Speakers

Stephane Le Gentil

Chief Operating Officer & Acting Chief Executive Officer - Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES)

Stephane le Gentil is the Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES), the Abu Dhabi Government Super ESCO. ADES is in charge of retrofitting Government and Commercial buildings in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to save electricity and water. 
 
Stephane brings with him more than 30 years’ experience in various industries including many years of expertise in energy efficiency and ESCO activities. He came to the UAE in 2013 to found and manage Etihad ESCO, the Dubai Government Super ESCO, aiming to retrofit 30,000 buildings in Dubai. In 2017 he founded Wattaqa to provide strategic consultancy & advisory in energy efficiency and energy services in the Middle East region, and was also CEO of the Clean Energy Business Council, a non-profit organization fostering the development of clean energy in the MENA region. In 2018 he joined ENGIE Middle East, South & Central Asia, and Turkey as Head of Energy Efficiency where he created ENGIE’s ESCO activities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Ramiz Hamdan Alaileh

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Director - Abu Dhabi Department of Energy

Ramiz Hamdan Alaileh is the Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Director at the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy. He is responsible for driving policies, regulatory frameworks, and strategies to enable demand side management implementation and improve end-use efficiency for energy and water as well as enabling sustainability initiatives including alternative energy sources, electrification of transport, and energy-storage systems.

Previously, Ramiz was the Head of Powerwise at the Regulation & Supervision Bureau and earlier to that he was the Manager of Power Applications at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. His experience spans more than 15 years in the power utility sector operations, regulations and policy making.

Ramiz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (magna cum laude) from the American University of Sharjah-UAE, and a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology-USA. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Associated of Energy Engineers (AEE), and a founding member of the Academy of Regulatory Professionals.

Andrea Di Gregorio

Executive Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office (Reem) - Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

David Andrew Dunn

Projects Manager, Municipal Roads and Infrastructure - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Dr. Mohamed Dawoud

Advisor - Water Resources and Environment Quality - Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

Majid Ideisian

Project Manager - Financial Sustainability and Investment Department - UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Majid Ideisan is a specialized engineer in Sustainable and Renewable Energy systems, and a Certified Energy Manager by the Association of Energy Engineers. He is currently acting as a Project Manager at the Financial Sustainability and Investment Department at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure that is responsible of managing federal investments in the sectors of Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation and Housing. Such investment projects include the retrofit of federal assets to establish optimal energy efficiency through advanced technologies and sustainable sensor systems.

Shaikha Ahmad AlShaikh

Head of Technical Support Office - Dubai Municipality

Shaikha AlShaikh is a civil engineer with more than 6 years of experience working on infrastructure projects across the MENA region. She holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management, with a concentration on Total Quality Management from the British University in Dubai, and a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, with a minor in English Literature, from the American University of Sharjah. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Architecture and Sustainable Built Environment Program at the British University in Dubai. She started her career at MWH, Now part of Stantec in 2015, working on diverse water projects that range from master planning to detailed design and execution in the UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Mauritius and Libya as a civil engineer and project manager. In 2018, she moved to Dubai Municipality, and is currently the Head of Technical Support Office in the Drainage Projects Department. She has been part of the team working on strategic infrastructure projects which include the Dubai Deep Tunnel Stormwater System, as well as looking to implement initiatives that support the Dubai Demand-Side Management Strategy.

Ahmed Samir Elbermbali

Managing Director - Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) MENA

Ahmed Samir Elbermbali is the Managing Director of the MENA Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting clean energy and clean technologies and solutions MENA Region. CEBC provides a platform to further dialogue between the public and private sectors to develop much needed policy and regulation to help drive the implementation of clean energy across the MENA region. Ahmed joined CEBC in 2018 and the youngest Managing Director to hold this position in the history of CEBC.
 
He is very active in bringing together the industry stakeholders from across the private and public sectors in the different MENA countries together to accelerate the policy maturity for clean energy in the region.
 
His research interest are in the intersection between policy, technology and consumer behavior to accelerate the transition to clean energy and sustainable mobility sectors. Ahmed holds MBA in Sustainable Mobility management from the Technical University of Berlin.

Hassan Younes

Co-CEO and Founder - GRFN

Hassan Younes is the Co - CEO & Founder of grfn, a multi-disciplinary consultancy  and has over 15 years of extensive experience in the fields of Energy Efficiency, Design, Sustainability, and Project Execution and Management. Hassan has been involved in many high-end projects in the MENA region encompassing MEP designs, energy efficiency, commissioning management , sustainability and measurement and verification for new and existing buildings in the MENA region. He also was involved in energy and sustainability policy studies for many governmental entities in the GCC.  
 
He is a trainer for the ASHRAE Global Training Centre.  He is a trainer for the Association of energy engineers’ Certified Energy Manager ( CEM) course,  Energy Valuation Organization’s Certified Measurement Verification Professional (CMVP) course and the facilitator for the Emirates Green Building Council Building Retrofit Program. He is an appointed Consultant for ASHRAE 62.1 Standard and is a member of the training committee for the CMVP course. 
 
He is also the current ASHRAE Falcon Chapter president and on the technical committee and was the Vice Chair of CIBSE Regional Chapter. Hassan holds all the ASHRAE certifications.  

Nathan Hones

Chief Operating Officer / Partner - Carter Associates

Nathan is a project manager, development director & Partner at Carter Associates, a project consultancy and project management firm in Dubai.  Carter Associates works with asset owners and operators to identify opportunities for increasing efficiencies and revenue and decreasing costs and then project manage the implementation of those agreed strategies.  They have a specific expertise in hotel refurbishments, feasibility studies and capital development plans and have introduced a number of ESCOs into their projects.

Mais Kayed

Design Project Manager - Secret Gardens

Mais Kayed is an Architect with more than 6 years of experience in project coordination and conceptual schematic design to completion, including all stages from design to construction. Her background is in environmental design, sustainable indoor quality assessment and urban planning. She holds a Bachelors in Architecture, Masters in Sustainable Design of Built Environment, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Architecture and Sustainable Built Environment. 

Nandan Tavkar

Sr. Sustainability Engineer - BuroHappold Engineering

Ibrahim Ghosn

SVP - Operations for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi - Enova

Ibrahim joined Enova in January 2008 as Head of Engineering services to become Operations Manager and Director later on. He currently is SVP - Operations for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi (including Al Ain).

Ibrahim is an agile strategic leader with diversified experience in Engineering Consultancy, Operations and Maintenance and Facilities and Energy Management. Ibrahim offers the unique combination of hands-on administration that maximizes organizational effectiveness, operations-oriented leadership that ensures efficiency, and people-oriented guidance that yields productivity.

Ibrahim holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master degree in Engineering Management.

Rajmohan Govindarajan

Manager – Building Systems and Solutions - Armstrong Fluid Technology

Nilesh Deshpande

Sustainability Manager - KEO International Consultants

Nilesh Deshpande, KEO’s Buildings’ Energy specialist, has 15 years of experience in sustainable building services, specializing in energy modelling and advanced computational simulation, energy audits, energy management, HVAC optimization design, fundamental and enhanced commissioning evaluation, demand-side management (DSM) practices and integration of renewable energy into the built environment.
 
Nilesh has advised public and private entities on the technical delivery of their energy efficiency projects. He is also participating in energy efficiency retrofitting research in UAE in partnership with the public sector, academic and consultancy. 
 
Nilesh is a Certified Energy Manager by the AEE, an active member of ASHRAE and aims to delivering practical and cost-effective sustainable energy efficiency solutions towards decarbonization. 

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