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.

Kee Chin Khoo Khor

Kee Chin Khoo Khor is Senior Manager of First Solar (M) Sdn. Bhd. She manages the Ultra-pure Water plants, Wastewater treatment plants and Waste Management of the company. She obtained her Degree in Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia. She has > 15 working experience in Multi-national companies, specializes in Ultra-pure Water and Wastewater Treatment industry. First Solar, a leading Thin-film PV solar panel manufacturer, maintaining a sustainable operation in all aspects is the mission of the company. Kee Chin is chartered to set up and operate Waste Management Operation team functioning as the One-stop center for Total Waste Management for all the wastes from the company in the most sustainable manner focusing on 4R approaches. In such, > 90% (by weight) solar panel is recycled to be the raw material for other industries use, achieving company goals. As one of First Solar Sustainability Ambassadors, Kee Chin is focusing on SDG implementation on employee engagement (employee well-being), operational excellence and environmental commitment.

Angui Li

Professor Angui Li is the Dean of the School of Building Services Science and Engineering, and an HVAC professor of Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology. Prof. Angui Li was once a visiting professor and Royal Society K. C. Wong Fellow at Cardiff University of UK (2000-2003), a visiting professor of Nihon University in Japan 2005, and senior research fellow at Purdue University in the USA (2009), and professor at Umea University in Sweden.

Liu Wen

Professor Liu Wen, Bachelor and Ph.D. of Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), postdoctoral fellow of McMaster University, Canada. Currently, he is the director of the Key Laboratory of Optoelectronics Science and Technology, USTC. 1992- 1998, he was the former Chief Technology Officer of Solid State Devices Research Institute, China, 1998~2003 he had been an employee in the Canadian Nortel Networks, 2003 ~ 2013 he was a deputy chief technology officer of Wuhan Post Academy of Sciences (Fiberhome Technology Group); In 2006, he has obtained award as one of Distinguished Professor of Changjiang Scholar of Ministry of Education, China. His R&D works including Photovoltaic system design and application, Optoelectronic Technologies for agriculture application, Fiber Optical devices design and applications, Surface acoustic wave devices design and application.

Michele Bottarelli

Michele Bottarelli is an engineer, recruited as a researcher at the University of Ferrara (Italy), in which he also lectures Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer at School of Architecture and Renewable Energy at School of Industrial Design, as an aggregated professor. He is author/co-author of several scientific papers and contributes to international conferences, and qualified as an associate professor by the Italian Scientific Qualification.

As the leader of a laboratory working on heat transfer and renewable energy, his main research activities are currently focused on ground heat exchangers and their behaviour when coupled with phase change materials, thermal benefits of air-permeability in vented tiled roofs, hybridization of geothermal heat pump systems. On these topics, he took part in several European projects as an expert, partner or coordinator (HEROTILE, IDEAS, HEGOS, CLIWAX, W-SAHARA, EUREKA EU487).

A former member of the Research Council of the University of Ferrara, he currently is a member of the Academic Senate.

Yousif Abdalla Abakar

Yousif Abdalla Abakar is a professor of renewable energy at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia. Prof Abakar studied at the University of Khartoum (Sudan), the International Islamic University (Malaysia) and the University of Nottingham (UK). He has worked in different research and academic institutions in Sudan and Malaysia. Prof Abakar has a wide research interest in Renewable energy fundamentals and applications including solar thermal energy such as solar desalination, solar water heating, and solar concentrated power plants, he is also interested in low-speed wind energy and small energy recovery systems. His research interest has extended to Biomass Pyrolysis and Gasification as well as energy-efficient cooking stoves and thermoacoustic and thermoelectric engines associated with cooking stoves and cooling devices, recently he has developed an interest in impedance pumps and valve-less pumping systems.

Khaled Al-Sallal

Professor Al-Sallal is a specialist in building technology with more than 100 papers published in prestigious journals and books and numerous talks given in prestigious conferences and scientific forums. His research focuses on the interface between technology and design of ecologically responsible environments with various funds awarded from public and private agencies. He built the state-of-the-art Daylighting Simulation Laboratory at UAEU by himself from the ground up; which runs under his technical leadership. He has taken major roles in supervising Ph.D. and M.Sc. dissertations and in implementing research and consulting projects that introduced new sustainable solutions.

He is an active member of SET, IBPSA and founder and president of IBPSA-UAE, WREN/WREC steering committee, a full member of ASHRAE and served in the Board of Governors and as the Vice President, CTC Chair, RP Chair, of the ASHRAE Falcon Chapter. He has a B.Arch. from Ain Shams University, an M.S. from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Shuli Liu

Shuli Liu is Professor in the School of Energy, Construction and Environment, with 17 years of research experience in the areas of low carbon cities and low impact buildings including building services and energy-efficient technologies. Shuli has led over 16 research projects funded by EPSRC, KTP, British Council, Newton Fund, GCRF, Marie Skłodowska-Curie and industry partners such as Tata Steel, Triton Shower and Orbit House Group Ltd, etc. She has been awarded more than £1.7 million of funding such as an EPSRC smart meter and sensors system for domestic houses, a KTP on low carbon energy models in social housing extensively using novel and sustainable technologies, solar ventilation system, free cooling and heating technologies, etc. Shuli has over 90 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications.