Solar & Clean Energy Forum

Monday 17th January

10.30 | Visit Exhibition

13.30 | Welcome Address

13.35 | UAE energy outlook

Keynote Presentation

Reserved; details to be announced

13.50 | GCC economic overview and the implications for clean energy

Keynote Presentation

This outlook for 2022 and beyond will look at the prospects for GCC economies. As they emerge from the effects of the pandemic, it will look at how countries will get back to business, the drive for new growth and what this could mean for investment in the region's power industries as they ensure that capacity can sustainably meet commercial and residential demand. 

14.10 | Planning for future energy needs

Keynote Presentation

In recent years governments have made clear that future cities need to be smarter and more energy efficient. Whilst Covid-19 reshaped some business practices, with employees becoming more distributed, has this changed thinking around future energy planning? And if so, how? This presentation will look at what needs to be in place to satisfy future demand, its makeup, and the impact this will have on investment in clean energy?

Presented by:

Bruce Smith

Director of Forecasting and Planning

Emirates Water & Electricity Company

14.30 | Energy transition in the new normal

Panel Discussion

What is the next stage of the ongoing energy transition evolution? Currently about 75% of energy use globally remains reliant on fossil fuel, a figure that needs to decline if many government targets are to be met. This panel will discuss what policies are required to promote the electrification of energy transition, the role that the private sector should play and ideas for tangible approaches that will bring about real change.

Confirmed speaker:

AbdulAziz Al Obaidli

Director of UAE Assets, Generation


Hind Almutawa

Director of Electricity and Energy Trade,

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE

15.10 | Maintaining grid stability in renewables-heavy environments

Panel Discussion

What effect is the rapid change in planning – particularly with working practices changing - combined with the increased use of renewables going to have on grid stability? Do interconnects between GCC countries need upgrading for different energy types, and should the GCC accelerate plans for a region-wide spot market?

Confirmed speaker:

Bruce Stedall

Asset Management Director


Ahmed AlMazrouei


Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE

Panos Bafis

Business Group Leader for Future Energy


15.40 | The future for community-level, distributed electricity in the Middle East

Panel Discussion

Is there a future for mini grids and distributed electricity in the region? To some extent this is happening through rooftop and C&I solar installations, but will the region embrace community-level clean energy systems, particularly as we see the number of smart, sustainable cities increase? And if so, does this offer greater opportunities around the digitalisation of energy, giving more control to the consumer?

Confirmed speakers: 

Fazil Abdul Rahiman


Climate Change & Sustainability Services, EY

Daniel Zywietz

Founder & CEO


Karim El-Jisr

Chief Sustainability Officer,

Diamond Developers

Lukas Sokol

Head, City Design,

Sustainable Planning & Approvals, Masdar

16.10 | Close of Day One

Tuesday 18th January

10.30 | Welcome Address

10.35 | Is Net Zero 2050 a target to pursue at all costs?

Keynote Presentation

Countries are in different economic shape and have their own developmental targets. In which case, should they all pursue Net Zero targets, no matter the impact on a government’s planned-for economic development? Or do international agencies and the more powerful nations have to work in sympathy with a government’s needs to push net zero targets?

Presented by:

David Haboubi

Head of Nuclear, Middle East & Africa


10.55 | How is sustainable finance for renewables projects evolving?

Panel Discussion

Bank financing is changing, with sustainability-linked loans (also called Environmental, Social, and Governance- (ESG) linked loans) expected to become more widespread. Their issuance is rising rapidly, so what does this mean for projects funding in the Middle East? This session will discuss the use of ESG-linked loans, how their use for renewables projects will increase and what this will mean for organisations.

Confirmed speakers:

Diako Makhmalbaf

Senior Manager – Sustainable Finance Lead


Mhairi Main Garcia



Senior Representative


11.40 | Advancing digital due diligence in planning and asset handover

Case Study

With less travel and increased remote working, what does this mean for aspects within a project such as asset sign-off and handover? How does the industry introduce, measure and increase digital trust? With potentially millions of dollars at risk, how do organisations put digital trust in place, do regulations need to be updated and does this have implications for project funding?

Presented by:

Daniel Calderon


Alcazar Energy

12.00 | Technology trends shaping predictive O&M

Case Study

Best practice in operations & maintenance are well established, with remote monitoring driving down the time it takes for corrective maintenance to be finished. As financial institutions think more carefully about project funding, will they increasingly insist that new technologies and methods are used to protect the assets they are funding?

Presented by:

Mahmoud Hanafy

Vice President

Siemens Energy

12.20 | Meeting low carbon energy needs through small modular reactors

Case Study

What technologies are starting to play a greater role, such as BIM and digital twins, and how are these reshaping the future management of assets and increasing the accuracy of predictive maintenance. 

Presented by:

Senior Representative

Rolls Royce

12.40 | MESIA solar industry outlook update

Presented by:

Senior Representative

Middle East Solar Industry Association

13.00 | Visit Exhibition

14.30 | UAE national strategy for hydrogen


Presented by:

Nawal Al-Hanaee

Acting Director of Future Energy Department

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE

15.05 | Hydrogen part 1: Regional opportunities today

Panel Discussion

Hydrogen has gained attention as a fuel of the future, but planned project work to 2025 will see its use more than double to 8.5GW. As a clean fuel that can help decarbonise the energy system, what are the tangible and practical opportunities for its use regionally? What challenges must be overcome and where are the economic opportunities for its growth?

Confirmed speakers:

Gareth Wynn

Group Chief Communications Officer


Dr Emmanouil Kakaras

Executive Vice President Next Energy Business

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA

Dr. Prachi Singh

Senior Specialist, Research & Technology

Development Department, ADNOC

Manuel Kuehn

Vice President

Siemens Energy

15.25 | Hydrogen part 2: Green hydrogen manufacture

Panel Discussion

What challenges must hydrogen overcome in terms of production, scale, transport and costs if its use in energy is to rise? Where are the upcoming use cases - in which sectors will it take a lead and what can others learn from those at the vanguard?

Confirmed speakers:

Robin Grimes

Steele Chair of Energy Materials

Imperial College

Cornelius Matthes

Senior Vice President


Caroline Hillegeer

Chief Commercial Officer

Engie Hydrogen

16.00 | Close of Day Two

Wednesday 19th January

10.30 | Welcome Address

10.35 | Developing storage technologies for renewable projects

Keynote Panel

Storage prices continue to fall and as a technology, its importance is increasing in planned projects. This discussion will focus on the advances being made in battery energy storage and look at the future of technologies such as hydrogen, and how these will change the future of long-term storage.

Confirmed speaker:

Robert Piconi

Co-Founder and CEO

Energy Vault

Dr. Brian Higgins

Director of Advanced Technologies,

Babcock & Wilcox

Shuvendu Bose

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE

Jonas Eklind

CEO and President


11.15 | The rise of hybrid power

Panel Discussion

Are planners embracing hybrid power projects? In the past we have seen combined cycle gas-fired power plants coupled with a small amount of solar PV. What are the advantages for renewable energy projects to adopt hybrid approaches, mixing wind and solar, or in future adding in alternative fuel types such as biofuels or hydrogen to augment plans? And what will hybridisation mean for PPAs and the structure of project funding?

Confirmed speakers:

Alex Katon

General Manager

Summit Global Power

Rory McCarthy

Chief Commercial Officer

Yellow Door Energy

Gurmeet Kaur


Pinsent Masons

11.55 | Outlook for solar energy in Sub-Saharan Africa



Senior Representative,

Africa Solar Industry Association

12.15 | Reinvigorating the supply chain - from globalised to localised?

Panel Discussion

After years of globalisation and centralisation to drive prices down, the global pandemic has hit some supply chains hard, forcing organisations to reconsider their structure, and investigate a more localised approach. What implication is this having in the renewable energy sector? Are companies rethinking their inventory management, and how is this affecting project delivery?

Confirmed speakers:

Abhay Bhargava

Senior Director- MEASA Energy & Environment

Frost & Sullivan

Carmen Vidal

Chief Procurement Officer


13.00 | Visit Exhibition

14.30 | Solar leasing and portfolio debt financing


Presented by:

David Auriau

Board Director


14.50 | Advancing the circular economy in the solar industry

Panel Discussion

Countries around the region have made significant strides to promote, develop and use solar energy. But what planning needs to be in place for end of life for materials used? Is the industry facing a future challenge, and how does it embrace the circular economy, reusing or recycling materials and minimising waste?

Confirmed speakers:

Mothana Bahjeat Qteisha

Senior Managing Director, MEA & APAC

Jinko Power

Stuart Fleming

Co-Founder, Group CEO

Enviroserve Group

15.25 | Ensuring long-term solar PV performance to maximise asset profitability

Panel Discussion

This panel will discuss the use of PV materials in hot, arid climates and what needs to be done to ensure their long-term, effective functioning. It will look at the monitoring of performance to maximise profitability and minimise downtime, and what research is needed to ensure that materials are fit for use in the region’s climate. How do the huge changes in temperatures effect solar PV performance between seasons and what can be done to mitigate these challenges? 

Confirmed Speakers:

Ahmed Mulla

Deputy CEO

Infinity Power

Laurent Longuet



Eng. Mohammed Al Taani

Secretary General

Arab Renewable Energy Commission

Joseph Nader

Solar Energy Division Manager & BDM MENA

TUV Rheinland

Senior Representative


16.00 | Close of Solar & Clean Energy Forum