Advisory Board

H.E. Munther Mohammed bin Shekar Al Zaabi

Director General - Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

His Excellency Munther Mohammed bin Shekar is the Director General of Ras Al Khaimah Municipality since 2014. Under his leadership, the Municipality has undergone an important transformation towards digitisation and smart services, has achieved higher integration of its departments and has expanded its scope into the field of energy sustainability. In order to ensure the most advanced municipal services to residents and businesses, Munther made significant steps towards strengthening and developing cooperation avenues with other leading entities in the government and the private sector.

Before joining the Municipality, Munther took senior management positions at Etisalat, Emirates Post and in the Office of the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. His areas of responsibility in those positions included customer service, logistic operations and corporate communications respectively.

Munther is a graduate from the College of Literature, and believes in the principles of teamwork, creativity and continuous improvement.

 

H.E. Esmaeel Hassan AlBlooshi

General Manager - Ras Al Khaimah Transport Authority

  • General Manager - RAKTA
  • Certified Youth Leader - UAE
  • Master’s in engineering management - UOWD
  • Civil Engineer - AUS
  • More than 10 international and local Rewards with RTA
KEY SYSTEMS EXPERT
  • DGEP Dubai Government Excellence Program
  • 4 General 4G
  • EFQM Global Excellence Model
  • ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • OSHAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System
  • ISO 14001 Environment Management System
  • ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System
  • ISO 31000 Risk Management System
REWARDS & ACHIEVEMENT
  • UAE Ideas 2015
  • Arabic Ideas 2015
  • Excellence Award of Best Taxi Companies 2015
  • American Ideas 2016
  • RTA Safety Award 2016

H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Al Hammadi

Director General - Public Services Department (PSD)

H.E. Yousif Ahmed Al Ali

Assistant Undersecretary for Water, Electricity & Future Energy Affairs - Ministry of Energy and 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.

Raki Phillips

Chief Executive Officer - Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA)

Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) since June 2019, brings a wealth of industry experience to aid the continued growth of Ras Al Khaimah as one of the fastest growing destinations in the world.
 
Phillips joins RAKTDA from the Dubai based International Hospitality Consulting Group INHOCO, where he was Senior Partner and Senior Vice President of Development, responsible for hotel project pipelines exceeding $5 billion in assets. He is also the co-founder and CEO of SugarMoo Desserts, Dubai’s first online dessert delivery bakery and co-founder of Earth Hotels, a sustainable, tech-forward and design centric hotel concept.
 
Phillips, an American national and a fluent Arabic speaker, has a great understanding of the region having worked in the Middle East since 2005 and specifically in the UAE since 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an MBA in Organizational Management.
 

Andrea Di Gregorio

Executive Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office - Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

Andrea Di Gregorio is the Executive Director at the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office (Reem) of Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, UAE, with the mandate to support the development of the Emirate towards lower energy intensity and a higher share of renewables in the generation mix.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector in Europe and the Middle East, where he supported governments, oil & gas majors and leading utilities in the fields of strategy, operations improvement and energy efficiency.

Prior to joining Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, Andrea Di Gregorio supported the activation of the Dubai Demand Side Management strategy as a PMO Director at the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, UAE, and as a Director of Strategy and Continuous Improvement at TAQATI, UAE. Previously, he worked as a strategy consultant at Booz & Company and Oliver Wyman, and as a Business Unit Director at Bertelsmann.

He holds an MSc. summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and an MBA from SDA Bocconi, Milan.

 

Oussama Al Natour

Executive Director - Waste Management Agency, Public Services Department (PSD)

 

With over a 23 years’ experience in waste management, Oussama have succeeded in managing businesses in waste management through leading over thousands of workforces and managers in delivering different sustainable services for the communities.

He has advocated, structured and organized businesses in waste management and made them deliver on targets in a sustainable platform throughout his career.

Oussama has a Bachelor degree from the American University of Lebanon and also has an Executive Maste degree from ESA Beirut, Lebanon and EMBA from ESCP Business school Paris, France. Throughout his career he has undergone many training courses in project management, in finance, in leadership, in communication, in marketing and sales, in strategies, in delegation, …and other business related skills, 

Oussama field of expertise in waste management is covering sorting plants, landfills, waste to energy, hazardous and medical waste treatment, E-waste, Recycling hubs and centers, recycling plants of all waste products, gas to energy, city cleaning and waste haulage… and other waste related activities.

Currently Oussama is the Head of waste Management agency of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, managing and structuring all waste management services.

Ahmed Elsayed Ban

Executive Director - Works Agency, Public Services Department (PSD)

Ahmed Ban joined RAK Government in Mid 2018 as the Executive Director of Works Agency, Public Services Department, overseeing roads and roadside infrastructure in the Emirate. Prior to that he worked in a variety of multinational firms overseeing mega projects reaching in value to tens of Billions of dirhams in UAE, Canada, Australia and Egypt. Through his 25+ years of experience he specialized in heavy civil works and infrastructure projects, completing some of the most prestigious landmarks in UAE and elsewhere. He brings a richness of knowledge on energy conservation built through years of practical experience and application.

Graeme Sims

Executive Director - RSB Dubai

Graeme Sims is the Executive Director of Dubai’s Electricity and Water Regulator, the RSB.  An economist by background, he has over twenty five years’ experience of the electricity and water industries gained in the UK and UAE.    
 
Graeme was Deputy Director General at the UK’s Office of Electricity Regulation where he was responsible for the electricity industry in Scotland.  From there he moved to Abu Dhabi to establish the emirate’s water and electricity regulatory body, acting as its first Director General.  On his return to the UK he joined United Utilities, a FTSE100 utility company, serving as its Regulation Director and sitting on the board of United Utilities’ water business.      
 
Graeme is a graduate of Oxford University and began his career with the Boston Consulting Group.

 

Muna Ahmad Alamoodi

Director - Climate Change Department - Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

Muna Alamoodi has joined the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in 2022 as a Climate Change Advisor first and then shortly moved to managing the Climate Change Department. Currently she is working on various projects as UAE NetZero 2050 strategy development, updating Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), National Dialogue on Climate Ambition (NDCA) and National measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) System.  Previously she was employed at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure as Energy policy expert at the assistant undersecretary office for Electricity, Water & Future Energy and formerly she was the Director of Future Energy and Supply Security Department. Managing several strategic projects and a member of several committees, bringing together 15 years of experience in field of sustainability, climate change, carbon management, future energy, environment, and waste management.

Mrs. Alamoodi holds a Master of Science: Excellence in Environmental Management from Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and a Bachelor of Science: Biology from United Arab Emirate University, in addition to being certified for Project Management Professional PMP and ISO Lead Auditor (EHSQ).

 

Christiane Egger

Deputy Manager - Upper Austria Energy Agency

Christiane Egger is Deputy Manager of the OÖ Energiesparverband, the energy agency of Upper Austria, and the manager of the Cleantech-Cluster Energy, a network of 150 companies active in renewable energy and energy efficiency. 
 
Christiane is also the Vice-President of FEDARENE, the European network of regional energy and environment agencies. She is the conference director of the World Sustainable Energy Days, one of the largest annual conferences in Europe on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. 
 
Christiane is an expert in energy efficiency in buildings, in solar and biomass heating and in dissemination and promotion of sustainable energy production and use.
 
She holds a law degree and a post-graduate degree in environmental engineering.

Faisal Rashid

Senior Director - Demand Side Management - Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

Faisal Ali Rashid, U.A.E national, a degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dayton, Ohio university, U.S.A 1991. Also, a certified PMP (Project Management Professional). Earn LSE professional certificate in the area of energy public policy making, board member of Emirates Green Building Council. Has a wide and solid experience in energy management including supply, strategy and demand. Has strong background in process industrial plant including oil & gas, power& water generation process, material handling process, glass manufacturing process etc. 
 
Current job is Senior Director - Demand Side Management in Dubai Supreme Council of Energy looking after the whole energy demand management spectrum of emirate of Dubai.  Served previously in oil and gas industry for many years as project division manager / Project Manager, handled mega feed and EPC projects and worked as general manager in glass manufacturing company as well.

 

Eyad Ismail

Director of Engineering - Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone - Government of Ras Al Khaimah

Eyad Ismail leads the Engineering Department at RAKEZ overseeing business and engineering project strategies. His role ensures the department’s adherence to the best practices and delivering projects on time.
 
Mr Ismail undertakes different responsibilities including infrastructural planning and improvements in industrial and commercial zones, master planning and facility handover. Other responsibilities cover the operation and maintenance of RAKEZ’s infrastructure as well as heading initiatives related to energy savings.
 
Mr Ismail has an experience of over 15 years working with top industries in the UAE and was awarded as the Best Manager at the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence (SSPGE) in 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

Hassan Younes

Co-CEO and Founder - GRFN

Hassan Younes is the Co - CEO & Founder of grfn, a multi-disciplinary consultancy  and has over 15 years of extensive experience in the fields of Energy Efficiency, Design, Sustainability, and Project Execution and Management. Hassan has been involved in many high-end projects in the MENA region encompassing MEP designs, energy efficiency, commissioning management , sustainability and measurement and verification for new and existing buildings in the MENA region. He also was involved in energy and sustainability policy studies for many governmental entities in the GCC.  
 
He is a trainer for the ASHRAE Global Training Centre.  He is a trainer for the Association of energy engineers’ Certified Energy Manager ( CEM) course,  Energy Valuation Organization’s Certified Measurement Verification Professional (CMVP) course and the facilitator for the Emirates Green Building Council Building Retrofit Program. He is an appointed Consultant for ASHRAE 62.1 Standard and is a member of the training committee for the CMVP course. 
 
He is also the current ASHRAE Falcon Chapter president and on the technical committee and was the Vice Chair of CIBSE Regional Chapter. Hassan holds all the ASHRAE certifications.

Ahmed Samir Elbermbali

Managing Director - Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) MENA

Ahmed Samir Elbermbali is the Managing Director of the MENA Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting clean energy and clean technologies and solutions MENA Region. CEBC provides a platform to further dialogue between the public and private sectors to develop much needed policy and regulation to help drive the implementation of clean energy across the MENA region. Ahmed joined CEBC in 2018 and the youngest Managing Director to hold this position in the history of CEBC.
 
He is very active in bringing together the industry stakeholders from across the private and public sectors in the different MENA countries together to accelerate the policy maturity for clean energy in the region.
 
His research interest are in the intersection between policy, technology and consumer behavior to accelerate the transition to clean energy and sustainable mobility sectors. Ahmed holds MBA in Sustainable Mobility management from the Technical University of Berlin.