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WFES offers insights into global challenges from thought leaders
By a staff reporter January 12, 2019
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ABU DHABI:  The 12th edition of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), a key enabler of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2019, is set to feature a distinguished line up of speakers offering unique perspectives on the global sustainability agenda.

Hosted by Masdar in partnership with Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi, this year’s WFES will feature the Future Sustainability Summit as a platform for outlining the key issues during an era of disruptive change on 15-16 January under the theme ‘Collaborating for a sustainable future’.

“Climate change is real and requires all stakeholders to work together to deliver the affordable energy and sustainable solutions the world needs.” said Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Director of the Zayed Sustainability Prize.

“The Future Sustainability Summit will bring together industry leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, policy makers and innovators to explore a diversity of approaches to help maintain the momentum for sustainable development here in our region and around the world.”

The Future Sustainability Summit’s themes reflect a growing international awareness of the vast potential of revolutionary new technologies across fields as diverse as digitization, future skills, water, mobility, space, biotech, energy and climate change, and food and agriculture, along with the profound impacts that new tech will have on human behavioral and lifestyle patterns.

Covering the core concerns inherent to ADSW 2019 theme of ‘Industry Convergence: Accelerating Sustainable Development’, the event’s discussions will take the form of plenaries, debates, and interviews complemented by insight sessions from young innovators and live on-stage demonstrations of cutting-edge robotics during a “robot rescuers” session.

The Future Sustainability Summit will be graced by a strong lineup of speakers offering their thoughts on global trends most relevant to the many new partnerships set to be sealed at WFES.

Those speakers already confirmed for the Summit’s impressive lineup include: Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, UAE. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, Minister of Energy - Industry and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia. Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary General, United Nations Co-Chair, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizen. Adnan Amin, Director General – IRENA. Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE

Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, UAE, and Chairman - UAE Space Agency. Dr Armen Sarkissian, President, Armenia Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources – Singapore.

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