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.

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.

Ricardo Bernardo

R. Bernardo graduated in Civil Engineering from the Higher Institute of Engineering of Lisbon in 2007 and in 2013 obtained a Ph.D. in solar energy technologies - photovoltaic, thermal and hybrid solar energy (PVT) – from Lund University (Sweden). There, he was also responsible for two solar energy courses and led several research projects in the field of solar energy and energy efficiency in buildings. In the same period, he worked in consulting and founded a small company thanks to the results obtained from the researches he had been conducting, which resulted in the registration of a patent. Since January 2018, he has been working at ADENE as coordinator of a new department, ADENE Research. This department aims at being a landmark for innovation, research and development in the energy and water efficiency areas and in the wider context of energy transition.

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 at ADENE´s Institutional and International Relations Department, 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.

Silvino Spencer

S. Spencer has more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector. He holds a degree in Physical Engineering from the University of San Francisco (California) and a postgraduate degree in Corrosion Science and Engineering from the University of Manchester. He was responsible for the coordination of EU financed studies on Energy transition in Sahel. Member of the Advisory Board of the Heat Roadmap Europe project, he was the project manager of the program “Solar water heating for Portugal” and provided more than 4000 hours of training to solar thermal systems installers. Mr Spencer also developed projects for heating and water heating in public pools, hotels, schools and foster homes, and established a method for pos-occupational evaluation of thermal systems on service buildings. He has and has worked intensively in the areas of energy management, energy efficiency and renewable energy as member of ADENE and is member of the working group for “Service Buildings” of the National Strategy for Ecological Public Purchases (ENCPE).


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.

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.

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.

Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving

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.

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

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

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.

National Energy Research Centre/ Royal Scientific Society of Jordan

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

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.

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).

Palestinian Energy Authority

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).

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.

Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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…).

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.