Speakers

Abdellatif Senan

Minister Consultant for Operations, Maintenance, Safety & Security - Ministry of Hajj and Umra

Mohammad Tassi

Regional Vice Chair, ASHRAE and Director of Facilities - KAPSAR

Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Chief Executive Officer - Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC)

Dr. Raed Bkayrat is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC). Prior to CEBC, Dr. Bkayrat was the Vice President for Business Development for the ME region at First Solar, Dr. Bkayrat was responsible for establishing and overseeing First Solar’s commercial footprint in the region, market setup, origination and strategy development for partnerships and project execution.
 
Upon moving back to the ME in 2009, Raed joined the core team that built the Economic Development Division at 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 startup companies.
 
Prior to that, he was part of successful Startups in O&G industry in California, and previously spent nine years in various roles at Siemens AG in Germany and the US. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan, all in Electrical Engineering.

Mohammed AlHadlaq

Business Development Manager, Energy Sector - SAGIA

Saeed Al Abbar

Managing Director - AESG

Mohammed Hajjar

Founder & Business Transformation Thought-Leader - PURSŪ Consulting

Founder of PURSŪ Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in Business Transformation and Breakthrough ideas to commercialize innovation.

For over 25 years, he helped public and private organizations solve complex problems and transform into dynamic and forward looking entities. Mohammed has worked in the US, Canada and the Middle East where he helped international and local clients attain their strategic objectives.

He also advises CEOs and political Leaders, on strategy and policy matters aimed at improving the effectiveness of their organizations and impact of their social programs.

Mohammed has is author of the book “the art of designing a new business”.

Hassan Younes

Technical Director - Griffin Consultants

Stefano Martini

Managing Director - Quantum Eurostar

Rajmohan Govindarajan

Manager – Building Systems and Solutions - Armstrong Fluid Technology

Francisco Ramalheira

Business Development Director - Enova

Maen Nimrawi

Manager-Commissioning & Energy Management - 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.

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior Vice President, Operations & Development for Middle East, Africa & India - Swiss-Belhotel International

Laurent A. Voivenel is the Senior Vice President, Operations & Development for Middle East, Africa & India for Swiss-Belhotel International, spearheading the group’s expansion in the region. He holds over 30 years of extensive international hotel and asset management experience with some of the world’s leading and most prestigious hospitality brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Prior to joining Swiss-Belhotel, Laurent was the Chief Executive Officer of HMH – Hospitality Management Holding for over three and a half years and was the primary driving force behind repositioning HMH as the Middles East's largest and most credible operator in the dry segment while setting in motion aggressive expansion.
 
With a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), Laurent has a proven track record in areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions, hotel development and investment, multi-brand operations, as well as outstanding management experience across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Being based in the Middle East for the last 18 years, Laurent also has a deep understanding of the region's unique business dynamics and culture that has resulted in a solid network and close ties with hotel owners, developers and investors.

Mohamed Elnashaar

Director of Engineering - Radisson Blu

Hashim AbdulQader

Head of Engineering - Muhammad A. Al-Habib Real Estate

Nandan Tavkar

Sr. Sustainability Engineer - BuroHappold Engineering

Nandan Tavkar around 13 years of experience towards the implementation of sustainable solutions in the built environment. His current role involves initiating, executing, and project-managing engineering consultancy projects for Sustainability Management. Nandan's core expertise lies in energy efficiency, particularly through Net-Zero Energy Design and Construction, Commissioning, Energy Audits, and post occupancy Measurement and Verification.

With experience in the Design, Construction, and Operations phases of the building life-cycle, he now advises on how green buildings can aim for higher asset value, and how to choose the best suited features to meet business needs and human health needs while meeting or exceeding sustainability targets.
 

Mohamed Ali Shalan

Head of Technology - Aqarat Real Estate Development (Omar Kasem Alesayi Group)

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