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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