Mr. Ahmad Bin Shafar, B.Sc. in Business Administration in Management from California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Mr. Ahmad Bin Shafar is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a founding member of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), a position he has held since the company’s inception in February 2004. Mr. Ahmad has over 18 years of experience in senior management positions including 8 years with Standard Chartered Bank in the areas of Corporate and Retail banking, Finance, Marketing and Customer Relations. As CEO, Mr. Ahmad provides strategic direction with the goal of making Empower a blue chip company and one of the most efficient and profitable District Cooling Services (DCS) provider in the world. Under his leadership, Empower is eyeing the global leadership position in the DCS industry by 2014. Mr. Ahmad is also the Chairman of the board of directors of Empower Logstor Insulated Pipe Systems (ELIPS),a strategic joint venture between Empower and Logstor, a world leader in pre insulated pipe systems. Mr. Ahmad is the first UAE national to ever be nominated to the IDEA Board of Directors in June 2013. Mr. Ahmad has been a key speaker, lecturer and panelist at a number of events, including industry specific conferences and trade shows organized by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and International District Energy Association (IDEA). Mr. Ahmad‘s professional membership includes – Member of IMD International (since 2005) , Member of Cranfield Management Association (since 2004) , Member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) (since 2004), Member of International District Energy Association (IDEA) (since 2004) . He also holds various executive positions including Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) (since 2004) , Chairman, Empower Logstor Insulated Pipe Systems (ELIPS) (since 2007) , Chairman, Bin Shafar Holding (since 2012) , Chairman, Al Shafar National Contracting (SNC) (since 1998) , Board Member, Dubai Sports Council (since 2009), Chairman of Investment & Marketing Committee, Dubai Sports Council (since 2009) , Board Member, International District Energy Association (since 2013). Executive Programs include Cranfield General Management Program, Cranfield University (2004) Mastering Top Management Dilemmas, IMD (2005) , Orchestrating Winning Performance, IMD (2006) Building High Performance Boards, IMD (2006) , The Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives, IMD (2009)