Emilio Mera Díaz
Managing Partner at X Road Consulting
General and Operations Management executive, with more than 20 years of track record in designing and delivering start-up, growth and operations turnaround strategies in the Renewable Energy, Business Consulting and Aerospace sectors, for blue-chip corporations, government institutions, and private equity-backed companies. Specializes effectively (and interested) in transversal projects, with social, financial, technology and field operations facets, cultural diversity and geographical dispersion (Management track record of operations in the Middle East, Europe, USA, Latin America, India, China, Australia, Malaysia).
Founder & Managing Director at SDGs Connect
An accomplished professional with over 12 years of experience in both government and private sectors. Hando has been responsible for developing and managing high-level partnership negotiations between governments, industry, finance and building consensus for the completion of many successful projects in renewable energy and sustainable development. Hando pioneered setting the stage for renewable energy advocacy starting in Ontario and growing to emerging markets in the Middle East and Africa. Hando is passionate about creating impact and mobilizing high-value socio-economic and environmental opportunities that are ethical, authentic, clean and most importantly sustainable for our future generations.
Manuel is an international high caliber executive specialized in the Water & Environmental fields. He has 28 years of vast global experience holding various leadership positions in 9 different countries. During last two decades, he has been managing complex multi-million US$ businesses and participated in several successful desalination, water treatment and reuse projects from the conceptual design, financing and commercial setup all the way to the operation and maintenance stage, most of them involving state-of-the-art technologies. Some of these projects have been developed as concessions (BOO, BOOT) according to a PPP framework and under infrastructures' privatization initiatives. Formerly he served in senior managerial roles at Marafiq, the Power & Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu, and at the Engineering Department in Veolia Middle East.
Dr. Amin Al Yaquob
Dr. Al Yaquob is the Founder and CEO of Green Gulf Association, and the former Executive Director at the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association. He has been active in the areas of green industry promotion and market facilitation. He attended Doshisha University, Japan to peruse his MBA and Ph.D., in the areas of renewable energy innovation policy and innovation clusters. His research has been in the areas of renewable energy policies and integration challenges, innovation clusters promotion, and industry-university collaborations. Dr. Al Yaquob is a member of various societies including the Steering Committee of Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) and SEMI Global Standards Committee for Photovoltaics.