Conference Speakers 2024

Scroll down to discover the high-class speaker line-up for Intersolar & ees Middle East Conference, April 16–18, 2024 in Dubai.

Conference Speaker Overview Intersolar Middle East
Dr. Florian Wessendorf, Solar Promotion International GmbH

Managing Director


Dr. Florian Wessendorf is Managing Director of Solar Promotion GmbH and Solar Promotion International GmbH. He is responsible for the global conference program and exhibitions in North America, South America and India. He has deep expertise in the solar industry, and formerly served as Managing Director of Photovoltaic Equipment at VDMA, where he was responsible for strategic development, market research and technology scouting, advocacy and policy advice, events, PR and marketing.

Vegard Wiik Vollset, Rystad Energy

Vice President - Head of Renewables & Power - EMEA



Andrea Viaro, UAE

Global Head Large-Scale Business Renewable Energy

Since 15 years Andrea Viaro is committed to the purpose of the transition towards sustainable energy generation. Pursuing his way in the solar industry he participates regularly in roundtable discussions and public events, sharing his knowledge and supporting the development of the solar PV industry. He has gained professional experience in the photovoltaic business working internationally for different tier-one manufacturers and consultancy firms in the PV industry. He holds a master's degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Padova (IT) and has thorough know-how about the PV market, technology and quality aspects. As Global Head for the Large-Scale Renewable Energy business at Stäubli Electrical Connectors, together with his Team, he contributes to the company's strategy strengthening Stäubli's global leadership position in the RE market, developing the partnership with customers and growing the success of Stäubli's PV eBOS portfolio.

Lokesh Verma, Power & Sun Solar Equipments Trading LLC

Founder and Managing Director

United Arab Emirates

L. K. Verma is a highly accomplished individual with over 30 years of professional experience in various domains, including enterprise development, growth strategies, process improvements, and strategic supply chain management. For the past twelve years, he has been a first-generation entrepreneur and holds the position of Founder and Managing Director of Power n Sun. He is also a Chairman of the Dubai renewable energy business group, which works under the aegis of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. Under his visionary leadership, Power n Sun has achieved significant success, establishing itself as a major player in the solar industry. The company's impressive annual turnover of $100 million is a testament to its prominence in providing solar solutions, supplies, and systems across multiple regions, including the Middle East, Central Asia, India, Africa, and Europe. With more than 1.5 GW of solar components shipments to the residential, industrial, and commercial sectors, Power n Sun has substantially contributed to solarisation efforts worldwide. One of L K Verma's core missions is to drive solar digitalisation, accelerate solar energy adoption, and reduce project turnaround time. By making solar energy more viable and accessible to consumers, he plays a pivotal role in promoting renewable energy solutions.

Antoine Skayem, FREE Energy

Chief Executive Officer

Antoine is a hands-on leader & executive with robust expertise in agile business development and deep understanding of the renewable energy, energy efficiency & sustainability sector. He started FREE energy in 2012, a firm specialized in customizing energy solutions, and grew the company towards it successful acquisition in 2017. Antoine is still acting as CEO and is currently leading the business development in UAE under a JV, PME energy, and in KSA under an agency agreement with Zamil O&M. Antoine is very passionate about putting a dent in the planet's carbon footprint by creating the utmost value for the beneficiary and the environment. Antoine is a Mechanical Engineer; he holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management, CMVP®, CRM®, CWEP®, ReGrid Manager, PCF® and Green Energy Finance Specialist.

Hans Juergen Sauter, nextracker

Vice President MENA


Hans is a very experienced manager, coming from steel and supply chain optimisation background. Now he is more than 10 years active in leading positions in the solar industry where he was responsible for building largest solar plants everywhere in the world. Starting with fixed tilt racking solutions mainly in Europe, Hans focused more on more on high efficient solar solutions such like single axis tracking systems especially to support lowest LCOE in the MENA region. Hans was responsible for the contracting, design and implementation of more than 3 GW solarpower, including regional top projects like Sweihan and Al Kharsa. Hans holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduated the Swiss SGBS Business School for strategic Management

Marta Mieres Bárcena, Honeywell International, Inc.

Global Business Development Director


Marta Mieres-Bárcena has a background of +15 years of experience working for multinationals in the energy sector, leading transactions in the field of large scale renewable assets and power unit converters. Marta earned a Master´s degree and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering. She also holds a Master´s degree in International Commerce, and Master´s degree in Strategic Marketing Management by Esade Business&Law School. Marta is collegiate member in Official College of Industrial Engineers (Oviedo,Spain), and member of International Solar Energy Society(Freiburg,Germany). She also cooperates with universities, being co-director in Masters on Renewables projects execution. Marta is also mentor in the Royal Academy of Engineering(Madrid,Spain) and certified international mentor of Global Women´s Network for the Energy Transition (Vienna,Austria).She actively participates at international forums, addressing topics with a primary focus on renewables and energy efficiency.

Philippe Macé, Becquerel Institute



Philippe Macé, Chief Operating Officer at the Becquerel Institute, a Belgian strategic consultancy and applied research company specialising in photovoltaic solar energy. Where he has been working for more than 8 years.Philippe has a strong expertise in new business model design as well as in techno-economic issues, both upstream of the value chain, such as PV production cost assessment, and downstream, on systems competitiveness assessments. With his team, Philippe is exploring all key aspects of solar PV, from economics to technology, market and regulation as well as environmental or social life cycle analysis, providing strategic insights and creating value for customers as part of consulting missions and research projects. Philippe has a double academic background, with a MSc in Business Engineering as well as an MSc in Environmental Sciences and Management.

Dr. Radovan Kopecek, International Solar Energy Research Center (ISC)

Director and CTO



Dirk Kaisers, Eaton Electric

Segment Leader Distributed Energy Management EMEA


Dirk Kaisers is distributed energy management segment leader for the Electrical Sector of Eaton, responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Dirk has more than 16 years of experience in the field of renewable energy and energy storage. This includes roles with Schott Solar, Exide Technologies and Skeleton Technologies. With his many years of industry experience, he has led several high-profile projects in Europe and Africa. He was working in the industry when the first PV plants in Europe began commercial operations, when power purchase agreements were first introduced, and when microgrids began being deployed in Africa. For him, energy storage and renewable energy sources go hand in hand, as both will be part of a new, smart and sustainable energy infrastructure. Dirk holds a master's engineering degree in Energy Management from The University of Applied Sciences in Bingen, Germany. Eaton's mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. We provide sustainable solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power - more safely, more efficiently, and more reliably. Eaton's 2020 revenues were $17.9 billion, and we sell products to customers in more than 175 countries. We have approximately 92,000 employees. For more information, visit

Jalel Hamila, Akcome

General Manager Middle East & Africa

P.R. China

Jalel Hamila joined Akcome in 2023, he is GM MEA responsible for positioning HJT & developing all sales activities. Jalel spent 11 years with JA Solar as VP Sales - Strategic Utility Accounts where he developed 20 GW+ of projects pipeline. in 2010 before joining JA, Jalel was GM EMEA with Lumeta Solar, a US based startup that developed an innovative semi flexible BIPV systems. Jalel spent 14 years with Applied Materials, the global leader in equipment & services to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products.  At Applied Materials, he served as Sales & BD Director EMEA -Solar Business Group, where he was responsible for both Crystalline Silicon & TF production equipment lines. Jalel holds an MSEE from Northeastern University in Boston.

Dr. Sara Golroodbari, Utrecht University

Assistant Professor

The Netherlands

Dr. Sara M. Golroodbari, currently an assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, is an expert in solar energy. With a robust academic background in electronics and electrical engineering, she excelled in her studies, notably earning distinction in her master's program focused on power electronics. Dr. Golroodbari's Ph.D. research, conducted at Utrecht University, concentrated on the integration of floating solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, a testament to her commitment to advancing renewable energy. In her role as a researcher and educator, Dr. Golroodbari explores a variety of innovative solar technologies, including floating PV, Agrivoltaics, and Building-integrated Photovoltaics (BiPV). Her work is instrumental in pushing the boundaries of solar energy integration, reflecting her dedication to sustainable development and renewable energy solutions.

Daniel Fuchs, EUPD Research & Joint Forces for Solar

Vice President MBA


Daniel is a highly respected global marketing and event management leader with over 13 years experience in brand development, international marketing strategy and public relations campaigns. The proven track record of more than 400 successfully accomplished B2B marketing, communication and event management projects across the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America reflects his strong intercultural competence and ability to translate customer demands into profit making concepts and avantgarde solutions. Extremely well connected in the global solar and energy storage industries, Daniel has acted as facilitator for hundreds of companies across all segments that wanted to expand their business in specific regions. Daniel holds a BA (Hons.) in International Business Management and MBA from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Eren Engür, Malta Inc



Solar & Energy Storage Executive with 20+ years of Global experience. Extensive functional knowledge with accomplished marketing, financial, business development and technology skills. I'm a seasoned professional with extensive functional knowledge with accomplished marketing, financial, business development and technology skills with a keen understanding of RE market design/fundamentals and business models, and strong in-market commercial and transactional experience who lived in 3 continents.

Marwa Darwich, Menlo Electric MENA

Technical Sales Support-MENA


Dr. Nabih Cherradi, Desert Technologies

Chief Technology Officer

Saudi Arabia

Dr. Nabih Cherradi is Desert Technologies' Chief Technology Officer. Has spent over 34 years building on a long track record of equipment's/production lines as well as business development in the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries. Prior to joining Desert Technologies, Nabih is also the CEO of EmpowerSun, a Swiss based photovoltaic energy consultancy, which he founded in 2009. In the meantime, he also co-founded ISWT a French solar developer company. From 2007-2009, as a Vice President/CTO, he accompanied Yingli Green Energy in its fast expansion with responsibility for the technology and manufacturing. He also participated in its IPO in New York (NYSE). As operations & process director at Applied Materials from 1997 to 2007 Nabih was responsible for installing turn-key semiconductor and photovoltaic production lines throughout the world, installing multiple GWs of production capacity across a ten year period. As a scientist, he focused on advance materials for different applications working with different industries (Semiconductor, Photovoltaic and Hard tools) He holds a PhD on materials sciences from the University Henri Poincaré, Nancy as well as an MBA, from the Business School of Nancy, (France).

Lewis Cheeseman, NES Fircroft

Operations Director



Daniel Calderon, Alcazar Energy

Co-Founder and Managing Partner


Daniel is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Alcazar Energy. Daniel has developed several GW of renewable energy projects including the first and second utility scale wind farms in the Middle East. Two of the first solar PV plants in the UAE as well as in Jordan, the first solar CSP plant in the Middle East, the world's first CSP Tower project with salt storage and the world's largest off-shore wind farm as of 2014. Prior to founding Alcazar Energy Partners, Daniel had the opportunity to lead investments in various successful renewable energy development platforms such as Fotowatio, Torresol Energy and Theolia among others. Daniel holds degrees in Industrial Engineering & Finance from University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Cum-Laude) and an MBA from London Business School.

Sebastian Bartels, DEKRA SE

SVP, Head of Global Sustainability Services


Sebastian Bartels is leading the global sustainability services area at DEKRA, helping organizations to define and achieve their sustainable development related goals and strategies. With a background in safety & environmental engineering, Sebastian is responsible for DEKRA's portfolio providing sustainability solutions spanning testing, inspection, certification, verification, training and advisory services in the areas of Energy Transition, ESG and Circular Economy. Previously, he worked in various senior management and expert roles in the Consulting, Testing, Inspection and Certification industry, as well as in Mobility, Logistics and Transportation. He is active in global, European, and national standardization and associations and teaches post-graduates at a university as associated lecturer. Sebastian lives in Belgium and Germany. DEKRA is the world's leading unlisted and independent expert organization, combining technical expertise and global presence in over 60 countries.

Dr. Puzant Baliozian, VDMA - Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers Association

Lead Consultant


Dr. Puzant Baliozian is the VDMA PV Equipment Group's project manager since September of this year. He is involved in techno-economic studies for manufacturing capacity of PV along the value chain and represents the interests of European PV equipment manufacturers internationally. The PV Sector Group at VDMA also publishes the yearly international technology roadmap for photovoltaics (ITRPV) showing highly relevant technology projections and trends. Dr. Baliozian studied physics at the American University of Beirut (BSc., 2014) and has a specialization in renewable energy (MSc. 2016) from the university of Freiburg. From 2016 until recently, he worked at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg in the field of photovoltaic production technologies where he also did his PhD. He is best known for developing the passivated edge technology for separated industrial solar cell concepts, to boost cell and module efficiencies.

Abdalrahman Al-Smadi, Growatt New Energy

Technical Manager Mena


Electrical Engineer with +7 years in the solar industry and working as a Technical Manager for MENA Region.

Simay Akar, AK Energy Consulting

IEEE, Senior Member, CEO & Founder


Simay Akar is an entrepreneur with reputable corporate industrial background and experience in the energy industry. She specialized in photovoltaic manufacturing, battery storage for electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies and the clean energy market development. ​Akar is currently the Chief Commercial Officer & Co-Founder at Innoses. Her past roles include Sales & Marketing Director of EkoRE - Eko Renewable Energy and Marketing & Business Development Director of GoodWe Turkey, Head of Overseas Marketing at Talesun Solar Akar has worked in China and Turkey and mostly focused on international commercial activities and has been employed by CSUN Eurasia, Schneider Electric, Arcelik (BEKO), and Lucida Solar. In addition to her professional acclimates, she is an IEEE Senior member, acknowledged volunteer since 2007. Simay is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and she participated Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Program at Stanford University. ​ Simay is Certified Soft Skills Trainer since 2008. Additionally, She is METU Alumni Association Energy Commission Member, Turkish Women in Renewables North America Liaison & Sailing Team Member, KYSKD(Female Sailors Sports Club Association) member. She is Licensed Sailor Athlete at the Turkish Sailing Federation and also Swimmer. She participates open seas swimming races, marathons, and sailing cups across the world. ​ IEEE has important role in her life. She is also IEEE VOLT Graduate, IEEE Educational Activities TISP Champion, She has been serving several volunteer membership and leadership positions in different areas including mainly global committees of IEEE Humanitarian Technology Activities ( IEEE SIGHT -Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology and HAC), IEEE Power& Energy Society (Women in Power, Young Professionals, Solar and Wind Committee), IEEE Women in Engineering, IEEE Young Professionals, IEEE Social Implications of Technology Society (SSIT), IEEE Student Activities, IEEE Entrepreneurship Committee and other positions on Regional Boards of IEEE Region 8 (Europe Middle East and Africa) &10 (Asia Pacific). ​

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