Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) | 29 seminars and discussion panels on 1st day of virtual WETEX and Dubai Solar Show 2020

25 October 2020

29 seminars and discussion panels on 1st day of virtual WETEX and Dubai Solar Show 2020

29 seminars and discussion panels on 1st day of virtual WETEX and Dubai Solar Show 2020

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) organises 102 specialised seminars and discussion panels during the three-day Water, Energy, Environment, and Technology Exhibition (WETEX) and Dubai Solar Show. DEWA organises the exhibition on a 3D virtual platform from 26-28 October 2020. The seminars support DEWA’s strategy to encourage research and development, and establish WETEX and Dubai Solar Show as a leading global platform. Experts and specialists from large international companies discuss the latest developments and technologies in the water, energy, sustainability and innovation sectors.

The seminars are held in 5 halls using 3D virtual platforms: Energy Hall, Innovation Hall, Sustainability Hall, the Supplier Relationship Management Hall, in addition to the Main Hall. Visitors can participate in the live seminars and ask questions through the virtual platform on or WETEX smart app. DEWA has urged the public and students to take part in the live or recorded seminars on the virtual platform during the exhibition days only.

1st Day (Monday, 26 October 2020) features 29 specialised virtual seminars and discussion panels

Main Hall

12:45 - 01:15pm              Energy Transition in the Middle East

•            Dietmar Siersdorfer, Managing Director of Siemens Energy, Middle East and UAE

01:30 - 02:00pm              Dubai Energy Management Strategic Vision and Plan

•            Faisal Rashid, Senior Director, Demand Side Management, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

02:15 - 02:45pm              Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Conservation

•            Abla Dasser, Senior Manager, Business Development, ACWA Power

03:00 - 03:30pm              Overview of Spoolable Thermoplastic Composite Pipes (TCP)

•            Hassan Darwich, GCC Market Development Senior Manager, Gulf Eternit Industries- Future Pipe Industries

03:45 - 04:15pm              Clean Energy Development in the US - Masdar’s Portfolio

•            Basel Dahleh, Senior Manager, Development and Investment (Americas)


04:30 - 05:00pm              Digitalising the Power Grid

•            Bryan Friehauf, EVP and Global Manager, Enterprise Software, Hitachi ABB Power Grids

•            Phil Gruber, General Manager, Energy Industry Practice, Hitachi Vantara


Energy Hall

10:20 - 10:40am Humidifier Analysis

•            Reuben D’Costa and Peter George, Manipal University

10:55 – 11:15am              Electric Cars in the UAE: History, Benefits and Challenges

•            Ayman Ramadan, Senior Lecturer - Engineering Technology, Higher Colleges of Technology

11:30 - 11:50am               UAE Water-Energy-Food Nexus

•            Somayyah Abdullah AlYammahi, Head of Research and Policy Section, UAE Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure

1:35 - 1:55pm                   Empowering Energy Industry

•            Ahmad El Dandachi, Industry Lead, Energy & Manufacturing, Middle East & Africa, Microsoft

2:15 - 3:25pm                   Panel Discussion: Renewable Energy Future Towards 2021

•            Dr. Mohamed Gamal Kafafy, President, World Green Economy Council  & Global University of Science & Technology

•            Mohammad Bin Sulaiman, Chief Executive Officer, MORO Hub

•            Dr. Michael Weinhold, CTO- Siemens Smart Infrastructure

•            François Dao, Vice President- EDF Renewables MEA

•            Moderator: Ivano Iannelli, CEO, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence

3:55 – 4:15                        Turning Biomass into High-value Functional Materials

•            Dr. Jia Mao, Assistant Professor, Al Ghurair University


Innovation Hall

10:20 - 10:40am The Journey to AI

•            Tarek Saeed, Chief Technology Officer for AI & Data, IBM

10:55 - 11:15am               Feasibility Study of Green Buildings in Dubai

•            Dr. Peiman Kianmehr, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, American University in Dubai

11:30 - 11:50am               Sharp Displays Innovation

•            Bharat Bhushan Gupta, Deputy General Manager B2B, Sharp

01:35 - 01:55pm              Energy Management through Innovative Approach

•            Pradeep Kumar Singh, Acting Director, Business Development and Technical, Etihad Esco

02:10 - 02:30pm              Alpha Data - Huawei

•            Joe So, CTO of Huawei EBG Industry Solution, Alpha Data – Huawei

02:45 - 03:05pm              Customer-Centric Digital Grids and Water Distribution Networks to Drive Sustainable Energy and Water Growth

•            Brad Williams, VP Industry Strategy Oracle Utilities, Oracle

03:20 - 03:40pm              Generator Circuit-Breaker Solutions for Emerging Renewable Energy to Support Grid Reliability

•            Farzad Fahim, Marketing & Sales Manager, Hitachi - Power Grid

03:55 - 04:15pm              Athlete Sodium Tracker

•            Mizna Mohammed Almansoori, Emirates Science Club Member


Sustainability Hall

10:45 - 11:45am               How to Accelerate Solar Deployment Across the Mena Region

•            H.E Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority

•            Ahmad Alazemi, Private Sector Projects, Ministry of Electricity and Water Kuwait

•            Rani Al Achkar, Director – Engineering and Planning, Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC)

•            Moderator: Dr. Mustapha Taoumi, Key Expert, EUGCC Clean Energy Network

12:15 - 01:15pm              The Role of Youth and Women in the Utilities Sector of the UAE

•            Fatima Aljokar, Legal Advisor & Head of DEWA Women’s Committee

•            Aysha Alremaithi, Senior Engineer & Head of DEWA Youth Council

01:30 - 02:30pm              Contracting, Changing Legal Landscape and Dealing with Health Risks

•            Ahmed Meziou, Partner, Meziou & Elleuch Law Firm

•            Mhairi Main Garcia, Partner, Dentons

•            Iwan Walters, Partner, Eversheds

•            Moderator: Belén Gallego, Founder & CEO, ATA Insights

02:45 - 03:45pm              The Utilities of the Future – Innovation, Customer-Centrism and Data

•            Paul van Son, President & CEO, Dii Desert Energy

•            Stephan Gobert, Head of Strategy, Engie

•            Bernard Dagher, Executive Sales Director, GE Grid Solutions MENAT

•            Rizwan Razaq, CTO, Huawei Solar

•            Karl Brownson, Operations Advisor, Department of Energy Abu Dhabi

•            Moderator: Nick Carter, Senior Advisor, PwC Middle East

04:00 - 05:00pm              Financing Renewable Energy to Combat Climate Change Globally

•            Dr. Nasser Saidi, Chairman, Clean Energy Business Council

•            Nadia Taobane, Solar, Renewable Energy, Climate Finance World Bank/ESMAP

•            Daniel Morris, Energy Programs Coordinator, Climate Investment Funds

•            Sohail Hasnie, Principal Energy Specialist, Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

•            Moderator: Jonathan Walters, Senior Visiting Research Fellow

•            Oxford Institute for Energy Studies


Supplier Relationship Management Hall

10:30 - 11:30am               Enhancing Relationships with Suppliers and Mutual Benefits

12:30 - 01:30pm              Open Discussion with SME Suppliers Focusing on Innovation and Sustainability

01:30 - 02:30pm              Encouraging Suppliers of SME Members to be Part of DEWA Activities

02:30 - 03:30pm              Overview on Information Security Regulations

•            Mohammad Al Marri, Deputy Senior Manager, Supplier Relation Management, DEWA

•            Ibrahim Jarrad, Manager - Supplier Engagement, DEWA

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