Webinar /// Creating solar wealth in Saudi Arabia: update and next steps


As a prequel to the Solar Trade Mission Saudi Arabia (14-18 September), Solarplaza (together with SASIA) will host a free webinar on May 28, in which four market experts provide their vision on the developments of solar energy in Saudi Arabia.

Keynote speaker Jigar Shah, Founder of SunEdison and Author of the book "Creating Climate Wealth", will share his vision on the developments in the global solar industry of the past decade and will apply the lessons learned to the central question of this webinar: how to create solar wealth in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region?

Key questions to be discussed in the panel:

  •     Why has solar power made such little progress in Saudi Arabia?

  •     Will there be a tipping point for solar power in Saudi Arabia and what/when will it be?

  •     What are the particular challenges facing solar in Saudi and what are the steps to take to overcome these?


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Programme

  • 15h00 /// Welcome, short intro on the trade mission /// Tom van Dorp - Solarplaza
  • 15h05 /// Intro on the Saudi Arabian Solar Market /// Browning Rockwell - SASIA
  • 15h15 /// Creating solar wealth in Saudi Arabia: update and next steps /// Jigar Shah
  • 15h30 /// Q&A with Aaron Morrow, Jigar Shah, Browning Rockwell & Imtiaz Mahtab
  • 16h00 /// End of the webinar

Speakers

Jigar Shah /// CEO - Jigar Shah Consulting

Jigar Shah is an entrepreneur and visionary committed to leveraging the next economy by solving the challenging issues of our time. Shah has recognized this as “The Impact Economy,” also the subject of his upcoming book.
Shah has noted that a global "Impact Economy" is one in which mainstream investors team up with corporations, entrepreneurs, and governments at scale to solve the big environmental and social problems of our time while generating compelling financial returns – not just average returns. 

Browning Rockwell /// Chairman - SASIA

Mr. Rockwell has worked in the MENA/GCC region for more than a quarter century. He is the Founder of the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (DarSolar) and publisher of the MENA Solar Brief,  a monthly email newsletter covering the GCC/MENA region. He was also a founder and past president of the Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA). His extensive experience with renewable energy includes market entry strategy, government liaison, proposal development, partnership identification, project management, and solar advisory services.


Aaron Morrow /// Managing Partner - Global Energy Analytics

Accomplished professional with history of utilizing strong analytical and interpersonal skills to screen, evaluate and develop clean energy projects and markets. I am a problem solver who consistently adds value to my clients and employers through creative application of my experience, capabilities, and education to efficiently drive renewable and alternative energy project concepts from market and opportunity evaluation through development, financing, and commercialization. 

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Imtiaz Mahtab /// Executive Vice President - Air Liquide MENA

Imtiaz Mahtab is Executive Vice President of Air Liquide Middle East and North Africa Electronics, and executive member of its MENA management team. Imtiaz has over 17 years of senior leadership roles internationally in developing, managing as well as restructuring  businesses – in mainly Energy and High Technology  sectors.  He is also on the advisory board of various Renewable Energy and High Technology startups in the region.

 


Keith Bullen /// Associate - Baker & Botts

Keith Bullen is an associate with the international law firm Baker Botts who has practised in the Middle East since 2005. His main areas of focus are project development and Islamic and conventional finance. He has experience in a number of project development sectors and his clients have included both financial institutions and project sponsors. In the power sector he has advised the Saudi Electricity Company on the development and financing of a number of power plants procured both under its IPP program and on an EPC basis. These plants include the 4,000MW Qurayyah IPP, the 2,100MW Rabigh 2 IPP and the 2,800MW Rabigh VI.

Abdullah Jali ///
Business Development Director - Dar Al Riyadh Group

Dar Al Riyadh has 40 years of engineering experience with more than 3,000 employees, the majority of which are engineers. As one of the leading full service engineering companies in Saudi Arabia, Dar serves its customers' nees by offering specialized engineering services and providing customized solutions.