Prof. Dr. Ali Sayigh
Chairman of WREC & Director General of WREN
Prof Sayigh is British Citizen, Graduated from London University, & Imperial College, BSC.DIC, PhD, C Eng in 1966. Fellow of the Institute of Energy, and Fellow of the Institution of Electrical & Mech. Engineers, called now Institution of Energy and Technology, Chartered Engineer, Chairman of Iraq Energy Institute.
From 1966- 1985, Prof Sayigh taught at Baghdad University, College of Engineering; King Saud University, College of Engineering, Saudi Arabia; fulltime; and also Kuwait University as part time professor. He was Head of Energy Department at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and Expert in renewable energy at AOPEC, Kuwait from 1981-1985.
He started working in solar energy in September 1969. In 1972, he established “The Journal of Engineering Sciences” in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and in 1984 he established with Pergamon Press his first International Journal for Solar and Wind Technology as an Editor-in-Chief. This has changed name in 1990 to Journal of Renewable Energy. He has been Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy incorporating Solar & Wind Technology, published by Elsevier Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. He is editor of several international journal published in Morocco, Iran, Bangladesh, Nigeria and India.
He has been a member of ISES since 1973 and founder and Chairman of the ARAB Section of ISES since 1979. He was chairman of UK Solar Energy Society for 3-years and consultants to many national and international organizations, among them, the British Council, ISESCO, UNESCO, UNDP, ESCWA, & UNIDO.
Since 1977, Prof Sayigh founded and directed several Renewable Energy Conferences and Workshops in International Centre for Theoretical Physics, (ICTP) – Trieste, Italy, Canada, Colombia, Algeria, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Zambia, Malawi, India, West Indies, Tunisia, Indonesia, Libya, Taiwan, UAE, Oman, Czech Republic, West Indies, Bahrain, Germany, Australia, Poland, Netherlands, Thailand, Oman, Korea, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, China, USA and UK.
In 1990, he established the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) and in 1992 the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN) which hold their Congresses every two years, attracting more than 100 countries each time. In 2000 he and others in UAE, Sharjah founded ASTF (Arab Science and Technology Foundation) and Regional WREC Conferences have been held in Sweden, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia, Australia, UAE, Libya, China to name but a few. Prof Sayigh has been running an annual international seminar on all aspects of renewable energy since 1990, in the UK and abroad. In total there have been 85 seminars.
Prof Sayigh had supervised and graduated more than 34 Ph D students and 64 M Sc students under his supervision at Reading University and University of Hertfordshire when he was Professor 1986-2004.
He edited, contributed, and written more than 32-books, and published more than 500-papers in various international journals and Conferences.
In 2000-2009 initiated and worked closely with Sovereign Publication Company, then in 2010 with Ten Alps Publishing Company, to produce the most popular magazine at annual bases called Renewable Energy which distributed freely to more than 6,000 readers around the world. Presently he is the Editor-in-chief of Comprehensive Renewable Energy coordinating 154 top scientists, engineers and researchers contribution in eight volume published by Elsevier Publishing Company, Oxford, UK.