Ramiz Hamdan Ragheb 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.

 

Khalid Al Qubaisi

Chief Executive Officer - Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES)

David Andrew Dunn

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

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.

Eng. Mohamed Al Hadhrami

Energy & Water Efficiency Accelerators Directorate - Abu Dhabi Department of Energy

Eng. Mohamed Al Hadhrami is an Energy & Water Efficiency Regulations Senior Specialist at the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) – the entity responsible for enacting policies and regulations and develop strategies to ensure an effective energy transition that underpins Abu Dhabi’s sustainable growth, all while protecting our consumers and minimizing negative impact on our environment.

Mohamed’s role involves supporting water and energy efficiency programs, as well as developing and accelerating demand side management implementation plans, including behavioral and technical based programs, while ensuring  the achievement of  the saving targets of the Abu Dhabi demand side management Strategy 2030.

His experience spans over 14 years incorporating engineering, project management and regulatorily positions at Abu Dhabi Regulation and Supervision Bureau and Abu Dhabi Distribution Company.

Mohamed has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Science in Engineering Management.

 

Dr. Simon Miller

Government Regulatory Impact Specialist - Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC)

Dr. Miller joined the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council shortly after the Council’s formation in 2013.

He has led the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Government’s product conformity assessment and certification services, including the mechanisms by which the Government determines the impact of conformity assessment on the quality, safety and performance for products in the Emirate.

His work in pioneering the services and systems of assessment in a broad range of product fields relevant to public health, infrastructure, sustainability and emerging technologies is ensuring the quality of thousands of products from hundreds of companies throughout the GCC.

Musbah Abu Jarad

Executive Director - Procurement & Supply Chain - Provis

Musbah joined Provis in January 2021 as Executive Director of Supply Chain and Procurement along with being the Executive director of Business Excellence.

Prior to Provis, Musbah served as Senior Vice President of Corporate and Assets Management Procurement at Aldar Properties for two years. He previously held several roles at ADNOC during his seven-year tenure with the company, including leading the commercial team in the first international/ local company merge, ADNOC Drilling, leading the Drilling Services Contracts team at ADNOC Offshore, as well as leading the first integrated drilling contract in Abu Dhabi.

Musbah started his career in oil and gas as a wireline field engineer and gained experience working in different countries around the world, for the leading service contractor Schlumberger.

Musbah holds a Master’s Degree in Quality Management from the University of Wollongong in Dubai and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Sharjah.

 

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.

Suhaib Al Marzooqi

Head of Business Development - Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES)

With 16 years of experience, Suhaib is a seasoned professional with solid knowledge in the Energy and Transportation sectors in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In his current position as Head of Business Development for Abu Dhabi’s Super ESCO, Abu Dhabi energy Services (ADES), Suhaib oversees the company’s projects pipeline and growth opportunities. Prior to ADES, Suhaib worked on several transportation efficiency and pollution reduction programs. He also occupied senior managerial roles in Strategic Planning and Sustainability within government organizations in the Emirate. Suhaib holds a bachelor’s degree in Management of Information System, a master’s degree with Honors in Business Administration and is currently undergoing his Doctorate program in Energy Efficiency. He is also a certified CSR Practitioner.

Chris McCarthy

Group Head – Operational Risk and Sustainability - Aldar Education

Chris McCarthy is the Group Head of Operational Risk and Sustainability at Aldar Education with responsibility for leading the group strategy for risk reduction and ‘value add’ through the management of Operational Risk and Sustainability.

Prior to joining Aldar Education, Chris worked in the senior leadership teams of several multi-national companies, including Kraft Heinz Foods, Ball Corporation and Molson Coors .

Chris McCarthy received his degree in Health, Safety and Environmental Management from the University of the West of England, Bristol, from 2003 to 2007.

 

Ibrahim Ghosn

Senior Vice President – Operations - Enova

Having joined Enova as Head of Engineering Services in January 2008, Ibrahim is currently the Senior Vice President of Operations.

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 which yields productivity.

With optimized operation through a sustainable and innovative approach, Ibrahim plays a key role in the Operations team’s growth, while fostering commitment, trust, team spirit, and group identity.

Ibrahim is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Sanjeevv Bhatia

Chief Executive Officer - Netix Global

Born on 17 March and brought up in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sanjeevv Bhatia is an overachiever, award-winning overseas Indian nationalwho established high-tech R&D units featuring Manufacturing andMarketing within the EU, UAE and India.

CEO of Netix Global BV, ODS Global DMCC, Exenture Global andExenture Films & Entertainment, Managing Director and Partner ofTeknoware Middle East, Sanjeevv Bhatia is an established name, aforce behind an impressive portfolio of successful companies underthe umbrella of SB Group International.

Sanjeevv’s urge to address unmet needsthrough innovation has found expression in anarray of market leading ventures. His businessesvary from automation, life safety, security to thefood and pet food industry and also filmmaking.He has also produced a feature film in Indiawhich is soon to be released.

An MBA graduate from Southern NewHampshire University, specialised in Marketingand Finance, Sanjeev Bhatia believes thatperseverance and ethics are key elements to hissuccess. His career has now spanned over twodecades and is built on very diverse spaces yetvery similar ideas. He has sold everything frompens, tiles, cranes, mobiles, in film branding,roofs, shares, security cameras, fire alarms, anti-theft alarms, medical equipment to emergencylighting systems.

Sanjeevv encourages clarity, humour, candourand focuses more on people and partnershipsrather than tradition itself. Having started veryyoung, he is grateful for the time he had to learn,to err and to correct; the very same roads, thevery same journeys and the very same processshall always continue to excite him.

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.

 

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.

Dustine Stanley

Chief Technology Officer - Netix Konnect

Dustine Stanley, Director - Technical & Operations (Europe) and Chief Technology Officer - Netix Konnect Al, ML Platform (Global) leads Netix’s long term vision of driving the digital transformation in an adaptive and not disruptive manner by delivering innovative, sustainable technologies and solutions.

Through the programs initiatives on the Netix Konnect and its R&D, the CTO in collaboration with business and technology leaders across the company, explores emerging technologies, assesses their impact on the organizations business, prototypes and evaluates new concepts, and recommends new strategies and solutions. Dustin is also responsible for the company’s industry standards engagements, global operations, Netix Konnect -AI Platform (SaaS) and technical community programs.

Dustine is a distinguished professional with
over 20 years of experience with a background in business development, technical management, and leadership. His career expands over several industries and has worked with key market leaders across multiple sectors such as industrial/process instrumentation, building automation, MEP construction, security & ELV systems, and real estate community and facilities management.

Prior to joining Netix, Dustine served as the Technical Manager for Emaar Community Management- (ECM).

As an AI certified professional for leaders and with specialization in automation, IoT and digital transformation, Dustine possesses key expertise across operations and project management of building management systems, loT platforms, Command Control Centers, and diverse ELV systems.

Abdullatif Albitawi

Director - Emirates Green Building Council

Abdullatif is the current Emirates Green Building Council Director.

He is a chemical engineer in background and holds an MSC in Energy Studies and one of the first qualified energy engineers in Jordan.

He is member in the Energy Institute and serves as the Honorary Vice Chair of the Middle East branch. He is also Specialist Fellow of the International Institute of risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and served in many positions in the institute.

Abdullatif has 22+ years of work experience in the pharmaceuticals, chemical and manufacturing industry in managerial and consultancy positions. He has a hands on experience in process technology and safety, energy and environment management, quality management & assurance, operations and engineering management and sustainability practices.   

Abdullatif is also a judge for number of international awards in energy and risk management.

 

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.

 

Mario Saab

Head of Sustainability MENA - Cundall

In early 2021, Mario joined Cundall as the Head of Sustainability MENA to shape the company’s business in the region as it rises to meet increased demand for sustainable and net zero carbon solutions. Mario has successfully directed turnkey high-profile projects across the MENA region including the Dubai Expo 2020 UAE Pavilion, SABIC HQs in Saudi Arabia, Meydan One Mall in Dubai, Bahrain Airport new terminal building, and the Lebanon Waterfront City.
 
Mario currently holds around fifteen years of diversified regional experience across various sectors including Low and Net Zero Carbon design and construction, project management, operations, planning, trainings and contracts administration. His passion for this field led him to acquire several international accreditations, notably being a USGBC Faculty, LEED AP, ESTIDAMA PQP, BREEAM International Assessor and GSAS Certified Green Professional.

Ahmed Al Najjar

Senior Market Assessment Specialist - Al Ain Distribution Company

Ahmed Al Najjar has over 15 years of professional experience offering advisory and management consulting in the energy sector. He’s been supporting federal and local governments across the Middle East and Africa on developing strategies and managing implementation of programs that address regulatory reforms, market transformation, and demand management. He’s currently working for Al Ain Distribution Company as Senior Market Assessment Specialist since 2020.

Yunusa Aminu

Director - IFM - Provis

Amer Bin Ahmed

Managing Director - Knauf Middle East

Amer Bin Ahmed is not only a name but a synonym often used for construction. With over 20 years of experience in the construction field he has received many awards and recognitions from the UAE government and prestigious organizations for his continuous contribution to the industry and innovation in the field.

From being recognized as “CEO of the Year” by a famous media group in 2016, to being a team player and winner with his plant workers for the Guinness World Record in the same year, the MIT educated visionary has a unique approach to business and life in general. He is someone who connects with people from all spheres and has been recognized by organizations and government bodies like Civil Defense, Municipality and Central Laboratory.

Sustainability has been an important aspect of Amer’s vision, not only for Knauf but also for the whole of Gulf region. This ranges from sourcing and producing locally to minimizing waste, he tries to incorporate these aspects into every stage of the supply chain and production process. For the same Knauf has also been recognized with the “Green Award” by the Ministry of Infrastructure in 2018. In 2019 and 2021, the same recognition was given with the prestigious “Manufacturer of the Year” award at The Transport & Logistics Middle East (TLME) Excellence Awards.

Part of Amer’s region as Managing Director of Knauf was also India. In this context, Amer is especially proud of the set-up of the first of its kind plaster mixing plant in a remote village in south India. With the shared knowledge from UAE, the facility has become ISO approved and up to international standards, even supplying to international markets. The special part about this facility is however that it uses as its raw material the waste of the adjoining salt pane and therefore is a completely sustainable product.

Back at the regional Knauf headquarter which is in the UAE, Amer has been the driving force in Knauf UAE achieving one of the most desired awards in the region as a manufacturer which is the “Made in UAE” award. Not only has Knauf received this award under his leadership but in 2019, but has also been only the second company in the whole of UAE to receive this “Made in UAE” mark. Owing to his contribution to UAE as a nation he was honored by being asked to serve as a Board Member for the Dubai Quality Group for the 2019 – 2021 term. Amer has since also been elected as a Board Member for the Emirates Green Building Council for the 2020 – 2021 term and reelected for the 2022 – 2023 term. His most recent achievement was at the prestigious “Construction Week Awards 2021” where he was awarded second place in the category “Construction Executive of the Year” for the Middle East from a large pool of shortlisted candidates.

Amer has not only interest in locally made products, but also in standards. He was the first who introduced ASTM to the region. He has since then relentlessly supported the promotion of ASTM in various endeavors. Amer made Knauf UAE a 100% ASTM approved company, the first of its kind in the region, but also globally within the Knauf group. For all his efforts and contribution throughout the years, he has been selected as a Board Member for ASTM International for the 2019 – 2021 tenure where he is actively involved to shape various standards globally. Amer was also part of the setup of the local ASTM chapter in 2019, the first of its kind outside the USA. In capacity as ASTM International Board Member, he has also been invited as guest speaker on conferences internationally to share his expertise. For 2022 – 2023 he has been appointed to be the F&A chair of ASTM International and is therefore part of the Executive Committee of ASTM International.

Amer is a people’s person who is trying to make the construction industry and the company he is leading a forum for innovation, learning, safety, and quality. With this he believes even the impossible becomes possible.

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.

 

Dr. Ioannis Spanos

Director of Sustainability - KEO International Consultants

Dr. Spanos is a consultant, professional engineer, and sustainability expert with 20 years of experience.

As a Director of Sustainability of KEO International Consultants, he provides professional consultancy and strategy-related services to government institutions, investment funds, developers, architects, and contractors.

His experience includes new low carbon developments, investment-grade audits of energy efficiency programs, smart sustainable strategies for large developments, and the delivery of sustainable real-estate assets, renewable energy, and urban development programs in MENA, the UK, Europe, and Africa.

His primary interest is in the implementation of added commercial value through client-focused sustainability, ESG, and Climate Change related decisions in the early stages of strategy development. He is currently working with some of the signature clients in the region.

Dr. Spanos is actively supporting academic research, regional Green Building Councils, and international professional bodies.

Rohan Chopra

Regional Head of Sales and Business Development, Energy Performance Services - UAE, Oman and Bahrain - Siemens

An experienced Sustainability professional working in the ESCO industry for over 12 years. Been a part of the Siemens Energy Performance & Services business since 2016, driving Sustainability and Digitalization in the Middle East region. Rohan follows a Consultative approach with the infrastructure developers and facility operators in the market, helping co-create strong Technical solutions backed with attractive Commercial models. He is heading the Business Development and Sales for the Sustainability portfolio of Siemens in the markets of UAE, Oman and Bahrain to support and facilitate the customers’ to drive their net zero initiatives.

Nadia Ibrahim

Sustainability Specialist - Farnek

Nadia Ibrahim is a sustainability specialist with over 15 years of experience in UAE. Qualified with Masters in Environmental Management she has wide experience in Environmental Assessments, Waste Management, Net Zero Consulting as well various other aspects in the sustainability consulting field. She is a Certified Green Globe Auditor which is the premier Sustainability Certification for the Travel & Hospitality Sector and had been driving sustainability in the tourism sector for many year. She is an accredited True Waste Auditor from USGBC and has qualifications in ISO Management Systems.

She is currently the Associate Director for Sustainability with Farnek Services, the leading facilities management company in UAE. In her role as Sustainability Lead in Farnek she is instrumental in driving innovative sustainability solutions and managing the entire sustainability business of the company including Energy Management, ESCO Projects, Sustainability certifications & Net Zero solutions for wide variety of organizations.

She has been featured as a Speaker for FM Expo and is a regular speaker in the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Networks and similar entities imparting her deep experience and sharing her knowledge  on various sustainability aspects.  
 

Tharun Thomas

Senior Commercial Manager - ENGIE Solutions Middle East

Highly skilled senior executive with 15+ years’ experience in Industrial/Building Automation, Energy Efficiency, Asset Management segments in the UAE and Gulf region. Experience in automation sales, energy efficiency program delivery, building customer relationships, developing, selling consulting solutions and managing complex client engagements. Actively involved in team mentoring, development and thought leadership. TEDX speaker and trainer at various industry events. Voted ‘Next Generation Personality of the year’ 2021 by Smart Built environment forum.

 

Husam Atef Mustafa Hammadeen

Head of Asset Management Unit - Emirates National School

Eng. Husam is the Head of Asset and Facilities Management at Emirates National School – Central Admin Department since 2015 with responsibility for planning, strategy and to ensure efficient management of assets and general services of ENS campuses across UAE. Manage, maintain and support the reliability of the systems, equipment, properties and assists in the facility management operation and cross functional departments

Eng. Husam also is a member of projects management committee at Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MOPA), which managing all schools projects belongs to MOPA across UAE from design stage till completion of the projects.

Prior to joining ENS, Mr. Husam worked as Project Manager in Secure Engineering which belongs to Abu Dhabi Police – Projects administration department , as well as FM Engineer in Genint for Etihad Airways Engineering facilities, Abu Dhabi, and before as Junior Electrical Engineer at National Electrical Power Company – Amman Jordan in the past decade before joining ENS in 2015.

Eng. Husam received Bachelors Degree in the field of Electrical Engineering from Yarmouk University in Jordan at 2011.

Eng. Husam has professional interests focus on improving the FM operations in alignment with Energy optimization and smoothen the processes, and his current projects include regulating energy and sustainable practices across all ENS campuses. In addition, Eng. Husam is a PMP certified professional from Sep 2021 and passionate towards improving the energy footprint of the entities of ENS across the UAE.