Intersolar Middle East

September 26-27, 2017
Conrad Dubai, UAE


YLIC Jury Members

Fatima Al-Foora Al Shamsi, Ministry of Energy

Fatima Al-Foora Al Shamsi is the Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity in the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy with a rich background ranging from electrical engineering, renewables, Business Development and project management to different Managerial roles. Worked as the Vice President of the Privatization and Business Development in Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and as an Executive Director for Electricity in the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA). Her climb to the corporate leadership position was a result of her high work ethics.
Before joining the Ministry She was leading the Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park Project, IP(W)P program in Dubai, DEWA private investment portfolio development, DEWA corporate strategy team and R&Ds related to the Business development of DEWA. She is now leading the Electricity, clean energy, Climate change and Water desalination related activities in the Ministry of Energy. She graduated from the United Arab Emirates University with an honors degree of BS in electronics engineering. Add to that she holds an MBA in Financial Management.

Gurjit Singh, Dubai World Trade Centre

Gurjit has been in the UAE for almost a decade and is at present the Senior Vice President – Real Estate with the Dubai World Trade Centre, overseeing its city centre redevelopment programme as well as the development of its assets at Dubai Expo 2020. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer of Sorouh Real Estate PJSC and the Chief Development Officer of Aldar Properties PJSC, in Abu Dhabi. Gurjit also spent many years as the Group Director – Real Estate with the Sentosa Development Corporation, planning and developing Sentosa Island, the IR and Sentosa Cove in Singapore and prior to that with Sime Darby and Jones Land Wootton ( now Jones Lang Lasalle). Gurjit received his education at the University of Cambridge, and has authored numerous publications on real estate development and management.

What do you think the student’s best approach to the project would be?

Ensuring a comprehensive research exercise is carried out to identify what is lacking and then use a gap analysis to propose innovation.

Mario Seneviratne, Green Technologies

Mario has gained extensive experience in the global green building industry and has to his credit over 3.3 million sqm of sustainability and LEED projects in the Middle East and Asia. He has incorporated a number of sustainable strategies to achieve quantifiable energy and water conservation in numerous residential, industrial and commercial buildings. This cumulative effort won him the 2015 Climate Control Editor’s Choice Award for Sustainable Development and Engineering Excellence.

His work is symbolic of the sustainable built environment, based on the concepts of great engineering and architecture. His projects range from the first LEED building outside the United States in 2000 to the highest rated new construction green building in the Middle East - the ‘DEWA Sustainable Building’ which achieved 98 LEED Points and LEED Platinum certification in 2012. Mario’s latest achievements that echoes his devotion to sustainable development and engineering excellence is the SABIC Home of Innovation– Demonstration Home at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which brings recognition as the first project in the Middle East that is both LEED Platinum and Net Zero.

Dr. Jan Mugele, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences

Since 2009 Dr. Jan Mugele works as a full professor at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. He holds the professorship for Regenerative Energy in Building Technologies. From 2010 to 2014 he served as vice-president for research in his university. Before he worked several years as consultant and expert witness and was energy expert in a leading housing cooperative. In fall semester 2014/15 he taught at the German-Jordanian-University in Amman. Dr. Mugele holds a PhD in Building Technology Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and a diploma in Building Technology Engineering.

What do you think the student’s best approach to the project would be?

You should record the necessary data (e.g. energy consumption, U-values, sizes etc.), if you can by measurements. Than you should look for the structure of the energy consumers (e.g. cooling, heating, lighting etc.) and finally choose the consumers with the main impact to start the project.

Hadi Tahboub, MESIA

Hadi Tahboub serves as the current President of the Middle East Solar Industry Association, and is also the Executive Director for International Development for the Middle East for Canadian solar energy developer SkyPower Global. He has over 17 years in the regional industry, with a focus on green energy solutions, and sat on the board of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Middle East & Africa), as well as an Abu Dhabi based investment and development. Hadi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Finance.

What do you think the student’s best approach to the project would be?

Teamwork and thinking outside the box. Also, best to read frequently on the subject.

Dr. Raed Bkayrat, First Solar

Dr. Raed Bkayrat is responsible for establishing and overseeing First Solar’s commercial footprint in the region, market setup, origination and strategy development for partnerships and project execution. With about 20 years of experience, Raed joins First Solar from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was responsible for creating the institution’s successful Industry Collaboration Program. During his four year stint at KAUST, he also created a demonstration and testing program for solar and other clean energy technologies, advised several Saudi governmental and industrial entities and mentored start up companies. Prior to that he was part of successful Startups in O&G industry in California, and previously spent eight years in various roles at Siemens AG in Germany and the US. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan. Raed is an expert on the technical and commercial values of integrated hybrid plants for power generation and water desalination. Raed has several issued patents and is an invited speaker on the topic of clean energy and sustainability.

In your opinion, what is the best part of this challenge?

The best part of this challenge is that students can apply their knowledge and theoretical studies into a real life example and provide real impact that will last for years in a building that is high profile and visible to the community, hence creating a role model that can be followed.

Dr. Nasser Al-Azri, Sultan Qaboos University

Dr. Nasser Al-Azri graduated from Texas A&M University with PhD in Chemical Engineering, MSc in Chemical Engineering and ME in Industrial Engineering and from Sultan Qaboos University with BSc in Mechanical Engineering. His main research areas are renewable energy and process integration. He has published works in energy integration, passive cooling and production of energy from renewable sources. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University.

Based on the submission requirements, what tangible results do you expect from the students?

Based on the nature of the competition, I am expecting that the students will present the aspects provided in the criteria which are:

  1. Taking the current operation of the building as a base case and then compare it to the advantageous retrofit case. 
  2. Highlighting the incorporation of renewable sources, especially solar energy.
  3. Using new technologies that can minimize cost and/or improve efficiency.
  4. Performing feasibility study and validating the proposed solution in terms of cash saving and payback period. 

Dr S V Kota Reddy, Manipal University

Dr. S. V. Kota Reddy is the Academic President of Manipal University Dubai Campus. He joined Manipal University Dubai as the Chairperson of Engineering Department in the year 2009. It is his sheer determination and meticulous nature that has driven him to being the Academic Head of this prestigious institution.
A Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay India, he firmly believes in commitment, team work and efficient completion of any task undertaken. He leads several disciplines on to the path of excellence to ensure consistent delivery of quality education. He has been responsible for identifying and establishing student exchange programs through collaborations with various Universities across the globe. He also focuses on R&D initiatives, Professional Society activities, Industry collaborations for internships, placements and research activities at Manipal University Dubai.

If you could choose an ideal building for the project, what would it be?

An ideal building would be the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa and provide best possible solutions to make it more highly energy efficient.

Anwar Zabin, City Solar

Anwar Zabin is the CEO and Cofounder for City Solar Energy Systems Installation & Maintenance since 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, specialized in Solar PV Systems and responsible for one of the largest Solar PV Project in Dubai called “The Sustainable City”. Also he has a 22 years experienced professional and leader: 13 years in telecoms, 3 years in Oil and Gas, 3 Years in Image Processing and Satellite Navigation and 4 years in R&D in Electronics and Control systems.
Results-oriented and active team player with a track record of successes and achievements in Solar PV Systems, Telecommunications, Operations, Services Sales and Business Development, Oil and Gas and Control Systems / Electronics R&D and Engineering Management. Scope of work involves partnering with Sales Strategy, Operations, Services, Solutions Architects, Technical Solutions Engineering, Product Teams, Legal, Financing, Technical Accounting, Marketing (develop business cases, roadshows), Procurement, Logistics, Vendors and Services Subcontractors to deliver winning solution to customers.

Salwa Mamoun Beheiry, American University of Sharjah

Salwa M. Beheiry is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering in Environmental and Sustainability area . She earned her PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Project Management), University of Texas at Austin, USA. Salwa Beheiry has earned various honors and awards throughout her academic and industrial career. Before starting her doctoral program, she worked with Independent Project Analysis Inc. in Ashburn, Virginia, USA, for five years as a project analyst/consultant in international building, and industrial and infrastructure projects.

Based on the submission requirements, what tangible results do you expect from the students?

  • A clear documentation of the current building state of constructed facilities and services 
  • Clear assumptions and choices of what items the team will tackle to reduce energy use by the required number 
  • Documentation of the calculations leading to the reduction 
  • A final presentation of the new and improved retrofitted building 

Dr. Steven Griffiths, Masdar Institute

Dr. Steven Griffiths is Vice President for Research, Interim Associate Provost and Professor of Practice at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. At Masdar Institute Dr. Griffiths has overall responsibility for research, including large-scale, collaborative research programs and centers, research development, sponsored programs, technology transfer, and research laboratories. Outside of Masdar Institute, Dr. Griffiths serves as advisor to the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, is a Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee member and is engaged as an evaluator and mentor in additional regional and international research and innovation competitions and programs. He served as a member of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015 and advised the government of Alberta, Canada on provincial innovation system structuring during 2014. Dr. Griffiths is Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Energy Strategy Reviews and author of various works in the energy policy and energy strategy fields. Prior to his role at Masdar Institute, Dr. Griffiths was the Executive Director of the MIT Technology and Development Program’s MIT/Abu Dhabi Program and the founding Executive Vice President of Light Pharma Inc. In these roles he has worked internationally in leading the development and implementation of technical solutions and partnerships across multiple sectors. His interests and expertise span process design, technology development, and technology strategy in information technology, biotechnology, and renewable energy. Dr. Griffiths holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Dr. Fadi Ghaith, Heriot Watt University

Dr Fadi Ghaith has served different positions in academia as well as industry. He currently holds the position of the Associate Program Director of Studies at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai Campus. Also he is Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering within the school of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Before joining Heriot Watt University, he held a range of positions in the Oil and Gas industry such as design & development engineer, purchasing manager, and Consultant. During his service in these positions he led many projects which exceeded the value of 10 Million USD. In addition, Dr. Ghaith is recognized internationally as Chartered Engineer by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (i.e. CEng MIMechE) and he is a member of many engineering and educational institutions such as ASME, IAEME and HEA. On the academic level, Dr. Ghaith holds PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served as visiting Assistant Professor at Sultan Qaboos University and researcher at King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals for four years. Dr. Ghaith led a multidisciplinary research in the areas of renewable energy, system dynamics, solid mechanics and engineering education. He has a total of 30 technical papers that have been published in international journals and presented in refereed international conferences. In particular, he has active research in the area of Solar energy and its applications in heating, cooling and desalination.

Mustafa Khan, Beckoff

Mustafa Khan is an Application Engineer with German control and automation manufacturer, BECKHOFF AUTOMATION. Responsible for designing applications for the products and solutions, he has in-depth knowledge of the Control and Automation Engineering in the Middle East, with focus on creating transparent platforms for energy expenditure. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering.

Pass a short message to the students competing.

It’s a very huge opportunity to present your ideas not just theoretically, but practically with real time application. I look forward to seeing your submissions. All the best.