DNV at Norwegian Expo Pavilion, 29 March 2022

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Building Resilience with Nature Positive Actions and Shaping the Net Zero Future

DNV Supply Chain & Product Assurance is hosting a symposium of policymakers, regulators, industry leaders and academia on 29 March 2022 at the Expo 2020 Norwegian Pavilion. We invite you to share your experience and outlook on how the public and private sector can contribute to achieving the Global Climate Change Challenges and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is held as part of the prestigious MENA Climate Week 2022’ that will be held between 28th -31st March, 2022 that is organized by UNFCCC, where DNV is actively engaged.

The program aims to convene public and private sector decision makers from the Middle East and internationally. The session will explore concrete and viable ways to advance initiatives and partnerships relating to the Climate Change and SDGs through DNV’s technological and innovative risk assurance solutions in the three-hour symposium.

Tentative program agenda (subject to travel restrictions):


Flow of the Event

3.00 pm

Welcome speech, DNV – Mr. Percy Lakdawalla

Welcome Address – Mr. Sten Arne Rosnes, Ambassador of Norway to UAE

Keynote speech – Mr. Eric Giercksky, Ocean Head, UN Global Compact Director

3.30 pm

DNV’s vision for the Net Zero Future by nature positive actions
Mr. Luca Crisciotti, CEO DNV Supply Chain & Product Assurance

3.40 pm

Panel Discussion 1: Evolving ESG frameworks in the global arena

Mrs. Olga Rudkovskaya Manager, Sustainability & Supply Chain

Ms. Miriam Alqubaisi – Head of Sustainability and Excellence, Etihad
Mrs. Dina Storey – Director – Sustainability Operations - Sustainability-Real Estate Expo2020
Faisal Al Raisi – COO & ACEO at Etihad Energy Services, Dubai Super ESCO(As part of DEWA and Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence)
Vivek Bhatia - Director, Conares

4.10 pm

Panel Discussion 2: Green Finance and Taxonomy

Moderator: Mr. Anirban Chatterjee, Head of Marketing and Sales

Mr. Oliver Phillips – Green Finance, Manager, Standard Chartered
Mr. Antonio Miguel Riberio – Global Institutional Investor
Mr. Philippe Richard – Executive Director International, ADGM-FSRA
Mr. Thomas Leonard – Country Manager, Green Finance, DNV

4.55 pm

Panel Discussion 3 :Climate action – Tackling the global carbon and waste crisis through digital innovation

Moderator: Mr. Sven Edgren, Director – Digital Assurance & Go to Market, SCPA

Mrs. Ann Sofie Gade – General Manager Operations at ReSea
Mr. Kishor Rajhansha – Chief Operations Officer, Global Carbon Council, Qatar
Mr. Antonios Vouloudis, Director of Sustainability and Stewardship, New York University Abu Dhabi

5.25 pm

Panel Discussion 4: Challenges in transport sector and its contribution towards -industry, innovation and infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities and Climate Actions

Moderator: Mr. Jorge Aldegunde, Global Transport Manager, DNV

Mr. Stephen Severance – Head of Program Management & Marketing, Masdar  
Mr. Stephen Goldie – City Planning Advisor, Department of Municipalities & Transport
Mr. Didar Dalkic – Advisor to the Minister, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunication, Kingdom of Bahrain (e-participation) 
Mr. Benjamin Dineshkar – Head of Maritime, DNV Middle East & Africa

5.55 pm

Reflections by DNV on Low Carbon Eco Systems: Emission tokenization; myth or reality?  
By Sven Edgren and Olga Rudkovskaya

A key aspect of decarbonization is in build environment, with building energy consumption as one of the major contributors. Real estate companies are starting to work in developing mechanisms that typically have a simple rewarding scheme of token or ticket, in order to incentive responsible towards emission behavior. Does this represent an opportunity to bring green building energy efficiency measures or energy standards application into a carbon credit?

6.10 pm

Symposium summary and vote of thanks –
Mr. Percy Lakdawalla, Regional Manager – APAC IME, SCPA

6.30 pm-9.00 pm

Networking reception at the Emaar Club- Level 3 at Al Wasl Plaza (by invitation)


Event Speakers:


Mr. Faisal Al Raisi
COO & ACEO at Etihad Energy Services

With a career spanning over 3 decades, Faisal Al Raisi is an accomplished multi-industry senior management executive with expertise ranging across strategic planning, concept creation, project development, management consultation, collaborations and strategic partnerships. Faisal is someone who takes a vision, makes it reality through sound strategy development and translate ideas into profitable businesses. His strong presence and adept problem-solving abilities always leave an impact.
Currently, as COO & ACEO at Etihad Energy Services, Dubai’s Super ESCO, being a key advocate of green economy and sustainability, he oversees entire company’s operations and plays a pivotal role in organizational development. Accustomed to driving operational efficiency, under his leadership, Etihad has witnessed significant growth and emerged as the market leader in sustainability and energy efficiency industry in the MENA region.
Previously, Faisal held senior management positions with both public and private sectors and served prestigious entities such as Dubai Holding, Dubai Development Authority and Abu Dhabi Capital Group. During his time at Dubai Holding, leveraging his strong background in Project Management, he was instrumental in strategic development of several landmark projects in Emirate of Dubai. Faisal holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management from Regis University in Washington D.C. USA. He also received executive leadership certification from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
When he isn’t working, Faisal is committed to giving back to the community and often directly gets involved in CSR activities which means working closely with young college graduates and nurturing local talent.




Stephen Goldie has over thirty-five years’ experience in urban planning and design, more than twenty years of this at executive level. His urban planning and design experience ranges from regional and metropolitan strategy to complex inner-city design, from high-level policy and legislation to seemingly intractable local disputes, and from detailed urban design to complex management issues. Many of these projects have been distinguished by awards, but more importantly, more than fifty of the projects that he has led, or for which he was the senior planner, are either built or being implemented.
As well as being a leading Australian New Urbanist, Stephen is also a published researcher and thinker on the impacts of artificial intelligence and robotics on cities and the application of those technologies to the planning and design of cities.
Currently, Stephen is employed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport as City Planning Advisor to Al Ain, the garden city of the Emirates, in order to continue the development of Al Ain as a liveable and sustainable city.

Philippe Richard

Executive Director, International Affairs, FSRA-ADGM


As head of International Affairs Division of the FSRA, Philippe Richard is responsible for all the bilateral and multilateral relationships of the regulator with its counterparts outside ADGM including liaising with national regulators.
Since his arrival in October 2015, Philippe Richard started the building up of the international relations and policy of the regulator, ensured joining the international standard setting organizations (IOSCO, IAIS, BCBS, NGFS,) [1] and developing a network of regulators and financial centers through bilateral MoUs and other cooperative agreements. He contributes to strengthening the profile of the FSRA by ensuring the representation in international fora to support global financial stability and the shaping of international regulatory reforms.
Prior to joining ADGM’s FSRA, Philippe was the Director of the International Affairs Department at the French Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR). He was a member of the Advisory Board of the United Arab Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority between 2008 and 2009. From 2001 to 2008, he was the Secretary General of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
In his earlier career, Philippe was Chief of staff and Senior banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from 1993 to 1997.
He holds a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in International Economics from Paris Dauphine University, and is a graduate of the EDHEC business school and of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.

[1] IOSCO: International Organization of Securities Commission.

IAIS: International Association of insurance Supervision.

BCBS: Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.


Sven Edgren is the Director Global Go-To-Market in DNV Supply Chain & Product Assurance

Sven Edgren is the Director Global Go-To-Market in DNV Supply Chain & Product Assurance. He supports companies on performance and compliance in the domains of supply chain and sustainability, combined with Digital solutions to efficiently scale and drive impact with higher levels of integrity, quality and transparency. He has worked and lived in Norway, Sweden, England, Germany, France and the USA. Today, he is based out of Hamburg. Sven holds a master’s in management from ESCP Europe Business School.


Antonios Vouloudis
Director of Sustainability and Stewardship at New York University Abu Dhabi.

Antonios Vouloudis is the inaugural Director of Sustainability and Stewardship at New York University Abu Dhabi. Previously, he was working as the Senior Project Manager for the Climate Intervention pilot projects at the "For Abu Dhabi '' initiative of Ghadan 21. He also worked as a Senior Sustainability Professional at the Estidama Division of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi.
Antonios holds a Master of Science in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering from University of Surrey and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace.