SPEAKERS - DAY 1
17 SEPTEMBER
THIERRY LEPERCQ
CHAIRMAN - SOLAIREDIRECT

Thierry Lepercq is the Chairman of Solairedirect. He is in charge of the solar power plant program and finance packages and contributes his expertise in the creation and development of technology sector businesses, financial engineering and partnership and merger negotiations. After a career in merchant banking specialising in the field of high-technology (Bankers Trust, Banque Arjil, Oddo), he founded NetsCapital, the first financial institution specialising in technology firms, in 1999. This was followed in 2003 by the creation of Novatio Partners, a specialist consultancy focusing on energy sector innovations. Most notably, he was responsible for coordinating the work of the Réseau Innovation Energie network which brought together top energy specialists and venture capitalists.

MICHAEL STERNER
PROFESSOR ENERGY STORAGE - TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF REGENSBURG

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Sterner works as professor for energy storage and renewable energy systems at the Technical University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg in Germany. He is teaching renewable energy, energy economics, solar energy, renewable energy integration and energy storage. Before he was head of energy systems and energy economy at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, were he invented a new storage technology together with colleagues: Power-to-Gas. Meanwhile, various industry companies like E-ON and Audi have adopted the concept and built demo plants in MW scale. 
He works for the German Electrotechnical Society (VDE), is a co-autor for the Special Report on Renewable Energy (SRREN) in IPCC and consulting the German government on the “Energiewende” – the transformation of energy systems. He is as well in the scientific committee of the Eurosolar IRES (Int. Renewable Energy Storage Conference) and the Energy Storage Conference Düsseldorf. 

BROWNING ROCKWELL
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - SAUDI ARABIA SOLAR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (SASIA)

Browning Rockwell has over 25 years of marketing and business development experience in international business and global trade transactions. His particular expertise lies in identifying and assembling key experts in deal negotiations, contract developments and strategic alliances. He possesses and in-depth knowledge and understanding of international business climate and customs with extensive travel and work experience throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.  Since 2005, he has been involved in developing solar energy projects in the MENA/GCC region. Browning Rockwell’s experience with renewable energy includes market entry strategy, government liaison, proposal development, partnership identification, project management, and solar advisory services.

EDWIN KOOT
CEO - SOLARPLAZA

Edwin Koot has been active in the Solar Energy business since 1994. Through his own companies Ekomation and Easysolar Edwin built up a lot of practical knowledge about the Dutch national situation and the international solar energy market. With the foundation of his company Solarplaza in 2004, Edwin started building a broad information platform focused on the international solar energy market and the expansion of his large network of contacts and relations. By organizing international conferences and trade missions to production facilities; publishing in-depth market reports and supporting businesses in finding valuable contacts, Solarplaza has positioned itself as an important player in the PV industry.

DR. IMTIAZ MAHTAB
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER - SASIA & EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT - AIR LIQUIDE MENA

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 High Technology startups in the region. Imtiaz has been actively involved over the last two years in the MENA region with the development of the Solar sector, and has been working very closely with various stakeholders (Regulators, Investors, OEMs, EPC, University, R&D..) in the region to forward the cause for Solar. As an expatriate executive, he has lived and worked in various countries in America, Europe, Asia/Pacific & the Middle East.  Imtiaz is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and has a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin in the USA.  He is currently based out of Dubai.

RAED AHMAD BKAYRAT
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SAUDI ARABIA - FIRST SOLAR

A Techno-Business developer with strong industry and academic background. Proven track record in different areas; from product/market development, system engineering, project management and R&D operations to leading multi tasked core teams crossing different organizational subsets.
Specialties: Power Systems; Variable Speed Drives and Power Electronics; Power Quality;  Alternative Energy; Solar and Wind; Application areas: Mining, Traction (Light Rail/Heavy Rail), Power conversion, Oil and Gas

SALEH A. ALSALEM
RENEWABLE ENERGY DIRECTOR - AL GIHAZ HOLDING

Saleh AlSalem is at Renewable Energy Director at Al Gihaz Holding. He is a chemical engineer and management professional, with 20 years of exceptional experience in driving business growth through strategic planning, as well as spearheading key partnerships and extensive business development for multimillion dollar projects specific to the Refining, petrochemical, and renewable energy sector.

MARIO ZEN
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR - ENERDYNAMIC

With 25+ years’ experience in worldwide Business Development, Mario has leaded and managed for eight straight years the developed and achievement of strategic partnership for a top five Chinese Leading Solar Manufacturer, named LDK Solar listed at NYSE.
Working directly with top European, North American and Indian Solar Industries, Projects Developers and Installers (EPC) on modules production and on Solar projects construction and investment across in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, USA, Belgium, Canada, India, China, South Africa he took an important role of the Renewable Energy development in the world.
Using his experience from the most mature Solar Energy Markets and Industry, Mario now has devoted his competence to develop a New Low Cost Sustainable Renewable Energy Solution for Africa. Generated by a Solar and Wind Hybrid Generator, the System is produced in Canada and deliver directly to the African Governments/Utilities with financial support of Canadian Government. The system is able to produce extra free energy in One Hour Only directly on site without any modification of the existing grid. 

SABRI ASFOUR
GENERAL MANAGER - SKYPOWER FAS ENERGY

Sabri Asfour is the general manager of FAS ENERGY SKY POWER. Sabir Asfour is a mechanical engineer with a strong management background. He established new divisions in different companies and is interested in Solar power industry and projects. Sabri is the manager of one of the biggest companies in the region for renewable enregy.

NOUR MOUSA
FOUNDER & CEO - DESERT TECHNOLOGIES

Nour Mousa is one of the founders of Desert Technologies and has been Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Prior to Desert Technologies, Nour was one of the founders of Soho Properties, a real estate developer in New York City. As Managing Partner, he was responsible for the strategic and financial operations, execution of large complex transactions, and the risk management of the company. 
From 1998 to 2003, Nour was an Executive Director at PiCorp Holding S.A.E., a multi-billion dollar group with investments in the real estate, tourism, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors. Nour planned, executed and managed five turnkey projects with PiCorp, including 10,000 housing units, two resorts and two industrial projects. He started his career working in the automotive industry, as a CKD engineer as part of a team at The Seoudi Group to launch Nissan Egypt and its distribution network.
Nour holds an Honours BA in Production Engineering from Helwan University and an MS in Industrial Engineering from the American University in Cairo. His charitable work includes the foundation and endowment of Park51, a non-profit Islamic Culture & Community Centre in lower Manhattan.

 

MOHAMMED ALMUDAIHEEM
OPERATION MANAGER - TAQNIA

Mohammed Al Mudaiheem graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Arizona in 2002, and received his MBA from London Business School in 2013. He started his professional career in Saudi Aramco's Riyadh Refinery where he worked as a maintenance engineer, Safety Compliance Team Leader, and finally senior supervisor of Maintenance Support unit reporting directly to the Maintenance Supt. He also participated in managing many planned/unplanned maintenance shutdown activities Mohammed Joined ACWA Power in 2011 where he worked as a project Field Engineer in two IPP projects, in Rabec’s 1300 MW and Qurayyah’s 4000 MW. He delivered papers and presentations in national and international conferences. He also launched many initiatives such as the smoking cessation program. Mohammed is currently the Operation manager of the Solar Systems unit in Taqnia.

 

THOMAS RILEY
SENIOR ADVISER INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT - BRIGHT SOURCE ENERGY

Ambassador Thomas Riley is the Senior Advisor, International Development, for BrightSource Energy. Ambassador Riley joined BrightSource in December 2011. He brings more than 25 years of experience in international business development and the technology and energy sectors to his role at BrightSource. Prior to BrightSource, he served as a senior vice president and managing director international for Savvis, Inc. From 2004-2009, Riley was the U.S. Ambassador to Morocco. King Mohammed VI awarded him the “Grand Cordon du Wissam al Alaoui” Order of Ouissam Alaouite. He also received the U.S. State Department’s 2009 Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service. Ambassador Riley is the holder of U.S. Patent #5,303,767: Method and System for Controlling Temperatures. Riley received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

AHMAD HAMDAN
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - SMA

Ahmad Hamdan started with SMA as a field engineer and was among the team that commissioned the 10 MW photovoltaic carport system in north park offices of Saudi Aramco in Dhahran. Ahmad had also commissioned Murawah Island PV plant which is the first PV-Diesel hybrid system to be installed in the Middle East. Ahmad is currently working as a business development manager for SMA in the Middle East. Ahmad had delivered several training on grid-connected and off-grid photovoltaic systems for different organizations in UAE, Saudi and Thailand. Ahmad has received his Master degree in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Bath, UK in 2007.

AMAAN LAFAYETTE
DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT KSA - EON

Amaan has been with EON and its predecessors for over 13 years holding roles within the UK Networks business, Eon New Build and Technology, EON Fleet and currently in EON Climate and Renewables.
With over 10 years of Renewables experience Amaan has worked in project development, research and development, infrastructure asset management, innovation and new market assessment & strategy.
Amaan Studied Mechanical Engineering at DeMontfort University in Leicester and holds an EMBA from the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin.

SPEAKERS - DAY 1
17 SEPTEMBER