Raed B’kayrat how energy planning and management systems can be developed in smart cities. He further outlines the role renewable energy sources can play in a smart city’s future.
Raed B’kayrat is currently the managing director for the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) in Dubai. He is also a senior advisor at the Alternative Energy Projects Co. and the Apricum Group and founder of Sunergy Advisory. Raed has over two decades of international experience in the energy sector, having worked with multinational corporations as well as technology startups and R&D organizations. Recently, Raed was at First Solar where he was vice president for sales and business development for MENA, overseeing First Solar’s commercial footprint in the region, market setup, origination and strategy development for partnerships and project execution. Upon moving back to the Middle East in 2009, Raed joined the core team that built the Economic Development Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was responsible for creating the institution’s successful Industry Collaboration Program and acted as an advisor to both public and private sector entities in Saudi Arabia. Raed previously took on several senior roles with Siemens AG in Germany and in the US. He is the author of several referenced papers and holds several patents around energy conversion. Raed is a co-founder and mentor of several technology startups and is a passionate advocate for decarbonization and the clean tech industry.