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Emerging Energy Scenarios in the Middle East: Challenges and Implications

Emerging Energy Scenarios in the Middle East: Challenges and Implications

Friday, May 22, 2015 at AUB - College Hall - B1 Auditorium

The Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources (Masri Institute) at AUB hosted its 5th International Workshop on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. The workshop was titled: “Emerging Energy Scenarios in the Middle East: Challenges and Implications” and brought together academics, energy experts and policy makers to thoroughly assess the different energy pathways proposed for the region. The workshop established a Middle East energy network with a goal to promote research, outreach activities and connectivity among energy experts.

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8:30 - 9:00 a.m Registration
9:00 - 9:30am

Welcoming Remarks:
• Dr. Makram Suidan, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at AUB
• Dr. Ahmad Dallal, AUB Provost
• Trustee Munib R. Masri; Chairman, Engineering & Development Group (Edgo)
• Mr. Wissam Zahabi, Lebanese Petroleum Authority
• Dr. Mohamad Roumie, Lebanese National Research Council

9:30- 11:00 a.m

Panel 1: Nuclear Power in the Middle East: Country and Policy Perspective

Moderator: Dr. Mohamad Roumie,  Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission

• Prof. Kamal J. Araj - Vice Chairman;  Commissioner for Nuclear Power Reactor
Presentation Title: “Nuclear Energy in the Region and Policy Implications”

• Dr. Maher Alodan – Director of Research and Development and Innovation, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy.
Presentation Title: “Saudi Arabia plans in investing in nuclear and solar power and associated technological and policy challenges”

• Dr. Dmitry Konukhov – Research Associate at the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS), Russia.
Presentation Title: "Prospects for nuclear energy development in the Middle East"

11:00 - 11:15 a.m Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:45 p.m Panel 2: Nuclear Power in the Middle East: Challenges and Implications

Moderator: Prof. Giacomo Luciani, Graduate Institute, Geneva

• Dr. Ali Ahmad - Lecturer and research fellow in Nuclear Energy Policy at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security.
Presentation Title: “Economics of Nuclear Energy for the Middle East"

• Dr. M.V Ramana – a physicist and lecturer at Princeton University.
Presentation Title: “The Challenges of Nuclear Safety”

• Dr. Nasser Hoteit – Board member of the Lebanese Petroleum Authority
Presentation Title:“Nuclear Power in Arab Countries: Management of End life cycle – Policy, Regulations and Applications”
12:45 - 2:00 p.m

Panel 3: Hydrocarbons and the Transition to Alternative Energy Resources

Moderator: Dr. Nesreene Ghaddar, AUB Faculty

 Prof. Giacomo Luciani, Co-Director, Executive Master in International Oil and Gas Leadership; Graduate Institute, Geneva.
 Presentation Title:  “The implications of the shale revolution on oil prices and the functioning of oil markets.”

• Dr. Mohamad Ahmad – Coordinator of the Chemical Engineering Program, AUB
  Presentation Title: “Integrating Renewable Energies into Mainstream Chemical Processes”

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