20 September 2021
Hydrogen Economist will host a half day event in person in Dubai focusing on the opportunities and developments across the MENA region in the burgeoning hydrogen economy. Extended networking sessions will offer a chance to meet contacts and peers old and new, and high level panel discussions will offer engaging and insightful content.
With thanks to our sponsors:
Official Partner: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Official Legal Partner: Shearman & Sterling
Official Banking & Finance Partner: Standard Chartered Bank
Venue: Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, 8am-1pm, Monday 20 September
0800-0900 Registration & Networking Breakfast
0900-0905 Welcome, John Royall, CEO, Gulf Energy Information
0905-0955 Panel 1: MENA’s hydrogen potential; why MENA stands to win the green hydrogen race
The MENA region enjoys some of the world’s best solar and wind resources, which is crucial to producing green hydrogen. The production of green hydrogen in MENA will support local industrial and socioeconomic development, including job creation. This is an opportunity for MENA to undergo historic chance in its role and position as a potentially dominant player in the emerging hydrogen economy. The NEOM project is a global flagship venture, but is not the only opportunity for hydrogen development in the region.
Moderator: Dan Feldman, Shearman & Sterling
Panellist: Robin Mills, CEO, Qamar Energy
Panellist: Lina Osman, Regional Head of Sustainable Finance for Africa and MENAP, Standard Chartered Bank
0955-1025 Coffee Break
1030-1115 Panel 2: Lessons learned from other regions
Many regions around the world are exploring the development of a hydrogen economy, and there are a number of lessons to be learned from experiences in other territories. From APAC, Japan and Australia have a number of blue and green hydrogen projects, and when we look to Europe, we can see the EU’s Green Deal driving the acceleration of hydrogen in the energy transition as one of the routes to achieving the nation’s net-zero targets.
Moderator: Robin Mills, CEO, Qamar Energy
Panellist: Hatem Shoukry, Vice President MENA Region – NEXT Energy Business, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA
Panellist: Kohei Toyoda, Chief Representative for the Middle East, Dubai Representative Office, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
1115-1145 Coffee Break
1150-1235 Panel 3: Project finance and regulatory issues
• How much appetite do lenders have to participate in early projects? Does project scale make a difference?
• What will project finance lenders expect to see in the structuring of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia projects?
• How important is ECA involvement in the decision-making of commercial banks to lend to early projects?
• How can lenders and investors get comfortable with regulatory uncertainty in the early low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia market?
Moderator: David Friedman, Business Development Manager, Kpler
Panellist: Dan Feldman, Shearman & Sterling
Panellist: Anuj Chabra, Executive Director, Project & Export Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
Registration is now closed.