2018 Speakers

Maen Nimrawi

Maen Nimrawi, Projects Manager- Energy Management and Commissioning - KEO International Consultants


During his work experience in the Middle East, Maen managed and led over 80 projects in the field of energy management, performance contracting, green buildings and building commissioning. An engineer by training and MBA candidate armored with business and leadership skills toward delivering organisation’s value and targeted business growth.

Maen also is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) as well as a LEED AP

As a senior member of KEO International Consultant sustainability division; Maen is leading the energy management and commissioning services in the Gulf region in line with the overarching corporate vision toward diversifying the firm’s offering and create value through delivering profitable, viable and feasible niche services for potential clients and end-users. After achieving double-digit business growth since joining the firm; Maen is entitled to explore, develop and launch the portfolio-wide spectrum of smart (digitized) energy management and monitoring-based commissioning services as part of the future sustainability division offerings. Maen represented KEO as a Chairman and/or Speaker in various regional conferences, forums and exhibitions, In addition to effective participation represented in articles and blogs published in regional and international engineering journals and magazines.

Prior to KEO Maen managed the Energy Management Bureau at Schneider Electric, Saudi Arabia. In its first three years as a start-up division, the Energy Bureau contributed to generate revenue of 40 million Saudi Riyals in energy management services and cross selling of energy management solutions and products.  As part of Schneider Electric’s corporate sustainability milestones, Maen led the achievement of certifying Schneider Electric headquarter in Riyadh as the first ISO50001:2011 energy management system certified private building in the Kingdom.

Prior to joining Schneider, Maen was a Senior Energy Efficiency Auditor and LEED Project Manager at Energy Management Services International where he participated and managed turn-key projects of energy performance contracting services along with managing and delivering other energy auditing, energy value analysis and LEED certification projects. Currently, Maen is enrolled with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Manchester Business School. He has graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mechatronics Engineering from the Hashemite University in Jordan. 

Eng. Moataz Kurdi

Director of Maintenance & Utilities - Riyadh Airports Company (RAC)

I am an experienced Architect Engineer with proven managerial, leadership, and project directorship abilities, executing National projects and high impact initiatives in the Banking, Retail, and Front-line Government Services sectors.  Capitalizing on refined personal traits of creativity, endurance, integrity, empathy and teamwork to achieve remarkable results that are executed with high passion and grit, which have left visible prints and landmarks that are availed and observed in every region of the Kingdom by millions of people.
Key Career Achievements:
• Led the conceptualization, roll-out and design of the operating model for the Saudi Civil Affairs Modern Service Centers and the Ministry of Labor Job Placement Offices (TAQAT); opening over 60 centers in ten Administrative Regions across the kingdom within 30 months.
• Redesigned, developed, and operated the Passports Control Zone in Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport in terminals 1 & 2.
• Managed the operational transition between Ministry of Interior Civil Service Centers for Abshir and second party operators.

Charles Blaschke

Managing Director - Taka Solutions

Charles is the founder and CEO of Dubai based smart energy efficiency provider, Taka Solutions. He started the company in 2013 after working in the automotive, mining, industrial, and technology consulting industries with four years of building engineering experience since moving from Dubai in 2008. 

Charles and the company specialize in fully-financed, paid-from-savings Energy Performance Contracting efficiency projects. The goal is to help reduce 20% of the world's energy consumption using technology, finance and engineering, applying IoT, energy modeling, energy monitoring, asset management and BIM.

Fawaz Alharbi

Head of Master Planning & Project Development - Jeddah Economic Company - Kingdom Tower

Fawaz is an emerging planning professional with over 17 years of practical experience, his main focus areas include Design, Planning, Infrastructure, Leadership and Management roles. He was initially trained as an Architect and later as an Urban Planner, and has worked in both public and private sectors.

Now he works for one of the leading Urban Development companies in the region, Jeddah Economic Company. He joined the company back in 2012, responsible for the Master Plan of Jeddah Economic City. During this period Fawaz utilized his diverse experience and skills in current international best practice design and planning trends for optimal professional output.
His key role in the company is to manage the planning and design aspects of the development, including, Smart City Program, Market Studies, Traffic and Environmental Impact Studies and all the related aspects of the design and engineering progress of the development.
The development is envisioned as a world class modern landmark in the region, located at the shore of the Red Sea to the north of Jeddah. As a vibrant community on a land area of 530 ha, and made up of distinctive neighborhoods which include a commercial core of international businesses, finest lifestyle establishments, unique open spaces, diverse residential communities and one of the biggest man-made lake in the region. In addition, the development accommodates the World's Tallest Tower as the centerpiece of the development, Jeddah Tower.
Fawaz is a frequent keynote speaker on topics ranging from Smart Cities, Master Planning, Landscaping, Infrastructure, Mega Projects and Entertainment, 

He holds a B.S Degree in Architecture from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Mineral and a Master’s Degree in Community Planning and Economic Development from University of Cincinnati

Mohammad Tassi

Regional Vice Chair, ASHRAE CTTC RAL and Director of Facilities - KAPSARC

Mohammad has wide international expertise in Facilities Management, Construction Management, and Sustainability Management, as well as in MEP Utilities and Infrastructure Management. 
Moreover, he had a long pioneering path as a free-lance consultant, education lecturer, professional trainer, and public speaker mainly on LEED Certification and Sustainability Management fields. 
He has officially represented the country of Lebanon in many regional and international platforms.
Mohammad has a Master’s degree in Engineering Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the American University of Beirut (AUB). 
In his current position, as Director of Facilities Management at KAPSARC, Mohammad is leading a strategic senior team in handling Technical Services, Utilities and Infrastructure, Community Services, Event Management, Office Services, Contract and Finance Administration, as well as Quality and Performance Management on the entire KAPSARC Premises (include world-class prestigious LEED Certified facilities).

Ahmed Khoja (M.Sc. TUM)

Senior Researcher - Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS)

Ahmed is senior researcher and lecturer at the institute for building climatology at the Faculty of Architecture of Munich University of Applied Sciences. His research areas include Sustainable urban neighbourhoods, energy efficient retrofitting and zero energy developments. 
Ahmed is  involved in a number of national and international research projects, which focus on the smart, sustainable and energy efficient developments. Ahmed also work a sustainability consultant and was involved in assessing the sustainability performance of some Europe innovative projects, such as the Allianz Campus in Munich  , the REHAU head office in Vienna (both DGNB Platinum)  and the assessment of the sustainability performance of  the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup stadia. 
Ahmed  he holds Bachelor Degree in Architecture from King Abdul-Aziz University and Master’s Degree in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Construction from the Technical University of Munich, where he is also pursuing his Ph.D. degree 

Dr. Muhammad Asif

Associate Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering - King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, KSA

Dr Muhammad Asif is an Associate Professor in the Architectural Engineering Department at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) since 2013. He is Charted Engineer, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) 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 fulltime

faculty positions for over 10 years in British Universities.

He is regularly invited for teaching renewable and sustainable energy courses by various universities in

Germany, Spain, Austria and Turkey. His areas of research interest include renewable energy, sustainable buildings, energy conservation and management and life cycle assessment. He has authored over 50 research publications including a research monograph.

His publications are highly cited with one of his articles having received over 325 citations. His work has been referred 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 research project for the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).”

have following two topics I can present about and these fit with your 'Sustainability in the Built Environment' and 'Green Building' themes. I can select one of these.

• Design for Zero Energy Homes to Address Energy and Environmental Problems in KSA

• Potential for Rain Water Harvesting in KSA to Mitigate Water Scarcity and Flooding Problems

Francisco Ramalheira

Director – Business Development and Marketing - ENOVA

Having been with Enova since 2009, Francisco was appointed Business Development & Marketing Director in September 2017. With an extensive operational background in, and knowledge of, different business models, as well as a proven track record consolidating and developing business units, he is the perfect fit for this role.

Francisco was previously Director of Operations responsible for Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, a position that went beyond operational delivery, entailing the management of supporting functions and direct responsibility for the business units’ financial results and business development.

Francisco is knowledgeable about all building services, with a deep technical exposure and interest in energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, CHP and HVAC systems. This, along with his commercial acumen, has enabled him to support the successful implementation of Energy Performance Contracts. He has extensive experience in all building typologies and is acquainted with a variety of engineering disciplines and Green Building Certification tools. Francisco has been a built environmental professional throughout his career and has been involved in more than 200 projects in Europe, South America and the Middle East.

Abdulrahman Alsayari

Business Development Manager (Energy & Water Sector) - Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)

Abdulrahman Alsayari, Business Development Engineer – Energy Sector, Investment Attraction & Development at SAGIA
Abdulrahman Alsayari is the Business Development Engineer – Energy Sector at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) with responsibility for conducting competitive sector analysis, benchmarking, and market research to develop value propositions, road-map and sales strategy to secure new investment opportunities in the Energy Efficiency sector in Saudi Arabia. He provides support to energy services companies (ESCOs) to set-up their business in the Kingdom. 
He is also part of SAGIA Transformation Pioneers (STP), which is a program that attract and train high potential Saudi talents to help SAGIA to develop the investment sector in the Kingdom with regard to Vision 2030. 
Abdulrahman Alsayari received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Arkansas in the United States. His professional interests focus on sustainable energy, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and climate change. 

Mohammed Abdullah Quadri

Senior Project Architect - TYPSA

Mohammed Abdullah Quadri is a sustainability architect and currently working as a senior architect at TYPSA, and is founder of Green Architects network, having previously worked as job captain on major urban development projects like Jeddah airport, National guard hospital, Kingdom Tower and other mix-used developments.

He has incorporated a number of sustainable strategies to achieve quantifiable energy and water conservation in numerous small and large residential and industrial buildings in various countries including Cyprus, Dubai, India, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. 

He has a Master's in Sustainable Architecture and his experiences & network aids him implementing environmental initiatives in sundry projects to help reduce energy consumption and pollution production. 

He is an alternative energy blogger and He is a promoter of green energy and sustainable living.

Dr. Haitham. K. Bouzo

Chairman & CEO - SMS Social Medical Solidarity

Eng. Abdullateef Sami Al-Assafi

Manager of Operation & Planning at the Home of Innovation™ program - SABIC

“Eng. Abdullateef Sami Al-Assafi, Manager of Operation & Planning at the Home of Innovation™ program, SABIC.

12 years overall experience started on Oil & Gas field at Saudi Aramco for 3 years and 9 years on SABIC between different business units.

Francesco Lozupone

Project Manager - Sylvania Middle East

Lighting designer and Project manager with track record of ensuring projects are presented and delivered to the
highest quality, by effectively organizing, managing and utilizing all resources.
Experience on various large scale projects, producing and attending product and lighting solution
Actively involved in all aspects of the project life‐cycle including initial design, technical and commercial offers and
quality supervision during and after installation.
Studied lighting design as part of Master degree in Architecture and artificial and daylight design during the Msc in
Architecture Energy and Sustainability.

Dr Giancarlo Mangone

Principal, Symbiosis: Sustainable Design + Consulting and Master Urban Planner, - BuroHappold Engineering

Giancarlo Mangone, PhD, M. Arch., works on maximizing the sustainable performance of buildings, landscapes, and communities, both as a Master Urban Planner at Buro Happold and as Prinicipal of Symbiosis: Sustainable Design + Consulting, in close collaboration w/ municipalities, communities, and developers throughout the world.

Giancarlo's unique interdisciplinary + multiscalar social, economic, +technical infrastructure driven community development expertise, from the scale of buildings to cities+regions, is recognized internationally as pushing the boundaries of a project's social, economic, and ecological performance, and the ability of design to improve people's quality of life, through his development of award winning projects with deeply interdisciplinary and cutting edge project teams, such as experts in sustainable business development, psychology, public policy, + engineering, and invited collaborations with leading design + engineering firms, including Buro Happold, AECOM, Ken Yeang, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, William McDonough+ Partners, Transsolar, LOLA landscape architects, and Mecanoo.

Giancarlo is regularly invited to lecture + give workshops on his innovative work internationally, including the Canadian Museum of Nature, City of Jakarta, Institute of Sustainable Urbanism, University of Sydney, serve on technical committees of international sustainable city conferences, and participate as a Guest Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Guest Researcher at Delft University of Technology. His work + research is published internationally in peer reviewed academic journals and professional industry venues from diverse disciplines, and in books on cutting edge sustainability issues, such as a book chapter investigating the potential of designing urban nature to contribute to generating a circular economy in a forthcoming book for the Dutch national government.

Abdullatif Senan

Advisor and General Manager of Shared Services - Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Saudi Arabia

Eng. Abdul Latif bin Hamza Sinan

• Currently working as an advisor and GM of SSD in Ministry of Hajj &Umrah , before that he was a consultant for security, safety, operation and maintenance at the Ministry.

• He has worked in private business in last 18 years one of this experience  in Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for 12 years as Senior Engineer.

• Professionally: Engineering consultant, Health & Safety expert, training and PTP specialist in Canadian global center.

• Education: Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering

, graduated of an OSHA academic And the Entrepreneurs Program in UQU

• He holds a patent and a number of awards , The most prominent awards are the Gulf Engineering Union Award for Creators and Inventors and the Engineering Excellence Award of 2017

• He has a number of literature in the field of specialization and is registered in the Golden Register of the Saudi Organization of Engineers.

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