Company: MENA Geothermal
Country: Canada (Palestine)
Kuwaiti-born Khaled Sabawi went his formative years in Canada before moving to back to Gaza in 2005 to help his father start the insurance firm, Union Construction and Investment.
Shortly afterwards Sabawi – the first certified geothermal engineer in the Middle East – installed the first geothermal system in Palestine and went on to become the founder of Palestine-based green energy business.
MENA Geothermal was awarded the National Energy Globe Award in 2008 and is currently installing the largest geothermal system in the Middle East at a capacity of 1.6 MW megawatts at the University of Madaba in Jordan.
Sabawi has previously said his goal is to bring sustainable development to Palestine and the rest of the MENA region.
He is a regular guest speaker at conferences around the world and has given talks at TEDxRamallah, McGill University in Canada, at Harvard University and MIT in the United States.
Sabawi was named as one of the world’s top energy entrepreneurs by Global Post in 2010.