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11 Select Members of Masdar Institute’s YFEL Program to Attend 22nd World Energy Congress in South Korea

Specially Selected YFEL Members to Interact with Global Leaders and Attend Sessions Addressed by UAE Minister and Senior Officials

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 10 October, 2013 – Masdar Institute of Science of Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced 11 select members of the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program will participate in the World Energy Congress in South Korea.

The 22nd World Energy Congress will be held from 13 – 17 October 2013 in Daegu, under the theme ‘Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today’. More than 250 speakers, including over 50 ministers from nearly 70 countries will be participating in this premier global energy forum. The event is hosted by the World Energy Council (WEC) and the WEC Korean Member Committee. The YFEL members, chosen through a competition titled ‘Xylem: Let’s Solve Water’, will engage and interact with government ministers, chief executives and experts from around the world during the event in South Korea.

The 11 specially chosen YFEL members – seven UAE nationals and four international members – were chosen by a panel of judges that included YFEL officials, Masdar Institute faculty and senior management team from Masdar. The YFEL members focused their case study presentation on ‘links between water and energy’, ‘impact of climate change on water’, ‘supply and demand challenges in the UAE’ and ‘water policy and investments’. They were assessed on their general understanding of the subject, the current scenario in the UAE and recommendations for tackling the challenges.

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “The World Energy Congress in Daegu offers a unique opportunity for participants to better understand energy issues and find solutions from a global perspective. With the support of the UAE leadership, the YFEL members continue to participate in global forums, learning about key issues, especially in finding solutions to support secure, affordable, and environmentally sensitive energy. We hope the Daegu event will help widen their knowledge in identifying current challenges and ways to tackle them for a better future.”

At the World Energy Congress in Daegu, the select YFEL members will be attending the opening ceremony, keynote addresses and relevant sessions. More specifically, they will attend sessions that will be addressed by His Excellency Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy; His Excellency Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary, UAE Ministry of Energy; Dr. Saif Al Sayari, Vice-President for Operations, Technology and Innovations, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa); Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Company (ENEC); and Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Director, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Additionally, the YFEL members will be present at the UAE pavilion that will have booths set up by Mubadala Development Company and Masdar. They will also attend the welcome reception to network with leading figures in the global energy sector, including representatives from WEC member states, energy executives, as well as officials from government, international organizations and NGOs. Overall, the event sets the stage for YFEL members to expand their scope of knowledge about the energy industry.

Part of the Masdar Institute’s Outreach program, YFEL offers young professionals and students from the UAE and abroad an opportunity to become more engaged in finding solutions to the world’s biggest challenges – achieving energy efficiency and tackling climate change. It also aims to bring young professionals closer to government representatives, business leaders and other organizations active in the area of alternative energy and sustainability.

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