The energy transition is a pathway into a secure, environmentally-friendly, and economically viable future. Germany has shown brave leadership in digitisation, decentralisation and decarbonisation of its energy sector in the last decade. Being a first mover among others, more than 40 % of its electricity is generated today by renewables. In the meantime, similar developments are being observed worldwide.

In the Arab world, the energy transition is even more challenging due to its rapidly rising consumption, for example due to increased cooling, salt water desalination and transportation demand. Large investments in the expansion of clean generation capacity have, thus, to be arranged. High efficiency gas power plants may serve as bridging technology in the transition toward ever cheaper renewable energy supply in the Arab countries.

As German, European and International stakeholders have already accumulated a lot of experience in this area and as their expertise is in high demand in the Arab world, there is an enormous business potential for companies engaged in the energy sector.

The leading question at the conference will be concentrated on ‘how will the regional energy markets migrate swiftly from where they stand today toward a lowest cost, emission free energy supply, leading to local jobs, prosperity and political stability?’

To further strengthen and expand the promising Arab-German-International business relations in the energy sector, both the Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dii Desert Energy, in cooperation with further German, Arab and International partners, are organising this Conference: ‘Energy Transition in the Arab World’. The venue brings together Ghorfa’s 10th Arab-German Energy Forum and Dii’s 10th Desert Energy Leadership Summit.

The event presents a great opportunity to exchange ideas with high-ranking public and private decision makers and to discuss latest trends, projects and cooperation opportunities with more than 300 experts of industry, politics and science.

The program will depart from a holistic vision on the energy transition and then dive into the practical aspects of the regional energy markets of the near future.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the event.


Monday, November 25th, 2019

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Energy Transition:
Towards a 100% Emission Free Energy System

Transitions in the Energy Mix:
Oil & Gas – Innovative Technologies and Solutions

  • New Business Models for Energy with Blockchain & Smart Cities
  • Power Grid Capacity and Interconnections
  • Financing Renewable Energy Projects & Investments
  • Energy Storage
  • Renewables Based Desalination
  • Green Molecules
  • Energy Efficiency & Building Technology
  • Innovation, R&D and Education
  • A New Exciting Dawn for CSP Markets
  • Clean Energy Transition in the GCC Region: Opportunities for the EU


Dietmar Siersdorfer

CEO, Siemens UAE and Middle East

Mustapha Bakkoury

President, Masen, Morocco

Ali Vezvaei

CEO, Ecolog International

Paul van Son

President & CEO, Dii Desert Energy, Germany

Paddy Padmanathan


Cornelius Matthes

Senior Vice President, Dii Desert Energy, UAE

Prof. Dr. Klaus Toepfer

Honorary Senior Fellow, IASS Institut for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Germany

Frank Wouters

Director, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

Prof. Christian Breyer

Professor of Solar Economy, Lappeenranta University, Finland

Pierre Samaties

Managing Director & CEO, Innogy Middle East

Pierre Bernard

Chairman, Friends of Sustainable Grids (FOSG)

Frank Beckers

Senior Banking Executive & Management Consultant, Member Dii Advisory Board, Symbulos Management Consultancy

Roland Kaeppner

Head of Energy Storage & Hydrogen, NEOM

Thomas Altmann

Vice President Innovation & Technology, Lead Dii Working Group Desalination, ACWA Power

Ad van Wijk

Professor Future Energy Systems, Member Dii Advisory Board, TU Delft

Fabrizio Botta

Head of Business Strategy E&C Onshore Division, Saipem, Italy

under the patronage of the

In Cooperation with

Platinum Partners

Silver Partners

Bronze Partners

with the kind support of

Media Partners

Energy Transition in the Arab World