Paul van Son

Dii Desert Energy

Paul van Son has been active for more than 40 years in various supervisory boards, executive and operations management positions in the international (emission- free) energy, grid infrastructure and gas business. Based in Munich (Germany) and Dubai (UAE), he is the founding CEO of Dii Desert Energy, originally ‘Desertec Industry Initiative (2009)’. This international group of companies aims at paving the way for countries in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) to become an emission- free energy ‘Powerhouse” for their own benefit and, ultimately, for exporting green energy into the global markets (Desertec 3.0). Since 2021, Paul is acting President of Dii Desert Energy.

Between 2015 and 2019, Paul acted as the MENA Country Chairman for innogy SE - a leading company in the field of renewables, grids and retail of power and gas, with annual turn-over of over 40 bln€ and over 23 mln power and gas customers. During this time, he has led the Management Teams of Innogy and Dii Desert Energy in the MENA region. Paul reported to the Chairman of innogy’s Executive Management Board. Among others he was innogy’s Envoy on hydrogen.

Mr. van Son is the founder (1999) and honorary President of the European Federation of Energy Traders ( He is Chairman of the Energy4All Foundation (, a non-profit organization promoting decentralized energy systems in Africa. He graduated as MSc of electrical engineering at the Technical University Delft (1978) and Corporate Governance at Nyenrode University, Netherlands (2008). Paul is the co-author of the ground-breaking book on “Emission Free Energy from the Deserts” (2020), Paul van Son & Thomas Isenburg, Smart Books, The Hague.