Green Hydrogen: Infrastructure

Tuesday, March 07, 2023
02:00 pm - 03:30 pm
Sheikh Saeed Hall 2, Dubai World Trade Centre
Conference Area, S2.C50

A hydrogen economy at scale will complement the renewable sector to build a resilient energy system. Is an entire re-built required, or can existing assets contribute to an accelerated transition? What infrastructure exists and what will be further required. Expect real-world answers and a look at upcoming investments

02:00 pm - 02:05 pmWelcome and Introduction

Cornelius Matthes


Dii Desert Energy

02:05 pm - 02:30 pmModular and Scalable Electrolyser Technology for kW to GW Scale Systems

Shaji John

Head of Sales & Business Development, South Asia, Middle East & Africa


02:30 pm - 02:55 pmCarbon2Chem®

Dr. Malcolm R. Cook

Vice President & Head of Chemicals & Process Technologies - Middle East & Turkey

Thyssen Krupp

02:55 pm - 03:20 pmGreen Hydrogen - Our Future that Has Become our Present

Dr. Andrea Lovato

Executive Vice President Business Development. Head of Renewable & Hydrogen Development

ACWA Power

03:20 pm - 03:30 pmQ&A Round



Shaji John, Ohmium

Head of Sales & Business Development, South Asia, Middle East & Africa


Shaji John is an Electrical Engineer, has Executive MBA from SP JAIN, Mumbai and he is also a Certificated Project Management Associate, IPMA Switzerland. He is responsible for Business Development & Sales for Ohmium, a Green Hydrogen Technology Company since June 2022. Previously in his last assignment with L&T, Shaji John was responsible for developing Renewables business and ensuring that L&T is well placed to capture a considerable market share in the emerging clean energy space. The Solar Initiative was started under his leadership back in 2008 and reached a portfolio of over ~ 8 GW of Solar projects, 150 MWHr of Battery Energy Storage Systems and 500 Micro Grids. He was responsible for bagging one of the largest contracts of NEOM Green Hydrogen project, involving 3 GWp Solar, 1.5 GW Wind, 500 MWHr of Batteries and associated Grid Management Systems. He has over 26 years of experience in P&L Management, Strategic planning, Business Development, Contracts, Project Management, Strategic Sourcing in International and Domestic markets for T&D and Renewable Business. He and his wife Reena parents two lovely girls Angeline Anna John (16) and Christine Anna John (14). Apart from spending time with family and professional work, he enjoys spending time on gardening, cooking, and investments.


Dr. Andrea Lovato, ACWA Power

Executive Vice President Business Development. Head of Renewable & Hydrogen Development

Saudi Arabia

Dr. Lovato is a seasoned industry expert in the power utility space with focus on Independent Power and Desalination Projects (IWPP), developed, financed constructed and operated through concession or utility outsourcing contract models. Since 2009 Dr. Lovato has worked on the development of several IPP and IWPP projects in the region and internationally, with special focus in the recent years to renewables (CSP/PV/Wind). He has secured financial closing of various industry's landmark projects, including the NOORo projects in Morocco and the DEWA projects in Dubai and KSA. He is leading ACWA Power business unit for Hydrogen. Dr. Lovato received a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen and has been based in the UAE since 2005.


Dr. Malcolm R. Cook, Thyssen Krupp

Vice President & Head of Chemicals & Process Technologies - Middle East & Turkey


Dr Malcolm Cook holds a degree and doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He was then awarded a 2 year NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship for fundamental research in catalysts at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. After joining industry, Malcolm lead the research & development for coatings for ChlorAlkali & water electrolysis before moving into technical service, commissioning, sales and business development for electrolysis plants. Having spent almost 20 years in this area he now Senior Vice President for thyssenkrupp across all of their process technologies in the Middle East & Turkey and has been in the UAE for the past 14 years. Thyssenkrupp are the Green Hydrogen technology supplier for the NEOM project in KSA (>2GW) and the Shell Green Hydrogen project in Rotterdam (200 MW) - amongst others.


Cornelius Matthes, Dii Desert Energy



Cornelius Matthes held a number of different roles within Deutsche Bank Group. He began his professional career in the Corporate Development Department where he worked on projects and transactions in different European countries. From 2007 onwards, after having become Director, he served as Deputy Head and Member of the Management Board at Deutsche Asset Management in Italy. He has comprehensive experience in M&A, strategy, fund raising and distribution functions. In addition he played an instrumental role in the promotion of several successful mutual funds within the green investments field. In 2010, Cornelius joined Dii (Desertec Industrial Initiative) as Director Business Alliances. Among his duties, he was responsible for building Dii's network of investors and industrial partners, in charge of raising a total of EUR 25m in several funding rounds. He was also leading the cooperation with industrial partners as well as technology initiatives and associations, developing in addition the operations departments such as Finance or HR. During his time in Dii, Cornelius was working on a wide range of topics in the field of energy, starting with solar PV/CSP, wind, biomass technologies, electrical and thermal storage, power grids (both transmission and distribution grids), e-mobility, conventional power generation and energy systems. In this context he was working with a number of high ranking experts from international blue chip- and also some startup companies. He has built an outstanding network in the energy sector, particularly in several European countries like Germany, Italy, Spain or the UK, but also in the middle east north Africa region. In late 2013, he joined Building Energy as Managing Director MENA to set up and lead the new regional headquarters in Dubai. After achieving significant results such as the award and development of two 50 MW PV projects in Egypt, he decided to set up his own renewable energy project development ventures from spring 2016, together with partners for the MENA region and beyond. He is also Senior Advisor of several companies in the renewable energy field and helping start up companies as member of the Dubai Angel Network. Cornelius studied Business Administration in Germany and Italy and wrote his master thesis in New York (USA). He is guest lecturer at several universities and was awarded Solar Pioneer 2015. He served on boards/advisory boards of several associations like MESIA or RIAB of the International Energy Agency (IEA). As a well-respected leader in renewable energy and finance, he is regularly invited as speaker or moderator for high level international conferences and also author of numerous articles and papers.

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