Financiers and Law Firms play key role at Jordan Powering Middle East Summit


Financiers are now exploring the potential benefits of investment in innovative renewable energy technologies as the growing MENA population puts pressure on existing energy reserves. The Middle East is strategically important for renewable energy adoption owing to high solar irradiance levels and some of the most variable wind speeds. Current restraints in existing technology have led developers to produce innovative solutions to combat issues such as dust pollution levels.

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Michelle T Davies (MESIA Solar Woman of the Year)

Jordan’s renewable energy sector has grown in strategic significance as governments from across the region set ambitious targets and approve increases in public spending for projects. As developers seek financial and legal options for renewable energy projects, this has become a key area for discussion within the Powering Middle East Summit. We have invited a small number of law firms and financiers to aid public and private sector stakeholders to identify and overcome political, regulation and legislative and financial barriers.

In response to these issues, we have appointed Michelle T Davies of Eversheds to our ‘Agenda Advisory Board’. Eversheds Clean Energy and Sustainability Group have advised on over 30GW of renewable energy projects including solar, wind, geothermal and hydro technologies from initial Capital Raising through to the construction of the project. Michelle Davies, who has also been awarded MESIA Solar Woman of the Year, has personally advised MENA governments and policy makers across all variants of renewable technology, this makes her a valuable source of experience at the Summit.

Michelle commented “Growth in the Renewable Energy sector has rocketed, encouraging developers to realise their investment potential for innovative solar and wind technologies throughout the MENA Market. I have worked with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors across Middle Eastern regions and look forward to discussing my experiences with delegates looking to develop relationships within this sector.”

We look forward to working with Michelle and Eversheds over the coming months. Financiers and Law firms are an integral part to getting renewable projects out of the planning stage and into production. If your firm should be involved with the Summit, please register your details for a call-back from our Powering Middle East Project Manager.


Leeds becomes home to second UK Health Informatics Forum

Following the success of our Bristol UK Health Informatics Forum (#UKHIF) we needed to find a host city which could further the success of the series. UKHIF needed a location which would attract innovators from across the country. With a rich history within the health and innovation sector and working towards becoming the UK’s first digitally enabled city, Leeds was the natural choice.

Leeds is a base for a wide range of health technology services and providers. The industry has strong backing from public sector bodies including Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and tLeeds and Partnershe University of Leeds. The council works closely with local NHS organisations to improve patient experience and overall efficiency of services by using information more effectively.

The UK Health Informatics Forum is one of the specialist health innovation events taking place during the Grand Départ International Business Festival. The three day programme is designed to drive trade, generate inward investment and raise the profile of the opportunities that the region has to offer. Held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th July, this will be the first business festival organised alongside the Tour De France and will be held across four key locations in Yorkshire.

We have built a strong partnership with Leeds and Partners and welcome the experience they bring from the health and innovation sector. Leeds and Partners is responsible for attracting inward investment, supporting trade, growing visitor economy, and raising the profile of the Leeds City Region. By establishing the Leeds Innovation Health Hub (LIHH) Leeds aims to become the UK’s ‘First City for Health and Innovation’, by focusing on medical technological innovations in health informatics to attract inward investment into Leeds. The LIHH creates potential for the city’s health and innovation sector aiming to create £1bn in investment and 7,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.

The Forum’s aims are also supported by the University of Leeds who will be sending an academic delegation and producing documentation of the key messages raised throughout the process. Built on key areas of strength including health informatics, geo-informatics, environmental data analytics and behavioural analysis, the University of Leeds is establishing a world-claUniversity Logo blackss centre in big data analytics, harnessing the strength and depth of interdisciplinary research for patient benefit, high social and economic impact and international reach.

Tim Straughan, Director of Health and Innovation at Leeds and Partners commented “The Health Informatics Forum is taking place at an exciting time for Leeds as investment in Leeds health and innovation organisations continue to grow. The event is a great fit within the Grand Départ to showcase some of the unique work taking place within both public and private sector organisations in the city”.

For more information about the city of Leeds, the Health and Innovation Sector and the Grande Départ International Business Festival visit: or for details about the University of Leeds Big Data Centre visit:

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Intergovernmental Powerhouse IRENA Joins Powering Middle East Summit

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will be joining eSE’s Powering Middle East Summit in Jordan in September. IRENA is a global hub for the progression of renewable technologies including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, solar power and wind energy. The price of renewable technology has decreased in recent years resulting in IRENA becoming a crucial platform for advocating renewable adoption and arguing a sensible business case for global economies.

Dr Mustapha Taoumi is MEIRENANA Program Officer for IRENA and will be a speaker at the summit. Dr Taoumi said “Renewable energy presents a powerful opportunity for the Middle East and North Africa region to achieve a globally important position in the renewable energy market – a market which is likely to become the cornerstone of the low-carbon green economy of the future. At Powering Middle East, IRENA will offer ideas on the business models most likely to attract investors and it will contribute to important discussions about policy and regulation, institutional frameworks, grid infrastructure, financial resources and capacity building.”

IRENA was founded in 2011 and is now a key platform for energy co-operation between 131 member states including the EU; an additional 36 countries are actively engaged with the organisation and seeking membership. As the population continues to swell and economies become stronger, the MENA region faces a number of critical infrastructure and investment decisions that will affect their energy production capabilities for generations to come. IRENA exists to support these countries through their transition to renewable led energy economies.

The MENA region is a strategically important location for the adoption of renewable technologies. The Jordan Powering Middle East Summit represents a key opportunity for the region to develop sustainable relationships as well as a learning opportunity for investors in the region as IRENA shares financial, technological and policy expertise. eSE looks forward to welcoming both Dr Taoumi and IRENA to the summit. Click here to find out more about IRENA.

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SunEdison brings global expertise to Jordan Powering Middle East Summit.

eSE is pleased to confirm that global leading SunEdison Inc. will be sending a speaker and delegation to the Powering Middle East Summit in Jordan. SunEdison is a major player in both PV and semiconductor technology markets and will offer their expertise in innovative solar energy solutions. Jordan has the highest averages of solar irradiance in the world with an estimated 330 days of sunshine a year; this makes the summit a strategic platform for solar power investment into the region. SunEdison has been in the region for five years and developed first hand expertise in overcoming investment barriers and working with Middle Eastern authorities.2013.05.22.SunEdison_Logo_Full Color (high-res)

Al Dahya is General Manager for SunEdison’s Turkey and Jordan operations and will be speaking at the summit. Al Dahya commented “I am very pleased to be taking part in the Powering Middle East Summit to communicate SunEdison’s expertise and experience in developing, building, financing and operating PV Power Plants for the utility, commercial and residential market segments. PV Solar has the potential to be an important part of the future energy mix in the Middle East Region.  Many countries within the region can benefit from the peak-generation, distributed generation, and low cost attributes associated with PV Solar”.

SunEdison offer tailored technological solutions for the needs of private sector organisations, public administration and residential customers with the goal of transforming people’s lives through innovation. The company operates across more than 20 countries and has developed some of the world’s largest solar deployments including “Amanecer Solar CAP”, (100 MW), Chile, the largest photovoltaic plant in Latin America,  Rovigo (70 MW), Italy and Karadzhalovo (60 MW), Bulgaria SunEdison currently manages more than 800 photovoltaic plants totaling 1.4GW in power generation.

The Powering Middle East Summit has become a hub for solar excellence and knowledge of which SunEdison is an integral part. eSE look forward to welcoming Al Dahya and his delegation to the Jordan Summit this September. Find out more about SunEdison and their global projects at:

Registration for the Powering Middle East Summit is still open! If you are an end user or a private sector provider and would like to discuss participation options, register your initial interest at for a callback from one of the eSE team. All comments and questions welcome using the contact form below.



Communication Technology Solutions on the Agenda at Emergency Services Forum

Following our forum planning process, we have spent the last few months working closely with our ‘Agenda Advisory Board’ members and Chief Fire, Police and Ambulance service officers to pull together the key themes for our Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum. The topics brought forward represent a need to facilitate an environment suitable to foster new relationships between B2B suppliers as well as connecting end users with innovative solutions. Themes suggested include integration of services between ‘Command and Control Centres’ and ‘ICT Solutions’ for back office support as well as front line services.

The latest communication technologies offer a turning point for emergency services efficiency. In the UK ’The’ Emergency Services Mobile Communications Program’ will replace the current framework supplied by ‘Ariwave’ with a new national mobile communication service across the emergency services and other government organisations using the current system. The new platform will be hosted directly by the Home Office and will take advantage of the latest mobile technologies. This development has allowed British APCO to work closely with the Cabinet Office and the Welsh government to improve the exchanging of incidents and data between agency control rooms. It is vital that service providers understand the different level of requirements when reporting incidents within each emergency service which is where the expertise of private sector technology developers can be a real asset.

An area of concern highlighted by UKTEES end users included the speed and accuracy of front line captured date to back office support. Police officers in Avon and Somerset and West Hampshire have recently taken part in a three month NPIA (now part of the Home Office) pilot project using digital technology to take witness statements and send them back to the force electronically. The project is estimated to have save 780 hours of police time across the two forces highlighting the measurable benefits that technology enhancement will provide. It has also been announced in the mainstream media that body cameras will shortly be piloted within ten London boroughs of the Met Police force as well as forces in North West Yorkshire. A number of technologies have already been enrolled internationally including GIS systems which provide American emergency services electronic mapping and emergency management systems to help obtain accurate data faster. Another technology development includes a new ‘Text with 911’ service which aids communication between deaf-blind service users and the emergency services.

This forum has been specifically designed with the contribution from end users and our agenda board made up of ICT and Technology officers, Directors of Modernisation and chief executives of Emergency Services. There is a clear focus on the deployment of support technology for both front line and command and control centre support. We are pleased to welcome constabularies and emergency services from across the country to Liverpool and private sector companies from security, software, vehicle technology and communications providers.TEES-Forum-Logo-web

To find out more about the Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum, visit to register for a call back from one of the team.


Paperless NHS Deadline brings ICT and Document Management innovators to UKHIF

The NHS is facing a challenging time as it undergoes a process of digitalisation and reorganisation. A number of reports have detailed the potential benefits that technology can bring to the healthcare sector, both for end users and service providers. A PwC and a National Mobile Health Worker report have highlighted the need to make better use of information and available technologies such as text messaging negative results, electronic patient records and electronic prescribing of medication. Our UK Health Informatics Forum brings together supplier expertise from within the Health Informatics sector including private sector companies focusing on ICT management, digital document management and electronic data capture. Altodigital, Kirona Ltd and Tiani Spirit are all organisations contributing their expertise in innovative ICT solutions at our Leeds forum.paperless-nhs

The NHS is expected to become a ‘Paperless ’organisation by 2018, enabling it to improve services, save money and cope with the challenges of an aging population. This paperless approach will allow patients to have compatible digital records, which can be accessed at the touch of a button, across the health and care system. Over the coming years the NHS has planned the adoption of paperless referrals, outlining clear plans for the linking of electronic records and online access to health records held by GPs for patients.

Professor Jonathan Kay at UKHIF Bristol.

Professor Jonathan Kay (Agenda Advisory Board member UKHIF) and Mike Morris of Tiani Spirit recently took part in an online discussion for the Guardian about the NHS paperless deadline (Read it at: Professor Kay suggested here that the ‘Paperless’ term describes a vision, the details of which sets out to improve patient safety and process efficiency “which are the two benefits that computerisation can bring to clinical practice”. Professor Kay expected to see advantages of technology materialise over the next five years with patients seeing much greater use of mobile devices, wireless networks, architectures which don’t take into account server location and contextual knowledge management systems. New skills brought in by a new generation of clinicians who have trained and studied within the digital environment will also aid in the implementation of technological resources.

The Paperless NHS deadline plays a key role in the debate for adopting new healthcare technologies. Professor Jonathan Kay is helping to shape the discussion themes for the Leeds UK Health Informatics Forum and will be taking part within our interactive panel sessions. If your organisation supplies technological solutions to support the NHS and help it meets its paperless deadline, register your interest at


UKHIF Agenda Board brings together wealth of expertise from public and private sector.

eSE events work closely with a number of senior level professionals from public sector bodies, private sector companies and trade associations to form our top level VIP forums. Our UK Health Informatics Forum (UKHIF) series, along with our other international and UK Public Sector events, utilises our unique ‘Agenda Advisory Board’ platform which brings together a wealth of experience from across these three sectors.

L-R: Trevor Single, Dr Masood Nazir and Dr Mark Davies at the Bristol UKHIF

The Agenda Advisory Board for UKHIF is no exception and benefits from the wide range of experience of its carefully selected members. Board members for our second forum, to be held in Leeds, bring together expertise from NHS England, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP), Bristol Community Health and the Telecare Services Association. The board members assist our Summit Director with shaping the themes for discussion around our four key interactive panel sessions; this ensures that the topics discussed on the day are based on the latest market intelligence and issues faced by both public and private sector healthcare providers.

Professor Jonathan Kay (Clinical Informatics Director) and Dr Masood Nazir (Clinical Informatics Advisor) are representing NHS England; both will be contributing public sector issues to the agenda including the role of CCGs and the integration of health and social care providers. Trevor Single (CEO- Telecare Services Association) will be exploring concerns within the private sector Telehealth market involving empowering patients and adopting existing technology to improve integration. Max Jones (Director of Data and Information Services), our fourth agenda board member comes from public body the HSCIC. Max brings previous private sector experience mixed with a clear insight into the digitalisation process of the NHS. Dr Mark Davies, who has spent the last 10 years in national IT leadership positions brings expertise in understanding, managing and utilising data and will chair our fourth panel session. Julia Clarke (Chief Executive Bristol Community Health) has particular expertise in rolling out an innovative mobile working platform. Julia brings previous experience within hospital management and a keen interest in self-care supported through telehealth systems including systems enabled health coaching. Our final board member is Dr Gwyn Thomas (Chairman UKCHIP). Gwyn brings a wide range of experience from a number of public sector ICT roles and has a unique insight into end users working with healthcare technology.

All members of our Leeds ‘Agenda Advisory Board’ attended our Bristol summit and are committed to this unique platform positioned as the next step from trade shows and exhibitions. Delegates from both public and private sector participating in the forum can submit their own agenda points to be included within the creation process.

eSE is pleased to be working with this diverse board of leading expertise within the health informatics sector, and is fully confident in the structure of debate they have put in place. If you would like your own organisation involved within the forum, register your interest at for a call back from one of our team.

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