Speakers

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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.
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Dr. Esam Elsarrag 

Dr. Esam Elsarrag is a Director – Research and Development at the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD). He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and building industry, gained through his work in the Middle East and Europe.In additional to his work as a consultant, he continues to be active in scientific research in buildings and energy. He has delivered invited lectures and published papers in reputed institutions and journals. He has specialist expertise in sustainable developments, energy efficiency, energy modelling and building services. He is the managing editor of the International Journal of the Sustainable Built Environment, sponsored by GORD and published by Elsevier.
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Mr. Kishor Rajhansa

Kishor Rajhansa is working as Senior Sustainability and Carbon Advisor with Gulf Organisation for Research & Development, Doha, and is primarily responsible for designing and implementing a regional voluntary carbon market “Gulf 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 22 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.

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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.
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Eng. Abdul Aziz Ahmed Al-Hammadi

Eng. Abdul Aziz Ahmed Al-Hammadi has worked and managed a number of departments and committees during the period from 2005 to present while handling the various Engineering, Technical and Administrative aspects of the work required. His current post is Manager of Conservation & Energy Efficiency in Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation “KAHRAMAA”. He’s member of Advisory regulatory and operations committee –GCCIA April2014 –Present which Look after operation issues within GCC Power Grid and establishes mechanism of payments of energy among countries. Also, AlHammadi is Chairman of KAHRAMAA transmission and distribution Authorization and Connection faults Committees 2012 to Present. He’s currently Secretary General – GCC CIGRE from Nov 2013 – Present. GCC Regional Committee for Large Electric Systems " is devoted to encouraging and exchanging information and expertise in the field of Electricity among GCC.
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Dr. Eiman Eliskandarani

Dr. Eiman joined GORD in September 2014 as a Senior Project Manager and Senior Researcher. She has also worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at the High Institute of Engineering and Technology in Egypt.  She holds a PhD in Architectural Engineering from Alexandria University, with a focus on Sustainable Cities Development Strategies and a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies. Prior to academic positions, she worked as a Senior Architect at the Egyptian Ministry of Housing Utilities & Urban Communities. Through her fifteen years of academic and practical experience in both governmental and private sectors, Dr. Eiman became increasingly interested in Green Buildings, Sustainability and Environmental Design primarily in the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).
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Dr. Ioannis Spanos

Dr. Ioannis Spanos is a Chartered Engineer, sustainability practitioner, with experience in low energy buildings and in developing sustainable building solutions in Europe, Africa and the GCC. Dr. Spanos work has been highly commended and has received awards. Following a PhD in the physics of energy in urban environments, his experience includes energy master-planning and projects within urban-planning, commercial, education, mixed use, regeneration, stadiums and residential sectors. He has project managed and led design teams that have successfully developed low energy buildings and urban planning solutions working under various international engineering and sustainability standards. Dr Spanos has also published a number of academic papers.
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H.E. Mr. Willy Kempel

1985 Legal Adviser, Family Court 1986 AT-MOFA: Protocol and Eastern Europe 1987 Austrian Embassy Kinshasa (DRC) 1987-91 AT Rep Geneva: environment, arms control and disarmament, 1991-94 Austrian Embassy Tel Aviv: Israel, Palestine, Middle East Peace Process 1994-97 AT-MOFA: Deputy Head Middle East Directorate 1997-99 AT-MOFA: Deputy Head Directorate for Arms Control and Disarmament; 1999-2003 PermRep European Union: Head of Political Department 2003-2004 European Commission, United Nations; USA; Japan 2007-10 PermRep EU, Head of Office justice and home affairs 2010-2011 AT-MOFA: Lisbon Treaty, Fukushima 2012-2016 Director EU Single Market + economic relations EU-27 15 Sept 2016 until today Ambassador in Doha.
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Ms. Kari Aina Eik

Kari Aina Eik is the Secretary General of the Organization for International Economic Relations – OiER with headquarters in Vienna, Austria with focus to support both governments and businesses to strengthen cooperation and networks to enhance international cross-sector cooperation and investments. She is a senior advisor to Governments, business and UN agencies for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 11 in cooperation with the private sector. She is the coordinator of the USC (United Smart Cities) program and the Co-Chair of U4SSC, (United for Smart Sustainable Cities), and the leader of its new finance deliverables, a global integrated UN initiative on urban development.
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Mr. Khaled Alshatarat

Mr. Khaled Alshatarat works as Environment Expert in Environment Statistics Division, Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics, Qatar. Previously he headed the Environment Statistics Division of Jordan. He also worked as Consultant in the field of environment statistics, and carried out consulting missions to different Arabic countries. He was focal point for different Environment Statistical Projects e.g. Sustainability Indicators-Arab League, Sharing of Environmental Information System (SEIS), European Environment Agency (EEA) etc. He is the member of Expert level of Jordanian Agricultural Engineers Associations. There are several several publications on his name, including: Public Environment Expenditures on Environmental Priorities-, Public Environmental Expenditures in Jordan . He participated in Arabic Revision for the System of Environment Economic Accounting , and making of Country Analysis Report.
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Mr. Luca Brusa

Mr. Luca Brusa leads the Regional Support activities of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat. As part of his role he manages the regional collaboration centres which are based in five countries worldwide, the organization of the regional climate weeks and the development of partnerships with UN agencies and other multilateral and national organizations. During the COP he is responsible for the protocol of the Heads of State and Government. Role that he had also during the COPs in Qatar and in Paris which was the largest UN conference ever in terms of participation of Heads of State. Before joining the Climate Change Secretariat, he worked as Evaluation Specialist for organizations such as UNDP, UNICEF and the British Council. He also undertook UN humanitarian missions in Asia and Africa. He holds a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Manchester in the UK and he was a visiting lecturer in Universities such as Cairo, Sao Paulo and Oxford.
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Mr. Stefano De Clara

Stefano De Clara is the International Policy Director at the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). He joined IETA in 2014, initially focusing on the EU ETS and UNFCCC negotiations. While continuing to work on these two areas, he currently also leads IETA’s activities in Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Working on IETA’s Business Partnership for Market Readiness (B-PMR) initiative he often focuses on emerging carbon markets. Prior to joining IETA he focused on emissions trading in the Academia and for consulting companies. He holds a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from the Utrecht University and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Triest.
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Ms. Nadya Al-Awainati

Nadya holds an Executives Masters from HBKU in Energy & Resources (2016). She also holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (2012). She is black belt certified candidate from the American Institute of Industrial engineers and has a minor degree in Project Management (2012). Nadya has several publications in the field of environment and technology. Nadya started her career as Process Control Engineer in Qatar Shell- in 2012 and then she joined Ras Gas in 2015 as Process Surveillance Engineer in the operations group.
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Ms. Mona Al Asmakh

Mona has an Executive Masters in Energy and Resources from Hamad Bin Khalifa University (2016), and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. Mona is currently a Reservoir engineer working with Qatar Petroleum within the Development Optimization team of the Dukhan field. Mona has several publications in the field of petroleum engineering.
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Dr. Esmat Zaidan

Dr. Esmat Zaidan holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo in Canada and three master-level degrees, in Urban Planning and Cities Design, in Applied Environmental Studies in Local Economic Development from University of Waterloo, and in Transportation Planning and Highways Design. Her bachelor degree is in civil engineering and she has worked for the World Bank for eight years in many development projects. Prior to joining Qatar University as assistant professor of Policy, Planning, and Development, she worked as assistant professor of Urban Planning at United Arab Emirates University and as a lecturer of International Development at University of Waterloo.
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Prof. Mohammed Arif

Prof. Mohammed Arif is the Head of School for the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. He is a professor of sustainability and Construction Futures as well and has done extensive work in Green Building Guidelines. Prof. Arif has worked in academia in several countries across the world. He has more than 100 refereed articles to his credit and has supervised more than 25 doctoral students to completion. Prof. Arif is also part of several international tasks forces and committees looking at improving the sustainability within the Built Environment sector across the globe. His work has been recognized globally and has received several prestigious awards across the world.
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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. Suad Abdul Wahed Alradhwan

Dr. Suad Alradhwan  holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Bath University, UK. She obtained her B.Sc & M.Sc in Chemical Engineering from Kuwait University. Dr Suad has more than 30 years of extensive Refinery experience in Process Engineering, Software/Computer Applications Engineering and served as Project Manager for the FEED phase of several critical projects at KNPC. She was appointed as a Manager to establish the new Research & Technology Department in 2012 and is now responsible for all Downstream R&D activities at KNPC. Dr. Suad is currently heading a committee to oversee the installation of Solar Energy Technologies to achieve 15% of Kuwait Oil Sector’s power consumption. Dr. Suad teaches Technical undergraduate/graduate level courses at local Universities and serves as an external advisor for ABET accreditation of the Chemical Engineering Department at Kuwait University. She is also certified as Educational Institution Auditor.
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Dr. Omar Boukhris

Dr. Omar El Farouk Boukhris holds Masters & PhD degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering, where his latest research was dedicated to investigating the impact of climate change. Throughout his work experience, Dr Boukhris held several research positions in North American & European institutions including the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology & European Commission. Dr. Boukhris is also the Director of the International School on Research Impact Assessment. Dr. Boukhris joined QNRF in 2007 where, among the first people, was instrumental in developing research environment in Qatar. He was the Director of Post Award at QNRF & currently oversees the Energy & Environment Research.
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Mr. Iain Groark

Joining Qatar Airways in 2015 as Vice President Environmental Affairs, Iain is responsible for business’s’ environment and sustainability strategy to achieve industry-leading environmental policy and performance. Iain represents Qatar Airways on airline environmental bodies and is committed to contributing towards an aviation industry which balances environmental responsibility with the social and economic benefits that international air travel delivers. Previously, Iain was Head of Sustainable Business Strategy with the UK’s rail infrastructure company; Head of Sustainable Development for Heathrow Airport Limited; and Head of Corporate Responsibility and Environment for the Royal Mail Group.
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Mr. Daniel Gauthier

Daniel Joseph Gauthier is currently working as an Environmental and Sustainability Manager for the Metro Project in Doha, Qatar. He has a bachelor's degree in Landscape architecture from the University of Montreal and specialized with time in landscape and environmental assessments in addition to Sustainable Landscape Design.
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Mr. Didier Marginèdes

Didier Marginèdes graduated from the "Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité" in 1978.  He has a Master of Science from Berkeley University (USA) and an Executive MBA from INSEAD. After different experiences with Aerospatiale, Schlumberger and Air Liquide, Mr. Marginèdes joined the Bolloré Group as R&D Director. In 2001, he became General Manager of BlueSolutions 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 BlueSolutions on the NYSE Euronext market and was named Executive Vice-President of the listed entity.
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Mr. Ashok John

Ashok John is a senior consultant with more than eight years of experience in the energy sector. His main areas of expertise are energy in the building sector and energy-efficient urban planning. Additionally, he gained profound experience through project work in the field of scenario analysis with R and BEAM², spatial analysis using Geographic Information System in addition to numeric simulation models, for example Ecotect. At Ecofys, he has managed and worked on a range of projects on national and international level, including the City of Hamburg and Washington D.C., Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM), German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the European Commission (EC) and customers from the private sector.
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Eng. Geraint Richards

Geraint Richards, Sales and Business Development Manager with BAUER Resources GmbH is a Mechanical Engineer focusing on water pollution prevention for the past 13 years. Geraint is currently involved with expanding the concept of the Nimr Water Treatment Plant in Oman as a sustainable solution to water treatment in the domestic and Oil & Gas sectors.
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Dr. Nasser Al-Mohannadi

Prof. Dr. Nasser Al-Mohannadi (1975) is a senior adviser at Qatar Petroleum (QP) and seconded to RasGas (2016-2017). He is also an adjunct professor in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University Qatar (TAMUQ). Prior to joining RasGas, he was the manager of the QP Research and Technology Centre (2012-2015). In this capacity he was Vice Chair of the Board of GASAL (a joint venture of Air Liquide, QP and the Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company). Furthermore, he was nominated from Qatar to hold position of research director at OPEC (2017). He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Qatar Science and Technology Park and has worked in various positions both in academia, service companies and IOC’s. He has also been advisor at DNB.
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Dr. Salvatore Vasta

Dr. Salvatore Vasta graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 2001. Ph.D. in Materials and Chemical Engineering in 2011. He achieved the Qualification as Associate Professor in Engineering physics and Nuclear Engineering in 2013. He participates as expert in TASK 53 of SHC program of IEA and in the JP on Energy Storage of EERA. He is author of several papers on scientific journals and conference proceedings and is the Head of the research group on “Thermally Driven Heat Pumps” at CNR–ITAE, carrying out research and project management in the field of thermal energy technologies, thermally-driven heat pumps, solar cooling and heat storage systems. He is the scientific coordinator of research projects, including a H2020 project and contracts with private companies.
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Mr. Andy Garner

Andy Garner is the Coordinator of the IAEA’s Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria and is facilitating a major capital investment project to enhance the laboratories. In his fifteen years with the IAEA, Andy has served in other technical and programme management functions. Prior to joining the IAEA, he spent several years working in environmental management with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and an Austrian environmental consulting company. Andy has a BSc in International Economics (Univ. of North Carolina), a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science) and an MSc in Natural Resource Management and Policy (Univ. of Michigan).
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Ms. Carolin Spirinckx

Carolin Spirincxk is a Project Manager at VITO in a team dealing with sustainability assessments within the built environment. She is a chemical engineer specialising in environmental technologies and management. Carolin has been involved in the performance of different sustainability assessment studies for building material producers, architects, building contractors and policy makers, with LCA/EPD and PEF as important evaluation tools. Carolin is the project manager of the PEF for buildings projects for the European Commission. Carolin is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of LCA and actively involved in the European normalisation committee CEN TC 350 (Sustainability of construction works).
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Mr. Gerald Rene Cucchiara

26 years experience in energy field , 11 years  in Nuclear and 15 Years in Oil & Gas, along what, my mission was to keep as much as possible the level of the facilities integrity at the maximum to reduce the consequences impact on environment and human of these both industries. Since five years  in Qatar,  two years ago I decided to have another action in the environment  by producing and  promoting an amazing  Eco-Friendly grass for the hot countries. 
As we said in France "je me suis mis au vert"..."I went Green".
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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.
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Arch. 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. 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.
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Arch. George Haikal

Arch. George Haikal is the Design and Projects Development Director of Ramaco an A grade Contracting Co, Qatar involved in overall Design and Design Management, as well as supervising Project Managers His vivid experience in the field of Design and Architecture is portrayed through the design and development of various types for projects in Qatar and his home country,Lebanon He started development of sustainable and environmentally friendly, buildings since year 2014 after Ramaco registered for GSAS since then Ramaco is one of the Major Project Developers , currently executing high rise building Projects at Lusail 1st 5 star status for res. Tower in Qatar was awarded for the design developed headed by Arch. George for Y Tower at lusail.
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Mr. Anis Abou Zaki

Anis Abou Zaki is a Partner at Foster + Partners where leads the environmental design and sustainable engineering team. Anis is an architect and engineer expert in sustainable responsive designs, environmental analysis, renewable energy and low to-zero-carbon technologies. He has lead integrated design teams in delivering award winning projects and sustainable masterplans in the US, South-America, Europe, Middle-East and Asia. He is a LEED AP and GSAS-CGP with extensive knowledge and hands-on application of international sustainability accreditation and benchmarking tools. Anis has presented at several international conferences and has been a guest lecturer and design critic at various universities in the UK and abroad.
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Ms. Dimitra Kyrkou

Dimitra is an Associate Partner, Senior Sustainability + Environmental Designer at Foster + Partners, specialising in Sustainable Masterplanning, Planning, Policy & Strategies. Her role involves offering design support to the architectural teams on design strategies and policies for sustainable developments of various types and scale around the world, from buildings to large master plans. Her responsibilities also include offering guidance on the effective application of international sustainability rating systems, such as LEED, GSAS, BREEAM and WELL. She has been the Sustainability Lead of various international projects, including the F+P design team of Lusail Plaza, Qatar, ensuring the scheme will receive highest possible GSAS rating.
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Mr. Robert Miller

Bob has worked in the Middle East since 2005 and has been with Marafeq Qatar since 2011. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Iowa and Minnesota, USA. His work includes the design of district heating and cooling plants, piping, and building connections. He is currently implementing the district cooling system in Lusail City, Qatar which will eventually include over 800 customers, 170+ km supply and return network piping, and 350,000 TR production capacity. Bob is one of the principal authors of IDEA’s District Cooling Best Practice Guide for Middle Eastern Projects.