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Renewable Energy IPP and EPC Professional with Proven Senior Management Expertise in a Multitasking and Multidisciplinary Career Spanning 23+ Years.
Senior Business Manager, PMP® certified project management and senior business management professional with a pioneering career and outstanding track record coupled with “hands on” extensive experience in renewable energy with focus on Solar PV Power Plants. From comprehensive business setup, strategic business development, techno-commercial due diligence, and implementation at all levels with focus on P&L, high quality and advanced technology, to achieving business success and profitability. Leadership and team-based management style and excellent interpersonal communication skills.
Business Development Management, IPP
PMP Project Management Professional
Solar Power Projects, EPC
Commercial & Contract Management
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Prof. Dr. Ad van Wijk (1956) is one of the most influential sustainable energy entrepreneurs and innovators in Europe. In 1984 he co-founded the sustainable energy knowledge company Ecofys, which eventually grew into Econcern. As chairman of the executive board he lead and developed Econcern into a company with 1200 people in more than 20 countries, sharing the mission ‘A sustainable energy supply for everyone’. Until its bankruptcy in 2009 as a result of the financial crisis. Econcern was the holding company of Ecofys, Ecostream, Evelop, OneCarbon and Ecoventures.
Mr. Selahattin Hakman served as the President of Energy Unit at Haci Omer Sabanci Holding AS since June 2006 until June 2014. Mr. Hakman entered his business life at Siemens AG Germany in 1980. In 1984, he joined Siemens A.S. in Turkey where he worked as the Director of the Power Generation Group for 12 years and of the Communication Systems Group for 2 years. He serves as the Chairman at Enerjisa Enerji Üretim A.S. Mr. Hakman graduated from Karlsruhe Technical University as an Electrical Engineer (MSc).
Eduardo van-Zeller Neto joined the Roland Berger team in Dubai as a Partner in 2015. He leads the Energy & Utilities and Oil & Chemicals Competence Centers for the Middle East. He is a global expert in business unit strategy, corporate strategic planning, investment & portfolio strategy and large transformation projects. He has worked with large global clients in the oil & gas, petrochemicals and utilities (power, water & renewables) industries for an international consultancy. He holds MBAs from the IESE Business School in Spain and MIT Sloan School of Management in the USA, as well as a degree in Economics from the NOVA School of Business and Economics in Portugal.
Liangzhong Yao received his MSc degree in 1989 and PhD degree in 1993 all in electrical power system engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
He is currently the Department Manager for Network Solutions, Smartgrids & Renewables Technologies Programme at ALSTOM Grid ( former AREVA T&D) Research & Technology Centre, Stafford, UK.
Prior to ALSTOM Grid, he was an Associate Professor at Tsinghua University until 1995, and was a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Manchester Centre for Electrical Energy at University of Manchester (former UMIST), UK from 1995 to 1999, and was a Senior Power System Analyst in the network consulting department at ABB UK Ltd from 1999 to 2004.
Dr Yao is the Chartered Engineer, the Fellow of IET and the member of Cigré. He is also the Guest Professor at both Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Sichuan University, China.
H.E Saeed Mohammed Ahmed Al Tayer has been the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Electricity And Water Authority since 2004. H.E Al Tayer is the Founder and Chairman of WETEX – the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition and Chairman of the Dubai Global Energy Forum. He has more than 23 years experience in Dubai in the fields of Telecommunications, Energy and Water. He was appointed General Manager of the erstwhile Dubai Electricity Co. in 1991 and became the General Manager of DEWA in 1992. During his tenure, H.E Al Tayer has added many other achievements and initiatives to his credit, as is evident from DEWA’s massive expansion in capacity and infrastructure over the last 10 to 15 years. He serves as Chairman of Empower and Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy. He serves as Vice Chairman of Dragon Oil plc. He has been Vice Chairman of Emirates Global Aluminium since March 2013 and has been its Director since 2007. He has been Vice Chairman of Emirates National Oil Company Ltd (ENOC) L.L.C. since August 2015. H.E Al Tayer serves as Vice Chairman of Dubai Aluminium Company Limited. He serves as a Director of Dubai Electricity And Water Authority. He served as a Director of Emaar Properties PJSC until April 30, 2012 and Dubai Bank PJSC until May 2003. He is a member of Dubai’s Executive and Economic Councils, Chairman of the Dubai Infrastructure Committee and the Dubai Nuclear Committee and a member of the Higher Committee of the Emirates National Grid. He graduated in the USA in 1984.
Pierre is co-founder and Managing Partner of Bernard EnergyAdvocacy (BEA), a boutique advisory firm (14 consultants) created in 2011 that specializes in advocacy, strategic business development and dedicated legal advice, all relating exclusively to electricity transmission and distribution, renewables, power storage and energy efficiency. The firm provides advice to international key players in the electricity markets mainly in Europe, the U.S. and the Gulf countries (ME). Currently, Pierre is also Acting-CEO of Friends of the Supergrid.
Prior to creating BEA, Pierre was in charge of the newly created business development activities of the Elia Group, one of the leading transmission system operators in Europe, where he was also General Counsel and Secretary General. Among other things, Pierre successfully led the Elia team in the acquisition negotiations of the German transmission system operator 50Hertz and in the acquisition of a stake in the US offshore transmission backbone AWC.
Pierre actively participated in the drafting of many parts of European and Belgian energy legislation/regulation, including grid codes, power exchanges regulation, etc. He also drafted the major grid contracts in Belgium.
He serves on various boards and advisory committees. Pierre serves as Chairman of the Board of the European Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG). He is a Trustee of Guberna, the Belgian Corporate Governance Centre. Pierre has law degrees from the Universities of Brussels and Ottawa. He attended executive education programmes at Cambridge (UK) and Harvard (USA). Pierre has authored and is coordinating editor of a major reference book in the electricity sector: “EU Electricity Laws”, an almost 3.000p overview of the key European legislations regarding the electricity sector.
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Mr. Peter Terium has been Chairman of Management Board and Chief Executive Officer at innogy SE (alternate name : RWE International SE) since April 1, 2016. Mr. Terium served as the Chairman of Executive Board at RWE AG from June 30, 2012 to October 15, 2016 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from July 1, 2012 to October 2016 and served as its Member of the Executive Board from July 1, 2011 to October 2016. Mr. Terium served as Deputy Chairman of Executive Board at RWE AG from September 2011 to June 30, 2012. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Essent N.V. from October 2009 to December 1, 2011 and served as its Chairman and Member of the Executive Board. He served as an Independent Tax Auditor at the DutchMinistry of Finance from 1984 to 1985. He served as an Audit Supervisor at KPMG from 1985 to 1990. From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Terium served Various positions at Schmalbach-Lubeca AG which included Plant Controller for the PET Containers Germany, Head of Controlling for White Cap Germany, Product Group Controller for White Cap Europe, Vice President of Finance & Accounting – WhiteCap Europe and Asia, Vice President of Finance & Accounting – PETContainers Europe and Asia. He served as the Head of Group Controlling of RWE AG from 2003 to 2005. He served as a Member of the Executive Board at RWE Umwelt AG from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Terium served as the Chief Executive Officer for RWE Trading GmbH from 2005 to 2008. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Essent Until November 2007. He served as Program Manager of Essent from April 2009 to October 2009. He served as a Trainee Tax Auditor in the tax department of the Dutch Ministry of Finance at Rijksoverheids Academie (ROA) from 1981 to 1983. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at RWE Trading GmbH. He served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG (formerly RWE Dea AG) since April 15, 2013. He served as the Chairman of Supervisory Board of RWE Supply & Trading GmbH. He has been a Member of Joint Advisory Council at Allianz SE since March 1, 2013. He has been a Member of Advisory Board at NRW.BANK since October 1, 2012. He served as a Member of the Supervisory Board at DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG since April 15, 2013. He served as a Member of Supervisory Board at NET4GAS, s.r.o. until August 02, 2013. Mr. Terium completed his chartered accountant from Nederlands Institut voor Registeraccountants from 1981 to 1989.
Mr. Frank Wouters has been leading renewable energy projects, transactions, and technology development for over 25 years. He has played a lead role in development of renewable generation projects valued at over $4.5 billion. These range from small scale PV solar electrification in Uganda to the 100MW Shams I Concentrated Solar Plant (CSP) in the UAE, and strategic equity investment in the London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind project. His transactions have received multiple project finance “Deal of the Year” awards. As Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the first global intergovernmental organisation dedicated to all renewables, he managed a US$350 million IRENA/Abu Dhabi Fund for Development project facility for RE. He appraised over 80 projects a year and recommended projects for funding, including solar PV projects in Africa. Furthermore, he coordinated with government ministers and other stakeholders to promote private sector investment for RE projects as part of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor Initiative.
Mr. Paddy Padmanathan serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of ACWA Power International. Mr. Padmanathan started his career with a British Consulting Engineering practice and through two mergers arrived at Black & Veatch a major Global Engineering and Construction Company, where on his departure in 2005, served as a Vice President and Corporate Officer. He serves as a Director of BESIX Group SA. He is an Engineering graduate of University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
Paul van Son, based in Dubai and Istanbul, joined innogy (previously RWE) as its Country Chairman for MENA and Turkey in January 2015. innogy SE, is a leading company in the field of renewables, grids and retail of power and gas. Paul has been active for over 35 years in various supervisory board, executive and operations management positions in the international (renewable) electricity and gas business.
His leadership experience includes a series of predominantly pioneering positions, such as: control system development at Siemens AG (Germany), system operator of the unbundled Dutch national power system at SEP/TenneT and power system control centre consultancy at DNV/KEMA. From 1998 onward he was Managing Director of Essent Sustainable Energy (Nl), CEO of Essent Energy Trading, and Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Essent GmbH in Düsseldorf, building up these innovative and international key activities of Essent N.V. (the largest Dutch energy company).
In 2009 Mr. van Son was appointed CEO of Dii GmbH (Munich), often referred to as “Desertec Industry Initiative”, an international industry consortium for facilitating a market for renewable energy in the deserts of MENA. Presently, besides his role as innogy Country Chairman for MENA & Turkey, he is leading the transition of Dii into a regional industry network in Dubai, focusing on solving financial, technical and regulatory challenges for renewable energy projects and interconnected grid integration. Mr. van Son is the founder and honorary President of the European Federation of Energy Traders (www.efet.org). He is Chairman of the Energy4All Foundation (www.energy4all.org ), a non-profit organization promoting decentralized energy systems in Africa. He is among others member of the Board of DEWA’s and innogy’s Joint Venture in Dubai, Ghorfa and the Africa Association. He graduated as an electrical engineer at the Technical University Delft and Corporate Governance at Nyenrode University, Netherlands. Paul van Son, Chairman MENAT innogy SE Germany/UAE.
Prior to joining the Energy Department in the League of Arab States (LAS) as director, she managed the Electric Network Section in the Ministry of Electricity and Water of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai. She has been prominently involved in the development of the Energy sector in LAS. For the past 14 years, she has headed several committees and working groups that covered policies on integrated energy planning, setting priorities for action programs, enhancing capacity-building and promoting joint projects in electricity interconnection. She also represents the Technical Secretariat of the Council of the Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity and contributes to ensuring the achievement of its objectives.
Liu Zhenya, male, Han nationality, is a native of Shandong province. He was born in 1952, graduated from the Shandong Industrial Institute, and joined the CPC in 1984. He served as director of the Shandong Provincial Electric Power Bureau until 1997. He was president of the State Grid Corporation of China from 2004 to 2013. He was also an alternate member of the 17th CPC Central Committee.
In 2013 he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the State Grid Corporation of China.
Cornelius is a well-respected leader and investor in the renewable energy industry and built several successful clean energy businesses and start-ups within Middle East and Africa. He has extensive board level experience from 10 years in Deutsche Bank (among others, youngest board member in Deutsche Bank Italy Group) and several renewable energy associations via pro bono work.
By building the international shareholder and partner network of Dii (Desertec Industrial Initiative), he was at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution in North Africa and the Middle East. A keen entrepreneur and investor in emerging markets with recognitions such as “Solar Pioneer 2015” for the Middle East, he is lecturing at several universities including St. Gallen and is a regular speaker at international conferences.
He holds an MBA (Dipl. Kaufmann) from University of Passau, and speaks German, English, Italian, French and Russian. “I am glad to be able to work in renewable energy which is also my passion – we can genuinely make an impact with many different things and help people, to make our planet a better place. Having new challenges every day is fantastic and many more mountains need to be climbed!”
Vice-Chairman of The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Managing Director & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
Chairman, State Grid Corporation of China, Board of Directors
CEO, Innogy SE
CEO, Acwa Power
Director of the Energy, Department in the League of Arab States (LAS) Egypt
Director, EU-GCC CLean Energy Network
Professor Sustainable Energy
Vice President Renewable Energy and Smartgrid Technologies at China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI)
CEO & Chairman of the Board at Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG)
Head of Business Development at ILF Consulting Engineers (Germany)
Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Senior Management Advisor
Innogy Chairman MENA & Turkey & CEO, Dii GmbH
CEO, Kuwekeza Holdings & Senior Vice President, Dii GmbH
Director IPP & EPC RE, Dii GmbH
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Dii’s multiple channels for industry wide engagement aimed at leveraging partners collective knowledge, experience and expertise to improve market conditions.
Web Applications – Geography
A Geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system that helps collect, store, query, analyze, and visualize spatially-associated data and information. Thanks to GIS, a person reading a map can get a fuller picture of a specific site or area by correlating a whole set of chosen data for a particular project or task. In the renewable energy sector, GIS is used as a key tool for spatial decisions especially when it comes to identifying the best wind and solar sites.
As a market enabler for renewable energy, Dii has developed an intuitive Solar and Wind WebMap / WebApp to assist people in assessing potential areas in Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. Users have access to quantitative data such as topography, land cover, protected areas, and qualitative information like the proximity to infrastructure, water availability or other environmental aspects. They can combine this data by activating different layers on the map in order to pinpoint and evaluate suitable sites for wind and solar projects.
For its Solar and Wind Mapping Application, Dii uses high resolution data from several sources including – but not limited to – SRTM, MODIS, MERRA, and HelioClim3. The Dii GIS Geodatabase is intuitive and constantly being updated and improved.
Web Applications – Projects
The Dii Project Database helps you to know the basic & technical details about the various Renewable Energy (Solar & Wind energy) projects in any particular geographical region. The project database has been developed & maintained by Dii that provides you the latest information related to the projects in the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey region.
In the project database, one can classify the projects by the country or company or the technology involved. When logged in, the users can have access to project news linked to various projects. The database also provides the exact location of the project along with the various companies involved in the project with their specific roles in the project. The systems used in the respective projects with their specifications are also available in the database. Multimedia contents (Picture/ Document) related to the project are attached to the projects for a better clarity about the project.