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  • Aref Abou Zahr
  • Executive Director
  • TAQATI, UAE

Aref is an Energy, Water, and Utilities expert with 19 years of North American, EU and GCC in management consulting, OEM, new business setup and stakeholder management within the conventional and renewable energy sector, Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency.  In his nearly 2 decades in the sector, Aref assumed key executive management and senior advisory roles within the public and private sectors at General Electric, Ernst & Young, A.T Kearney, ITT, Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, and most recently as Managing Director of TAQATI, which is the entity mandated by Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to implement the Demand Side Management Strategy (DSM 2030) of Dubai. He holds an MBA from University of Texas, Post-MBA from McGill, Canada, and BE from the American University of Beirut.