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Energy Transitions in the Middle East and Turkey

Dubai |
Speakers include:

Ed Crooks

Financial Times

Bader Saeed Al Lakmi


Sébastian Arbola



Global energy markets are transforming rapidly, with significant consequences across the Middle East  and Turkey. In this third of four invitation-only FT-IFC energy infrastructure events, senior executives and decision-makers from across the region will review the emergence of renewable energy as well as opportunities in the oil & gas sector, and discuss strategies to navigate these changes.

Attendance is by invitation only.

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Agenda - 10th May

  • 1:30pm
    Opening remarks from the FT Chair
  • 1:40pm
    Welcome from IFC
  • 1:50pm
    Scene Setter: Global energy market shifts and consequences for the region

    Seb Henbest, Head of EMEA. Lead Author - New Energy Outlook, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

  • 2:20pm
    Panel 1: Renewable energy – how much of a disruptive force?

    This region has significant renewable energy potential that has yet to be harnessed at scale. What is the potential size of this market, and how much market disruption should developers and investors anticipate as they seek to move large projects forward? 

    Bader Saeed Al Lamki, Executive Director, Masdar Clean Energy

    Sébastian Arbola, CEO, Middle East, South and Central Asia and Turkey Business Unit, ENGIE

    Arif Özozan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Gama Holding 

    Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power

    Andrea Panizzo, Head of Business Development for Europe and Middle East, Enel Green Power



  • 3:20pm
    Networking coffee break
  • 3:50pm
    Panel 2: Oil & gas – a sector in flux?

    As energy intensity declines, growth in Asia slows, and climate change gains attention worldwide, how is the oil & gas sector adapting? What does the development of shale gas mean for the region and where are the opportunities in the years ahead

    Patrick Allman-Ward , CEO, Dana Gas Group

    Mounir Bouaziz,Vice President, Commercial/New Business Development South America and Africa; Country Chair, Dubai and North Emirates, Royal Dutch Shell

    Jessica Brewer, Principal Analyst Middle East Upstream Oil and Gas, Wood Mackenzie

  • 4:50pm
    Leadership spotlight: how to navigate energy market changes

    Mustafa Abdel‐Wadood, Managing Partner and Global Head of Private Equity, The Abraaj Group

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times 

  • 5:30pm
    Close of forum & reception

Chair (1)

Ed Crooks

US Industry and Energy Editor
Financial Times

Ed Crooks was appointed US industry and Energy Editor in August 2010. Prior to that, he was Energy editor at the FT, based in London. Mr Crooks joined the FT in 1999 as Economics Editor, and then went on to become UK News Editor. Previously, Mr Crooks was an Economics Correspondent for the BBC, reporting on both television and radio. He started at the BBC as a researcher and producer and worked across several news programmes. He has also been a reporter and Editor for the Investors Chronicle as well as an Economic Analyst for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mr Crooks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He regularly appears on national and international TV and radio.

Speakers (12)

Bader Saeed Al Lakmi

Executive Director for Clean Energy

Bader Saeed Al Lamki is responsible for steering and guiding the teams within Masdar Clean Energy to achieve performance excellence in all areas of investment, green field development and operations for large-scale Renewable Energy Utility Projects, Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage, and Industrial Energy Efficiency solutions. He also oversees Masdar’s Special Projects team and its growing portfolio of off-grid renewable energy projects in the MENA region and international markets. A UAE national, Mr Al Lamki brings 18 years of industry experience to Masdar Clean Energy having joined Masdar in February 2008. Earlier, he worked as Senior Project Manager with the Carbon Unit as well as in Masdar Power. Prior to Masdar, Mr Al Lamki led a multidisciplinary team on a strategic initiative at ADMA-OPCO that worked towards increasing oil production to nearly one million barrels per day. He has also worked for the French oil major Total, as Development Planning Engineer, conducting prospect evaluation for the ultradeep water (1,400 – 1,700 metre) oil reservoir (Block 32) in Angola. He was also involved in the NKOSSA field gas handling facilities for a de-bottlenecking project in Congo. Mr Al Lamki is currently the Chairman of Shams 1 Company, a joint venture between Masdar and Total. He also sits on the board of Torresol Company (Spain), Dudgeon (UK), as well as Tafila Company (Jordan). As a member of the SPE Industry / University Advisory Committee from 2006 – 2008, he contributed to enhancing the quality of University Faculty and advancement of R&D in the MENA region. He was also Co-Chairman of the Vision programme for the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2012, 2013 and 2014. He also chaired the selection committee of Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for three years from 2012-2014. Mr Al Lamki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the UAE University.

Sébastian Arbola

CEO, Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey

Sébastien Arbola is the CEO of ENGIE Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey. He has worked in the ENGIE Group since 2006, starting as a Senior Finance Officer in the Merger & Acquisition (M&A) team in Paris, where he was in charge of the execution team managing the merger between Gaz de France (GDF) and SUEZ. In 2009, he joined the finance department as Head of M&A and, in 2012, he became M&A Group director for GDF SUEZ. In 2013, he moved to SUEZ Environment Asia, based in Singapore, as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President in charge of Finance, Tax, Legal, Internal Control, IT and Procurement for the business unit. Mr Arbola started his career in 1999 at BNP Paribas bank as a Senior Front Officer in debt structuring, first in London and later in Paris. He is a graduate of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, France.

Mounir Bouaziz

Vice President Commercial/New Business Development South America and Africa; Country Chair, Dubai and North Emirates
Royal Dutch Shell

Mounir Bouaziz is Vice President, Commercial/New Business Development South America & Africa and Country Chair Dubai and Northern Emirates for Royal Dutch Shell. Mr Bouaziz has been with the Royal Dutch Shell for 25 years. Prior to his current position, he was Vice President, Upstream International MENA from 2009, having previously been in charge of overseeing the gas businesses in the Middle East and Latin America as part of Shell Gas and Power. Mr Bouaziz initially worked in Exploration and Production in Oman, the Netherlands and Gabon. He is a member of the Shell Commercial Academy as Commercial Deal Leader and a founding Board Member of (Junior Achievement) INJAZ-UAE. Mr Bouaziz obtained an Engineering degree from the French Grande L’Ecole Arts et Metier and an MBA from Webster University.

Seb Henbest

Head of EMEA, Lead Author - New Energy Outlook
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Seb Henbest is Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa for Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in London, overseeing the firm's European power and carbon market analysis and the development of its EMEA business. He is also lead author of BNEF's annual long-term power market forecast, the New Energy Outlook. From 2008 to 2012 Mr Henbest was Head of Research and Manager of BNEF in Australia, establishing the firm's Sydney offices. Mr Henbest writes on energy and carbon market economics and drives BNEF's regional research agenda. He also contributes to third party publications such as the London School of Economics Business Review and the Lowy Interpreter. He is quoted widely in print media, and has appeared as an expert commentator on ABC TV, Sky News, ABC Radio, and Bloomberg TV. In 2012 he gave evidence to the House of Representatives Economics Committee in Australia on the pricing dynamics of linking Australia's Carbon Price Mechanism with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. He is a 2015 Rex J Lipman Fellow and has an advisory role with the GCC region Clean Energy Business Council. Mr Henbest is a physicist by training with degrees from Adelaide University and Monash, and read International Relations at Clare Hall, Cambridge, specialising in emissions trading and environmental markets.

Patrick Allman-Ward

Dana Gas Group

Patrick Allman-Ward is CEO of Dana Gas Group, a position he has held since September 2013. He is an accomplished international energy executive with over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, in many senior positions in locations all over the world, including the Middle East. Dr Allman-Ward joined Dana Gas in August 2012. He started his career at Shell in 1982, and subsequently held senior management roles as Vice-President Exploration for Asia-Pacific, CEO and Board Member of the South Rub Al Khali Company, Vice-President of New Business Development in Saudi Arabia and New Ventures Execution Manager for Europe. Dr Allman-Ward studied Geology at Durham University and earned his PhD from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London.

Mustafa Abdel-Wadood

Managing Partner and Global Head of Private Equity
The Abraaj Group

Mustafa Abdel‐Wadood is Managing Partner and Global Head of Private Equity of The Abraaj Group. He is also a member of the Management Executive Committee, as well as a member of the Firm’s Global Investment Committee. Mr Abdel‐Wadood joined The Abraaj Group from EFG‐Hermes, where he was Chief Executive Officer for the UAE and prior to that he was Head of Investment Banking. Before this, he co‐founded Sigma Capital and served as its Managing Director. Prior to that role, he spent eight years at the Orascom Group as Director of Development and Investments and was a founding Board Member of Orascom Telecom which became a leading publicly-listed emerging markets telecom operator. Mr Abdel‐Wadood has served on the Boards of several publicly listed and private companies. In 2002, the World Economic Forum named Mr Abdel‐Wadood a ‘Global Leader for Tomorrow’ and in 2007 named him a ‘Young Global Leader’. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He graduated in Business Administration from American University and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

Paddy Padmanathan

President and CEO
ACWA Power International

Paddy Padmanathan is President and CEO, ACWA Power. A professional Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience, he has served ACWA Power since 2005 from its beginnings as a startup to where it is today; a leading private developer, owner and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants headquartered in Saudi Arabia. The company has an investment value in excess of US$32bn and can generate 23+GW of power and produce 2.5 million m3/day of desalinated water to be delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take contracts under public-private-partnership, concession and utility services outsourcing models. A graduate of University of Manchester, UK, Mr Padmanathan started his career as a consulting engineer delivering infrastructure projects financed by the national treasuries and multilateral financial agencies and moved on to develop privately financed power, water and wastewater projects in over a dozen countries. A substantial period of his career before ACWA Power was with Black & Veatch, a US headquartered multinational engineering and construction company where he served as a Vice President and Corporate Officer. Mr Padmanathan also serves on the board of directors of several companies all operating in the water and power sectors.

Andrea Panizzo

Head of Business Development for Europe and the Middle East
Enel Green Power

Andrea Panizzo is Head of Business Development of Europe and Middle East Area in Enel Green Power, the Renewables Division of Enel S.p.A. He has held this position since October 2015 and leads a team of more than 40 people active in Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAE. Mr Panizzo joined Enel in 2008, working mainly in the Business Development unit with responsibility for hydropower technologies development. Duties included development and permitting of greenfield projects, participation in governmental tenders and M&A activities relating to projects and operating plants. Mr Panizzo is a Civil Hydraulic Engineer, with a PhD in Maritime Constructions.

Arif Özozan

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Gama Energy

Arif Özozan is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Gama Holding A.Ş. An experienced executive in the energy sector, Mr Özozan launched his career in Belgium at Unit International in 1993, and served as Assistant Project Finance Manager, Business Development Manager, Project Manager, and Project Director. In 2003, he was appointed as the Executive Board Member of the company’s East Europe, Turkey, North Africa and Middle East Group. Mr Özozan joined Tynagh Energy Limited, Ireland, in 2004, where he assumed the post of CEO and Board Member and later became the Chairman of the Board. Between 2006 and 2010, he served as CEO and Board Member of Gama Enerji A.Ş. and was subsequently named as CEO of Zorlu Enerji A.Ş. In 2012 he was appointed as the CEO of Gama Enerji A.Ş., which is a joint venture equally owned by Gama Holding and General Electric Energy Financial Services. A.Ş. Mr Özozan graduated from Bilkent University with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1991, and earned his MBA at the Catholic University of Leuven in 1993. In 1995, Mr Özozan continued his postgraduate and doctoral studies at the Free University of Brussels in International Finance and Business Administration.

Jessica Brewer

Principal Analyst Middle East Upstream Oil and Gas
Wood Mackenzie

Jessica Brewer is a Principal Analyst within Wood Mackenzie’s Middle East upstream research team. She leads Wood Mackenzie's upstream research on Iraq, and has acted as country expert on several consultancy projects, covering upstream strategy and opportunity screening studies. As well as writing topical analysis, she has presented at conferences and appeared on TV and radio, providing insight on the region’s oil and gas sector. She joined the company in 2012 and is based in Dubai.Ms Brewer has over ten year's of experience in the oil and gas sector. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, she worked as a Well Services Engineer with Schlumberger, located in Western Siberia, Sakhalin and the US Gulf of Mexico. She holds a MEng Mechanical Engineering degree from Imperial College London, a MSc Sustainable Energy degree from Imperial College London and a MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School.

Wiebke Schloemer

Wiebke Schloemer

Regional Industry Head, Infrastructure, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East & North Africa

Wiebke Schloemer is a proven emerging market financier, with over 20 years of experience in project/corporate finance and private equity in energy, transport, utilities and telecom/technology. Ms Schloemer currently heads IFC’s Infrastructure investments across Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, managing investments of over US$5bn. Prior to this role, she led IFC’s Infrastructure business in East Asia. She joined IFC in 2004 as an Investment Officer in the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) group in Washington, DC, and moved to IFC’s Istanbul office in 2009, to lead IFC's TMT business in Eastern Europe and the MENA region. In 2011, she relocated to Hong Kong to manage IFC’s Infrastructure business in East Asia and the Pacific. She returned to Istanbul in 2014 to head the Infrastructure business for the EMENA region. Prior to joining IFC, Ms Schloemer was with the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, and DEG, the German Investment Corporation, working on infrastructure debt and equity transactions in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Ms Schloemer has a Masters degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Goettingen in Germany and holds a Postgraduate degree in Development Policy from the German Development Institute.

Bernard Sheahan

Global Director of Infrastructure and Natural Resources

Bernard Sheahan is Global Director of Infrastructure and Natural Resources at IFC, the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. He is responsible for IFC’s investments in power, transport, utilities, and extractive industries. Mr Sheahan joined IFC in 1986, and has previously served as Director of IFC’s Infrastructure Advisory Department and IFC’s Director of Strategy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.



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