Top 25 most influential people in the GCC utilities industry: 11-15
Utilities Middle East brings you the top 25 most influential individuals in the GCC utilities industry
11. Frank Duggan
President, ABB, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA)
As president, Frank Duggan oversees ABB operations in Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) by working closely with utility, industry, transportation and infrastructure customers to help write the future of industrial digitalisation and realise value.
ABB has been at the forefront of smart technologies, innovating digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems in the AMEA region. With a heritage spanning more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 132,000 people.
In Dubai, ABB has successfully energised a major substation that will help evacuate power from the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park. The 400/132 kilovolt (kV) gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation was built for Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to connect the second phase of the MBR Solar Park and integrate 200 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the transmission grid. The utility scale solar photovoltaic plant, which covers 4.5km2, will produce enough electricity to serve more than 130,000 people.
The ABB’s office in Al Qouz has been generating solar energy for the past month as part of the Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages households to harness the sun’s power through rooftop solar panels. Some 1,213 solar panels sprawled on its 4,000 square metre rooftop produce 497,000 kWh per year.
Dubai’s first city to be powered completely by solar energy relies on ABB string inverters to harness the power of the sun for residents. Inverters convert the direct current (DC) output from the panels in to the alternating current (AC) needed in homes.
ABB has supplied 400 string inverters to harvest solar energy for 400 villas in the Sustainable City, the region’s first fully integrated sustainable community. The inverters were installed by City Solar, one of the leading companies specializing in solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation in the United Arab Emirates and Dubai.
An ABB team led by Frank Duggan recently met with the Iraqi Prime Minister, the Iraqi Minister of Energy, the Swedish Ambassador in Iraq, and a Swedish export financing team to sign a letter of intent for the initiation of power projects potentially worth $500mn. The main opportunities for ABB would be to support Iraq’s infrastructure needs in power generation, distribution, oil and gas and water processing.
ABB is associated with various universities and colleges within the Middle East region with the intention of sharing its technical knowledge for capacity building among the youth and encourage young engineers to pursue careers in ABB. ABB also encourage in-kind donations to schools and colleges such as unused electrical and IT equipment for the benefit of sharing knowledge.
12. Dietmar Siersdorfer
CEO, Siemens, Middle East
Dietmar Siersdorfer is CEO of Siemens Middle East as well as Siemens LLC United Arab Emirates since December 2013, and CEO of the Energy Sector in the Middle East, since June 2008. Based in the United Arab Emirates, Siersdorfer joined Siemens in 1987 in Mannheim, Germany, as an electrical engineer.
Siemens’ presence in the region dates back 150 years and today the company provides 40% of installed Power Generation capacity in the UAE. In 2015, Siemens signed off a $9bn deal with the Egyptian government to build three combined cycle plants, six power grid substations and up to 12 windfarms.
13. Ahmed Ali Al-Ebrahim
CEO, GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA)
As chief executive officer (CEO), Ahmad Ali El-Ibrahim is directly in charge of the GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) and its $1.5bn 400kV Electricity Super-Grid interconnecting the Power grids of the six GCC states, availing exchange and trade of electric power between GCC states National Grids, in addition to emergency support during grid incidents. He has been with GCCIA for 10 years since he joined in 2007 as director of operations & maintenance.
El-Ibrahim’s main role is leading the development of an efficient power market, and providing knowledge excellence in power systems integration.
14. H.E. Saif Saeed Al Qubaisi
Director General, Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB), Abu Dhabi
Saif Saeed Al Qubaisi was appointed director general of RSB in 2016 after serving in acting role for nearly two years. He joined the firm from the Executive Council, where he held the position of Energy Affairs Director. RSB is the independent regulator of the water, wastewater and electricity sector in Abu Dhabi.
Al Qubaisi has played a key role in Abu Dhabi’s electricity and water customer tariff reforms implemented on 1 January 2017. The reforms are expected to increase water and electricity sector revenue and reduce government subsidy.
15. Adnan Z. Amin
Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), currently serving his second term. During his tenure, IRENA has become the global authority on renewable energy and a vibrant international organisation.
The agency today provides the world community with a strong international cooperation framework to accelerate sustainable energy transformation, as a major pathway to fostering sustainable development and one of the most important solutions to climate change.
A key priority of Mr. Amin’s tenure at IRENA was to create an inclusive and agile agency, responsive to the needs of its Members.