Pathway to 1.5C

Conference Programmes

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Tuesday 16th April

11:00 - 11:15 | Keynote: Clean energy outcomes from COP28 and the road ahead

Dr. Abdulla Malek, Head of Strategy, Energy Transition, UAE Climate Change Special Envoy 


11:15 - 11:30 | Presentation: Tracking progress on COP28 climate and energy outcomes

Mary Burce Warlick,
Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency  

11:30 - 12:10 | Panel: Navigating a low carbon pathway to a just energy transition

If nations are to meet the shared goal outlined in Troika: Mission 1.5, a decisive energy transition is essential. But any phase down of fossil fuels towards clean energy is expensive and requires countries to tackle complex challenges while ensuring fairness and equity for all. This panel examines these challenges from the viewpoint of achieving resilient, low-carbon energy systems.

Moderator: Dr Hasan Shafi, Partner, EY-Parthenon 

Roeland Baan,
President and CEO, Topsoe

Javier Cavada
, President and CEO, EMEA, Mitsubishi Power

Steve Lemoine
, CEO and Managing Director, Middle East, Dalkia EDF Group

Mohammed Alshamsi, Chief Officer - Climate Change & Sustainability,
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority 

Samir Oumer, President, TotalEnergies EP UAE and TotalEnergies Country Chair

12:10 - 12:55 | Panel: Addressing the link between climate and sustainable food systems

It is estimated that 1.3 billion tonnes of food goes to waste, accounting for about one-third of all food produced annually. This waste is responsible for approximately 10% of carbon emissions, given the energy, water and transport required for food production. Beyond moral considerations, food waste exacerbates climate stress. This panel will explore practical approaches to foster more ethical and sustainable food systems.

Moderator: Carlo Stella, 
Managing Partner, Global Practice Leader, Sustainability, Arthur D. Little 

Mageed Yahia, Director, WFP UAE and Representative to the GCC Region,
UN World Food Programme

Khuloud Al Nuwais, Chief Sustainability Officer, Emirates Foundation and Secretary General, Ne’ma UAE National Food Loss and Waste Initiative

Sky Kurtz, Co-Founder & CEO, Pure Harvest

John Tate, CEO, Tamkeen 

Omar Shihab, Founder & Chief Sustainability Officer, BOCA 

14:00 - 14:45 | Panel: Advancing green technologies for a decarbonised future

The unity created by the Troika announced shortly after COP28 concluded will help foster ambition, cooperation, and coordination. Here we look at the intersection between cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence and robotics, and the race to decarbonise. Our panel will discuss what policies requirements, ethical usage of technologies such as AI, and how advanced technologies can drive efficiency and sustainability for all. 

Moderator: Dr Anas Bataw, Technology Advisor, UN

Helmut von Struve, CEO Middle East, Siemens

Amel Chadli, President of Gulf Countries, Schneider Electric 

Mansoor Hamayun
, CEO, Bboxx

Nicola Bettio, Director, Academia & Industry Partnerships, Sharjah Research,
Technology and Innovation Park

14:45 - 15:00 | Presentation: The path to a low-carbon future: Technology in action

In these presentations, we will showcase real-world examples of cutting-edge technology in action, with a specific focus on tackling pathway 1.5 challenges. The talks will outline the tangible benefits the technologies can bring, their scalability and how they will scale and how they will contribute to a low carbon future. 

Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Co-Founder, Nexus Climate 

15:00 - 15:15 | Pathways 1.5 talk: Youth pioneers: Steering the climate future

Youth are pivotal in shaping a sustainable future, infusing the climate debate with fresh skills, unique perspectives, and digital savvy. Their innovative approach to business and advocacy is catalysing the adoption of ethical and enduring practices essential for thriving low-carbon economies. This generation’s contribution will be transformative in steering us towards an equitable and resilient world.

Sagarika Sriram, Founder & CEO, K4BWorld and Advisor, Children's Advisory Board, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

15:15 - 16:00 | Panel: Trailblazers: Women entrepreneurs leading decarbonisation innovation

In this focus, visionary women entrepreneurs take center stage in the global mission to combat climate change and lead organisational decarbonisation efforts. These trailblazers are not only shaping a sustainable future but also revolutionising industries through their innovative approaches. From leveraging cutting-edge technology to fostering female leadership, they are driving impactful change on the path toward a 1.5°C world. Discover how their collective efforts are making a difference and inspiring others to follow suit.

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

Medea Nocentini
, Founder, C3 (Companies Creating Change) and Senior Partner, Global Ventures

Angela Homsi
, Co-Founder, Ignite Power

Sonia Weymuller
, Co-Founder and General Partner, VentureSouq

Nawel Mahmoudi
, Co-Founder and CEO, ValueGrid

16:00 - 16:20 | Entrepreneur address: Decarbonisation insights

We invite a visionary entrepreneur to step into the spotlight to champion the work they are doing that is resulting organisational decarbonisation. Their work will not only help with global efforts to shape a sustainable future but also has the potential to revolutionize relevant industries. 

Kevin Chalhoub, CEO and Founder, EV Lab