Forum Agenda

Saudi Solar Energy Forum, April 3, 2011
Final Agenda

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8:00 Registration open

Session 1: KA-CARE – Driver of alternative energy development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

8:45 King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) Leadership: Welcome address
9:00 KA-CARE, HE Dr. Khalid Al-Sulaiman, Vice President for Renewable Energy: “Towards a sustainable energy mix for Saudi Arabia”
9:45 Banque Saudi Fransi, Dr. John Sfakianakis, Chief Economist: “The economics of necessity”
10:00 Coffee break

Session 2: Think big: Utility-scale solar power generation

10:20 Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Dr. Amer Al-Swaha, Head of IPP Program: “Solar power through SEC IPP program”
10:40 Solar Millennium, Mr. Holger Fuchs, Executive Manager, Project Development: “CSP – Empowering Saudi Arabia with solar energy”
11:00 Panel discussion: HE Dr. Abdullah M. Al Shehri, Governor, ECRA; Christopher W. Langdon, Partner, Latham & Watkins; Hamed Al-Saggaf, Manager, SEC; Mohammed A. Abunayyan, Chairman, Abdullah Abunayyan Group; Hanns-Joachim Garms, Senior Advisor, Apricum (moderator)
11:30 Zuhr prayer and lunch break

Session 3: Lessons learnt and look ahead: Solar power generation projects in the Kingdom and the region

12:30 King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Mr. Chris Tubis, PV Consultant: “Reliability and gain of 2 axis tracking”
12:50 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Dr. Raed Bkayrat, Manager: “Review of the 2 MW PV plant at KAUST”
13:10 Millennium Energy Industries (MEI), Mr. Ennis Rimawi, Chairman: “Low hanging fruit – solar heating, and waste heat cooling and water treatment in KSA”
13:30 Panel discussion: Ennis Rimawi, Chairman, MEI; Jan Dolbaum, Head of Sales Middle East, Concentrix Solar; Jaume Pujol, Managing Director and Head of Renewables Europe, HSBC; Sami Khoreibi, CEO, Enviromena Power Systems; Nikolai Dobrott, Managing Partner, Apricum (moderator)
14:00 Coffee break

Session 4: Economic development through solar manufacturing

14:20 Passport Capital, Mr. Walther Lovato, Portfolio Manager: “Six solar market myths: An investor perspective”
14:40 The World Bank Group, Mr. Chandrasekar Govindarajalu, Senior Energy Specialist: “Manufacturing opportunities in MENA along the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) value chain”
15:00 Panel discussion: Dr. Fahd Al Dohish, General Manager, TVTC; John Huffaker, VP International Business Development, AREVA Solar; Salah S. Bahobail, Director Economic Planning, RCJY; Ulrich Dill, VP Home Appliances and Solar Energy, NICDP; Dr. Ibrahim Babelli, Consultant, KA-CARE (moderator)
15:30 Aser prayer and coffee break

Final Session

15:50 Wrap-up of sessions 1–4
16:00 Final panel discussion: Dr. Maher Alodan, Consultant, KA-CARE; Dr. Raed Bkayrat, Manager, KAUST; Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter, Director, Saudi Aramco (moderator)
16:30 Networking
17:30 Closing of venue

Presentations and discussions will be in English. If you wish translation into Arabic, please inform Mrs. Miriam Schmeling (

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