WICE Networking Series: The Role of Women in the Solar Industry

Cost: Free

Women in Clean Energy MENA (WICE) is an initiative implemented under the umbrella of the MENA Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC). WICE is a group set up by women, for women and wants to provide female professionals and students in MENA’s renewable and clean energy fields with a voice, encourage women into jobs in the clean energy sector and help advance their careers. The program provides a platform for business women to network with peers and to leverage off the experience and knowledge of senior executives and practitioners.

The first instalment of the WICE Networking Series is a breakfast event on ‘The Role of Women in the Solar Industry’ taking place on 2 March 2016 in Dubai in alignment with Solar Middle East.



08:45 – 09:15 Registration and Networking Breakfast
09:15 – 09:20 Welcome – Gurmeet Kaur, Head of Projects UAE, Eversheds
09:20 – 09:50 Keynote Speaker
09:20 – 09:4009:40 – 09:50 Aisha Al Abdooli, Director Environmental Awareness and Education, UAE Ministry of Environment and Water Presentation: Overview of the UAE Green Growth Strategy and its Implementation via the UAE Green Development CouncilAudience Q&A
09:50 – 10:20 Keynote Speaker
09:50 – 10:1010:10 – 10:20  Dr. Noura Y. Mansouri, Energy Future Leader – World Energy Council

Manager Strategy & Marketing, AREVA and Director, WICE Board Presentation:

“Greening the Black Gold – Saudi Arabia’s Quest for Clean EnergyThe sustainable energy and sustainability transition in Saudi Arabia and update on its renewable energy programAudience Q&A

10:20 – 11:10 Panel Discussion – The Role of Women in the Solar Industry
 10:20 – 10:5510:55 – 11:10 Panelists

Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, Director Knowledge Policy & Finance, IRENA

Heba Al Refai, Founder, Tanweer Solar Energy 

Yara Anabtawi, Executive Director – Operational Planning & Strategy, ACWA Power (TBC)

Angela Melkonian, Development Manager, FRV Middle East

Moderator:  Mhairi Main Garcia, Counsel, Ashurst and Director, Clean Energy Business Council 

Audience Q&A


11:10 Close