Invited Speakers

Ali Kilicarslan


Professor Ali Kilicarslan (Ph.D.) is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Hitit University, Corum, Turkey. He was Director of the Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences until 2017 and is Editor in Chief of the Hittite Journal of Science and Engineering.

His research is based on experimental, theoretical, energy and exergy analyses in the following areas: Thermal Systems, Refrigerants and Refrigeration Systems, Air-conditioning Systems, Heating Systems, Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems, Gas-fired Pulse Combustion, and Thermodynamic Cycles.

K. S. Reddy

Dr. K. S. Reddy, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Madras, Chennai is a specialist in renewable energy technologies, concentrating solar thermal and PV systems, energy efficiency and environment. Presently, he is also an honorary professor at the University of Exeter, U.K. and Adjunct Professor, CEERI-CSIR, Chennai. He has authored more than 200 research papers in reputed international journals and conferences. He has filed a couple of patents in the area of energy. He co-authored a book on “Sustainable Energy and the Environment: A Clean Technology Approach” Published by Springer. Dr. Reddy has executed several research projects related to solar energy and energy & environment sponsored by various national and international agencies. He is actively involved in the development of Concentrating Solar Power technologies in India. He is associated with several Industries on power generation, process heat, energy efficiency & conservation and characterization of engineering materials.

Shin-Ku Lee

Shin-Ku Lee is an Associate Research Professor in the Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy at National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan. He received his Ph. D. degree from National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, in 2001. From 2008 to 2014, he was an assistant research professor at National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan. Since 2015, he has been an associate research professor at National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan.

Dr. Lee current research is concerned with the development, evaluation, and application of advanced building material for use in green building. Over the last few years, Dr. Lee has written papers demonstrating how advanced building material such as aerogel, solar control film, BIPV, and other materials can be adapted for the enhancement of fire-resistant and thermal performances in a building.

Zafer Utlu

Zafer Utlu is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering at İstanbul Gedik University (IGUN). He is also Rector of this University. He is a member of The International Federation of Inspection Agencies. He received Ph.D. in Energy from Ege University in 2003. He has a wide range of experience of thermodynamic analysis including energy and exergy analyses, renewable energy technologies, zero energy buildings, energy storage, energy systems, solar energy applications, heat pumps, waste heat recovery technologies, thermophotovoltaic systems, and power cycles. He is carrying out a lot of projects which are supported by The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (STRCT) and British Council, UNDP, ISTKA and industry. He published over 120 refereed papers on an international and national basis.
Prof. Utlu is the advisor of waste heat recovery systems, and solar energy applications, and heat pumps in many industrial projects. He has provided consultancy in design/development of several major solar power plants. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Engineering and Natural Sciences (IJENS).

Ali Mohammed AL-ASHWAL

Ali Mohammed Al-Ashwal is a Professor of Electrical Engineering. He held key official positions as an Academic Director of the Lebanese International University (LIU) from September 2008 to November 2018, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Sana’a University for the years 1991, 2000, 2006 up to September 2008, the Power Sector Reform Project Director, Financed by WB, from 1998 to 2002, and the Advisor of Minister of Electricity, from 2004 to 2008. He is now the General Manager of a consultancy firm (General Engineering Services) since 1994 up to now. His fields of research interest are in renewable energy and energy conservation.

Li-Zhi Zhang

Li-Zhi Zhang is a Professor at South China University of Technology (Guangzhou, China), the winner of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China. He has worked with Energy recovery for building ventilation, Thermal Science, Heat and Mass Transfer, and advanced humidity control technologies since 1992. His research interests include membrane technologies; Development of novel functional materials for built environment; self-cleaning surfaces. His research combines fundamentals with applications. He is Editor for Energy and Buildings, Elsevier and Professor and Vice Director of the Key Lab of Enhanced Heat Transfer and Energy Conservation of Education Ministry, South China University of Technology.

Hongfei Zheng

Professor Hongfei Zheng is the Director of the Solar Research Center and the Director of the Thermal Energy Engineering Institute at the School of Mechanical and Vehicular Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, China. He has been carrying out research in the area of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Systems for twenty-five years. He has a wide range of experience in solar energy applications including hot water, desalination, air conditioning, solar concentration and daylighting. He began his research interest in solar energy applications when he was a lecturer at Guangxi University in the 1980s. Prof Zheng started his Ph.D. study – Solar Desalination Technology – at the University of Science and Technology of China (top 5 in China) in September 1996. Following completion of his Ph.D. in 1999, he worked in Xian Jiaotong University (top 10 in China) for two years as a postdoctoral researcher and associate professor. During that time he completed independently a research project funded by the Postdoctoral Management Committee of China.

Gang Pei


Professor Gang Pei is Dean of Department of Thermal Science and Energy Engineering at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei Anhui, China. He received his Ph. D degree in engineering thermal physics from USTC, in 2006.

He has been engaged in the field of solar energy utilisation for a long time. His research interests span a range of topics, including solar photovoltaic/thermal system, solar assisted heat pump, solar assisted organic Rankine cycle, sky radiative cooling, and hybrid integration of solar energy harvesting and sky radiative cooling. Developments in these fields are significant for efficient utilisation of renewable energy.

Jie Ji

Professor Jie Ji is one of the top scientists in Chinese solar energy research, being entitled the ‘Distinguished Professor of Chinese Academy of Sciences’, ‘Expertise Advisory Group Member of the National 863 Hi-Tech Development Program’, ‘Vice President of China’s Solar Thermal Utilization Committee’. He has a wide range of experience in solar photovoltaic/thermal technologies and their building integration, solar cooling and solar heat pumps. To date, he has published over 200 research papers, was ranked the most cited Chinese academia in Elsevier during 2014 to 2018, claimed more than 60 patents, and completed more than 40 research projects funded by the China National 863 Hi-Tech Development Programs of China, ‘Solar Action Plan’ of CAS, the China’s Natural Science Foundation and the EU Marie Curie Action. He has also published first Chinese PV/T monograph ‘Research Progress on Solar Photovoltaic/Thermal System Utilization’ and the monograph ‘Research and Application of the Novel Solar Thermal Technologies Based on Flat-plate Solar Collectors’. He has been awarded 1st and 3rd WSSET Innovation Awards in 2016 and in 2018, the ‘Special Grand Gold Invention Medal’ in Geneva in 2016 and 2017, and ‘European Dragon-Star Innovation Award’ in 2015.