Launch of New Oman Solar Investment Report followed by Panel Discussion: MENA Solar Market Outlook & Perspectives

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Time
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hall
Dubai World Trade Centre
Room
Conference Area

With solar power having added more capacity than all other power generation technologies combined in recent years, governments around the world have been increasingly putting solar at the heart of their decarbonisation strategies. This panel will discuss global and MENA policies and business strategies for the rapid deployment of extensive solar capacities.

11:15 am - 11:30 amLaunch of New Oman Solar Investment Report

Benjamin Clarke

Global Markets Manager

SolarPower Europe

11:30 am - 12:15 pmPanel Discussion: MENA Solar Market Outlook & Perspectives

David Wedepohl

Spokesman

German Solar Association (BSW-Solar)

Vegard Wiik Vollset

Vice President - Head of Renewables & Power - EMEA

Rystad Energy

Denisa Fainis

Associate

Three Eight Six Development

Benjamin Clarke

Global Markets Manager

SolarPower Europe

Speakers
Speaker
Vegard Wiik Vollset, Rystad Energy

Vice President - Head of Renewables & Power - EMEA

Norway

Vegard Vollset is a Vice President and head of the Renewables & Power research for EMEA in Rystad Energy. He has over a decade of experience working within energy markets and has broad experience in energy modelling, M&A and strategy work. He has worked closely with clients from the entire energy sector, from renewable energy companies, service companies, governmental organizations, investors and NGO's. Prior to Rystad, he has worked in Engie, Total Energies and Equinor, and he holds a M.Sc. degree from NTNU Trondheim and a M.Sc. degree from the University of Stavanger.

Speaker
Benjamin Clarke, SolarPower Europe

Global Markets Manager

Belgium

Benjamin Clarke is the Global Markets Manager for the international cooperation team at SolarPower Europe, the European Solar PV industry association. He coordinates SolarPower Europe's Emerging Markets workstream, drawing together and contributing to market reports on solar investment opportunities around the world, which serve as a basis for engagement with policy makers to help unlock the solar potential of emerging markets. He also manages externally funded international projects, and coordinates engagement with EU policy makers on the EU's energy diplomacy. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Benjamin work for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of the British Government.

Speaker
Denisa Fainis, Three Eight Six Development

Associate

UAE

Denisa Fainis is an Associate with Three Eight Six Development, a private equity fund part of Al Khayyat Investments. She is responsible for assisting with the process of financing solar & wind projects, building knowledge of market trends, local legislation and lender appetite for relevant projects and locations, channel partner management and client due diligence. Denisa has more than 12 years of international experience in business development in various sectors including military contracting, diesel power generation and solar energy.

Speaker
David Wedepohl, German Solar Association (BSW-Solar)

Spokesman

Germany

David Wedepohl is a radio journalist by training who studied on both sides of the Atlantic. He holds a masters degree in Journalism and Public Affairs which he achieved as a Fulbright scholar. His professional experience included working for the German embassy in Washington, DC as a press officer. He first came in touch with the solar industry while working for an American consulting company and heads the department for market and communication at the German Solar Association since 2009.

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