Ali Jassim

Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Esco

Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services and holder of bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, Masters of Business Administration with Honors and a PhD in Business Management, has 21 years of experience in leading roles delivering programs and projects.

Ali held top positions in both public and private sector entities such as Head of Follow-up and Development Office at the Dubai Municipality, Acting CEO & Director of Drivers Licensing at RTA and General Manager of Qeyadah Driving Solutions.

Presently Ali is leading Etihad - The Super ESCO in the Emirates of Dubai, which will help Dubai to make one of the most sustainable cities and a leading example of energy efficiency for the region and the world.

Under the leadership of Ali, Etihad ESCO has retrofitted 2,184 facilities (offices, staff accommodation, villas etc) and more than 246,000 lighting fixture in 2016 which helped Dubai to save 48 GWh of electricity and 11 MIG of water. His energy saving targets for this year is far ahead as compared to last year and he planned to save of 140 GWh of electricity and 303 MIG of water by end of 2017.

He is playing a key role in the expansion of Etihad ESCO, he formed two vertical under Etihad umbrella– Etihad Solar & Etihad M&V in last 1 year and is currently working to develop District Cooling vertical. He is also strategically planning to expand the footprint of Etihad ESCO to the MENA region and to other parts of the world.

Nathan Hones

Chief Operating Officer / Partner, Carter Associates

Nathan is a highly qualified architectural and project management professional with over 24 years client and consultant-side property development experience in Australia and the UAE.  He is now Partner at Carter Associates, a project consultancy and project management firm established in Dubai and working across the MENA region.  Carter Associates works with hotel owners and operators to identify opportunities for increasing efficiencies and revenue and decreasing costs and then project manage the implementation of the agreed strategy.  They have advised numerous hotels including the Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Movenpick Bur Dubai, Movenpick JBR, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr and the Grand Hyatt Dubai to name a few.

Nathan obtained an Architecture Degree with honours from Sydney University, finishing 1st in his graduating year in Architectural Design and awarded on the Dean's Honour List.  He then obtained a Diploma in Project Management and an MBA majoring in Construction & Real Estate from the UK.  Since coming to the Middle East in 2004, Nathan has enjoyed a number of key positions with both architectural consultants and UAE real estate developers, working on numerous multi-billion dirham hotel and hospitality projects.  He has a reputed industry standing having judged five property award events including Cityscape Global, Cityscape Abu Dhabi, Cityscape Jeddah, International Commercial Property Awards and Middle East Architect Awards and he is often called upon for expert commentary on hotel and hospitality related issues in the UAE.

Nathan’s focus in Carter Associates surrounds the challenges facing the UAE hospitality sector, in particular in relation to new build hotel project management as well as strategic planning and project management of hotel refurbishments in the MENA region.

Karam Beshara

Director of Engineering, Sheraton Grand

Mohamed Soussan

Group General Manager, Ayla Hotels and Resorts

Iftikar Hamdani

Group General Manager, Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman

Jaydeep Anand

Chief Operating Officer & General Manager, Five Palm Jumeirah

Mohammed Hajjar

General Manager, Madaen Real Estate

Charles Blaschke

Managing Director, Taka Solutions

Hassan Younes

Executive Director, Griffin Consultants

Sam Alawiye

CEO , GreenParking

The CEO of GreenParking, Sam Alawiye is a Lebanese-German multi-cultural professional with a vast international experience in the parking industry for over 20 years as Project Manager, Sales Director, Entrepreneur and Executive of parking companies in MENA, Europe and Australasia. His professional success includes several international airport projects, the Petronas Towers (Malaysia), various projects in the UAE such as the Emirates Towers, The Beach Mall and many more.

Since 2005, he acts as partner and CEO for GreenParking. The GreenParking Group has become the leading supplier of sustainable Parking Management Solutions in the UAE with over 100 project references. As the only one-stop-shop for parking, the company provides the full range of products and services from design, consultancy, supply, installation and maintenance to car park management and valet. GreenParking team’s comprehensive and smart approach for managing car parks adds value to numerous prime locations in the region. The innovative product portfolio that also includes the ParkChip Technology, has recently been upgraded by pioneering installations of Electro-Vehicle Chargers across Dubai under the partnership with DEWA.

Sam Alawiye is driven to deliver high quality work by pursuing his passion for business, acting as motivator and leader of a professional team, as well as maintaining long-term relationships with his customers. His highly respected professionalism in the parking industry and concentration of his efforts have made GreenParking become a respected player in the Parking & Mobility market.

Abdullah Abu Gallioun

MEP Manager, LEED AP, Estidama PQP, CEM, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Berno Ram

International Director, Key Accounts Segments, SIGNIFY

Berno Ram joined Philips in 1986 after graduating at the Technical University as Chemical Engineer in The Netherlands.

He started working at the Philips Centre of Manufacturing Technology in Eindhoven The Netherlands, first as process engineer and later as project leader developing and optimizing manufacturing processes. In 1994 he started the EcoDesign group focusing on evaluating and improving the environmental performance of Philips products. From 1997 onwards he was Sustainability Manager for several product divisions such as Philips Consumer Electronics and Philips Lighting.

In 2004 he became the first Green Marketing Manager of Philips Lighting, developing environmental strategies and bringing environmental innovations to the market. He was also representing Philips Lighting in European branch organizations and being the contact person for the European Union regarding environmental legislation related to Lighting. From 2009 he took up several international sales functions in Russia and South America, developing different sales channels both from products as systems perspective.

In 2016 he joined Philips Lighting Ventures helping to bring connected lighting innovations to the market. Since September 2018 he is responsible for the global Hospitality market based in Dubai. Here he focus on bringing Interact, our IoT based platform to the market.

Samer Khoudeir

Samer Khoudeir, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer joined Empower in 2005. He is responsible for the organization's Sales, Marketing and Customer Service functions and driving force to achieve the company's objective of being the World’s largest district cooling services provider. Samer is also nominated as General Manager & Board Member for ELIPS. Samer contributed significantly towards Empower’s many accolades from International District Energy Association (IDEA), and performed frontline role in successfully organising IDEA INTERNATIONAL District Cooling Conference in Dubai, in 2014.

With over 25 years of experience in UAE, Samer has a great ability of analyzing the market especially after spending 12 years in the field of Heating, Ventilation, Air- conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) products and services with UTS Carrier LLC. Samer was awarded numerous awards for his contributions and exceptional efforts in growing Carrier’s market share and in its success.

Samer is a member of Demand Site Management Executive Committee member in Dubai and is also a member in number of Engineering Societies: American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), IDEA, DSM Executive Committee member, Syrian Society of Engineers and UAE Society of Engineers.

Samer is a graduate of Aleppo University, Syria, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Powers). He also obtained PG Certificate in Management from Bournemouth University, UK.

Faisal Ali Hassan Rashid

Director – Demand Side Management, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

Amr El Nady

Executive Vice President - Head of Hotels & Hospitality MENA, JLL

Ayman Angaly

Director of Engineering, Marriott Hotel

Simon Hocknell

Director, MEP, Kerzner International

Dr. Ioannis Spanos

Regional Manager, Building Services, Sustainability, KEO International

Francisco Ramalheira

Director, Business Development & Marketing, Enova

Rajmohan Govindarajan

Manager, Building Systems & Solutions, MEA, Armstrong Fluid Technologies