director of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources – Jordan

12:00

Fire-side chat: Perspectives from Egypt on the Energy Transition

Following COP27, Egypt committed to enhance its Nationally Determined Contribution by quadrupling its installed renewables capacity share to 42 percent by 2030. Egypt further committed to adopt an ambitious 2050 long-term strategy with a view to explore a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target and kick-start the development of green hydrogen. The session provides a closer look at Egypt's energy transition model and pathway for decarbonisation

Moderator:
Senior media representative
Speaker:
Senior Government Officials from Egypt Energy Holding Company, Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and New and Renewable Energy Authority


12:30

Panel: Net Zero Carbon roadmap implementation

What success would look like and what policies, systems, and strategies countries need to adopt to achieve universal electricity access through clean energy

Moderator: Baset Asaba, Editor, Utilities Middle East
Panellists:

  • Ahmed Ali Al-Ebrahim, CEO, GCC Interconnection Authority
  • Dr. Maged K. Mahmoud, Technical Director, Lead Renewable Energy Advisor, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Egypt

13:30

Networking break | Exhibition visit


Session: Hybridisation of Renewable Energy Projects

14:00

Fire-side chat: Strategies for hybridisation of renewable energy projects - wind and solar complementarity

The integration of hybrid systems into the network will increase network stability, security, reduce emissions, and lower cost of electricity. However, to enable these advantages, there is a requirement for the electricity network to transition towards a smart grid. This session will focus on hybrid systems with renewables and how a smart grid should be developed to enable the effective integration of these intermittent resources

Moderator:
Bart Cornelisson, Partner, Energy, Resources & Industrials Leader, Deloitte
Speakers:

  • Ahmed S. Nada, President, Middle East Solar Industry Association, Head of Operations & Maintenance, Masdar Energy, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Wasim Al Malouhi, CEO, Alfanar Global Development
  • David Desfosses, Project Manager, Smart Grid & H2 Expert, Tractebel Engineering

Session: Decarbonising Heavy Industries

14:30

Fire-side chat: Unlocking collective innovation potential to decarbonise industrial value chains through collaboration

The right mix of incentives and mandates can set market forces into motion, leading to industry-wide technology breakthroughs. But the transition to net-zero will require new forms of corporate collaboration with business, government, and research institutions. 

Moderator:
Alan Mammoser, Chief Editor, Energy & Utilities
Panellists:

  • Franco Atassi, CEO - Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Middle East
  • Senior representative, IRENA

Session: Gas and the Energy Transition

15:00

Fire-side chat: The opportunities and challenges of natural gas in MEA's energy transition ambitions

Strategies to deploy natural gas in the service of energy transitions remain unclear. Current perspectives from producer and consumer countries will inform thinking on a grand strategy for gas

Moderator:
Senior representative, BCG
Panellists:

  • Oman LNG
  • Asyad Group

15:30

Networking break | Exhibition Visit


Session: Hydrogen and the Energy Transition

16:00

Fire-side chat: Unlocking hydrogen's power potential

Green hydrogen plants are now under construction as momentum gathers for a global market. This technical discussion will offer insights on how it will work in the power sectors of diverse countries.

Moderator: Jeffrey Beyer, Managing Director, Zest Associates, Dubai, UAE
Speakers:

  • Uwe Zwiefelhofer, Managing Director, Head of Region MENA, Linde Engineering
  • François Dao, Vice-President, Middle East & Africa, EDF Renewables
  • Claude Mourey, Director, Hydrogen and New Energies – EMEA, Wood Mackenzie Consulting

Session: Middle East Energy Exhibition welcomes Women in Renewable Energy - WiRE

16:30

Closing session

Moderator: Dr. Rahaf Ajaj, UAE Chapter President, Women in Renewable Energy
Speaker: Joanna Osawe, Chair, President and CEO, Women in Renewable Energy, Member, Federal Sustainable Development Advisory Council, Canada


17:30

End of Day Two

Theme: Future Grids

Session: Digital Transformation of Grids

10:45

National speech: Exploring the intersection between customer-centric business models and digital transformation

Unique insights on how companies can adopt new disruptive technologies to transform their businesses to achieve improved operational efficiencies, deliver exceptional customer experiences, and most importantly, create new business models to drive growth.

Invited - Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence, DEWA


11:00

Fire-side chat: Digitalised grids

Smart Demand and load management, Blockchain applications for Utilities and other emerging technologies; all things digitalisation reviewed

Moderators:

  • Saqib Saeed, Chief Research Officer, Power Technology Research
  • Aseya Mohammed Al Haddabi, Asset Strategy and Standards Division Manager, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company
  • Reena Suri, Executive Director, India Smart Grid Forum
  • Invited - Marco Janssen, Vice President, Operational Excellence for Transmission and Distribution, Taqa

Session: The Future Workforce

11:40

The knowledge economy, future workforce and capacity building

Learn how to compete in a knowledge economy. The shift to a knowledge economy also has implications beyond the globalisation of innovative, high-skilled work. Greater specialisation in high-skilled jobs could magnify the role of employers in training and development of the workforce and their stake in national education and training systems and their infrastructures. A better understanding of the factors that contribute to productivity among knowledge workers could also influence management and human resource practices.

Speaker: Prof Philip Hamil, Associate Provost for Research and Academic Development; Office of the Provost, Abu Dhabi University


Session: New Business Models for a New Power Sector

12:00

Panel: Alternative business models in the power sector

To balance the needs of delivering sustainability while also meeting investor demands for growth, explore how companies are integrating their corporate and ESG -Environmental, Social and Governance strategies.

Moderator:
Nalin Nayyar, Chief Financial Officer, Yellow Door Energy - UAE
Panellists:

  • Aseya Mohammed Al Haddabi, Asset Strategy and Standards Division Manager, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company
  • Reji Pillai, Chairman, Global Smart Energy Federation
  • Fouad Dagher, Director, NY Energy Storage Development, National Grid, USA

13:00

Networking break | Exhibition visit


Session: Building Energy Efficiency on the Demand Side - Customers as Partners

Review Demand-side energy efficiency (DSEE) approaches include upgrading industrial plants, equipment, and appliances, retrofitting public infrastructure and residential buildings

14:00

Case study
TBC


14:15

Case study
Dr Abdullatif Albitawi,
Director, Emirates Green Building Council


14:30

Case study
TBC


Session: Secure Grids

14:45

Fire-side chat: What hackers can do to our power grids? Strengthening the cyber-resilience of electricity infrastructure

Moderator:
Senior media representative
Speaker: TBC


Session: Rural Electrification

15:15

Fire-side chat: Progress in rural electrification

Explore a success story on electrification and mobility and practical applications that are meant to contribute to bridging the electrification gaps in rural areas particularly in the MEA's power sector, leading rigorously towards sustainable development.

  • David LeCoque, CEO, Alliance for Rural Electrification
  • Dr. Nazar Hassan, Senior Programme Specialist, Regional Bureau for Sciences for the Arab States, UNESCO - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Session: Storing Energy in Distributed Energy Networks

15:45

Closing keynote: Perspectives on Battery Energy Storage in the Distributed Energy Network

Learn how energy storage is a key part of the solution to a resilient energy infrastructure by diversifying resources to increase more reliability, and opportunities for energy storage on utility distribution systems

Speaker: Fouad Dagher, Director, NY Energy Storage Development, National Grid, USA


16:15

End of Conference

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