A new beginning - water and energy for all and forever

To address the key global goals on sustainable management of water and sanitation for all and ensuring access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy, the Alleem Business Congress (ABC) proudly announces the 3rd WATER and ENERGY WEEK 2018 to be held from 11th - 15th February 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sharjah UAE. The ABC is an eminent platform by bringing the governments, UN bodies, prominent leaders, private enterprises and businesses, general public and students to showcase and foster clean energy and water solutions. This forum will identify state of the art of water solutions, and build a sustainable pathway.




Challenges and Opportunities in Water & Energy Management

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



Workshop on Water & Energy

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



3rd Annual Water & Energy Congress Week

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



Workshop on Water & Energy

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



Water & Energy Excellence Awards Night

Alleem Achievers Awards

17:00 - 22:00 Hours

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, UAE

Dr. Rashid Alleem - Founder & Executive Chairman

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Open World or Closed World, That's the Real Question?

Recognized as one of the 100 most Influential CEOs in the Middle East, passionate writer, Environmentalist, sought-after thought leader, #1 CRITRAL Thinking proponent, and an internationally respected transformational leader.

Founder of Alleem Knowledge Centre, Dr. Alleem is a dynamic leader who has worked with prestigious Government, semi-government and nonprofit organizations. He is an entrepreneur par excellence with a flair in effective strategic decision making by means of innovative thinking.

  • The Knowledge Ambassador of UAE in 2015
  • Green Ambassador of UAE in 2014
  • Goodwill Ambassador for Peace, Care and Relief in GCC Countries, Middle East and North Africa’ in 2014
  • 13 th Middle East CEO Excellence Awards, 2016
  • Award of Excellence’ by Daimler-Mercedes Benz in 2014
  • Global Economic Development Leadership Award in 2014
Prestigious Awards
  • Award for excellence in energy saving and reduction of CO2 emission
  •  Friend of Singapore Sustainability Award , 2017
  • Golden Friends of India Award, 2017 by IBPC
  • 13 th Middle East CEO Excellence Awards, 2016
  • Best Employer Brand in UAE in 2016
  • Award of Excellence’ by Daimler-Mercedes Benz in 2014
  • Global Economic Development Leadership Award in 2014
  • Certificate of Knight Award by ISO IN 2013
  • Arab Organization Award FOR CSR INITIATIVES IN 2013+
  • Middle East Business Leaders Awards IN 2012
  • Jewels of Muslim World Award IN 2012
  • League of Arab States IN 2007
  • Excellence in Leadership award from ASSOCHAM in India IN 2008

Bruce Michael Basaraba - Energy Sector

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Water Management for Sustainability in the Oil and Gas Sector

Bruce Basaraba has over 40 years of environmental and safety management, human resources, employee development and training, operations, and maintenance experience worldwide.

He began his career in 1972 and has held senior management and executive positions in the international petroleum industry, coal mining in Canada, international gold and uranium mining and in technical and vocational training and HSSE consulting.

Currently he is the Head of HSSE and Sustainability for Dana Gas, where he is responsible for the direction, leadership and accountability of the group’s performance for HSSE, and the plans and programs for sustainable development.

Mr. Basaraba has authored eight technical books and training manuals on workplace safety, and industrial maintenance and rotating equipment systems since 1988. In his career he has had assignments in 12 countries on 5 continents. He holds a degree in Adult and Vocational Education from the University of Alberta, a Masters Degree in Administration from San Diego State University, and a Diploma in Industrial Maintenance.

Sumaya Yusuf Hasan - Lecturer and Researcher at the College of Graduate Studies

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Exploring the Opportunity for Organic Household Waste (OHW) Management Technology

Sumaya Yusuf is a researcher and a lecturer in the College of Graduate Studies at the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain, and PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering at the University of Warwick, UK. In 2016, she was selected as a winner of the Venus International Women Award (VIWA) under the category of Outstanding Academic Women, India. As the first Bahraini woman winner of this award, she awarded the L'OREAL-UNESCO Pan Arab Regional Fellowship Award in 2012-2013. In February 2015, she earned MPhil in Environmental Engineering from the University of Warwick, UK. Member in EUROMA since 2014. In March 2011, she earned an M.Sc in Environmental Management, excellent with honors from the Arabian Gulf University, Kingdom of Bahrain. B.Sc in Life Sciences, University of Bahrain. UNESCO Denmark fellowship Candidate in Water Resources. In 2006, she won the MONBUSHO’ scholarship by the Japanese Government to pursue her higher studies and obtained a Postgraduate Researcher Certificate in Bio-systems Sustainability from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Sapporo Japan. She has participated in many local and international conferences; a representative of Bahraini women in the "Women as Global Leaders" International Conference organized by Zayed University- UAE in 2008 & 2012. She was a speaker in many local and international conferences in green energy sessions. She was involved in the preparation of Regional Report on the State of the Marine Environment ROPME at the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain. Member of Bahrain Contemporary Art Association, participated in many National Art Exhibitions as a Bahraini Artist.

Buelent Aksu - Senior Sales Manager

PRESENTATION TOPIC: How to Enhance Your Business with Lifecycle Waste-to-Energy Solutions

Buelent Aksu is a Senior Sales Manager for Metals, Energy and Water business unit in Outotec Middle East. He got a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from TU-München, Germany and worked with companies like enUMtec GmbH, EMH Metering GmbH, ABB Power Systems before joining Outotec in 2015. Mr. Aksu specializes in Waste to Energy and Sludge Incineration technology and solutions.

Stephane le Gentil - Head of Energy Efficiency

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Energy Efficiency in the Industrial Sector, a Large Potential for Energy Savings in the Sharjah Emirate

Since January 2018, Stephane le Gentil is heading the development of the energy efficiency activities of ENGIE in the Middle East, South & Central Asia, and Turkey.

Prior to that, Stephane was CEO at Wattaqa that he founded in November 2016 to provide strategic consultancy & advisory in energy efficiency and energy services (ESCO) in the Middle East region. In parallel to these activities, Stephane has been the CEO of the Clean Energy Business Council from May to December 2016 to promote the development of clean energy in the MENA region.

In 2013 Stephane came to the UAE to create Etihad ESCO, the Dubai Government Super ESCO, in charge of retrofitting 30,000 buildings in Dubai, that he managed for 3 years. Before that, he spent many years at a leading Fortune 500 company to build their European energy services. Stephane is a member of the Strategic Advisory board of Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO) and past Chairman of the European Association of Energy Service Companies, eu-ESCO.

Tamara L. Withers - Senior Manager

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Unleashing Large Scale Energy and Water Efficiency in the UAE through Cross Sector Collaboration

Tamara Withers joined EWS-WWF in November 2009 and is currently focused on advancing corporate sustainability. Prior to this role, Tamara worked for 6 years on climate and energy issues to progress the adoption of energy efficiency in households and in the private sector.

Before moving to the UAE, Tamara worked with David Gardiner & Associates (DGA), a climate and energy consulting firm in Washington D.C, as Senior Manager of Environment and Corporate Sustainability, where she assisted both profit and non-profit sectors in advancing their interests in the climate and energy arena. In addition, with DGA she has worked with the UN Environmental Program-Financial Initiative (UNEP-FI) in North America, reviewing sustainability indices and disclosures to identify the business case for financial institutions to participate in such initiatives.

Prior to joining DGA, Tamara worked with international conservation organisations to provide research and analysis on sustainable supply chain management, industry threats to species, and corporate responsibility strategies. She also wrote an in-depth regional bio-fuels analysis on Central Africa.

Tamara has 15 years of industry experience, including field work with the Peace Corps as an environmental educator in Gabon, Central Africa and four years at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) / Foreign Agriculture Service as an International Affairs Specialist.

Tamara graduated with a Master of Science in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland, USA, where she was awarded first place in Excellence in Graduate Research in Conservation and the Environment for her work on corporate sector partnerships to reduce the impact of wildlife trade. She then received an MBA with a concentration in environmental management from George Washington University, USA.

Eryl Edwards - Commercial Manager

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainable Water Reuse and Aquifer Storage of Reuse Water
  • Board Director on 3 Concession related Reuse water companies in UAE which BESIX have a significant stake in.
  • Responsible for Strategy and Business Development in BESIX Concessions and Assets Business Unit.
  • Arrived in UAE at the first signing of the Ajman Sewerage Concession in 2003.
  • Wide-ranging business experience in many Business and Contractual structures. Developed, implemented and adapted strategy on BOOT/PPP’s .
  • 25 years international experience in the water sector with particular emphasis on BOOT/PPP’s in:- UAE, Egypt, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.
  • Joined BESIX Group Middle East in 2006, following 13 years as Thames Water International Country Director in Asia and subsequently the Gulf States.

Yubaraj Sengupta - Manager

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Energy Management – How to Effectively Manage Energy in Todays’ World!

Mr. Yubaraj Sengupta is a Manager with the Climate Change and Sustainability Practice (CCaSS) at EY Middle East & North Africa (MENA), based in the Dubai office. At EY, Yubaraj is the technical expert for energy efficiency projects in MENA and is responsible for delivering and managing projects across the region. Prior to joining EY Dubai office, Mr. Yubaraj spent significant time working with other EY member firms across various countries like Singapore, Vietnam, India and South Korea. In his current role, Yubaraj works especially close with clients like ADNOC, ENOC, DEWA, KOTC, leading teams, providing project management and technical analyses to support the development of energy management system and energy efficiency best practices. Yubaraj is also pursuing implementation of digital technologies in Energy Efficiency and Energy Management system through the adoption of Robotics Process Automation, Analytics, etc. Yubaraj’s professional areas of expertise include industrial process energy management (including both the ISO 50001 energy management standard and the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) energy certification program), climate change strategy development (analysis and modelling), energy cost optimization, energy diversification strategy development and smart grid related technology. A Mechanical Engineer by trade, Yubaraj is also a Certified Energy Auditor and an Integrated Management System Lead Implementer. Yubaraj has undertaken several awareness sessions and training programs on topics related to Energy Efficiency and Energy Management in UAE and wider MENA region.

Captain Koh Chen Tien - Country Director

PRESENTATION TOPIC: The Impact of 6D of Exponentials on Electricity & Water Utility Business

Captain Koh is the Country Director of Aerodyne Middle East, the fastest growing drone based managed solutions provider with offices in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, UAE and the UK having completed a total of 30,000 industrial flights and inspected a total of 60,000 infrastructures with a Gross Development Value of USD 80 Billion. Aerodyne is 2016 Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Entrepreneurial Company of the Year for UAV Services.

He is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the global aviation, oil & gas, offshore and marine industry in the Middle East and Asia.

He is also the Chairman of Makamin Offshore Saudi Ltd, a growing offshore and marine services player in Saudi Arabia and he holds directorship positions in several aviation, oil and gas services companies in Middle East and Asia.

Captain Koh currently serves as the Vice President of the Malaysian Business Council in Dubai, where the objective is to increase participation and exports of Malaysian products and service companies in GCC. He holds a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering from Hartfield University, United Kingdom.

Sarfraz H Dairkee - General Manger

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Pursuit of Sustainable Buildings in the Middle East

Sarfraz is a professional, living the dream of delivering Sustainability as an instrument of Enhanced Profitability. Sarfraz walks the talk, by practicing Integrated Design Process. His solutions-based approach comprises with engaging all interdisciplinary teams, seeking clarity of purpose, evolving harmony and seamlessly integrating to deliver economical, environmentally friendly elegant solutions.

He attributes his impressive track record in the mechanical engineering and renewable energy sectors to the combination of technical, functional and people management skills. He has been awarded with the prestigious “Fellow Membership of Association of Energy Engineers-USA”, a first to a person in MENA and Asia. He is LEED-AP BD+C professional, Qualified Trainer for the CEM and CEA programs of AEE and “Pump System Optimisation Training” of Hydraulic Institute. He is the Secretary to the Board of the Emirates Green Building Council and is working with MAHY Khoory & Co. LLC, Dubai.

Dr. Mohammad Tariq - Executive Chairman

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Water & Energy – Back to the Future

Dr.Mohammad Tariq is the Executive Chairman of Paradigm Pioneers Group having interest in Construction, Environmental Services, Financial Services, Education and Trading. In his careers spanning more than two decades, Dr.tariq has been actively engaged in various Technical forums and business councils and is a speaker at various Academic and Business platforms.

An Electronic Engineer by trade, he has a Doctorate in Green Supply Chain Management and is an advocate of Sustainable Development Goals. Amongst Paradigm Pioneers Group Companies, M/s. Developer Building Contracting LLC is a Category 1 Specialized Turnkey Civil Contractor working on a number of prestigious projects in Infrastructure Building, Oil & Gas Terminals and Industrial Constructions. M/s. Environmental Solutions and Consultancy is involved in a numerous environment based Consulting, Assessments & Training Activities. ESC has been at the forefront of providing Sustainable Solutions to its clients and is registered as Third Party Inspection agency. M/s. Axis Auditing & Accounting is Audit, Accounting & Risk Management Services Firm delivering a range of professional services. The Group has its own Indian Curriculum School, Salmiya Indian Model School in Kuwait & British International School in Ajman, UAE and have been putting its efforts to further grow itself in Educational Sector in GCC region.

Eng. Esam Amin Ahmed Almulla - Manager

  • 18 years of experience in management of engineering divisions specifically: water, energy, desalination plants, renewable energy, integrated and hybrid systems.
  • Exceptionally well organized with the ability to establish priorities and manage multiple tasks.
  • Work equally well independently as well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure of deadlines with no supervision.
  • Excellent “people skills” with the ability to deal with challenging situations.
  • Flexible, hardworking, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented.
  • Excellent oral/written Arabic and English communication skills.
  • Interested to work within a dynamic environment where key skills can be utilized to achieve organizational objectives and under a changing environment.
  • Management by objectives, dealing with resistance to change, short & long term strategic planning.
  • International liaison, committee work, and dealing with foreign companies.
  • Well-developed communication skills including presentations, and briefing high-level audiences and decision makers.
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to conduct strategic audit for the division/department.

Arsad Hossain - Managing Director

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Reaching Out to a Smart, Reliable and Sustainable Water Supply System-A Case Study

Arsad is a Professional Water and Environment Engineer, PE (Singapore) since 1983, and has more than 40 years of practical experience in the planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance and monitoring of water, wastewater and drainage/flood mitigation /river cleaning infrastructures. His involvement in numerous local and international projects in water and wastewater over the years has equipped him to deliver major civil engineering, water and wastewater projects with various types of complexities in Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd. Prior to joining Meinhardt, Arsad was a part of PUBC (a consultancy arm of PUB) for 6 years to undertake consultancy projects all over the world. Over the last past seven years in Meinhardt, Arsad was actively involved in consultancy of various water supply infrastructure projects in South East Asia, the Middle Eastern and African countries. Because of his following vast experience, Arsad will take up the responsibility of the resource person stipulated in terms of reference. Furthermore, Arsad also satisfies and fulfils all the qualifications required for a resource person organized by WB and ADB.

Arsad has vast international experience in troubleshooting, consulting and value engineering assignments in water, wastewater and drainage related projects. Over the last seven years in Meinhardt, as the Director of Water and Environmental division Arsad was actively involved in consultancy of key water supply and flood control projects in South East Asia, Middle East and African countries.

L. K. Sheri - Chief Executive Officer

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Water & Energy – Singapore’s Journey

Mr L. K. Sheri is a lawyer by training and a specialist in Regulatory Frameworks.

He was at one time, the Chief Legal Officer of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. He led the Singapore delegations and represented Singapore at international forums such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Mr Sheri is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Starlight Utilities Resources Private Limited in Singapore, as well as the founder and Executive Director of Global maritime and Port Services Private Limited.

Starlight works closely with International Enterprises Singapore (IE Singapore), PUB Singapore and the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, to source for and introduce technologies and solutions in the utilities sector to States such as Sharjah and others in the region.

Vinod Kesava - Managing Director& CEO

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Transitioning Sharjah into a Low-Carbon Intensive Emirate

Vinod is currently pioneering the next wave of products and services for the mitigation and adaptation to catastrophic climate change. He believes in the "Power to the People" approach as both businesses and individuals need to take action and not just wait for binding treaties and agreements between countries to come about before anything is done.

His specialities include Carbon Finance, Project Finance, Project Acquisition, Carbon Loan/Equity Structuring, Integrative Design Approach(IDP), Strategic Sustainable Planning & Development.

Challenges before UAE's water and energy security

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), by 2050, global energy demand will nearly double, while the water and food demand is set to increase by over 50%. It is a formidable challenge to meet the requirements amid dwindling resources on the one hand and mounting impacts of climate change on the other. The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) continue to experience rapid developments thats evidenced in its many new major industrial, commercial, construction, and agricultural projects. This growth has resulted in a huge demand for water across all Emirates, where surface water resources are nearly non existent. The ageing infrastructure, ever expanding cityscapes, competing needs both for water and energy pose enormous challenges on the utilities and planners.

About the Event

A blend of scientific and interactive educational sessions, exhibitions, keynote presentations, and panel discussions from a wide array of experts has been planned. Everything from public policy, new technologies and practices regarding energy and water will be featured. Participants will get hands-on learning opportunities where youth and students from across Emirates will present innovations, case study examples demonstrating real projects and solutions. Children and parents can learn about new innovations, explore interactive exhibits. Businesses can network with several scientists, business leaders and solutions providers who will be dawn from across the globe.

Who can participate

Water and energy are so pervasive and touches the life of everyone in the world. Hence this WATER and ENERGY WEEK 2017 invites everyone from every sector to take out their time and participate in this event to share and learn all about water and energy and the ways we can contribute to make our world a better place and ensures sustainable management of water and energy for all and for ever. Governments will deliberate and seek suggestions from participants. Businesses will get the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase their products and services. General public, youth and students will get the opportunity to participate and contribute towards key discussions, take part in competitions and go on field trips to utilities and sink in water.


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