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About RetrofitTech UAE Summit & Awards

The 3rd Annual RetrofitTech UAE Summit & Awards was a resounding success. Under the patronage of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and officially supported by the Supreme Council of Energy, Etihad Energy Services and TAQATI, the summit gathered 300+ attendees to discuss the UAE’s multi-sector retrofit programme and opportunities associated with the Emirate-wide adoption of energy efficient technologies.

The summit opened with a keynote addresse from  H.E Ahmad Al Muhairbi, Secretary General, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. Over the two days, attendees discussed government and private sector initiatives towards a sustainable Dubai as well as strategies and the latest innovations to enable the implementation of an effective retrofit programme.

Join us at the 4th Annual RetrofitTech UAE Summit & Awards to identify the project opportunities across the UAE and find out the strategies and the latest technologies which can help you in achieving energy and water efficiency savings.

RetrofitTech UAE Summit & Awards 2018 will give insight on the progress of the programme and provide an update on the retrofitting strategy across UAE. The conference will highlight the latest project opportunities for retrofitting government buildings, as well as the buildings within the commercial, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education and industrial sectors, and the best practice retrofitting strategies.

The event will also discuss future financing models, regulative frameworks and requirements as well as showcase the latest technologies and products for use in retrofitting to achieve energy savings and ROIs.

Opportunities in UAE's retrofitting market

Some of the important future projects by Etihad ESCO will include energy management service (EMS) works for the Dubai Civil Defense, Hatta solar project, Dubai International Airport (Phase 2), and Dry-docks (Phase 2).

Etihad Energy Services (Etihad ESCO) has signed its first private sector service agreement with UAE based luxury property developer Seven Tides. As part of this agreement, Etihad ESCO will now develop and tender ESCO activities for 22 properties, that are owned and managed by Seven Tides.

Under the Service Agreement, Etihad ESCO will provide Services to at least 22 properties, including offices, hotels and residential units in the emirate. The service agreement will provide Seven Tides with the market’s best energy conservation and solar solutions across Seven Tides’ portfolio of current real estate and hospitality projects.

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Excellent Opportunities for the Sustainable and Energy Efficiency Industry:

Did you know?
  • 30% improvement in efficiency of energy use is Dubai’s target for 2030
  • 4,000 buildings including federal hospitals, schools, mosques and administrative buildings will be retrofitted as part of the Ministry of Energy federal buildings retrofitting program
  • Dh30B to be spent by Dubai to retrofit 30,000 buildings
  • $4.4 million/year is the reduction of energy costs after the eco-friendly makeover that The Empire State Building recently received
  • 28% of cost savings can be achieved through retrofitting according to the international energy agency
  • $20 million worth of contracts have been signed by several government-backed entities in Dubai to make environmental improvements to their real estate portfolios
  • 70% of energy produced in the country are from buildings use according to Dubai Municipality
  • 29% of energy consumed by buildings can be reduced at little or no cost


Top Reasons To Attend

  • Network with government, developers, consultants, financiers, BOAs, FMs, ESCOs, green technology providers and legal firms
  • Discover new opportunities in UAE’s retrofit market
  • Learn about latest projects, updates, and financing strategies as well as new technologies
  • Gain competitive advantage in UAE’s retrofit market by showcasing your solution to buyers
  • Participate in discussions on new technologies, techniques and processes to reduce electricity and water consumption


2017 Advisory Board

  • Faisal Ali Hassan Rashid

    Director, Demand Side Management
    Supreme Council of Energy

  • Ali Al-Jassim

    Etihad Energy Services

  • Aref Abu Zahr

    Executive Director

  • Saeed Al Abbar

    AESG Middle

  • Mathieu Côte

    Executive Director
    International Institute for Energy Training (IIET)

2017 Speakers

  • H.E. Saeed Al Tayer

    MD & CEO
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority - DEWA

  • H.E. Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi

    Secretary General
    Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

  • Faisal Ali Hassan Rashid

    Demand Side Management, Supreme Council of Energy

  • Ali Al-Jassim

    Etihad Energy Services

  • Aref Abu Zahr

    Executive Director

  • Holley Chant

    Executive Director of Sustainability
    KEO International

  • Andrea Di Gregorio

    Director, Continuous Improvement & Strategic Direction

  • Timur Gapurov

    Director - Portfolio Mgmt, General Management - EVP-Office (Strategy & Business Development)

  • Anne Le Guennec

    Chief Executive Officer

  • James Grinnell

    Head of Water
    Government of Dubai R & B for Electricity & Water Sector (RSB)

  • Ivano Ianelli

    Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence

  • Saeed Al Abbar

    AESG Middle East

  • Stephane Le Gentil


  • Martin Valentine

    Lighting Expert Sustainable Infrastructure
    Standards. Specifications & Guidance Section (SISS) Abu Dhabi City Municipality

  • Hassan Younes

    Technical Director
    Griffin Consultants

  • Sandrine Le Biavant

    Director Consultancy

  • Francisco Silverio Marques


  • George Brill

    Talisen International

  • Wafa Al-Sabbagh

    Expert at Public work sector
    Ministry of Infrastructure Development UAE

  • Tamara Withers

    Corporate Sustainability Manager
    Emirates Wildlife Society - WWF

  • Prof. Bassam Abu-Hijleh

    Dean of Engineering & IT and Atkins Chair
    British University in Dubai

  • Hatem Al Amoudi


  • Haroon Al Awadhi

    Head of Technical services
    Drydocks World Dubai

  • Mathieu Côte

    Executive Director
    International Institute for Energy Training (IIET)

  • Bachir Rajji

    Area Director Engineering & Design – Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa
    The Rezidor Hotel Group

  • Christopher Burkhardt

    Operations and Commercial Manager

  • Ahmed Al Shamali

    Head of Engineering Standards & Energy Management
    Dubai Airports

  • Jesus Gutierrez

    Founder and CEO

  • Mike Pidgeon

    CPA Consulting

  • Rashid AL Noori

    Feilo Sylvania Middle East

  • Joyce Honeine

    Senior Program Manager-Capacity Building

  • Bashar Kassab

    Director - Hard Facilities Management
    Burj Khalifa and TDM

  • Mike Edwards

    Brand Manager

  • Rony Kaddoum

    Pesco Energy

  • Nadia Rouchdy

    Project Manager – Climate & Energy
    Emirates Wildlife Society - WWF

  • Bryan Saxby


  • Kevin Sullivan

    Head of Commissioning
    KEO International

  • Tara Tariq


  • Abdulla Al Wahedi

    Senior Director
    Facilities Management Emaar

  • Ali AlSuwaidi

    Board Member

  • Fadi Shakhshir

    Director - Strategy & Compliance
    Emaar Properties

  • Veeru Veeramani

    Vice President (MEINA & PACIFIC)

  • Fadi AlFaris

    Head - Energy Management Solutions
    Quantum Eurostar Energy Solutions LLC

  • Amin El Najjar

    Director – Operations

  • Rohit Salunke

    Director of Engineering
    Sofitel The Palm, Dubai

  • Rajmohan Govindraj

    Manager, Building Systems and Solutions – Middle East and Africa
    Armstrong Fluid Technology

  • Samir Al Aref

    Head of Strategy and Governmental Affairs
    Philips Lighting MET

  • Durgesh Verma

    Manager - Product & Services
    Jumbo Engineering LLC

  • Koen Bogers

    Sr. Executive Vice President
    Siemens Middle East & UAE

  • Kathleen Gaffney

    Managing Director, Energy
    Navigant Consulting

  • Andreas Kolb

    Co-Managing Director

  • Tharun Thomas

    Energy Efficency Business Manager

  • Alexander J. Banz

    Chairman Advisory Board

  • Abdulbaset Askani

    Operations Improvement Manager
    Dubai Airports

  • Mohiy Sowilam

    Cluster Director of Engineering
    Radisson Blu & Park Inn Yas island

  • Darshi Dhaliwal

    Toro WATT (Canada)

  • Saravanan Pandian

    Group Sustainability

  • Christian Schraft

    Feilo Sylvania

  • Bastiaan de Groot

    Global Director Strategy & New Business Development
    Feilo Sylvania

2017 Sponsors, Media Partners and Supporters

Under the patronage of:
Officially Supported by:
Gold Sponsor
Lanyard Sponsor
FM Partner
Awards Official Hotel Partner
Knowledge Partner
Supporting Organisations
Intelligence Partner
Research Partner

The ACM Interface+ Format

The ACM Interface+ conference format is designed to optimise the valuable and finite time our busy delegations can dedicate to being out of the office while also enhancing their enjoyment of the ACM on-site experience. Specifically tailored to our region of operations here in the Middle East, the Interface+ format maximises networking opportunities, facilitating the building of profitable relationships within the context of a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.

ACM conference days, using the Interface+ format, have an earlier start than conventional agendas and conclude with a late lunch. The conference sessions are regularly punctuated by refreshment and networking breaks to allow for unhurried face-to-face interaction between peers, colleagues and business prospects. The mid-afternoon conclusion of our formal conference agenda allows for government representatives and busy executives to adjourn earlier in the day, having still enjoyed a full and rich programme of content. Post-lunch, ACM will offer additional, optional learning and networking opportunities in the shape of workshops, product demonstrations, technology launches, site visits, pre-arranged 1-2-1 business meetings and hosted receptions.

Interface+ makes timing sense for our delegates and business sense for our sponsors.