Gorkem has more than 8 years of experience in the development and EPC of distributed energy projects in the Middle East. He was an early member of an off-grid energy start-up, Enerwhere, founded in 2013, where he grew the organization by building the BD, Engineering, and Construction teams. This is following his award-winning Master thesis project, where he built UAE’s first industrial-scale hybrid plant. For the same company, he also developed the mobile solar-battery hybrid systems tailored for rental solutions installed at several locations in the UAE, including the World Islands in Dubai. Gorkem has led over 50 engineers implementing distributed energy projects. One of his flagship projects was the 18MWp Mai Dubai solar rooftop plant sold and built under his leadership. This was the second-largest rooftop plant in the world, built in a single plot. Gorkem holds an MSc of EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) in Sustainability and Energy Management with a full scholarship.