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Business Pavilion of Egypt - Green Zone
Sharm El Sheikh International Convention Centre
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Show on map Event Details Event Details 09-10 November 2022
The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Last year, 1st of November 2021, COP26, was held in Glasgow where nearly 200 nations came together to provide clarity on the work that needs to be done to achieve the above goal. Having agreed on broad principles a further meeting was agreed to take place after one year to confirm specific actions.
From a business perspective, The British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) and The Egyptian British Chamber of Commerce (EBCC) are organizing a Business Forum, supported by Department of International Trade (DIT) as well as welcoming a business mission from BCC and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce at Sharm Elsheikh specifically to create opportunities for British businesses to develop leads and partnerships with other UK, Egyptian and international companies.
The Forum will Feature: Two-panel discussions/day from leading market players offering case studies and learning opportunities. Organized Networking through a specialized dedicated sessions and conference app. Daily attendance to Green zone events inside COP27. Reception networking dinners and lunches each day. Innovation hub & exhibition to showcase projects and ideas of sustainable start-ups Why Join? Benefit from the many networking opportunities which will give delegates the chance to promote their businesses and make new business deals Benefit from the high level attendance at the conference and get to know first hand from global leaders Gaining of knowledge and connections to push sustainability agenda Agenda Agenda Day 1
November 9, 2022
November 10, 2022
Speakers Speakers Khaled Nosseir Chairman at BEBA
After working in Latin America, Mr. Nosseir returned to Egypt to assume several capacities in Alkan; starting 1989 when he created Alkan’s fast moving consumer goods business, which included exclusive manufacturing and distribution of international leading brands of carbonated soft drinks and cigarettes, and which was divested in 1997. In 1993 he created the pharmaceutical
business line of Alkan which under his tenure expanded to include two of Egypt’s fastest growing manufacturing joint ventures besides expanding Alkan’s activities in the healthcare sector until he divested it in 2009. He is the Executive Chairman of Alkan Group’s sub-holdings and subsidiaries which also include sixteen regional subsidiaries. Mr. Nosseir chairs the Egyptian Korean Business Council & is a member of EBA (Egyptian Businessmen’s Association) and the AmCham (American Chamber). Mr. Nosseir has a degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Business Administration. Ian Gray OBE EBCC Chairman at Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce
Ian was educated in Scotland followed by Durham University (BSc). Although an FCMA, he converted to become a Marketing Director many years ago before being appointed CEO in 1982 of a subsidiary in Thorn EMI where he ran 3 different divisions over the following 10 years. Subsequently he was CEO of the FTSE listed companies Brown and Jackson plc and later General Cable plc.
Ian joined Vodafone in 1998 as Managing Director of the UK Retail business and served on the Board of Vodafone Egypt from 2000 to 2017 as Managing Director, CEO then Chairman, living in Cairo from 2000 until 2007 when he also became Regional Director, Central Europe for Vodafone. Ian retired from his full time executive role in 2010 but returned to the front line from late 2015 until 2018 as CEO of Vodafone Qatar, a company listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange with a market cap of around $2.5bn, and led the company through a turnaround. His links to Egypt remain and he has been Chairman of the Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce since 2014 and, also, since 2010, UK Co-Chairman of the Egyptian-British Business Council which was set up by the Egyptian and British Governments to facilitate trade and investment links between Egypt and the UK. Ian now lives in rural Oxfordshire with his wife Karen and plays guitar enthusiastically if not well. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2016 . H.M.A Gareth Bayley The British Ambassador to Egypt H.M.A Gareth Bayley The British Ambassador to Egypt
Gareth Bayley took up his role as His Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to Egypt in August 2021. This appointment marks his return to Egypt, where he had been assigned earlier in his career.
Prior to this assignment, Ambassador Bayley was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Director for South Asia and Afghanistan, from 2017 to May 2021. Ambassador Bayley has held a number of roles within the Foreign Office since 1995. He worked on the Middle East and North Africa, the United Nations, and various roles on Peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Transition. Previous assignments include Chief of Staff to Quartet Representative Tony Blair, the UK Mission to the UN (2006 to 2009), Deputy Head of FCO’s Iraq Department (2005 to 2006) and the British Embassy Baghdad (2004 to 2005). Ambassador Bayley was the UK Special Representative for Syria from October 2014 to October 2017. Sarah Howard MBE, BCC Chair at British Chamber of Commerce
Sarah has a long history in the Chamber Movement and is a great advocate for the power of business for good. Sarah is the Chair of the British Chambers of Commerce and a Past President of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. She joined the BCC Board in 2017, taking the Chair in October 2019. In challenging times for all chambers, she has supported the BCC and international network's growth and is working with her teams to ensure that the lessons learned are not lost.
Sarah is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director. She is highly effective leading her boards through change and growth. A skilled networker, she brings together the right people and organisations to achieve sustainable results. She has a particular interest in skills development and bringing more diversity into the Boardroom. She was awarded the MBE in 2015 for her work on skills development for young people. With a background in management consultancy, Sarah has worked for high profile organisations including JP Morgan and KPMG. She is a Director of Sarand Business Software, a company that supplies bespoke software to a wide range of clients. She is also the Independent Chair of the West Suffolk Alliance, an innovative collaboration of NHS and systems working to improve outcomes for the local population by bringing together services across West Suffolk. Sarah is a Non-Executive Director of Jaynic, a property development company, Chair of Abbeycroft Leisure, a large not for profit Leisure Trust and is a Governor at West Suffolk College and a Member of Suffolk Academy Trust. H.E. Dr. Hala El Said Minister of Planning & Economic Development H.E. Dr. Hala El Said Minister of Planning & Economic Development
Dr. Hala ElSaid is a prominent female banking figure, as a member of the Central Bank’s Board of Directors and as an Executive Director of the Egyptian Banking Institute for eight consecutive years, managing the Institute with a promising vision to establish a professional training arm for the Egyptian banking system that applies international best practices in the development of technical and administrative skills for financial and banking professionals in Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa. During this period, she led a group of experts and consultants at the Institute to obtain international accreditation to become the first accredited banking and financial training institute in Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa region (2006 -2008).
Dr. Hala ElSaid has also held several positions, including advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Central Bank’s Anti-Money Laundering Unit, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Arab African International Bank. In addition to this great career, Dr. Hala ElSaid has academic contributions that include a wide range of internationally acclaimed research papers, studies and reports on various economic topics, most notably studies on financial and banking reform, international finance, privatization and economic reform. Joakim Reiter Chief External and Corporate Affairs Officer at Vodafone Joakim Reiter Chief External and Corporate Affairs Officer at Vodafone
Joakim Reiter an Executive Committee member since August 2017, is Vodafone’s Chief External and Corporate Affairs Officer, responsible for public relations and corporate affairs, including policy and regulation, communications, security, sustainability and charitable activities.
He is also currently an advisory board member of the World Trade Institute, sits on the Board of the Swedish Space Corporation and was previously a member of the EU’s Horizon Mission Board for climate-neutral and smart cities. Before joining Vodafone in April 2017, Joakim was the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Prior to that, he spent more than 15 years in the foreign service of Sweden, including as Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the World Trade Organization and at the Permanent Representation to the European Union. Joakim also served as an EU negotiator with DG TRADE at the European Commission. A Swedish national, Joakim holds a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Political Science from Lund University. Alastair Long HM Deputy Trade Commissioner for Africa at DIT
Alastair Long is His Majesty’s Deputy Trade Commissioner for Africa based in Cairo. He leads on UK trade and investment promotion across the whole African continent. Alastair was previously the Regional Director for Trade & Investment for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan based in Dubai, and then the Director for Trade and Investment for Saudi Arabia and Her Majesty’s Deputy Trade Commissioner for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. While Regional Trade Director he was at the same time Deputy Consul General in Dubai and before that the Deputy Ambassador in Oman. Alastair joined the UK Government at the turn of the century working in a number of Foreign Office and latterly Department for International Trade roles.
Alastair was educated at Cambridge University (Clare College) and the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a trumpet player, singer, football fan (Manchester United), lover of sports, music, the outdoors and spending time with his family. H.E Waleid Gamal Eldien Chairman at Suez Canal Economic Zone H.E Waleid Gamal Eldien Chairman at Suez Canal Economic Zone
Waleid Gamal El-Dein was the Chief executive officer of SCZONE from January 2020, then Vice-Chairman of SCZONE for Investment and Promotion Affairs by a presidential decree issued in May 2022.
He is an Investment Executive with more than 25 years of experience in investment management. He has a proven track record in investment banking, money management, and real estate development. It is worthy to be mentioned that SCZONE is implementing its strategic plan 2020-2025, which aims to localize targeted industries that enhance its competitiveness, as well as meet the needs of regional markets from these industries. SCZONE also exerts great efforts to proceed with the procedures of localizing the green fuel industries in coinciding with Egypt’s hosting of the COP27 Climate Change Summit, next November Basel El Hini Chairman at Misr Insurance Holding Group Basel El Hini Chairman at Misr Insurance Holding Group
Basel El Hini is currently (since October 2018) Chairman and Managing Director of Misr Insurance Holding Company, which owns Egypt’s largest nonbanking finance Group. Basel has more than 35 years experience in finance and investment, with in-depth knowledge of investment, corporate and retail banking, structured finance and syndication, international project finance, financial advisory and macroeconomic policy and reform. Basel has held managerial positions for the last 20 years.
Basel started his career in Egypt with Misr Iran Development Bank, then moved in the mideighties to the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) in Saudi Arabia where he progressed to become Middle East & North Africa Business Group Head. In 2000 he relocated to Egypt with ABN AMRO Bank as Regional Head of Integrated Energy and Power. In 2002 he moved to Misr Exterior Bank as General Manager and Board Member, then in 2004 he joined Banque Misr, Egypt’s second largest bank as General Manager, and a year later (2005) was chosen by Egypt’s Minister of Finance as his Advisor with responsibility for financial restructuring of publicly owned assets. In early 2008, Basel joined NAEEM Group as Chairman and Managing Director (MD) of Naeem Financial Investments (NFI). From 2008 to 2011, he served as MD, Credit, Corporate and Retail Banking at Banque Du Caire, Egypt’s third largest government- owned bank. In 2012 Basel became non-Executive Chairman of the Financial Sector Investment Fund Company, a position which he still holds. In 2016 Basel became Chairman of BEST Foundation, an NGO providing Micro Finance and support services. In 2018, Basel became the non-Executive Chairman of TEJARA for Investment & Development. Shevaun Haviland Director General of British Chambers of Commerce
Shevaun became Director General of BCC at the end of April 2021. She joined BCC from the Cabinet Office where she led Business Partnerships. She joined the Government in 2016 and also ran the Inclusive Economy Partnership for HMG.
Shevaun started her career in consultancy in London and New York. She then moved to the Walt Disney Company in strategic planning before joining Disneyland Paris, opening the second theme park. Shevaun then joined the agency world, running global accounts for Millward Brown, Mindshare and WPP. Following this, she became a partner in a start-up digital innovation agency and venture builder, Independents United, where she also became an Advisor for the Danson Foundation. Most recently, Shevaun was the New Ventures Director for Avado, building new businesses in Edtech and founding the Academy of Digital Business Leaders. Shevaun has a passion for business as a force for good. She is a social impact investor, sits on the Ventures Advisory Board of UnLtd, and is Trustee of Barefoot College International as well as a board member of Women of the World Foundation Mohamed Abdallah Chief Executive Officer at Vodafone - Egypt Mohamed Abdallah Chief Executive Officer at Vodafone - Egypt
Prior to being CEO, Mohamed held the position of Consumer Business Unit Director, on top of being a member of Vodafone Egypt’s Executive Committee. His scope includes Consumer Marketing, Internet, Pricing and Planning, Brand and Communication, International and Roaming, Customer Insight, Customer Value Management, Sales, and Digital Marketing. Prior to this, he was appointed as Enterprise Business Unit Director (EBU) for around 4 years. As EBU Director Mohamed was accountable for marketing, sales, technical and operational resources that looked after the Enterprise business in Egypt.
Mohamed joined Vodafone in October 1998 where he held several positions such as the Head of Enterprise Marketing, Head of Internet, VAS and Content, Head of Consumer Marketing, and most recently Head of Corporate Sales of Vodafone Egypt. Mohamed holds a BA Degree in Commerce from Ain Shams University 1998. Maged Ezzeldin Country Senior Partner and Deals Leader at PWC Maged Ezzeldin Country Senior Partner and Deals Leader at PWC
Maged is Egypt Senior Partner, responsible for developing PwC’s vision and long term strategies for the market in Egypt. He has been with PwC for over 24 years (Including 18 months in the UK firm).
Maged also leads the deals practice in Egypt and works closely with the deals team to support a broad cross section of clients and focuses on advising multinational and local financial and strategic buyers on mergers and acquisitions across industries. He has advised a multitude of clients on their market entry for the Egyptian market, investment strategies, in addition to specific transactions. Maged is well versed into the current economic situation of Egypt, the country’s immediate and medium-term investment needs, and the potential of various economic sectors. He has led numerous engagements in Egypt, including teams and industry specialists from across the PwC Middle East region as well as the Global Network. Maged is a board member of PwC Middle East. Maged is well versed into the current economic situation of Egypt, the country’s immediate and medium-term investment needs, and the potential of various economic sectors Maged has worked on a broad cross section of clients that include both strategic and financial buyers. He has rich experience in performing due diligence (buy-side and sell-side), feasibility studies, valuations, forensic services, mergers and acquisitions work for various companies operating in a number of industries. Qualification: CFA, CPA, ABV, ICVS, CIPA, MESAA, CFF, CBA, CFC, CGMA Vikas Aggrawal Regional Head of Public Affairs – Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and the Americas at ACCA Global Vikas Aggrawal Regional Head of Public Affairs – Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and the Americas at ACCA Global
Vikas Aggarwal is the Regional Head of Public Affairs for Europe, Eurasia, Middle East and the Americas at ACCA. He is responsible for advising governments on socio-economic issues such as technology adoption, future talent development, corporate governance, sustainability, and financial inclusion. Before joining ACCA, Vikas spent over a decade working for the UK Government across security, industrial strategy, international trade, and foreign policy, and he left the government after a period of time as a diplomat based in the Middle East.
Faisal Eissa General Manager at Lekela Egypt Faisal Eissa General Manager at Lekela Egypt
Faisal Eissa is a seasoned renewable energy professional with over twenty five years of experience in the energy sector in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In March 2018, Faisal joined Lekela as General Manager for Egypt and is responsible for overseeing Lekela’s project companies in Egypt, managing the development and delivery of projects from construction through long-term operation. Faisal also provides key support for Lekela’s business development activities across projects in Egypt and is responsible for growing Lekela’s in-country team.
Dr. Sofia Guedes Vaz Programme Director, Environmental Engineering, NOVA Cairo Branch of The Knowledge Hub Dr. Sofia Guedes Vaz Programme Director, Environmental Engineering, NOVA Cairo Branch of The Knowledge Hub
Sofia Guedes Vaz is currently the Program Director of the degree on Environmental Engineering on NOVA Cairo in TKH. Sofia has 30 years of experience working in several public and private organizations, both national and international in the environmental field. Before moving to Egypt, Sofia had her own consultant company (S.714 S&E) on sustainability. Within S.714 Sustainability and Ethics, Sofia was, for one year, consultant for the Portuguese Environmental Agency during the Presidency of Portugal of the European Union (first semester 2021), in the team that followed all European work related with Climate Change, culminating in the participation on the Portuguese delegation to COP26. Sofia has published extensively, namely books, scientific papers, chapters in books, and popular science type of books, on several themes related to Sustainability.
Boutros Klink CEO Middle East and Bahrain of Standard Chartered Bank Boutros Klink CEO Middle East and Bahrain of Standard Chartered Bank
Dr. Boutros Klink is the CEO of the Middle East Cluster and is responsible for SCB’s operations in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon. Dr. Klink is based in Bahrain and serves as the CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Bahrain. He is a member of the Regional Management Team and sits on the Group’s Diversity & Inclusion Council.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Klink has held the positions of CEO of Standard Chartered Bank for Bahrain & GCC, CEO of Standard Chartered Capital Saudi Arabia, as well as various senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, UBS, National Bank of Canada, and the Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec. Dr. Klink holds a Doctor of Science degree in Earthquake Engineering from MIT, a Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from MIT, a Master of Art in Financial Mathematics from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Dr. Klink has lived and worked in Bahrain, Canada, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, & USA and is fluent in Arabic, English and French. Rania El Mashaat Minister of International Cooperation Egypt Rania El Mashaat Minister of International Cooperation Egypt
Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat is Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation since December 2019. Prior to this appointment, she was the first woman to serve as Egypt’s Minister of Tourism between January 2018 and December 2019. Previous positions included Advisor to the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Sub-Governor for Monetary Policy at the Central Bank of Egypt, and Senior Economist at the IMF. The Ministry of International Cooperation oversees an active partnerships portfolio exceeding US$ 25 billion and is mandated to strengthen Egypt’s inclusive multilateral, regional and bilateral engagement with development partners, governments, global policymakers, the United Nations, the private sector and civil society to deliver the National Economic Agenda, consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and achieving a circular economy.
Dr. Al-Mashat has received a number of international and national awards and recognitions: the “2019 Global Champion Award” from the World Tourism and Travel Council for launching the Egypt Tourism Reform Programme; the “2019 Global Leader’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Industry”; and the “2019 Leadership in Tourism Award” from the International Institute for Peace and Tourism. She was selected among the top 50 most influential women in the Egyptian economy in 2015, the 2014 and 2015 “Choiseul Institute 100 Africa: Economic Leaders for Tomorrow”; and as the 2014 “Young Global Leaders” by the World Economic Forum, among others. She received her PhD and Master’s from UMCP, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo. Mohamed Raslan Co-Founder and Senior Partner of Levari at Levari Law
Mohamed has gained extensive experience in commercial law, litigation, investment, capital markets, banking and finance, tax laws, and regulatory advice.
He specializes in banking and finance working as in-house counsel for some of the largest financial institutions in Egypt including Commercial International Bank, Ahli United Bank, and Egypt Factors. Prior to founding Levari, he went back into private practice taking up the position of senior associate within the Egyptian associate office of Crowell & Moring LLP. Mohamed received his LLB from Menofia University in 2004 and is an active member of the Egyptian Bar Association since 2005. He holds a master’s degree from The American University In Cairo. He is fluent in Arabic and English. Hazem Galal Cities & Local Government Global Leader at PWC Hazem Galal Cities & Local Government Global Leader at PWC
Hazem Galal is PwC’s Cities and Local Government Global Leader. He has expertise in strategy formulation and implementation for cities and local government entities, including smart cities. He led and contributed to multiple cities reports for the World Economic Forum and has been a member of the WEF’s Global Future Council on the Cities of Tomorrow. He was also the co-chair for the working group on city connectivity , as part of the ITU and UNESE’s initiative Smart Sustainable Cities. Hazem is also the co-author of the book “Delivering Sustainable Competitiveness - Revisiting the organising capacity of cities”. He worked with numerous cities and state governments around the world in both developed and developing countries conditions Hazem has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a BSC in Computer Science/ Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from California State University. He speaks fluent English, Arabic and Portuguese and can also communicate in Spanish.
Dr. Mohamed Mokbel Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Coventry University Branch at The Knowledge Hub Dr. Mohamed Mokbel Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Coventry University Branch at The Knowledge Hub
Dr. Mohamed Elshafey is currently Associate Professor and Civil Engineering Course Director at The Knowledge Hub Universities – Coventry University Branch in Egypt with more than 20+ years of teaching experience. Dr. Elshafey had completed his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada in a challenging research area which deals with the complexities associated with the fields of blast loading and the use of numerical simulation to increase the security and safety of the Canadian citizens as well as Critical Infrastructure Protection. Dr. Elshafey has widely published chapters in books, peer reviewed Journals, and international conferences.
Dr. Elshafey was nominated for the Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement at the Ph.D. level at Carleton University. Also, he was nominated to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Innovation Challenge Award. Dr. Elshafey is the recipient of the 2006 Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Science and Technology Internship Program. Mohamed Saad Country Head Egypt at UK Export Finance Mohamed Saad Country Head Egypt at UK Export Finance
Mohamed joined UK Export Finance as Country Head of Export Finance, Egypt in May 2021 with a background in business development, commercial banking, corporate finance, and structured trade finance. Prior to joining UK Export Finance, he held various roles, and was most recently a Senior Business Development Manager for Global Trade and Receivables for HSBC Oman.
Mohamed has extensive knowledge and experience of the financial, political and regulatory aspects of international trade, project financing and engagement from three different perspectives; as a highly experienced, structured financier in an international bank, as Country Head of Export Finance at an award winning, globally active and progressive ECA, and, finally, as a close collaborator with the team at the British Embassy in Cairo, especially the Department of International Trade. Dr. Valentina Kretzschmar Energy Transition Director of Capricorn Egypt Dr. Valentina Kretzschmar Energy Transition Director of Capricorn Egypt
Dr Valentina Kretzschmar has 25 years' experience in the energy sector. She is an expert on the energy transition of the oil and gas sector into clean energies. In her current role as Energy Transition Director at Cairn Energy, she is responsible for the development of corporate and portfolio strategies which will position Cairn for long-term growth through the energy transition. Valentina joined Cairn after 18 years at Wood Mackenzie, where she served as Vice President of Corporate Research, leading the development of Corporate New Energy Research. Previously, Valentina worked as a Petroleum Engineer with Edinburgh Petroleum Services Ltd and Research Fellow in the Energy Group at the University of Edinburgh. She is an Advisory Board Member at CauswayGT – a geothermal company. She also held a non-executive director role on the board of NHST Global Media (Norway). Valentina has a BEng Honours Degree in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, a PhD in Clean Coal Technology from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA (Finance) from Durham University. Valentina is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng. MIMechE) and holds a Non-executive Director Diploma.
John Pearson COO, New Energy Services at Petrofac John Pearson COO, New Energy Services at Petrofac
John Pearson, Chief Operating Officer of Petrofac’s New Energy Services business, is the latest industry leader to join OGUK’s board as it focuses on accelerating oil and gas industry efforts to deliver low carbon energy to the UK.
John has overall accountability for growing Petrofac’s global portfolio in low carbon projects including wind, hydrogen, Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS), plus initiatives that convert waste to energy. Previously, John lead Petrofac’s global operations and brownfield projects business and was the Company’s Chief Corporate Development Officer, responsible for driving transformation of activities including technology, engineering and the energy transition. Prior to this, he spent 28 years in senior management roles at Amec Foster Wheeler and five years at Chevron. John is also Co-chair of the Oil and Gas Authority’s Supply Chain & Exports Taskforce, which brings together industry trade associations, Government and regulators to support the economic recovery of the UK's supply chain whilst supporting the Government's drive to deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Victoria Edwards CEO of Fido Tech
Victoria Edwards is one of those unique business leaders, combining artistic sensibilities with business acumen.
A former concert pianist who majored in music analysis, Victoria is CEO of FIDO, a pioneering tech company which she co-founded in 2018. For Victoria, FIDO AI marries her understanding of acoustics with a vision of protecting one of the world’s most precious resources. FIDO AI, with its unique ability to deliver leak, its size and location from any audio file, is revolutionising leak detection. Victoria is currently a council member of the Climate Committee at Tech UK and chair of the advisory group on clean tech adoption. In addition. The co-chair of the FCDO UK govt and Indian Govt water digital working group with KPMG helping to deliver the digital strategy in the water sector. She is determined to spread the word that water only a true collaborative, non proprietary approach will ensure we can tackle the issue of water scarcity and insecurity and it its impact on climate change. Hesham ElShamy General Manager at Aggreko Hesham ElShamy General Manager at Aggreko
Hesham Elshamy is an experienced General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the O&G industry. Skilled in Petroleum, Chemical Engineering, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, and Oilfield. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Hesham has over 15 years’ working experience that spans from Engineering, Project Management, Operations, Sales and Business Development in the O&G and Energy sector Hesham possess the required knowledge to support Aggreko’s clients in optimizing their Total Cost Of Energy (TCOE) and enhance their Energy Efficiency for their current assets in place As part of his duties to support O&G companies. Hesham is a team member of Energy Efficiency committee in Egypt for O&G companies Recently Hesham supported one of our IOC clients in Egypt to utilize their flare gas and reduce their emissions, with total savings $25millions per annum Hesham starts his career at downstream refinery as a process engineer, which gave him the required experience to understand the gas quality and the added value from utilizing the same in power generation Afterward, he moved for a new challenge with Baker Hughes at the upstream sector , which he held several positions ends up the journey as Sr. Account Manager for New Technologies to enhance client’s production Hesham joined Aggreko as a BDM in 2017, and he is currently hold the position as a GM for Egypt , supporting our client for their power demand and optimizing their TCOE Beside his job as a GM, Hesham supporting the development of the business for Aggreko in Northern East Africa Hazem Gohar Director & General Manager of Dar Al Handasah Consultants Hazem Gohar Director & General Manager of Dar Al Handasah Consultants
Dr. Gohar, Director of the Water and Environment Department since 2011, has a professional experience covering a wide range of projects in environmental engineering including water resources development, water networks, sewage collection, hydrology, and stormwater drainage networks together with water and wastewater treatment plants. Dr Gohar has a PhD University of Leeds UK 2000, MS Colorado University USA 1990, and BSc Cairo University 1985.
Bobbie Mellor Global Head of Sustainable Business and Engagement at Vodafone Bobbie Mellor Global Head of Sustainable Business and Engagement at Vodafone
Bobbie is Vodafone Group's Global Head of Sustainable Business and Engagement she has responsibility for Vodafone's Planet strategy, Including delivering their global Net Zero target and Circular Strategy. She also oversees Vodafone's inclusion strategy to close the digital divide, as well as Vodafone's ESG reporting.
Caroline Ray Regional Director, East Africa of ARUP
Caroline is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the design and delivery of buildings and infrastructure projects.
She has been living and working in Africa since 2006, delivering projects across East and Southern Africa. Based in Nairobi, she works with public sector, private sector, donor organisations and NGOs in the formal and built environment and informal settlements. Caroline is experienced in the development of multi-sectoral solutions to challenges within Africa’s built environment. She strives to understand outcomes from the perspective of the end user, and applies her technical skills to bring long lasting positive impact for those affected directly or indirectly by the projects we are involved in. A champion for sustainable development, her work has been instrumental in the growth of Arup’s delivery of sustainable design projects in Africa over the past 15 years. Ben Wreschner Chief Economist and Public Affairs Officer at Vodafone Ben Wreschner Chief Economist and Public Affairs Officer at Vodafone
Chief Economist and Public Affairs Officer for Vodafone Group. He is responsible for Vodafone’s response to the energy crisis and its interplay with Vodafone’s net zero goals. He is also responsible for Vodafone’s relationships with Government and International Institutions globally, ensuring digitalisation, economic growth and sustainability go hand in hand. He has been in the digital sector for 20 years and has worked extensively in the policy and political environment, representing Vodafone in key engagements with institutions including the UN, European Commission, European Parliament, and national governments. He is also the Chairman of the GSMA European Policy Group. He holds a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Certified Financial Analyst (CFA).
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