Aref Abouzahr


Energy, Water and Utilities Expert with 23 years of North American and GCC experience in management and project development consulting, new business setup, and strategic program design and PMO implementation within conventional and renewable energy, Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency sectors.

At Ark Energy, Aref is focused on Energy Transition program design and implementation PMO, Energy Efficiency and distributed Solar projects development and financing, Energy Efficiency policy design, and digitalization of energy management information systems (EMIS). He heads Ark’s business globally, focusing on GCC and Africa.

In over two 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 as the founder and Managing Director of TAQATI, the dedicated PMO mandated by Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to implement Dubai’s Demand Side Management Strategy (DSM 2030).

He holds an MBA from University of Texas, Post-MBA from McGill, Canada and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineeting from the American University of Beirut (AUB).


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