Abdulaziz recently joined TAQA to lead the UAE and GCC Power and Water business. TAQA is a major shareholder of 8 Independent Power and Water Producers (IWPPs) in the UAE with a gross capacity of 12 GW for power and 900 MIGD for water. TAQA is also a major shareholder in two captive power plants in Oman (1000 MW) and Saudi Arabia (250 MW).
Abdulaziz has over 12 years’ experience in thermal power generation, including renewables. He started his career in early 2006 as a field engineer with Dubai Aluminum, a smelting facility with a 2300 MW captive power plant. Abdulaziz then pursed his interest in renewables in 2008 as a research engineer in the Masdar Research Network (MRN). During his time with Masdar, Abdulaziz was a guest scientist with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) working on a joint initiative between Masdar and DLR to explore/develop a hybrid Solar-Combined Cycle Power Plant with co-generation.
Alongside this joint initiative, Abdulaziz also worked with Masdar Clean Energy (the Middle East’s largest exporter of renewable energy) and the former Masdar Institute (now Khalifa University). Whilst at Masdar Institute, Abdulaziz was involved in an R&D project examining the effect of dust and humidity on the different CSP technologies.
In 2012, Abdulaziz joined Shams Power Company as the Head of Engineering team and later went on to lead the company as General Manager.
Abdulaziz earned an M.Sc in Energy Engineering (specialising in Power Plant technology) from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from UAE University. Abdulaziz received the Emirates Energy Award in 2013 and is a member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Review Committee.