Exclusive talk to Paul van Son, CEO at Dii – from utopia to 100% renewables in MENA & Turkey
During the recent Desert Energy Leadership Summit organized by Dii (Desertec Industry Initiative) in Dubai we spoke exclusively to Paul van Son, the man behind the initiative.
In 2009 Mr. van Son was appointed CEO of Dii GmbH (Munich), an international industry consortium for facilitating a market for renewable energy in the deserts of MENA. Presently, besides his role as innogy / RWE Country Chairman for MENA &Turkey, he is leading the transition of Dii into a regional industry network in Dubai, focusing on solving financial, technical and regulatory challenges for renewable energy projects and interconnected grid integration.
Mr. van Son is the founder and honorary President of the European Federation of Energy Traders (www.efet.org). He is Chairman of the Energy4All Foundation (www.energy4all.org ), a non-profit organization promoting decentralized energy systems in Africa. He is among others member of the Board of DEWA and innogy’s Joint Venture in Dubai. He graduated as an electrical engineer at the Technical University Delft and on corporate governance at Nyenrode University, Netherlands.
You may see Mr. van Son’s paper on “Capturing Synergies among the Mediterranean countries“