Solar & Clean Energy Forum

Monday 16th January

14.00 | Keynote presentation

14.10 | Case study: Decarbonisation of energy

14.25 | Panel: Investing in the energy transition

  • Where in the energy system is investment required, what investment is required and why is this important?
  • How go governments and industry work together to overcome supply chain constraints and promote and ensure the energy transition is smooth, affordable and enables security?
  • How do governments ensure net zero energy is cost competitive for the consumer?
  • The continued role of gas, and the threat of minerals shortages 
  • How do governments and industry invest in the raw materials required, but ensure that their use is not done at the expense of local ecosystems?

Confirmed speakers:

Nawal Al-Hanaee

Director of Future Energy Department,

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE

Valerie Levkov

Vice-President Middle East Africa


15.05 | Panel: Making the grid fit for energy transition

  • National grids must be able to handle different forms of energy - mixing traditional, renewables and nuclear.
  • What investment and capital spending is required to ensure energy grids are fit for purpose?
  • According to research, the three main barriers to grid projects are permits and approvals lead times, disrupted global supply chains, and a skills shortage. How can these be successfully tackled? 

Confirmed speakers:

Ahmed AlMazrouei

Director of Regulation & Supervision Dept.,

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE

Mayure Daby

Head of Energy NetZero Business, Middle East


Bruce Smith

Executive Director, Strategy & Planning,

Emirates Water & Electricity Company

Ahmed Ali Al-Ebrahim


GCC Interconnection Authority

15.45 | Presentation: Smart grids

  • An outline of what a smart grid is, and what benefits it can bring
  • What a smart grid offers both consumers and energy suppliers

16.00 | Panel: COP27 outcomes and preparing for COP28

  • What energy initiatives and adaptations from COP27 will shape discussions for COP28?
  • What will COP28 mean for UAE energy plans?
  • How will the private and public sector embrace ambitions that meet targets set during COP and help nations towards their net zero goals?

Confirmed speakers:

Mozah Alnuaimi


Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE

Gauri Singh

Deputy Director General


Frederic Claux

Managing Director, Thermal and Supply, AMEA,

& Country Manager, GCC & Pakistan, Engie

16.35 | Close of day 1

Tuesday 17th January

10.30 | Keynote presentation

10.40 | Presentation: Managing the energy trilemma

  • In current financial conditions, can we still marry the energy trilemma of cost, security and sustainability, or will one leg have to give?
  • How does the industry balance each part of the trilemma, how and what benefits does this bring both the energy sector and consumers?

Presented by:

Nancy Hantour

Principal Engineer, Nuclear & Net Zero Energy

Middle East, Atkins

10.55 | Panel: What are the routes to meeting net zero ambitions?

  • How can governments help accelerate their plans for net zero - or at least lower carbon - energy systems? What will the tipping points be?
  • Governments have put in place net zero targets - can they be met with current clean energy build and commissioning rates? Is the region building the required energy infrastructure at a rate fast enough to meet net zero targets?
  • How will plans for renewables and battery storage be managed in combination with plans for nuclear and gas to meet net zero ambitions? 

Confirmed Panelists:

Bruce Smith

Executive Director, Strategy & Planning,

Emirates Water & Electricity Company

Umraz Ahmed

Expert Energy Policy & Regulation,

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE

Gurbuz Gonul

Director of Country Engagements & Partnership


Fawaz Al Muharrami

Executive Director Clean Energy,


11.30 | Panel: Long duration energy storage

  • Providing flexibility for future energy systems, this panel looks at what is long duration energy storage is and why it is becoming increasingly important
  • The discussion will provide examples of current use and market growth predictions, and look at the benefits and challenges faced
  • Approaches to building a strong finance model for storage + renewables projects


Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Frank Wouters

Senior Vice President New Energy

Reliance International

Dr. Ibraheem Almansouri

Head, Engineering


Marco Terruzzin

Chief Product Officer

Energy Vault

Jurgen Reinert

Group CEO,

SMA Solar Technology

Mohammed Atif

Area Manager UAE


Jonas Wallmander

CEO & President


12.10 | Presentation: Decarbonising the grid - district cooling

  • The main energy consumer on the grid is cooling systems.
  • This presentation outlines the role of district cooling, where its use can be increased, and the energy and water efficiency measures it must take to also decarbonise

Presented by:

Antonio Di Cecca

Chief Operating Officer


12.25 | Presentation: Mesia Solar Outlook report

Presented by:

12.45 | Networking Break

14.00 | Presentation: A Global Perspective on CCS – Projects, Policies, and Required Actions

  • The role of CCS in mitigating climate change
  • Project pipeline and demand drivers for CCS
  • Regional overviews – projects and policies
  • Working together to scale CCS globally

Presented by:

Jarad Daniels


Global CCUS Institute

14.15 | Presentation: Investing in a hydrogen future

  • What infrastructure needs to be in place to enable the hydrogen economy within a country, and how will it be paid for?
  • Is there greater risk in making large investments in hydrogen? Will market competition for exporters be far greater than oil, putting pressure on process to remain competitive?
  • This presentation will focus on upcoming investments in hydrogen infrastructure

Presented by:

Yusuf Macun

Managing Partner

Cranmore Partners

14.30 | Panel: Hydrogen - should green be the main focus?

  • The pros and cons of different hydrogen types
  • Should there also be significant focus on other hydrogen colours – why do so many organisations and government talk mainly about green?
  • Examples of planned green hydrogen use
  • How is the electrolyser market for green hydrogen being scaled?


Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Claude Mourey

Director, Hydrogen and New Energies - EMEA,

Wood Mackenzie

Frank Wouters

Senior Vice President New Energy

Reliance International

Dr. Mohammad Abu Zahra

Head of Mena Region

Global CCUS Institute

Senior Representative


Stephan Gobert

Senior Vice President, Hydrogen


15.15 | Case study: Government strategy for hydrogen

Presented by:

Deepak Sakaria

Energy Transition Expert

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE

15.30 | Case study TBA

15.45 | Panel: Building a local hydrogen market - what needs to be in place?

  • Is the future global hydrogen market/economy reality or hype?
  • What must GCC countries do to ensure they are at the forefront of the hydrogen market – one that many nations are eyeing - and can export efficiently?
  • Will industry customers pay a premium for the low-carbon products manufactured using hydrogen? With examples of hydrogen use in industry to create new product lines
  • European  specifications


Confirmed panelists:

Moderator: Mohammed Atif

Area Manager UAE


Dan Feldman

Partner & Global Co-Lead Energy Innovation,


Justo Alejandro Algaba

Director - Infrastructure Finance, , MENAT,


Mohammad Abdelqader El Ramah

Director, Asset Management and Technical

Technical Services, Masdar

Emanuele Bianco

Policy Program Officer


16.30 | Close of day 2

Wednesday 18th January

10.30 | Industry insights: The digitalisation of energy

Each presentation will focus on a different aspect of the digitalisation underway, looking at the benefits it can bring, how it is changing thinking and the new ideas promoted due to advances in technology.

10.30 | Blockchain in a global carbon market

Martin Nagell

Adviser, Office of the CEO


10.45 | Cloud-based apps for design and modelling

Matt Campbell


Terabase Energy

11.00 | Digital twin for wind turbine management

Marc De Battista

Senior Specialist in Control Algorithm Design

Zhejiang Windey

11.15 | Digital twin

11.30 | Panel: Why data transparency is required for energy efficiency

  • Talk to companies and they will say there is a lack of data transparency in the region; without which it is difficult to benchmark and monitor efficiency progress
  • The lack of transparency is not restricted to just the energy industry, so how does the region foster greater openness of data and trust? 
  • What benefits will this bring; and what challenges must be overcome for it to happen?

Confirmed speakers:

Michel Abi Saab

General Manager


Mohammed Al Taani

Secretary General

Arab Renewable Energy Commission

12.15 | Case study: Ras Al Khaimah Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040

  • This case study will focus on the emirate’s plans to reduce its carbon emissions through sustainable energy initiatives
  • It will outline achievements to date and future plans.

Presented by:

Andrea Di Gregorio

Executive Director

Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office, RAK

12.30 | Networking Break

14.00 | Panel: Green hydrogen - can associated industries scale fast enough?

  • As the trend towards green hydrogen gathers pace, what role will photovoltaics, electrolysers, and other tehcnologies play in accelerating the market?
  • Can systems scale quickly enough to meet demand?
  • What R&D is underway to introduce new innovations into this market segment?

Mustapha Taoumi

Executive Director,

Energy Transitions and Strategies

Marcus Spickermann

Senior Vice President


George Touloupas

Senior Director, Technology and Quality


Chintan Shah

Director Technical


14.40 | Panel: Roadblocks to the circular economy of energy - and how to overcome them

  • What is the role of the circular economy in energy?
  • What rules & regulations are required - and what role does government play in developing these?
  • How will this help the industry, economies and the environment? Who are the key stakeholders?


Confirmed Panelists:

Moderator: Joumana Hosri

CEO Middle East

Sacotel Znshine

Dr. Nabih Cherradi

CTO, Desert Technologies and President,

Solar United

Roland Roesch

Innovation & Information Technology Centre


Pradip Kumar Das

Chairman and Managing Director


15.20 | Presentation: Africa Solar Industry Outlook 2023: Achievements and perspectives

Presented by:

John van Zuylen


Africa Solar Industry Association

15.35 | Case Study: Qurayyah solar thermal plant

  • Operational since December 2020 on Saudi Aramco’s premises in Qurayyah, its solar thermal plant was developed as an industrial pilot to show the potential of energy and CO2 savings offered by the technology
  • This case study outlines why Saudi Aramco commissioned the pilot, the benefits it hoped to see and results to date.

Presented by:

Silvio Sparano

Solar Energy - Head of Oil & Gas

TVP Solar

15.50 | Panel: Maximising performance from solar energy systems

  • With tight budgets, it is important that energy companies get maximum ‘bang for the buck’ from their solar plants
  • How do they ensure that they attain the best possible performance?
  • How do manufacturers of related products, such as modules and panels, ensure they meet those performance aims?


Confirmed panelists:

Moderator: Dr. Nabih Cherradi

CTO, Desert Technologies & President,

Solar United

Mohamed Saady Dweik

Head of Technical Services & Product

Management - MENA, Jinko Solar

Diaa Eed

Director, Strategic Business MENA,


Joumana Hosri

CEO Middle East

Sacotel Znshine

16.30 | Close of day 3