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SS18 Speakers


Dr. Yousef  Alhorr

Dr. Yousef Alhorr is the Founding Chairman of Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) where he launched the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), which took him 6 years to raise it as the most comprehensive sustainability systems in the world.He has made significant contributions to the development of Qatari Standards of Construction (QCS 2010) by preparing the 7th chapter titled (Green Construction).  Dr. Alhorr has direct involvement in several research and development related to sustainability; In addition, he made numerous contributions to various patents that have been registered in different regions around the world concerned in green and energy-saving products.

Mr. Dirk Forrister

Dirk Forrister is the President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a non-profit business association dedicated to market-based climate policies.  With 140 member companies, IETA is known globally as a thought leader in strategies to harness the power of markets to bring climate protection.  Dirk brings a long history of public and private sector engagement in market-based environmental policy.  He spent a decade as Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of carbon funds valued at $1.2 billion.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Forrister served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration, and Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Public Affairs.

Mr. Abdul Majeid Haddad

Mr. Haddad has over 22 years of expertise in the fields of sustainable development, environmental management and climate change. He is currently acting deputy regional director for UN Environment West Asia Office responsible for overseeing the development of regional programmes to respond to national and regional priorities for environment protection, pollution control and resource efficiency. Earlier, he played a leading role in scaling up climate finance in the region and assisting countries meeting their obligations under UNFCCC and Paris Agreement and developing projects to reduce green gas house emissions and build resilience through adaptation planning and implementation. Mr Haddad worked at UN Environment Headquarters in Kenya as Global Task Manager for Capacity Building for implementation of Rio Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Biological Biodiversity (CBD) and Combating desertification (UNCCD). Previously, he served as Sustainable Development Advisor with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Yemen. Before joining the UN, Mr Haddad was Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Sanaa’ Yemen. Mr Haddad holds a Doctorate degree in Biology from the University of York, UK.

Mr. José Retana

José Retana is the Head of Sustainability for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ Local Organising Committee (LOC). His role includes driving the implementation of the Sustainability Strategy and Policy for the tournament, which was developed jointly by FIFA, the LOC and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. His work links to a wide range of areas and initiatives covering the social, economic, human and environmental impacts of the preparation, staging and follow up activities of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. Previously, José worked for 15 years as a sustainability consultant in Europe and the Middle East, where he advised governments and multinational companies to measure, report and enhance their sustainability performance. 
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Mr. Shashi Prakash

Shashi Prakash is working as Sustainability and Carbon Expert with Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and is part of the team responsible for sustainability and environment. Shashi is a climate change and sustainability expert with a professional experience of more than 12 years at various positions in multi-national advisory,international regulatory and government organizations. Previously, he worked with Ernst & Young India, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (MASDAR) Abu Dhabi and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Germany.

Ms. Nur Alah Abdelzayed Valdeolmillos

Nur has been working at Qatar Foundation since 2010; she is a Senior Architect at the Capital Projects Directorate working on a diverse portfolio of projects mainly at Education City to achieve the excellence in architecture vision. She holds a Masters degree in Conservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings form the IUAV University of Venice (2007) and is responsible for safeguarding of the heritage sites inside Education City Boundaries. Nur is a founding member of ICOMOS Qatar. She was part of the Qatari Committee for the 38th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (2014) and was part of the committee deciding on the final conservation look of Al Zubarah Fort.

Mr. Ahmad Al Ansari

Ahmad was appointed as the Lead M&E Project Engineer at Water Projects Department at Ministry of Electricity & Water in 1997 and promoted to Head of the Department in 1999. In April 2001, he moved to Qatar National Olympic Committee as the Program Leader responsible for planning & delivery of some 32 prestigious sports facilities & projects for Doha 2006 Asian Games. In early 2006, Ahmad was appointed as the Managing Director for a local company, providing multi-disciplinary engineering & construction services. Finally, he joined the Public Works Authority in 2013 as the Lead Advisor for Contracts & Project Management supporting some multi-billion infrastructure and building programs, and now he is the President’s Technical Office Manager. 

Mr. Kishor Rajhansa

Kishor Rajhansa is working as Head-Climate Change with Gulf Organisation for Research & Development, Doha, and is primarily responsible for designing and implementing the first and only voluntary carbon offsetting platform of MENA region “Global Carbon Trust". He is the member of expert panel responsible for climate mitigation standards of UNFCCC. Kishor is a climate change, energy and sustainability leader with a professional experience of 23 years at leadership positions in multi-national advisory, international regulatory and government organizations. Previously, he worked for 5 years for a lead agency of India-European Commission Energy Cooperation Programme as Energy Engineer, for 5 years with Ernst & Young, India as Manager at its Environment & Sustainability Services, and for 10 years for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Germany as Team Leader and Project Manager. 

Mr. Clemens Ploechl

Clemens Ploechl is managing partner at Energy Changes Projektentwicklung Gmbh in Vienna, Austria. He holds master´s degrees in business administration and applied ecology. Clemens has 20 years of professional experience in all inter-/national climate change and energy policy and finance. Currently he is advising multilateral institutions and national governments around the globe on the implementation and financing of NAMAs, Nationally NDCs. In Austria he is (co-) managing the Sustainable Energy Financing Platform Austria (SEFIPA) which aims to develop innovative financial instruments for investments in sustainable energy and the crowd-investing platform www.crowd4climate.org to finance GHG projects in developing countries.
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Mr. Rachid Rahim

Mr. Rachid Rahim is working as Head of Aviation Environmental Protection at Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA), Doha. He is primarily responsible for the drafting and implementation of aviation environmental regulations; Aviation Environmental protection oversight and Aviation Environmental strategy design. Rachid is an expert with a professional experience of more than 20 years at various positions dealing with aviation and environment at the international level. Previously, he worked at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as leader civil aviation consulting. Rachid holds a Master’s in Environmental engineering from DTU, Denmark and a Master’s in Environmental Policy and regulation from Roskilde University, Denmark
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Mr. Simon Henry

Simon is EU Policy Director at IETA and has 11 years’ experience working in energy and climate change. Simon manages IETA’s work in the EU ETS. This involves acting as the interface between the business community and policy makers, providing thought leadership on carbon market issues and representing IETA members at public events. Before this role he was Director of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) – the voluntary carbon market arm of IETA. Prior to joining ICROA, he was a Senior Consultant at Pöyry Management Consulting. In this role, his work focused on providing market analysis and commercial advice to a variety of European energy market stakeholders including utilities, investors and regulators.
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Dr. John Kilani

Dr. Kilani joined the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development as Director of Sustainable Development, in November 2016. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He was previously the Director for the Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where he was responsible for leading the UNFCCC work on carbon market and the support to the two Regulatory Bodies for the Kyoto project-based mechanisms. He served on the board of Johannesburg Water for several years and in the Executive Board of the UNFCCC CDM for 5 years. In 2004-2005, he was the Chair of the CDM Board. 

Mr. Ahmed Dalloul

Ahmed Dalloul is a Professional Civil Engineer, the first “Senior International Project Manager” (SIPMTM) in Qatar and a member of the International Academy of Business & Financial Management (IABFM). He works at Aspire Logistics, a member of Aspire Zone Foundation – in the capacity of Senior Civil Engineer. Ahmed has published technical papers related to deterioration of concrete, the utilization of Nano-technology into construction materials and Construction Waste Management at Qatar. He also published an international article titled “Dynamic, Sustainable Urban Planning Impacts” in Iconic World Structures Magazine.
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Mr. Khondker Rahman

Khondker Rahman has 35 years of experience in the fields of environmental, water resources and sustainable urban planning and development. He also has sound knowledge and experience in developing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and action plans. He has a long international working career in Australia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, and now in Qatar. He has worked closely both in academic and practical fields. Khondker is currently the Technical Coordinator of Qatar National Master Plan program, where he leads and guides a team of over 35 Engineers and Planners in the Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME). Before, this he was working in different senior executive roles in Australia for more than 20 years.

Ms. Donia Abdelwahed

Donia Abdelwahed has joined the UNESCO sub-regional office for the GCC and Yemen in May 2018, as Programme Assistant for the Science Sector. Since then, Donia has been working on implementing UNESCO’s core thematic areas in the field of Environmental Sustainability and Biodiversity, Water Security, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as well as Education for Sustainable Development. Donia holds a Master of Science in the field of Plant biotechnology. She has previously worked with United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture in the Sub-regional office for North Africa in Tunisia.  

Mr. Karim Elgendy

Karim Elgendy is an architect and sustainability consultant based in London, with experience practicing in the UK and the US and a focus on the Middle East region. Over two decades he has helped create sustainable buildings and urban environments over four continents and has advised urban planners, designers, consultancies, policy makers, and think tanks. His research includes developing sustainable and resilient cities and assessing the role of policy, urban planning, design, and urban mobility in reducing the impact of the built environment on resources and the environment. Karim is also a public advocate for sustainability and is the founder and coordinator of Carboun, an advocacy initiative promoting Sustainability in Middle East Cities.

Dr. Ammar Elhoweris

Dr. Elhoweris is a research fellow at the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD), responsible for the development of innovative building materials with a focus on promoting sustainability best practices. After joining GORD in 2013, he has been involved in the identification and realisation of projects in line with Qatar vision 2030. His expertise lies within, but is not limited to, chemical engineering, process design and cement chemistry. In addition to his contribution towards the support, technical management and supervision of the applied research projects at GORD institute, his current role focuses on the upscale and commercialization of low carbon and sustainable alternative building materials. 

Mr. Didier Marginedes

Didier Marginèdes graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité in 1978, he has an MS from Berkeley University (USA) and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.  After different experiences with Aerospatiale, Schlumberger and Air Liquide, Mr. Marginedes joined the Bolloré Group as R&D Director. In 2001, he became General Manager of Blue Solutions subsidiary whose objectives were the development and sales of energy storage products mainly dedicated to clean energy transportation markets such as electric vehicles or buses. He was also in charge of development of Autolib’ and of ESS solutions. In 2013, Mr. Marginèdes lead the IPO of Blue Solutions on the NYSE Euronext market and was named Executive Vice-President of the listed entity.
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Dr. Stefan Junestrand

Dr. Stefan Junestrand holds a Ph.D. in architecture and is considered a leading international expert in areas related to Smart Cities, Intelligent Buildings, Sustainability and Blockchain. He is the CEO and co-founder of Grupo Tecma Red, Spain’s leading media company specialized in providing information and knowledge about Sustainability, Energy and New Technologies for Buildings and Cities. Junestrand has written several books and published more than a dozen scientific papers and is also a frequent speaker at conferences and events in Europe, Latin America and Asia. He is also a member of the EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum.

Dr. Hossein Ameli

Dr. Hossein Ameli is a research associate at Imperial College London, UK. He got his PhD degree from Electrical and Electronic Engineering department of Imperial College London. His research is mainly focused on facilitating cost-effective transition to lower-carbon energy system. This is achieved by employment of flexibility options in the integrated operation and planning of different energy vectors (mainly gas, heat and electricity). He contributed in many scientific papers as well as research projects related to energy industry such as projects for Committee of Climate Change (CCC), Ofgem, and National Grid. 
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Mr. Miguel Naranjo-Gonzalez

Miguel Naranjo is a Programme Officer with the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC secretariat) in Bonn, Germany. With a background on Chemical Engineering and Business Administration, he worked as process engineer and environmental supervisor for a transnational corporation and later joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the climate change team. He joined the UN Climate Change Secretariat in 2011, where he has focused in capacity building for mitigation and carbon market mechanisms, and promoting climate action among the private sector and other stakeholders to meet the goals of the Paris Agreements and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Engr. Yaqoub Al-Matouq

Yaqoub Al-Matouq is the President of the 29th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol and a member of the National Ozone & Climate Change Committee in Environment Public Authority, Kuwait. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Arabic Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt. His career in the HVACR field started in 1992.  His involvement with UNEP started in 2003 as refrigeration expert in Kuwait National Ozone Unit and as a member of Kuwait National Ozone Committee. Eng. Al-Matouq participated as a lead negotiator for Kuwait delegation and GCC in Montreal protocol; he became the coordinator of A5 parties in Montreal protocol (148 countries) and of Asia Pacific group region. He contributed and lectured in many regional international training courses, workshops, seminars and conferences related to Montreal Protocol and Vienna Convention. He is also a frequent lecturer in HVACR related training.
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Dr. Ioannis Tsipouridis

General Manager of RED Pro Consultants, a Renewables and climate change oriented consultancy, in the process of establishing a base in Sub Saharan Africa, Creator and editor of Climate Change and Energy Portal E-mc2 (Energy Matters to Climate Change), Mentor of the International Support Network for African Development, C.E.O of Public Power Corporation Renewables, Director of the office of Dep. Minister for Energy Yannis Maniatis, Chairman and CEO of Hellenic Wind Energy Association, Member of the Board of the Center of Renewable Energy Sources of Greece. Studied in the UK (1971-80), University of Leeds (1974 – 1980) ,B.Sc. Chem. Eng. on LEA grant, M.Sc. in Fuel and Energy on SRC grant, Ph.D. in Solar Energy on SRC grant.
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Mr. Pedro Martins Barata 

Pedro Martins Barata is a renowned expert in market mechanisms. He holds a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics, U.K., where he specialized in environmental assessment and policy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the New University in Lisbon. He is currently CEO at Get2C where he coordinates the climate policy consulting and carbon business. Pedro has been working on international climate change policy since 1997. From 2008 to 2011, Pedro Martins Barata was appointed by the European Union as a member of the CDM Executive Board, becoming its Vice-Chair in 2010. In addition, Pedro has also been developing extensive work with the World Bank Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) programme. He assisted various countries in adopting carbon market instruments, policies and measures.

Eng. Zaki Ahmed Mohammed

Zaki Ahmed Mohammed is working as Senior GSAS Project Manager and Electro-Mechanical Team leader with Gulf Organization for Research & Development, Doha. Zaki is involved in Development and implementation of GSAS Design & Build, Construction Management and Operations Certification with specialization in Energy and Water. He is leading the Audit team for Energy audits, Conformance to Design Audits (CDA) and Audits for in-use buildings. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has 14+ years’ experience in Design, Construction and Project Management for various mega projects like airports, pharmaceutical labs/clean rooms, high-rise buildings etc. in India and GCC. He has notable energy industry experience in R&D, Engineering, Product Development and Management. At GORD, he is associated with GORD Academy as the Trainer for Energy Assessment & various Certification schemes as well as with Research department in development of Energy & Water assessment methodologies.
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Mr. Adam Tefler Wood

An experienced operator, Adam has enjoyed improving the environmental performance of small and large organisations for over 12 years. Comfortable working with complex organisational structures, Adam has demonstrated a history of drawing together varied stakeholders to deliver measurable improvements.  Since joining Mosanada FMS in 2013, he has been privileged to work with prestigious local clients to deliver award-winning results. Before Qatar, Adam worked as an ESD Engineer and Sustainability Consultant in Australia. He holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from HEC Paris. When out of the office, Adam enjoys photography, cycling and tinkering with the Internet of Things. 

Engr. Ruben Muñoz

Rubén Hernández Muñoz joined Gulf Organization for Research & Development (GORD) in January 2017. He is the Civil Engineering Team Leader and he is involved in the GSAS-Construction Management (GSAS-CM) Certification. He significantly contributes to the activities of GORD ACADEMY as he plays the role of training coordinator for the GSAS Design & Build Green Certified Professional (D&B CGP) and actively provides training at the GSAS-CM CGP workshops. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Politechnic University in Madrid, Spain. He has 18 years of experience in Construction Management as both Contractor and Project Management & Construction Management (PMCM) in Spain and Qatar. As a Project Manager he has been involved in a wide range of construction projects including: highways, urban roads, infrastructures, landscaping, bridges and malls. He is a passionate supporter of the sustainability principles and practices in construction activities and believes that enforcing low-carbon practices and policies in building sector will contribute achieving the ultimate goal of mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Dr. Peter Longdill

Dr. Peter Longdill is the QHSES manager for the Hamad Port Project, a greenfield port development providing the State of Qatar with vital and necessary infrastructure to support maritime trade, logistics, and the States wider economic growth. With a technical background in coastal oceanography and environmental sustainability, Dr. Longdill has applied his knowledge for the benefit of the Hamad Port Project since 2008.  Dr. Longdill has been instrumental in the application of science based concepts to maximise environmental sustainability outcomes during both design and construction phases of the project.

Dr. Fodil Fadli

Dr. Fodil Fadli is the Head of Department of Architecture & Urban Planning at Qatar University. An architect and academic, he obtained a PhD in [Sustainable] Architecture (UK). Fodil worked in industry and academia in Europe and the MENA region. His teaching and research interests span sustainable architecture, sustainability assessment and modelling, internet of things and people/smart buildings, building performance evaluation, building information modeling, architectural topology optimization, digitizing heritage and design in dynamic environment. He is the recipient of several R&DI grants, attracting more than US$ 3.5 Million in the last 5 years.

Mr. Olivier Marius Eugene Marchand

Olivier Marchand is a water & environmental engineer with more than 20 years of experience in Waste Water O&M in France, Qatar and Algeria. His experience in managing a global system (network+STP) and to comprehend all aspects from collection point to final TSE discharge is linked to his technical expertise in water treatment processes and in the management of large waste water plants. He is fully involved in all related subjects associated with his field of competence such as regulation, environmental impacts, budget, quality management, CSR and communication. Mr Marchand has a wide experience in optimizing systems and operation parameters to ensure optimum performance and sustainable cohabitation of new technologies and their impacts.
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Mr. Ahmad Mohammed Al Hashemi

Ahmad Mohammed Al Hashemi is a mechanical engineering graduate from Qatar University now working in Ashghal Public Works Authority . He is one of the founders of the first Arabic-language Tamim Toastmaster Club in the State of Qatar. He worked with Qatar Power Company for a year, focusing on Seawater desalination technology and generating electricity by using gas and steam turbines. He has also done a summer training in Shell GTL for Brief overview of project (Reviewing all chemicals corrosion control application at the pearl GTL facilities, and determining whether all Shell design standards and operational excellence requirements are met by the standard hardware and operational system.

Engr. Mai Hamad Fetais

Eng. Mai Hamad Fetais was among the first batch of Qatar University’s Electrical Engineering female graduates. She holds a M.Sc. in engineering management; her research focused on renewable energy “DESIGN OF HYBRID RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEM FOR NEAR ZERO ENERGY BUILDING IN QATAR”. Over career she gained a wide spectrum of experiences related to electrical, systems and control engineering and project management. Before being assigned as the director of the Facilities & General Services Department at Qatar University she was the Technical Manager following her position as the head of the Systems and Control Section. Her leadership potentials has been further strengthen by joining Qatar Leadership Center (QLC). Currently she is poised to continue her graduate studies in sustainable energy as a Ph.D. candidate at College of Science and Engineering of Hamad Bin Khalifa University.



Mr. Santiago Bañales

Santiago Bañales is Managing Director of IBERDROLA QSTP, the Global Innovation Center for the Digital Grid based in Doha, Qatar. He has over 20 years of energy industry experience fulfilling executive roles in R&D, Engineering, Product Development, Management Consulting, M&A and General Management. Additionally, he has held executive and non-executive Board Directorships assignments in several energy industry associations and institutions. He holds a Master of Science form the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he held a Fulbright Fellowship and a Dual Engineering Degree from Ecole Centrale Paris and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
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Dr. Hossam Eldin Mostafa

Dr. Hossam Eldin Mostafa is one of its founders and the Chief Executive Officer of Al Qamra Holding, a well-established company in the State of Qatar. He graduated from Cairo University, Faculty of Medicine, Egypt in 1981. He has earned Masteral Degrees in Medicine and Business Administration. Apart from his demanding yet rewarding position as the Chief Executive Officer, he is very active in the field of environment, particularly waste management. He has attended several conferences and has been once a speaker in a conference organized by UNIDO.  He discussed the role of private sector in waste management and its influence towards economy and environment.