Archive for February, 2010


Sunday, February 21st, 2010

In bringing concerns relating to energy in Africa to the forefront this February, the ENERGY INDABA 2010 has secured leading international and local experts to share their broad range of expertise and solid background in energy projects. With noteworthy achievements behind their name, these leaders will help to position this event as a platform where issues around the current situation of energy on the continent are debated – and inspire sustainable energy solutions on the continent.

The speakers at this year’s ENERGY INDABA conference have contributed greatly to areas of climate change, energy efficiency, technology, finance, infrastructure, legal requirements and sustainable development, explains Liz Hart, MD of Siyenza Management, the organiser of the ENERGY INDABA. Our line-up, in addition to endorsements by the World Energy Council and the SA Department of Energy, places the ENERGY INDABA as a leading event of its kind on the African continent.

Held at the Sandton Conventon Centre, Johannesburg, the second annual energy event features a conference on February 24-25, 2010, and an exhibition and a business matchmaking programme from February 24-26, 2010. The exhibition is open to the public.

Some of the keynote speakers at the ENERGY INDABA 2010 will cover topics on:

  • Minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, SA Minister of Energy on African Energy Outlook 2010
  • Jerry Vilakazi, CEO, Business Unity South Africa on Doing business for ourselves “making Africa an accessible investment destination and Africans powering Africa
  • Dr Latsoucab © Fall, Regional Manager “Africa at the World Energy Council on ‘Access to Energy” Empowering Africa’s Development
  • Kannan Lakmeeharan, Managing Director of Eskom’s Systems Operations and Planning Division on Eskom’s projections for electricity supply and demand
  • Thulani Gcabashe, Executive Chairman of BuiltAfrica Holdings on Energising Africa “The road ahead to achieve sustainable energy systems in Africa!
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    There will also be sessions with discussions on infrastructure development, human capital development, and nuclear power, technology in energy, energy efficiency and climate change, amongst others. The facilitators for these include Paul Runge of Africa Access Project, Barry Bredenkamp of the National Energy Efficiency Agency, Dr Laurraine Lotter of The Chemical and Allied Industries Association, Greg Nott of Dewey & LeBoeuf Johannesburg and Dr Robert Schock of the World Energy Council .
    For further information on the ENERGY INDABA 2010, please visit or contact Siyenza Management on +27 (11) 463 9184
    17 February 2010
    Prepared by: Leigh-Anne Sa Joe
    Siyenza Management
    (011) 463 9184

    On behalf of: ENERGY INDABA

    Contact: Liz Hart

    12th Small Fuel Cells – Portable & Micro Fuel Cells & Hybrid Devices for Commercial & Military Applications

    Friday, February 12th, 2010

    BOSTON, MA – The Knowledge Foundation has announced the complete Program for the 12th Small Fuel Cells conference which will be held in Cambridge, MA from April 12-13, 2010. In its 12th year, Small Fuel Cells & Hybrid Devices for Commercial & Military Applications is the primary source of information for end users, developers and manufacturers of portable fuel cell powered devices.

    This year, Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG, will deliver the opening presentation. SFC Smart Fuel Cell has shipped more than 15,000 commercial products in the past five years, and Dr. Podesser will provide insight into the growing number of commercial and defense applications for fuel cells, including new products and markets as well as other latest developments.

    Topics to be addressed at the conference include:
    Commercial success of small fuel cells: DMFC, PEM, SOFC, and direct borohydride
    Advances in fuel development
    Portable fuel cells for military & commercial applications
    Micro fuel cells for mobile electronics
    Hybrid portable power systems
    System integration & balance of plant engineering
    Materials challenges and use of materials-by-design approach
    Role of nanotechnology & nanomaterials
    End-user and OEM perspective on manufacturing & applications
    Safety, durability & reliability

    Distinguished Faculty
    George C. Bandlamudi, PhD, University of Duisburg-Essen
    Daniel A. Betts, PhD, EnerFuel
    Hyuk Chang, PhD, Samsung Electronics
    Horacio R. Corti, PhD, National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina
    James C. Cross III, Nuvera Fuel Cells
    Tsali Cross, PhD, Neah Power Systems, Inc.
    Ravindra Datta, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Emory S. De Castro, PhD, BASF Fuel Cell Inc.
    Paolo Fracas, Genport Power Solutions
    William Gleason, PhD, Montana Tech – The University of Montana
    Robert Hahn, PhD, Fraunhofer IZM
    Christopher Hebling, PhD, Fraunhofer ISE
    Anders Lundblad, PhD, CTO, myFC AB
    Audrey Martinent-Beaumont, PhD, CEA – French Atomic Energy Commission
    Madeleine Odgaard, IRD Fuel Cells LLC
    Peter Podesser, PhD, SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG
    Jim Prueitt, MTI MicroFuel Cells, Inc.
    Shriram Ramanathan, PhD, Harvard University
    Mareike Schneider, PhD, Fraunhofer IKTS
    Eugene S. Smotkin, PhD, NuVant Systems and Northeastern University
    Andrew P. Wallace, SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.
    Shijie Wu, PhD, Agilent Technologies, Inc.

    About The Knowledge Foundation

    The Knowledge Foundation integrates scientific ingenuity and real-world applications by fostering collaborative research at the rapidly changing intersection of science and business. Known for providing members of its Technology Commercialization Alliance with direct and unbiased state-of-the-art scientific information, the Knowledge Foundation is uniquely qualified to provide wider exposure for important developments in the emerging fields of alternative energy including fuel cells and lithium ion batteries, nanotechnology, and chemical/biological detection technologies.

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    Hot topics and international speakers in FMX program

    Thursday, February 11th, 2010

    15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media
    FMX 2010
    15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media
    May 04-07, 2010

    Stuttgart/Germany, February 10, 2010. Three months before the event, the leading European conference on digital entertainment and visualization presents a first glimpse on a top notch program: 3D stereo, hybrid imagery and virtual humans are only some of the FMX 2010 hot topics.

    Top movies at FMX 2010

    You simply cannot ignore Avatar these days: as most successful movie of all times, it has now been nominated for 9 Oscars, breaking new ground in technology and design. Senior Visual Effects Supervisor for Avatar Joe Letteri has now received his 4th Oscar nomination and already won Academy Awards for his work on Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and King Kong. At FMX Joe Letteri will talk on how he created the world of Pandora in James Cameron’s masterpiece. In the Virtual Humans track Jeff Kleiser, CEO of Synthespian Studios, will show effects work on Surrogates, discussing the composition of robotic elements in live action actors like Bruce Willis. The seamless mix of life action and CG characters and environments has become the trademark of hybrid movies. Roland Emmerich’s 2012 also fits this format. James Bissell, Production Designer for 300, will discuss the new challenges hybrid-technology bears for designers. Visual effects supervisors Volker Engel and Marc Weigert will discuss the 2012 effects work, while the German-American effects house Pixomondo will talk about pre-vis. However animation doesn’t have to withdraw from traditional techniques, which has been proven by another box office success using stop-motion: Production Designer Nelson Lowry will let you delve into the world of The Fantastic Mr. Fox at FMX 2010.

    3D Stereo: From innovation to basic technique

    Animation films have been integrating 3D for years. Bob Whitehill, Stereoscopic Supervisor on Disney/Pixar’s UP, is a 3D expert and will share his special knowledge at FMX this year. Often a major feature in Hollywood’s A-movies, we tend to forget that stereoscopy is much more than a spectacular dramatic device in action films. It’s a known fact that 3D stereo has conquered the world of media and has become a basic technique for all genres using CG imagery. Andy Hendrickson, CTO Disney Animation Studios, also adopts a more general perspective on the relation between technology and design. How do most recent developments such as stereo 3D, simulation sciences and non-photorealistic rendering influence art and content? Managing director of KUK Filmproduktion Josef Kluger will discuss the new grammar for 3D stereo language and illuminate the freedom and limits of stereoscopy. An impressive example for a broader approach is the 3D stereo documentary The Eye – Life and Science on Cerro Paranal by Parallax.

    FMX Recruiting: Global chances for young talents

    FMX has always been committed to supporting newcomers. For many years the conference does not only focus on providing knowledge and skills but has become one of the most significant recruiting events in Europe for CGI talents. In Recruiting Presentations and one-on-one interviews the global players in the industry search for new team members at FMX. So far Animal Logic, Black Rock Studio, Cinesite, Double Negative, Framestore, Pixomondo, ScanlineVFX and RTT have confirmed their participation. Ramping up for shows to come, some will be present for up to four days in the Recruiting.

    FMX is an event in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is hosting the Animation Production Day 2010 (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS). FMX is funded by the Ministry of State and the Ministry of Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, and the FFA German Federal Film Board. It is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

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    Tax Issues Uncovered by Paul Morton

    Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

    Leading global expert on climate change to address Energy Indaba

    Monday, February 8th, 2010

    Indaba Energy 2010, South Africa

    One of the foremost contributors to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 4th Assessment Report will lead a conference session at the ENERGY INDABA 2010, which takes place on February 24-26, 2010 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. For its work the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

    Renowned for his thought leadership on issues relating to climate change and the study of energy policies, Dr Robert Schock, the present Director of Studies for the World Energy Council (WEC) London, was a Coordinating Lead Author of Energy Sources for the IPCC’s 2007 4th Assessment Report, authoring and coordinating a chapter on mitigation measures for energy sources. In 2007, the global scientific body for climate change’s 20 years of scientific reports – that demonstrate the link between human activities and global warming – earned a joint Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, former Vice-President of the U.S. and author of An Inconvenient Truth.

    Dr Schock brings a wealth of knowledge and will provide valued input to the ENERGY INDABA conference programme, says Liz Hart, MD of Siyenza Management, the organizer of the conference and exhibition. He will facilitate a conference session focused on technology on February 25, 2010 where global and innovative technology trends in energy will be under the spotlight. This session will focus on Africa-specific technological solutions that seek to reduce the continent’s carbon footprint and provide greater accessibility to alternative sources of energy,explains Hart.

    In addition to his role at WEC, Dr Schock is a consultant to industry, laboratories and governments worldwide, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Security Research in the U.S. He has also held roles at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he initiated and led programmes in energy R&D at a local and national level; high-level nuclear waste disposition, environmental restoration and waste management; fusion energy, hydrogen fuels, energy policy analysis, and climate change focused energy research. Dr Schock has also played a leading role in the U.S. government’s efforts to examine the application of new technology to the proliferation resistance of civilian nuclear power.

    The ENERGY INDABA 2010 takes place on February 24-26 at the Sandton Convention Centre. For further information please visit

    Rober Schock
    Robert Schock
    Director of Studies, World Energy Council, London

    Robert is presently engaged in the study of energy policies worldwide and the practices they foster at
    the World Energy Council. He has had an active role in energy as the Coordinating Lead Author (Energy Sources) for the 2007 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for which he authored and coordinated a chapter on mitigation measures for energy sources. At his previous role at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Robert was able to initiate and lead programmes in energy R&D, high-level nuclear waste disposition, environmental restoration and waste management, fusion energy, hydrogen fuels, energy policy analysis and climate change focused energy research.


    Thursday, February 4th, 2010

    Gulf Water Week 2010 looks for affordable and sustainable measures

    Kuala Lumpur, 4 February 2010 – Water scarcity underscores the need for better water resources and management.

    While there has been short supply, demand for water is growing throughout the planet with GCC countries named as the most affected region. It is undeniably the result of population increase and other social factors such as rapid urbanization and wasteful consumption patterns.

    Led by the thirst and desperation, policy makers and experts are always on the lookout for solutions and alternatives. Debates and discussions continue. As part of corporate commitment to the world’s society, JFPS Group Malaysia will bring together industry experts from all over to Dubai for Gulf Water Week 2010.

    The 3-days event taking place from 24-26 May 2010 is designed in such a way to give attending delegates the benefits of a comprehensive discussion on issues of water conservation and integrated water resource management, wastewater treatment and reuse, as well as water distribution and loss management. All these will be delivered through practical case studies and interactive forums.

    Expect more than 100 C-level delegates from water-related industries; i.e.; water utilities and water supply companies, water ministries and authorities, environmental ministries and agencies, as well as municipalities.

    Key speakers for the event include Dr. Ahmed Ali Murad, Head of Geology of UAE University; Tim Waldron, Chief Executive Officer of Wide Bay Water Corporation, Australia; Abdul Ghani Khalaf, Director of Water Distribution, Electricity & Water Authority, Bahrain; Colin Hannan, Director of Water Services, Regulations & Supervision Bureau of Abu Dhabi, UAE; Dr. Mohamed Raouf, Program Manager – Environment, Gulf Research Centre, UAE; Dr. Nurul Akhand, Irrigation Specialist of International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), UAE; and Kevin Samson, Manager-Wastewater of City of Cape Town, South Africa.

    Sponsorship and delegate registration is now open at To learn more about Gulf Water Week 2010, please contact +603 2600 6000 or alternatively email your enquiries to

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    An Exclusive Interview With Cybercrime Export

    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

    The big news for 2010 the Queensland Rail IPO

    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

    Fleming Gulf’s “Middle East Desalination Summit”

    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

    Fleming Gulf’s Middle East Desalination Summit
    7 – 9 June 2010, Abu Dhabi-UAE

    The Middle East region is considered to be the most water scarce region in the world, with the highest levels of water deficit. The market for water desalination has witnessed a significant upturn during the last years. Driven by the increasing population and the diminishing freshwater sources, a result of global warming and environment destruction, many countries in the region have constructed or are constructing water desalination plants for water supply. Technological innovations have been largely raising the energy efficiency of the desalination process and reducing the running costs, which are always the key concern for the large-scale water desalination.

    Hence,Fleming Gulf’s Middle East Desalination Summit scheduled for 7-9 June 2010 to be held in Abu Dhabi-UAE, provides the perfect platform for discussions on the latest developments in desalination technology and provide new strategies for further research and development.

    Extensively researched with Industry professional around the region like Dr. Corrado Sommariva- International Desalination Association, UAE, Director; Isao Takekoh, Sumitomo Corporation, Japan, Advisor – Power & Water Investment Department, Ir. H.M.T. Governeur, AQUALECTRA, Netherlands Antilles, Managing Director – Production; Jerzy Roszkowski, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company, UAE, Expansion Planning Engineer, the event will convene more than 100 senior professionals from Government Ministries, Municipalities, Desalination Plants, NGOs, Chemical Companies, Water Companies, Environmental Agencies and Law Firms.

    Shefiu Ismael, Conference Producer at Fleming Gulf and responsible for this event quotes “The innovations in energy utilization, such as solar energy, the advances of nanotechnology and molecular technologies have been elevating the outcome efficiency so largely that the desalination is really becoming a realistic solution for the water shortage in many parts of the region. As the region’s economy and future depends on the ability to address water scarcity issues this summit will focus on desalination technology as a viable solution to water shortage and a reliable source of water and a strategic option for satisfying current and future domestic water supply requirements. Moreover the event will act as a platform and will provide an opportunity to learn how to cut operating costs, improve safety, optimize yield and increase production rates.

    For more information please click here or contact Fleming Gulf on Tel: + 971 4 6091 575,
    Event website:

    About Fleming Gulf

    With a rich 5-year history of producing high quality, industry-specific business events around the world and in the Middle East, Fleming Gulf Conferences is one of the leading names in business intelligence. Our B2B conferences are highly interactive events with a limited number of delegates from specialized industry sectors including Finance, Energy, Transportation & Infrastructure, Shipping, Logistics, Utilities, Real Estate, Construction and more. If you are looking for a solution to your business future, you’re on the right page!

    2nd Annual Pharmaceutical Risk-Sharing & Value-Based Pricing & Reimbursement Models

    Monday, February 1st, 2010

    Pharmaceutical Risk Sharing

    There is clearly an increasing need for more innovative pricing and reimbursement agreements to help to balance the often conflicting objectives of pharmaceutical and medical technology manufacturers, payers, health technology assessors (HTA), physicians and patients. The industry faces a sustained increase in the cost of healthcare and an ever-increasing range of expensive drugs and technologies available as potential therapies.

    Clearly, difficult choices need to be made by payers and HTAs about which products receive funding from increasingly restricted healthcare budgets, especially with often insufficient clinical and real-life evidence available. In terms of innovative agreements, more manufacturers, in more countries, are proposing risk-sharing and value-based schemes more often.

    NextLevel Pharma has organized a unique meeting that will be focused purely on risk-sharing and value-based pricing schemes and will provide experts theories and practical case studies of successful models.

    Why Attend?

  • Understand the opportunities, obstacles and challenges in designing and implementing innovative agreements.
  • Find out when risk-sharing & value-based agreements are required and how they can be designed to satisfy all stakeholders to gain market access.
  • Understand whether or not the turbulent macroeconomic environment will increase payer motivation for flexible agreements.
  • Obtain the best and most focused picture of risk-sharing and value-based pricing models today.
  • Learn how drug effectiveness is being demonstrated in different regions.
  • Understand the best ways to communicate value and achieve maximum patient and market access.
  • Hear the perspectives of all stakeholder groups: Payers, regulators, insurers, health economists and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Discover how payers are evaluating conditional reimbursement agreements.

  • Who should attend?
    Pharmaceutical companies:

  • Vice-Presidents, Directors, Managers involved in:
  • Pricing & Reimbursement,
  • Market Access,
  • Health Economics & Outcomes,
  • Government & Stakeholder Relations,
  • Regulatory Affairs,
  • Medical Affairs,
  • Marketing & Commercial,
  • Therapy Area Heads,
  • Country Managers,
  • Business Unit Heads
  • Solution providers & consultants:
  • CEOs,
  • Business Development,
  • Senior Consultants,
  • Regional Heads.
  • Independent Academics, Health Economists, Senior Doctors, & Patient Representatives.

  • Agenda request
    To request the full agenda please follow the link:
    2nd Annual Pharmaceutical Risk-Sharing & Value-Based Pricing & Reimbursement Models

    For Booking Information contact:
    Erika Vavrovicova
    Tel: +421 232 660 382
    Fax: +421 232 660 397