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Youth energy forum launches 2011 programme

Young Future Energy Leaders programme garners private sector support

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The YFEL, a Msadar Institute programme aims to raise awareness amongst youth on clean energy and sustainability issues.
The YFEL, a Msadar Institute programme aims to raise awareness amongst youth on clean energy and sustainability issues.

The Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL), a programme of the Masdar Institute, committed to raising awareness and engaging students and young professionals in the renewable energy and sustainability fields, announced its programme and sponsors for 2011.

Growing support from the private sector, including local companies such as Emirates Nuclear Energy Company (ENEC), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Dolphin Energy as well as individual supporters like Mohamed Bin Kardous Al Ameri has allowed Masdar Institute to expand its YFEL programme at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES). This year approximately 150 participants, representing students from UAE universities, and international universities, as well as young professionals from local companies will be attending specialised forums, seminars, debates and panels at WFES.

YFEL is a key element of the annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES), taking place on January 17-20, 2011, held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC. YFEL’s programme will commence during the Summit, with keynote speakers already confirmed, including HE Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations, HRH Crown Princess Victoria, Princess of Sweden and Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), United Nations, Dr. Susan Hockfield, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Mohamed Bin Kardous Al Ameri, an Emirati philanthropist and a YFEL supporter.

During WFES, Masdar Institute will also be hosting a range of events at the YFEL stand, including: on Wednesday January 19th – Industry Update: International Wind Association and London Array Project Presentation and Case Study (09.00-10.30); YFEL Debate: The Challenges that USA Faces in Reducing their Carbon Footprint (10.30-11.00), Thursday January 20th – YFEL Debate: Policy Update (11.00-12.30).

President of Masdar Institute, Fred Moavenzadeh, said: “YFEL is a unique outreach programme of the Masdar Institute that offers the brightest young minds the opportunity to interact with government representatives, and business leaders involved in finding clean energy and sustainable technology solutions for the mitigation of climate change issues.”

Masdar Institute executive director of Public Affairs, Lamya Fawwaz, added: “The high calibre of participants this year reflects the success of last year’s Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) programme. As a result, we will continue to build upon and enhance the YFEL programme. Moreover, support from the Government of Abu Dhabi highlights its commitment to Masdar Institute and its outreach programs which will continue to play an integral role in building human capital to drive the Emirate’s knowledge-based economy.”

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