Move aims to build a new generation of green champions to support the sustainability goals of the UAE
The Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) has added eight new members to its Board of Directors in a bid to further support the UAE’s vision for sustainable development. As non-corporate members of the Board, the new Emirati board members will serve for two years and are eligible for re-election after the end of the term.
The new members are Abdulla Aljefri, Afra Majid Alowais, HE Ali Al Jassim, Faisal Rashid, Madiha Salem, Mohamed Al-Dah, Noura Al Hammadi, and Sara Alzarouni.
The addition of the Emirati board members aims to achieve a balance among several key parameters such as gender diversity, representation across all Emirates, youth representation, and their commitment to promoting sustainable built environments, a statement from EmiratesGBC said.
“I am delighted to welcome the new board members to the Emirates Green Building Council Board of Directors. At this critical juncture for sustainable development globally, these appointments enrich the leadership of the Council as we continue forward on our mission of positioning the UAE as a global leader in green buildings and achieving the sustainable development goals outlined by the UAE Vision 2021,” said Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of EmiratesGBC.
According to the statement, the appointments will help build a new generation of green champions, who can contribute to the sustainability goals of the nation. The organisation notes that the insights the new members will bring, as well as their guidance and ideas, will help position EmiratesGBC as a UAE-born and UAE-made entity that works towards securing sustainable built environments.
“These appointments also underline our commitment to the vision of the UAE leadership to promote gender balance on boards as well as nurture youth talent for leadership positions. I am very pleased that 50 per cent of the new board members are female with the majority also representing Emirati youth. The eight new Emirati members share a common ideal: An unwavering enthusiasm and passion towards promoting a green UAE. They will add significant value to the deliberations and initiatives of EmiratesGBC and help further innovate our processes and achieve newer benchmarks of excellence,” Al Abbar said.