Hisham AlFouzan

Lead Engineer, SABIC’s Home of Innovation™

Hisham Al-Fouzan is a graduate from the University of Maryland Park with a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a minor in Project Management under SABIC scholarship program. Upon graduation, he worked with SABIC Innovate Plastics in Selkirk, NY, U.S.A in Reliability Engineering. Later, he was assigned as an electrical engineer in the Operation and Maintenance department for the SABIC Plastic Application Development Center (SPADC) where he led the electrical systems for the LEED Gold certified facility. He then moved to join the Home of Innovation™ project team and worked on design, construction, and commissioning of the first LEED platinum home in the Middle East leveraging more than 100 application of SABIC materials with 45 global leading companies .Upon project completion, Hisham continued within the Home of Innovation™ Team as a Lead Engineer.

Ali Al-Jassim

CEO, Etihad Energy Services

Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services and holder of both bachelors of science in Civil Engineering and Masters of business administration with honours, has 18 years of experience in leading roles delivering programs and projects. Ali held top positions in both public and private sector entities such as Head of follow-up and development office at the Dubai Municipality, Acting CEO & Director of Drivers Licensing at RTA and General Manager of Qeyadah Driving Solutions.

Francisco Silverio Marques

Director, Business Development & Marketing, Enova

With a double degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture, Francisco started his career as a Project Manager for several European architecture practices, where he designed high energy efficiency and environmental quality commercial, educational, technical and health related buildings, with a strong integration of technologies at an early stage of design. Francisco then joined Veolia in 2005 as a Project Manager on PPPs and PFIs, and later as a Strategic Accounts Manager on commercial accounts. Building Energy Services Director from 2010 to 2014, he was in charge of coordinating the design of Veolia’s offers on Building Energy Services and supporting the various BUs worldwide in implementing them. In this capacity, he played a key role in working with the Veolia teams around the world to design and implement the company’s Energy Performance offering for public and private buildings both at a strategic level and on specific sales proposals. He joined Enova in March 2014 as Business Development and Marketing Director with a commitment to develop the Energy Performance offering and support the company’s growth in the region

Maen Nimrawi

LEED AP CEM®- Senior Commissioning Engineer, KEO International Consultants

During his work experience in the Middle East, Al Nimrawi managed and led over 70 projects related to energy management, energy efficiency, green buildings and commissioning in the region. Licensed in multiple states across the U.S. and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) as well as a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP)

Maen Al-Nimrawi is now Projects Manager within The sustainability division of KEO Int.  Consultants; leading the sustainability/commissioning projects in the Gulf region by aligning the commissioning process to the best international standards and practices in this domain. Maen have facilitated a remarkable business growth since he joined the firm as part of his responsibilities for the business development of a specialized and top notch services in the market, represented in energy efficiency and management services and monitoring based commissioning as part of the digitization and internet of things (IoT); in lieu of developing business plans along with the tools, competencies and resources for executing and delivering such services in the region.

Maen represented KEO as a Chairman and Speaker in different conferences, forums and exhibitions within the region. In addition to effective participation through articles and extracts in different ruptured engineering magazines

Before that Al-Nimrawi was managing the Energy Management Bureau at Schneider Electric, Saudi Arabia. In this role, he led the energy bureau team toward achieving of key business goals and sustainability initiatives, both locally and worldwide. The energy bureau – considered as a starting business - within 2 years generated a revenue of 2 million Saudi Riyals represented in energy management services along with over 20 million Saudi Riyals represented in energy management solutions.    

As part of the Schneider Electric corporate sustainability milestones; Maen have led the achievement of certifying Schneider Electric headquarter in Riyadh as the first ISO50001:2011 energy management system certified private building in the kingdom; in order to demonstrate the energy management services as a viable business model in the Saudi market along with marketing Schneider Electric Solution and competencies in this filed.

Prior to joining Schneider, Al-Nimrawi gained experience in performance contracting domain as Senior Energy Efficiency Auditor and LEED Project Manager at Energy Management Services International. He was instrumental in aligning benchmarks of electrical designs to international coding standards. He also researched, implemented and commissioned energy conservation projects, measures and strategies.

Raed Bkayrat

VP Business Development – Middle East, First Solar

Dr. Raed Bkayrat is responsible for establishing and overseeing First Solar’s commercial footprint in the region, market setup, origination and strategy development for partnerships and project execution. 

With about 20 years of experience, Raed joins First Solar from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was responsible for creating the institution’s successful Industry Collaboration Program. During his four year stint at KAUST, he also created a demonstration and testing program for solar and other clean energy technologies, advised several Saudi governmental and industrial entities and mentored start up companies.

Prior to that he was part of successful Startups in O&G industry in California, and previously spent eight years in various roles at Siemens AG in Germany and the US. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan.  Raed is an expert on the technical and commercial values of integrated hybrid plants for power generation and water desalination. Raed has several issued patents and is an invited speaker on the topic of clean energy and sustainability.

Hassan Younes

Technical Director, Griffin Consultants

Hassan is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, a certified trainer by the Association of Energy Engineers for the CEM course, an appointed Consultant for the ASHRAE 62.1 Standard and the recipient of the prestigious Energy Professional of the Year 2015 for the Middle East region by the AEE in Orlando, Florida.

He also facilitates the Building Retrofit program in Dubai organized by the Emirates Green Building Council in collaboration with Masdar and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

Hassan is on the Boards of Governors of the local and regional chapters of ASHRAE and CIBSE, the internationally-adopted standardizing authorities based in the USA and UK respectively. In those capacities, Hassan works to promote the advancement and improvement of the regional construction industry by collaborating with industry professionals, academia, and governmental entities. He is currently the Chairman of the Industry Advisory Panel of the Herriot Watt Architectural and Engineering Program.

With extensive experience in engineering systems design, analysis and consulting and a passionate objective of raising the industry and sustainability standards in the region, Younes entered a partnership to establish Griffin Consultants where he is responsible for all technical and developmental aspects of the firm. Throughout his career, he was involved in the design of multiple high-end developments including retail, residential, commercial, and hospitality projects some of which are iconic in the Emirate of Dubai like The Beach (JBR) and City Walk. Hassan led and completed multiple energy audits with private and governmental entities and provided consultancy on various governmental energy efficiency programs.

Haytham Alodan

Assistant Research Professor, Industrial Development National Center - King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

Dr. Muhammad Asif

Associate Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

“Dr Muhammad Asif is an Associate Professor in the Architectural Engineering Department at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). He is Charted Engineer, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), Certified Energy Manager (AEE, USA) and Member of the Energy Institute (UK). He sits on several international forums including the accreditation panel of the Energy Institute. He completed PhD in Applied Energy Engineering from Edinburgh (UK) in 2002 and has held full-time faculty positions for over 10 years in British Universities. His areas of research interest include renewable energy, sustainable buildings, energy conservation and management and life cycle assessment. He has authored over 70 research publications including a research monograph. His work has been referred to in various European policy documents and directives. Dr Asif has supervised 8 PhD and 2 MPhil projects to successful completion. He is actively involved in academic and industrial collaborations. He has provided consultancy services to a number of prominent international organisations including European Commission, Nor-Dan (Norway) and BAE Systems (UK). He has also contributed to the Annual Strategic Studies for the Industry Collaboration Program of KAUST. Currently he is leading a large international consortium as the Principal Investigator on a large building energy modeling research project for the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).”

Stephane Le Gentil

Clean Energy Business Council, Wattaqa

Stephane le Gentil is Founder and CEO of Wattaqa since November 2016. Wattaqa provides consultancy, advisory and project management services in end-use energy efficiency, energy Demand Side Management (DSM) and ESCO (Energy Services) activities with a focus on the Middle East region. In 2013 Stephane came to Dubai to found and lead Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) as CEO. Etihad ESCO was setup under the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as the official government organization to reduce significantly the consumption of electricity and water in 30,000 existing buildings in Dubai. Prior to Etihad ESCO, Stephane spent many years at a leading global Energy Services company to build their European activities. Stephane serves as a member of the board at the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO) who owns the IPMVP and he is past Chairman of the European Association of Energy Service Companies, eu-ESCO.

Board representative, Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO)

Manoj Jayachandran

General Manager, GE Lighting

Wael Gad

CEO, Philips Lighting Saudi Arabia

Wael Gad joined Philips lighting Saudi Arabia on November, 2015 as Chief executive officer for Philips Lighting Saudi Arabia, JV consisting of a group of companies – Philips SLC, Nardeen and Inara.

Wael is a highly focused, dynamic and results-driven senior business leader with a progressive 20+ year career distinguished by exceptional business development and commercial success across a range of highly respected international companies. Wael has a successful track record in engineering start-ups and formulate successful change management & turnaround. He has been instrumental in managing complex business operations, driving company’s business vision towards successful market share, rapid growth and expansion

Prior to Philips lighting Saudi Arabia, wael worked for Microsoft in capacity of General Manager – KSA & Yemen (MDS), for Electrolux as EMEA Water Care Director and in several C level capacities.

Wael is also a member of several organizations such as the Secretary General, Brands Protection Group – Egypt, and the External Networking Committee Head, Egyptian Businessmen Association

Govindraj Rajmohan

Manager - Building Systems & Solutions - Middle East & Africa, Armstrong Fluid Technology

Mr. Rajmohan leads the Building Systems and Solutions Business for Armstrong Fluid Technology in Middle East and Africa.

He has 13 years of wide experience in the field of HVAC and Pumping. 

He is a Mechanical Engineer from PSG College of Engineering, India and has an MBA in Marketing Management from KSOU University, India.

He believes the key to future is in Integration of latest Selection, control and hydronic tools to achieve most cost effective building solutions and has been working in the industry to propagate those values.

Omar Al-Wakil

Branch Manager, Building Automation and Control Systems, Al Salem Johnson Controls

Stefano Martini

Managing Director, Quantum Eurostar Energy Solutions, QESCO – Dubai

Kankana Dubey

Senior Research Associate, KAPSARC

Kankana Dubey is a senior research associate at KAPSARC working on energy productivity in the GCC and on macroeconomic perspective of energy and economic development in India.

Her work focuses on energy productivity, energy efficiency,  economic growth  and developing energy policy tool kits for government action particularly in the building sector.  Kankana has an M.Sc. in Energy Management from the University of Stirling, UK.