Invited 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.


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.


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". 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.


Ken Guthrie

Ken Guthrie is the Director of Sustainable Energy Transformation Pty Ltd, a specialist consulting service that undertakes activities that aim to transform markets to support greater use of sustainable energy.He is Chair of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Program. And also Chairman of the ISO Standards Committee on Solar Energy.  Until August 2012 Ken was the General Manager, Sustainable Environs at Sustainability Victoria, Australia, where he provided advice across the Victorian Government regarding market and regulatory programs to support the deployment of Sustainable Energy Technologies.  He is currently providing strategic support for innovative building energy efficiency computer software at CSIRO, the Australian Scientific research organisation.


Sabine Putz

Sabine Putz, COO, Head of Research and Development; Projekt Manager and Projectleader at the company SOLID GmbH
R&D Strategy, Teamleading, Projectleading, Project Acquisition, Management and Realization of Research- and Development Projects, IEA SHC Task 45 Subtask Lead, Operating Agent IEA SHC Task 55. Project Manager at ROCHE Diagnostics Requirements management, Risk management for Bloodgas Analyser; Scheduling, Stakeholder management, Integration management, Scope management, Workshop Facilitation. Project Manager at HEUBERGER Eloxal Finishing Technologies for Magnesium and Titan. Development Engineer, Project Manager at ISOVOLTA AG (Encapsulation of Solar Cells).


Bärbel Epp

Bärbel Epp is the founder and managing director of the agency solrico – solar market research & international communication, a network of solar thermal professionals worldwide. She is responsible for the international newsletter on the web portal, which has been dedicated exclusively to the solar heating and cooling sector. Every December, solrico publishes the World Map of the Solar Thermal Industry, in cooperation with the international magazine Sun & Wind Energy (downloads available on  Bärbel Epp graduated from the University of Oldenburg, Germany, with a degree in physics and a focus on renewable energies. She can look back at 11 years of being the editor of the German renewable magazine Sonne Wind & Wärme and 4 years of building up the international magazine.


He Tao

He Tao, professor of engineering, is deputy director of National Center for Quality Supervision and Testing of Solar Heating Systems at CABR (China Academy of Building research), the largest and most diverse research institution in building industry in China. He is IEA SHC Executive Committee representative of China, and currently in his second term as vice chairman. Furthermore, he is Secretary-General of Committee of Solar Thermal Conversion, China Renewable Energy Society.In past 20 years, his main researches are solar heating & cooling application in building, solar thermal system testing and building energy efficiency, etc. He led the development of most of national solar thermal standards and has been in charge of the establishment of 3 national solar thermal testing laboratories.


Maria Wall

Maria Wall is associate professor at the Division of Energy and Building Design, Lund University, Sweden. She has a MSc in Architecture and a PhD in Engineering. Her research includes different issues related to energy-efficient buildings as well as solar energy strategies. She is presently leader of the IEA SHC Task 51 on Solar Energy in Urban Planning and was former leader of SHC Task 41 on Solar Energy and Architecture. She is also Director of the 2-year Master Programme in Energy-efficient and Environmental Building Design at Lund University.


Werner Weiss

Werner WEISS is director of AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) in Austria and is working in national and international solar thermal projects since 1988. He is board member of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling and was chairman of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from June 2010 to May 2014. Since 2007 he is lecturer at Vienna University of Technology and member of the Scientific Council of EURAC Research in Italy.


Steffen Klingler

Steffen Klingler is managin director at KOP GmbH. He is member of the economic council Germany, Expert Commission Real Estate/ Urban Development, and member of the industrial national association of Baden-Wurttemberg. Klinger is a member of the broad of energy, chamber of industry and commerce in Stuttgart. He worked as an authorized pilot auditor for sustainable buldings according to the certification of the DGNB German Sustainable Building Council. 


Dr. David Renné

Dr. David Renné is currently in his second term as the President of the International Solar Energy Society. He recently retired from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S., where, since 1991, he developed and managed programs on renewable energy resource assessment and analysis, and the integration of resource data into GIS. He continues to serve as the Operating Agent of an International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task titled “Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting”, and is an Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal. He is now an international renewable energy consultant working under the trade name "Dave Renne Renewables", and serves as a Senior Consultant to Clean Power Research, a private company in the U.S. that produces and disseminates solar resource assessment products for industry and government planners.


Dr. Daniel Mugnier

Dr. Mugnier is head of R&D department at TECSOL, one of the French leading solar engineering company. He has professional experience in engineering solar thermal systems for large DHW applications and above all solar heating and cooling systems. Daniel Mugnier is involved as well in numerous R&D projects on solar cooling at the national , European and international level. He is also author of several publications and presentations in international conference on solar cooling. TECSOL has achieved more than 50 feasibility studies on solar cooling and designed 10 working installations at the moment since 1990 on solar heating and cooling. He is currently Vice Chairman of the European Solar Thermal Technology Platform,  Vice Chairman of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme ( and Operating Agent of IEA SHC Task 53 (


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 18 years of professional experience in all aspects of inter-/national climate change and energy policy and finance. Currently is advising multilateral institutions and national governments around the globe on the implementation and financing of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and regional carbon markets. In Austria he is (co-) managing the Sustainable Energy Financing Platform Austria (SEFIPA) which aims to develop innovative financial instruments for incentivizing additional investments in sustainable energy.


Jan de Boer

Dr.-Ing. Jan de Boer, Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics (Direction: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Peter Sedlbauer), Nobelstraße 12, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany. Jan de Boer – 1994: Diploma (M.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering at the University of Bochum. 1994-1995: Consulting engineer in a lighting design office. 1995-1996: Research associate at the Chair of Building Physics at the University of Stuttgart. Since 1996: group manager Lighting Technology and Passive Solar Systems in the Department of Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) in Stuttgart. 2004: PhD at the University of Stuttgart. Since 2005: teaching assignment at the University of Stuttgart. 2009 Master of Business Administration at the RWTH Aachen and HSG St. Gallen. Member and coordinator of several standardization commissions and working groups on energy efficient lighting. Speaker of the scientific technical Committee of the LiTG on the topic “daylighting”. Operating agent IEA-SHC Task 50 “Advanced Lighting Solutions for Retrofitting Buildings”. 


Michael Kohl

Michael Köhl, physicist, working in the various fields of solar energy systems since 1977. Since more than 25 years he is with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems with the focus on characterisation and service life analysis of materials, components and systems used for solar energy conversion including outdoor exposure testing and development of accelerated service life test procedures. He serves as a coordinator of national and international (IEA Solar Heating and Cooling, EU) projects, too.


Dr. Abdullah Kadri

Dr. Abdullah Kadri is a Senior R&D Expert and Technology Lead at Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC). He has a M.E.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, ON, Canada. He has more than 22 years of experience in both industry and academia. At QMIC, he mainly focuses on R&D activities related to intelligent sensing and monitoring using mobility and also, he is the technology lead of Hawa’ak solution ( He has more than 60 publications in international journals and conferences. His research interests include green cellular and wireless communications, wireless sensor networks for harsh environments, internet-of-things (IoT), and energy harvesting. He is a Senior Member, IEEE and a member of Professional Engineers Ontario.


Dr. Suad Alradhwan

Dr. Suads 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.


Carolin Spirinckx

Carolin Spirinckx Carolin graduated as a chemical engineer in 1993 and specialised in environmental technologies and management in 1994. In 1995 she started her carrier as a scientist at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). Currently Carolin is project manager in a team dealing with sustainability asssessments within the built environment. Carolin has been involved in the performance of different life cycle assessment studies (LCAs), environmental product declarations (EPDs) and Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) projects for building material producers, architects, building contractors and policy makers. Carolin represents Belgium in the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP). 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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Prof Mohammed Arif

Prof Mohammed Arif is a Professor of Sustainability and Process Management at the University of Salford in the UK. He is also currently the director of research centre in the area of Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST). He started HIS academic career in the US and has since been associated with academia in USA, UAE, India and the UK. Sustainability is one of his main areas of research. He has worked in the area of process and productivity management as well. Over his career that spans more than 2 decades published extensively in the area of sustainability and green building guidelines. He has more than 110 refereed articles to his credit published in top journals and conferences. He has also brought in millions of pounds in research funding and has supervised 15 PhD students to completion. His research has been funded by a range of sources such as QNRF, Innovate UK, Highways England, European Union and Higher Education Academy. For his contributions in research he was recently awarded with Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) award. Prior to that he has received awards for his research from Government of Salengor, Malaysia for his contributions in the area of energy efficient affordable housing.

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Dr. Fodil Fadli

Dr. Fodil is the current Acting Head of the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning at Qatar University. He is an Architect by background and an Assistant Professor of Architecture & Urban Design. He graduated as an Architect from the Polytechnic School of Architecture & Urbanism-EPAU, Algiers and then successfully completed a PhD thesis in Sustainable Architecture at the School of Architecture & Design Technology- University of Huddersfield (UK). Fodil worked in both Academia and Practice. His research interests span sustainable architecture, sustainability assessment and modeling, building performance evaluation, EIA, BIM, historic building restoration/conservation, digitizing heritage and design in motion (dynamic environment). He has published and presented his work in highly esteemed and reputed journals and conferences worldwide. He is an expert reviewer for several well-established journals, publishers and conferences, and also an external examiner for EU/UK universities and funding bodies. During the last five years he managed to secure over US$ 2.2 Million in R&DI grants in research projects investigating emergency protocols and platforms in critical buildings, optimizing topologies for sustainable high-rise buildings and the adaptation of bio facades in buildings.


Maria Vagliasindi

Maria Vagliasindi is currently Program Leader for the GCC countries at the World Bank. She has been leading analytical work and policy dialogue with senior government officials. She has also led over the past two decades on policy initiatives in partnerships with other institutions, including the IMF, OECD, OPEC and other multilateral development banks, in high level contexts such as the G-20. Maria has written widely on the economics of competition, regulation and public private partnerships, and also on governance of state owned enterprises. Her publication include papers published in several books academic journals, including The European Economic Review, Revue d'Economie Financière, Economic Systems, Comparative Economic Studies, and Utilities Policy. Maria holds an M Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick. She serves on the editorial board of the International Association for Energy Economics’ journal, the Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy.


Ms. Lucie Berger

Ms. Lucie Berger works as First Secretary for Trade and Economic Affairs at the Delegation of the European Union based in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She therefore represents the EU in all matters related to trade and economic affairs in the Gulf region, including bilateral cooperation and relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council. From this function, she coordinates EU Member States on trade and economic matters, which includes chairing of the EU commercial counsellors' meetings as well as meetings on consular affairs.


Gajanana Hegde

Gajanana Hegde is the Team Leader for Standard Setting in the Sustainable Development Mechanism programme of the UNFCCC secretariat. Over the last 10 years, he contributed to the development of methodologies for the evaluation of greenhouse gas mitigation outcome in the area of energy access, energy efficiency in buildings, transport and agriculture. His work in the secretariat also included the development of regulations for programme of activities under the Clean Development Mechanism. He is also contributing to the work of the Working Group of the International Financial Institutions, comprising over 25 members including Multilateral Development Banks, for the development of harmonized standards for GHG accounting for climate action by non-state actors. He has supported UNFCCC negotiations under article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Gajanana has also contributed to the activities under the Montreal Protocol aimed at transition to sustainable practices in the service sector of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. Gajanana has a Doctorate from the Curtin University of Technology Australia (specialization waste to energy) and a Master’s degree from the University of Oldenburg, Germany (specialization in renewable energy application).


Jeff Kersey

Jeff Kersey is Divisional Director in Jacobs’ Sustainable Solutions business. He has worked in sustainability since completing an MSc in Environmental Resources in 1997. In recent years he has focused on sustainable design processes for global manufacturing, major infrastructure, buildings and agro-forestry. Currently he works on behalf of Qatar Rail as Sustainability Manager for 3 projects on the Doha Metro programme. Before joining Jacobs, he was an Associate at CIRIA, where he developed sustainability best practice guidance for the UK construction and nuclear industries. Jeff’s first degree is in the Sociology of development; in his spare time he is involved in sustainable agro-forestry in rural Indonesia.

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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.


Kareem M. Ali Mansour

Kareem M. Ali Mansour has received his Masters of Architecture degree from University of North Carolina in Charlotte, USA. His Masters was in “Sustainable Architecture: Cultural Responsive Architecture”. Kareem Mansour has received his Masters of Architecture degree from University of North Carolina in Charlotte, USA. His Masters was in “Sustainable Architecture: Cultural Responsive Architecture”. Kareem has worked on the following courses and researched the following materials (as a Research Assistant and as a Masters Student) : Building Systems Integration, Parametrics, and Sustainability, Double Skin Façade Analysis (Research Paper), Daylighting (A Case Study), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Prefabricated Affordable Housing, and reservation Green Lab Kareem has worked and is aware with some energy tools like (Ecotect, Design Builder, Sun Path, WeatherTool, Ecotect Vasari, Solar Thermal Tool, and Radiance). Besides his current role as an Architect and Design Engineer, Kareem is also the Sustainability Design Manager at ASHGHAL where he is carrying the following roles: Advice on what qualifications the GSAS Consultant requires to undertake a GSAS Assessment,advice and guidance on what GSAS items to undertake at different stages of a project, Undertaking regular liaison meetings with GORD to discuss GSAS related issues, and attending GSAS project workshops (usually at the GORD Offices) to advance assessments, resolve toolkit / calculator queries, etc.



Dr. Sean Michael Cashin is currently the Projects Director and VP of Design for DARUNA DEVELOPMENT, a Qatar registered company whose mission is to Design, Build & Operate high-quality Workers’ Accommodation Facilities which conform to the highest standards for design, safety and quality of living.He currently oversees a talented team of architects, engineers, project managers and technical specialists whom are tasked with delivering a feasible solution to meet the Government of Qatar’s mandate of developing a dedicated supply of compliant worker accommodation facilities which are commercially viable and environmentally sustainable. Prior to his current role, Dr. Cashin acted as a Senior Consultant on multiple projects in Qatar, the UK and EU across several market sectors including: financial services, IT, infrastructure, major sporting events and environmental sustainability.He is a graduate of Queen’s University (Canada) and Cambridge University (England) with a specialization in GIS - Remote Sensing and Cadastral Land Management.