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.
Mr. Al Mutawah joined Qatar District Cooling Company 'Qatar Cool' in March 2012.
He has operational excellence with a proven track record, of management of networks, infrastructure and facilities maintenance, customer service for district cooling.
Mr. Al Mutawah has progressive experience in engineering management of projects, services and operation management, across business processes.
Prior to joining Qatar Cool, Mr. Al Mutawah worked with Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation, in diverse positions. Mr. Al Mutawah has an excelled career in challenges of devising winning strategies, in business, with a sole aim of driving excellence & growth.
Mr. Al Mutawah has been selected by Qatar Leadership Center as an executive leader; leading to a PHD in engineering management, after the completion of QLC certification.
Work Experience: Kahramaa
(Oct 2012 - until now) Manager, District Cooling Services Department
(May 2006 - Sep 2012) Manager water network Planning
(Oct 2004 - April 2006) Head of Leak Detection & Water Loss
( April - Sep 2004) Team leader for Planning and development water Affairs
(Oct 2001 - July 2003) Head of Coordination & Planning-Electricity Distribution Network
In addition to Human Development Trainer Since 2004
Muhammad Ali has 14+ years of design experience in process cooling and building services industry of which 6 years is in the planning, management and implementation of district cooling design of Lusail City. He has delivered over 20 projects of central cooling plants, piping and energy transfer stations withconsultants, EPC contractors and owners in different contractual arrangements (traditional, Design & Build/EPC). He is a LEED AP (Building Design and Construction), holds a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, postgraduate diploma in administration and masters in mechanical engineering with specialization in energy systems.
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).
With my +20years of experience from development of new district energy businesses globally, policy making and my last year's engagement with UN (UNEP&UNDP) I would be greatly motivated to be engaged in this initiative. I also believe that the timing is right for this initiative, since the global awareness of the district energy advantages has increased rapidly the last couple of years, not at least due to the DES initiative and it is time to bring cases to the table for long term investments.
Uday Diwakar is the Design Lead with Marafeq Qatar, a Qatar utility company specializing in district cooling, waste removal, and gas. Uday is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 20 years' work experience in identifying, evaluating and implementing optimal technologies in HVAC systems, district cooling plants, chilled water pipe reticulation and Energy Transfer Stations (ETSs)
Uday holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Qatar.
On various projects both small and large, he worked as design consultant and Client's Engineer as well as project engineer for contracting firms both in the Middle East and India.
His current work includes designing Energy Transfer Stations and other components in the district cooling system in Lusail City-a district cooling system which eventually will include 1000 buildings, 170+ km (supply and return) network piping, and 350,000 TR production capacities.
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.
Dr. Essam Elsarrag is a Director - Research and Development at the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development. He has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and building industry, gained through his work in the Middle East and Europe.
Dr. Elsarrag has specialist expertise in HVAC design, energy efficiency, energy modeling and developed energy strategy programs for well reputed consultants in the UK deploying passive design, low and zero carbon technologies and efficient central cooling and heating plants that
include combined cooling, heating and power including absorption cooling, biomass and ground source heat pumps for mixed used schemes.
In additional to his work as a consultant, he continues to be active in scientific research in buildings and energy. He has delivered invited lectures and published papers in reputed institutions and journals. He has specialist expertise in sustainable developments, energy efficiency, energy modelling and building services.
He is the managing editor of the International Journal of the Sustainable Built Environment, sponsored by GORD and published by Elsevier.
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.
Ravi Kannan is the Operations & Maintenance Manager for District Cooling with Marafeq Qatar, a Qatar utility company specializing in district cooling, waste removal, and gas. He is holding a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Annamalai University-Tamil Nadu-India. Over 28 years of experience in the Power plant and utility development industry with extensive background in District Cooling for more than 9 years.
He started his career in 1989 in A Public Sector "Navaratna" Company called Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Govt. of India. He worked as an Executive Engineer/Electrical O&M up to May 2008, served more than 18 years in Lignite fired thermal power plant having a capacity of 7x210MW steam generators.
In May 2008, he joined as O&M Engineer in Palm District Cooling Company a subsidiary of Dubai world group of companies managing the Palm Jumeriah Crescent development having a capacity of 125,000TR plant in the crescent supplying chilled water to iconic Atlantis and other hotels, residents and resorts.
In August 2010, he joined as Project Manager-DC Plants in National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed) UAE. Under Project Management team he successfully executed the projects for District Cooling plants having a capacity of 22500TR of water cooled and Air cooled plants for Dubai Metro Green line projects and 5000TR capacity of Al Minhad Air base district cooling plant.
He joined Marafeq in July 2012 as O&M Manager-DC Operations and Maintenance Department where he oversees all operations and maintenance activities of the DC water cooled and Air cooled plants in Lusail City and Barwa City.
Markus Köfinger is working at AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology) since 2008 in the field of sustainable thermal energy systems. He studied business engineering and renewable energy systems at the universities of applied science Wiener Neustadt and Technikum Wien. After his diploma, he started to work at AIT in the field of heat pumps, where he also holds the authority to sign for accredited testing. As project manager and research engineer he is currently involved in national and international district heating projects. He was also active in the development of the CEN workshop agreement for Eco-efficient substations (CWA 16975) and is now a member of the corresponding international certification board.
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.
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.
Mr. Lindström has more than 15 years of experience as business developer in the District Energy sector. His record covers multiple positions in several countries as advisor to board and directors for multi utility companies and investors. Mr Lindström has successfully managedseveral District Energy businesses through business strategy and business development to realization. Mr Lindström is one of the Co-founders of Performance of Sweden Group, the holding company of DEVCCO. Mr Lindström hold a Master of Science Degree from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
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.
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.
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.
Over 28 years of experience in the utility development industry with extensive background in District Cooling, Domestic Gas Systems and Pneumatic Waste Collection, Water, Wastewater, Drainage and Roadway infrastructure. Experience working on public and private sector projects ranging from small site development projects to major Middle East mega-developments. Project expertise includes planning, designing, directing and managing infrastructure and plant development from project conception, design, construction management, final commissioning and final operation. Over 20 years of expertise in operation management and strategic business/marketing development, business unit development, business policies and procedures to facilitate maximized revenues, including 8 years of comprehensive Middle East experience.
Subhajit is working with Qatar Cool since 2010. He leads the QEHSS (Quality, Health, Safety, Environment, Security) function. In addition to the areas mentioned, he is responsible for Crisis Management and Business Continuity. During his tenure with QC,- systems, procedures, risk assessment and plans have been developed in those areas and deployed successfully. Apart from various other awards and certifications, Qatar Cool has received ISO 9001 : 2008 from British Standardization Institute and Merit Awards from British Safety Council.
Prior to joining QC, Subhajit was Head of Quality and Processes in QFCA where some of the noteworthy contributions were in its ISO 9001 certification, ISO 27001 Certification and successful Championship of deployment of automation like Oracle systems, CRM systems, EDMS etc.
Subhajit has more than 25 years of experience both as in-house work as well as Consultant. His geographical working span spreads across India, SE Asia, UK, USA apart from few countries in the GCC.
He holds a Master's degree specializing in Quality Management with a Bachelor degree in Engineering. He has numerous professional certifications on ISO 9001, ISO 27001, Project Management, Risk Management, Business Continuity etc.
Mike Thompson is global director of refrigerant applications for Ingersoll Rand. In this role, Thompson is responsible for working with Ingersoll Rand's climate businesses and customers to communicate the potential impact of future policies on products and markets. He also participates as an industry expert for low global warming potential refrigerant applications in the United Nations Montreal Protocol process.
Prior to this role, Thompson worked for Trane in field sales and was the global marketing manager for large chillers.
Thompson has more than 27 years of experience with Trane and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.
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.
Ingo is Policy Manager at Euroheat & Power and the DHC+ Technology Platform. He is in charge of energy policy issues in the fields of efficiency, buildings and technical questions, as well as of EHP's District Cooling branch, while coordinating the internal working groups on resource efficiency and district cooling. In parallel, he leads DHC+'s work on research policies such as the SET Plan and Horizon2020. Ingo represents the sector in various organisations and platforms such as the Coalition for Energy Savings, Eufores, Knowledge4Innovation and the technology platform 'Smart Networks for the Energy Transition'. Over the past years Ingo has worked on creating the newly launched coolingEU forum that brings together organisations representing the whole range of cooling needs and solutions, which he now officially coordinates.