We are honored to present the following confirmed speakers and moderators
He started his career in 1997 from one of the most known government agency in Qatar "KAHRAMAA" where he occupied Operation and Maintenance Engineer Position in various domains including leading the Mechanical Maintenance; Planning and Scheduling maintenance activities; Operations and Commissioning Engineering projects; participated in Corporate Planning Committee, Representative in many Water Projects.
In 2008 he joined BARWA Real Estate Company as Administrative Manager in BARWA Media Company, the company which formed to implement Media City Project, within his Role he also prepared and executed "future leaders program". He also worked as head of training in BARWA Real Estate Company responsible for the Individual Development Plan (IDP), DCP and LDP.
He joined Marafeq Qatar in 2010 as Project Manager to manage several projects like Design and Build of STP and Project Management of District Cooling plants.
He is currently the Director of Operation and Maintenance Department of Marafeq Qatar where he oversees all operations and maintenance activities of the different utilities (i.e. District Cooling, Pneumatic Waste Collection System and Gas Distribution System). In addition, he is currently also managing Environmental Services for Waste Management and oversee Business Development activities and Customer Service.
Monika holds Master of Laws title and has also completed post graduate studies in Public Relations and Communication. She has over twelve years of experience from working as a regulatory affairs and communication professional in energy industry. For last three years she worked for the Public Affairs team of Fortum Corporation, where her focus if on district energy, energy efficiency and deployment of electric vehicles. Previously she has been regulatory and policy expert in the Heat Division of Fortum. In previous years she headed Fortum's Communication team in Poland and served as a member of the core management team in the country. Monika is member of Board of Directors and Vice Chairmen of Energy Policy Committee in Euroheat and Power.
Mr. Jakobsson is a Civil Engineer graduate with a Master degree in HVAC/Energy from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He is currently the Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA), an initiative of International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC).
Mr.Jakobsson has more than 15 years of experience within Energy Management and Energy Engineering, with specialist knowledge in planning of smart RE-integrated Urban Energy systems and hydraulic steady state and transient state analysis of complex thermal energy systems.
In the past 10 years, Mr. Jakobsson has developed and executed some 60 Urban Energy projects in East Asia, now led by the Swedish originated company NXITY, a partner of IIEC. Mr. Jakobsson started his career working as analyst, for the Finnish state-owned energy enterprise Fortum, optimizing the District Energy systems in Stockholm, Sweden.
Bob is a mechanical engineer who has served the district energy industry since 1978 and has been with Marafeq Qatar since 2011. His experience includes design of cooling and heating plants, piping and building interfaces for commercial buildings, universities, hospitals, military facilities and municipalities. His work includes design of district heating and cooling piping and building connections. He has extensive experience in economic analysis of district energy utilities, including cost of service studies, utility rate design, and asset evaluation for potential acquisition. Bob has had a significant role in projects in both the USA and the Middle East. Bob holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Augustana College. He is a registered professional engineer.
His recent work includes implementing the district cooling system in Lusail City which eventually will include 1000 customers, 170+ km (supply and return) network piping, and 350,000 TR production capacity. Bob was one of the principal authors of IDEA's District Cooling Best Practice Guide for Middle Eastern Projects. The Guide provides practical insight and technical guidance on the "business" of designing, owning and operating district cooling systems.
Managing Director Euroheat & Power
Paul Voss joined Euroheat & Power at the beginning of November 2013 from Danfoss District Energy, a global leader in District Heating and Cooling (DHC) technology. As Head of Public and Industrial Affairs, he led the company's efforts to engage with policy-makers at global, EU, national and local level. Prior to that, he was responsible for relations with EU institutions in the fields of energy and environment policy at the European LPG Association. He has also worked for CLAN Public Affairs as a public policy analyst.
Paul has an in-depth understanding of EU policy and first-hand experience in managing cooperation between the private and public sectors in pursuit of shared goals.
He has studied in Canada, France and Belgium and holds a Master's degree in European Public Policy.
Buildings Sector Lead - Energy Technology and Policy
International Energy Agency - IEA
John is a Lead Buildings Analyst at the International Energy Agency.
He leads the energy technology and policy analysis in the buildings sector, contributing to IEA efforts to better understand the implications for a low-carbon economy. He also leads the IEA's Collaborative on Combined Heat and Power and efficient District Heating and Cooling (CHP/DHC). John is the desk officer for the Implementing Agreements on Energy Conservation through Energy Storage (ECES), Heat Pump Technologies (HPT), District Heating and Cooling (DHC) and Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E).
John previously worked as a research associate at the Asian Development Bank. He received a BSc in Environmental Engineering and BA in International Relations from Tufts University, and an MSc in Urban Planning and Master of International Affairs at Columbia University.
Vice President Manager International Euroheat & Power Danish District Heating Association
Birger Lauersen has a master of political science from Copenhagen University (1994). He has worked for Danish District Heating Association since 1994, initially as economic advisor dealing with energy taxation and regulation, heat purchase contracts and a host of other matters, and since 1998 he is also responsible for international affairs. He has been on the board of Euroheat & Power, since 1998, and was also chairman of its Energy Policy Group. He was elected vice president of Euroheat & Power in April 2016.
He lives in Kolding, Denmark and like 62% of Danes, enjoys the benefits of district heating in his home.
Jonas is now a Senior Program Manager and Assisting Coordinator for the Celsius Project. Prior Jonas has been working since 2008 as Director of Renewable Electricity at Göteborg Energi. He was earlier responsible for the AMR (Automatic Meter Reading) services for District Heating, District Cooling, and Gas and Electricity and prior to that he managed with electricity contracts and portfolios for large customers. Jonas has a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering.(M.Sc.EE).
Soma Mohammadi is a Research Fellow at The School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, UK. Currently She is conducting a research on feasibility of lowtemperature district heating implementation in the City of Nottingham.
Soma Mohammadi holds a PhD in Energy Technology from Aalborg University, Denmark, a MSc in Advanced Chemical Process Design from the University of Manchester, UK, and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic, Iran.
Her PhD research was a part of the 4th Generation District Heating System Research Project (4DH) funded by Innovation Fund Denmark. During her PhD, her research focus has been on developing a thermaldynamic modelling tool for district heating networks. The developed tool provides a platform to study different operational strategies and design concepts in the move towards building an energy efficient heat network.
Her main area of expertise are Heat Networks, Energy Systems and Sustainable Technologies which are backed by her proficiency in Mathematical Modelling and Programming skills.
Astrid Madsen is the Sustainability Programme Advisor of the City of Rotterdam and Board member of "Stichting Warmtenetwerk" since 2013.
Prior to this position, from 2009 and 2013, Ms Madsen worked as Manager team Projects Department Sports & Leisure for the City of Rotterdam and as Team manager Water management from 2006 to 2008.
Regarding her academic performance, Ms Madsen holds a degree in Civil Technology & Management from the University of Twente.