This Congress stresses on the need to emulate the principles of sustainable development and inclusive growth to be able to meet global challenges and global sustainability. By learning about international trends and opportunities in sustainability, you will gain fresh insights into how these could be applied in different growth areas and verticals to help you take on the challenges and reach benefits in your organization.

Hard Development Program

Safety Change & Security


Food & Security

Education & Skills

Strategic Planning

Science & Technology


Marketing & Image Building

Information Technology & Communications


Financial Plan

Infrastructure Improvements




Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Development

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



Workshop on Sustainable Development

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



9th  Annual Sustainable Development Congress

Alleem knowledge center

08:00 - 17:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



Workshop on Sustainable Development

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



Sustainable Development Excellence Awards Night

Alleem Achievers Awards

17:00 - 22:00 Hours

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, UAE

Dr. Rashid Alleem - Founder & Executive Chairman


Recognized as one of the 100 most Influential CEOs in the Middle East, passionate writer, Environmentalist, sought-after thought leader, #1 CRITRAL Thinking proponent, and an internationally respected transformational leader.

Founder of Alleem Knowledge Centre, Dr. Alleem is a dynamic leader who has worked with prestigious Government, semi-government and nonprofit organizations. He is an entrepreneur par excellence with a flair in effective strategic decision making by means of innovative thinking.

  • The Knowledge Ambassador of UAE in 2015
  • Green Ambassador of UAE in 2014
  • Goodwill Ambassador for Peace, Care and Relief in GCC Countries, Middle East and North Africa’ in 2014
  • 13 th Middle East CEO Excellence Awards, 2016
  • Award of Excellence’ by Daimler-Mercedes Benz in 2014
  • Global Economic Development Leadership Award in 2014
Prestigious Awards
  • Award for excellence in energy saving and reduction of CO2 emission
  •  Friend of Singapore Sustainability Award , 2017
  • Golden Friends of India Award, 2017 by IBPC
  • 13 th Middle East CEO Excellence Awards, 2016
  • Best Employer Brand in UAE in 2016
  • Award of Excellence’ by Daimler-Mercedes Benz in 2014
  • Global Economic Development Leadership Award in 2014
  • Certificate of Knight Award by ISO IN 2013
  • Arab Organization Award FOR CSR INITIATIVES IN 2013+
  • Middle East Business Leaders Awards IN 2012
  • Jewels of Muslim World Award IN 2012
  • League of Arab States IN 2007
  • Excellence in Leadership award from ASSOCHAM in India IN 2008

Dr. Mohammad Tariq - Executive Chairman

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainability A Multidimensional Approach

Dr.Mohammad Tariq is the Executive Chairman of Paradigm Pioneers Group having interest in Construction, Environmental Services, Financial Services, Education and Trading. In his careers spanning more than two decades, Dr.tariq has been actively engaged in various Technical forums and business councils and is a speaker at various Academic and Business platforms.

An Electronic Engineer by trade, he has a Doctorate in Green Supply Chain Management and is an advocate of Sustainable Development Goals. Amongst Paradigm Pioneers Group Companies, M/s. Developer Building Contracting LLC is a Category 1 Specialized Turnkey Civil Contractor working on a number of prestigious projects in Infrastructure Building, Oil & Gas Terminals and Industrial Constructions. M/s. Environmental Solutions and Consultancy is involved in a numerous environment based Consulting, Assessments & Training Activities. ESC has been at the forefront of providing Sustainable Solutions to its clients and is registered as Third Party Inspection agency. M/s. Axis Auditing & Accounting is Audit, Accounting & Risk Management Services Firm delivering a range of professional services. The Group has its own Indian Curriculum School, Salmiya Indian Model School in Kuwait & British International School in Ajman, UAE and have been putting its efforts to further grow itself in Educational Sector in GCC region.

Dr. Corrado Sommariva - Managing Director Generation Middle East and Main Group Director

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainability a Way to Abundance

Dr. Sommariva is Managing Director of ILF Consulting Engineers Middle East, member of the board of ILF and the head of the company’s worldwide desalination practice. He has experience in thermal, reverse osmosis and wastewater systems and has served in various roles in all the major desalination developments in the Middle East.

Dr. Sommariva joined ILF in 2009 after working nine years with Mott MacDonald where led the desalination and water treatment group as Managing Director of generation Middle East. In his early career, Dr Sommariva worked in Ansaldo Energia and Italimpianti in various roles.

Dr. Sommariva, who was the President of IDA for the term 2011-2013, served as Co-Chairman of the Technical Program for the 2009 IDA World Congress in Dubai and Chairman of IDA’s recently held conference, “Desalination Industry Action for Good,” a landmark event held in Portofino, Italy that focused on desalination and social responsibility.

Dr. Sommariva has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Genoa University and a Diploma in Management from Leicester University. He is an honorary Professor at Genoa and L’Aquila Universities where he holds regular courses on desalination and economics. He has published over 50 papers on desalination leading edge research and economics and published two books on desalination management and economics.

He has been President of the European Desalination Society (EDS) and chairman of the World Health Organization’s committee for the establishment of safe drinking water from desalination.

In November 2013 Dr. Sommariva was conferred an honorary degree by Herriot Watt University in recognition to his contributions to chemical engineering and the science of desalination.

In May 2014 Dr. Sommariva has been conferred by the President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano the title of master of work along with the cross of merit for his work distinguished contribution and career.

Shoaib Niyazi - Energy, Environment & Utilities Industry Leader, Middle East, Africa & Turkey (MEA)

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Doing Good in the Cognitive Era - How Cognitive Technology is Helping Sustain the Natural World

Shoaib Niyazi, Energy, Environment & Utilities Industry Leader, Middle East, Africa & Turkey (MEA), IBM

Shoaib Niyazi leads IBM business in Energy, Environment and Utilities Industry in Middle East, Africa and Turkey and is responsible for IBM industry offering for Grid Operations, Smart Metering, Customer Experience & Engagement, Customer Systems, Asset and Workforce management, Enterprise Services transformation and IBM products for Analytics, Cloud, Cognitive, Commerce, Internet of Things, IT Infrastructure, Mobile, Security, Social and Artificial Intelligence and IBM Services including Business Consulting Services & Technology Services for Electricity, Water, Gas & Waste Water Utilities

Dr. Krishnadas Nanath - Faculty & Data Scientist

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainable Computing: Why Green IT operations should scale up by 2020?

Dr. Krishnadas Nanath is a currently a faculty and Data Scientist at Middlesex University Dubai Campus in the Information Systems Area (Data Science and MIS). He worked as Assistant Professor at IMT Dubai and is also a visiting Professor at IIM Indore (Dubai Campus) in Information Systems area. He is also the lead corporate trainer for Cloud Computing & Green IT certification courses organized by Global Science and Technology Forum in Singapore. His doctoral work at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM K) was in the area of Green IT and Cloud Computing. Basically a Computer Science engineer, he had successful professional experiences with Microsoft Research and Honeywell.He also works on consulting assignments as a Data Scientist for firms in UAE. He has been a keynote speaker at several prestigious events in Dubai and international events like TEDx and delivered talks on Green Computing and Social Media Analytics.

He has several awards under his name for his research on Green IT including SAS Ambassador Award for his contribution to Grid Computing modules. Other awards include Best International PhD student Award (by University of South Australia), Wings of Excellence Award (by St. Gallen Symposium, Switzerland), “Emerald Research Fund Award”, “Wipro Earthian Award ”, “TCS Smart Manager” and many more.

Vishal Kumar - Director

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Green House Gas (GHG) Foot Print and Carbon Neutrality

Vishal is the Director at GE3S Consultants, a firm working in the field of environment and sustainability. His expertise lies in projects related to climate change mitigation, sustainability, and green buildings. He is well known Green House Gas expert in the region and has successfully delivered several GHG related projects for example carbon footprint, clean development mechanism, carbon neutrality, product carbon labeling etc. He has 15 years of work experience out of which 7 has been in the Middle East. Prior to joining GE3S he led the green buildings and GHG services for Big 4 firm in the middle east.

He holds Masters as well as MPhil Degree in Environmental Science. Vishal is a Lead auditor for ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001. He is also a LEED Accredited professional and a Pearl Qualified professional. He has advised several companies in the UAE to further their sustainability agenda across sectors for e.g. Utility, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Cement, Chemicals, Iron & Steel, waste management, Construction & Real estate, Aviation etc. He has also worked with bilateral and multilateral organizations like UNDP, UNIDO, WWF on environment and sustainability projects."

Aisha Al Abdooli - Director of Green Development

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Green Economy for Sustainable Development: Progress of Green Agenda 2030

15 years of experience in different fields including: Green Development, Sustainable Development & Green Economy. In addition to her expertise in developing policies, strategies and regulatory framework in Air Quality, Climate Change Adaptation, Waste & Chemicals Management. Aisha had worked in managing BOOT and PPP projects in Sewerage Infrastructure, Sewage Treatment Plants and Waste Management Projects in addition to managing EPCM firms to ensure that the Construction Environmental and Social Management Plan (CESMP) is implemented in Aluminum Industry and the project construction is executed in an environmental compliance with all applicable standards. Currently she is the Director of Green Development Department at the Ministry of Climate change and Environment.

In this role, she was responsible for developing national green development policies and strategies and regulatory framework for transformation to green economy. Also she is developing the necessary policies for the private sector contribution in green development and monitoring the transformation of country toward green economy. Aisha had worked as consultant with different professional firms to develop strategies and master plans for water resources management.

Aisha is holding a master degree in Project management from the British University in Dubai with a and Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain.

Fazil Abdul Rahiman - Assistant Manager MENA

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Renewable Energy Trends and Prospects

Fazil is an energy, climate change and sustainability professional with over 8 years of experience in advisory consulting. Currently he is Assistant Manager with EY’s Middle East and North Africa team. Fazil holds an M.Sc in Electrical Power Engineering from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (UAE) in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

Fazil has worked closely with region’s governments and corporates in setting up energy and climate change strategies. During his role as Secretary of Dubai Government’s Technical Committee, he develop Dubai’s Carbon Abatement Strategy. He is one of the first International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) scholars and was awarded ‘Young Future Energy Leader (YFEL)’ by Masdar. Fazil introduced the concept of ‘Demand Response Mismatch’ to the research world, which is published in the IEEE Journal of Smart grids. For developing the concept of 'Self-sufficient villages employing renewable energy', he was awarded by the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) India."

Grant Crawford - Managing Director


With a business background extending from his native New Zealand, through the United Kingdom, South Africa and the Middle East region, Grant now shares his experience with others, to transform business thinking

His time as a business owner and his long international career with a blue- chip company, inspired him to develop his ideas and enables him to share insights from a large catalogue of professional and personal experience.

Grant established Tickbox in the United Kingdom where he now lives with his wife and children. He first travelled to the Middle East in 1998, and now supports businesses in this region with customized development programmes and motivating speaking engagements. He delights in connecting with new faces and helping people realize they have untapped potential.

Grant combines real-life experience and insight, with warmth and gentle humour, as he facilitates groups toward consistent business improvement.

Habiba Al Mara’shi - Chairperson

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainable Development – Future Proofing Growth and Prosperity

Mrs. Habiba Al Mara’shi is the co-founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), a pioneering organisation founded in the United Arab Emirates in 1991. A visionary for a Safer Environment and a sustainable future for her country, region and the world in general, she has pioneered and played a key role in the growth of EEG to be a regional multi-sectorial organisation.

EEG has had many a first under its banner.

  • The first environmental NGO in the world to receive an ISO 14001 certification in 2001.
  • EEG is also the only organization of its kind in the GCC to be accredited with two highly esteemed UN bodies namely the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council.
  • Under the leadership of Mrs. Al Mara’shi, in the year 2004, Arabia CSR Network (ACSRN) the first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Network in the Arab Region came into being. ACSRN is the only multi stakeholder platform with local and multinational entities. ACRN initiated and rolled out the first prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility Award for the Arab World in 2008.
  • A founding member of the Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC) wherein Mrs. Al Mara’shi serves as a Treasurer to the Council since 2006 in addition to her role as the Vice Chair of the Council. She also serves as a Membership Committee on the World Green Building Council (WGBC) since 2016.
  • EEG is a member of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) and had the privilege to host the Local Network for the Gulf States from 2008-2014. Mrs. Al Mara’shi was also the first Arab woman to become a board member of the UN Global Compact and was on the board from 2006 to 2012

Besides the above Mrs. Al Mara’shi is actively involved and is a member on the Board of several prestigious Councils. She is involved in many leading initiatives on environment, women and development at the national, regional and international levels and is a recognized representative and spokesperson for West Asian Arab Women at high ranking international summits.

Raunaq Dubey - Faculty & Head of Incubation Centre

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Future Visions 2030 : Fourth Industrial Revolution & Sustainable Development

Raunaq Dubey is currently Head of Incubation Centre – Amity University Dubai & faculty member in the area of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He holds his passion for concept to reality solutions, student startups & SMARTpreneurship.

Starting his career as a Research Executive, he achieved rapid growth in his corporate career and served as Associate Vice President, Associate Consultant and Project Manager at London, Mumbai, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. In one his assignments he was heading the Middle East region and offered extended expertise in new business setups, project management & strategic consulting.

He is MBA++ from the prestigious University of Pune and lectured at University of Northampton, Moscow University of Trade & Finance (Synergy University), Banasthali University and University of Pune on various topics and designed curriculum for Diploma in Management for Disabled Army Personnel at QMTI, Indian Army, Pune- HO Southern Command.

Ihab Ismail - Projects Manager

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainable Changes in Projects (Social & Economic Effects)

Responsible for High Voltage Substation Projects of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority

Ihab is certified project manager with 20 years of project experience in mixed use and energy projects. He has been working & living in the UAE for the past 15 years with assignments in the Gulf & Middle East region extending to Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Yemen. Customer base in the utilities, tourism, diplomatic envoys and oil & gas sectors.

His international career exposed him to various infrastructure projects like High Voltage Substations, Power Stations, High Voltage Cabling, Power Distribution, Oil & Gas Field Developments as well as specialized projects like Performance Theatres, Embassies, Marine Ports, Office Towers.

P.R. Jagannathan, Manager – Sustainability

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Role of Green Buildings Towards Sustainable Development

P.R. Jagannathan holds a Doctorate in Carbon Management of Building sector and Master’s degree in Engineering; He is a “LEED Accredited Professional” and a qualified "BREEAM International Assessor" with more than 20 years of experience in built environment

He is the Sustainability Manager at Trakhees - Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), a Regulatory authority in Dubai, responsible for overseeing the enforcement of green building regulations across the Ports, customs and Free Zone corporation jurisdiction. His department is responsible for not only developing the green building regulations but also instituting a robust regulatory infrastructure that fosters compliance and promotes true sustainability. Establishing appropriate and region specific regulations, practical stakeholder procedures, critical review & response mechanisms and technical support programs are part of his core responsibilities. Jagannathan is a very strong proponent of "Truly performing buildings" that provides credibility to the green building.

Dr. Walter Buydens - CEO

PRESENTATION TOPIC: What Are We Having For Soup Today?

Dr Walter Buydens holds degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Ph D Cornell university), Bio-Engineering, MSc (KULeuven, Belgium) and a post graduate degree in Hydraulic Engineering (IHE Delft, The Netherlands). In addition, he completed the executive MBA program at INSEAD.

Dr Walter started his career in 1981 as Hydrographer for the Ministry of Public Works in Oostende, Belgium. He continued as a water and environmental expert for international organizations: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Niamey, Niger (1984-1987); The Ford Foundation in Pune, India (1990-1991) and The World Bank in Washington D.C. (various missions from 1988 to 1992).

Walter Buydens has been leading two Environmental Consultancies since 1992. First the Anglo-American ERM where he was the managing Director for Belgium, Netherlands and France and the Dutch Royal HaskoningDHV where he became global Director of the Environmental Division.

Since 2011, Dr Buydens has been engaged in the GCC region, first starting up the operations for RoyalHaskoningDHV. From 2014 onwards, he has established and headed the activities of the Belgian headquartered VITO, the international research and consulting centre, which is focusing on today’s major socio-environmental challenges.

Since 1994, he is also guest Professor at the renowned IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands.

Quote: “ I am in love with the UAE, where dynamic growth, prosperity, tolerance and happiness go hand in hand. I have seen quite a number of admirable Emirati role models, men and women alike. It will be give me an utmost fulfilment and satisfaction if I succeed, with VITO, to contribute in adding the sustainability facet to the gemstone of happiness, tolerance and prosperity”.

Prof. Mohammed Arif - Head of School, Architecture and Built Environment, Professor of Sustainability and Construction Futures, Faculty of Science and Engineering

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Circular Economy: The New Paradigm

Prof.Mohammad Arif is the Head of School for the School of Architecture & Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton. Prof. Arif has extensive experience in the area of sustainability and that is one of his current areas of research. Prof. Arif has worked in the US, UK and UAE and his work has been recognized worldwide with some highly respected awards.

Prof. Arif has also published his findings in more than 100 articles and attracted million of pounds in research grants. He also serves on several national and international task groups on promotion of sustainability.

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