Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, Clean Energy and Desalinated Water Affairs, Ministry of Energy, UAE
Fatima Al-Foora Al Shamsi is the Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity and Future Energy in the UAE Ministry of Energy. She has a rich background in many fields, from electrical engineering and renewables to business development and project management. She is a member of the UAE Board of Climate Change & Environment, as well as the board of directors of Emirate authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA). She is also the Head of the Emirates National Grid Planning and Operation Committee.
Water Networks/Pipelines Advisor, Directorate General of Projects, Public Authority for Electricity & Water, Government of Oman, Oman
Dr. Majed Subhi Abusharkh has a PhD in Water Resources and Hydraulics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Roorkee, India, he is working as Water Networks Design Expert at Public Authority of Electricity and Water, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. He was working as Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at College of Engineering and Architecture, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman. From 1991 up to 2010, he was working as Assistant and then as Associate Professor at the College of Engineering and Technology in Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU), Hebron-West Bank, Palestine. Dr. Abusharkh has over 20 years of experience in water resources and hydraulic engineering, teaching, research and consulting He is specialized in the analysis and design of water distribution and wastewater collection systems. He Authored a number of technical papers in the field of water and wastewater. His research interest is in the area of water resources planning and management, water and wastewater treatment, surface and subsurface hydrology, GIS application in hydrology, water demand management.
Advisor - Water Resources, Environment Quality Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Head of Water Strategy Section, The Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Jordan
Thair Al-Momani began his career at Jordan University’s Water and Environment Research and Study Center (WERSC) as a hydrogeologist for water assessment and evaluation during the period 1998–2004. He was involved in several projects that were implemented at WERSC. Thair was responsible for evaluating and assessing the water resources in terms of quality and quantity.
He then began working at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) at the Department of Groundwater Management and Protection. Thair was involved in many projects related to groundwater protection as a counterpart, and sometimes as a coordinator. Most of the projects were implemented under BGR supervision in order to assess and evaluate the groundwater resources as well as the delineation of groundwater protection zones.
Market Director - Water, Transportation & Infrastructure, Atkins Middle East & Africa, ATKINS , UAE
Francois is Atkins Middle East and Africa Water Market Director. Francois has over 9 years’ experience in the water industry, with strong project management background both in the Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa and South East Asia. As part of his experience prior to joining Atkins, Francois has worked 4 years in Riyadh, KSA, as part of the Veolia Senior Management team in charge of the Water and Wastewater operayions of Riyadh City Business Unit, on behalf of NWC. Francois has subsequently been Operations Director for Veolia Water in the Easter part of France. Francois has been leading the Networks/Infrastructure International team for Atkins UK & Europe for the past 4 years before relocating to the Middle East recently. Francois has been Project Manager or Project Director for many water supply and sanitation projects in Africa, Middle East and the UK.
Francois’s key areas of expertise include master planning water supply and wastewater, feasibility studies, project management, leakage management, operational and support planning and site investigations. Francois also has specialist experience in the data collection, site surveys and identification of all utilities and related water infrastructure in urban and rural areas.
Executive Director at TAQATI - Dubai Energy Efficiency Program, TAQATI, UAE
Aref is an Energy, Water, and Utilities expert with 18 years of North American, EU and GCC in management consulting, OEM, new business setup and stakeholder management within the conventional and renewable energy sector, Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency.
In his nearly 2 decades in the sector, Aref assumed key executive management and senior advisory roles within the public and private sectors at General Electric, Ernst & Young, A.T Kearney, ITT, Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, and currently as Managing Director of TAQATI, which is the newly setup entity at Etihad ESCO (wholly owned subsidiary of DEWA) mandated by Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to successfully implement the Demand Side Management Strategy (DSM 2030) of Dubai.
In the past 7 years, Aref has been focusing on Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management, Smart Grid and Smart City program design and development, strategic planning, policy design, business setup and turnaround, revenue generation, expansion and growth strategies, and new DSM initiatives introduction and commercialization mainly in GCC. He has consulted for key government and private clients in the region to help them design and roll-out energy efficiency programs, develop and implement strategic energy-related transformation plans, design their Smart Grid and Smart City programs and create an innovative culture for sustainability.
He holds an MBA from University of Texas, Post-MBA from McGill, Canada, and BE from the American University of Beirut. He resides with his family in Dubai since 2009.
Regional Development Director, Mott MacDonald, UAE
Christopher has over 25 years’ experience in project and programme management, PPP technical advice, project finance, procurement and risk management. He has worked across most sectors including infrastructure, oil and gas, water, environment and property. His technical specialism exists across property and project funding and in such sectors ascommercial development, masterplanning, retail, hospitality and facilities management.
MENA Regional Manager, World Green Building Council, UAE
A thrill seeking green global citizen; Mohammad, Chaired the WorldGBC MENA Network and the Jordan Green Building Council. He served as the Environment, Water and Energy Sector Lead at the USAID Jordan Economic Development Program. Mohammad, was appointed as an adviser to the Board of Trustees at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology, founded the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship and worked on developing the concept behind El Hassan Science City. He also worked at the Jordan Investment Board and served as a consultant for the UNDP, UNIDO, and USAID ‘s AMIR Program. He was appointed as a regional advisor to OECD’ s MENA Investment Program, chaired UNEP – SBCI’s Advocacy Committee and was a founding board member at Al Shajarah NGO. Mohammad has continuously maintained a presence in the business world through a fourth generation diversified family business.
Director ,Dept. of Studies & Research, Ministry of Electricity & Water
Eng. Suhaila Marafie is the director of the Department of Studies & Research & Planning, Ministry of Electricity & Water- Kuwait. She has 32 years of experience in different fields of energy, planning and R&D. She is responsible for long- and short-term planning by reflecting annual increase in demand.
Suhaila oversees the projects planned by housing authorities and industries related to future energy and water demand, and ensures that the building of new power stations and desalination plants are planned to avoid any shortage of power or water. She handles the development planning follow up system, which involves online data for all MEW Projects up to 2014 and 2015–2019. She is also in charge of Feasibility Studies for Renewable Energy Projects, and is a Committee Member with KISR – KFAS & KNPC for Renewable Energy.
Director, School of Engineering, RAK Research and Innovation Center
Mousa S. Mohsen is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is the Dean of School of Engineering at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. His published work exceeds sixty journal papers. He managed and coordinated several research projects funded by regional and international agencies such as European Commission, Middle Desalination Research Center and NATO Science for Peace programme.
Technical Manager, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE)
Executive Chairman, Tanqia
Mr. Elwan is the Chairman of Elwan Group, established in 1995 to develop, own, and operate infrastructure and real estate projects. To date, Elwan Group developed projects in power, wastewater, and real estate globally, totaling about US$ 3 billion.
Elwan Group is the major shareholder and manager of TANQIA, the first privately owned wastewater utility in UAE. It commenced operation in 2009. TANQIA received a number of awards by international institutions; namely, “Best Infrastructure Utility in UAE, 2015” and “Best Utility Management Team in the Middle East, 2016”.
Mr. Elwan held a number of senior executive positions during his 20-year tenure at the World Bank, spearheading the Bank’s private finance of infrastructure PPP. He successfully launched a number of firsts; i.e. the “Private Sector Energy Fund, Pakistan” raising US$ 600 million of long-term debt that generated US$ 2.6 billion in equity and commercial debt for new 3,000 MW; and the “ECO” to guarantee performance of host governments under concession agreements of PPPs.
Market Segment Manager – Industry, Georg Fischer Piping Systems Ltd
Siva Davamani is currently the Area Sales Manager- Industry at Georg Fischer Piping Systems (Switzerland) Ltd. In Dubai, UAE. Since 2008, he has maintained an active programme of research and consulting activities, with particular emphasis on water treatment and water resources management. He attended/conducted several training courses in Switzerland, Germany and India. He has published numerous research papers in international journals and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
Siva’s areas of expertise include technical sales/business development, evaluation and upgradation of water & wastewater treatment plants, plastic product development and design measurement and control systems for wastewater process plants. He graduated in instrumentation engineering, and received a Master’s degree in Power Systems from Anna University through a joint research programme with IIT, Chennai.
Commercial Manager – BESIX Concessions & Assets Business Unit, Besix Systems
Eryl Edwards (B.Eng, C.Eng) is a member of IDA and IWA, and is currently working as Commercial Manager at BESIX Concessions & Assets business unit. He is a Board Director on three concession-related reuse water companies in UAE (in which BESIX holds a significant stake). He is responsible for Strategy and Business Development in BESIX Concessions and Assets Business Unit.
Eryl arrived in UAE at the first signing of the Ajman Sewerage Concession in 2003. He has wide-ranging business experience in several business and contractual structures. Eryl has 25 years of international experience in the water sector, with particular emphasis on BOOT/PPPs in UAE, Egypt, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. Prior to joining BESIX Group Middle East, he worked as the Thames Water International Country Director in Asia and subsequently the Gulf States.
Kay Gunther Gabriel is a pioneer in ceramic flat membrane technology, and is recognised as a visionary manager for new developments and inventions. He established ceramic filters as the best available technology for challenging brackish water desalination in Saudi Arabia, and collaborated with leading ceramic suppliers to improve their products and international sales.
Kay founded his own company, Cerafiltec, in Dubai to ally with ceramic producers and project developers in new ventures for expanding global businesses. Owing to his dedication, ceramic flat membrane technology is set to emerge as a standard for all water applications, including seawater desalination and the harshest industrial wastewater treatment.