MENA DESALINATION PROJECTS

THE LARGEST DESALINATION CONFERENCE
& EXPO IN THE REGION

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In the MENA region the Water Desalination Plant Projects are estimated at USD 37.7 billion!

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ABOUT THE EVENT

The 5th MENA Desalination Projects Forum, which is scheduled on 4-5 March 2024 at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, United Arab Emirates, is the largest government-endorsed regional desalination conference. It brings together over 400 regional and international stakeholders from the government, consulting, contracting, and technology sectors to discuss the way forward for the region’s desalination industry, key upcoming mega projects, and national sustainability visions driving the region’s 2030 water agendas.

The Forum features a world-class exhibition, technical workshops, and cutting-edge conference program which looks at how the region’s leaders could overcome key challenges of water scarcity, ensure sufficient water supply for their growing population, and explore the latest solutions that could enable sustainable and environment-friendly water desalination. The speaker panel include government decision-makers and international industry experts who will showcase the latest technologies and global best practices and share their knowledge and expertise with the participants.

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SPEAKERS

Conference Chairman

Corrado Sommariva

Chief Executive Officer,
Sustainable Water and Power
Consultants (SWPC),
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud

Advisor - Environment Quality,
Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates

Bruce Smith

Strategy and Planning Executive Director,
EWEC

Eng. Ahmad M. Alazemi

Private-Sector Projects Department,
Undersecretary Sector,
Ministry of Electricity, Water, and Renewable Energy,
Kuwait

Dr. Adel AbouJaoude

Global Director,
Water Conveyance & Storage, Jacobs,
United Arab Emirates

Robert Michael Scronce

Managing Director
Sargent & Lundy

Corrado Sommariva

Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Water and Power Consultants (SWPC),
United Arab Emirates

Álvaro Solana Cruz

Regional Director
Middle East & Asia, Abengoa,
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Rifaat Abdel Wahaab

Professor of Water & Wastewater Management, National Research Center, Technical Advisor,
Research & Development,
Holding Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW),
Egypt

Abdelkrim Sahraoui

Desalination & Water treatment Projects Management Consultant,
Algeria

Dr. Bechir Hamrouni

President,
Tunisia Desalination Authority,
Tunisia 

Madam Charafat

International expert on water resources
Former minister of Water
Morocco

Latifa Lahsine

Head of Desalination Centre of Excellence,
ENGIE

Roberto Mangano

Managing Director ILF Consulting Engineers 

Sulaiman Turki

VP of Business
Development & Growth
SWPC

Zamil Alzamil

Executive Director
ISTP & ISWR Transaction
SWPC

Belen Gutierrez

Head of R&D Desalination Department of GS Inima

Juan Cifuentes

Technical Manager,
Energy Recovery

Dr. Günter Haas

Technologist EMEA
Liquid Microcontamination Control

Haytham Ahmed

Engineering Manager
FEDCO

Christian Abelsson

Head of Technology
FSubsea

Fredrik Molberg Hultgreen

Global Sales
Siemens Energy

Aftab Raza

Chief Executive Officer,
Fynvalue,
Canada

Robert Bryniak

Chief Executive Officer,
Golden Sands Management, United Arab Emirates

Dusun Kim

Founder & CEO,
Medisun,
Singapore

Dr. Ali Awadh Salem Al Amoudi

Consultant,
IPI and Former Sustainable Development Advisor to UNDP & Environmental Specialist
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Ashraf Aly Hassan

Associate Professor
(Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Dr. Muhammad Wakil Shahzad

Associate Professor,
Northumbria University,
United Kingdom 

Dr. Mohamed Hamouda

Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineer (COE) Coordinator of the Water Resources Graduate Programs,
Vice Chair, University Program and Curriculum Committee

Hilal El-Hassan

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at United Arab Emirates University

CHAIRMAN

Imteyaz Ahmad

Managing Director
Power and Water, Future Water and Power Consulting,
United Arab Emirates

Corrado Sommariva

Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Water and Power Consultants (SWPC),
United Arab Emirates

SPEAKERS

Prof. Dr. Abdelkawi Khalifa

member of AWC Board of Governors,
Former Minister of drinking water and Wastewater Utilities Egypt Arabic Republic of Egypt

Eng. Adel Yasin

Director General of Strategic Planning Directorate,
Palestinian Water Authority

Eng. Nayef Al-Arifi

Projects Executive Director, Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC),
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hasan Al Abdulgader

Director, Produced Water Treatment R&D Program,
Saudi Aramco

Mark Hedges

Executive Director, Asset Management,
Emirates Water and Electricity Company,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Aftab Raza

CEO, FynValue – Energy, Utilities and Finance Consulting & Senior Advisor Regulatory Affairs at Department of Energy,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Turki Al Shehri

CEO,
ENGIE,
Saudi Arabia

Álvaro Solana Cruz

Regional Director
Middle East & Asia, Abengoa,
United Arab Emirates

Abdullah Bhayo

Project Director, Worley & Jacobs Construction,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Corrado Sommariva

Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Water and Power Consultants (SWPC),
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Hana’a Muheisen

Head of Research and Development section, Water Authority of Jordan,
Jordan

Dr. Hebah Abbas

Chief Specialist Electrical Engineer, Technical Advisor and Head of Sustainability Committee at Kuwait Water Association, Ministry of Education,
Kuwait & Kuwait Water Association, Kuwait

Imteyaz Ahmad

Managing Director
Power and Water, Future Water and Power Consulting,
United Arab Emirates

Julio De La Rosa Jurado

ME Managing Director, Acciona Agua,
United Arab Emirates

Luay Khdeir

Regional Water Market Director, Atkins Global,
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mohamed Dawoud

Advisor for Water Resources, Environment Quality, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency,
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Youssef Brouziyne

Regional Representative & CGIAR Water System Lead, MENA Region,
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Ahmed Abd El Hady Mohamed Badr

Chief of Water and Wastewater Quality Complaints Sector in General Department for Quality and Environmental Affairs, Holding Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW), Egypt

Abdel Moneim Mohamed Elrefai

Director of Management Internal Control Sector Banque Misr, Egypt

Nadia M. Abdel Salam Eshra

Head of Hydropower Unit
Ministry of Water Resources
Egypt & National Water Research Center

Esam Almulla

Manager Of Water Desalination Plants, Water Desalination, Sharjah Electricity (SEWA), Water and Gas Authority, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Rory Weaver

Director of Marketing & Business Development,
FEDCO

Oren Heymans

Senior Account Manager,
Entegris

Bilal Kadri

Director, Service and Aftermarket,
Energy Recovery, Inc

Diego de Vera

Global Business Development Director,
GS Inima Environment

Krishnan Sadasivam

Global Growth Officer- Water,
Envirosuite

Belen Gutierrez

Head of Desalination,
GS Inima Environment

Denis Funk

Head of Market Management for Power Generation & Water,
Flexim
CONFERENCE & EXPO

AGENDA

  • DAY 1 – Monday, 4th March 2024
  • DAY 2 – Tuesday, 5th March 2024

08:00 – 09:00

Networking and Registration

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome Remarks by Great Minds Group

09:05 – 09:15

Welcome speech by Conference Chairman

09:15 – 10:00

Opening Panel Discussion: Addressing Water Scarcity in MENA through Sustainable Desalination

Moderator

10:00 – 10:15

Industry Insight One: Significant Energy Savings and Greatly Reduced Environmental Impact by FSubsea and Siemens Energy

Speaker

10:15 – 10:30

Industry Insight Two: Maximizing energy efficiency and system recovery for large-scale
SWRO

10:30 – 11:15

Panel Discussion Two: Country Briefings on Current and Future
Projects (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain)

This panel discussion offers a comprehensive insight into the dynamic desalination landscape of the MENA region and potential of solar desalination projects. Distinguished representatives from each country will delve into the latest and upcoming projects, providing a forward-looking perspective on desalination initiatives.

Moderator

Speaker

11:15 – 12:00

Coffee and Networking Break

12:00 – 12:15

Industry Insight Three: Cost-of-Ownership Aspects of Pre-RO Cartridge Filtration by

12:15 – 12:30

Industry Insight Four: Solutions for Low Pressure Reverse Osmosis Systems by

12:30 – 12:45

Industry Insight Five:

12:45 – 13:30

Panel Discussion Three: Advancements and Future Trends in Sustainable Desalination Technologies

Speakers

Moderator

13:30 – 13:45

Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman

14:00

Lunch Break and End of Conference Day one

08:30 – 09:30

Networking and Registration

09:30 – 09:45

Review of Day One by Conference Chairman

09:45 – 10:30

Panel Discussion Two: Country Briefings on Current and Future Projects (Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia)

This panel discussion offers a comprehensive insight into the dynamic desalination landscape of the MENA region. Distinguished representatives from each country will delve into the latest and upcoming projects, providing a forward-looking perspective on desalination initiatives.

Speaker

Moderator

10:30 – 10:45

Industry Insight One: Hybrid S.W Desalination System – R.E.D [Reverse Electrodialysis] + R/O + CO2 Mineralization process

10:45 – 11:00

Industry Insight Two: Sustainable Piping Solutions for Desalination Systems

11:00 – 11:45

Coffee and Networking Break

11:45 – 12:30

Panel Discussion One: Transforming Industrial Operations with Technology-Driven Circular Economy

Moderator

Speakers

12:30 – 14:00

Round Table Discussion: Navigating the Future of the Desalination Landscape in the MENA Region

Overview

This discussion delves into the cutting edge of desalination, pushing beyond the established and exploring the uncharted territories that hold the potential to shape the future of this critical technology. Experts will engage in a dynamic exchange, challenging assumptions, fostering bold ideas, and envisioning novel solutions to critical challenges.

Round Table Discussion Format:

Expected Outcomes:

This roundtable aims to stimulate innovative thinking, foster collaboration, and identify potential solutions to critical challenges. Through open dialogue and diverse perspectives, the participants will:

14:00 – 14:15

Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman

14:15

Lunch Break and End of Conference

WHO

ATTENDED IN 2023

Participants that attended the 3rd MENA Desalination Projects

WHY GET INVOLVED

Get in front of
your target market

Get access to key stakeholders involved with ongoing and upcoming water projects in their respective countries

Gain project
insights

Get first-hand details on timelines and requirements of current desalination projects from across the region and spot opportunities

Raise your
brand awareness

Opportunity to position your brand as one of the leading desalination service providers to help stakeholders and project owners overcome the key issues in water management

Increase your competitiveness

Learn about the latest challenges faced by the region’s water management authorities and identify how you can provide them with customized solutions to help overcome these challenges

Generate strong
leads

Learn about desalination requirements of the top entities across the MENA region and influence decision makers to stand a chance of being shortlisted for their upcoming projects in their regions

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