Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) Chairman Ali Al Jassim has been appointed as Vice Chair of the World Green Building Council’s MENA Regional Network - an influential group of Green Building Councils from the region who are driving forward net zero, healthy, equitable and sustainable built environments in Mena.
 
The chair of WorldGBC Mena Regional Network for the term of 2021-2023 is Raji Hattar, nominated by Jordan Green Building Council, Chief Sustainability Officer at Aramex and Chairman of Jordan Green Building Council.
 
Al Jassim was nominated to the post by EmiratesGBC, an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, for his leadership and dedication to the sustainable building movement, both in the UAE and at a global level, said the statement. 
 
The WorldGBC Governance team for the Mena Regional Network comprises a chair and vice chair who have been put forward by the region's Green Building Councils (GBCs). 
 
The chair and vice chair guides sustainable building strategies for the region, and ensures that Mena GBCs and WorldGBC are successfully delivering on their mission.
 
Lauding the appointment, World Green Building Council CEO Cristina Gamboa said: "Al Jassim has been a true champion of sustainability, and has worked tirelessly to position the best practices in the building and construction industry as central solutions to face the climate change, health and environmental crises."
 
"It is this commitment, expertise and strong leadership that has earned his place as Vice Chair of our Mena Regional Network. I look forward to working with Al Jassim as we continue our collective journey with our 70-member Green Building Councils to transform the built environment and deliver on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development," she added.
 
Al Jassim has a PhD in Business Management, Master of Business Administration with Honours, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. 
 
He has 25 years of experience in leading roles delivering programmes and projects and has held top positions in both the public and private sector. In addition to Chairing the EmiratesGBC Board of Directors, he is also a Board member of the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) 
 
On the key appointment, Al Jassim said: "It is a true honour and a testament to the work undertaken by the EmiratesGBC in promoting sustainable built environments in the region. Over the years, we have been leading concerted dialogue and tangible action in encouraging stakeholders across the construction value chain to incorporate sustainability as a core commitment."
 
"The new role will enable us to further activate dialogue with Green Building Councils across the region and together work towards promoting climate change action and work towards the net zero 2050 goal," he added.-TradeArabia News Service