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THE ARAB GREEN
Taking MENA Sustainability to New frontiers
Taking MENA Sustainability to New frontiers
Climate change is defying nature’s eternal principles and warming our planet. Nations are racing against time to reach the goals of Paris climate deal and transition to net zero by 2050, the deadline set to prevent the earth from warming beyond 1.5 deg C by the turn of this century. Climate risk is arguably the greatest risk facing humanity.
Global Economies have woken up albeit late to the fact that drastic actions need to be taken on a war footing in-order to avoid a climate change induced catastrophe. At the same time, they are under enormous pressure to delicately balance sustainability with economic and social priorities. The Challenges of balancing economic viability with environmentally sound and socially responsible business practices, have opened out dialogues involving Governments, International organizations, and Business leaders which in turn has led to a paradigm shift in the way this emergency is assimilated. It has moved from a simple understanding to conscious and Strategic Climate Action. Through the engines of Green Economy.
The MENA has demonstrated itself as an active crusader for Sustainability by slowly and steadily moving away from Oil based Economies towards tapping its renewable resources and positioning climate action as an integral part of growth plan. In addition, the MENA region has seen immense growth in mega sustainable development projects and Green Investments in the recent past. Projects like NEOM and Masdar City stand testimony to the immense potential MENA has in driving climate action, innovation and investments in the sustainability that includes critical sectors such as Energy, Transport, Buildings & Smart Cities, Industries etc.
This region is also considered a melting pot of innovation and policy action. The recently announced UAE strategic road map for 50 years only reinforces this notion further. The KEY principles etched in this document covering Institutional Frameworks, Human capital, Digital & Technological excellence, Human capital, and others are quite relevant for the region and hence have been well represented in this summit.
While the COP 26 to be held in Glasgow brought the nations together to accelerate actions towards Paris agreement goal, The Arab Green Summit intends to kickstart a series of intense deliberations around MENA’s Green efforts. The overarching driver for this summit is the thirst to bring about a transformation in the way Sustainability & Climate Action is being addressed and enhance the societal capacity to make this planet a better place. The fact that United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been selected to host the COP28 international climate conference in 2023 reflects the enormity of trust the world places on UAE and its leadership. TAGS is fully conscious of its role in this space. It is also planned to organize targeted masterclasses as parallel sessions to build up the capacity.
The time to unlock the latent talent of MENA is NOW by uniting commitment and convictions to a single cause. Dialogue and Innovation are the key to unlocking the potential of the MENA Region to become a Pioneer in the Sustainable Segment. The Arab Green Summit brings together the Stakeholders across the Arab region to discuss and discover the latest practices and creative solutions to incorporate sustainability in their Energy systems, achieve SDGs, explore Science based Targets (SBTs) and further spearhead Environment, Social and Governance (ESG). Last but not the least is the role Human Capital plays in the whole gamut of climate Action. TAGS would serve as a platform for climate champions to discuss, innovate, collaborate, and set the path for climate action through mitigation and adaptation.
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Consultants and Advisors to the Government, Green Projects, Utilities
Representatives from Municipalities and Regulatory bodies.
Senior Officials from Urban, Town and Country Planning Organizations
Senior Representatives of Smart City projects
Senior Representatives from Energy and Utility Companies (Electricity, Water and Waste)
Financial Institutions/ Banks/ Green Investment Bankers/ Venture Capitalists AI/IT/IOT heavy weights / Block chain / Data center
Senior officials from Transportation, heavy Industries, Shipping and Aviation sectors.
Specialist system integrators
International Environmental Institutions, NGOs
Representatives from Bi-lateral agencies (World Bank, ADB, UN etc.)
Research & Development Institutions
Startups, Innovators, and Incubators
Educational Institutes & Universities
Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, Water & Future Energy Affair, Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure
Through his role in the Ministry, he is leading the development of strategies and policies for the
Electricity & Water sector at the federal level and coordinates the sector’s efforts to achieve the UAE’s
2050 energy vision. Prior joining the Ministry, Eng. Yousif Al Ali was the Executive Director of Masdar
Clean Energy Unit, leading areas of investment, greenfield development, bidding, mergers & acquisitions, asset management and operations for local and global large-scale renewable energy
projects. Part of his role in Masdar was to oversee Masdar’s Energy Services activities, and its
growing portfolio of energy efficiency projects and off-grid renewable energy projects in the MENA
region and international markets. Eng. Yousif serves as a member in the board of Directors for the Federal Nuclear Regulation Authority and many other national and international companies like Shams Power Company, Jordan Wind Power Company (JWPC), Krnovo Green Energy (KGE) in Montenegor and Baynouna Solar Energy PSC. Prior to Joining Masdar, Eng. Al Ali worked as a plant Engineer for Abu Dhabi Polymers at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
A UAE national with 18 years of outstanding renewable energy and petrochemical industries experience in Masdar Clean Energy. Eng. Al Ali holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the IE Business School in Madrid, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from UAE University, in addition to being a certified Project Management Professional.
Group Chief Executive Officer, Mashreq
Ahmed Abdelaal is the CEO of Mashreq Bank Group, one of the UAE’s best performing banks for over five decades and a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and USA. The group incorporates local and overseas operations, Oman Insurance, Mashreq Capital, Mashreq Al Islami, Mashreq Securities, Shorouq Commodities Trading, Mindscape, Makaseb, Injaz and Osool finance. In his current role, Ahmed is committed to leading and delivering on the bank’s strategy and ensuring its growth trajectory.
As a banking professional with over 25 years of experience in progressively senior roles across banking verticals spanning international and regional banks, Ahmed possesses a proven track record of delivering strong results in the face of challenging environment and owns extensive experience in managing senior teams across multi geographies as well as attracting, mentoring and retaining top talents.
He has widespread experience and exceptional financial acumen across banking products; covering a wide range of disciplines and hands-on knowledge of solutions in the areas of Corporate and Banking; including trade finance, contracting and real estate finance, payment and cash management, and also Investment Banking, including DCM, ECM, Project Finance and advisory, as well as Islamic banking, portfolio management, in addition to full familiarity with global markets products, structured trade and working capital solutions.
Head, Program Management and Marketing, Masdar
Steve Severance leads the Program Management and Marketing for Masdar City, a low-carbon sustainable city and clean-technology cluster in Abu Dhabi. He oversees numerous projects to ensure they meet program baselines that balance sustainability and economic requirements, as well as program controls guaranteeing each project meets sustainability, revenue, cost, and schedule targets. Additionally, Mr. Severance leads the development of the technology lines of business including district cooling, mobility, and smart city initiatives. He develops new business models, execution strategies and partnerships with leading global companies to implement the technology requirements.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Aramex International Limited
Mr. Hattar joined Aramex in 1991 as a Corporate IT Officer. In 2001 he was appointed as the Corporate Customer Relationship Manager and helped to
establish the team concept within Aramex. In 2006, he took on the role of Chief Projects Officer and helped in establishing the Sustainability team. He also led the
team that developed Aramex’s first Sustainability Report (2006), which is the first of its kind in the entire region. In 2010, Mr. Hattar spearheaded the team responsible for issuing Aramex’s first Carbon Footprint report.
As part of Aramex's contribution to the UN Global Compact initiative, Mr. Hattar was promoted to his current position as Chief Sustainability Officer in 2008, and since then, he leads the company’s ambitious Sustainability strategy aiming at building on the fully sustainable business model Aramex has. Through his current position, he established the Compliance team at Aramex and built the compliance
program for the company in-line with the highest international standards which allowed Aramex to comply with all its stakeholders’ compliance requirements.
Energy Transition Expert, Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure
Dipak Sakaria is the Energy Transition Expert at Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure UAE with the current responsibility of developing UAE’s National Hydrogen Strategy.
Prior to joining the Ministry of Energy, Dipak worked in the Upstream Strategy, Portfolio Management and EPC Project Management at several companies, including ADNOC, Qatar Petroleum and BP Norway. Notable is his 30 years with his last post as Vice President Upstream Strategy & Portfolio Management for ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company), UAE.
Dipak received his MSc. & BSc. in Offshore Structures & Aeronautical Engineering from Cranfield Institute of Technology UK & Queen Mary University of London respectively from 1981 to 1985.
Head of Sustainability & Business Excellence, Etihad Aviation Group
Mariam comes from a multidisciplinary background in renewable and nuclear energy, natural resource management, change management, and the management of technology and innovation. As head of Sustainability & Business Excellence in Etihad Aviation Group, she supported a pro-sustainability transformation within the organization, making it a thought leader in sustainable aviation focusing on cleaner fuels, operational efficiency and carbon offsets. She is an active sustainability expert serving taskforces within the GCAA, IATA and ICAO.
Head Of Sustainability Section Safety, Health & Environment Department General Directorate of Institutional Support Services, Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority
Chief Sustainability Officer Asia, Middle East and Africa Engie
With over 18 years of experience Daxita has established herself as a thought leader and an influencer in the sustainability sector. She is an advocate for environmental protection and climate change with a keen interest in developing real world strategies that balance the economy, society, and the environment. Daxita has leveraged the unique lessons she learned from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to drive change and improve sustainable growth. Her role as Chief Sustainability Officer at ENGIE AMEA, is aligned to implementing and driving solutions that promotes ENGIE’s Carbon Neutral vision as well as ensuring ENGIE’s active engagement with its local stakeholders and lobbying for climate action.
GM Application Engineering, GE Gas Power EMEA
Otmane Benamar is the General Manager of GE Gas Power’s Application Engineering organization in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He provides engineering leadership from project inception to contract award, supporting the regional sales team to deliver innovative, world-class technical solutions for customers’ power generation needs. Otmane helps to optimize GE equipment and plant configurations to enhance customer value, helping to bridge the gap between standard GE product offerings and specific
Otmane started his career in 1996 in Belfort, France, as an R&D engineer with European Gas Turbine, a business of GEC Alstom that was acquired by GE. In
2001, Otmane joined the Engineering Testing team in charge of the instrumentation, testing and data processing of NPIs. Since then, he has continued to move into progressively senior roles, taking on his current role in January 2022.
Otmane has a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Energy Optimization and Analysis Techniques from the Faculty of L. NEEL Science, Polytechnic Institute
of Sévenans and University of Haute Alsace in France. He is based in Dubai, UAE.
Head of Innovation & ESG, AECOM
Farah is an award-winning climate change strategist and Co Author of Middle East Regions first book on Net zero city. She has 20 years’ experience in the built environment gained in the US, UK, Southeast Asia and most recently the UAE.
Since arriving in Dubai in 2015, Farah has been steering sustainability and innovation agenda in the built environment across the Middle East. Her name is synonymous with implementable sustainability and energy strategies, and she has supported several iconic projects, including the Museum of the Future, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Bee’ah HQ in Sharjah and the Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion, to achieve their sustainability goals.
While based in the UK, Farah was heavily involved in creating the energy strategy for the country’s first zero-energy building, Ashmount Primary School, which won the 2015 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Sustainable Buildings Award.
As an innovator, Farah focuses on implementing best practices in the built environment by applying systems related to the Food-Energy-Water Nexus, biomimetics, the Five Capital model of Sustainability, Liveability, and Inclusive Innovation Frameworks, which will build the foundation of the cities and communities of the future.
Farah is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Chair of CIBSE’s UAE Chapter, LEED and WELL Accredited Professional and Verified Research Expert for the Dubai Future Foundation. Farah is an active advocate of STEM education for future generations.
Director of Studies, Research and Development, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
Naseebah Almarzooqi is the director of studies Research and Development in the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. She received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from UAE University and a Master's degree in Engineering system management from the American University of Sharjah.
With over 20 years of experience in the infrastructure sector, Nassebah's professional focuses are on achieving the UAE vision & National Agenda from a sustainability standpoint. She is leading the development of scientific studies, and research culture is a primary national target. Some of her successfully delivered projects include developing sustainability guidelines for roads and building projects throughout the UAE. Ongoing projects are developing sustainable guidelines for the operation and maintenance stages and developing a sustainable strategy for the inland transport sector. Nassebah is also leading the efforts in establishing the roadmap for Zero Carbon for All (ZCA) in the construction sector and sits as a member of the Global Infrastructure Hub.
Chief Commercial & Innovation Officer, AlSafwa Cement Company
Motaz has more than 15 years of experience in leading Organizational Transformation, Organizational Growth, Business Development, Commercial, Innovation, Supply Chain & Ecology spanned over different industries including petrochemicals & construction. Currently he is the Chief Commercial & Innovation Officer in AlSafwa Cement Company where he successfully led the innovation of more than 8 commercial products, five alternative fuel & raw materials initiatives in addition to carbon capture initiatives positioning AlSafwa as a pioneer in carbon circular economy & a role model in innovation among the heavy industries. He is a member of the National Committee of Cement Producers with the Ministry of Commerce & Trade.
Partner and CMO, SunMoney Solar Group
Zoltan is the co-owner and Chief Marketing Officer of SunMoney Solar Group. SunMoney is running the world’s biggest community solar power program bringing the renewable energy investment opportunity to small private investors globally since 2013. As a partner he is responsible for marketing, communication and business development in the group.
Zoltan is a visionary strategist and “playmaker” with two decades of experience in marketing and communication both as a corporate executive and as an entrepreneur. He started his professional career as a crisis correspondent covering stories in war and disaster torn areas of the world. That is when he started to pursue his passion for “saving the world”. He strongly believes that making the world a better place can be profitable too and that companies should focus on involving more and more people in the fight against climate change through their business models.
Director of Sustainability & CSR, Aldar Properties
Salwa Al Maflahi is the Director of Sustainability & CSR at Aldar Properties. In her current role, Salwa oversees the group-wide Sustainability and CSR strategies of Aldar Properties and ensures its integration across the Group’s activities worldwide, as part of its vision to become “a leading real estate developer and manager that creates memorable experiences and value for our customers and shareholders”. Currently Salwa’s is developing and driving the Net Zero Action Plan across Aldar’s different business units, raising the company’s Sustainability and ESG Profile in the Middle East and globally, and leading CSR efforts to bring value and impact to the communities.
Technical Advisor and Head of Sustainability Committee, Kuwait Water Association
Hebah Abbas is a playmaker and innovative technology and construction leader with more than 20 years of solid experience starting in the international telecom private sector, where she closed key Regional deals. She then transferred to the strategic public sector of education overseeing the cooperation between the Ministry of Education and the private sector in the form of EPC and PPP framework through multiple projects.
A graduate of Syracuse University, New York , Hebah is a lead team member in the Commissioning Authority for national educational facilities, a selected member of the Contracts Committee and Educational Facilities Inspection Committee within the division; where she streamlines technical specifications and contracts for national facilities and performs National Facilities Audit. Moreover, Hebah has been nominated to be a part of the official team following up the implementation of Kuwait's National Development Plan for the education sector.
A certified LEED (R) Green Associate TM and CIPM ™ Certified International Project Manager, Hebah Abbas is a pioneer in the sustainability and clean energy implementation projects, starting as Business Development Consultant in Life Energy in 2010. Some of her recent participation/nominations are: implementing solar panels and BMS in new school projects, selected by KFAS to attend the The Deployment of Renewables: Barriers, Options, and Lessons for the GCC workshop held by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Moreover, Hebah abbas was invited to attend multiple certified high level energy workshops in the UN House Kuwait, In order to formulate the Kuwait Energy Outlook (KEO). She is currently the Technical Advisor for Kuwait Water Association and the Head of Sustainability Committee.
Registrations / Networking
Green Mena Visions, Policies & Global Best Practices
Keynote: Innovation a key to deliver SDGs and Paris climate agreement
UAE has taken a quantum leap in sustainability by closely weaving the needs of the future generations with the threads of sustainability and economic aspirations. This journey has indeed been challenging for the nation as it set on the path of devising a series of strategic steps in this direction. Some important perspectives to be discussed include
Policies and frameworks are un evitable in shaping a nation’s path and sustainability is no different. Such policies should be region specific and be accompanied by well-defined frameworks that would support its implementation. This prominent subject is expected to cover
Environmental sustainability has leap frogged to a highly deliberated mainstream theme all across the globe while it is also challenged by the deficit in its understanding as well as the resources in hand. These render the implementation of policies extremely challenging for the region requiring an introspection of
Some nations have taken an astronomical step of creating Mega sustainability ventures/developments that are purported to be torch bearers in the net zero race. What exactly such a venture offers in terms of
Net zero economy on a broad scale requires a basket of technologies, skilled personnel, resources, policies and the right market. However, the basket is still rendered empty in the absence of a healthy collaboration between the stakeholders. This panel
The power sector has traditionally been extremely centralized with several countries still following a vertical monopoly model. While they have stood the test of time, rapid penetration of renewable energies and opening up this sector to private players is bound to bring a significant change to this model by elevating the role of a consumer to a prosumer.
MENA is witnessing a renewable energy transformation of unprecedented scale with several mega projects already implemented and several more in the pipeline. Solar energy has remained a vital ingredient in the above which is aided by the drop in the price of solar PVs. The last decade alone has witnessed a 90% drop in the price of PVs that it is able to stand tall and alone without the need for any subsidies.
Wind energy occupies a significant chunk of the global renewable energy mix amounting to approximately 7% next only to hydro. Wind turbines have been growing steadily in technology and size so much so that some of them can reach capacities as high as 15MW. Simultaneously their prices too have been witnessing a downward trend propped by technological advancements and increased efficiency levels.
Renewable energy is arguably the current buzz word in all global climate conferences. The world is pinning all its hopes on this magic energy source for guiding it all through its emission reduction path. However how would the world sustain in the absence of sunshine and wind? Energy storage is the solution.
Emissions from Industries especially the heavy ones such as steel, cement and chemicals are unique. They are considered to be hard to abate due to the process emissions as well as the high temperatures required for such processes. Key questions to be discussed are
Opening Remarks Day 2
Green cities (smart cities & communities)
Traditionally Urban Master Plans have been attempting to provide a conceptual blueprint to guide future growth and development. With a projected economic growth as the basis, it provided recommendations for various aspects such as roads, transport, utilities, waste, community facilities etc. However, this has completely changed to align with climate goals and this topic shall debate on
55% of the world's population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. This is bound to put enormous pressure on cities’ infrastructure necessitating for a city that is SMART in design and function. The topic covers
A net zero building should truly stand testimony to its claims! The need is to move from net zero design to net zero operation. Following subjects are to be deliberated:
Transportation is a with transportation sector being looked upon as
Shipping and Aviation pose major challenges to reducing emissions, due to their reliance on oil-based fuels. Although progress is being made on a limited scale, they appear to remain largely reliant on fossil fuels due to the large energy needed. This subject plan to tackle
This electrifying panel is going to delve into the origin of the term “SMART” in the context of the climate action and further attempts to answer the pressing topics such as
Wastewater is often an afterthought — flushed and forgotten — whether from household or commercial use. It receives a step motherly treatment in its perception and remedy. The 2017 United Nations’ Water Development Programme’s World Water Development Report (WWDR) – Wastewater: The Untapped Resource makes clear that we can no longer afford this disconnect. Apparently more than 80% of the world’s is released into the environment untreated posing a threat to mankind and aquatic eco systems. This subject is intended to
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), a well thought out strategy to promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources is crucial to maximize economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. This session would discuss a case study.
Sustainable waste management aims to keep materials in use for as long as possible and minimize the amount of solid waste that is disposed of in landfill or through incineration. However, the MENA region faces unsurmountable challenges in handling its waste due to several reasons. This session aims to discuss those in detail with the experts of the industry
Circular economy is much more than closing the traditional linear flow of raw materials. It goes beyond the notion that it is MERE recycling. It changes the way in which value is created and preserved, how production is made more sustainable and which business models are used. It attempts to nudge the market towards value preservation and this session will seek to clarify these principles in detail:
The International Energy Agency (IEA) considers Bioenergy as a versatile renewable energy source that can be used in all sectors, and it can often make use of existing transmission and distribution systems and end-user equipment. Similarly, E-fuels which are produced with the help of electricity from renewable energy sources, water and CO2 from the air, is an interesting emerging subject. This session would attempt to bring clarity on these subjects by discussing
This panel would deep dive into the factors that need to be considered in designing an effective waste management and disposal strategy, by sharing their best practices while cautioning the pitfalls of missing key considerations.
Opening Remarks Day 3
Green Technology Trends
Currently, 96 % of hydrogen is produced on a fossil basis (Grey hydrogen). Green hydrogen which is produced by splitting water by electrolysis (Using Renewable energy) is touted as a potential vehicle to help global economies to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and limit global temperature rises to 1.5C. This session plans to discuss the following
Often considered the last missing link to reach REAL Net Zero, CCUS has been witnessing several ups and downs in its journey. Notwithstanding the inhibitions, hesitations and animosities surrounding it, CCUS is still being pursued in several nations as a last resort to compensate for the emissions that cannot be abated.
Human Capital: The Hidden Gem In The Sustainability Journey
Achieving net zero target requires a paradigm shift in the way we have been dealing with our tried and tested energy systems. Recent inventions, innovations and technologies in materials science have paved the way for several path breaking materials that are not merely smart but sustainable too. Assimilating them across sectors brings about a drastic reduction to the energy demand and hence the associated emissions.
Role of Big Data and AI in climate change adaptation and mitigation
Blockchain is best known as the underlying technology behind digital currencies like bitcoin, but it is seen as a technology that has applications well beyond that. This session attempts to explore it further by directly addressing the following topics
With a portfolio and a very wide basket of technologies, knowledge, and resources available at our free disposal, how exactly to assimilate them to suit our specific requirement is a conundrum. Overdose Detox is the need of the hour and the energetic panel discusses several wide-ranging topics to reinforce the need for critical analysis and introspection prior to assimilation.
Start-up Success Story - Metamorphosis from a start up to an Establishment
To advance the global energy transformation investment in renewable energy needs to be scaled up significantly and urgently. Alongside Investment is greatly desired for climate adaptation as well ensuring that the world in general and MENA in particular in resilient to face the eventual outcome. The following topics gain relevance
Public-private partnership is undoubtedly one of the implementation methods of investment and delivery of public services. This has gained rapid recognition as nations fight to reduce emissions through clean energy technologies as well as supporting their socio-economic agenda.
Investors are increasingly applying Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors as part of their analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities. While this non-financial reporting helps to evaluate companies and countries on how far advanced, they are with sustainability and climate action, a big gap seems to be emerging between reporting and actual action.
While there is an obvious propensity towards sustainable investments, industrialists and entrepreneurs feel there are significant barriers to investing sustainably. Significant efforts are underway to alleviate these difficulties and make sustainable investments easier to comprehend for individual investors.
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