Smart Grids Middle East: Conference Program 2010


Smart Grids Middle East

5 – 7 December 2010

Sunday 5 December 2010

The Smart Grid Vision for the Middle East

Session 1.1

Opening session
Chair: Chris Hudson, Managing Director, Mecom Forums, Clarion

08h00 – 08h30

Opening Keynote Speech
Dr. Howard Scott, Managing Director, Cognyst International

08h30 – 09h00

Keynote Address: A future history of the smart grid
Serhii Konovalov, Managing Director, Vertical Business Leader for Smart Grid and Power Utilities, Cisco

09h00 – 10h00

Panel discussion: The smart grid vision – challenges and choices in the Middle East
Decision-makers from utilities and technology companies share their vision for the smart grid in the Middle East


  • H.E. Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer Managing Director & CEO, DEWA, UAE
  • Nick Carter, Director General, Regulation and Supervision Bureau, UAE
  • Serhii Konovalov, Managing Director, Vertical Business Leader, Smart Grid & Power Utilities, Cisco
  • Régis Hourdhouillie, Smart Grid Director, Alstom Grid
  • Howard Scott, Managing Director, Cognyst International

Session 1.2
The smart grid ecosystem

10h30 – 11h30

CASE STUDY: Lessons learned in building a smart grid city – Boulder, Colorado
Aaron Zurborg, Director of Smart Grid Strategy, Ventyx, USA

11h30 – 12h00

Grid and data security
Ali Mouslmani, Regional Director, Elster

Session 1.3
Components of the Smart Grid – laying the infrastructure

14h00 – 14h30

CASE STUDY: Distribution automation architecture – FENIX
Régis Hourdhouillie, Smart Grid Director, Alstom Grid

14h30 – 15h00

Broadband Powerline Communications (BPL) solutions for the grid
Claus U. Damm, Vice President, Power Plus Communications

15h30 – 16h00

CASE STUDY: Smart metering infrastructure: connecting consumers to smart grids
Jens Erler, Director, Industry Specific Solutions, Ericsson

16h00 – 16h30

The Interoperability Challenge for AMI
Olivier Laborie, General Manager, Itron
Aqeel Jafar Khan, Business Development Manager, Itron

Monday 6 December 2010

Smart Metering and Applications for the Smart Grid

08h00 – 08h30

Keynote address: Saudi Arabia’s role in the region’s smart grid
Saad H. Al Mansour, Executive Vice President, Distribution and Customer Service, Saudi Electricity Company

Session 2.1

Smart Grid Applications
Chairman: Jay Sparling, Director, Honeywell Building Solutions

08h30 – 09h20

Automated Demand Response: Optimising the energy value chain
Albert K. Chiu, Senior Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Jay Sparling, Director, Honeywell Building Solutions

09h20 – 10h20

The Smart Energy Building
Bob Heile, Chairman, Zigbee Alliance

Session 2.2

Smart Metering – Case studies
Chair: Olivier Laborie, General Manager, Itron

11h00 – 11h30

CASE STUDY: Abu Dhabi’s smart metering project – drivers and technologies in the region’s largest deployment
Saeed Nassouri, Senior Technical Advisor, ADWEA, UAE

11h30 – 12h00

CASE STUDY: Large Scale Smart Metering Rollout at EON, Sweden
Andreas Brun, Senior Vice President, EMEA, Landis + Gyr

12h00 – 12h30

Glen Picardo, Senior Engineer, FEWA

12h30 – 13h00

MASDAR CITY: Using Technology for a Low Carbon Future
Afshin Afshari, Head of Energy Management, Masdar City

Presentation not available.

14h00 – 14h30

Smart Grid – Enabler of the Smart Utility Enterprise
Bastian Fischer, Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit EMEA

14h30 – 15h00

The Future of Smart Metering and AMI: Openness, Integration, Protection
Ruslan Casico, Director, ADD Grup

Session 2.3
MDM, Billing and CRM

15h00 – 15h30

Meter data management (MDM) – improving customer service and cutting costs by leveraging data
Dipanker Sen, Advisor and Principal Consultant, Connectiva

15h00 – 16h30

Expert Panel: Billing and CRM
Smart metering, advanced MDM and AMI all enable smarter, more streamlined billing for utilities, which can mean improved customer service. We examine some recent case studies and explore smart billing strategies.

  • Tarek El Far, CEO, ISTA Middle East
  • Keith Levers, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Zenersol
  • Furqan Mian, Senior Technical Advisor, Emaar
  • Dipanker Sen Advisor and Principal Consultant, Connectiva

Tuesday 7 December 2010

Post-Conference Workshop: Smart Metering Training

Post-Conference Workshop

Managing you Smart Meter / AMI project
Dr. Howard Scott, Managing Director, Cognyst International

10h00 – 13h00


  • An overview of the metering industry
  • How metering is used within a utility
  • How a Smart Metering project evolves over time (from concept to fully operational)
  • How to build a business case

14h00 – 16h00


  • How to manage your project
  • Installation insights
  • Impact of the project on the utility
  • Addressing local needs