Top 25 most influential people in the GCC utilities industry: 01-05
Utilities Middle East brings you the top 25 most influential individuals in the GCC utilities industry
01. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
MD & CEO, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
Dubai has witnessed a total transformation of its utilities sector over the past years owing to the excellent leadership of H.E Saeed Mohammed Ahmed Al Tayer, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Electricity And Water Authority since 2004.
Al Tayer has been at the top leadership of DEWA since 1991 and has been a key contributor to its ever growing success. With an overall experience of more than 30 years in the field of of telecommunication, energy and water, Al Tayer is focused on driving growth and execution of key projects in Dubai. He oversee a workforce of 9,000 at DEWA, which provides over 600,000 customers with electricity and over 500,000 customers with water.
Under his stewardship, DEWA has embarked on ambitious initiatives ranging from renewable energy projects such as the 5GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, to clean coal power plant, all geared towards boosting generation capacity while driving sustainability. He is committed to the Dubai Plan 2021 which has set a roadmap that drives DEWA’s ambitious initiatives and development projects combining economic growth, energy sustainability and a clean and safe environment that creates a happy society.
DEWA currently has an installed capacity of 9,656 MW of electricity and 470 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day. Ongoing projects will are expected to add over 10,000MW of capacity by 2018.
To implement the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, Al Tayer has enabled DEWA to work on major programmes to diversify its energy mix and manage the demand for electricity. By 2030, 25% of Dubai’s energy mix will be generated from solar power, 7% from nuclear, 7% from clean coal and 61% from gas.
Under the leadership of Al Tayer, DEWA has seen exponential growth and succeeded in transforming it into a forward-looking, commercially minded utility with state-of-the-art assets base and strong financial profile, through several business initiatives launched. Al Tayer has been at the forefront in localisation, bringing focus to his innovative ideas and vision for building an empowered and fully independent business unit.
Al Tayer is a member of the Government of Dubai’s Executive Council, Dubai’s Economic Council, Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee, Chairman of the Dubai Infrastructure Committee, and Chairman of Empower.
02. Dr. Saif Saleh Al-Sayari
Acting Director General, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA)
Dr. Saif Saleh Al-Sayari is currently the acting director general of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). He joined Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) in 2010 and has held senior leadership positions with responsibility for developing alternative and technology-driven energy initiatives.
Prior to joining TAQA, Al-Sayari held various technical and managerial positions at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Al-Sayari is a Board Member at several ADWEA and TAQA power plants in the UAE.
Al-Sayari served as an executive officer of technical excellence at The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC and served as its executive officer and head of energy solutions since January 2012.
Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority is a government entity with legal and administrative independency. Established in 1998, the Authority replaced the former Water and Electricity Department.
Dr. Al Sayari is responsible for leading ADWEA in implementing government policy regarding water and electricity sector in the Emirate, including privatisation of the sector. Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority supplies electricity and potable water to a population of more than 2 million in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, over an area of 67,340 sq km.
As part of its commitment to boost its provision of water and electricity to the emirate of Abu Dhabi, ADWEA researches and develops ways to more efficiently produce, distribute and consume water and electricity.
ADWEA recently awarded India-based engineering firm Sterling and Wilson with both the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance contract for the world’s largest single location solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi. The plant is being jointly developed by Marubeni, a Japanese integrated trading and investment giant, along with Jinko, a global leader in the solar industry and ADWEA.
In 1998, ADWEA changed the nature of its organisation by establishing its first private public partnership. ADWEA partners with foreign companies to implement the most efficient technologies and create jobs throughout the emirate, all to better serve the people of Abu Dhabi. Its programmes and initiatives focus on sustainability, and plan for growth while ensuring economic and environmental balance.
Al-Sayari holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from Imperial College London, UK.
03. HE. Dr. Rashid Alleem
Chairman, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA)
Immediately after taking over as chairman of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority in 2014, HE Dr. Rashid Obaid Alleem embarked on an urgent task to address complaints over high domestic electric and water bills, power and water outages, as well as unsatisfactory customer service among others.
Three years down the road, Alleem can be credited for the changes at the utility that have helped to improve power uptime and customer satisfaction. Among his top achievements was the complete restructuring of SEWA with the aim of returning it to profitability.
While neighbouring emirates such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi have taken up ambitious power generation projects, Alleem has instead focussed on asset optimisation to ensure that all SEWA facilities operate to their full potential. He has led the utility through a number of long term strategic partnership agreements with globally recognised brands such as Siemens, ABB, GE, Rolls Royce and IBM to amplify the use of smart technologies across various operations in the hope to enhance service delivery.
Alleem oversees a total installed capacity of 2.9GW from 53 production units across the emirate, and these are all linked to an $8.6mn control room that is managed through supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technology.
Dr. Alleem dons many hats and hones various skills and passions. He served for over a decade as Director General, Department of Seaports and Customs and Sharjah Free Zones Authority. He was the driving force in transforming the zones into a strategic commerce hub empowering thousands of businesses in the region, thereby contributing to the development of the UAE economy. He has been instrumental in bringing on board over 12,000 companies from across 157 nations and attracting a whopping $40bn in FDI.
He is known as a visionary and thought leader in the business, socio-economic, academic and cultural fields. Known for his strategic thinking, he is respected by peers as a man with qualities of mind and heart.
He has also published several books, including My Leadership Secrets and My Green Journey in Hamriyah that details his experience in the free trade zone. He also recently released his book, The Sewa Way.
Dr. Alleem has received several international honours and awards in different fields. In 2007, Achievement Award by League of Arab States. In 2011, Excellence in Leadership award from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry. In 2012, Middle East Business Leaders Award from the President of Indonesia.
04. Dr Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim
Governor, Saline Water and Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is responsible for 18% of the world’s desalination capacity. Behind this amount and 28 desalination plants is the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SW
CC). H.E. Dr Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim is the Governor of the organisation and the man tasked with ensuring that every household in the Kingdom has access to potable water.As part of the ongoing sustainability drive in Saudi Arabia, Al-Ibrahim is now working on pilot projects aimed at increasing the current solar powered desalination capacity.
05. Eng. Ziyad Bin Mohammed Al-Shiha
President & CEO, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Saudi Arabia
Engineer Ziyad bin Mohammed Alshiha has been the chief executive officer (CEO) of Saudi Electricity Company since January 01, 2014 and serves as its President. The CEO is tasked with making the company’s electric grid and operations more efficient while realising the government’s ambitious power development plan.
SEC plans to expand its power generation capacity from 60GW to 91GW by 2020 and more than double the existing capacity over the long term to meet demand.