meetMED Regional Expert Network

The Regional Expert Network (meetMED REN) gathers energy experts from energy governmental agencies and departments of 13 Mediterranean countries.
The meetMED REN experts work together to achieve a twofold end: on the one side, strengthening and multiplying technical expertise to support the national governments to implement EE and RE policies and measures; on the other side, creating regional tools, such as regulatory and monitoring ones, in order to overcome bottlenecks, which might hamper the transition to cleaner energy at the national level.
The meetMED REN experts are responsible for elaborating country policy papers and regional reports, which are discussed in regional workshops and, once published, made available on meetMED website.
The meetMED REN is a unique initiative with the potential for facilitating a faster energy transition in the Mediterranean region, inasmuch as it shares experiences, builds capacity and recommends national and regional solutions to accelerate the energy transition in the Mediterranean region. The REN is composed of four different regional task forces, focusing on: 1) EE and RE strategies and policies; 2) EE in buildings; 3) EE in appliances; 4) EE and RE monitoring indicators.

French Environment and Energy Management Agency

Didier Bosseboeuf

Economist with more than 30 years of experience on energy demand analysis and energy efficiency policies evaluation, at ADEME D. Bosseboeuf is in charge of international studies, coordinating several international projects on energy efficiency indicators such as ODYSSEE-MURE for the European Commission and Med-Ind for MEDENER. He has applied the EE indicators methodology in more than 60 countries. He is general secretary of the WEC energy efficiency policy network, French delegate at the EED CA, EEWP/IEA, and EED committee, convenor for ISO 257 on energy saving calculation. He has been in the French delegation on climate change for 10 years. He is ECREEE board member. He is lecturer in five universities and IFDD and has published more than 30 articles on energy efficiency evaluation and published several books. He is graduated from Paris University and got a PHD in Energy Economics in Grenoble University.

Thierry Meraud

Specialist in EE in buildings and regulation framework in the Mediterranean, T. Meraud is an international expert who has been involved in numerous partnerships and projects in the region. With 35 years' experience on energy efficiency, he handles topics such as energy and environment planning, strategic studies and capacity building. From 2012 to 2014, he was project manager of a twinning program with Morocco (ADEME/BMWi-AMEE (ex-ADEREE)). Since 2007, he is working at the International affairs division of ADEME.

Romain Riollet

Currently working for ADEME’s Department of Europe and International Affairs, Romain Riollet is an international project manager trained in political science and strategic analysis, with a decade of experience in the field of climate/energy policy design, implementation and evaluation at French, EU and international level (banking and power sector analyst, independent consultant, public agency project manager, NGO advocacy officer…). He mostly worked on carbon markets, energy efficiency in buildings and appliances, as well as green public procurement and the circular economy. In the Mediterranean, he has worked mostly with Turkey and Morocco.

Alicia Tsitsikalis

Socio-economist and policy framework analyst, A. Tsitsikalis graduated from the Institute of the Political Studies (IEP) of Paris and holds a master's degree in Industrial development and project evaluation from the IEDES-Sorbonne in Paris. She has been working for 12 years for an international NGO, the GRET, both on the field - Mauritania (2006-2009) and Cambodia (2015-2017) - and in the headquarters, undertaking several missions on water, sanitation and solid waste management projects in several low-income countries in Africa and Asia. Since 2018, she has been working for the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), where she is responsible for regional cooperation in Mediterranean and African countries. Her skills are particularly focused on economic development, environmental issues and access to basic services in urban and semi-urban areas (water, sanitation, solid waste management). Her fields of expertise are related to governance issues and policy implementation on environment related topics (governance, economic management, capacity building, transverse studies and diagnosis).

Portuguese Energy Agency

Marina Alves

At ADENE, M. Alves provides strategic and technical advice in national and international projects on Energy Efficiency, particularly concerning the Industrial and Mobility sector. She has more than six years of experience in the field of Energy Policy, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, Strategies for Climate Change at corporate and domestic level as well as in Carbon Markets in countries such as Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Morocco and Angola.

Jeronimo Cunha

J. Cunha holds a Master in Electrical and Computer Science Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon and a Postgraduate in Sustainable Energy Systems from the MIT Portugal. Currently, he is Coordinator of the Energy Observatory, responsible for the implementation and development of the online platform and for the management and communication activities associated with the Energy Observatory. Previously, he has been working as advisor in the areas of Energy Planning and Security of Supply, designing, implementing and monitoring of public policies in the energy area (eg National Renewable Energy Action Plan and National Energy Efficiency Plan of Action, and others), while also supporting activities in the Energy Efficiency Fund.

Rui Fragoso

R. Fragoso graduated in Civil Engineering at IST (1998-2002) and obtained a post graduate degree in Planning and Sustainable Construction from the Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa in 2005 as well as one in Building Acoustics from the Faculty of Engineering of Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 2009. Since 2008, he has been an Energy Expert of the National Energy Performance Certification System. Working in ADENE since 2010, until 2012 he has been an Energy Performance Certification (EPC) System Quality Assessment Auditor, mainly dealing with the monitoring and supervision of the system as well as with the implementation and monitoring of a dedicated software for the verification of calculation methods. Currently, he is Head of the Buildings Department and manager of the Buildings Energy Certification System. He has also been coordinating ADENE’s participation in several European and International projects (IEE – CA-EPBD, IEE – Resquest2Action, IEA EBC – Annex 56, etc.), and he has served as EnR Buildings Working Group Chair.

Inês Mendes

I. Mendes graduated in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. Currently working in the Institutional and International Relations Department at ADENE, she deals mainly with energy efficiency projects in cooperation with National and European energy agencies. Inês has also experience working in the services sector, namely in the maintenance of technical installations for the industry and tertiary sectors.

Luís Silva

L. Silva graduated in Mining Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon, where he also obtained his postgraduate degree in Energy Policy, Planning and Economics and Business Management. He joined ADENE in 1992 and is currently Head of the Institutional and International Affairs Department, where he takes care of all the activities related to European and national projects, aiming at promoting energy efficiency and best practices. Luís has experience working in various projects on dissemination, outreach and network management activities (e.g., OPET), as well as initiatives aimed at implementing the Portuguese NEEAP, including programmes to increase the use of solar thermal systems in buildings (IP-AQSpP, MST 2009) and to improve energy efficiency in the public administration sector (Eco.AP). Luís is also ADENE’s representative for the European (EnR) and Mediterranean (MEDENER) networks of national energy agencies as well as member of management bodies of many Portuguese local and regional energy agencies, on behalf of ADENE.

Lebanese Energy Management and Environment Association

Said Chéhab

S. Chéhab is the President of the Lebanese Energy Management and Environment Association (ALMEE). He also teaches Energy Performance of Buildings and Renewable Energies at the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs of Beirut – Saint-Joseph University. Mr Chehab holds a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs of Beirut – Saint-Joseph University and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the Arts et Métiers ParisTech in Paris, France. In addition, he obtained a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Economics and Energy Planning from the Institut d’Economie et de Politique de l’Energie in Grenoble, France.

Mohamed Nizar Hmadi

M. Hmadi is a mechanical engineer graduated with honors from the Lebanese University, Faculty of Engineering. After earning the master’s degree, currently he is completing a PhD in Renewable Energies, which is an educational cooperation between the Doctoral School of Science and Technology (EDST, Lebanese University) and Higher School of Engineering in Beirut (ESIB, Saint Joseph University USJ). His PhD thesis is titled "Towards Near Zero Thermal Energy Smart Village in the Gulf Region" and was funded by the Lebanese Association for Energy Saving and for Environment (ALMEE). He has participated in international conferences and published in the ASHRAE Journal and IEEE Explorer. He got the title of Certified Energy Manager (CEM, ID: 94791) from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and a Leadership in Energy Efficiency Design (LEED GA, ID: 11149443) from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). He has more than 5 years’ experience in HVAC, Public Health, and Firefighting design as well as in consultancy services in the building sector. He also worked on designing full solar cooling, heating, and domestic hot water systems, especially on those submitted to King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) or performed by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). He has been working as RE Expert at ALMEE since 2015, where he is currently participating in several activities of the meetMED project.

Adnan Jouni

A. JOUNI is a Doctor Engineer specialised in Energy and Industrial fields, with a long experience as engineer in research, development and technology transfer at HEI- Energy Center (LILLE France). His expertise involves many energy sectors, including renewable energy, energy conservation, heat transfer and recovery, cogeneration, water distribution, HVAC for building, energy efficiency enhancement and innovative technical solutions. In 2001, he became advisor to the Lebanese Minister of energy and water and, in 2002, he was the LCECP project manager launching the first national project for energy conservation and planning in Lebanon. In 2005, he was appointed advisor to the minister of energy and water for the second time and became responsible for the implementation of a national action plan to promote energy conservation issues in Lebanon. In 2007, UNDP recruited him as Local Back Stopper in order to boost the EE and RE activities and to secure the creation of the National Energy Conservation Center. Since 2009, Dr Jouni has been an EE & RE Expert in the frame of several projects and programs at the European and international level, such as RESSOL-MEDBUILD, EE Indicators for Mediterranean Countries Project, Tunisian Environment and Energy Program (PEE), the Lebanese Component of MENA Star Program, and the meetMED Project.

Tony Matar

T. Matar is founder member and technical advisor of ALMEE since 1992. There, ha assists in developing many energy-related projects as well as in preparing and editing more than 20 bulletins on, among others, energy savings, renewable energy, energy audit, state of the energy in Lebanon. He has been involved in many European and bilateral projects, including CLEANERTEC, MED-ALGAE, RESSOL,SOLATERM, HYPA, Mediterranean Energy Information Network (in partnership with CRES) and Energy and Urban Environment in the Mediterranean Countries (in partnership with IDAE). He is founder member of the Mediterranean Association of the National Agencies for Energy Conservation (MEDENER) and member of the co-ordinating committee and mitigation technical team for the “Climate Change Enabling Activity” project in Lebanon.

Adel Mourtada

A. Mourtada has 25 years’ experience as international expert in energy and climate change. He holds a degree in Building Sciences and completed two PhDs in Energetic and energy conversion in France. He is Director of Research in the field of RE & EE at the Lebanese University and Member of the Board of Directors of MEDENER and of the Lebanese Association for Energy Saving and for Environment (ALMEE), as well as of other energy associations such as the Lebanese Green Buildings Council (LGBC). He developed EE Building codes and green building rating systems for several countries (Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, etc.) and he carried out several market assessments to evaluate the potential of EE & RE projects and to better understand the barriers that have so far hindered the growth of RE, EE and environmental investments. Mr Mourtada has been participating in more than 50 international and ENPI CBC projects and he has published more than 100 articles in peer journals and symposia proceedings in the field of EE, RE, and prospective studies.

Rayan Mourtada

R. Mourtada is an energy consultant and member of ALMEE. With 5 years of relevant experience, in the past years he has worked for both private sector and NGOs. Having a solid background in computer science, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is currently completing an MBA in Finance. He has taken part in the development of the Building Energy Simplified Compliance Tool (TSBC) and is currently developing the GRASSmed certification. In addition, he has participated in many EE trainings in Lebanon, North Africa and West Africa.

Rita Najjar

R. Najjar works as key expert for the EU-funded project “Production of biodiesel from Algae in selected Mediterranean Countries – MED-ALGAE, ENPI”. Having previously worked on research development in the RE field for many projects between CEA-France and international partners, she currently takes care of the maintenance of the partnerships between ALMEE and international institutions, such as IMEDER and MEDENER. In her experience, Dr Najjar has organized several trainings on EE and RE for the public and private sector; in addition, she created a network in the frame of the MED-ALGAE project, aiming at reviewing the RE and EE institutional frameworks in Southern Mediterranean countries.

Tunisian National Agency for Energy Management

Nafâa Baccari

N. Baccari is Deputy Director for Renewable Energy at ANME. There, in the past 20 years, he acquired a solid experience in renewable energy by holding several managerial positions in the PV and Wind fields. Currently, he is the President and co-founder of the Tunisian Wind Energy Association. Mr Baccari graduated in Energy Engineering at the Monastir Engineering School.

Abdelkader Baccouche

A. Baccouche is a process engineer, project manager, senior energy efficiency expert, senior solar energy expert, market creation and development specialist as well as energy management expert, who has worked for ANME since 2001. At ANME, he is currently Solar Energy Deputy Director, Head of PROSOL Tertiary and Industry Unit; previously, he was in charge of EE programs in municipalities (until 2005) and in the industrial sector (until 2008). For more than 15 years, he has been a technical expert and project manager in many multilateral and bilateral cooperation projects (among others, MEDDESIRE, DASTII, PROSOL Industry, ESCO development program, PEEI, Task force IGCE…). He is certified IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors), ISO 50001 auditor, EVO CMVP certified expert on the international protocol of measurement and verification as well as European Energy Manager, EUREM certified and expert trainer in the field of solar thermal energy, certified by RENAC Berlin (Renewable Energy Academy). Furthermore, he participated as speaker/moderator in several important national and international conferences (e.g. Ecomed 2019 Catania, WB MENA CSP KIP workshop Jordan 2018, SolarTr 2016 Istanbul, IAE SHC 2015 Istanbul), and held trainings on renewable energy and EE for more than 500 engineers, decisions makers, installers, experts, journalists and students.

Nadia Bchini

Graduated in Languages, N. Bchini has been working at the National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME) for the past 15 years. There, she coordinates projects related to energy efficiency and renewable energies in the International Cooperation Department, she is in charge of the communication activities related to the international cooperation and she is actively involved in MEDENER activities. In addition, since 2011 she has been the Head of Department for Bilateral Cooperation. At the beginning of her career, she worked for the Mediterranean Centre of Renewable Energies (MEDREC) as a project assistant. Her areas of expertise include preparation and redaction of Cooperation Agreements/Memorandum of Understanding, as well as monitoring and management of European projects, and translation of general and technical documents related to solar water heating systems, cogeneration, CSP, Energy Efficiency, among others.

Hélène Ben Khemis

H. Ben Khemis is a Chief Engineer, graduated from the Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas. She began her professional career in Tunisia in 1997 at the National Secretariat for Scientific Research. In 2003, she joined the Department of Renewable Energies at ANME as coordinator of Federated Research Projects. Since then, she has been responsible for managing R&I projects in the field of renewable energies, cooperation projects for the FP7, H2020 and ENPI programs, as well as cooperation programs with GIZ.

Hassen El Agrebi

H. El Agrebi holds a master’s degree in International Project Engineering and Human Resources and a master’s degree in Management of Organizations, option Finance. He has spent almost 20 years in the National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME), where he worked in the field of Energy Management. Currently, he is Head of the International Cooperation Department, co-Director of the Mediterranean Centre of Renewable Energy (MEDREC) since 2016, as well as contact point of MEDENER and member of its Board of Directors. Furthermore, he has taken part in the UfM regional dialogue on energy issues and in the launch of the Energy Platforms since the beginning and now he is the Tunisian focal point for the UfM REEE platform, IRENA and RCREEE. He contributed to the launch of the African Association of the institutions in charge of energy management (AFRENER), active since November 2017 and to several cooperation projects with European and African institutional partners. For this reason, he has been National Director of the UNDP-ANME Cooperation Project (2009) "Support to the implementation of the quadrennial Energy Management Program (2008-2011)", Deputy Manager of the UNDP-ANME project "capacity building of the IGCE and Cogeneration Task Forces" (2005), and now he is the contact point of the meetMED project.

Fathi Hanchi

Since 2011, F. Hanchi has been the Director of the Division for the Rational Use of Energy at ANME. As such, he has been in charge of the management and coordination of energy efficiency programs and activities in the tertiary, residential, building and transport sectors in Tunisia. His portfolio also includes a national programme for energy efficiency in the public sector, energy efficiency conventions with local authorities, as well as national and Mediterranean cooperation projects. Graduated in mechanical engineering, Mr Hanchi has more than 19 years of experience in energy efficiency. He has been actively involved in the energy sector reform in Tunisia and contributed designing, implementing and evaluating energy efficiency programs in the country. He has a solid track record in the economic and managerial aspects of energy efficiency. Since March 2019, he has been nominated Central Technical Manager at ANME.

Ons Khechine

O. Khechine graduated in Economics and Management in 2010, after researching for her graduation project at the National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME). In 2012, she started working as project assistant for the UNDP on behalf of ANME. There, she was responsible for the project on the MEDENER indicators and for the study on energy and GHG emissions modelling, carried out using the MedPRO tool and with the technical assistance of ENERDATA. In 2015, she officially joined the ANME, where she is currently working as responsible for energy statistics in the Department of Studies and Planning. In her current post, she develops mainly energy statistics and conducts data analyses. She is also coordinator for the national energy inventory and particularly responsible for the GHG emissions inventory. Previously, she has also dealt with the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) energy scenarios and their update, particularly by taking into account the impacts of the Tunisian Solar Plan.

Souheil Ksouri

S. Ksouri is an energy engineer specialized in thermal energy. He is Head of Solar Thermal Department at ANME, where he has been working for more than eleven years. He has a strong experience in RE projects and mainly in technical feasibility, procedural, financial evaluation and execution of projects. He was involved in many multilateral and bilateral cooperation project as technical expert (among others, MEDDESIRE, DASTII, PROSOL). He achieved many training sessions on solar thermal application and participated in the animation of national and international conferences on solar energy. In 2016, Mr. Ksouri has contributed to the implementation of the energy management system according to the requirements of ISO 50001: 2011 in national industrial plants.

Nagati Oussama

Graduated in project management, in 2004 N. Oussama started his career at the National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME) as financial coordinator in charge of communications in the framework of the project "Thermal and energy regulation of buildings". Seven years later, he became head of the department for projects with the local authorities and he was chosen as local focal point for the CES-MED and SUDEP projects. Since 2016, he has been in charge of the “Alliance of Communes for the Energy Transition” (ACTE) program, launched on May 27, 2015 in the framework of a partnership between ANME, the Loans and Support Fund of Local Authorities (CPSCL) and the General Direction of Local and Public Communities (DGCPL). This program aims to help Tunisian municipalities contribute at local level to the national energy transition, by controlling energy and the deployment of renewable energies.

Mohamed Ali Safi

Since 2013, M. A. Safi has worked as Head of the Energy Efficiency in the Industry Unit at ANME. He has more than 14 years of experience in project management, especially in the field of energy management. Currently, he is in charge of the Energy Efficiency Program in the Industrial Sector, aimed at assisting the entrepreneurs in the identification, implementation and follow-up of energy efficiency actions. He monitors and evaluates energy audits and the realization of the industrial programs. He also manages cooperation programs with international institutions such as GIZ, the World Bank and the Agence Française de Development (AFD).

Algerian National Agency for the Promotion and Rationalisation of Energy Use

Nadia Chioukh

N. Chioukh holds a bachelor’s degree in statistics and she is currently completing her professional master’s degree in project management at the Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She started her career as a conductor of technical studies at the Algerian Research Centre for Scientific and Technical Information (CERIST), where she gained an interesting five years experience in administrative and financial follow-up of the leased line connection and web services, provided by the Network Division of the Centre. In 2010, she joined the Algerian National Agency for the Promotion and the Rationalization of the Use of Energy (APRUE), where she has been appointed as a head of the international cooperation department. In this role, she has been ensuring for almost a decade the coordination of bilateral and regional EE cooperation projects, by primarily acquiring expertise in the development of support programmes and institutional partnerships, particularly related to energy policy and good governance.

Nadia Djelouah

N. Djelouah holds a master’s degree in Economics with a special focus on management from the University of Algiers. She has more than 20 years of experience working on energy efficiency issues at APRUE. As Head of General Programming Department, since December 2009 she has worked on the development of the National Energy Efficiency Program, on the coordination of activities of the Intersectoral Committee on Energy Management, on the administrative follow-up of the process benefitting from the National Fund for Energy Management, and on the development of legislative and regulatory proposals for energy management as well as related to the financial, fiscal and customs benefits that could be granted to energy efficiency projects. Ms. Djelouah has also been involved in studies on energy consumption in households, hydraulics and hotel sector and she has contributed to the development of databases on energy consumption and Renewable Energy. Furthermore, she ensured the coordination of the project "GEF / World Bank" on the development of an energy efficiency market in the industrial sector and of the EU Project "Regulation of household appliances".

Tahar Moussaoui

T. Moussaoui is an architect, who graduated from the Polytechnic School of Architecture and Urbanism of Algiers and specialized in Bioclimatic. When he graduated in 1999, he obtained the title of Major of the Majors and, since then, he has been dedicating entirely to energy efficiency in the building sector, particularly focusing on the building envelope. He started his professional career working in design studios and for property developers. Then, he joined the Research Center for the Development of Renewable Energy (CDER), where he was in charge of various missions entailing implementation, project management, and research tasks. Currently, he is the Head of the Building Department of the Algerian National Agency for the Promotion and Rationalization of Energy Use (APRUE), where he is responsible for ensuring the management of the EE projects, energy auditor and professional trainer.

Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving

Harris Andreosatos

H. Andreosatos holds a master's degree in Energy, Economics and Environment from the University of Westminster and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland. During his studies, he worked as a trainee engineer for the Testing Research & Standards Center (Public Power Corporation Group) in the laboratory of Mechanical Testing. Since 1999, he has been working in the Energy Policy & Planning Division of CRES as an energy expert. He has more than 20 years of experience in managing EU funded projects in the EU region, implementing market studies for energy efficiency and RES technologies, conducting feasibility studies for RE projects (mainly PVs) as well as designing and implementing RE and EE projects. Furthermore, he has been involved in the design and implementation of training activities in the field of RES and EE; in the investigation of national and European legislative frameworks on Energy Efficiency & RES; in the measurement and verification of the achieved energy savings from energy efficiency measures ; and in planning, monitoring and evaluation of energy policy measures and strategies by using new EE solutions. During his professional career he worked also as senior evaluator on Energy Investment Proposals/ Studies for RES (particularly, PVs) during preliminary and technical evaluation phases. Mr. Andreosatos is also administrator for measurement, monitoring, control and verification of the energy efficiency obligation scheme (2017 – present).

Aristotelis Botzios-Valaskakis

A. Botzios-Valaskakis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering. He has 18 years of experience in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. He is currently working at CRES and his range of expertise includes providing technical support to public authorities for the development of sustainable energy policies; implementing energy audits; monitoring and verifying energy performance of energy efficiency projects; conducting techno-economic feasibility studies for the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; developing Energy Performance Contracts (EPC); carrying on dynamic energy modelling and assessment of buildings; and implementing techno-economic feasibility studies and Environmental Impact Assessment Studies of Renewable Energy Power Plants.

Markos Damasiotis

M. Damasiotis holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He has more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector. Since 1994 he has been working for CRES, where he participated as senior expert or project manager in more than 60 national/ international projects in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since 2007, he has been the Head of Development Project Applications Department and since 2015 the Director of the Development Programmes Division of CRES, managing multinational scientific teams in the fields of technology analysis, energy systems analysis and planning, market studies, research and training, awareness raising, innovative policy and financing mechanisms, approximation of legislations, business and financing issues of RES and EE sector. His professional experience geographically expands also to South East Europe, Black Sea Countries and the Mediterranean. He is member of the Board of Directors of MEDENER.

Foteini Karamani

F. Karamani holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), and a Master in Energy Management Systems and Environmental Protection from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and University of Piraeus. Since 2006, she has been working at the Centre of Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), where she has participated as energy expert in many European and National projects related to Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy Sources (RES). Currently, she is working on the development of methodology and tools for the assessment of the economic viability for EE investments. This assessment is based, among others, on: national legislation; the implementation of a Cost-Benefit Analysis for the potential of EE measures; the Life Cycle Cost Analysis for different EE technologies; energy audits; measurement and verification of energy savings of applied measures; data analysis for EE and RES investments; energy indicators; energy statistics; energy billing; Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems; District heating and cooling; Energy Performance Contracting (EnPC). Maria has been responsible also for the preparation of the 2nd , 3rd and 4th National Energy Efficiency Action Plans as well as for the implementation of a Comprehensive Assessment of the Potential for Efficient District Heating and Cooling (DHC) and for High-Efficient Cogeneration (HE-CHP) at the national level (article 14 of EED 2012/27/EE). She is one of the administrators of the measurement, monitoring, control and verification mechanisms within the framework of the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme. Since 2006, she is a member of the National Team of the Concerted Action for Energy Efficiency Directive (EED, 2012/27/EC) and the previous Energy Service Directive (ESD, 2006/32/EC).

Maria Zarkadoula

M. Zarkadoula is currently the Head of the Environment and Transport Department at CRES, where she has been working for more than 29 years. There, she has worked and managed several important EU and national projects, related to energy policy and energy technologies for the rational use of energy and RES, especially in the transport, residential and tertiary sector. Her work has also focused in the thematic areas of: a) Energy Investment and National Policies, b) Energy policy and Market Research and c) Environmental Management. She has participated in CRES subcontracting with RAE (Regulatory Authority for Energy, Greece), as one of CRES technical consultants in RAE’s evaluation & licensing procedure for RES and small CHP installations. She was responsible for the managing and realization of the national campaign on eco driving, which was successfully completed. She has also represented CRES in national working groups for the transposition of European directives, related to energy, into national law. She is CRES representative at the EnR working group on Transport since 1999, she has been following closely the EnR working group on Labelling & Ecodesign and she is a member of the national committees on “Climate Change” and “Sustainable Development” for the preparation of relevant national reports. In addition, she is a member of the “Green Transports” committee, which is supervised by the Ministry of Transport, for the promotion of sustainable transport policy. She has planned and managed numerous activities and projects focused on energy labeling and eco design of electric household appliances. Finally, she has successfully coordinated a national program on energy saving by municipalities, which included energy efficient interventions in public buildings, public open space areas, urban transport and other municipal infrastructures. Maria holds a master's degree in Energy management and Protection of Environment at the National Technical University of Athens - University of Piraeus.

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development

Gabriella Azzolini

Gabriella Azzolini is an architect, graduated at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where she also obtained her postgraduate degree in “Environmental Planning”. For many years, she has been a researcher in the field of energy efficiency in buildings. Since 2012, she has been working in the Energy Efficiency Department of ENEA. Her areas of expertise include defining, implementing and monitoring of EE policies and measures; estimating energy consumption of buildings, and identifying the necessary tools and technologies in order to increase the energy performance of buildings and plants as well as the use of renewable energy sources in the residential and tertiary sector. Currently, she is the national coordinator for the EU-funded project "Concerted Action for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings Directive –EPBD”.

Simona De Iuliis

S. De Iuliis is a physics-electronic engineer, who has been working at ENEA as renewable energy expert and scientific researcher on solar energy technologies since 2009. Her primary role is to support the Department of Energy Technologies and the Technical Divisions to developing strategies and innovative technologies. She is an expert in transferring of knowledge and capacity building and a lecturer for training courses and masters on solar energy. She has been working in more than 20 EU-funded projects and is currently responsible of two of them related to solar energy. She is the technical-scientific representative of the Energy Technologies Department for solar thermal technologies, and ENEA's representative in the Steering Committee of the Joint Programme on Concentrated Solar Power of the European Energy Research Alliance, and in the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association. Furthermore, she is member of the ENEA task force for development cooperation, the Technical Committee of RES4MED-RES4AFRICA association, and of the Task Force for the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan. She is the Italian representative within the SET Plan Implementation Working Group on CSP and the Italian delegate for IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology and for IEA Renewable Energy Working Party.

Pietro Falconi

P. Falconi has been working in ENEA since 2014 and he is currently responsible for strategic and technical support in the Energy Efficiency Department. He is involved in the meetMED Project as energy efficiency expert and in the PUBLEnEf project, which aims, on the one side, to assist the EU Member States in implementing effective and efficient sustainable energy policies (focusing on energy efficiency) and, on the other side, to make them take advantage of the best practices and policy processes implemented in other Member States at the national, regional and/or local level. Co-author of the Italian Annual Energy Efficiency Report as required by Directive 27/2012 for the Financial Energy Efficiency Instruments Chapter, he has also carried out activities in the EEFIG Working Group on “Input on energy efficiency to the emerging sustainable finance taxonomy and tagging of energy efficiency loans”. He is also a member of the Italian delegation in the Concerted Action on Energy. Pietro is attending a PhD program in “Circular Economy” at Tuscia University in Viterbo, where he was nominated as subject expert in the field of Energy Efficiency.

Alessandro Federici

A. Federici has been a researcher at ENEA since 2007. Currently, he is the Head of the Monitoring Laboratory of energy efficiency policies at ENEA’s Department for Energy Efficiency. Since 2016, he has been the coordinator of ENEA’s working group dealing with the Italian National Energy Efficiency Action Plans and the Annual Reports to the European Commission, and providing support to the Ministry of Economic Development in the revision process of EE Directives. He is the project leader of the ENEA’s Energy Efficiency Annual Reports and Tax Deduction Scheme Annual Report. He is the Italian delegate in the Energy Efficiency Working Party of the International Energy Agency (IEA), in the Executive Committee of the International Partnership for the Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), and in the Implementation Working Group for Energy Efficiency in Industry (IWG6) of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan).

Spanish E.P.E. Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy

Carlos García Barquero

C. García Barquero is a Senior Aeronautical Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, specialized in aircraft, propulsion engines and advanced fuels. In 1981, he started his career in a pioneer engineering consultancy dealing with wind energy and manufacturing of wind turbines connected to the grid. Later, he joined the Projects Division of Construcciones Aeronáuticas S.A. (CASA), where he worked as project manager on aero-elasticity and dynamic loads of the Casa/Nurtanio-235 and Euro-fighter aircraft. In 1988, he began his career at IDAE, where he was first responsible for the Transportation and Sectoral Agreements Unit. In 1991, he was appointed as Head of the Studies Department of the Institute, a new department for the development of statistics, studies and reports in the field of EE technologies, RE and sustainable transport. He also started to act as Spanish representative in several working groups of the European Commission, the International Energy Agency and other international organizations. In 2008, he joined as national expert the DG Transport and Energy of the European Commission, where he worked for four years on the establishment of directives and policies on clean and efficient technologies as well as on alternative fuels for the urban transport environment. In 2012, he rejoined the IDAE as Head of the Planning and Studies Department, where, at present, he is coordinating the support activities of IDAE to the Ministry of Ecological Transition in the field of statistics and energy planning, including the most recent NECP-2030 of Spain. Currently, he is also managing pilot projects and market studies on energy consumption as well as on efficient and clean technologies in the main end-use sectors.

Marisa Olano

M. Olano is an engineer specialized in agricultural economy from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Since 1986, she has been working for IDAE and since 2001, she is the Head of the International Relations Department. Her areas of expertise include managing Community energy programmes; participating in Networks of Energy Agencies and establishing and managing bilateral relationship with national agencies and third countries; and supporting the penetration of Spanish energy companies in the international markets. Spanish Delegate to diverse international fora, such as IEA, IRENA, G20, UNIDO, REN21, she manages many IDAE projects financed by the European Commission in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. She also provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism as well as to other national institutions.

Virginia Vivanco Cohn

V. Vivanco graduated in Economics and Business Sciences, with a specialization in Development and International Economy, at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. She also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (Executive MBA) by the Instituto de Empresa of Madrid. She joined IDAE in 1992, where she acquired a wide experience in the management of EU Programs and international projects. Currently, Virginia is the National Contact Point (NCP) for the Societal Energy Challenge of the EU Program HORIZON 2020 (H2020) and is the responsible of the Communication related to the European Structural Development Funds (ERDF) for the period 2014-2020. As NCP of H2020, and among other tasks, she regularly participates in working groups meetings for the definition of the contents of the different biennial work programs of the Social Energy Challenge, specifically in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energies and smart cities. Furthermore, she provides advice to Spanish organizations, institutions and companies in the presentation of their proposals. In the framework of the ERDF, she is responsible for the implementation of IDAE’s communication strategy, which is focused on the promotion of best practices.

National Energy Research Centre/ Royal Scientific Society of Jordan

Suhaib Ababneh

S. Ababneh is a Chemical Engineer at the NERC/RSS. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Al-Balqa Applied University in Jordan. Currently, he is working as a consultant for Bioenergy projects across Jordan in the Oil Shale and Bioenergy Division at NERC/RSS. His job entails site assessments, evaluating offers, supervising projects, and commissioning. In addition, his tasks include giving training courses and organizing awareness campaigns for governmental entities and Community Members; participating in different projects related to the promotion of policy dialogue and the implementation of capacity building programs; as well as ensuring sustainable education in remote areas in cooperation with different entities.

Rashed AR Manna

R. Manna' is an Electrical Engineer at the NERC/RSS. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical/Communication Engineering from Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Jordan and a master's degree in Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. Currently working as consultant for solar energy projects (including net-metering projects, wheeling projects and an off-grid projects) across Jordan in the Photovoltaics Division at NERC/RSS, his job entails site assessments, evaluating offers, supervising projects, and commissioning. In addition, his tasks include giving training courses and awareness campaigns for governmental entities and Community Members, participating in different projects that pertain to promoting policy dialogue and implementing capacity building programs, and securing sustainable education in remote areas in cooperation with different entities.

Muhieddin Tawalbeh

M. Tawalbeh is an Electrical Engineer graduated from the University of Technology, Iraq. Currently, he is Manager in the Energy Efficiency and Solar Thermal Division at the NERC/RSS. His work focuses on energy efficiency audits, energy management, Solar Thermal Energy, power demand management, energy policies and GHG mitigation project's analysis. He has managed and supervised the MENA Region Initiative as a model of NEXUS Approach and Renewable Energy Technologies (MINARET and the Energy Label & Minimum Standards Project in Jordan. He has been project Director for the Capacity Building in Wind energy and Concentrating Solar Power Project (WECSP) Project, Manager for Residential and Street lighting Pilot Project and Med Term Expert Counterpart (MTE) for the twining project on Capacity Building for NERC between NERC/ Jordan and CRES/ Greece. He has also been involved in the preparation of Jordan's First Biennial Update Report to the UNFCCC on the EE & RE Mitigation Actions.

New & Renewable Energy Authority of Egypt

Ehab Ismail Amin Abdalla

E. I. A. Abdalla received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. Currently, he is the Vice Chairman for Technical Affairs at NREA. During his professional career, he has contributed to set up the Egyptian renewable energy strategy up to 2022, which set a 20% target of total generated electricity through RE. His fields of expertise include planning and setting up of RE polices as well as following up and evaluating the implementation of RE plans and polices. In addition, he has also participated in the preparation of different technical and economical studies evaluating the potential use of RE for different applications – particularly, electricity generation from wind and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and he has contributed to prepare the "Project Design Document" for the wind farms project in Egypt - implemented according to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) rules, defined in the Kyoto protocol. Mr Abdalla is also the focal point of Egypt in the Regional Center of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE).

Mohamed A. Abdel Aziz

M. A. Abdel Aziz received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Benha University (Egypt) in 2008. He started working as studies engineer at NREA. Then, he worked as RE &EE Specialist at Egyptian Central Energy Efficiency Unit under the Cabinet of the Ministers and as tender agent at the Agence Française de Développement (AfD). Currently, he works as studies engineer at NREA Chairman Technical Office. He participated in many research projects, including: Med Desire 1, aimed at enhancing the usage of solar energy in different applications (especially thermal ones). He has also participated in the EGYSUN Initiative to promote RE & EE in governmental buildings (mainly solar applications). He is a certified European Energy Manager and he has also experience with wind and solar energy strategies implemented in the Gulf of El Zayt, Kom Ombo and West Nile areas.

Palestinian Energy Authority

Nidal Abu Rub

N. Abu Rub has a long experience in industrial management, business development and economic analysis in Palestine and the Gulf. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and one in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is working as economic manager at the Palestinian Energy Authority, where he is mainly responsible for the economic analysis of the impact of EE programs in Palestine. In particular, he is involved in the project “Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy project in the strategic sectors in Palestine”, which is funded by the French Development Agency (AFD). With respect to the implementation of this project, his duties include analyzing the energy audited sites as well as the feasibility of recommended actions; evaluating the potential of national energy savings and costs for audited facilities in the strategic sectors; participating in national studies and in the preparation of action plans, budgets and reports.

Basel Yaseen

B. Yaseen holds a master’s degree in Clean Energy and Energy Conservation Engineering from An- Najah National University, Palestine and a bachelor’s degree in Production and Managerial Engineering/ Industrial Engineering from Technical University of Crete, Greece. He is a senior expert in Renewable Energy Technologies and Applications, Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Techniques in addition to Energy Economics and Feasibility Studies. Working at the Palestinian Energy and Environment Research Center / Palestinian Energy Authority (PEA) since 2002, there Mr Yaseen is currently the Director for Renewable Energy. He is also focal point for PEA’s participation in the activities of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the Mediterranean Association of the National Agencies for Energy Conservation (MEDENER) and Member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Platform at the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Eman Adel

E. Adel holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Power and Machines Engineering at Mansoura University in Egypt. Nowadays, she is completing her master’s in business administration (MBA) at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport. Eman started her career as a junior consultant for the Rizom Company – Barcelona. There, she acquired a solid knowledge in the field of RE and EE by working on a project with the World Bank aimed at identifying the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for the electric utilities in the MENA Region. In 2014, she joined RCREEE as Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Engineering specialist, where she took part in many regional projects, such as: “Catalyzing PV in Iraq” in cooperation with UNDP, “Best Available Technologies (BAT)” in cooperation with the Italian Government and Politecnico di Milano and “Assessment of PV Status in Yemen” in cooperation with the World Bank. Furthermore, she has been also supporting the Union for Mediterranean to enhance their data platform in regulations, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Eman is also the coordinator of the Arab Region Sustainable Energy Knowledge Portal TaqaWay, which is a joint project with the LAS, UN-ESCWA and UNEP, that aims to establish an authorized database for RE and EE in the MENA region.

Hussam Alherafi

H. Alherafi holds a master’s degree in Political Science, with a special focus on International Economic Relations. Currently, he is Senior Policy Specialist at RCREEE, where he has been working for the past six years. He has a strong experience in promoting RE and EE policies and projects in the Arab region. Furthermore, he has a solid expertise in market assessment and in designing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting cross-sectorial policies, regulatory frameworks, governance systems and governmental subsidies. He is currently involved in several regional projects and studies on sustainable energy, implemented in collaboration with national and international organizations (i.e. LAS, EU, WB, GIZ, UNDP).

Rim Boukhchina

R. Boukhchina is a project manager and senior sustainable energy expert at RCREEE. She is involved in various projects related to renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment in the Arab region. Her activities include analysis and design of RE and EE projects, development of RE and EE National Action Plans, assessment of RE integration to the grid, design and the implementation of RE and EE policies and strategies and planning and implementation of capacity development activities in RE and EE fields. She is a senior technical expert with more than 20 years' experience in strategic studies, Planning and developing RE projects. She started her career as energy planner in the Tunisian Utility of Electricity and Gas (STEG) and was involved in various domains related to new technologies studies, EE and demand side management, and renewable energy for electricity production and sustainable development. Mrs. Boukhchina has also been deeply involved in several Euro-Mediterranean projects and studies in the sustainable energy fields in collaboration with national and international organizations (EU, OME, WB, GIZ, IRENA, UNDP…).

Ali Habib

A. Habib has more than 10 years of working experience in distributed power, co-generation, waste heat utilization, and renewable energy. He holds a master’s degree in renewable energy engineering, which entailed studying all kinds of conventional energy, renewable energy, and energy storage. Two summer university programs in renewable energy and energy storage - held respectively in Germany and Switzerland - strengthened his knowledge. Ali holds also a Master of Business Administration (MBA), major management, from ESMT Berlin. His minor, instead, was in sustainable energy future, thank to which he had the opportunity to learn about some of the latest energy technologies and applications, such as the block chain in energy application and energy efficiency using the Internet of Things (IoT). Currently, Ali is working at the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), where he is engaged in several projects, such as the long-term energy planning for multiple countries, developing national renewable energy action plans (NREAPs) and national energy efficiency action plans (NEEAPs), developing suitability maps, as well as a project in Iraq to catalyze small-scale PV systems.

Maged Mahmoud

M. Mahmoud is a sustainable energy expert and the Technical Director of RCREEE. He has joined RCREEE in 2011, where he played a key role in formulating renewable energy (RE) strategies and introducing respective implementation mechanisms focusing on increased reliance on private sector. Dr. Mahmoud is an active member of the League of Arab States RE/EE Committee and since 2013 he has been leading the regional "Private Investment Promotion Portfolio", where several business models and instruments have been explored to support both utility- and small-scale developers, and to assess the economic and social impacts. He has also served for 20 years at the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA). Among his key achievements, he contributed significantly to setting the Egyptian RE 2022 strategy targeting 20% renewables share, and in the design of the "best-fit" policies and measures for the strategy implementation. He deeply contributed to planning and contracting several megawatts of wind energy projects amounting to more than 700 million USD. Dr. Mahmoud holds the "Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research Award for Development and Innovations in Renewable Energy" since 2001. He has managed and contributed to over 40 research projects and studies in the sustainable energy fields in collaboration with national and international organizations.

Renewable Energy Authority of Libya

Nouri Alkishriwi

N. Alkishriwi is currently working as consultant for the Renewable Energy Authority of Libya (REAoL) and as assistant professor at the department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Tripoli-Libya. With a PhD in Mechanical Engineering received from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany and with more than 26 years of experience in RE Technologies, Thermal Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Energy Saving and computational fluid dynamics, Mr Nouri is involved in several Euro-Mediterranean projects related to RE and EE deployment in Libya, in collaboration with national and international organizations, such as the EU, World Bank and GIZ. Previously, he worked as senior engineer on Computational Fluid Dynamics CFD modelling projects at Exa GmbH in Germany, and in 2008 he joined FLAMM-AG Company, where he was responsible for R&D of energy management and RE projects as well as for experimental investigations and simulation processes including the design and development of a Roll bond flat plate collector at FLAMM- AG Company.

Khaled M. Dadesh

K. Dadesh holds a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Tripoli, Libya and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Wayne State University in Detroit, USA. Currently, he is board member at Renewable Energy Authority of Libya (REAoL) and scientific committee member at the Libyan Centre for Solar Energy Researches and Studies. He is also faculty staff member at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tripoli, Libya. Previously, he worked as consultant and supervisor for solar PV systems and passive cooling shelters at Libyan Mobile Phone Company and as Solar Engineer at SOLLATEK (UK) ltd.