Ali Jassim

Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Esco

Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services and holder of bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, Masters of Business Administration with Honors and a PhD in Business Management, has 21 years of experience in leading roles delivering programs and projects.

Ali held top positions in both public and private sector entities such as Head of Follow-up and Development Office at the Dubai Municipality, Acting CEO & Director of Drivers Licensing at RTA and General Manager of Qeyadah Driving Solutions.

Presently Ali is leading Etihad - The Super ESCO in the Emirates of Dubai, which will help Dubai to make one of the most sustainable cities and a leading example of energy efficiency for the region and the world.

Under the leadership of Ali, Etihad ESCO has retrofitted 2,184 facilities (offices, staff accommodation, villas etc) and more than 246,000 lighting fixture in 2016 which helped Dubai to save 48 GWh of electricity and 11 MIG of water. His energy saving targets for this year is far ahead as compared to last year and he planned to save of 140 GWh of electricity and 303 MIG of water by end of 2017.

He is playing a key role in the expansion of Etihad ESCO, he formed two vertical under Etihad umbrella– Etihad Solar & Etihad M&V in last 1 year and is currently working to develop District Cooling vertical. He is also strategically planning to expand the footprint of Etihad ESCO to the MENA region and to other parts of the world.

Aref Abou Zahr

Executive Director, Taqati

Aref is an Energy, Water, and Utilities expert with 18 years of North American, EU and GCC in management consulting, OEM, new business setup and stakeholder management within the conventional and renewable energy sector, Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency.

In his nearly 2 decades in the sector, Aref assumed key executive management and senior advisory roles within the public and private sectors at General Electric, Ernst & Young, A.T Kearney, ITT, Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, and currently as Managing Director of TAQATI, which is the newly setup entity at Etihad ESCO (wholly owned subsidiary of DEWA) mandated by Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to successfully implement the Demand Side Management Strategy (DSM 2030) of Dubai.

In the past 7 years, Aref has been focusing on Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management, Smart Grid and Smart City program design and development, strategic planning, policy design, business setup and turnaround, revenue generation, expansion and growth strategies, and new DSM initiatives introduction and commercialization mainly in GCC. He has consulted for key government and private clients in the region to help them design and roll-out energy efficiency programs, develop and implement strategic energy-related transformation plans, design their Smart Grid and Smart City programs and create an innovative culture for sustainability.

He holds an MBA from University of Texas, Post-MBA from McGill, Canada, and BE from the American University of Beirut. He resides with his family in Dubai since 2009.

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