Simona Benedettini is a consultant in antitrust law and economics and on the regulation of network industries for law firms and companies operating in several economic sectors. Competition policy and regulation of electricity markets are her main fields of expertise together with competence in econometric techniques. Simona holds a PhD. in Law and Economics (University of Siena) and an MSc in Finance (University of Pisa). During her PhD. program, she has been visiting scholar at the University of Illinois – College of Law.
Erik Becker is IFC’s Senior Manager, Infrastructure and Natural Resources, for the MENA and Horn of Africa region and based in Dubai. Under his leadership, IFC has become the leading financier of private infrastructure in the MENA region outside of the GCC. He spent most of his 20-year career in infrastructure finance working mostly on the MENA region. Erik has also been based in Nairobi and Hong Kong, working across regions and infrastructure sub-sectors. Erik holds a master’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and an MBA from INSEAD.
Dr. Camilla Bausch is Scientific & Executive Director of Ecologic Institute. Her main fields of research are climate and energy policy. She is Spokesperson for the Ecological Research Network and Associate Editor of the journal “Carbon & Climate Law Review” as well as initiator of the EnergyTransitionArt project. Dr. Bausch was a long-standing part of the German Delegation to the UN climate negotiations. Dr.
Dr. Pavel K. Baev is a Research Professor at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). He is also a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution (Washington DC) and a Senior Research Associate at the Institut Francias des Relations Internationales (IFRI, Paris).
Haizam Amirah-Fernández is Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and Associate Professor at the Instituto de Empresa (IE). BA from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and an MA in Arab Studies on a Fulbright scholarship from Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He completed his studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Besides being Co-founder of the FATE Consortium, a collaborative energy technology platform, Wael Almazeedi is Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and a Member of Kuwait’s National Hydrogen Committee. He has over 25 years of industry experience in energy and infrastructure acquired while working for Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (1984-1990); the World Bank Group (1993-97); BTU Ventures (1999-2011), an infrastructure private equity firm; and since 2012, FATE Consortium.
Juan Alberti is an international researcher and consultant in the field of infrastructure development. His work is focused on infrastructure policy analysis and megaproject planning, appraisal and delivery. He currently works as an external consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, with previous experience working for the public and the private sector in several countries, and other multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and various United Nations agencies (UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, IOM). At present, he is PhD (c) in Planning Studies at University College London.
Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi is a UK-based political economist focused on the Gulf/Middle East region with research interests in energy and Arab/GCC - Asia/China relations. He received his PhD in international relations from Durham University in the United Kingdom, where his thesis focused on China’s relations with Saudi Arabia.