The Forum

Day 1: 18 June 2014

08.00 – 09.30 Registration
09.30 – 10.00 Opening Session


Mr. Ziad El Zein, Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation


H.E. James Moran, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Egypt

H.E. Dr. Rima Khalaf, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker,  Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy- Egypt

H.E. Nabil El-Araby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States

10.00 – 11.00 Ministerial Session


H.E. Eng. Mouddar Khouja, Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce


H.E.Dr.Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Egypt

H.E.Dr.Omar Kettaneh, Minister of Energy, Palestine

H.E.Dr. Mohamed Hamed, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan

H.E.Dr. MervatTallawi, Chairperson of the National Council for Women, Egypt

H.E. Ambassador. Navdeep Suri, Ambassador of India to Egypt

Mr. Ahmad El Sewedy, President and Chief Executive Officer of El-Sewedy Electric S.A.E.

11.00 – 11.10 Group Photo
11.10 – 12.00 Break and press conference
12.00 – 13.30 Plenary Session 1:  Role of SME’s in Sustainable Energy Transition


Eng. Maged Mahmoud, Senior Expert, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tareq Emtairah , Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Panelists:

Mr. Yuichi Oba, Economic Councilor, Japanese Embassy to Cairo,

Mr. Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General, RES4MED

Dr. Ulrike Lehr, Senior Researcher – GWS Institute of Economic Structures Research, Germany

Dr. Hassan Farjabi, President, SolarMan Company Ltd, Sudan

Mr. Ennis Rimawi, Millennium Energy Industries, Jordan

Mr. Riccardo Toxiri, Policy Advisor on Climate and Energy GSE S.p.A

13.30 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00 – 16.30 Plenary Sesssion 2: Relevant challenges and solutions for SMEs’ involvement in RE and EE


Mr. Mohamed Mousa Omran, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and Renewable Energy,

Keynote Speaker:

Eng. Jamila Matar, Director, Energy Department, League of Arab States

Dr. Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim, Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics & Political Science


Dr. Hafez Salmawi, Executive Chairman, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Egypt

Mrs. Soha Soliman, Director of SMEs Department, National Bank of Egypt

Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Mikhlafi, Secretary General, Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mr. Giuseppe De Beni, CEO, Italgen, Italy

Mr. Apostolos Oikonomou, EU Funded Technical Assistance to Support the Reform of the Energy

Sector, Egypt

Mr. Ayman Isamil, General Director, Energy Efficiency Directorate,  Palestinian Energy Authority

16.30-17.00 Launching of the LAS, IRENA, RCREEE report  on “Pan-Arab Renewable Energy Strategy 2030:  Roadmap of Actions for Implementation”
20.00 – 22.00 Gala Dinner

Day 2: 19 June 2014

09.00 – 10.30 Plenary session 3: Legislative, Institutional Frameworks and Financial Mechanisms Required to Activating the Role of SMEs


Ms. Roula Majdalani, Director of Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, UN-ESCWA

Keynote Speaker:

Dr Rym Ayadi, Senior Research Fellow, Head, Financial Institutions & Prudential Policy Unit Coordinator,Mediterranean PROspects, MEDPRO


Mr. Moncef BenAbdallah, Consultant Industry & Energy, former Industry and Energy Minister, Tunisia

Ms. Tahani Abu Daqqa, President of Palestinian Association of Solar Energy and Sustainability, former Minister,Palestine

Ms. Glada Lahn, Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Division, ChathamHouse, UK

Mrs. Giovanna CEGLIE, Representative and Director, UNIDO, Regional Office Egypt

Mr. Michael Nates, Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, ACWA Power, Saudi Arabia

Mr. Ghasan Anbar, Director General, Green Power 2020, Belgium  

10.30 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 11.10 Cereomony of the Award of the Arab Energy Efficiany Day, Best Article on EE
11.10 – 12.10

Plenary session 4: A debate on generation cost of bankable RE project VS the generation cost of RE small scale projects and the role of SMEs



Eng. Ashraf Kraidy


Dr. Samir Kotob, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Kuwait  

Eng. Pierre El Khoury, Director General, Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, Lebanon

Mr. Wael Hamdi, Vice president, Power- El Sewedy Electric, Egypt

12.10 – 13.30 Plenary session 5: Roundtable discussion on “The way forward for more contribution of SEMs in RE&EE development in the Arab region”



Dr. Ahmed El Beltagui, EU Delegation Egypt

Keynote Speaker:

Dr Samir Amous, MED-ENEC consultant


Dr. Anhar Hegazy, Head of Energy Efficiency Unit, National Information Center, Egypt

Mr. Shahir Zaki, Principle Manager, EBRD, UK

Mr. Kevin Braithwaite, Global Programs Director, Cleantech Open, USA

Mr. Hossam El-Sifary,  INiTS business development, strategy, and internationalization efforts, Austria

Dr. Mohamed El-Khayat, Head of RE&RR Expert Committee LAS, Egypt

13.30 – 14.30 Forum Declaration and Closing Statements
14.30 – 16.00 Lunch