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COP28 PROGRAMME

Join DP World at COP28 where we will be discussing the actions we can take to drive change at scale, ensuring lasting economic, societal and environmental impact for everyone.

Learn more about our speakers and sessions below and register your interest to attend.

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CONVERSATIONS AT COP

The Vital Role of Shipping in Reducing Global GHG Emissions and Contributing to the Circular Economy

How shipping can reduce emissions and contribute to the circular economy

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Bringing Climate Innovations in Finance and Trade to Life

Decarbonisation requires new alliances and networks to unlock financing and reinvent trade

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Building Green Skills and Closing the Knowledge Gap

How do we develop the skills and knowledge we need to tackle climate change and support the green economy?

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Towards Clean and Sustainable Fuels: Matching Supply and Demand

Advances in technology and better alignment of incentives to use cleaner fuels can play a role in decarbonising the shipping industry.

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OUR SPEAKERS

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem

Group Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Maha AlQattan

Group Chief Sustainability Officer

Tiemen Meester

Group Chief Operating Officer, Ports & Terminals

Jesper Kristensen

Chief Operating Officer, Marine Services

Abdulla Bin Damithan

CEO & MD, GCC

Mohammed Akoojee

CEO & MD, Sub Saharan Africa

Rado Antolovic

CEO, Dubai Drydocks World

Rizwan Soomar

CEO and MD North Africa and India Subcontinent

DP World House in the Green Zone

The DP World House in the Green Zone is located at the Energy Transition Hub in Expo City Dubai. The DP World House will be operational between Thursday 30 November and Tuesday 12 December 2023.

Find us

2 December 2023

10:30-12:00 GST | Energy Transition Stage, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, tripling renewable power until 2030 will be critical to keep 1.5°C climate targets. However, many countries still face barriers due to infrastructure, policy, and workforce challenges. This discussion will cover the regulatory constraints and practical gaps that prevent the development of renewables in emerging markets and identify the necessary solutions to overcome these obstacles.

Speakers:

  • Mohammed Akoojee, CEO & MD, Sub Saharan Africa, DP World
  • Amal-Lee Amin,Managing Director and Head of Climate, Diversity and Advisory, British International Investment
  • Guangzhe Chen, Vice President for Infrastructure, The World Bank
  • John K. Defterios, Visiting Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Shukri Haji Ismail Mohamoud, Minister of Environment and Climate, Republic of Somaliland
  • Alioune Ndoye, Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition, Republic of Senegal

3 December 2023

14:00-15:30 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

In partnership with Crown Agents, this event emphasises solar electrification and logistics for healthcare access in Africa, exploring enhanced access to renewable energy for healthcare to improving outcomes and building sustainable supply chains. The session will also unveil Crown Agent’s Solar Electrification of Public Facilities (STEPS) fund at COP28, aiming to scale ongoing solar projects in Sierra Leone and expand to Kenya and Zambia, seeking additional funding.

Speakers:

  • James Cameron, Chair of the Board of Directors, Crown Agents
  • Joan Chahenza, Acting Project Director, Power Africa, Healthcare Electrification and Telecommunications Alliance (HETA)
  • Daniel M. Kammen, James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Professor of Sustainability, University of California, United States
  • Dr. Jalikatu Mustapha, Deputy Minister of Health, Sierra Leone
  • Christian Schattenmann, Head of Energy Access, Bamboo Capital Partners
  • Yasmine Sherif, Executive Director, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)
  • Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Agricultural economist, Politician and Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Sierra Leone

16:30-17:30 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, COP28 Green Zone, Expo City, Dubai

Session description:

To amplify the successful Planet India Campaign generously supported by DP World, this event is presented to showcase Planet India, tell the story of its impact to date at COP28, and introduce Open Planet, one of PI’s key partners that is creating open source, world-class footage and data visualisation to empower change makers to respond to the planetary crisis, featuring the Planet India campaign.

Speakers:

  • Colin Butfield, Co-Founder & Chair, Open Planet; Director, Studio Silverback /li>
  • Tamseel Hussain, CEO & Founder, Pluc TV
  • Jason Knauf, Planet India Executive Producer; Founder, Mission Overstory
  • Riddhima Yadav, Planet India Advisory Council Member; Nonresident Fellow, Aspen Institute

4 December 2023

09:30-11:00 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

With reports from the World Health Organization suggesting that climate change is directly contributing to the scale, frequency, and intensity of disasters, first responders have had to drastically reshape their approaches to providing aid. In this discussion hosted by the Logistics Emergency Team (LET), we will cover the challenges associated with climate change that exacerbate disasters and create barriers to effective aid delivery.

Speakers:

  • Mohammed Akoojee, CEO & MD, Sub Saharan Africa, DP World
  • Victoria Bowden, Group Senior Manager, Community Investment, Group Sustainability, DP World
  • Frank Clary, Vice-President, Sustainability, Agility
  • Katherine Ely, Project Manager, Environmental Sustainability in Humanitarian Logistics (WREC), Logistics Cluster, World Food Programme
  • Caroline Kiunga, Community Relations Director, UPS
  • Laura Lane, Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer, UPS
  • Giuseppe Saba, CEO, International Humanitarian City (IHC); Founder, United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot Network (UNHRD)
  • Benjamin Safari, Head of Supply Management Service/DESS, UNHCR

12:00-13:00 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

A UN Women report recently referred to climate change as a “threat multiplier,” and as the phenomenon drives conflict across the world, women and youth are facing growing levels of destitution. In this discussion, we will explore the power of cross-sectoral collaboration and the ways in which actors are working with initiatives like HeForShe to better understand how climate impacts communities and take a deep dive into practical solutions.

Speakers:

  • Ayla Bajwa, Senior Vice President, Group Sustainability, DP World
  • Justine Jones, Regional General Counsel, MENAT, HSBC
  • Marina Madale, Executive, Sustainability and Shared Value, MTN Group
  • Maggie Rarieya, Global Partnerships Director, AMREF Health Africa
  • Nivedita Sharma, CEO, Bridges to Prosperity
  • Aldijana Sisic, Chief of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships and Advisory Services (MPAS), UN Women
  • Sue Stevenson, Director, Strategic Partnerships and International Development, Barefoot College International

14:00-15:30 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

The development of the Port of Berbera in Somaliland has brought hope to a young nation and created jobs for 1,200 people. Located along one of the world’s busiest sea routes with access to a vast hinterland via the Berbera Corridor, the port is becoming a trade hub for the Horn of Africa, serving a region of 140 million people.

In October, a team of filmmakers from the Wall Street Journal travelled along the Berbera Corridor to see how DP World is working with government and local businesses to help communities flourish.

Speakers:

  • Abdishakur Iddin, Mayor, Berbera, Somaliland
  • Shukri Haji Ismail Mohamoud, Minister of Environment and Climate, Republic of Somaliland
  • Nicholas O’Donohoe, CEO, British International Investment
  • Mohammed Rashid Ismail, Group Senior Vice President, DP World
  • Aisha Eliza Speirs, Creative Director & Executive Editor, The Trust, The Wall Street Journal Barron's Group (Dow Jones)

16:30-17:30 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

Many industry leaders understand that the world is not on track to achieve the SDGs. A group of public and private-sector financial institutions and industry stakeholders formed the Impact Disclosure Taskforce to address these challenges and will meet to discuss what it will take to the alleviate poverty and inequality, provide for basic needs, protect the planet and combat climate change by 2030.

Speakers:

  • Maha AlQattan, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DP World
  • Erin Leonard, Head of Sustainability, Amundi
  • Arsalan Mahtafar, Head of JP Morgan Development Finance Institution, JP Morgan
  • Adama Mariko, Secretary General, Finance in Common and Deputy Executive Director for Mobilization, Partnerships and Communication of AFD, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Bertrand Millot, Head of Sustainability, CDPQ
  • John Murton, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Standard Chartered

5 December 2023

10:30-12:00 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

With the shipping industry facing growing scrutiny from environmentalists, ports across the globe are seeking out ways to modernise and decarbonise their operations. In this discussion, we will call on industry experts to discuss the challenges associated with greening port infrastructure, as well as potential solutions, particularly those around electrification of equipment and collaborative pathways that accelerate efficiency and sustainability.

Speakers:

  • Jack Michael Craig, Global Head of Technical, APM Terminals
  • Piotr Konopka, Group VP, Global Decarbonisation & Energy Programmes, DP World
  • Tiemen Meester, Group Chief Operating Officer, Ports & Terminals, DP World
  • Tom Monballiu, International Community Relations Manager, Port of Antwerp-Bruges
  • Sahar Rashidbeigi, Global Head of Decarbonisation, APM Terminals
  • Eveline Speelman, Partner & Energy Platform Lead, SYSTEMIQ

12:30-14:00 GST | Climate Finance Stage, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

In 2023, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced new climate goals and stakeholders agreed that hitting these targets would require a rapid shift away from traditional fuels, as well as new regulation and increased global coordination. In this discussion, we will address the barriers faced by leaders in the maritime industry when decarbonising their operations, as well as the resources needed to overcome these obstacles.

Speakers:

  • Rado Antolovic, CEO, Dubai Drydocks World
  • Roberta Cenni, Head of Biofuels, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
  • Erik Giercksky, Head, Ocean Stewardship Coalition, United Nations Global Compact
  • Tom Hautekiet, Chief Transition and Business Officer, Port of Antwerp-Bruges

13:00-14:00 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

Established in May 2022 under the UN Global Compact, the Africa Business Leaders Coalition (ABLC), a pan-African coalition, amplifies the private sector's voice. This panel will feature stakeholders discussing the private sector's role in achieving a fair transition for Africa, addressing climate issues like financing, trade, gender, and accountability.

Speakers:

  • Helmy Abouleish, CEO of SEKEM
  • Jeremy Awori, CEO of Ecobank
  • Tolulope Lewis Tamoka, Chief, Intergovernmental Affairs and Africa at the United Nations Global Compact
  • Jane Lumuba, Climate Champions’ Special Advisor, Africa Director
  • Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, CEO, Naspers

16:00-17:00 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

Growth in global demand for food brings significant energy and emissions challenges for the transition to more sustainable and resilient cold chains but technology in food supply chains has come a long way. That is why industry leaders believe the time is right to reconsider that standard to reduce industry emissions, cut costs, and secure future food resources for communities everywhere.

Speakers:

  • Maha AlQattan, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DP World
  • Dr. Yosr Allouche, Forthcoming Director General, International Institute of Refrigeration
  • Morten Bo Christiansen, Senior Vice President, Head of Energy Transition, Maersk A/S
  • Shane Brennan, Vice President of Business Development, Global Cold Chain Alliance
  • Dirk Hoffmann, Director, Product Development, UK Ports & Terminals, DP World
  • Thomas Eskesen, Founder, Eskesen Advisory

6 December 2023

10:30-12:00 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

Water and oceans play a vital role that underpins progress towards all the SDGs and this session will underscore the importance of ocean governance, calling for consistent and ambitious action by the private, public, and civil society sectors. By taking a holistic approach to water through its challenges – pollution, water use and land reclamation and their impact on people, the environment and coastal ecosystems – and the opportunities it brings – on health, education, infrastructure resilience, rural communities’ growth – we have an opportunity to effectively ramp up global action and protect the one resource which can’t be destroyed nor created.

Speakers:

  • Mashael Al Fardan, Group Senior Manager, Sustainability, DP World
  • Ayla Bajwa, Senior Vice President, Group Sustainability, DP World
  • Dan Crockett, Director, Ocean and Climate, Blue Marine Foundation
  • Adam Garley, Country Director Mozambique, WaterAid
  • Erik Giercksky, Head, Ocean Stewardship Coalition, United Nations Global Compact
  • Wael Ismail, Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Africa, Middle East and South Asia, PepsiCo
  • Jimena Rodriguez, Group Senior Manager, Oceans and Biodiversity, DP World
  • André Villaça Ramalho, Water Resilience Coalition Coordinator, The Pacific Institute

16:00-17:30 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City, Dubai

Speakers:

  • Redwan Ahmed, Group Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, DP World
  • Sharon Ditchburn, Managing Director, Capital Advantage
  • Sofia ElBoury, Head of Investor Relations, FAB
  • Dr. Waddah Ghanem, Chair, UAE Membership Chapter Advisory Board, GCC BDI
  • John Gollifer, CEO, GCC BDI

16:30-18:00 GST | Energy Transition Stage, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

Ports and terminals are an integral part of the national infrastructure, providing access to the world economy and underpinning the country’s growth and competitiveness. Against the backdrop of Loss and Damage discussions at COP28 and as governments consider the introduction of climate-resilient debt clauses in lending mechanisms, stakeholders are taking steps to reflect the volatility of climate change in investment and insurance decisions.

Speakers:

  • Suzanne Johnson, Senior Advisor, Ocean Stewardship Coalition, UNGC
  • Rakhi Kumar, Senior Vice President of Sustainability Solutions and Business Integration, Liberty Mutual
  • Tiemen Meester, Group Chief Operating Officer, Ports & Terminals, DP World
  • Bertrand Millot, Head of Sustainability, CDPQ
  • Frank Sweet, Chief Executive of the Environment & Energy Global Business Lines, AECOM
  • Mathieu Verougstraete, Head of Infrastructure and Finance for Resilience Unit, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

7 December, 2023

10:00-11:30 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

The Dubai Free Zones Council (DFZC) Demand Side Management Strategy (DSM) project was undertaken with the goal of developing a DSM Strategy tailored to the DFZC and aligning with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy overarching strategy and targets. The DSM strategy is a key initiative in aligning Dubai and the UAE with the 2050 net zero goals. In addition to environmental benefits, DSM results in significant cost benefit, providing a strong business case for implementing DSM programs.

During this event, the DFZC DSM Strategy and implementation plans will be announced. Free Zones will also showcase their successes in implementing DSM projects to date.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Elhadi Ibrahim, General Coordinator, Dubai Free Zones Council
  • H.E. Mohammed AlZarooni, Executive Chairman, Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ); Chairperson, Board of Directors, World Free Zones Organization
  • Nour AlKourdi, Manager, Energy Efficiency, DP World
  • Saeed Al Abbar, Chief Executive Officer, AESG
  • Katarina Uherova Hasbani, Partner and Global Director - Strategy and Advisory, AESG
  • Tamara Bajic, Associate Director - Strategy and Advisory

8 December 2023

10:30-12:00 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

The urgency to address international climate change risks is rising, impacting food security, conflict, migration, law, governance, and public health. Two key factors driving this urgency are increased evidence of climate change amplifying existing risks and favorable geopolitical and socio-economic conditions for risk transmission. The panel will discuss the escalating costs of climate change, focusing on supply chain disruptions, the imperative to secure vital supply chains leading to resource nationalism and re-shoring, and the resulting decline in global market functionality causing further disruptions.

Speakers:

  • Timothy Benton, Research Director; Director, Environment and Society Centre, Chatham House
  • Federico Banos-Lindner, Group Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, DP World
  • Ruth Davis, Advisor, Food and Nature, European Climate Foundation
  • Dr. Martin Frick, Director, WFP Global Office Berlin, World Food Programme
  • Ruth Townend, Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre, Chatham House

16:00 - 17:00 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

This dynamic panel brings together a diverse group of young leaders who are at the forefront of driving sustainable transformation across various industries. As we navigate the complex challenges of the 21st century, the role of youth in shaping a more sustainable future cannot be overstated. From transportation and energy to aviation and maritime, these emerging leaders are spearheading innovative solutions, challenging traditional paradigms, and inspiring change within their respective fields.

Speakers:

Moderator:

  • Alreem Bin Ali – Supervisor - Quality (DP World)

Panellists:

  • Ahmed AlZeqri – Group Manager, Carbon Reduction (DP World)
  • Hind Alshamsi – Inspection Engineer & VP ENOC Youth Council (ENOC)
  • Hala Al Hashmi - Senior Lean & Quality Engineer and Chairperson of EGA youth council
  • Alyazya Alshehhi - Ecologist & Ajman Youth Council Member

Keynote speech:

  • Maha AlQattan - Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DP World

Welcome speech:

  • Ahmed Almuhairbi - Group Senior Manager, Government Affairs & Chairperson of DP World Youth Council

9 December 2023

9:00-10:00 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description

This insightful panel discussion hosted by Amaly Legacy will explore the pivotal role of corporate entities, exemplified by PepsiCo, in advancing regenerative farming practices as outlined in their ambitious 2030 goal. This session aims to shed light on key catalysts propelling regenerative agriculture forward, highlighting the significance of fostering public-private-philanthropic partnerships in this transformative journey. 

Speakers:

  • Wahid A. Kamalian, Managing Partner, Amaly Asset Management
  • Charles Karangwa, Global Head of Nature-based Solutions at IUCN and Senior Advisor to H.E. Razan Al Mubarak
  • Roy Steiner, Senior Vice President, Food Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Sir Ravi Suri, Senior Advisor, Global Head of Impact Investment, KPMG
  • Eugene Willemsen, Chief Executive Officer, Africa, Middle East and South Asia, PepsiCo

10:30-12:00 GST | DP World House, Energy Transition Hub, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description

This session delves into carbon market dynamics, pivotal for global decarbonisation. It contrasts pricing trends in emission reduction and carbon credit removal, exploring the interplay between voluntary and compliance markets. Panelists discuss reframing the carbon market narrative, emphasizing effective due diligence by companies to mitigate reputational risks linked to greenwashing.

Speakers:

  • Maha AlQattan, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DP World
  • Alexandra Bowes-Lyon, Global Head of Philanthropy, Space for Giants
  • Julio Friedmann, Chief Scientist, Carbon Direct
  • Piotr Konopka, Group VP, Global Decarbonisation & Energy Programmes, DP World
  • Aadith Moorthy, Founder & CEO, Boomitra

12:30-14:00 GST | Energy Transition Stage, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

Youth are pivotal in confronting climate change and shaping a sustainable future. Recognising the unique ability of young people to foster innovation and craft effective solutions to complex challenges is key. This session highlights the vital role of public-private partnerships in involving educators, students, and communities with the objective of empowering young people and creating a conducive environment for the next generation of climate-responsible leaders – as encapsulated in the COP28 UAE Presidency's vision.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Chalhoub, CEO & Founder, EVLAB
  • Piotr Konopka, Group VP, Global Decarbonisation & Energy Programmes, DP World
  • Belisa Marochi, Professor, Hult International Business School
  • Suparna Mathur, Senior Advisor for Climate and Social Impact, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Sankalp Suman, COP28 Youth Representative, India

14:30-16:00 GST | Knowledge Hub Stage, Green Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

The ocean is the largest long-term carbon sink on the planet. It stores and recycles 93% of the earth’s CO2, but the rate of loss of these blue carbon ecosystems is the highest among all ecosystems. Touching on the variety of ways in which climate-ocean investment can be scaled up to meet local and global commitments, this event will highlight existing and emerging mechanisms and guidelines on investment protocols. The event will also address the importance of nature-based solutions and blue carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrasses, kelp and salt marshes. These can not only contribute to mitigating the impacts of rising greenhouse gas emissions but also protecting invaluable biodiversity and supporting coastal communities that depend on these habitats for their livelihoods.

Speakers:

  • Maha AlQattan, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DP World
  • Ayla Bajwa, Senior Vice President, Group Sustainability, DP World
  • Sylvia Earle PhD, President and Co-Chair, Mission Blue
  • Tom Eveson, Director, Sustainable Finance Solutions for the Americas, Sustainalytics
  • Adonai Herrera-Martinez, Director Environment and Sustainability, EBRD
  • Suzanne Johnson, Senior Advisor, Ocean Stewardship Coalition, UNGC
  • Dr. Emily Kelly, Blue Carbon Lead, Ocean Action Agenda, World Economic Forum
  • Patricia Zurita, Executive Vice President, Conservation International
Blue Zone

DP World will be participating at a number of key sessions taking place in the Blue Zone – join us!

The Blue Zone is located in Expo City Dubai. Only UNFCCC-accredited participants such as Parties, world leaders, media, and observers will have access to the Blue Zone.

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4 December 2023

09:00-09:40 GST | Al Waha Theatre, Blue Zone, Expo City

Session description:

This session will bring together global leaders to support trade policy options to consider as part of a just and ambitious global response to climate change. It aims to inspire other governments to consider how such measures could be integrated into their national policies and accelerate the transition to a climate-friendly global economy. It will also feature concrete trade policy actions that can contribute to the global efforts in combating climate change.

Speakers:

  • Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, UAE
  • Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman & CEO, DP World
  • John K. Defterios, Visiting Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • John Denton, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, UNCTAD
  • Rebecca Miano. Cabinet Secretary for Investments, Industry and Trade, Kenya
  • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organization

19:00-21:00 GST

Session description:

For many countries – notably low and middle-income countries – trade is the most fundamental mechanism to access global connectivity and unveil unlimited perspectives for economic growth. In this discussion and social function, we will address what is needed to make the world’s trade flow better, not as an end, but as a means to making us all more resilient, empowered and thriving in the future.

Speakers:

  • Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman & CEO, DP World
  • Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State, United States of America
  • John K. Defterios, Visiting Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organization

5 December 2023

12:30-13:30 GST | Danish Pavilion, Blue Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

With the International Maritime Organization now committed to reaching zero emissions, this session will discuss how green electricity producers, fuel producers, institutional investors, and governments together can unlock the massive investment needed to fuel the clean ships of the very near future.

Speakers:

  • Roeland Baan, CEO, Topsoe
  • Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
  • Philip Christiani, Partner, CIP Energy Transition Fund
  • Jesper Kristensen, Group Chief Operating Officer, Marine Services, DP World
  • Uwe Lauber, CEO, MAN Energy Solutions
  • Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture
  • Masahiro Takahashi, Executive Officer, NYK Line

8 December 2023

15:30-16:30 GST | Food Systems Pavilion, Blue Zone, EXPO City

Session description:

Supply chains play a pivotal role in the delivery of food globally and global trade disruptions challenge people’s ability to secure their most basic needs. There is also huge scope on how we can achieve sustainability with technological innovation and futuristic solutions. In this discussion, we will address how protecting against supply chain disruptions can shield vulnerable communities and promote international trade partnerships.

Speakers:

  • Abdulla bin Damithan, CEO & MD, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), DP World
  • Dina Esposito, Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security (REFS), USAID; Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Development; and Global Food Crisis Coordinator, USAID
  • Juan Jose Freijo, Chief Sustainability Officer and VP, EMEA Government Affairs, Brambles
  • Mohammed Hafiz Musah, Co-Founder of FarmAsyst (Ghana) & Youth AgriChampion with the Ban Ki-Moon Center for Global Citizens
  • Lisa Moon, President & CEO, GFN
  • Gonzalo Muñoz, High-Level Climate Champion and COP28, Chair of Food Strategy, Non-State Actor Directive Committee, Board Director, GFN
  • Milindi Sibomana, PhD, Chief Agriculture Officer, OneAcre Fund

19:00-21:00 GST

Session description:

This reception will be centred around the concept of bringing the leaders of today together to meet the leaders of tomorrow. The event will celebrate the significance of cross-sectoral collaboration in providing essential skills, creating growth opportunities, and fostering climate-responsible leaders and marks a crucial moment, reflecting a worldwide push for empowering youth and tackling climate issues.

Innovation Zone

Join us at the Innovation Zone where we will be hosting a number of high-level engagements in addition to a dedicated DP World stand showcasing our decarbonisation journey.

The Innovation Zone is located at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre, near the Burj Al Arab.

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4 December 2023

15:30-16:15 GST | Climate Action Stage, Innovation Zone, Madinat Jumeirah

Session description:

Despite challenges around misaligned incentives and high costs, industry, governments, and multilateral organisations are increasingly implementing commitments towards limiting global shipping emissions. This session will convene stakeholders to discuss strategies to accelerate investment in sustainable fuels; catalysing additional fuel production and innovation; and supporting legislation and policies that promote this transition.

Speakers:

  • Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
  • Ashwani Dudeja, Group President & Director (GH2 & GNH3), ACME Group; Secretary, Ammonia Energy Association
  • Ingrid Irigoyen, President and CEO, Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance and Associate Director, Ocean and Climate, Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program
  • Jesper Kristensen, Group Chief Operating Officer, Marine Services, DP World
  • Piotr Konopka, Group VP, Global Decarbonisation & Energy Programmes, DP World

5 December 2023

10:00-10:40 GST | Innovation Zone, Madinat Jumeirah

Session description:

Amidst the dynamic shifts in global finance and sustainable development, a crucial discourse has emerged focused on the expansion of decarbonisation and sustainability. This conversation will delve into the regulatory framework propelling key markets to the forefront of sustainable initiatives driven by incentives and standards promoting eco-friendly practices, implementing high-impact future-proof sustainable financing strategies.

Speakers:

  • Redwan Ahmed, Senior Vice President, Head of Investor Relations, DP World
  • Sonja Gibbs, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance, Institute of International Finance
  • Dr. Naoko Ishii, Director, Center for Global Commons
  • Huw van Steenis, Vice-Chair, Oliver Wyman
  • Kevin Urama, Chief Economist & VP Economic Governance and Knowledge Management Complex, African Development Bank Group

18:30-21:30 GST

Session description:

As the global community grapples with the challenges of climate change and the depletion of finite fossil fuel resources, it is critical to marshal and accelerate greater investment towards the low-carbon transition. This reception will delve into the multifaceted strategies, innovative investment models, and policy frameworks required to mobilise resources on a global scale and unite efforts to accelerate the energy transition.

6 December 2023

13:30-15:00 GST | Climate Challenge Lab, Innovation Zone, Madinat Jumeirah

Session description:

Climate change is unfolding in an era characterised by surging water demand, environmental degradation, and mounting pollution. As we witness the escalating severity of extreme weather events, it becomes increasingly important to address the convergence of climate change and WASH. In this discussion, we will navigate the evolving terrain of climate-resilient WASH, ensuring unwavering access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Speakers:

  • Ayla Bajwa, Senior Vice President, Group Sustainability, DP World
  • Pawan Borle, Co-Founder & International Advisor, Maithri Aquatech
  • Cheryl Hicks, Senior Advisor, CEO Water Mandate, WASH4Work
  • Kevin Holliday, Managing Director, C3
  • H.E. Toyin Ojora-Saraki, Founder-President, Wellbeing Foundation Africa
  • Tim Wainwright, Chief Executive, WaterAid UK

14:00-14:40 GST | Innovation Zone, Madinat Jumeirah

Session description:

In the face of climate change and geopolitical crises, enhanced collaboration between public and private sectors is crucial. To scale global solutions, mobilizing private capital is essential. By integrating public and private funds, mitigating investment risks, and providing financial incentives, these mechanisms expedite the shift to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. This session explores how blended finance stimulates adaptation, addresses risk, and fills the financing gap for adaptation, particularly in developing countries, aligning with UN SDGs.

Speakers:

  • Sagarika Chatterjee, Department Director, Climate Finance, Climate Champions, Race to Zero  
  • Remco Fischer, Head of Climate, UNEP FI
  • Doga Makiura, President of the Japan Alliance for High Quality Carbon Credit (JAHQCC) & CEO of Degas Ltd  
  • Paulo Martelli, VP & Chief Investment Officer, FinDev Canada
  • Yuvraj Narayan, Group Deputy CEO & Chief Financial Officer, DP World
  • Tim Reid, CEO, UK Export Finance

7 December 2023

15:45-16:25 GST | Innovation Zone, Madinat Jumeirah

Session description:

Connecting the supply chain: matching supply and demand Global distortions in supply and demand are holding back the expansion of hydrogen economies. Many hydrogen projects struggle to reach FID as the demand or supply is not there. With distortions in hydrogen production and off-takes due to geographical variances, how can we connect supply chains to kick start new economies? How can strategic policy effectively match supply and demand?

Speakers:

  • Marieke Abbink-Pellenbarg, Managing Director, New Energy Coalition
  • Bart Biebuyck, CEO, Green Energy Park
  • Jesper Kristensen, Group Chief Operating Officer, Marine Services, DP World
  • Celine Le Goazigo, Senior Manager, Energy, WBCSD
  • Jonas Moberg, CEO, Green Hydrogen Organisation
DP World Port Tour Experience

Join us for a port tour where you can have a compelling and immersive experience that effectively conveys the innovation and operational dynamics of the Jebel Ali Port. This experience is open to all. For school and media tours, please contact Ekta.Patel@dpworld.com

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