Our Board


Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al Midfa, Chairman

Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al Midfa is the Vice Chair Person of the Emirates Environmental Group. His previous roles include CEO of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, General Management positions at the Ministry of Environment in Qatar, and the National Evion Research Centre in Abu Dhabi where he was Head of International relations.   Mr….

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Hadi Tahboub, President

Proactive, diligent, result-oriented professional, extending accomplished experience of over 17 yrs across diverse Middle East, Asia, and Africa solar energy market sectors. Currently heading the Middle East & Africa office for SkyPower, Hadi is responsible for developing the Middle East Solar energy projects strategy for SkyPower from zero to project launch, as well as to…

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James Stewart, Vice-President

With a history of successful large retail, commercial and hotel project delivery as a Project Manager, Project Director and subsequently Board Member of two UK listed Companies, James is currently General Manager of ALEC Energy, the solar development division of the very successful large UAE contractor, ALEC. Over 25 years, having worked in South Africa,…

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Wim Alen, General Secretary

Wim Alen is Senior Vice President Business Development at ENGIE covering the Middle East, South & Central Asia, and Turkey (MESCAT). Wim started his career with KPMG and joined ENGIE in 2001. In 2006, he took up the position of Senior Financial Advisor and moved to Dubai in 2008 covering the Middle East, North Africa,…

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Karel De Winter, International development Director

Karel De Winter is currently the General Manager of Alsa Solar Systems Limited a 1st mover local Solar System integrator based in Abu Dhabi & Dubai, UAE. Part of an active group of young professionals active in the regional solar industry he has acquired >8 years of hands on field experience in ‘making solar happen”…

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Imad Maesalmani, Membership Director

Imad Meselmani started his career in solar PV in 2010 as the Marketing & Sales Manager for Power-One Inc, for the Middle East. Power-One was one of the largest solar inverter manufacturers world-wide. Throughout his experience, he had the opportunity to deal with various stakeholders in the solar space. From publicly owned utilities to privately…

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Gurmeet Kaur, Marketing-Communication

Gurmeet Kaur has been based in the region since 2007. She has advised a number of clients on renewable energy projects in the Middle East, including advising a developer on their bid for the 200MW DEWA solar IPP, advising various developers on the Dubai Shams program and a contractor on four round one projects in…

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Derek Kirton, Legal Director

Derek Kirton is a partner in the Dubai office of Chadbourne & Parke, one of the world’s leading law firms for renewable energy projects and has been working in Middle East’s energy sector for over 12 years.  His practice covers solar, wind, geothermal, coal-fired, gas-fired, water, wastewater, oil and gas and infrastructure projects across the…

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Mohammed Atif, Treasurer

Mohammed Atif is an economist with a strong background in infrastructure development, renewables economics and legal and regulatory frameworks. He has experience in economic and financial analysis, regulation and restructuring, and market design to encourage private sector participation. Mohammed Atif currently leads DNV GL’s energy business in Middle East & Africa as the Area Manager…

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Dr. Toufic Hawat , Research Director

With 25 years professional experience in solar measurement, study and design high-performance systems, fault tolerant and developing innovative scientific systems and participate in significant international projects, for the development and calibrations of atmospheric measurements sensors for space and ground instruments. Dr. Hawat holds many research award and fellowship in atmospheric physics with a portfolio of…

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