Bandar Allaf, chairman of the Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference

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Updated 12 December 2019

Bandar Allaf, chairman of the Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference

  • Allaf is the CEO of Juffali Energy and Utilities
  • He went to the US for higher studies and did his master’s at New York University from 2008 to 2009

The 9th Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference (SASG 2019) began in Jeddah on Tuesday. It offers experts in the field of science and technology a unique platform to share their views on emerging technologies and discuss sustainable solutions to mankind’s ever-increasing energy needs.

Bandar Allaf is the chairman of SASG. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the conference, he said that more than 204 scientific papers from around 25 countries of the world have been submitted at the conference this year.

Allaf is the CEO of Juffali Energy and Utilities.  An engineer by profession, he received his bachelor’s from King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah in 1999. After his graduation, he joined the Saudi Electric Co. as a senior transmission engineer. During his 12-year tenure at the utility company, he served in several key positions until 2011.

He went to the US for higher studies and did his master’s at New York University from 2008 to 2009.

In October 2011, he joined the ACWA Power International as a senior manager for business development. ACWA is a developer of independent water and power projects. Subsequently, Allaf joined Juffali Solar as CEO. He worked in this capacity until March 2015. He has been the CEO of Juffali Energy and Utilities for the last six years.

Allaf also served as the chairman of the Saudi Council of Engineers for two terms — 2013 to 2019. 

SASG is considered an important event that focuses on smart solutions to energy issues. Leading companies also get a chance to showcase their latest products and technology to stakeholders. 


Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

KSRelief aircraft contains medical supplies, ventilators and other relief goods for blast victims. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 August 2020

Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

  • KSRelief teams are also active in treating blast victims

RIYADH: A third King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) plane loaded with aid arrived in Beirut on Saturday as part of a relief air bridge that was set up to help the people in wake of the Beirut blasts.

The air bridge was established on the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
KSRelief Adviser Dr. Ali bin Hamed Al-Ghamdi said the third plane is loaded with ventilators, hospital and medical equipment, as well as various medicines and disinfectants. It also contains food, tents, mattresses, blankets and cooking supplies.
So far, 200 tons of aid from the Kingdom have been flown to Lebanon with specialized teams to follow up and supervise the distribution operations.
KSRelief teams are also active in Lebanon in treating victims of the blast.
Earlier, two Saudi aircraft carrying more than 120 tons of medicines, equipment, and emergency supplies were dispatched to Beirut.
KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that the assistance highlights the pivotal role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.

The Saudi aid will help alleviate the sufferings of Lebanese people.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, Chief of the High Relief, Commission in Lebanon

The twin blasts devastated large areas of the Lebanese capital and destroyed vital infrastructure, including grain storage silos and port facilities.
Lebanon, already reeling from an economic and currency collapse, now faces the threat of food shortages and a major hit to exports and imports.
Countries around the world have rushed to help Lebanon in the wake of the port explosion on Aug. 4.
The secretary-general of the High Relief Commission in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, thanked the Kingdom for the urgent humanitarian aid provided through KSRelief.
In a press statement, he praised the historical relations between the two countries, noting the Saudi aid will help alleviate the suffering of Lebanese people.
Residents in the Kingdom can also help Lebanon by making donations through KSRelief’s website.