Essam Al-Ammar

Professor of Electrical Energy, King Saud University

Essam is a Full Professor of Electrical Energy at King Saud University, where he teaches, researches, and consults on various aspects of power, renewable energy, smart grids, energy efficiency, energy economics, electric vehicles, and digital transformation. He has over 15 years of academic and R&D experience, and he has published nearly 170 papers and 20 patents in my field of expertise. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, an MBA from York St. John University, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Digital Business from Emeritus Institute of Management in collaboration with MIT Sloan Business School and Columbia Business School. In addition to his academic role, he is also a board member, advisor, trainer, speaker, and opinion columnist for various organizations and media outlets in the energy, water, and digital sectors. He served as a governor's advisor at Saudi WERA, a chair coordinator at Saudi Aramco Chair in Electrical Power, an energy consultant at Riyadh Techno Valley, and a member of several local and international committees and societies. He is passionate about advancing the knowledge and practice of sustainable energy and digital business, and he shares his insights and perspectives weekly in Al Eqtisadiah (Saudi Newspaper) and other platforms. He is also certified in project management, risk management, and business analysis by PMI, and a senior member of IEEE since 2007.


Wednesday 31 January 2024

Panel discussion 1 | Market perspectives and opportunities in the Saudi PV market

In this session, experts and analysts from local and international companies will discuss the perspectives of this segment and the challenges that must still be addressed to further reduce prices and foster innovation.

Talking points:

  • LCOE of large-scale and small-scale PV in SA
  • PV and storage in the SA energy market
  • Direct and indirect incentives
  • Future policies
  • Renewable energy targets
  • PV for energy exports

Speakers: Nahidh El-Shaer, Country Director, SirajPower | Majid Refae, Chairman, Saudi Polytechnic Institute of Renewable Energy | Marcus H. Schrauf, CEO, FAS Energy | Dr. Hussain Bassi, Senior Consultant Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)

Moderators:  Essam Al-Ammar, Professor of Electrical Energy, King Saud University