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  •    23 - 25 October 2018
  • Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre


White Cloud is proud to support the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to present the 3rd Annual Solar Show Seminar Week, a three day conference program organised by DEWA as part of The Dubai Solar Show and WETEX 2018 events.

Global experts will share their expertise, knowledge and insights on the latest market trends, innovations in technology, and R&D. Industry leaders will provide in-depth analysis of the regulatory frameworks and policies necessary to drive the uptake of renewables in the MENA region with a focus on clean energy projects in the UAE, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco, and Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy market. Learn about Electric Vehicles – The Future and Now of Clean Transportation, Climate Finance and tapping into The Green Fund to transform climate action ideas into funding proposals. Discover exciting opportunities and initiatives developing in the waste-to-energy sector in MENA, and how digitilisation, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain are impacting the renewable energy space.

Hear from key players in the solar and clean energy sectors who will share international case studies, best practices and lessons learned, as well as workshops for CSP and PV, and energy storage applications.

Through DEWA’s generous support and commitment to education, information and knowledge sharing, these seminars are free to attend.


  • 12:00 – 13:30
  • 12:00 – 12:10
    Opening Keynote Address
    H.E. Patrizio Fondi, EU Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
  • 12:10 – 12:40
    Understand the UAE Government's role and sponsorship of clear vision for a sustainable energy future, stakeholder engagement in the development of policies and programs, and Dubai's experience in driving a sustainable energy model. Learn about Dubai's carbon emission management, energy efficiency, clean fuel mix scenarios and green mobility strategy. Presenter: Taher Diab, Executive Director – Strategy & Planning, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
    Presenter: Taher Diab, Executive Director – Strategy & Planning, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
  • 12:40 – 13:25
    Climate Change Policy Measures to Accelerate Advancement of RE in MENA
    This session discusses committed policy measures to increase renewable energy penetration in the electricity mix; policy support for electrification of transport and heating/cooling technologies; opening up cities to greening with renewables; and re-building the bond between renewables and sustainable development. International industry experts will analyse how to connect renewables locally, regionally and internationally and Europe’s leading role towards low carbon societies mobilizing funds for climate mitigation actions.
    Panel Discussion
    Francois Dao, Vice President Middle East & Africa, EDF Renewables
    Dr. Haris Doukas, Asst. Professor, NTUA DSSLab, Research Collaboration Specialist, EU GCC Clean Energy Network
    Robin Mills, CEO, Qamar Energy
    Michelle Davies, Partner and Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability, Eversheds
    Mohammed Al Ta’ani, Secretary General, Arab Renewable Energy Commission
    Moderator: Gus Schellekens, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability, Ernst & Young
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  • 13:45 – 15:00
  • 13:45 – 14:05
    Unlocking the Potential of CSP in Europe: The Role of Policy Makers in Decarbonisation, CSP and PV Compatibility,
    and Sustainable Solutions for Energy Storage
    Presenter: Marcel Bial, Secretary General, European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA)
  • 14:05 – 15:00
    MENA’s Expanding Concentrated Solar Power Market and It’s Role in the Region's Clean Energy Strategy
    Industry experts will share their insights on the developing CSP market in MENA, analysis of Phase 4 of DEWA's 700
    MW CSP Project for Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and Morocco’s Ouarzazate CSP complex.
    Hear from global leaders on how to reach financial close of a CSP project, navigating legislation challenges, thermal
    energy storage applications for utility scale CSP developments, and lessons learned from international markets.
    Panel Discussion
    Meriem Bellizim, Senior Business Development Manager, ACWA Power
    Marcelino Sanchez, Director Solar Thermal Energy, CENER
    Dr. Ayman Al-Maaitah, GM and Partner, Wahaj Investments
    Pablo Albiach Martin, Proposal Head, Abengoa
    Marcel Bial, Secretary General, ESTELA
    Moderator: Raquel Tarancon Plato, Senior Associate, Ashurst  
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  • 15:15 – 16:15
    Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Program 
    This session sees leading industry experts from Saudi Arabia’s government and private sector, share their experience and insights into Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Strategy, to diversify the Kingdom’s economy and transition to a low carbon economy through the development of the Country's National Renewable Energy Program.Panel Discussion
    H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim, Renewable Energy Consultant and Chairman of the Renewable Energy Committee, Riyadh Chamber of Commerce
    Sabri Asfour, General Manager, FAS Energy Global
    Alhokair GroupWail K. Bamhair, CEO, Taqnia Energy Saudi Arabia
    Dr. Manar Al Moneef, President and CEO – Renewable Energy MENAT, General Electric (GE)
    Vikas Bansal, Head of Business Development - International Solar, Sterling & Wilson Solar Pvt
    Moderator: Michelle Davies, Partner – Clean Energy & Sustainability, Eversheds
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  • 16:30 – 17:30
    The Exponential Growth of Clean Energy in Jordan: The Emergence of Another Renewables Front-Runner in MENA?
    Jordan’s government plans to boost electricity generation capacity from renewable sources to 1.8GW by 2020.
    Leading experts discuss the impact of the Country’s recent government changes on Jordan’s renewable energy sector,
    analyse policies and legislation, and update on Jordan’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund.
    Panel Discussion
    H.E. Amani Al Azzam, Secretary General, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
    Dr. Rasmi Hamzeh, Executive Director, Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund
    Jeremy Crane, Founder and CEO, Yellow Door Energy 
    Hanna Zaghloul, CEO, Kawar Energy and Founding Board Member, EDAMA
    Ali Buhaji, General Manager, Baynouna Solar Energy Company
    Moderator: Dr. Raed Bkayrat, Founder, Sunergy Advisory 
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  • 10:30 – 11:30
    Delving Into MENA's Evolving Waste to Energy Sector - Assessing the Opportunities of this Dynamic Industry and Navigating the Challenges
  • 10:30 – 10:55
    Case Study: Sharjah Multi-Fuel Waste to Energy Facility
    Diverting around 300,000 tonnes of solid waste from landfill each year, the Sharjah Multi-Fuel Waste-to-Energy Facility, being developed by Bee’ah and Masdar will contribute to the UAE's 2021 goal of diverting 75% of solid waste from landfills, incinerating 37.5 tonnes of municipal solid waste per hour to create energy.
    Presenter: Mohammed Bin Kuwair, Senior Manager for Energy Projects, Bee'ah
  • 10:55 – 11:40
    This panel discussion sees international experts discuss waste-to-energy and waste mangement technologies and strategies, best practice strategies for sustainable waste, innovating technologies and practices being developed to re-think the way waste is tackled, recycled or repurposed, and delivering successful waste-to-energy strategies.
    Panel Discussio
    Anita Nouri, Founder and Business Development Director, Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability
    Mohammed Bin Kuwair, Senior Manager for Energy, Bee'ah
    Xavier Joseph, Head of BESIX Consessions & Assets, Six Construct
    Grant Batten, Senior Associate, Ashurst
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  • 12:00 - 13:00
    This session examines transforming Climate Action Ideas into Funding Proposals – renewable, retrofit, energy efficiency and green projects for the supply and demand side, the role of public private partnerships in raising capital for green projects, and the creation of financial instruments that advance deployment of efficient and RE technologies.
    Panel Discussion 
    Warren Pimm, Partner, Sustainable Development Capital LLP
    Daniel Zywietz, Founder and CEO, Enerwhere
    Dr. Shihab Elborai, Partner, Strategy&
    Moderator: Maram Ahmed, Visiting Fellow, SOAS, University of London
    Panelist: Iwan Walters, Partner, Eversheds
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  • 13:15 - 15:15
  • 13:15 - 13:40
    Designing and Managing a Low Carbon Community - The Sustainable City, Dubai
    On average, a UAE resident produces 22.5 tonnes of CO2e annually. The total emissions in 2017 for Dubai’s Sustainable City, for grid electricity and water consumption was 42% and 30% less than the Dubai average respectively. This case study will share insights on designing and managing a low carbon community and how the Sustainable City has been successful in achieving a lower carbon footprint.
    Presenter: Karim El-Jisr, Executive Director, See Institute
  • 13:40 - 14:05
    The Emergence of Sustainable Technologies and Behaviour - In Response to the Threat of Climate Change
    Experts share their findings of the TSC research project “Promoting a Culture of Sustainability”. This research examines interplay between people and technologies to achieve water and energy efficiencies, and ultimately sustainability.
    Presenter: Alan Meier, Adj. Prof. Environmental Science & Policy - Energy and Efficiency Institute, University of California, Davis
  • 14:05 - 14:25
    Accelerating Net Zero Energy Buildings - Efficiency and Renewables for the Building Sector
    Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) are buildings that have very low energy consumption and supply energy requirements from renewable sources. Almost 40% of global energy related greenhouse emissions come from buildings, and a transition to NZEBs can have a significant impact in achieving Paris Agreement levels of global emissions. This session will discuss the transition through energy efficiency measures, adoption of renewable energy supply, and opportunities and challenges facing the UAE.
    Presenter: Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman, Emirates Green Building Council
  • 14:25 - 15:15 
    Panel Discussion
    Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman, Emirates Green Building Council and Director, AESG Anne Le Guennec, CEO, Enova
    Anne Le Guennec, CEO, Enova by Veolia
    S Krishna Murthy, Director - Energy, Environmental Solutions & Consultancy
    Charles Blaschke, Founder and Managing Director, Taka Solutions
    Representative, Samir Al Aref, General Manager Middle East, Signify
    Moderator: Stephane Le Gentil, Head of Energy Efficiency, ENGIE
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  • 15:30 - 17:15
  • 15:30 - 16:00
    Storage Technology and Sector Coupling
    Sector coupling is the integration of energy consuming sectors – buildings (heating and cooling), transport, and industry - with the power producing sector. As countries decarbonise their economies to shape a system fuelled by renewable energy sources, areas such as buildings and transport still predominantly depend on fossil fuels. This session explores integrating renewable energy into the grid and storage technologies which willl revolutionise the energy world as we know it.
    Presenter: Dr. Florian Klumpp, Senior Consultant, Fichtner and Industry Cooperation Coordinator, EU GCC Clean Energy Network 
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  • 16:00 - 16:30
    Capacity Credit - Contribution of Renewable Energies to Reliability in the Power System of the Future
    Power generation from renewable resources such as wind and solar power varies from hour to hour depending on prevailing weather conditions. As the penetration of variable renewable generation technologies increases, the variable nature of their output becomes a more important feature of power systems. This impacts the amount of capacity that needs to be installed to meet peak system demand. This session focuses on Capacity Credit and the contribution of renewable energies to reliability in the power system of the future.
    Presenters: Dr. Florian Klumpp, Senior Consultant, Fichtner
    Dr. Nasser Dib Tlies, Vice President - Power Transmission Planning, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
  • 16:30 – 17:15
    Panel Discussion
    Dr. Nasser Dib Tlies, Vice President – Power Transmission Planning, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    Nick Carter, Convenor on Electricity Interconnections & Markets, EU-GCC, and Senior Advisor to PwC
    Jochen Schwill, Director, Next Kraftwerke
    Moderator: Dr. Florian Klumpp, Senior Consultant, Fichtner 
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  • 10:30 - 12:15
  • 10:30 - 11:00
    Innovative Technologies for Clean Transportation Systems of the Future
    Sustainable Public Transport Solutions - The Masdar Story
    Presenter: Stephen Severance, Head of Program Management and Investments, Masdar City
  • 11:00 - 11:25
    Intelligent Mobility - Abu Dhabi’s Low Emission Vehicle Strategy
    Abu Dhabi's Low Emission Vehicle Strategy aims at introducing low emission vehicles to reduce air pollution - raising awareness of sustainable transportation, infrastructure, and empowerment through supporting measures and incentives. This session focuses on Abu Dhabi's experience in Charging Infrastructure.
    Presenter: Khaled Alkatheeri, Senior Energy Specialist, Department of Energy Abu Dhabi
  • 11:25 - 12:15
    Panel Discussion
    Khaled Alkatheeri, Senior Energy Specialist, Department of Energy Abu Dhabi
    Mahmoud Habboub, Director Smart Mobility, Careem
    Sharan Sandhu, Technical Director – Sustainability and Environment, Parsons
    Ben Pullen, Managing Director, Global EVRT
    Stephen Severance, Head of Program Management and Investments, Masdar City
    Moderator: Dr. Deepti Mahajan Mittal, Programme Leader, Climate and Energy, Emirates Nature-WWF 
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  • 12:30 – 13:30
  • 12:30 - 12:50
    Renewable Energy and Jobs
    The renewable energy sector employed 10.3 million people in 2017, an increase of 5.3% on the previous year. This session overviews employment in the renewable energy sector, role of governmental policy in growth of the job market, off-grid developments, and how gender diversity will bring fresh perspectives, encourage competition and support growth.
    Presenter: Michael Renner, Programme Officer, IRENA
  • 12:50 - 13:30
    Investing in People to Prepare MENA for a Greener Economy
    Panel Discussion
    Ahmed Al-Sudais, Vice President Human Capital, ACWA Power
    Simon Bangs, Director and Co-Founder, Sustainable Recruitment Solutions
    Hanan Darwish, Cluster President - GCC and Pakistan, Schneider Electric
    Michael Renner, Programme Officer, IRENA
    Moderator: Josephine Pham, Head of Marketing, Yellow Door Energy 
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  • 13:45 - 15:30
  • 13:45 - 14:15
    Case Study: Building Smart Cities The Singapore Way
    Presenter: Chew Men Leong, Chief Marketing Officer, ST Engineering, Deputy President, ST Engineering Marine
  • 14:15 - 14:40
    Democratizing Green Financing With Blockchain – A Case Study of Peer to Peer Energy Trading.
    By combining advanced AI with blockchain, Verv has created a platform where consumers with domestic renewables like solar planes can sell excess green energy directly to their neighbours. Not only does this improve access to low carbon energy at an affordable cost, it offers a return for renewable energy owners, thus incentivising uptake. With Verv's energy trading platform having already been implemented at a social housing community in London where they executed the UK's first P2P trade of energy on the blockchain, Peter will outline just how this decentralized platform can significantly reduce energy bills and carbon emissions, whilst empowering communities to become self-sufficient.
    Presenter: Peter Davies, Founder and CEO, Green Running
  • 14:40 - 15:30
    Digitally Empowering Cities to Survive, Adapt and Thrive
    Digitilisation is revolutionising the clean energy sector and unlocking the potential of renewables. This session looks towards a smarter energy grid - the rise of Blockchain as an energy disrupter, how it will enable people in the energy sector to trade clean energy among themselves, to stimulate growth in RE projects, and integrating Innovative renewable technologies through Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
    Panel Discussion
    Pierre Samaties, Managing Partner and CEO, Innogy International ME
    Dr. Haris Doukas, Asst. Professor, NTUA DSSLab, - Research Collaboration Specialist, EU GCC Clean Energy Network
    Brendan Cronin, Head of Management Consulting MENA, Poyry
    Representative, Masdar
    Representative, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
    Moderator: Katarina Uherova Hasbani, Founder and CEO, EnRupt 
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  • 15:30 - 16:45
  • 15:30 - 15:50
    Green Hydrogen Economy in the GCC: A Game Changer for the Region
    There is an increasing urgency to decarbonize our energy, transport and materials sector. Combined with increasing
    competitiveness of variable renewables, the demand for balancing will increase. Hydrogen is an indispensable vector
    in our future economy and has the potential to be used as energy storage, green feedstock in industry and transport
    fuel. The Gulf has low-cost solar energy at scale and could become a hotbed for green hydrogen developments. This session will discuss green hydrogen ambitions, boundary conditions necessary to achieve them and budding pilot projects.
    Presenter: Frank Wouters, Director, EU-GCC Clean Energy Network
  • 15:45 - 16:45
    Panel Discussion
    Laure Alazet, H2 Solutions Manager for Middle-East, South & Central Asia and Turkey, ENGIE
    Olivier Boucat, Business Development and ALTEC Director, Air Liquide
    Rombout Swanborn, CEO, HyET
    Ulrich Rueth, Director Product and Portfolio Management, Siemens Hydrogen Solutions
    Moderator: Frank Wouters, Director, EU-GCC Clean Energy Network 
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  •    23 - 25 October 2018
  • Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre



Hall 1
Stand K24
Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

The venue of the Dubai Solar Show, Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre, has direct access from the city’s main highway and commercial skyscraper corridor, Sheikh Zayed Road - giving you a direct gateway to all areas of Dubai and the wider UAE. DICEC is also accessible via public transport bus and Dubai Metro red line.

Designed to world-class standards, DICEC provides on-site facilities such as parking facilities, medical emergency facilities, pharmacy, banks, business services, dining facilities and wheelchair access.

  • Register
  •    23 - 25 October 2018
  • Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre