Roberto de Diego Arozamena

Chief Executive Officer, Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services

Roberto de Diego Arozamena

Chief Executive Officer, Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services

Biography

Roberto de Diego Arozamena is the Chief Executive Officer of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services, a position he has held since September 2012. Based in Dubai, UAE, he also serves as Abdul Latif Jameel’s Special Projects Officer.

Mr. de Diego Arozamena is responsible for driving the growth of Abdul Latif Jameel’s international energy business, leading its strategy to strengthen its position as an independent power producer (IPP), in the renewable energy sector. Following the acquisition of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) in April 2015, Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services is now the largest GCC-based solar PV developer and one of the leading solar PV developers in the world. In addition, the company has taken steps to become a leading water desalination and treatment plant developer as well as providing water services for the industrial sector. The business has a geographical footprint that extends beyond the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region to include solar projects in Asia Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa, and Latin America.

In his role as Special Projects Officer, Mr. de Diego Arozamena supports Abdul Latif Jameel’s diversification into new business activities, leveraging his broad business background as a senior executive working across diverse sectors and international markets. He has more than 30 years of high-level corporate management and business development experience, during which he has taken an active role in delivering international best practice, multinational workforce management, and helping raise standards of corporate governance.
Mr. de Diego Arozamena has considerable expertise in the international renewable energy sector, having established an advisory services company focused on renewable energy, prior to which he held the position of President of Europe, Middle East and Africa at Solfocus, a solar technology developer and manufacturer of solar energy systems.
He previously held several leadership positions across a number of telecommunications and technology companies, including British Telecom as President of BT Europe, a €6.4 bn international business, and CEO of Jazztel Group, a publicly listed company.

A Spanish National, Mr. de Diego Arozamena holds an MBA from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Southern California.

Session:

Day 1: Monday 24th April 2017

11:00 – 12:30 – RoundtablesRoundtable Host – Topic: “From EPC to BOOT: finding the win-win relationship in a changing market”