Keynote Speakers

Prof. Andrés Monzón, Director of TRANSyT-UPM

Transport Research Centre-Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

Escuela de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos-Civil Eng.

c/Profesor Aranguren s/n - 28040 Madrid – Spain

Tel: +34 91 336 5373    -

 Prof. Monzon is a Civil Engineer and holds an MSc in Transport and Urban Planning and a PhD in Transport. He is the Director of TRANSyT (Transport Research Centre) and Professor of Transportation Planning at the Civil Engineering Department, UPM. He is currently taking part on the UPM initiative “City of the Future” and participates as professor and mobility area coordinator in the Master of City Sciences. Besides, he is currently leading the ASCIMER project, which is financed by EIB and seeks to develop assessment methodologies for Smart City Projects in the Mediterranean Region. In SMARTGREENS Conference he will present the first result of this last project.

ASCIMER (Assessing Smart City Initiatives for the Mediterranean Region) is a 3-year research project supported by the European Investment Bank under the EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS).The overall goal of this research program is to develop a comprehensive framework to help public and private stakeholders to make informed decisions about Smart City investment strategies and to build skills to evaluate and prioritize these kinds of projects, including solving difficulties regarding deployment and transferability.


He has published 57 books and chapters of books, 89 papers in scientific journals, 111 papers in international Conferences’ Proceedings and 74 in national Conferences and Symposiums. He has been supervisor of 25 doctoral theses.

He has participated in 66 research projects as director. Among them 23 were international projects, mainly EU FP projects. Some of the recent projects related to Urban Mobility are EBSF (European Bus System of the Future), ICT-Emissions (Development of a methodology and tool to evaluate the impact of ICT measures on urban car transport emissions), City-Hub (Integrated Design of Urban Interchanges) and TRANSBICI (Travel Behavior Analysis for Modelling the potential use of bicycle: transition towards a cycling city).

He has been elected new academic co-Chairman for the ERTRAC WG on Urban Mobility.

Main areas  of research and expertise:

  • Sustainable Transportation Planning, Transport Demand Management and Urban Public Transportation.


Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Vice President, Business Development,

Middle East and Saudi Arabia

Dr. Raed Bkayrat is responsible for establishing and overseeing First Solar’s commercial footprint in the region, market setup, origination and strategy development for partnerships and project execution. 

With about 20 years of experience, Raed joins First Solar from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was responsible for creating the institution’s successful Industry Collaboration Program. During his four year stint at KAUST, he also created a demonstration and testing program for solar and other clean energy technologies, advised several Saudi governmental and industrial entities and mentored start up companies.

Prior to that he was part of successful Startups in O&G industry in California, and previously spent eight years in various roles at Siemens AG in Germany and the US. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan.  Raed is an expert on the technical and commercial values of integrated hybrid plants for power generation and water desalination. Raed has several issued patents and is an invited speaker on the topic of clean energy and sustainability.

Tyagunov Mihail G.: Professor

National research University/Moscow Power Engineering Institute

Hydropower and renewable energy sources Department

Krasnokazarmennaya 14, Moscow,

111250 Russia.

Tyagunov Mihail G.: Professor of «Hydropower and renewable energy sources» department, graduated from «NRU «MPEI» (1970), was awarded the degree of Candidate of Technical Sciences (1978), was given the title of senior staff scientist (1985), was awarded the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences (1996).

Research interests: system analysis, distributed power systems, power installations based on renewable energy sources. 128 publications, 5 copyright certificates on the inventions. Member of the International Academy of Informatization. Academician-secretary of the section. Member of the Academy of Electrical Sciences of Russian Federation. Member of the International Higher Education Academy of Sciences.

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