Hydrogen Economist Live: MENA Briefing

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


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