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2017 Agenda

The order and content of this agenda may be subject to change. 

Day 1: Wednesday 1st November 2017

08.00  Registration and coffee

08.45 Chairman’s opening remarks

  • Thomas Waterhouse, Managing Director, Head of Corporate and Project Finance, SMBC

08.50  Opening keynote: Unlocking and promoting the sustainability of the UAE’s energy sector

  • H.E. Eng. Fatima Alfoora Alshamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, Future Energy Affairs, Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates

09.15  Off-Takers Roadshow 2017: Upcoming project pipelines, the government’s role in developing projects and how projects will be tendered

The Annual Off-Takers Roadshow is your opportunity to hear from government representatives across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey about upcoming power, water and infrastructure projects, how they will be tendered, the bidding process, and how much financing is required. 

This year, presentations include:

  • Uncovering the upcoming project pipeline and financing strategies in Kuwait

           Eng. Suhaila Marafi, Director, Department of Studies and Research, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait

  • Project finance in Egypt: What projects will be coming online in the next 12 months now that there is more dollar availability?

           Sherine Abdeen, Social Infrastructure Sector Projects Manager, Ministry of Finance, Egypt

10.00  Coffee and networking break

10.35  Off-Takers Roadshow 2017: Continued

  • Pipelines, planning and financing: A closer look at which projects will be coming online in Bahrain in 2017-8

           Loay Ghazaleh, Advisor, Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Kingdom of Bahrain

11.00  To lead or not to lead: How are IPP and IWPP developers deciding which projects to bid for, and whether to take a leading role or not?

  • Pascal Martese, Executive Director – Acquisitions and Projects Finance, Investments, ACWA Power
  • Tomoki Nishino, Assistant General Manager, Power Business Department - IV, Marubeni
  • Meredydd Rees, Senior Financial Adviser, Engie
  • Khaled Khorshid, Senior Vice President, Head of Syndications and Structured Finance, Union National Bank (UNB) 
  • Tim Armsby, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

11.45  Saudi 2.0(17): What is the new off-taker structure? How will deals be tendered? Who can bid for projects?

  • Antoine Cousin, Partner, White & Case
  • Samer Solh, Senior Portfolio Manager, Al Muhaidib
  • Kapil Lalwani, Investment Director – PPP Unit, ACWA Holding
  • Hidayathullah Baig, Senior Director, Projects Finance, Al Rajhi Bank
  • Rayyan Nagadi, Head of Project and Export Finance, HSBC Saudi Arabia

12.30  Structuring, underwriting and distributing project finance deals in the new world of lower oil price

  • Kanke Masaru, Chief Representative for EMEA Region, Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)
  • Duncan Allison, Managing Director, Head of Power and Renewables, MENA, SMBC
  • Paul Mansouri, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright 
  • Neeraj Agrawal, Group Chief Financial Officer, Crescent Petroleum 
  • Kashif Raza, Head of Debt Capital Markets and Distribution, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) 
  • Saber Ayadi, Head of Projects and Structured Finance, Bank ABC

13.15  Networking lunch hosted by ACWA Power

14.15  Uncovering the potential of (waste) water and solar projects in the META Region: Lesson learning and financing strategies

  • Jose Ignacio De La Fuente, Middle East Director, Almar Water Solutions
  • Ashley Blows, Managing Director, Global Infrastructure and Projects, Head of Infrastructure, Natixis
  • James Simpson, Partner, Winston & Strawn
  • Charlie Seymour Financial Advisor, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) 
  • Christophe De Schryver, Vice President, Business Development, ENGIE MESCAT
  • Christopher Cantelmi, Principal, International Finance Corporation (IFC) 

15.00  Greening the markets: How developers and corporates can raise capital for renewable and sustainable projects with green bonds and sustainable loans

  • Frank Beckers, Head of Project Finance and Advisory, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
  • Debashis Dey, Partner, White & Case
  • Karim Nassif, Associate Director, S&P Global Ratings 
  • Ranjan Moulik, Head of Power and Renewables, Global Infrastructure and Projects, Natixis

15.40  Petrochems under the microscope: Understanding the trends and developments in this market

  • Michael Watson, Partner, White & Case
  • Naoki Tamaki, Chief Representative, Middle East, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
  • Marco Ferioli, Head of SACE Dubai, UAE, Middle East and Africa, SACE 
  • Thomas Waterhouse, Managing Director, Head of Corporate and Project Finance, SMBC

16.20  Understanding ADWEC's future development plans: A look at the potential for PV and RO projects in the UAE

  • Bruce Smith, Acting Director of Planning & Studies, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Companu (ADWEC)

16.35  South Africa’s energy pipeline 2017-18: What impact has the government reshuffle had on plans to develop this sector further?

  • Silas Zimu, Energy Advisor to the President, Republic of South Africa

17.00  A template for success: How can developers and investors from the GCC play an active role in African energy and infrastructure projects?

  • Mark Lemmon, Independent Consultant
  • Uday Bhasin, Senior Partner, Tradeways
  • Paul Eardley-Taylor,  Oil & Gas, Southern Africa, Standard Bank
  • Olivier Kueny, Chief Investment Officer, AMEA Power
  • Silas Zimu, Energy Advisor to the President, Republic of South Africa

17.45  Chairman’s closing remarks and close of Day One



Day Two: Thursday 2nd November 2017

08.50 Chairman’s opening remarks

  • Mark Castillo-Bernaus, Partner, White & Case

09.00   Uncovering Rwanda’s infrastructure potential: What does the Ministry’s project pipeline look like, and how will it be financed?

  • Christian Rwakunda, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda

09.20  The new power-brokers: Why securing bank project financing depends so heavily on relationships with ECAs and DFIs

  • Peter Purkl, Director and Team Head – Power, Renewables and Water, KfW IPEX Bank
  • Wiebke Schloemer, Regional Industry Head, Infrastructure, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, IFC – International Finance Corporation
  • Naoki Tamaki, Chief Representative, Middle East, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
  • Tarek AlAmad, Chief Executive Officer, European Jordanian Renewable Energy Projects (ERJE)
  • Danielle Montgomery, Managing Director, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)  
  • Owais Ahmed, Chief Representative - MENA, Export Development Canada (EDC)
  • James Simpson, Partner, Winston & Strawn

10.15  The 5-Minute Roadshow


Why not take 5 minutes to present at the META Projects 5-Minute Roadshow, and present yourself and your pipeline of projects to a room full of potential investors?

How does it work?

Deliver a 5-minute presentation on your company to a room full of potential lenders and investors. Lenders and investors will tell us if they would like to meet you based on your presentation. We provide you with a list of people who have requested a meeting. You decide if you want to make contact.


This is your chance to hear from pre-qualified developers and companies with active projects in the pipeline.

Learn about new opportunities in one afternoon. Find out the companies who are looking to raise capital and developing new relationships with GCC banks and investors.  Save hours of reading analysts’ reports. Find out who the next new developers are looking to come to your market to raise capital.

  • Carlos Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer, TW Solar
  • Lynn Xia, Deputy General Manager of Overseas Company, TBEA Sunoasis
  • Hashem Fouad, Chief Investment Officer, ENARA Energy

11.15  Coffee and networking break

11.45  Case study: Expanding Morocco’s largest solar array – The construction and financing behind NOOR PV I plant

  • Thierry Tardy, Executive Director – Acquisitions and Project Finance, ACWA Power
  • Mohamed Sahri, Project Development Senior Manager, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN)

12.15  Why accessing the capital markets is crucial to the future development of projects in the region… but what is deterring project companies from issuing bonds/sukuk?

  • Rohit Sinha, Director – Acquisitions and Projects Finance, ACWA Power

12.45  When equity comes to the region: Financing projects with (a mix of) equity (and debt)

  • Tammam Al-Dandachi, Associate Director – Infrastructure Asset Management, Arqaam Capital
  • Balaji Prasad, Chief Financial Officer, Manazel Real Estate
  • Shiv Hiremath, Group Chief Financial Officer, National Real Estate Company
  • Ala Karadsheh, Partner, Mubadala Infrastructure Partners Limited
  • Aygen Yayikoglu, Managing Partner, Crescent Capital 

13.30  Chairman’s closing remarks and close of conference followed by Networking lunch hosted by ACWA Power


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