28 - 29

September
2022

Washington, DC - USA

TRENDS 2nd Annual Conference

Sustainable Security of the Middle East: Climate Change, Challenges and Prospects

Agenda

DAY 1 – September 28, 2022

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM (ET)

WELCOMING REMARKS

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Jonathan Panikoff

Director, Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, Middle East Programs

The Atlantic Council

Mohammed Al-Ali

CEO

TRENDS Research and Advisory

9:05 AM - 9:20 AM (ET)

OPENING REMARKS

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H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan

Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance

United Arab Emirates

9:25 AM - 9:50 AM (ET)

KEYNOTE REMARKS

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Mr. David Livingston

Senior Advisor, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

US Department of State

9:55 AM - 10:55 AM (ET)

NATIONAL SECURITY, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND THE MIDDLE EAST: CURRENT CHALLENGES AND FUTURE PROSPECTS

This panel will shed light on the perspective of climate change and national security in the region and how the issues manifest themselves in the Middle East.

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Ways in which climate change manifests in the Middle East and its impacts on the stability of the region
Dr. Aaisha Al Sarihi

Research Fellow

National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore

Environmental changes and global warming effects on public health
Mazen Malkawi

Regional advisor

WHO Centre for Environmental Health Action (CEHA)

The correlation between extreme environmental events and increased migration flows
Carol Chouchani Cherfane

Director

Arab Centre for Climate Change Policies

Cluster Leader, Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster

United Nations Economic And Social Commission For Western Asia

Climate change as a geopolitical challenge: Adaptation and resilient development
Dr. Paul Jerome Sullivan

Lecturer, Energy and Environmental Security

John Hopkins University

Senior Research Associate

King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center

Atlantic Council

Moderated by
Reena Ninan

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

Atlantic Council

CEO/Co-Founder

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)

IMPACTS OF RESOURCE SCARCITY AND POPULATION GROWTH IN THE MIDDLE EAST

This panel discusses the impacts of the war in Ukraine on the Middle East’s major agricultural imports—such as wheat, as well as challenges that the region is facing in terms of rising food and water demands, especially in light of the projected increase in the region's population.

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Future projections and impacts of the region’s population growth and droughts on the infrastructure of food and water systems
Eckart Woertz

Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies

German Institute for Global and Area Studies

The strategic importance of water and the growing concept of cross-border water conflict in the Middle East
Dr. Harry Verhoeven

Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy

Columbia University

The impact of climate change on supply chain operations
Hanan Bakr Sakr

Finance Resilience Lead

R2R (former HSBC)

Regional food security strategies and impacts of the war in Ukraine on major MENA agricultural imports, such as wheat
Svetlana Edmeades

Lead Agriculture Economist

Agriculture and Food Practice Group, Middle East and Northern Africa Region, The World Bank Group

Moderated by
Dr. Kristian Alexander

Head of Strategic Studies Section

TRENDS Research & Advisory

12:00 PM - 1:25 PM (ET)

LUNCH BREAK

1:25 PM - 1:40 PM (ET)

KEYNOTE SPEECH

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H.E. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology

UAE Special Envoy for Climate

United Arab Emirates

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM (ET)

ENERGY INDUSTRIES, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR A CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION

This panel discusses the transition towards an energy system, in which environmentally friendly technologies, and the potential of clean and sustainable energy sources play an increasingly significant role.

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The role of industrial partnerships in moving towards secure, low-carbon energy systems
Dr. Zoheir Hamedi

Regional Programme Officer

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Transformations of major energy-intensive industries in their quest to align with the sustainability goals
Dr. Bora Guray

Director, Istanbul International Center for Energy and Climate (IICEC)

Sabanci University

The impact of increasing regional gas supplies to Europe (in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine) on a swift transition to wind, solar, and hydrogen power
Olga Khakova

Deputy Director, European Energy Security, Global Energy Center

Atlantic Council

Challenges to energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa
Syed Adeel Abbas

Regional Coordinator, Climate Change

The World Bank

The impact of renewable power generation on urban infrastructure, transport systems, and electricity grids
Tareq Emtairah

Director, Department of Energy

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Moderated by
Erin Sikorsky

Director

The Center for Climate and Security

Director

The International Military Council on Climate and Security

Agenda

DAY 2 – September 29 2022

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM (ET)

KEYNOTE SPEECH

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H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri

Minister of Climate Change and Environment

United Arab Emirates

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (ET)

BETWEEN COP27 AND COP28: DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS OF MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES IN ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE

This panel will address the significance of climate summits in facilitating a transition to a lower-carbon economy and highlighting the importance of geopolitical factors related to climate diplomacy.

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New visions for building a sustainable environmental framework
Nuran Atef

Regional Coordinator for MENA

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

Assessing the commitments and pledges made at COP 26
Prof. Asit K. Biswas

Distinguished Visiting Professor

University of Glasgow, UK and Gujarat University, India

Director

Water Management International, Singapore

Chief Executive

Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico

Climate Diplomacy as a growing Foreign Policy Challenge - COP27
Osama El Gohary

Assistant to the Prime Minister, The Egyptian Cabinet Chairman, Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC)

Arab Republic of Egypt

Climate Diplomacy as a growing Foreign Policy Challenge - COP28
Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Executive Director

UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators

Moderated by
Awadh Al Breiki

Chief Global Officer

TRENDS Research & Advisory

10:35 AM - 11:35 AM (ET)

MULTILATERAL GREEN SECURITY INITIATIVES: THE START OF A NEW GREEN ERA TOWARDS COLLECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

This panel will discuss the importance of regional and cooperative efforts in setting into action Middle East Green Security Initiatives as well as ways to mitigate the challenges posed by environmental 'insecurity'.

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Regional use of MGIs to improve MENA countries’ ability to be a global leader in a post- carbon, resilient and inclusive economy
Dr. Noura Mansouri

Research Fellow

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)

Research Affiliate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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World Energy Council, KSA

The economic aspects of sustainable environmental security and the required investments to achieve environmental security
Alya Al Awadhi

Economics Researcher, Economic Studies Section

TRENDS Research & Advisory

The role of media in supporting the Middle East Green Security Initiatives
Hamad Al Kaabi

Editor in Chief

Al Ittihad News Paper, UAE

Moderated by
Mohammed Al Mulla

Founder and Director

Diwan Al-Mulla Network – Kuwait

11:40 AM - 11:55 AM (ET)

RECOMMENDATIONS AND CLOSING REMARKS

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Sumaya Al Hadhrami

Deputy Chief Global Officer

TRENDS Research & Advisory

William Wechsler

Senior Director, Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs

Atlantic Council

11:55 AM - 1:25 PM (ET)

LUNCH AND SOCIAL

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