International Conference on
Sustainable Energy in Pakistan

March 12-13, 2019

Jinnah Auditorium, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) H-12, Islamabad, Pakistan
Organized by UET Peshawar and NUST
Registration Deadline February 28, 2019

About Conference

What to Expect

Pakistan is challenged by overpopulation, climate change and a weak energy sector. Despite having abundant renewable energy resources, the energy sector has been in dire-straits for over a decade with power shortages and subsequent load shedding for both domestic and industrial entities. The lack of visionary policy, outdated power plants and transmission grid, economic factors, dependency on imported fossil fuels, and weak indigenous technological base are some of the main contributors to the energy crisis in Pakistan. Although the situation has improved considerably over the last couple of years, the generation, transmission and distribution challenges remain and are affecting economic growth of the country.

Conference Themes


Renewable Energy

Pakistan is endowed with various renewable energy resources such as hydel, solar, wind, geothermal and bio-fuel. Hydro-power both as macro and micro projects are well established in Pakistan and are recognized as low cost, reliable and renewable sources of power in Pakistan and have the potential to fill the energy deficit. Pakistan lies in an area

Electrical Power

The national grid of Pakistan suffers from poor performance due to lack of appropriate electrical power system engineering, planning and market strategy. Emphasis on integrated planning of electrical grid and related challenges, capability issues and employment of modern technology for sustainable and balanced growth of concerned

Thermal Power

Thermal power generation is the main contributor of electricity generation worldwide, as it offers potential benefits such as high ramping rates, fast start-up, base load plants, grid stability, energy security, and low capital and generation cost. The overall thermal power generation constitutes around 65% of the total power generation in Pakistan.

Energy Policy and Management

The domain of energy policy provides the guidelines for defining the targets that a country should achieve in medium- to long-term time frames. The energy policy takes into account the need for providing energy access to the citizens, ensuring reliable energy supplies vital for growth of industrial, commercial and transportation sectors


Adil Najam
Adil NajamProfessor
Boston University, USA
Dr. Kamaruzzaman Sopian
Dr. Kamaruzzaman SopianProfessor
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Mr. Sarim Sheikh
Mr. Sarim SheikhPresident / CEO
GE Pakistan
Dr. Azzam ul Asar
Dr. Azzam ul AsarProfessor
CECOS University, Pakistan
Joyce Miller
Joyce MillerFounder and Director
CAPRESE Sàrl, Switzerland
Dr. Kandasamy Vignarooban
Dr. Kandasamy VignaroobanSenuior Lecturer
University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Dr Sayfe Kiaei
Dr Sayfe KiaeiProfessor
Mr. Salis Usman
Mr. Salis UsmanNTDC
Dr. Muhammad Shahbaz
Dr. Muhammad ShahbazProfessor
Monpellier, France
Edd Blekkan
Edd BlekkanProfessor, NTNU
Kendra Sharp
Kendra SharpProfessor, OSU
Jawwad-DarrProfessor, UCL
Xinying Liu
Xinying LiuProfessor, IDEAS
South Africa
Dr. Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry
Dr. Fiaz Ahmad ChaudhryProfessor
LUMS, Pakistan

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Event Program

  1. Day 1 / Mar, 12
  2. Day 2 / Mar, 13
10:05 – 10:10
10:10 – 10:15

Welcome Address

Professor. Dr. Iftikhar Hussain, Vice Chancellor, UET Peshawar
10:15 – 10:20

Welcome Address

Lieutenant General Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retired) Rector, NUST
10:20 – 10:25


Mr. John Hoover, U.S. Deputy Ambassador for Pakistan
10:25 – 10:35

Address by the Chief Guest

Mr. Omar Ayub Khan – Federal Minister for Power
10:35 – 10:40
10:40 - 10:50
10:50 - 11:30

Plenary Talk-I

Prof. Dr. Adil Najam / Boston University, USA
Pakistan in the Age of Energy Transitions
11:30 - 12:30

Panel Discussion-I

Impact of energy policy and planning in Pakistan

  • Prof. Sayfe Kaiei (ASU) - Moderator
  • Mr. Shahzad Syed Qasim (Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Power Sector)
  • Mr. Tahawar Hussain (Member Energy, Ministry of Planning &Development)
  • Ms. Uzma Adil (Chairperson, Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority)
  • Mr. Shahjahan Mirza (Managing Director, Private Power Infrastructure Board)
  • Ms. Saania Awais (Managing Director, Punjab Power Development Board)
  • Dr. Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry (Professor and Werner-Von-Siemens Chair, LUMS)
  • Dr. Fatima Khushnud Chairman, IPP Association of Pakistan

Technical Session I (Energy Policy & Management)

Session Chair: Dr. Tanvir Ahmad, USPCAS-E, UET Peshawar
12:30 – 12:55


Dr. Joyce Miller / CAPRESE, Switzerland
Energy for Change
12:55 – 13:20


Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shahbaz / Montpellier Business School, Monpellier, France
Energy efficiency in developed countries: lesson for Pakistan
13:20 – 14:15

Technical Session II (Renewable Energy)

Session Chair: Dr. Adeel Waqas USPCAS-E, NUST
14:15 – 14:40


Prof. Dr. Jawad Darr / UCL-UK
New Approaches and Capabilities for Energy Storage Materials and an update of the UK Faraday Challenge for Energy Storage
14:40 – 15:05


Prof Dr. Kamaruzzaman Sopian / Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia
Advances in photovoltaic thermal solar collectors
15:05 – 15:30


Dr. Kandasamy Vignarooban / University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Rechargeable sodium-ion batteries for stationary energy storage applications - advantages and potential challenges

Technical Session III (Thermal Power)

Session Chair: Dr. Naseem Iqbal, USPCAS-E, NUST
15:30 – 15:55


Prof. Dr. Edd A. Blakken / Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, Norway
Advanced biofuels via biomass gasification: Technologies, barriers and research in Norway
15:55 – 16:20


Prof. Dr. Xinying Liu / - University of South Africa-South Africa
Liquid fuel production from unconventional carbon resources
16:20 – 16:45


Mr. Sarim Sheikh / GE Pakistan
The future of thermal power in Pakistan
19:00 – 20:00
09:15 – 09:55

Plenary Talk-II

Prof. Dr. Sayfe Kiaei / Arizona State University, USA
Overview of Emerging Energy Technologies and Trends
09:55 – 10:55

Panel Discussion-II

Future road map of energy solutions in Pakistan

  • Dr. Kendra Sharp (OSU) - Moderator
  • Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shahbaz , Montpellier Business School, Monpellier, France
  • Dr. Ashfaque Hasan Khan(S3H, NUST)
  • Dr. Irfan Mufti (UET Peshawar)
  • Mr. Ashfaq Mahmood (Prime Minister Task Force on Energy)
  • Mr. Amer Zafar Durrani (CEO, Paidar Twanai, Industry Co-Chair CAC on Energy NUST)
  • Ms. Saadia Qayyum (PEECA)
  • Ms. Ermeena Malik (USAID SEP Project)
10:55 – 11:05

Technical Session IV (Electrical Power)

Session Chair: Dr. Abdul Basit, UET Peshawar
11:05 – 11:30


Prof. Dr. Kendra Sharp / Oregon State University, USA
Opportunities and challenges for small hydropower
11:30 – 11:55


Prof. Dr. Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry / LUMS, Pakistan
A step towards IEP: Current State Assessment
11:55 – 12:20


Prof. Dr. Azzam ul Asar / CECOS University, Pakistan
Trending RE technologies: Opportunities and challenges for power applications in Pakistan
12:20 – 12:55


Mr. Salis Usman / NTDC, Pakistan
Putting Pakistan power system planning into perspective
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:00
15:15 – 15:20
15:20 – 15:30
15:30 – 15:40

Closing remarks by Rector NUST

Lieutenant General Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retired) Rector, NUST
15:40 – 15:50

Closing remarks by VC UET

Professor. Dr. Iftikhar Hussain, Vice Chancellor, UET Peshawar
16:00 – 16:10

Address by the Chief Guest

Mr. Hamayatullah Khan Advisor to Chief Minister for Energy & Power Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Patron in Chief's

Patron in Chief's

Professor. Dr Iftikhar Hussain
Professor. Dr Iftikhar HussainVice Chancellor, UET Peshawar
Lieutenant General Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retired)
Lieutenant General Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retired)Rector, NUST

Focal Persons

Dr. Tanvir Ahmad

Dr Tanvir Ahmad

Head of EMS, USPCAS-E, UET Peshawar
Phone:+92-306-0258962, +92-91-9217480  
Email: tanvir.ahmad@uetpeshawar.edu.pk
Dr. Naseem Iqbal

Dr Naseem Iqbal

Head of Department of Energy Systems Engineering, USPCAS-E, NUST
Phone:+92-51-90855281, +92-333-5580400
Email: naseem@casen.nust.edu.pk


Event Team

  1. Chief Organizers
  2. Technical Committee
  3. Administrative Committee
  4. Communications Committee
Dr. Asif RazaPro-Rector Academics NUST
Dr. Sayfe KiaeiProject Director ASU
Engr. Zuhr KhanProject Director USPCAS-E NUST
Dr. M.A IrfanDean MCIME, UET Peshawar
Dr. Zuhair S. KhanPrincipal USPCAS-E NUST
Dr. Najeeb UllahProject Director USPCASE, UET Peshawar
Dr. Tanvir AhmadUET Peshawar
Dr. Suhail Zaki FarooqiUET Peshawar
Dr. Abdul BasitUET Peshawar
Dr. Khurshid AhmadUET Peshawar
Dr. Naseem IqbalNUST
Dr. Adeel WaqasNUST
Dr. Adeel JavedNUST
Dr. Kashif ImranNUST
Mr. Arshad NafeesArizona State University
Mr. Ahmed SohailArizona State University
Mr. Ammar YasserArizona State University
Dr. M. ZubairNUST
Mr. Naveed AliNUST
Col (R)Tariq Iqbal MalikNUST
Mr. Fawad KashanNUST
Mr Mudassar Salim FarooqiUET Peshawar
Mr. Bashir KhanUET Peshawar
Mr. Riaz KhanUET Peshawar
Mr M. Shahzad SultanUET Peshawar
Mr. Ahmad SaeedArizona State University
Mr Sohail BarkiUET Peshawar
Ms Shaista Mehnaz AfridiUET Peshawar
Mr. Muhammad Mansoor YousafUET Peshawar
Mr. Uzair AhmadUET Peshawar
Dr. M. Bilal SajjidNUST
Dr Hina KazmiNUST
Mr. Hasan RazaNUST
Mr. Haris AzizNUST
Mr. Arsal LatifArizona State University

Poster Competition

A poster competition will be held at the (ICSEP-2019) for internal students. The poster needs to be presented on any theme related to Sustainable Energy Technologies;. The winners of the poster competition will be awarded with cash prizes.

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