Keynote Speaker: Khaled Al Sabawi

Khaled_Al_Sabawi.jpgKhaled Al Sabawi (born October 1, 1983) is a Canadian-Palestinian engineer and Founder and President of MENA Geothermal and the TABO Initiative. The son of Palestinian refugees from Gaza, he received his degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2006 and later became the first certified Geothermal Engineer in the Middle East. Khaled was named "One of the World's Top Energy Entrepreneurs" by Global Post in 2010 and was ranked the 195th Most Influential Arab by Arabian Business Magazines in their Top 500 Most Influential Arabs ranking for 2012.

As President of MENA Geothermal, a leading green energy business in the region, Khaled installed the first geothermal systems in the region in Palestine in 2007. MENA Geothermal went on to receive the National Energy Globe Award twice in 2008 and 2011 and has installed the largest geothermal system in the Middle East at the American University in Madaba, Jordan.

In late 2010, Khaled became the General Manager of UCI, MENA’s parent company and one of the largest real-estate development companies in Palestine. At UCI, Khaled founded the TABO initiative, Arabic for "title deed", which is the first project dedicated to creating title deeds and expanding property rights in Palestine as a means of protecting Palestinians land while allowing Palestinians from all over the world the ability own an affordable plot of land in Palestine. TABO offers affordable, registered plots of residential land in the West Bank and allows customers to view and reserve plots online. It is a response to increasing land prices in Palestine and also protects Palestinian land through title deed registration against illegal annexation and settlement expansion.

Khaled was a speaker at TEDxRamallah, has lectured at McGill University in Canada and Harvard University and MIT in the United States.