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About RAK Energy Summit

The Government of Ras Al Khaimah has long emphasised the crucial role of sustainable energy in bolstering the competitiveness of its economy. The RAK Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040 is an integral part of the UAE Long Term Strategy. The Emirate has a long commitment towards building a sustainable future with an emphasis on the energy transition to meet UAE’s net-zero targets. Building upon the success of the inaugural summit, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality will host the second edition of RAK Energy Summit under the patronage of HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. Based on the theme “Create and Contribute to the sustainable energy goals of the future”, the second edition of RAK Energy Summit , will shed light on crucial topics for national and regional decarbonisation: smart technologies, AI, fuels and grids of the future, carbon pricing, and others. The second RAK Energy Summit will take place on 27 and 28 November 2024 at the Al Hamra International Exhibition and Conference Center in Ras Al Khaimah and will bring together international thought leaders and trailblazers with decision-makers from the government and the private sector.


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Our Event Agenda

08:30 - 10:00

Registration and Coffee Break


  • Are leading economies on track to meet their commitments?
  • What progress should we expect at COP28?

Session Chair: Mahyar Ebrahimi, Portfolio Director, RAK Energy Summit

10:00 - 10:05

Welcome Address

H.E. Munther Mohammed bin Shekar Al Zaabi, Director General, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

10:05 - 10:15

Opening Keynote Address

H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah

10:15 - 10:30

Keynote Presentation: Road to COP28

H.E. Suhail bin Mohamed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

10:30 - 10:40

UAE Energy Management Leadership Award Ceremony

10:40 - 10:50

Keynote Video Presentation: State of Global Energy Sustainability

Francesco La Camera, Director General, IRENA

10:50 - 11:05

Keynote Presentation: RAK Energy Efficiency & Renewables Strategy 2040 Project Announcements & Results

Andrea Di Gregorio, Executive Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office, Ras Al Khaimah  Municipality

11:05 - 11:50

Executive Panel Discussion: Thinking 20 Years Ahead – Paths to Global Energy Sustainability

Moderator: Graeme Sims, Executive Director, Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau (RSB) Dubai


  • Dr. Mane Alsudairawi, Acting Director General, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
  • H.E. Yousif Ahmed Al Ali, Assistant Undersecretary for Water, Electricity & Future Energy Affairs, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
  • Andrea Di Gregorio, Executive Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office, Ras Al Khaimah  Municipality
  • Ali Al Zaabi, Chief Operating Officer, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

11:50 - 12:25

VIP Exhibition Tour and Morning Networking Break

12:25 - 12:30

Coffee Sponsor Welcome Remarks


  • Is energy efficiency still a priority, in a world of plummeting renewables cost?
  • Will the current fossil fuel price crunch reinvigorate energy efficiency?

Session Chair: Hassan Younes, Co-CEO and Founder, GRFN

12:30 - 12:45

International Presentation: Global Trends and Progress in Building Energy Efficiency

Christiane Egger, Deputy Manager, Upper Austria Energy Agency (Austria)

12:45 - 13:00

Presentation: Net Zero Energy Buildings - Strategies, Technologies, and Challenges in Scaling Up

Franco Atassi, Chief Executive Officer - Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Middle East

13:00 - 13:15

Presentation: Integrating Renewable Energy into Residential Communities

Eng. Marwa Obaid Al Taffag, Head of the Federal Buildings, Housing and Establishments Design, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

13:15 - 13:30

Presentation: Enabling the Region’s Future Sustainable Buildings

Umar Khan, General Manager - Sustainability, Smart Cities & Energy, Honeywell Building Technologies

13:30 - 13:45

Presentation: Energy and Technology in the Built Environment

Rachid Hamida, Vice President - Energy and Technology, Enova

13:45 - 14:30

Panel Discussion: Retrofits in the Residential, Commercial and Industrial Sectors - Opportunities & Challenges in Mass Implementation

Moderator: Hassan Younes, Co-CEO and Founder, GRFN


  • Christiane Egger, Deputy Manager, Upper Austria Energy Agency (Austria)
  • Eng. Mozah Mohamed Alnuaimi, Director of Productivity and Demand Management Department, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
  • Renaud Capris, Chief Executive Officer, Enova
  • Dr. Pablo Izquierdo, Energy Efficiency Manager - Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

14:30 - 15:30

Networking Lunch Break


  • How do we develop the right skills for the energy transition?
  • Which technologies hold out the greatest promise?
  • How do we empower residents and citizens to be the catalysts for change?

Session Chair: Hannah Jo Uy, Independent Journalist

Interactive Fire Side Chats

One-on-one interview-style chats guided by a moderator, with no presentations or slides and with the opportunity for Q&A from the summit audience

15:30 - 15:45

Technology: The Impact of Technology on Sustainability

Sougata Nandi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Energy and Environmental Efficiency Advisory

15:45 - 16:00

People: Sustainable Transformation through Human Capital

Amruta Kshemkalyani, Founder and Managing Director, Sustainability Tribe

16:00 - 16:15

Finance: The Socio-Economics of the Energy Transition

Raheel Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, RAKBANK

16:15 - 16:30

Infrastructure: The Net Zero City

Farah Naz, Innovation & ESG Lead, MEA, AECOM Middle East

16:30 - 16:45