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We are honored to invite local distinguished speakers to speak during the welcome ceremony of the joint conference.

Dr. David Renné - International Solar Energy Society

I am very pleased to invite you to attend the next International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress (SWC) 2017, which takes place in the dynamic city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 29 October – 2 November, 2017.  A unique feature of this next Congress is that it is being held jointly with the 5th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry (SHC 2017).  We are also very pleased that the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology will be the local host of this event.  

As with previous years, SWC 2017 will continue a long tradition of connecting the renewable energy research and academic community with decision makers, financiers, and practitioners.  Read the full welcome message by Dr. David Renné, President of the International Solar Energy Society

Mr. Ken Guthrie - IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme

Welcome to the 5th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry (SHC 2017) on October 29-November 2, 2017. For this conference, we are fortunate to be holding it together with the ISES Solar World Congress 2017.  

Our joint conference is certain to reach a wider network of participants interested in exploring technical, industrial and policy synergies relevant to renewable energy deployment.

On behalf of the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme, I look forward to meeting, discussing and learning with you at this joint conference. Read the full welcome message by Ken Guthrie, Chair of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Program

Dr. Steven Griffiths - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the next Solar World Congress 2017, which will be held on 29 October to 2 November, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The UAE is uniquely positioned to host the International Solar Energy Society’s (ISES) key event.  The country has an ambitious renewable energy target of having clean energy sources account for 24% of its energy mix by 2021, and is advancing the deployment of solar energy in the region. The UAE’s regional leadership in solar energy is demonstrated by the establishment of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, which is expected to have 5,000MW of solar energy capacity  once completed in 2030; the Shams 1 concentrated solar power plant, which has a 100MW capacity operational since 2013; and the 350 MW Abu Dhabi solar PV power plant recently tendered. Read the full welcome message by Dr. Steve Griffiths, Vice President for Research at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

H.E. Minister Thani Al Zeyoudi

His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi was appointed as the Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates in February 2016. Previously, His Excellency served as Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), 2010-2017. He also was the Director of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2010- 2016.

H.E. Dr. Al Zeyoudi first began his career as a reservoir engineer at the Abu Dhabi Marine Oil Company and then moved to Masdar, where we worked on advancing renewable energy technologies and solutions. H.E. Dr. Al Zeyoudi played a major role in the UAE’s successful campaign in 2009 in host IRENA, the first international organization dedicated to renewable energy.

In 2015, Dr. Al Zeyoudi was awarded the first Gulf Cooperation Council Prize for Excellence in recognition of his pioneering efforts in renewable energy. He is a member of several committees, including the Emirates Green Development Council, as well as Audit and Selection Committees of Zayed Future Energy Prize.

H. E. Dr. Al Zeyoudi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Tulsa University, an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology, MSc in Project Management from the British University in Dubai, and a PhD in Strategy, Programme & Project Management from SKEMA Business School in France, for which he received the Sheikh Rashid Award for Scientific Excellence for holders of doctorate degrees.

Mr. Adnan Z. Amin

Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), currently serving his second term. He was elected as the Agency’s first Director-General in 2011. During his tenure, IRENA has grown to 151 Member States and has become the global authority on renewable energy. The agency today provides the world community with a strong international cooperation framework to accelerate the sustainable energy transformation, as a major pathway to fostering sustainable development and one of the most important solutions to climate change. 

Mr. Amin has over 25 years of experience in international environment and sustainable development policy. Mr. Amin has held senior positions in the United Nations (UN), including as Head of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination Secretariat, Director of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence. 

Mr. Amin is a development economist specializing in sustainable development. He is a national of Kenya. 

H.E Eng. Fatima Al Foorah

Fatima Al-Foora Al Shamsi is the Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity and Future Energy  in the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy with a rich background ranging from electrical engineering, renewables, Business Development and project management to different Managerial roles and in action she is member of the UAE Board of climate change& environment, and member of the board of directors of Emirate authority for standardization & metrology (ESMA), Head of the Emirates National Grid planning and operation committee. Member of board of  Nawah. 

She succeeded to lead the team developing UAE energy strategy 2050 (in-house developed strategy), now leading the UAE water security strategy, also she is leading the power sector techno economic study in UAE ( which include the development of energy/power market, and all activity related to energy security & future of energy, energy and water productivity & DSM, electricity& energy market, and regulations & supervision of power sector in the Ministry of Energy.

She graduated from the United Arab Emirates University with an honors degree of BS in electronics engineering. Add to that she holds an honors degree MBA in Financial Management.

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