Forum Day-1 - 30th April 2019

08:00 

Registration & Networking

08:45 

Inauguration by Chief Guest (To be confirmed) followed by Expo Tour

08:50 

Welcome Note – White Paper Summits

08:55

Opening Remarks from the Forum Chairperson

09:00

Opening Speech by the Forum Chief Guest
(Senior Stakeholder from REPDO / MEIM)

09:20

Keynote Speech
(Senior Stakeholder from REPDO / MEIM)

09:40

Panel Discussion: Policy Makers Session
Assessing the impact of Renewable Energy in the Middle East
• Energy planning in the Kingdom
• Current energy efficiency initiatives – Public policy
• A step towards reducing the Kingdom’s carbon footprint
Moderator:
Mustafa Ansari, Senior Economist, Apicorp
Panelists :
Faisal Rashid, Director, Demand Side Management, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Eng. Mohammed Dabbas, Minister’s Advisor for Energy Affairs
Ministry of Minerals and Resources, Jordan
Dr. Rasmi Hamzeh, Executive Director, Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund
Dr. Ahmed Badr, Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

10:20 Coffee Break and Networking Session

10:40

Egypt’s strategy for sustainable development 2030 and The Egyptian integrated
sustainable energy strategy for 2035
Dr. Ahmed Mohina, Undersecretary of State, Ministry Of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Egypt

11:00

Green energy financing in the Middle East
• Renewable energy financing models & funding strategies
• Notable funds and areas of investment
• Increasing investor confidence and decreasing investor risk
Dr. Ahmed Badr, Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

11:20

An overview of the Kuwait national energy outlook
Dr. Osamah Alsayegh, Executive Director, Energy & Building Research Center
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait

11:40

Effectively harnessing solar power in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; A SABIC perspective
• A bright future for energy diversification – CSP & PV
• Insights into SABIC renewable energy strategy
• How building the solar industry will help create local content and increase employment
opportunities
Dr. Pieter Smeets, Sr. Sustainability Engineer, SABIC

12:00 Dhuhr Prayer and Networking Coffee Break

12:40

Panel Discussion: Private sector; getting renewable energy into the energy mix
• Different mechanisms to procure renewable energy
• PPA’s, implications for developers and customers
• From land sourcing to grid connection: Entities the private sector needs to consider
Moderator:
Mustafa Ansari, Senior Economist, APICORP
Panelists:
Eng. Abdulla Al Subiae, General Director, Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy Association
Eng. Mohammed Dabbas, Minister’s Advisor for Energy Affairs
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan

13:20

The advantages of Renewable Energy Localization in the Middle East
Dr. Amin Al Yaqoub, CEO, The GCC Association for Renewable Energy and Sustainability (Green Gulf)
Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

13:40 Awards and Recognition

13:50 Closing remarks by the Forum Chairperson

13:55 Lunch and Networking Session

End of Forum Day 1

Forum Day- 2 - 1st May 2019

08:30 Registration & Networking

08:45 Welcome Note by White Paper Summits

08:55 Opening Remarks from the Forum Chairperson

09:00

Keynote: Harnessing the potential of Wind Energy
• Developing the wind energy industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
• A cost-effective solution to power generation
• How solar and wind can complement each other, resulting in a higher penetration of renewable
energy

09:20

Low carbon fuels; A sustainable energy source
• Reduced co2 and greenhouse gas emissions by utilising clean fuels
• Low carbon fuels for clean electricity generation
• Decarbonising the transportation sector and reduced environmental impact
Dr. Mani Sarathy, Associate Director, Clean Combustion Research Center
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

09:40

Addressing security vulnerabilities of renewable infrastructures
• Securing smart energy grids
• Threats posed by increased digitisation and interconnectivity
• Cyber security for renewable energy infrastructures

10:00 Coffee Break and Networking Session

10:30

Panel Discussion: Achieving near zero CO2 emissions through effective carbon capture,
utilization and storage
• Reducing the Kingdom’s carbon footprint through effective carbon capture
• Leveraging technology as a measure to reduce CO2 outputs from fossil fuels
• Carbon capture, a more effective measure to tackle climate change

11:20

Presentation by 247 Solar Inc.
Bruce Anderson, CEO, 247 Solar Inc.

Forum Day- 2 - 1st May 2019

11:30

Looking beyond conventional sources of sustainable energy in the Kingdom; Applications
and challenges
• Assessing the scope for Geothermal energy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
• Best practices in grid design: Beyond 20% of renewable energy in the energy mix
• Solar Power: A sustainable energy source for water desalination

11:50 Dhuhr Prayer and Coffee networking break

12:40

Assessing the potential for electric vehicles in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
• Reducing carbon emissions and air pollution through EV adoption
• Creating the infrastructure necessary to facilitate mass adoption
• Public policy, a key driver to stimulate the EV market

13:00

Energy storage in the Middle East
• Battery storage systems for large solar power plants
• Achieving energy independence through energy storage
• Emerging development and trends in energy storage

13:20 Awards and Recognition

13:30 Closing remarks by the Chairperson

13:35 Lunch and Networking Session

End of Forum