Altwaijri, Merfeld, Seage Join WREF 2012 Speaker List

Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijiri

Boulder, Colo., Feb. 13, 2012 – Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijiri, Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) will address the World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF 2012) in Denver, May 13-17.

Dr. Altwaijiri joins a growing list of world-leading authorities on renewable energy deployment scheduled to speak at WREF 2012. A citizen of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Altwaijiri has published nine books and 25 academic papers on aspects of Muslim civilization and its relationships with the rest of the world. He joined ISESCO, headquartered in Rabat, Morocco, as Deputy Director General for Culture in 1985, and was elected Director General in 1991. Dr. Altwaijiri holds a B.A. in English Language and History from King Saud University, an M.A. in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Curriculum from the University of Oregon. Before joining ISESCO he taught in the College of Education at King Saud University.

Among other speakers scheduled are Dr. Danielle Merfeld and Santiago Seage.

Dr. Danielle Merfeld
Dr. Danielle Merfeld

Dr. Danielle Merfeld is the Director of the Solar Technology Platform at General Electric’s Global Research Center. Before that she spent seven years managing the company’s Semiconductor Technology Laboratory. Dr. Merfeld received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. Dr. Merfeld has authored or co-authored more than 60 papers in technical journals. She is an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech, and sits on the advisory board for the ECSE department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Merfeld is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Material Science: Materials in Electronics and on the International Advisory Board of the International Conference on Materials for Microelectronics & Nanoengineering.


Mr. Santiago
Mr. Santiago Seage

Mr. Santiago Seage is Chairman and CEO of Abengoa Solar, which develops its own technology, designs and operates large solar power plants. The company operates 393 megawatts of solar generation, including the first two commercial solar power towers worldwide, and has 1010 MW under construction. After earning a degree in Business Administration at Icade University in Madrid, Mr. Seage worked for five years at Procter & Gamble, then joined McKinsey & Company, where he became a partner in 2001. He joined Abengoa in 2006.

For the first time, the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Conference will be held under the same roof with the biennial World Renewable Energy Congress. The combined event is WREF 2012. The conference will draw prominent speakers and technical presentations from universities, renewable energy laboratories, installations and industries around the world. WREF 2012 will examine how renewable energy technologies address the world’s economic, environmental and security challenges at every scale, from off-grid villages to gigawatt power plants.

To register for the conference, visit

WREF 2012 is presented by the American Solar Energy Society, the World Renewable Energy Network, the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and the International Solar Energy Society. Conference program chair is Dr. Chuck Kutscher, principal engineer and group manager of NREL’s Thermal Systems Group. Co-chairs are Professor Ali Sayigh of the World Renewable Energy Congress and Susan Greene, president of ASES.

For further information contact Seth Masia, 720-420-7937

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