Solar Maghreb Congress speakers
Speaker Line Up
Minister Abdelkader Amara, Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies, Morocco
Mr Abderrahim El Hafidi, Director of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy Mines, Water and Environment, Morocco
Mrs Zohra Ettaik, Head of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Division, Ministry of Energy Mines, Water and Environment, Morocco
Mustapha Bakkoury, President, MASEN, Morocco
Mustapha Bakkoury has managed the development of MASEN ever since its creation in December 2009. MASEN recently entered into a cooperation project for the world’s largest CSP plant with a consortium led by a DII shareholder ACWA power. Previously, Mustapha Bakkoury served for eight years as head of the CDG, the financial arm of the Moroccan government. Before that he held various management positions in the banking sector at BNP Paribas and BMCE
Mr Abdellah Griech, Director of Renewable Energy, Office National de l'Electricite, Morocco
Deputy Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Frank Wouters was appointed Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in September 2012. He possesses over 20 years of international experience in the field of renewable energy.
Mr. Wouters previously held several senior management positions in leading organizations and institutions in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, including Evelop International BV, The Netherlands; Sol Holding AG, Germany; NICE International, The Gambia; and TDAU University of Zambia. Before he joined IRENA he served as the Director of Masdar Power, a developer and operator of renewable power generation projects, where he was responsible for projects representing enterprise value of more than $3bn in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Mohamed Mostafa El-Khayat, Head of the technical sector, NREA, Egypt
- Member of Arab Experts who prepared the Arab Strategy for using Renewable Energy, year 2010.
- Prepared the Outlines of the Arab Strategy for using Renewable Energy for League of Arab States, LAS,
- Performed many due-diligence studies for LAS about renewable energy in Arab countries, 2006 – 2008.
- Carried out different due-diligence studies for ESCWA/UN about manufacturing renewable energy
equipment in Egypt, 2007 - 2008.
- Perform a study titled: "Renewable Energies in the North Africa Region Potentials, Markets and Strategies",
as a due-diligence study for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, GTZ.
- Shared an economic team to design and implement a Model for calculating production cost from renewable
energy projects, for NREA.
- Invited speaker/panelist in many national and international conferences.
- Shared in implement a feasibility study for establishing two wind farms at Saudi Arabia, Jan. 2009.
- Published more than 70 studies and article about energy and environment.
- Performed many studies for the Strategic Studies Center at Al-Ahram.
- An Editor in El-Kahraba'e El-Arabia Magazine.
- Teaching in many courses related to Energy, energy economics, and energy policies for national and
Macro Raganella, Business Development Country Manager, Morocco, ENEL Green Power, Italy
Project Manager and Project Engineer for solar (PV, CSP) power plants.
9 years of experience in renewable energy.
Mechanical Engineer’s Degree from University of “Roma Tre”- Rome (Italy) 2004
Kacem Debar, Senior Consultant & Project Coordinator, MEC Maghreb Invest Team, MEC International Limited, United Kingdom
Bruno Cova, Head of Network Studies, CESI, Italy
Bruno Cova graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1985. He joined CESI in 1986, where he has been active in numerous planning, operational planning and feasibility studies and got a wide experience in many international projects, namely in the Mediterranean region, Europe, and South America. Since 2003 he has been working as Scientific Manager, becoming the reference person in CESI for techno-economic analyses of Power System Projects. At present, he’s the head of the “Power Systems, Markets and Regulatory” Business Area.
Recently, he has been appointed as responsible for the execution of studies addressing the RES generation penetration, namely wind generation, in Europe and North Africa.
At the international scientific level he has been a CIGRE member for years and is at present expert member of the CIGRE Study Committee C1 “Power System Development and Economics”. In 2007 he got the CIGRE Technical Award “in recognition of the remarkable contribution to the work of the Study Committee C1”.
Guido Prud'homme, Head of Moroccan Office, EIB, Morocco
Guido Prud'homme a rejoint la Banque européenne d’investissement en 2000 après avoir occupé différents postes senior au Fonds Européen d'investissement. Au sein de la BEI, il a d’abord travaillé dans la direction des opérations à l'extérieur de l'Union européenne. Entre 2004 et 2009, il était responsable de la politique des opérations de prêts à l'extérieur de l'UE au sein du bureau de la BEI à Bruxelles. Avant de rejoindre le Groupe BEI, il a travaillé 17 ans pour le Crédit de l'Industrie, une ancienne institution de crédit à long terme en Belgique.
En octobre 2009, il a été nommé Représentant résident de la BEI au Maroc.
Scott Lawrence, Investment Director, BNP Paribas Clean Energy Partners, United Kingdom
Scott Lawrence founded BNP Paribas Clean Energy Partners in mid 2008 whilst working at ABN AMRO Asset Management now owned by BNP Paribas Investment Partners. At the end of 2010, Clean Energy Partners finalised its fund raising at Euro435m for its first clean energy fund. Scott focuses on Solar investments and has a background in solar development, Programme finance and commercial real estate
Boukhalfa Yaici, CEO and Founder, EnR Engineering Services, Algeria
Aurelien Boyer, Investment Officer, IFC, Morocco
Aurélien Boyer is an Investment Officer with IFC’s Infrastructure and Natural Resource group with over 10 years of corporate and project finance experience in Europe and the MENA region. Currently based in Rabat, Morocco, Mr. Boyer is in charge of originating, structuring, negotiating and executing debt, equity and quasi equity investments in infrastructure projects (power, water, transport) in the MENA region, with a focus on renewable energy projects in the Maghreb countries. Prior to joining IFC’s infrastructure investment team, Mr. Boyer advised governments in the MENA region on the structuring of infrastructure public-private partnerships (including renewable energy projects) as part of IFC’s PPP Advisory team. Mr. Boyer previously worked with LVMH and PwC in Paris, before joining Bank of America’s leveraged finance group in London. Mr. Boyer is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Kevin Sara, Founder and CEO, Nur Energie
Kevin has been involved with start-ups and entrepreneurs for most of his career. After earning his MBA at Ecole National des Ponts et Chaussées, he co-founded the European Telecom and Media Investment Banking practice at Salomon Brothers, advising governments on privatisation and entrepreneurs on entering deregulated markets, and deploying emerging technologies such as wireless telephony and the internet. Later, at Nomura International, Kevin founded a technology principal investment group and invested in over 35 European and US emerging technology companies. More recently, while working on his PhD in Energy Policy at Imperial College, Kevin co-founded Hazel Capital, a clean-tech investment management company with investments in private clean tech companies.
Nabil Saimi, Directeur de la cooperation internationale, MASEN
Tom Riley, Senior Advisor on International Development, Brightsource Energy, USA, Former US ambassador to Morocco (2004-2009)
Currently serving as Senior Adviser in International Development at BrightSource Energy of Oakland, California, a company that designs develops and deploys utility-scale solar thermal plants.
Ambassador Riley served as the US Ambassador to Morocco for over 5 years, from 2004 – 2009. During that time he was actively involved in economic development, including the signing of the Free Trade Agreement and award of the $700 million Millennium Challenge Compact.
Ambassador Riley has over 30 years of experience in technology and international business. He was awarded a US patent for a method of Temperature Control, and the recipient of the 2009 US State Department Sue M Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service. He was also awarded the "Grand Cordon du Wissam al Alaoui" by King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
Basel Dahleh, Project Manager - Mauritania Solar Project, Masdar Power
Paolo Montresor, Regional Promotion and Marketing Director, Alstom Morocco, Morocco
Alexis de Beaumont, Vice President, Head of MEA, Alstom Wind, Spain
Jan Giese, Head of R&D, Aerodyn Energiesysteme, Germany
Giuseppe De Beni, Managing Director, Italgen S.p.A, Italy
Sebastian Jamois, Director of International Wind Project Development, Valorem Energie, France
Sebastien is born in 1984, he is an engineer, working on wind project development since 2006.
He is in charge of international wind project development agency.
Heinz Werthmann, Key Accounts International, Schletter GmbH, Germany
Inigo Viani, Business Development Manager, Abengoa, Spain
Nancy Rivera, Managing Director, Structure Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Ms. Rivera has over twenty five years of experience in finance, credit, and lending as a commercial and investment banker and financial guarantor. She is Managing Director of Structured Finance where she oversees structured and project finance lending worldwide. Her experience includes financings in Latin America, Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Ms. Rivera’s expertise spans across all infrastructure areas, with particular emphasis in structuring groundbreaking infrastructure “firsts” throughout the world. Successful infrastructure financings in the MENA region have included the first project financing implemented in Algeria for a water desalination plant and in Jordan for power and water projects. She is currently working on a number of renewable generation project financings in the region.
Samir Nacef, Vice President, Business Development, North Africa, GDF Suez
Stuart Jordan, Partner, Head of Engineering and Construction, SJ Berwin LLP, United Kingdom
Fanny Missfeldt-Ringius, Senior Energy Economist, The World Bank, USA
Fanny Missfeldt-Ringius is Senior Energy Economist in the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Energy Group. Since joining the World Bank in 2002 she has worked on energy projects in Algeria, Bahrain, Benin, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Togo, Tunisia and Uganda. Her tasks included providing financing solutions for generation, transmission, distribution, rural electrification, renewable energy, and enhanced power pooling. Before joining the World Bank she worked for the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) Centre on Energy and Environment, Denmark, and the Royal Institute for International Affairs, England. She holds a PhD in economics.
Philippe Lorec, Head of Finance and International Markets, Interministerial Delegation to the Mediterranean, France
Mr Philippe Lorec is the Deputy Director General for Energy and Climate in the Ministry of Ecology Energy Sustainable Development and Town planning since 2007. He is in charge of the international affairs and governmental negotiations.
Mr Philippe Lorec had been designed by the French Presidency to manage the Mediterranean Solar Plan. Indeed, at the Paris summit meeting on July 13th 2008, the Heads of state and government of the European and Mediterranean countries have launched the Union for the Mediterranean, a new form of co-operation between the two shores of the Mediterranean Sea. One of the major projects proposed is the Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP), which not only targets solar energies, but aims at developing renewable energies (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) measures and reinforcing power grid interconnections and technology transfer in the Mediterranean region, with the participation of all member states of the Union for the Mediterranean, firms, investors, financial institutions and other organizations interested in the project.
His previous positions were Diplomatic Adviser (2005-2006) in the cabinet of two Ministries of Industry (Mr Devedjian and Loos), adviser to the chairman of the Direction of international and economic affairs (2004-2005). Before he was program Manager to the French minister of Defense.
Samir Belrhandoria, Head of Moroccan Infrastructure Fund, Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco
Samir Belrhandoria is currently the CEO of Moroccan Infrastructure Management and serves on boards of OMM, EMT and EMTL. Mr. Belrhandoria has an investment banking background. He spent several years, from 1999 to 2007, in SocGen both in Paris and Casablanca. He was active in M&A, Equity Corporate Finance and also in Project Finance and LBO based finance. Mr. Belrhandoria has a proven track record of large deals on each of the above mentioned fields both in Morocco and some emerging countries. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Belrhandoria was Senior Vice President of Theolia Emerging Markets (subsidiary of Theolia, a wind energy producer, listed on the French Stock Exchange), in charge of both Finance and Development.
Mr. Belrhandoria is a graduate from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble in 1998.
El Habib El Andaloussi, Deputy Team Leader, PWMSP, Morocco
Silvia Macri, Research Analyst Middle East and Africa Renewables, IHS, Spain
Silvia is IHS’ Research Analyst, covering renewable power projects and policies in Africa and Middle East (AME). She has international experience in analysis and communication, having been based in the Middle East for over 5 years before joining the IHS Emerging Energy Research office in Barcelona in October 2011.
Silvia covers renewable power policy trends in the region, dealing with emerging renewable strategies in the AME markets. Her research scope includes all renewable power technologies’ options.
Prior to joining EER, Silvia was an energy researcher and journalist for the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES), based in Beirut, Lebanon. Her research focused on the Middle East energy markets, particularly in Lebanon, Syria, Iran, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Yemen.
Olaf Heil, Director Hydro & Solar, RWE Innogy
Olaf Heil is a graduate of Ruhr-Universität Bochum and University of Applied Sciences
(Bochum) and hold a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Since 1995 he has been working in the power industry. In 1995, he joined Harpen AG in
Dortmund as Project and Country Manager, in 1996 he became Member of the Board of
Harpen Italia SpA in Milano and in 2002 Head of Department “Renewable Energies
Germany” in Dortmund. In 2004 he joined LEW AG in Augsburg as a Managing Director of
Bayerische Elektrizitätswerke GmbH. In 2008 he became Director of Hydro Power & New
Technologies of RWE Innogy GmbH in Essen.
Sales Manager Renewable Energy, Tractebel Engineering
Technical Director, ATA Astrom Technical Advisors S.L.,
Mohamed-Rachid Amor, Director of Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, Lafarge, Morocco
Michele Appendino, Chairman, Solar Ventures, Italy
Nathalie Lemarcis, Director, Project Finance, Societe Generale, United Kingdom
Michel Bouskila, Development Director, Cegelec Maroc
Maged K. Mahmoud, Senior Expert, RCREEE
Neil Upton, Partner Head of Energy and Infrastructure, SJ Berwin LLP, United Kingdom
Gianleo Frisari, Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative, Italy
Carlos Martin Rivals, Development Director for Northern Africa, EDP Renewables
Carlos Martin is Development Director for Northern Africa for EDP Renewables.
He joined the company in 2010 as Corporate Technical Director, where he was responsible for O&M strategy, Performance Management, Wind Turbine technology selection and remote control operations.
Prior to that, Carlos spent 8 years in management consulting at McKinsey&Co., where he was responsible for the wind practice in Europe
He holds an engineering degree from the Polytechnic University in Madrid and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, as well as an MBA from Insead
Khalid Benhamou, Managing Director, Sahara Wind
Paul van Son, CEO, Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii GmbH)
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Andrea Pedretti, Chief Technology Officer, Airlight Energy
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Said Mouline, CEO, ADEREE, Morocco
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Silvio Ventura, Renewable Energy & Environment Manager, Alatec, Italy
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Ahmed Squalli, President, AMISOLE, Morocco
Michel Mansard, Managing Director, Phaesun, Associate Member, GSMA, France
Master Degree in International Relations
20+ years experience in Rural Infrastructure projects development and implementation
20+ years business track record in the African continent in Water and Energy sectors.
10 years in Rural Water Infrastructure development projects
10 years in BP Alternative Energy as Off Grid Manager for the BP Solar division.
Associate member of the GSMA from the beginning of its Renewable Energies Initiative through participation in Green Power for Mobile and Community Power from Mobile Working Groups.
Board Member of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (Europe based trade association of stakeholders promoting in Renewables for Rural Energy in southern countries)
Since 2010, took over the BP Solar Off Grid activities become a director of Phaesun Group and the Chairman of Phaesun France in charge of Rural Energy Projects.
Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, BIRD Foundation , Israel
Dr. Eitan Yudilevich assumed the Executive Director position at the BIRD Foundation on January 1, 2006. Since then, BIRD’s Board of Governors approved more than 140 joint U.S.-Israeli projects. Emphasis has been given to new areas, such as Renewable and Alternative Energy, culminating in the initiation of a new U.S.-Israeli program named “BIRD Energy”. Dr. Yudilevich has also focused attention on regional cooperation, specifically, within the U.S.-Israel-Jordan cooperation program named “TRIDE”.
Dr. Yudilevich has been member of numerous boards of international joint ventures. He was the chairman of the board of Opgal, an electro-optics company, and served as director of RDC, a business development company jointly owned by Elron and Rafael.
Dr. Yudilevich holds a Ph.D. in computers and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, a Master's Degree in mathematics from the same institution, and a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in electrical engineering from the Technion, Israel.
Roberto Vigotti, Senior Advisor, Solar Ventures
Carlos de Palacio, Market Manager, Power systems Power Generation, ABB, Spain
Carlos de Palacio is Market Manager for Power Systems Power Generation, part of the Solar and Microgrid regional execution centre as well as the Smart Grids team in ABB Spain. He holds a MsC in both Industrial Engineering and Political Science, an Executive MBA from the IE Business School and is currently finishing his PhD on Smart Grid Implementation Decision Making
Louis Bedoucha, Senior Business Development Officer, The World Bank Group
Senior Representative, First Solar
Imtiaz Mahtab, Business Development Director CPV Technologies, Air Liquide, United Arab Emirates
Juliette Breyton, Project Manager, Wind Farm Projects, Alatec, Spain
Paolo Gentili, Senior Project Leader, PwC Advisory, Italy
Nathalie Lemarcis, Director, Energy Project Finance, Societe Generale, UK
Hassan Nadir, General Manager, CME Compagnie Marocaine des Energies, Morocco
Nadir Hassan is a Belgian-Moroccan economist who lives and works in Morocco and Belgium.
After 8 years in the design office Samyn & Partners, an architectural firm renowned Belgian as Chief Financial Officer, he has focused on the development of real estate projects, tourism in Morocco.
Currently he is Director of the CFE group in Morocco, one of the largest Belgian construction group, listed on Euronext Brussels.
He is also Director General of the Moroccan energy company CME, company created by two Belgian CFE Windvision to develop wind and solar farms in Morocco.
His experience in these areas and double cropping, allow it to meet the challenges related to both functions he holds today.
Sandro Calmanti, Climate Scientist, ENEA: Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Italy
Sandro is a physicist and works in numerical climate modelling and regional scale impact of climate change. Sandro has worked on studies of the non-linearities of large scale ocean and atmospheric dynamics and the on th e assessment of the performances of global climate models. He has contributed to the implementation of regional Earth System Models for climate change studies at ENEA and at Meteofrance.
Sandro has also collaborated with the UN-World Food Programme and with the World Bank on weather risk management in developing countries.