Our SPEAKERS of 2017

For the Emirates EVRT 2017 we were thrilled to have some of the EV industry and sustainability scene's most experienced and inspiring speakers at our opening event at the Burj Al Arab, our evening dinners in RAK and Abu Dhabi, and our Electric Vehicle Conference at The Sustainable City


Taher Diab // Dubai Supreme Council of Energy at Electric Vehicle Conference in The Sustainable City

David Provenzani // Architaly Green Energy DMCC at an Evening With EVRT in Ras Al Khaimah

Deepti Mahajan Mittal // Project Manager at Emirates Wildlife society in association with WWF



Robert Llewellyn // Fully Charged
Emirates EVRT Launch event & An Evening With EVRT: Ras Al Khaimah

Robert is a comedian, actor, presenter and writer from the UK, and since 2010 he has forged a strong position as an automotive journalist. His weekly online show, Fully Charged, receives millions of viewers a month as he educates an international audience on the latest in electric vehicle technology. Robert will be joining the Emirates EVRT to film an episode of his show as well as sharing his expertise as a speaker.

Sébastien Arbola // Engie
Emirates EVRT Launch Event

Sébastien Arbola is the CEO of ENGIE Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey. He has worked in the ENGIE Group since 2006, starting as a Senior Finance Officer, in charge of the Execution Team managing the merger between Gaz de France (GDF) and SUEZ. In 2009, he joined the Finance Department as Head of M&A and, in 2012 became M&A Group Director for GDF SUEZ. In 2013, he moved to SUEZ Environment Asia as CFO & Senior VP.

Taher Diab // Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

Mr. Diab is Senior Director of Strategy & Planning at Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Secretary General of Emirates Energy Award. His is actively involved in strategic development of diversified energy sources, demand & supply management in Dubai and devising work plans for achieving Dubai Integrate Energy Strategy 2030.


Karim El-Jisr // The Sustainable City
Emirates EVRT Launch Event
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

Karim El-Jisr is Director of The Sustainable City Innovation Centre. He has held many high profile sustainability positions in the MENA region including the World Bank, ECODIT and Executive Council of the Government of Dubai. He currently lives in The Sustainable City Dubai. 


Ivano Iannelli // DCCE
Emirates EVRT Key note Speaker Conference

Ivano is currently managing Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, the Dubai-based environmental economics think-tank in partnership with United Nations and World Bank. He has 20 years of experience in development economics of which half in the region. He currently oversees the UAE’s green house gases inventory and strategies for numerous government entities and industries, including private sector companies.

Deepti Mahajan Mittal // EWS-WWF
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

Dr Deepti Mahajan Mittal is Project Manager – Footprint, Climate and Energy, at Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF). Here she is leading research and engagement activities in development of sustainable energy policies for the UAE.

Simon Mercado // ESCP
Emirates EVRT Abu Dhabi dinner

Professor Simon Mercado is currently Director of ESCP Europe Business School in London. Simon holds a PhD in International Political Economy (IPE) and a Masters’ in International Relations (IR). His primary research interest is in the internationalisations of higher education and commercial services and he has published on issues related to international management and education, including a widely adopted textbook on European Business (Pearsons). His teaching interests and history span international strategy, cross-cultural management and European marketing. 


Wiebe Wakker // Plug Me In
An Evening With EVRT: Abu Dhabi
Emirates EVRT Conference

Wiebe Wakker from Plug Me In started the mother of all road trips in March '16: driving without money to Australia with his electric car and recently got stuck in the UAE. He has been promoting e-mobility and sustainability and it is probably no coincidence that he is here.



Afeez Kay // TryMyEV
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

Founder of Try My Evan electric vehicle ride sharing platform based in the UK and also Tesla Rentals UK. Afeez is an electric vehicle expert working to increase electric vehicle adoption internationally.





Jordan Spasovski // Tesla Owner
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

Jordan Spasovski is a Macedonian expat residing in Abu Dhabi. He is an Air Traffic Controller, and EV enthusiast and supporter. Jordan owns a Tesla Model S, and is taking part in the Emirates EVRT with his electric vehicle. He will discuss the experience of “owning an EV in the UAE” at the panel discussion at The Sustainable City on 1st  of Feb, 2017.

Patricia Adem // GreenAgent
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

Co-founder of Green Car Agent, currently the only electric car rental company in Dubai.

Suvo Sarkar // Emirates NBD
Emirates EVRT Launch Event

Suvo Sarkar is the Senior EVP and Group Head, Retail Banking & Wealth Management at Emirates NBD. In this capacity, he has the mandate to oversee all aspects of Emirates NBD’s Retail Banking, Business Banking, Private Banking, Consumer Finance, Asset Management and Brokerage businesses as well as setting new standards in product innovation and customer experience.


Laure Alazet // Engie
Emirates EVRT Conference

Laure Alazet works as a Services Business Developer for ENGIE, covering the Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey. With a background in business strategy in emerging markets she is responsible for initiating and developing disruptive business models for ENGIE across the region with a focus on green mobility.

Peter Farrington // Dubai Municipality
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

Peter is a Principal Environmental Studies and Research Specialist with the Environment Department of the Dubai Municipality. He supports initiatives on sustainability, protected areas, Car Free Day, air quality, climate change and environmental awareness. Peter has 35+ years of related experience from Canada, Oman, Qatar and the UAE.





Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos // ESCP Europe
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos is the Executive Director of the Research Centre for Energy Management at ESCP Europe Business School where he holds the position of Associate Professor in Finance and Energy Economics.



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David Provenzani // Architaly Green Energy DMCC
An Evening With EVRT: Ras Al Khaimah

David the Founder of Architaly and Architaly Green Energy DMCC in Dubai. The company focuses on renewable energy advisory and solar project developments in the Gulf Region, particularly in Dubai. He is also the brain-child behind www.dubai-solar.org and www.dubaisolarschools.org, an initiative that encourages the top 100 schools and universities in Dubai to "go solar." 

Salman Hussain // EV owner UAE
Emirates EVRT Conference

Salman is a Glazing Contractor by trade, and having lived in Dubai for over 20 years, seen and helped it transform into the vision of the future it aims to be. To this end, his goal is to promote the general public of the benefits of electric vehicles.

Salah Yamout // AwRostamani
Emirates EVRT Conference

Director of Sales & Marketing at Arabian Automobiles Salah Yamout is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Arabian Automobiles Company. He draws extensive expertise from more than 20 years of senior sales and marketing positions across the UK, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


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John O’Brien // AXA Insurance Gulf
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

John O’Brien is the UAE Country Manager at AXA Insurance Gulf where he is responsible for driving profitable growth across a wide range of insurance offerings. In his capacity, John manages a diverse and multicultural team to offer unique insights into managing and transferring risk in a sustainable manner.

Peter Stubbs // Jumeirah Group
Emirates EVRT Launch event at Burj Al Arab

Peter Stubbs is Director of Compliance and Safety for Jumeirah Group. He is a qualified Environment Health professional with additional specialisms in HSE. His role includes managing elements of Jumeirah's sustainability strategy and takes the lead on innovative projects ensuring they are compatible to the needs of the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah guests. 



Edurne Gil de San Vicente // Moderator
Emirates EVRT Panel Moderator Conference

Edurne is a Sustainability Professional with a decade of experience in the field of sustainable consumerism. She has engaged in policy-making, lobbying, awareness raising programs, and grass-roots campaigns across Europe. Today Edurne is based in Dubai, where she promotes sustainable retail practices and products. She's the founding partner at Open Doors Consulting.

Andrej Roncevic // EBikesuae.com
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

Andrej is the General Manager for EBikesuae.com, currently the only online retailer of electric bikes in the UAE. The company’s focus is to offer eco friendly, alternative means of transportation as well as variety when it comes to recreation and exploring UAE’s outdoors.


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Nehal Abdel Aziz // GreenAgent
Emirates EVRT Finale Event Conference

Co-founder of Green Car Agent, currently the only electric car rental company in Dubai.