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Tuesday 16th April

09:00 - 09:10 | Keynotes: Guiding nations to a 1.5°C climate pathway

Troika: Mission 1.5 unites the Presidencies of COP28, COP29, and COP30 in an unprecedented collaboration to achieve the ambitious 1.5°C pathway and a net-zero future. Our Opening Address keynotes will discuss the importance of effective policy frameworks, financing equitable shifts to low-carbon economies, energy transition, technology innovation and climate action – all imperative for Troika: Mission 1.5.

Opening Keynote:
Her Highness Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan,
President & CEO, UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators

09:10 - 09:20 | Keynote

Francesco La Camera, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency


09:20 - 09:35 | Fireside talk: COP28 outcomes: The UAE consensus towards a low carbon pathway

Moderator: Jessica Robinson, MENA Sustainable Finance Leader, EY-Parthenon 


Omar Al Braiki, Deputy Chief Negotiator, COP28 


09:35 - 10:05 | Panel: Action to meet a 1.5°C climate threshold

For industries to take a significant step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and meet a 1.5°C target, what real actions must they take? In the first part of our focus on Action to meet a 1.5°C climate threshold , we bring together experts to share strategic and policy insights on effective approaches to reduce industry emissions, monitor and measure progress, and will provide ideas on how companies can learn from each other’s experiences and best practices.

Moderator: Lubna Bouza,
Editor in Chief - Business News and Presenter, Sky News Arabia 


Eng. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, Group CEO, Emirates Steel Arkan 


Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO, Emirates Global Aluminium


Eng. Ali Al Dhaheri, MD and CEO, Tadweer Group 


Laurent-Rene Wolffsheim, Senior Vice President, Strategy Growth and Finance, Gas Renewables & Power, TotalEnergies 


10:05 - 10:30 | Panel: Investing in a sustainable future: Meeting a 1.5°C climate threshold 

We continue our focus on Action to meet a 1.5°C climate threshold by exploring the investment necessary to meet the low-carbon threshold. We discuss the critical aspects of climate investments, where they can be most impactful, strategies to unlock FDI, and their pivotal role in shaping resilient and sustainable low-carbon economies.

Moderator: Dr Hasan Shafi, Partner, EY-Parthenon 


Laila Mostafa Abdullatif, Director General, Emirates Nature-WWF


Badr Drissi, Chief Investment Officer, Ithmar Capital 


Eng. Arafat Al Yafei, Executive Director of Industry Development Bureau, Department of Economic Development, UAE