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Dii Desert Energy Partners’ Meeting 2021

Hybrid Event (Live & Virtual)

 9th February 2021

 W Dubai - The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

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At a Glance

Dii Desert Energy, an industry initiative and public-private sector think tank for the energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) held a full-day ‘hybrid’ Partners’ meeting on the 9th of February 2021.

This first ever ‘hybrid’ event, took place in the magnificent W Dubai - The Palm hotel and other partners joined. the meeting by web conference.

The Partners’ meeting brought together Dii’s industry network, which includes the main drivers ACWA Power (KSA) and CEPRI/State Grid of China and 42 Associated Partners from 25 countries across MENA, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The agenda included interactive sessions, from covering general market outlook and Dii activities to introducing some of the new partners, deep diving in the current working fields of Dii as well as update on the MENA Hydrogen Alliance.

Below you can find presentations and some of the recordings. 

*The meeting took place respecting the strict Covid protocol at the hotel for the entire event.

The Event Live Streaming

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Dii Key Promoters

Dii Associated Partners


Meet The Speakers

Download Space


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Dii Toolkit Initiative

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Latest Dii Report

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RE100 Declaration

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CBC Booklet

Video Gallery

Message from Dii President

A warm welcome from my side to the team and partners of Dii Desert Energy, be it in person in Dubai or via a Video connection.

Dii’s events are special moments to share experiences, expectations and perspectives in the transforming energy markets in MENA and beyond. Let this day be another source of reflection and empowerment.

As you are used from Dii, let us again enjoy creating and capturing business opportunities in the energy transition.

Paul Van Son, Dii Desert Energy President

Dii Desert Energy Family


Message from MENA Hydrogen Alliance

Welcome 2021! I believe this year and the years ahead will see the energy transition picking up speed, providing opportunities for inclusive growth. Especially after a disastrous 2020, we badly need new future oriented jobs and Dii Desert Energy is excited to offer its convening power and thought leadership to our partners, who will make that happen across country borders. Let’s put our energy in clean energy!  

Frank Wouters, Chairman at MENA Hydrogen Alliance

Dii & CBC #TogetherWeAreStronger

We are excited to welcome so many Dii partners in person, but equally the ones who cannot be with us connecting in this innovative hybrid format.

Dii's mission has always been to connect people and continents, pioneering new developments and trends towards are common mission of "No Emissions"
For 12 years, the trusted network of Dii has been working between public/private sector, banks and investors to prepare the ground for the energy transition in MENA and beyond.

We believe it is all about international partnerships and cooperations, this is why we are delighted to work closely with CBC again during this decade of disruption.

Cornelius Matthes, CEO at Dii Desert Energy 

We at CBC, a Private & Independent Human To Human (H2H) Leadership Club, believe that #TogetherWeAreStronger is not just a slogan but a solid foundation of any successful business but also life relationship. 

We have been partnering throughout the years with Dii Desert Energy Friends with Our Common Spirit that combines Business with Meaningfulness and Joy.

Cooperation on this first ever Hybrid Event in the history of our industries, is just another small step to realize our Common Mission of Building a Zero Emission World while Leading The CleanTech Decade Together... as #TogetherWeAreStronger 

Tomasz Slusarz, Vision Streamliner at CleanTech Business Club

Dii & CBC Partnership Gallery

Videos & Presentations

Didier Wesoly

Business Development, Geostock Green Storage

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Rory O'Neil

CEO, EuropaGrid, Member of the Dii Advisory Board

Valeria Aruffo

Director External Relations, Dii Desert Energy

Yusuf Macun

Managing Partner, Cranmore Partners

Tomasz Slusarz

Founder & CEO of CleanTech Business Club

Alex Sarac

Partner, Addleshaw Goddard (Middle East) LLP

Wouter Vanhoudt

Director EMEA, Hinicio, CertifHy Coordinato

Didier Wesoly

Business Development, Geostock Green Storage

Eicke R. Weber

European Solar Manufacturing Council, Chairman; Former Director, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg

Karim Megherbi

Director – Transaction Advisory, Dii Desert Energy

Vatche Kourkejian

Partner, Roland Berger Middle East

Frank Wouters

Chair, MENA Hydrogen Alliance 

Fadi Maalof

Chief Technology Officer, Dii Desert Energy

Ali Zerouali

Director of Cooperation & International Development, Masen

Cornelius Matthes

CEO, Dii Desert Energy

Dr. Malcolm Cook

Vice President & Head of Chemicals & Process Technologies – Middle East & Turkey, thyssenkrupp

Parag Bhamre

Partner, EUPD Research

Paul van Son

President, Dii Desert Energy

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis

Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe

Manuel Kuehn

Head, New Energy Middle East and Africa, Siemens Energy