Former Indian president A P J Abdul Kalam will attend an energy forum here to initiate discussions on collective efforts in developing energy-related sustainable solutions.

Kalam, along several leading experts in the field of energy, will attend the forthcoming Dubai Global Energy Forum 2011, it has been announced.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said Dubai Global Energy Forum to be held from 17-19 April will host a series of discussions on energy-related issues under the theme of ’Energy Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future.’

Dubai Global Energy Forum 2011 will serve as a platform to initiate discussions on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to drive economic prosperity and increase investments in the energy sector, in line with the strategy of the Dubai government.

“We are pleased to announce today the participation of leading experts in the energy field at DGEF 2011. Of note is the former President of India, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, who was the architect of India’s nuclear energy infrastructure.

Another is Mohamed ElBaradei, the former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Nobel Peace Prize recipient in 2005,” Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement.

“The presence of these experts will enrich the forum’s agenda as we discuss collective efforts in developing energy—related sustainable solutions to help us overcome the challenges resulting from the depletion of natural resources and focus on environmental protection and preservation,” he added.

The forum will also support the nation’s efforts to achieve UAE Vision 2021, which features seven principles, seven priorities and seven enablers to be used as guideline by planners and policymakers in line with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy’s Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030.

The Forum will tackle best practices in the field of energy security, supply and energy management, alternative energy resources, peaceful use of nuclear power in addition to debating the current and future policies, programs, technologies, investment opportunities and energy market indicators.

Energy leaders, officials, planners and energy experts from government and private sectors, international organisations and academia from around the world are participating in the event.