MESIA Solar Awards 2018

The Middle East Solar Awards is the industry’s premier awards ceremony. This annual event, now in its sixth edition, serves as a platform to recognize and celebrate exceptional talent and achievements in the MENA solar market. There are twelve awards categories and the application process is open to everyone.


Application Process
To apply, please complete the online entry form by clicking here. Please have all your project information ready before you start the process. In each case, your entry will consist of your answers to the following two questions:

  • What is your achievement? (150 words max.)
  • Provide a brief on project, design, localization of material if applicable….etc.  (150 words max.)
  • What is the impact of your achievement on the industry, segment or any key Solar initiative in the ME region. (150 words max.)

You are encouraged to select the best category which applies to your project/achievement. Multiple applications for the same project/achievement will be rendered void.


Selection Process
9 judges, drawn from across the industry, will evaluated each of the applications and select the winner for each of the 12 categories. The trophies will be handed out at a Gala Ceremony which will be held during the WFES.


Award Categories

  • Solar Entrepreneur of the year
  • Solar Roof-Top Project of the year
  • Large Scale Solar Project of the year (Project or developer)
  • Solar Innovation of the Year
  • Solar Value Chain Champion of the year (Non-Modules Supplier)
  • Storage project of the year (Battery / CSP)
  • Hybrid Project of the year
  • Corporate Solar Sustainability Program of the year
  • Advisor of the Year (Legal, Financial or Technical)
  • Best Technology on Display at WFES 2018
  • Solar Energy Picture of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award 



The deadline for submissions is December 17, 2017.

Award Winners
Woman of the Year
Imen Gherboudj

Imen Gherboudj, Senior Research Scientist, Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment, Masdar InstituteDr. Gherboudj is presently leading a research work on assessing and modelling the impact of dust on solar irradiance attenuation and soiling losses on PV panels.
Technology of the Year
NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions PTE

NOMADD, developed three years in Saudi desert conditions, is specifically designed to meet the biggest challenge facing the solar industry:  Dust on panels. They achieve better efficiency gains for an array in a dust storm, than the total of cell development in the last 20 years.  NOMADD are the ultimate innovation to increase efficiency of desert solar arrays, achieved by thinking outside the box. O&M is solar’s dirty little secret, and we are proud to take cleaning out of the risk equation.  They aim to facilitate the entire industry with this technology.
Commercial Advisor of the Year
IFC – International Finance Corporation

On 30 September 2014, the IFC signed financing packages worth $207.5 million to construct seven of the twelve first round solar PV power parks.  Each PV developer was too small to sustain the high transaction costs and long processing periods from many small clients. Therefore IFC aggregated all developers into a common platform where IFC’s clients benefit from a dedicated IFC team and reduced transaction costs. The packages support the Jordan’s small-scale solar PV projects, the largest in the Middle East that will boost power supplies in Jordan, where electricity demand is increasing at about 8% every year and also reduce Jordan’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.
Legal Advisor of the Year

Eversheds is advising on 8 out of the 10 solar projects in Jordan Round I.  This includes acting for Diamond Generating Europe on the 52MW Shams Ma’an project. They are currently advising Queen Alia International Airport on distributed energy/netmetering solutions. They have also advised on over 15 solar equity investments in the Middle East, helped government bodies such as DEWA, KACARE, SIDF, MEMR, applied international standards to ensure bankability and marketability and participated at board level on all the key associations ie MESIA, SASIA and EDAMA.
Regional Company of the Year

Established in Dubai in 2011, Access has grown to become one of the region’s leading commercial advisers and solar project developers in the Middle East and North Africa. Under the leadership of Reda El Chaar, Access has won high profile solar mandates across the region and has advised some of the world’s leading companies such as SunEdison, Abengoa, EDF EN, and First Solar. On the development side, Access has just been awarded a 10MW solar PV IPP project in Soroti, northern Uganda, by KfW and the Government of Uganda. Once completed in October 2015, this project will be the largest of its kind in East Africa. This strong growth, coupled with the development and roll-out of the Access Infra Africa development vehicle, has attracted significant international investments into Access. As a result, Access has grown its enterprise value to $100 million in less than 3 years of existence.
Utility Company of Year

Jordan is actively promoting the development of renewable energy. In this regard Jordan has adopted an ambitious target of 7% renewable energy in the primary energy mix by 2015 and 10% by 2020. NEPCO is responsible for the safe and economic operation of Jordan’s power system, constructing and maintaining its transmission network, purchasing electricity and selling it to distribution companies, procuring fuel for power plant, importing and exporting electricity with neighbouring countries, and contracting new generation capacity to meet the future demand.
Solar Initiative of the year
Lamyaa Abdel Hady Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity – Head

Eng. Lamyaa heads up Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and specifically the Ministry’s  “Central Unit for FIT” (CU), which receives the RFQ submissions, evaluates them and selects the winners. Eng. Lamyaa has been a champion of solar and has led Egypt’s efforts to embrace a FIT regime for the country. Her impact is clear: a 2,300MW solar FIT program, the largest of its kind in the MENA region. This will help stimulate the growth of solar power not just in Egypt but across the Middle East.
Woman of the Year
Michelle T. Davies Eversheds International – Partner

Michelle as a board member of MESIA and the strategic board of SASIA has built up and trained a team of 10 solar lawyers in UAE, Riyadh and Jordan ensuring that the Middle East has centres of excellence and solar clients have local expertise; advised clients on best delivery for solar and helped to network them; run over 30 bespoke workshops for clients i.e the Jordan Banking Association, the Jordan Chamber of Commerce , IFC, ACWA; organised conferences in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and assisted developing areas such as Jordan net metering/wheeling and UAE roof top solar.
Policymaker of the Year
Dr Hafez El-Salmawy Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (ERA) Managing Director

Prof. Hafez El-Salmawy, is the Managing Director of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (ERA). He worked as technical manager in the National Energy Conservation and Environment project (ECEP) and as a senior projects consultant for power generation companies including; ABB, ALSTOM Power and Waukesha (USA) engines, SDT Canada and Allied consultants. He is widely recognized as the “Godfather of Egypt’s solar FIT regime” that represents the largest of its kind in the MENA region: 2,300MW of solar PV and 2,000MW of wind project in the next 2 years alone that will create thousands of jobs in Egypt.  
Media Personality of the Year
Robin Mills Manaar Energy – Head of Consulting

Robin Mills is the Head of Consulting at Manaar Energy and is an expert on Middle East energy strategy and economics. He is a columnist on energy and environmental issues at The National, and comments widely on energy issues in the media, including the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Atlantic, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, Sky News and others. He has written extensively on solar power in the Middle East, including co-writing MESIA’s “Solar rooftop Report”. He is also the author of two books “The Myth of the Oil Crisis” and “Capturing Carbon”.
Solar Conference of The Year

In March 2014, over 400 solar delegates gathered in Dubai to debate, discuss and solve the current issues facing solar developers and EPC companies looking to get projects developed in the Middle East and North Africa. For the past 6 years, the top CSP and PV companies in the world have been attending MENASOL to meet the contacts essential for getting CSP and PV plants developed in the region. MENASOL brings together separate technology maps, best practice in plant construction and operation and a focus on the markets with real potential.
Project of the Year Enerwhere

Enerwhere provides solar hybrid power solutions to commercial and industrial clients in the Middle East and Africa on a rental and PPA basis. Enerwhere has developed a new generation of solar power plant that is 15-20% less expensive than for conventional power. It is also modular, scalable and easily transportable. The system seamlessly integrates with diesel generators and batteries to provide reliable, power 24/7 and is available through short-term rentals and longer-term PPA contracts. Enerwhere’s landmark project was developed for Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) to provide reliable power for its 20,000-strong workforce at Saadiyat Accommodation Village (SAV). In June, Enerwhere integrated a 200 kWp solar solution and reduced diesel capacity to 4.4 MW, equivalent to a 20% solar share in the lower load winter months.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jit chakravarty Engineering Manager, Alsa Solar Systems

Jit Chakravarty, the engineering manager of Alsa Solar Systems was beyond any doubt a solar pioneer in the UAE.A passionate solar engineer & solar pioneer. He was one of the most respected voices in the industry at a time were people for asking for an honest straightforward answer without side intentions. His approach, work ethic and his success culminated into several awards like “Solar Innovation of the year” in 2012 from Middle East Electricity for the implementation of Solar Pumping Systems in the UAE and “Specialist MEP company of the year” in 2013 by MEP magazine a true sign of recognition by his peers in the industry.
Utility Scale Solar Project
ACWA Power – UAE, Dubai

Senior Financing for Noor II and Noor III for CSP projects  Total of 1,600 MUSD Financing provided by MASEN  The loan is split in three tranches USD, EUR and MAD Financing concluded within four months which is extremely fast  Noor II and Noor III have been globally recognized as a benchmark for future CSP  MASEN planning to announce two new solar plants of 500 MW each  Noor II and Noor III will be the largest CSP solar complex in the world and will reduce the global cost curve by 3% Local procurement of the project is expected to stimulate development of Morocco’s industrial base, create jobs and bring socio-economic benefits.
Small scale project
MiccGreen Tec Solar Systems LLC – UAE, Dubai

• KHK Scaffolding Industries wanted to change their diesel generator run labour camp to solar to avoid noise and pollution. • MiccGreen Tec provided a solution which consisted of installing 56 kWp of PV solar panels, a 50 kW MICC and 228.6 kWh of battery storage • This project is also awarded as the Solar project of the year 2015 by Middle East Electricity and was covered in Major news papers • This is the first time in the world that a labour camp operates independently in off-grid mode completely on solar
Roof Top Solar Projects
MASE Energy – Jordan, Amman

The project consists of rooftop PV installs on 400 low-income households with a total capacity of 600 kWp and individual capacities ranging from 1kWp to 2 kWp installations The project, which is co-funded by Mercy Corps and the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources’ Fund for Renewable Energy & energy Efficiency (JREEEF), is being implemented in its totality by MASE, a full-service power systems provider. The project will result directly in capacity building, lowering or eliminate the electricity cost on up to 400 families (up to 1000 individuals)
Policy Maker
DEWA – UAE, Dubai

Significantly increased targets for solar in Dubai mix, from 1% to 7% by 2020 and from 5% to 15% by 2030. DEWA also signaled its strong commitment to these targets and moved towards their implementation plan securing extension of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which has now a planned capacity of 3,000MW by 2030. Launched in March 2015 the Shams Dubai initiative allowing customers to install PV panels at their premises and connect to DEWA’s grid under a net metering scheme. First such scheme in GCC, supports a number of policy objectives: a. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai Smart City vision; b. Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative; c. UAE agenda 2021 objectives to increases share of clean energy and improve air quality; d. DSCE ( Dubai Supreme Council of Energy) 2030 energy diversification strategy; e. DSCE carbon abatement strategy. The increased solar targets provide the industry certainty of a significant project pipeline in Dubai to 2030
Utility Company
DEWA – UAE, Dubai

2015 has been a defining year in DEWA’s accomplishments related to solar Increasing the target for renewable energy in the mix, from 1% to 7% by 2020 and from 5% to 15% by 2030, also extending the planned capacity at Solar Park to 3,000MW by 2030. Launching the Shams Dubai initiative, allowing customers to install solar PV at their premises connecting to DEWA’s grid under a net metering scheme. DEWA achievements are a game changer for the solar industry in the Middle East The continuous large scale IPP procurement and increased targets will ensure a significant pipeline of utility scale developments. The extremely competitive terms achieved in the PPA set a precedent that triggered increased interest towards solar by other regional utilities and Governments Shams Dubai fostered the development of rooftop solar in Dubai (~30 contractors enrolled, ~50 manufactured registered, a number of developers looking at the opportunity), and provides a blueprint for others to replicate in the region
Manufacturing Project
DUSOL Industries – UAE, Dubai

First and only PV modules manufacturing company that specializes in manufacturing PV modules in DUBAI Products are specifically designed for use in small off grid application with COMPLETE AUTOMATION Modules of sizes as low as 40W are made on machines that avoids human errors and assures highest quality and workmanship DUSOL, as made conscious effort to bridge the gap in quality between panels used in power plants and off grid small home systems
Solar Product Innovation
Pak Agro Tech – Pakistan, Islamabad

Have innovated PC pump for shallow depth Targeting farmers who are cultivating crops on water table less than 50 Feet depth in Punjab and KPK provinces in Pakistan Successful done test trails for Grid- Tie Systems for its execution in Pakistan have installed approx 300 Solar water pumps in the industry & installed Household Solar System including 1KVA to 50 KVA of different specification in the market
Solar System Innovation
GlassPoint Solar – USA, Fermont

GlassPoint’s innovation is unlocking new market opportunities for concentrated solar power (CSP) in heavy industrial markets, such as oil and gas The Middle East experiences high winds and soiling rates that can range from 10 to 30 times greater than in California and Europe To overcome this challenge, GlassPoint brought together a proven parabolic trough, a commercial greenhouse structure and standard oilfield components used in commercial EOR operations today The greenhouse structure reduces costs and improves performance The glasshouse protects the solar array from harsh desert conditions so lightweight and inexpensive components can be used inside
Commercial Consultant Advisor
KPMG Lower Gulf – UAE, Dubai

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has identified solar as an important part of its portfolio of energy generation. DEWA appointed KPMG lead advisory team The advisers were given a tight timeline of 12 months to help select the IPP developed and achieve financial closure Being the first IPP in Dubai, the 200MW DEWA Solar IPP Phase II project is the largest utility-scale solar plant in the world competitively tendered in a single phase, and the first and largest in the Middle East This project led to an announcement of several solar projects in the region and the DEWA project has become a globally recognized case study. DEWA too has launched an even more ambitious project for setting up of an 800 MW PV IPP project.
Solar Energy Picture
Enerwhere – UAE, Dubai

The picture was taken on the construction site of The Heart of Europe (THOE), one of the islands on the World islands in Dubai. Like most islands in the Middle East, power was initially supplied by diesel generators, at very high fuel, transportation and labor costs. The project was contracted and deployed within less than 3 months. Enerwhere offered The Heart of Europe a temporary power supply for its construction site on a monthly rental basis, and implemented a 25 kWp solar-battery hybrid system on Germany Island
Roof-Top solar Project of the Year
Relyon Solar

Project in Al Jurf Area of Ajman: 200Kw rooftop installation with a 600 KVAH storage. It is the first and the largest such installation in UAE commissioned in 2016 which can virtually run the complete manufacturing plant on either solar power and / or battery power.
Solar System innovation of the Year
Array Technologies

DuraTrack HZ v3 Load Mitigation Technology. By utilizing this load mitigation feature, it presents a self-sufficient power plant technology. It is designed to operate mechanically and doesn’t require power cables, trenches, monitoring or human interaction to facilitate its function.
Solar Entrepreneur of the Year
CEO of Enerwhere: Daniel Zywietz

Daniel created Enerwhere, a Dubai-based solar company providing innovative solar hybrid solutions for the construction, oil and gas, mining, logistics and manufacturing sectors across the Middle East & Africa. Enerwhere provides solar-hybrid power on contracts as short as 6 months and with zero capital investment from the customer.
Most innovative Technology on Display at Solar Expo 2017
DAS Energy GmbH

DAS Energy GmbH, an Austrian company, develops and produces non-glass photovoltaic modules. Due to module production based on woven fiberglass and silicon solar cells the modules are light, thin and flexible. This combination cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The unique properties of the DAS Energy modules can be both applied in the field of BIPV in modern architecture, as well as for mobile applications, such as in caravans, boats, golf carts and similar.
Financial Advisor of the Year
Synergy Consulting IFA

Synergy has been one of the leading financial advisor in solar sector with 19 ongoing / completed deals in 2016 in MENA region. Among which the two most prestigious transactions of the year: Infinity 50 in Egypt (the first Solar PV deal in Egypt to be financed on non-recourse basis) DEWA Phase III in UAE
Project of the Year
Sterling & Wilson

170 MW in Morocco under Noor PV 1 Program (70 MW NOOR Ouarzazate IV, 80 MW NOOR Laayoune & 20 MW NOOR Boujdour). The evaluation criterions based on which Sterling & Wilson was adjudged winner included, degree of technological innovation, pioneering characteristic, uniqueness, economic, environment and society benefits and proof of innovation, among other factors.
Regional Company of the Year
ACWA Power

In 2016: Noor-1 and Bokpoort (RSA) CSP projects became commercially operational Noor-2 and Noor-3 CSP projects, and Shuaa PV are under-construction Mafraq PV (Jordan) achieved dry financial close Noor PV1 was awarded
Solar Energy Picture of the Year
Steam generation plant at RAM Pharma (Jordan) / Industrial Solar GmbH

Picture presented by Martin Haagen, business Development MENA for Industrial Solar  
Bikesh Ogra
Solar Entrepreneur of the year

President & CEO, Renewable Energy Business, Sterling & Wilson
Jordan Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Fund
Solar Roof-Top Project of the year

Provide 100 schools with: Space Heating, replacing lighting system Retrofit, Solar Water Heaters ,Enhancing Buildings Energy Envelope and Solar PV rooftop systems. CO2 Reduction 1,310 Ton/Year
Large Scale Solar Project of the Year

Large Scale Solar Project of the Year was awarded to Marubeni Corporation with special mention to JinkoSolar who provided the solar panels for the project. The 1,177MW Sweihan Photovoltaic IPP Project is a 60 % owned by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority and 40% owned by the consortium of Marubeni Corporation and Jinko Solar and is the world’s largest single location Solar PV power plant. The project will also become one of the most cost-effective energy projects in the world, with Japanese Marubeni led consortium offering to provide electricity at the world’s lowest bid at a weighted cost of US 2.42 cents per kWh in September 2016. The consortium achieved Financial Close with mini perm financing in quick 4 months, in May 2017.
SMA Middle East Limited
Storage Project of the Year

The project is a PV-Diesel Hybrid project located in Bolivia. A 5 MWp PV plant + 2.2 MW Li-ion battery storage is connected to a 12 MW Genset plant consisting of 10 individual Gensets serving a local community with Residential, Commercial and Industrial applications.
Synergy Consulting Infrastructure and Financial Advisory Services Inc.
Advisor of the Year

Synergy is the leading financial advisor in solar sector with 19 transactions in 2017. Two landmark transactions: - DEWA Phase III - Egypt FiT programme, Round 2
Most Innovative Technology on Display at Solar Expo

Huawei with 27 years’ experience in the telecommunication world has delivered 22GW in 2016, of solar PV inverters of utility-scale plant, or rooftop project, combing PV technology with digital information and internet connections.
Hybrid Project of the year

Enerwhere has installed and is operating one of the largest off-grid solar-hybrid systems in the Middle East at Zaya Nurai’s five star island resort in Abu Dhabi. The solar plant produces 2,400 MWh/year, saving the resort approximately 1,800,000 AED/year and 5,656 tons of CO2
SMA Middle East Limited
Solar Innovation of the Year

The Sunny Tripower CORE1 which is a 50 KW inverter is the world’s first standing PV inverter optimized for usage with commercial rooftops.
Al-Babtain Power & Telecommunication Co
Solar Value Chain Champion of the Year

Al-Babtain is a key player in the renewable energy sector, Particularly CSP support steel structure components, collaborating with the Leading EPCs/Developers . Al-Babtain, position themselves as crucial part of the MENA Concentrated Solar power (CSP).
Corporate Solar Sustainability Program of the Year

K-Electric (KE) as the electric utility for the city of Karachi  has actively promoted the use of the solar technology to its consumers availing Energy Audit Services and on different consumer galas and business expositions. K-Electric also installed several solar system on its own building
Ghadir Shaar
Solar Energy Picture of the Year

Mohammed Ben Rashid Solar Park 1 during sun-set
Hadi Tahboub
Lifetime Achievement Award 

Previous President of MESIA.
Rund Awwad ‎

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Alternative Energy Project Company (KIPCO group)

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Hilal Al Ghaithi
Project Manager – Renewable Energy
ARE, Authority for Electricity Regulation

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Senior Director - Strategy & Planning
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Secretary General - Emirates Energy Award

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Eng. Lamya Youssef Abdel Hakim
Head Sector For Private Power Projects
& Head of Feed In Tariff Program
Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC)

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Vice President for Research, Professor of Practice
Masdar Institute

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Managing Partner
Saudi Arabia

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President & CEO
Chemical Development Co.
Saudi Arabia

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Vice President & Region Executive, Middle East
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Paul van Son
Country Chairman MENA & Turkey
Germany / UAE

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Michelle Davies
Membership Director

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Evangelos Lianos
Executive Director

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Ahmed Lootah
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Prime Minister's Office

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Imtiaz Mahtab
Vice-president and Programs Director

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Alice Cowman
CEBC (Clean Energy Business Council)

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CSP Today 
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Reza Sheybani
BPVA (British Photovoltaic Association)
London – UK

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Wouters LTD
Former Deputy Director General

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CEO – Founder

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Director Reference Projects
Desertech Industrial Initiative GmbH (Dii)
Germany / Jordan

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Zia Malik Rahim
Strategic Advisor to the Economic Development
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Saudi Arabia

Zia Malik Rahim is a Strategic Advisor to the Economic Development at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. He specialises in the solar sector from the vantage point of technology and commercialisation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   He has worked as the President and CEO of Zoom Diversified Inc from 2007 to 2008, and has served as the President and CEO of Princely S...
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Yara Anabtawi
Director – Business Development, Renewables
ACWA Power International (ACWA Power)
Saudi Arabia

Yara Anabtawi is Director - Business Development, Renewables at ACWA Power International (ACWA Power), a  leading developer, investor, co-owner and operator of plants with a generation portfolio of 15,731MW of power and 2.37million m3/day of desalinated water with an investment value in excess of USD 23 billion. With over 18 years of experience, Yara has been in various leadership roles coveri...
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Nimer Abu Ali
Executive Manager Cleantech
Ernst & Young

Nimer is the Leader of the Clean Technology sector for Ernst & Young in the Middle East and his portfolio includes Solar, Wind, Electrical Vehicles (E V), and green building.  He is an industrial Engineer combined with MBA finance.   Nimer has managed and completed more than 100 projects for many diverse clients in the government and private sectors in various fields such as tr...
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Logan Goldie-Scot
Analyst, Energy Smart Technologies, London office
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Logan is an analyst on the Energy Smart Technologies team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, focused on energy storage. He is also the Lead Analyst for the Middle East and North Africa, responsible for market analysis of the region including policy and regulation; economic and technology assessments; market sizing and market drivers. He was predominantly focused on the wind and solar sectors. &nb...
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Imtiaz Mahtab
Executive Vice President
Air Liquide Middle East and North Africa Electronics
UAE / Saudi Arabia

Imtiaz Mahtab is Executive Vice President of Air Liquide Middle East and North Africa Electronics, and executive member of its MENA management team. Imtiaz has over 17 years of senior leadership roles internationally in developing, managing as well as restructuring  businesses – in mainly Energy and High Technology  sectors.  He is also on the advisory board of various Renewable Energy and H...
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Grant Greatrex
Senior Partner
MaC Group

Grant Greatrex is the Senior Partner of MaC Group heading up the company’s renewable energy advisory division working with clients across the full value chain and with technology, industrial and IPP players, as well as with institutional investors.   Grant has over 25 years of experience in management consultancy with leading global firms. Over the past decade he has specialized in th...
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Dr. Eesa Mohammed Bastaki, Ph.D.
President, University of Dubai, Former CEO, ICT Fund
Recipient of Emirates for Sciences, Arts & Literature in 2009

Dr. Eesa Bastaki is President of the University of Dubai and former CEO of the ICT Fund where he actively led the effort to create an eco-system in the UAE ICT industry, by encouraging entrepreneurship, funding R&D projects and University scholarships and implementing ICT initiatives at the school level.   During his distinguished career he held many senior posts including Director ...
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