Alaa Abdul Samad has more than 25 years of experience in power systems, including power generation 'conventional and renewable energy', rental power, electro-mechanical and marine engineering, business development, operations, and project management. Part of his past experience is Technical Director Power Generation at WSP ME.
Founded in 1953, Louis Berger Services (LBS) / WSP, an internationally recognized engineering and construction firm, specializes in energy infrastructure and O&M, engineering, program and construction management, environmental science, and economic development. LBS/WSP provides turnkey engineering, logistics, installation, operation, and management for grid-connected and island power solutions through the application of thermal, renewable, and hybrid power technology.
In his current role as Vice President, Mr. Abdul Samad leads the ME regional operations, develops, and implements the company's strategic objectives for the Middle East region, while also working in close collaboration with the firm's international operations. He successfully led the development, execution, and completion of the first hybrid power plants at NEOM City, an integration of conventional power, solar PV, battery storage and expansion to wind turbines. He is also leading an execution of 65MW solar PV power for a desalination plant.
Prior to Louis Berger, he worked for Cummins Power Generation - Global Power Projects, as the Business Development Manager for global projects and as the Operations and Projects Manager for Cummins-Olayan Energy in Saudi Arabia.
Prior to Cummins, he was part of the Power Engineering Department at McGill University in Montreal, worked in research and development on Energy Storage.
Mr. Abdul Samad is also a graduate of St Petersburg State University, where he earned a bachelor and master's degrees in marine/navigation engineering as well as electro-mechanical engineering, and of McGill University, where he completed his second master's degree in electrical engineering Power Systems & Energy Storage.
Mr. Samad is a multilingual proficient in English, Arabic, French and Russian.
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