• Dii Desert Energy was launched in 2009, as an industrial initiative in Germany, initially called ‘Desertec Industry Initiative’. Dii’s initial aim was to explore the potential of renewables in the desert areas of Northern Africa and the Middle East, to improve market conditions and examine the synergies to be captured through connecting the European and MENA power markets. Our pioneering work is widely recognized thanks to the study ‘Desert Power 2050’, already pointing in 2012 at the possibility to have almost 100% renewables in the Middle East and Europe. Furthermore, our book ‘Emission free energy from the deserts’ by Paul van Son and Dr. Thomas Isenburg has been recently published in English and German and it describes how the crazy ‘Desertec idea’ has become a reality in North Africa and the Middle East.
  • A decade later, we have broadened our scope in this highly dynamic and fast-moving environment. Today, we seek to change the entire energy system, starting with various forms of Renewable Energy (RE) generation, transmission and transportation, flexible demand, new technologies & innovations on powerfuels, storage facilities, e-mobility, smart cities, all in the spirit of our mission: energy without harmful emissions! Whilst focusing on large projects, the activities also cover solar rooftop, hybrid projects and small-size wind and hydro installations, which are pivotal in supplying emissions-free energy to all people. In that respect, Dii identified over 1,250 renewables projects in the MENA region.
  • By connecting the international industry active in the MENA region with authorities and institutions, Dii Desert Energy focuses on practical conditions along the energy value chains, leading to tangible and profitable projects for Dii partners and for markets in general, and to the benefit of local and international stakeholders.
  • To date, Dii’s industry network includes the main drivers ACWA Power (KSA) and CEPRI/State Grid of China and 40 Associated Partners and Shareholders from 25 countries across MENA, Europe, Africa and Asia.

BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN PEOPLE

Paul Van Son

President


Fadi Maalouf

CTO & Director IPP & EPC


Frank Wouters

Chairman of the Adv. Board


Monica Hashemi

Director Operations Compliance


Alexander Sarac

External Legal Director


Valeria Maria Aruffo

Director External Relations


Sasha Gaede

Director of Mediterranean


Shereen Bashi

Head of Finance & Control


Nader Yassa

IT Consultant


Gerhard Hofmann

Co-Head of Communications


Thomas Isenburg

Co-Head of Communications


Inigo Viani

 Director Business Development


Karim Megherbi

Director Transaction Advisory


Marcel Kooter

Director Cross-sector Partnerships


Paolo Bruno

Co-Lead Working Group


Danny Achkar

Smart Cities and ESCO Initiative


OUR ADVISORY BOARD

Chairman

 

Frank Wouters

Director


EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network Chairman, MENA Hydrogen Alliance
 

Members

Prof. Jochen Kreusel

Market Innovation Manager of Power Grids Division


Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Paddy Padmanathan

CEO


ACWA Power, Saudi Arabia

Khalid Rashid Al Zayani

Honorary Chairman


Al Zayani Investments B.S.C. (c)
Vice-Chairman - Investcorp Holdings B.S.C.

Sami Al Angari

President


Al Gihaz, Saudi Arabia

Antonio Iliceto

Energy Systems and Power Transmission Expert, Chairman


CIGRE, Italy

Harry Boyd-Carpenter

Managing Director, Green Economy and Climate Action


EBRD, UK

Waleed Salman

Executive Director


DEWA, UAE

Rory O’Neill

Executive Chairman


Europagrid, Ireland

Michelle Davies

Partner and International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability


Eversheds, UK

Dr. Ahmed Ali Al Ebrahim

CEO


GCCIA, Saudi Arabia

Haibin Wan

Deputy Director General of Development Bureau


GEIDCO, China

Jamila Matar

Director & Head of Energy Division


League of Arab States, Egypt

Mohammed Jameel Al Ramahi

Chief Executive Officer


Masdar, UAE

Mustapha Bakkoury

President


Masen, Morocco

Peter Terium

Managing Director Energy


NEOM, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Frank Detlev Drake

Managing Director, Head of Research & Technology


E.ON Group
Innovation GmbH

Selahattin Hakman

Chairman of the Steering Committee


Shura Energy Transition Center, Turkey

Khalid bin Hadi al Yafei

CEO


Siemens Enegry, Oman

Dr. Bertrand Picard

Founder


Solar Impulse Foundation

Frank Beckers

Founder


Symbolus, UAE
 

THESE ARE OUR DIFFERENT TOOLKIT INITIATIVES

  • The Dii Toolkit Initiative “Establishes RE Knowledge Base” thus enabling talent connection, opportunity creation, & therefore renewable energy implementation acceleration

  • The objective is to provide RE industry stakeholders, both private and public, with access to state-of-the-art measures & techniques (tools) which enable accelerated and smooth energy transition

  • In the ever-evolving energy markets, the power of information and in particular know-how, innovation, & collaboration, are key success factors