Webinar #1: Cleantech in the Energy Sector –
Challenges & Opportunities

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 3:00 pm till 4:15 pm · Zoom Webinar

About The Session

During this webinar, guest experts and entrepreneurs will present the different challenges and opportunities in the energy sector. This session should inspire anyone innovating in this sector to focus on their idea or startup, and learn more about applying to the Cleanergy Accelerator program. 


  • Introduction to Cleantech Learning Series and overview of the webinar  
  • Expert Intervention 1 
  • Expert Intervention 2 
  • Entrepreneur Intervention 
  • Q & A
  • Closing 

Meet The Speakers


Jessica Obeid

Energy Policy Consultant

Jessica Obeid is an independent energy policy consultant advising international organisations and governments on energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, she serves as Senior Global Advisor and energy transition expert for London-based consultancy Azure Strategy. She is Academy Associate at Chatham House’s energy, environment and resources programmer in London, where she previously served as resident fellow in 2017-2018, and non-resident scholar for the Middle East Institute in Washington DC and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies in Beirut.  

Prior to moving into policy in 2017, Jessica had a decade experience in engineering with a focus on renewable energy, with her last position being chief energy engineer at the United Nations Development Programme in Beirut. She has published widely and regularly provides expert commentary to leading media outlets. She has been awarded the EU Visitors Programme -where her visit focused on the Green Deal-, the US State Department’s TechWomen and the UK FCDO International Leaders Fellowships. Jessica holds a master’s degree in Political Sciences with emphasis on Diplomacy and Negotiations, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. 


Marc Ayoub

Energy Researcher and Program Coordinator at AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

Marc is the Coordinator of the Energy Policy and Security Program and an Energy researcher at the AUB Issam Fares institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. His work in Lebanon revolves around influencing policy making through evidence-based research. Specifically, he advocated a national energy policy that utilizes renewables as a centerpiece of the energy mix rather than just a policy add-on. He’s been involved in producing energy mix scenarios, mapping of available public lands and conducting techno-economic assessment of renewable energy projects, including that of a 300MW of solar PV power plant in the Tfail region. His research also tackles subjects at the interface of water and energy sectors, focusing on energy efficiency measures in Water and Wastewater Services in Lebanon, as well as areas of anti-corruption evidence in Lebanon’s Energy Sector. He’s currently coordinating the ACT Smart project funded by Berytech that aims to produce white papers and policy recommendations on how to enable the business environment for innovation in the Cleantech sectors: Energy, Water and Solid Waste. 

Marc received a BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Balamand (2014), and a BSc in Chemistry from the Lebanese University (2011). 


Antoine Skayem

Managing Partner at FREE Energy

Antoine is a hands-on leader & executive with robust expertise in agile business development and deep understanding of the renewable energy, energy efficiency & sustainability sector.  
He started FREE energy ( in 2012, a firm specialized in customizing energy solutions, and grew the company towards it successful acquisition in 2017. Antoine is still acting as CEO and is currently leading the business development in KSA and other GCC countries.  

In 2015, he co-founded RIEGO, an IoT, agritech solution that manages water consumption. RIEGO was later integrated as service offering by FREE energy.  
Antoine is very passionate about putting a dent in the planet’s carbon footprint by creating the utmost value for the beneficiary and the environment.  
Antoine is a Mechanical Engineer; he holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management, CMVP®, CRM®, CWEP®, ReGrid Manager and Green Energy Finance Specialist 

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About Cleantech Learning Series

Our country has suffered during the last decade from high deterioration in the infrastructure and hygiene sectors in addition to the high cost of operating and consuming energy and water.

The aim today is to create a community of entrepreneurs and an orbit of experts and supporters, leading to the creation of startups that would serve the local, regional and international needs.

The educational series is showcasing a number of key experts alongside successful entrepreneurs in each of the following sectors, in recurring weekly webinars.

The Cleantech Learning Series is organized by Berytech under the Cleanergy Program, co-funded by The Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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