2023 Strategic Summit Agenda will be Released soon!

Committed to driving the discussion and providing a global platform to determine shared solutions and strategies that will shape the future of the green hydrogen industry, the conference comprises ministerial sessions, global Leadership Panels & C-Suite dialogues.

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2022 AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

30 March 2022

DAY - 1

Morning Session-Regional Focus & Market Outlook

09:20 - 09:25 (5 mins)

WELCOME ADDRESS BY LEADER ASSOCIATES

09:25 - 09:30 (5 mins)

OPENING ADDRESS BY MESIA

Romain RICHE

Head of Asset Management, Operations, and Maintenance

EDF Renouvelables

09:30 - 09:45 (15 mins)

KEYNOTE : Creating Supportive Regulatory Landscape & Legal Frameworks for the Solar Industry

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, countries have advanced in reaching their renewable energy targets with more renewable projects coming online this year. In this opening session, key renewable policymakers from the region’s major markets will be invited to explain the renewable policies in their countries.

Rasmi Hamzeh

Executive Director, Jordan Renewable Energy Fund (JREEEF)

Ministry Of Energy & Mineral Resources

09:45 - 10:35 (50 mins)

PANEL : C-suite Panel: Status and Prospects of MENA Region’s Booming Solar PV Market

In this panel discussion, You can hear various voices from the leading utility-scale players through the whole solar PV industry chain of MENA region to discuss on the landscape, market outlook, financing & investment trends and estimated effects of latest policies & regulations on the industry growth.

Moderator :

Vahid Fotuhi

Senior Advisor

Apricum

Panelists :

Jose Barragan

Vice President Renewable

ACWA Power

Waleed Alhallaj

Business Development Manager

Jinko Solar

Christopher M. Cantelmi

Princial

International Finace Corporation (IFC)

10:35 - 11:15 (40 mins)

TEA BREAK & EXHIBITION TOUR

11:15 - 12:05 (50 mins)

PANEL : Towards Sustainability: Accelerating the Development of Solar Energy Across MENA Region

The MENA region is steadily adding more renewable energy projects to meet the countries’ targets included in their energy transition strategies. This session will gather leading market players to understand what projects they are planning, upcoming opportunities for partnerships and review the latest initiative.

Moderator :

Yasser Riad

Partner

White & Case

Panelists :

Suresh Bhaskar

Managing Director Renewables Business Development

Engie

Francois Dao

Vice President, Middle East & Africa

EDF Renewables

Andy Biffen

Capacity Procurement Director

EWEC

Ankit Jain

Executive Director and Head of Renewables

Aljomaih Energy & Water Co

Afternoon Session

14:00 - 14:50 (50 mins)

PANEL : Navigating Bankability: Financing MENA Regions’ Solar Projects in 2022

  • Learn What most common funding strategies are being used in the MENA region

  • Understand the biggest risks to financing in the MENA region’s solar industry

  • Learn what the most popular solar-financing models and de-risking strategy are

  • Explore the the financing innovations that will be widely applied in MENA region

Moderator :

Nalin Nayyar

Chief Financial Officer

Yellow Door Energy

Panelists :

Aida Sitdikova

Director, Energy Eurasia, Middle East and Africa, Sustainable Infrastructure Group 

EBRD

Rabeaa Fattal

Head of Infrastructure Investment Platform

Swicorp

Rajesh Ramanathan

Head of Project Finance Unit - Corporate Banking

APICORP

Turan Caglayan

Head of Division, Infrastructure & Energy / Capital Markets

DEG

Claudio Pedretti

President

Alliance for Rural Electrification

14:50 - 15:10 (20 mins)

KEYNOTE : Integrating CSP as An Alternative Energy Source in MENA Region

Concentrated Solar Power presents several advantages compared to intermittent sources of renewable energy such as solar PV or wind. In MENA region, CSP towers are considered to be more effective in areas exposed to high DNI and low humidity. In this session, leading player of CSP market will be include to share their stories.

Eng. Moza Mohammed AL-Neimi

Director of Productivity & Demand Management  Department

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure - UAE

15:10 - 15:30 (20 mins)

KEYNOTE : RAK Solar Program: Status and Opportunities

Andrea Di Gregorio

Executive Director

Ras Al Khaimah Municipality Department

15:30 - 15:50 (20 mins)

KEYNOTE : Sineng Inverter and Solution for Utility Scale Projects

Steven Chen

Sales Director- MEA & India

Sineng Electric Co., Ltd.

15:50 - 16:30 (60mins)

TEA BREAK & EXHIBITION TOUR

16:30 - 16:50 (20 mins)

KEYNOTE : Challenges and Opportunities of PV Modules in Desert Areas: Realibity and Performance Aspects.

Dr. Hamed Hanifi

Head of R&D and Technical Marketing

AE Solar

16:50 - 17:40 (50 mins)

PANEL : Stability&Profitabiliy: The Role of Energy Storage to Enhance Solar Projects

  • Main focus when designing a solar+storage site through to managing storage as an assets

  • Explore how the new division of operations and maintenance as it applies to storage projects

  • Understand how Energy Storage can help Solar Projects integrate into the grid in MENA region

  • Case studies where storage improves solar production in MENA region

Moderator :

Brendan Cronin

Director

AFRY Management Consulting

Panelists :

Nabih Cherradi

Chief Technology Officer

Desert Technologies

Mohammed Atif

Area Manager Middle East & Africa

DNV

Youssef Ammar

Hybrid Solutions Expert

Yellow Door Energy

Alfred Liu

MENA Sales Director

Jolywood

17:40 - 17:50 (10 mins)

CLOSING ADDRESS BY MESIA

Ahmed S Nada

President

MESIA

31 March 2022

DAY - 2

Morning Session

09:10 - 09:15 (5 mins)

OPENING ADDRESS

Laughlan Waterston

Managing Director | Head of Corporate & Structured Finance

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

09:15 - 10:15 (60 mins)

PANEL : Powering the Commercial & Industrial Sector with Solar PV in MENA Region

  • Opportunities and challenges of C&I PV in MENA region

  • How to maximize value for a C&I solar PV system

  • Learn the trending C&I business models & regulations

  • What is the effect of Covid-19 on C&I consumers and generators

Moderator :

Nabih Cherradi

Chief Technology Officer

Desert Technologies

Panelists :

Karim El-Jisr

Chief Sustainability Officer – Social

Diamond Developers

Jeremy Crane

CEO

Yellow Door Energy

Ivano Iannelli

Chief Sustainability Officer

Emirates Global Aluminium

Francois GANNEAU

Managing Director

Safeer

10:15 - 10:40 (25 mins)

KEYNOTE : NES Fircroft's Energy Transition Outlook Report

Daniel Brook

Head of Renewable Energy for the Middle East

NES Fircroft

10:40 - 11:00 (20 mins)

Boosting Solar Power Industry in MENA via Carbon Finance

Oğuz Tosun

Region Head - Turkey & MENA

EKI Energy Services Ltd.

11:00 - 11:30 (30 mins)

TEA BREAK & EXHIBITION TOUR

11:30 - 12:20 (50 mins)

Scaling Up the Deployment of Rooftop Solar in MENA Region

  • Learn the key regional policies, programs supporting RTS and its market statues

  • Key O&M consideration for Rooftop Solar Portfolios

  • Financing strategies to make Rooftop Solar more bankable

  • Understand the most popular business models that supports RTS in MENA

Moderator :

Mustapha Taoumi

Clean Energy Key Expert

EU-GCC Clean Energy Network

Panelists :

Laurent Longuet

CEO

SirajPower

Sabri Asfour

CEO

FAS Energy

Eng. Muayyad Almomani

Regional Manager Middle East

Solarity

Birjendra Sangwaiya

Sr. Vice President

M+ Solar by PETRONAS 

Afternoon Session

14:00 - 15:00 (60 mins)

PANEL : O&M Strategies: How to Boost Yields and Maximize the Profitability of Operational Solar Assets

  • Learn Inverter O&M strategies to ensure reliable assets

  • Understand which new technologies and data tools can help ensure performance optimization of solar plants

  • How O&M costs can be reduced through new maintenance improving technologies

Moderator :

Manoj Divakaran

Managing Director

Empereal Energy and Services

Panelists :

Omar Youssef

Senior O&M Manager

Scatec ASA

Romain RICHE

Head of Asset Management, O&M

EDF Renewables

Rouven Lenhar

Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing

Meteocontrol

David Elliot

Head of Solar - Europe

Black & Veatch

Nalin Sharma

VP Asia Pacific

Ecoppia

Dr. Keyur Gandhi

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

Apollo Energy Analytics Inc. (Helios IoT Systems Pvt Ltd.)

15:00 - 15:25 (25 mins)

Cleaning of Utility–Scale PV Plants, Using Robotic Systems

Konstantin Kastanis

Co-Founder and CEO

Solbotix

15:25 - 15:55 (30 mins)

TEA BREAK & EXHIBITION TOUR

15:55 - 16:45 (50 mins)

PANEL : Key Consideration for Risk Mitigation When Developing/Operating Solar Assets

  • What’s the key finical risks in the whole life-circle of your PV assets

  • Legal risk management issues in contracting solar resources

  • How to identify technology risks and develop effective strategies

Moderator :

Mhairi Main Garcia

Head of Energy, Transport & Infrastructure - Middle East

DENTONS

Panelists :

Joseph Abi Nader

Business Field Manager in MENA

TUV Rheinland

Mustapha Taoumi

Clean Energy Key Expert

EU-GCC Clean Energy Network

Daniel Calderon

CEO & Founder

Alcazar Energy

Santos García

Managing Director

Enertis Applus+

16:45 - 16:50 (5 mins)

CLOSING ADDRESS

Laughlan Waterston

Managing Director | Head of Corporate & Structured Finance

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation