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The utilities and waste management industries have had to rapidly adjust to the impact of COVID-19 on the broader socio-economic fabric of Oman. At the same time, as the world sees CO2 emissions at record lows, businesses feel compelled to translate the call for sustainability into a long-term reality. How will the ecosystem approach the goal of reducing our environmental footprint while remaining financially viable? How will the evolution of consumption patterns affect the supply side of the market? What roles will regulators and policymakers play in ensuring Omani power, water, and waste disposal needs are met?
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Sheikh Mohammed Sulaiman Al Harthy is the Executive Vice President, Strategic Development at Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be'ah). Under this role, he is responsible for setting out be'ah's strategic direction, enhancing corporate performance, maintaining and improving public relations, and developing a sustainable business model for different waste streams. be'ah adheres to a sustainable framework that is derived in principle from the concepts of waste management hierarchy and circular economy. He holds a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and entrepreneurship, a master's degree in computer engineering, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Prior to joining be'ah, he held several leading roles at different organizations including Shell Oman Marketing and Omania E-Commerce.
Engr. Hussain Hassan Ali AbdulHussain is the CEO of Haya Water, a position he assumed in 2012. He brings with him 24 years experience in oil and gas projects, operations, business operations, and commercial developments in Oman to the role and is leading one of Oman's most dynamic, progressive, and innovative companies. A graduate from the University of Arizona, he spent 14 years working for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) before moving to the Oman Oil Company and then helping with the creation of Oman Petrochemical Industries Company (OPIC). He subsequently moved to work at Oman Refineries and Petrochemicals Company (ORPC) as business development and marketing general manager before leaving to establish his own engineering support and services business.
Engr. Ahmed Hamed Al Subhi holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, two post-gradate diplomas in engineering and an honors degree in electrical power engineering. Al Subhi is widely recognized individual in the power generation and desalination industry and the banking and investment sector. He has been actively involved in developing and executing mega power and desalination projects in the region. He is chairman and member of the board of directors of many publicly listed companies on the Oman Securities Market. In addition, he is the managing director of an Omani platform looking after the entire ACWA Power Assets portfolio.
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.
Gabriele De Leva is the Country Editor for The Business Year: Oman 2020. In his capacity as Country Editor, he focuses on countries' economic growth plans, investment strategies, company profiles, and regional and global integration policies. Before his current experience in the Sultanate, Gabriele successfully completed projects in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Ghana, and Nigeria, merging his interests for political, strategic, and financial risk, developed working for a Swiss conflict-resolution firm and US insurance brokerage company. A graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, he holds a double major in international security and diplomatic studies with a GPA of 3.91. In 2013 he was awarded a special mention by the President of the Republic of Italy for his academic achievements.