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With early projections estimating a worth of over USD20 billion by 2050, the green hydrogen industry in Oman is a clear strategic sector for the government and will provide ample opportunities for international partners. TBY is bringing together key stakeholders and leaders to discuss Oman's ability to leverage its abundant renewable resources, overcoming challenges to attracting investment, and the long-term economic impact of a strong green hydrogen sector on Oman.
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell studied physics at RWTH-Aachen University in Germany and finalized his studies with a Dr.-Ing. degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for 12 years in industry, plant engineering, and construction at KHD and Thyssen. In 1990 he got the call to take over the chair for mechanical process engineering at RWTH-Aachen University. In 2013 he became rector of the German University of Technology in Oman, and in 2020 he was appointed as director of the Oman Hydrogen Centre (OHC) at GUtech.
Mark Geilenkirchen is the CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone After receiving his bachelor's degree in logistics from the Maritime Institute De Ruyters in the Netherlands, he set up and managed HT Research from 1991-2001, an international consultancy focusing on logistics and quality. In 2002, he returned to De Ruyters as a lecturer, where he created a specialized business faculty for logistics and established many working relationships with other leading universities. In 2006, he joined ABN AMRO as vice president, where he helped to lead the company through the global financial crisis. From 2010-2014, he was appointed CEO and CCO of APM Terminals at the Port of Zeebrugge, in Belgium, where he was responsible for attracting significant Chinese investments and returning the loss-making port to profit. He joined SOHAR Port and Freezone as CEO in July 2016 from Hong Kong, where he had been working for two years as global client director with APM Terminals.
Dr. Abdullah Al Abri is the Executive Director of Ejaad. He holds a doctorate degree in petroleum engineering from the Curtin University of Technology, Australia. He started his career as a lecturer at the Central Institute of Technology in Australia teaching production technology, reservoir engineering, and field appraisal and economics. He joined Woodside Energy in 2008 to work on field developments and economics. He then joined Petroleum Development Oman to leverage expertise on field developments and business planning as well as lead the company's efforts around R&D and energy transitioning. He was then appointed as the Director of EJAAD, a strategic initiative in the Sultanate that was created to focus on technology development and innovation.
Elena Barreiro Perez has been the Country Director for The Business Year in Oman for three years. She has over 10 years of experience in communications, marketing, and business development for both corporations and media companies. She graduated from ESIC Business School with a master's degree in international business. Whilst in the field, she has established relationships with business leaders and led countless high-profile presentations and interviews with executives, ministers, investors, and other politicians around the world. She has successfully managed projects in France, the Dominican Republic, the UAE, Lebanon, and Oman.
Han Le is The Business Year's Managing Director for the Latam region. During his career in TBY, he has been based in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Before joining TBY, he worked in various media outlets in the Middle East and North Africa region.