Executive Director of Sustainability and Brand Masdar
In her role as Executive Director of Sustainability and Brand, Dr Nawal Al-Hosany oversees four Masdar departments: Sustainability; Marketing and Communications; Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020; and the Zayed Future Energy Prize. She is also an Adjunct Professor and member of the External Advisory Board at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. Previously, Dr Al-Hosany was responsible for developing Masdar’s sustainability standards, policies, auditing, monitoring and reporting. In 2012, Dr Al-Hosany assumed the post of Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, where she oversees implementation of its objectives, mandate and strategic direction. Dr Al-Hosany has been published globally in international journals and newspapers, including the International Journal of Management of Environmental Quality, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Renewable Energy, and International Journal of Renewable Energy Engineering. Throughout her career, Dr Al-Hosany has been an active member of various boards in the UAE and around the world including the Advisory Panel for the Momentum for Change initiative of the UNFCCC, the Troika Plus of Women Leaders on Gender and Climate Change, and the Energy Efficiency Global Forum. Dr Al-Hosany is the program director of the UAE-led Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) initiative, which aims to encourage more women to be involved in innovative solutions to the world’s energy and climate challenges. She also served as Sherpa to the UN Secretary General High Level Group for ‘The Sustainable Energy For all’ initiative for its Principle, HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chairman of Masdar. In 2015, Dr Al-Hosany received the Arab Woman Award, recognising inspirational, talented and deserving Arab women, in the Energy category and she was named as one of the 40 most influential Emiratis who have helped shape the emirate by Abu Dhabi Magazine in 2011. She has received several medals and accolades for her professional achievements, including a Chevening Fellowship from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Emirates Business Women Award in the Professional and Career Achievements category. Prior to assuming her current roles, Dr Al-Hosany held senior leadership positions with the General Headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Police, including Head of Design and Studies in the Engineering Department. In 2007, she became the first-ever female Deputy Director in the Abu Dhabi Police. Dr Al-Hosany is also credited as one of the first two Emirati women to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres above sea-level.
How cities are transformative entities that change continuously, creating resilience to external and internal pressures. The discussion will focus on leapfrogging using new technologies and governance solutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.