With global attention set to be firmly focused on Qatar during COP18, the Sustainable Innovation Forum will concentrate on actions, solutions and leadership as well as the challenges and opportunities that exist for increased sustainable development. The forum will once again feature high-level government and private sector panellists via three C-level plenary sessions to discuss how to greater mobilise public-private-partnerships (PPPs), the challenges of sustainable urbanisation with an ever-increasing population, and the latest advances in technology and innovation.

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012 - Unlocking the Green Potential

13:00 Registration, networking & welcome buffet

Welcome & VIP keynotes addresses    

- Nick Nuttall, Acting Director of Communications and Spokesperson, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

- Arne Otto, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Business Operational Excellence, OSRAM

- Sheikha Athba Bint Thamer Al-Thani, Representing the State of Qatar   




Plenary panel I - Public-Private-Partnerships: Creating Effective Alliances for Building Green Economies

With special emphasis on emerging markets and nations, this plenary session will bring together government bodies, the private sector and the leading non-governmental organisations that are catalysing the increasing involvement of business within sustainable development. The debate will focus on how strategically business and governments can best work together to achieve joint sustainability targets; the success of public-private partnerships; innovative projects that can breath new life into the carbon reduction agenda; economic and market barriers to green growth; accelerating the green energy shift, and the challenges of sustainable development within a developing world context.

Panel moderator:

-Jane Dutton, Senior News and Current Affairs Presenter, Al Jazeera English

Panellists include:

- Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

- His Excellency Idriss Déby Itno, President, Republic of Chad

- Minister Ivonne A-Baki, Secretary of State, Yasuní-ITT Initiative

- Lila Karbassi, General Manager and Environment Leader, UN Global Compact (UNGC)

- Thierry Berthoud, Managing Director, Energy & Climate, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

- Dr Fadil Basyyoni, President, Saudi Asma Environmental Solutions (SAES)

15:50 First Refreshment Break (20 mins)





Plenary panel II - Sustainable cities: Examining the future for our urban population

With 3.5 billion people already living in cities and by 2055 an estimated 75% of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas, cities present the world’s population with the best chance of reducing our ecological footprint, through improvements in transport, energy, buildings, technology, water and waste systems. This panel debate will focus on the issues faced in both developed and developing urban landscapes and will include special emphasis on the Middle East region, bringing in expertise from the Emirates Green Building Council and Gulf Organisation for Research & Development. In addition, discussion areas will include lighting, smart-grid technologies, measurement of city-scale emissions, the challenges facing cities today and the barriers to greater urban development.

Panel moderator:

- Gino van Begin, Deputy Secretary-General, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Panellists include:

- Arne Otto, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Business Operational Excellence, OSRAM

- Harvey M. Bernstein, F.ASCE, LEED AP, Vice President, Industry Insights and Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC)

- Saeed Alabbar, Director, Alabbar Energy and Sustainability Group (AESG) and Vice President, Emirates Green Building Council

- Jane Burston, Head, Centre for Carbon Measurement, National Physical Laboratory

- Dr Esam Elsarrag, Director, Research and Development, Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD)



Practitioners Debates

UNEP & Siemens Practitioners Debate - Energy and Innovation (Main Conference Room)

Overview of climate technology assessments: the case of Lebanon

- Ms Lea Kai Aboujaoudé, Project Coordinator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project 1: Energy Efficiency in Buildings

- Ralf Fueller, Regional Head IC BT, Siemens WLL

- Alexandre Amato, Head of Sustainability, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC)

Project 2: UNEP's Enlighten Project

- Lars Stühlen, Director for Domestic Lighting Legislation, OSRAM

Moderation: Mark Radka, Head of the Energy Branch, United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics


UNEP & Siemens Practitioners Debate - Sustainable Cities (Al Wajba Room)

Project 1: The Rio de Janeiro Low Carbon City Development Program

- Emilio Lèbre La Rovere

- Dr Flavia Carloni

- Gino van Begin, Deputy Secretary-General, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Project 2: Doha Light Rail Project

- Youssef Merjaneh, Head of IC RL, Siemens WLL

Moderation: Dr. Jens Dinkel, Vice President Corporate Sustainability - Stakeholder Engagement, Siemens AG

18:10 Second Refreshment Break (20 mins)


Harvard Business Review Webinar / Panel Discussion in partnership with Future Influencers, a community initiated by Siemens

Future of Energy: Building a Sustainable Future - Unlocking the Energy Challenge

- Session introduced by Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Panellists - Current Influencers:

- Barbara Kux, Member of the Managing Board and Chief Sustainability Officer, Siemens AG

- Jennifer Morgan, Director of the Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute

- Barbara Kux, Member of the Managing Board, Siemen- Gregory Unruh, Director, The Lincoln Center for Ethics in Global Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Panellists - Future Influencers:

- Anna Leidreiter, Policy Officer Climate Energy, World Future Council

- Kali Taylor, President, Student Energy

- Gatien Bon, Youth Diplomacy, USA, Harvard Kennedy School

Panel moderator:

- Angelia Herrin, Editor for Research and Special Projects, Harvard Business Review





Plenary III - Technology and Innovation: Accelerating the green economy

The final panel session will focus on the green technologies and innovations that global business and industry are developing and integrating into the green economy and how these can be supported and accelerated by government. After a broad initial discussion on the importance of technology and innovation in ensuring climate resilience, the debate will focus on four main areas - transport and mobility; food, water and agriculture; innovative finance and funding mechanisms for green growth and lastly how governments can support businesses to bring forward technological advancements.

Panel moderator:

- Farooq Ullah, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum

Panellists include:

- Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

- A/Prof, Dr.h.c,Capt. Chris Schroeder, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Environment & Fuel Projects, Qatar Airways

- Gaurav Sood, Head of Crop Solutions, New Holland Agriculture in India

- Alex Zhu, President, Hisense Middle East - Africa Holdings Co. Ltd



VIP closing speeches

- Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Director, United Nations Environment Programme - Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP DTIE)

- Kersten-Karl Barth, Director of Sustainability, Siemens AG

- Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

20.50 Networking, buffet and evening entertainment
22:00 Forum ends

*timings are subject to change