Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

A conversation with:

Julia Nesheiwat
Presidential Deputy Envoy for Hostage Affairs
US Department of State

HE Majid Al-Suwaidi
Consul General
Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates in New York 

Salah Tabbara
General Manager
ALBina Industrial Construction Company

Moderated by:

Mirette F. Mabrouk
Deputy Director and Director of Research and Programs,
Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

Atlantic Council

Introduced by:

Bilal Y. Saab
Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Peace and Security Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council on Wednesday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a discussion about how energy innovation and entrepreneurship in the government and private sector are reshaping the Middle East and creating economic opportunities in the region. Joining us are Julia Nesheiwat, presidential deputy envoy for hostage affairs at the US Department of State; HE Majid Al-Suwaid, consul general of the United Arab Emirates in New York; and Salah Tabbara, general manager of ALBina Industrial Construction Company.  
Across the Middle East, countries are pursuing energy innovation. Last year, Saudi Arabia announced its “Vision 2030” goals, by which the country aims to transform the economy and reduce its dependency on oil. Turkey plans to prioritize research and development (R&D) in the energy sector in the coming years, while Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy has set a goal of renewables providing 20 percent of all power used domestically by 2022. In the United Arab Emirates, Masdar is committed to the mission of renewable energy by investing in education and R&D. 
We hope you will join us to discuss examples of private and public sector energy innovation in the Middle East, what more can be done to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in this sector, and how today’s efforts will impact the region’s security and stability in the future. 

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This event is open to press and on the record.