Speakers

Khalid Al Qubaisi

Chief Executive Officer - Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES)

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.

Salwa Al Maflahi

Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility - Aldar Properties

Salwa Al Maflahi is the Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility at Aldar Properties. She is currently leading Aldar's Sustainability strategy and ensuring its integration across the Group’s activities.

She is also responsible for raising the company’s ESG Profile in the Middle East. While leading major sustainability initiatives in the company, such as the carbon neutral action plan.

Furthermore, Salwa leads the company's CSR efforts for the group. Partnering with entities to bring value and positive impact to the society and communities.

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.

Sayeeduddin Mohammed

Assistant Vice President – Energy Management - Aldar Properties PJSC

Sayeeduddin Mohammed is currently working as Assistant Vice President – Energy Management at Aldar Properties PJSC with responsibility for energy management projects across all Aldar properties.

Prior to joining Aldar, Sayeeduddin Mohammed worked in Facilities and Energy Management at several companies, including Enova Facilities Management, HNS and GECO. Notable is his seven years as Manager - Contracts for Enova Facilities Management.

Sayeeduddin Mohammed has recently completed his MBA from Edinburgh Business School / Heriott Watt University from 2019 – 2021, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Certified Energy Manager.

Dr. Selda Konukcu

Sr. Director - Honeywell Connected Enterprise

Dr. Selda Konukcu is the Honeywell Connected Building Business Leader for META region. She also serves as the Board Member of International Aviation Womens Association and Advisory Board member of the Emirates Aviation Business School. Selda has 18 years of global experience covering various roles in the defense, commercial aerospace, aviation and other industrial sectors.

Selda started her career as systems engineer working for the missile industry in Turkey. Following this, she joined Rolls Royce (RR) Plc Customer Business Leadership Program in the UK, where she served in various customer business management capacities in the UK, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Singapore. After RR, she joined GE Aviation as the Regional Sales Director based in the UAE where she worked on the sales of new engine and maintenance contracts for airlines. Following GE Aviation; Selda worked at Celebi Aviation where she led ground handling and cargo handling customer business including sales and commercial functions. In this role, she also delivered several investment programs in partnership with key airports in the region. She joined Honeywell as Regional Business Development Director in 2019 and now continues to lead the digital business of Honeywell in Building & Infrastructure medium.

Selda earned a BSc & MSc in Aerospace Engineering from METU; as well as an MSc in Information and Knowledge Management & PhD on Supply Chain Management from Loughborough University; and an MBA from INSEAD. Selda is a trained coach and mentor. She believes in the power of diversity and is committed to supporting gender equality in all aspects of life.
 

Corentin Soistier

Sustainability, Energy & Strategic Projects Senior Director - Honeywell Building Technologies, Middle East, Turkey, Africa

In this capacity, Corentin leads the development and execution of Honeywell Building Technologies’ Sustainability and Energy growth strategy for the META region.

Corentin brings extensive experience in leadership and management to Honeywell since he joined the company in March 2014. Prior to his current role, Corentin was the General Manager for Honeywell Building Management Systems where he led the development of the business for Middle East, Turkey, Africa. He also led Honeywell Building Technologies as Global Commercial Excellence Senior Director and Marketing Director for High Growth Regions. Here, Corentin was responsible for managing business operations, planning, investment and determining the overall growth strategy of the business in High Growth Regions including Latin America, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Corentin has more than 17 years of experience at multinational technology firms in Europe and the Gulf in various global and regional roles in marketing and business development positions. With a background in technology, Corentin has been executing operational strategies in emerging markets.

Corentin Soistier holds a Master’s degree in Business Intelligence from Ecole De Guerre Economique, Paris and a bachelor’s degree in Economy and Finance from Institut d’Etudes Politiques.

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.

Prabhu Ramachandran

Founder and CEO - Facilio

Prabhu Ramachandran is the founder and CEO of Facilio Inc. Facilio is an AI-driven property operations platform allows real estate owners to aggregate building data, optimize performance, and control portfolio operations - all from one place. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Padova, Dubai, Chennai & Singapore, Facilio is a global company backed by leading investors including Accel Partners and Tiger Global Management.
 
Prabhu’s career spans over 18 years of product, business, and customer experience focused on enterprise-scale software for IoT-based connected services, sustainable building solutions, and telecom network management. 
 
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he was the Director of WebNMS, the IoT division of Zoho Corporation. At Zoho, he was responsible for and directly oversaw strategy, innovation, product, marketing and revenue operations of end-to-end telecom and IoT building solutions that a number of enterprises rely on for connected services to this day.
 
Prabhu is an advisor and technical committee member at Net Zero Buildings of Indian Green Building Council and is known for helping, educating, and speaking at various events on improving operations and sustainable practices in real-estate. A pioneer in the field of SaaS and IoT, he strongly believes that technology can be leveraged to drive environmentally responsible facilities that create a positive impact in the world.

Kheira Anissa Tabet Aoul

Professor and Head of Architectural Engineering Department - United Arab Emirates University

Dr. Kheira Anissa Tabet Aoul is a sustainability professional, Architecture and Building Science Professor, and currently Head of the Architectural Engineering Department, at the United Arab Emirates University. She draws from 30 years of international academic and professional experience in USA, North Africa and the Middle East. She is engaged in education and practice-based research focusing on advancing the design and execution of a sustainable, socio-culturally sensitive built environment in hot climatic zones. High Performance buildings, building integration technology and human factors in the built environment are her major areas of expertise and research interest. In 2019, Prof. Tabet Aoul was appointed as Director of ZEMCH Network (www.ZEMCH.org) UAE regional center, and serving as the Chair of ZEMCH 2021 International Conference in UAE. She has a strong record of accomplishment in providing the necessary expertise in Sustainable Design and Green Building Practices, in both professional and educational environments.  Outcomes include extensive publications, Editorial roles, successful supervision of Masters and PhDs and leading major interdisciplinary consulting and research projects in UAE and internationally. Kheira holds a PhD in Building Science from Sheffield University (UK). She is a LEED Accredited Professional and Green Advantage Certified (USA).

Mays Kayed

Sustainability Manager - Royal Development Company

Mays 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

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. 

Yogesh Wasnik

Commercial Director - System & Services METAP - Signify

Sales &Marketing professional with over 18+ years of experience in Lighting Business out of which 3-4years in Project Management & Services Business, comprising of (Professional /Life Cycle / Managed). Extensive experience in fast growing ESCO Energy Performance Projects with good track records on AWARD & HANDING OVER of projects. Core expertise in Lighting Business Model & Project Management. Strategic thinker possesses excellent analytical, planning, problem solving, management and client relationship skills. End User Market approach. Driving the System & Services Business as Commercial Director -Sales for Metap region focusing on the Smart Connected IoT based lighting solutions through Interact software Platform.

 

Sagar Kulkarni

Managing Director - Consistent Engineering Consultants

Mr. Sagar Kulkarni is the Founder and Managing Director of Consistent Engineering Consultants and has extensive experience in HVACR arena. Mr. Sagar has worked in the MEP industry having over 27 years of experience in area of Design, Execution and supervision & has worked with top companies in the GCC region.

He possesses vast knowledge on Green Building practices, also implemented on projects, to create an environment that is resource efficient in terms of energy, water and materials while reducing building-related impacts on human health and the environment throughout the building’s lifecycle through better design alternatives leading to optimum construction,
operation and maintenance values.

Mr.Sagar has worked on multiple energy retrofit and energy audit projects since 2012 with clients from all sectors right from Government buildings, offices, hospitals, hotels, residential and commercial buildings. He has also been accredited with ASHRAE certification for Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP).

He has participated in various industry events as a speaker, panelist and moderator to discuss about technical, commercial and sustainable aspects along with future of Construction sector. He is keen in adopting new concepts and technologies and his expertise in construction sector has seen unique derivations in their projects which have resulted onto better performance, quality, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Mr. Sagar is avid reader and always keen to meet people to exchange the ideas, sharing knowledge and experience.

Saeed Al Lahham

Strategic Accounts Leader, LEED AP, PQP, PMP, CEM - Trane BVBA

Saeed has 25 years’ experience in air conditioning and refrigeration industry. His diversified experience in Canada and Middle East included Design and Project Management. He is LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and Pearl Qualified Professional. He joined Trane UAE in 2009 and since then he works with Design Engineers and Consultants to develop Innovative, Energy Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable solutions. His expertise includes non-conventional chilled water systems to reduce carbon footprint such as: Combined Cooling and Heating systems, Future Refrigerants with Lower GWP, and Thermal Storage Systems.

Ahmed Tantawi

Sales Manager - Energy & Performance Services - Siemens

Ahmed Tantawi is a Sales Manager at Siemens Middle East specialized on Energy and Performance Services with over 13 years of experience in HVAC, Controls and Energy efficiency. Ahmed Holds an MBA in business management and international business strategies from The University of Manchester.

Tony Owens

Building Services Technical Director - Cundall

Tony is a Building Services Technical Director at Cundall, having joined the Dubai office in 2014. He is a Design Engineer and Project Manager specialising in highly efficient and sustainable energy solutions including the use of renewable technologies. 
 
Tony has over 30 years’ experience working in consultancy and contracting, designing and delivering projects in the healthcare, commercial, retail, scientific, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors of the construction industry.

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