Munther Mohammed bin Shekar Al Zaabi

Director General - Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

Francesco La Camera

Director General - IRENA

Francesco La Camera is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He took office on 4 April 2019 and brings more than thirty years of experience in the fields of climate, sustainability, and international cooperation.
 
In his role, Mr. La Camera is responsible for leading the delivery of IRENA’s work programme and strategy in cooperation with the Agency’s member states. At a critical time for climate change and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Mr. La Camera is tasked with redefining the structure and operations of the Agency in response to the urgent needs of its members.  
 
Under his leadership the Agency has forged a series of new strategic partnerships with UN organisations including UNDP, UNFCCC and Green Climate Fund among others. A key priority of his tenure is to implement a more action-oriented approach to the Agency’s work.  
 
Previously, Mr. La Camera served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea since 2014. In this capacity, he developed cooperation and partnership agreements with a wide range of countries. As the national coordinator for climate, environment, resource efficiency and circular economy, he led the Italian delegation to UNFCCC’s COP 21 to 24 and the EU Presidency at COP 20. He was also responsible for the preparation and organisation of Italy’s G7 Environment Presidency in 2017. 

Andrea Di Gregorio

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

Graeme Sims

Executive Director - RSB Dubai

Ahmed Elkiki

Director of Technical Services - RAK Hospitality

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.

David Andrew Dunn

Projects Manager, Municipal Roads and Infrastructure - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Christiane Egger

Deputy Manager - Upper Austria Energy Agency (Austria)

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.

Henrique Pereira

Senior Manager - Energy Service - Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Senior Advisor - Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC)

Saeed Al Abbar

Managing Director - AESG

Hassan Younes

Director, Griffin Consultants - President, ASHRAE Falcon

Named as the recipient of the Young Energy Professional of the Year 2015 for the Middle East Region by the Association of Energy Engineers. Hassan is Technical Director and Partner at Griffin Consultants, an energy focused consultancy specialized in sustainable designs and energy auditing.
 
A highly certified professional with extensive experience in the fields of Design, Sustainability, Project Execution and Management, Energy Efficiency, and Value Engineering; he is the first ASHRAE Certified professional outside of the USA to hold all six professional certifications by ASHRAE. The ASHRAE certificates he holds cover high-performance buildings design, buildings energy assessment, energy modelling, and buildings commissioning and operations. He is also a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an Estidama Pearl Qualified Professional.
 
With extensive experience in engineering systems design, analysis, and consulting and a passionate objective of raising the industry and sustainability standards in the region, Younes entered a partnership to establish Griffin Consultants where, as Technical Director, he responsible for all technical and developmental aspects of the firm. Hassan led and completed multiple energy audits with private and governmental entities and identified savings of more than $8 million in 3 year programs. Throughout his career, he was involved in the design of multiple high-end developments including retail, residential, commercial, and hospitality projects some of which are iconic in the Emirate of Dubai like The Beach (JBR) and City Walk.
 
Hassan is on the Board of Governors of the local chapter of ASHRAE acting as the Vice Chair for Grassroots Government Activities Committee and Vice Chair for Chapter Technology Transfer Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors of CIBSE regional chapter as the Consultants and Industry Liaison Officer. In those capacities, Hassan works to promote the advancement and improvement of the regional construction industry by collaborating with industry professionals, academia, and governmental entities. He currently is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Panel of the Herriot Watt Architectural and Engineering Program.   
 
He was awarded the Middle East Young Engineer of the Year 2010 and is part of the Griffin Consultant’s team awarded the Middle East Boutique Consultancy of the Year 2014.

Majd Fayyad

Technical Director - Emirates Green Building Council

Sougata Nandi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer - Energy and Environmental Efficiency Advisory FZ LLC

Sougata's current mission is to "Make every citizen an Energy Manager" by engaging and empowering them with the right low-cost tool. Sougata believes that Societal involvement in carbon footprint reduction is the strongest tool in the battle against climate change. Founder of two start-ups; 3e Advisory at Dubai Science Park and 3e Apps originally incubated at In5-Tech Dubai Internet City. 3e Advisory assembles consortiums to identify, develop, finance and execute ESCO and Solar PV projects. 3e Apps develops and provides the monitoring tools for such projects on mobility platform. Earlier, Sougata developed and successfully delivered the Sustainable Development Policy at TECOM Investments. As CEO of Pacific Controls, Sougata also set up the Emirates Energy Star program and deployed it across 100 buildings in the UAE.

Szymon Ulanowski

Area Marketing & Business Development Director - Grundfos

Francisco Ramalheira

Director – Business Development and Marketing - Enova

Rajmohan Govindarajan

Manager – Building Systems and Solutions - Armstrong Fluid Technology

Virendra Raghuram

Energy Expert, Retried Deputy Director General - National Productivity Council

Christian Velde

Senior Researcher and Archaeologist - Department of Antiquities and Museums in Ras Al-Khaimah

Born in Germany in 1960, Christian Velde achieved a Masters Degree in Near Eastern Archaeology, Cuneiform Studies, and European Prehistory at Goettingen University.
 
His long archaeological career in Ras al-Khaimah started 1985, when he participated in his university's explorations in Shimal. Since then, he has made himself a name as an expert for the Middle and Late Bronze Age in particular, and the archaeology, history, and material culture of Ras al-Khaimah in general. 
 
During the last 22 years, he has been decisive for the establishment of the government's 'Department of Archaeology and Museums', where he serves as a 'Senior Researcher and Archaeologist' for the protection and preservation of Ras al-Khaimah’s national heritage. 

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