Sustainability ME Events

About The Conference

Sustainability Middle East (SME) is to launch a new industry-leading conference on sustainability entitled ‘Sustainability Middle East Expert Panel’.

SME Conference Agenda

The Sustainability Middle East Conference is a one-day event that will foster an arena where we can provide a platform for thought-leadership, discuss the latest developments in sustainability, and create a forum for key figures in the sector to network, collaborate, and lead the industry conversation.

Below is an outline of what the event will entail.

This first session will offer an overview of the latest developments in sustainability with particular regard to the Middle East, although we will pay attention to relevant global developments. The main purpose of this session is to provide attendees with the framework to understand the more specialised information coming along in later sessions. In essence, this is a must-attend session to ensure you are up to date with all the vital info.

Key Themes Include
  • A review of the environmental health of the world, with specific focus on the Middle East
  • The biggest challenges in sustainability
  • Potential future solutions & noteworthy global developments
  • Political, economic, and social responses to climate change

Smart Questions
  • Where are we with climate change, is there a time limit we have before major issues start occurring?
  • How can we inspire lukewarm actors to take action on sustainable practices?
  • A concern for many is how implementing sustainable practices can impact bottom lines, how can we assuage that fear and what tools can we utilise to be sustainable and successful?
The second session of the event will see some of the most inspirational figures in sustainability from a variety of industries, including, but not limited to technology, digitalization, lifestyle, branding, transport & logistics, construction and infrastructure. In this session, we will ask key industry figures to explain how they made their businesses sustainable, successful, and socially conscious in order to inspire and motivate our attendees to make changes in their own operations.

Key Themes Include
  • How to inspire businesses and staff in the sustainable philosophy
  • How to be a sustainable leader
  • Optimal practices for business and sustainable growth
  • Technology and sustainability

Smart Questions
  • How do you stay abreast of the latest developments in sustainability?
  • What are 3 takeaway practices that I can implement in my business over the next year?
  • How can technology aid us in becoming more sustainable?
Take time to enjoy refreshments, pop into a meeting, take a call, liaise with other attendees and key speakers, and to enjoy the range of entertainment on offer.
This session has been specially created to offer an expansive insight into how a modern business can be totally sustainable. The session will provide attendees with a complete review of each key area of a business, with practical steps to take away and implement into operations with immediate effect.

Key Themes Include
  • A holistic review of a modern business and its sustainable practices
  • Key implementations in business logistics, staff welfare and production
  • Insights into the future of sustainable practices for businesses

Smart Questions
  • What are the optimal methods of sustainable transportation and packaging?
  • How can you improve sustainable practices amongst staff?
  • Can you be a totally sustainable business or will there always be some emissions we must mitigate?
Lunch will be provided along with varied entertainment and time for networking.
A keynote speech from an industry elite on optimal sustainable practices
This session is a chance for us to explore the conscious and sustainable business practices from all manner of industries, including industries as diverse as agriculture and fashion. Second to that, it’s also an opportunity to explore practices affiliated with sustainability, such as social change, inclusion, and ESG developments.

Key Themes Include
  • How to run a ‘conscious’ business
  • How a sustainable philosophy can run alongside a policy of inclusion
  • How to promote a conscious ethos as a brand

Smart Questions
  • What do you exactly mean by ‘conscious’?
  • How can we ensure we maintain a diverse, knowledgeable workforce?
  • What does our branding need to say about who we are?
Take time to enjoy refreshments, pop into a meeting, take a call, liaise with other attendees and key speakers, and to enjoy the range of entertainment on offer.
This final session will summarise the key learnings and highlight the core issues to take away, as well as add in any other key elements not yet mentioned. It will also provide an opportunity to ask any final questions and get involved in an open, collaborative dialogue.

Key Themes Include
  • The core issues in sustainability
  • Takeaways to implement in your business(es)
  • Brainstorming on dynamic practices and theories for the future

Smart Questions
  • What is the number one consideration one should take in modern sustainability?
  • What’s the biggest challenge we face?
  • What’s your expectation for the next decade?

The first session will offer an overview of the latest developments in sustainability with a focus on the Middle East. However, due attention will be paid to relevant global developments in sustainability.

The purpose of this session is to provide attendees the framework to understand the more specialised information coming along in later sessions. In essence, this session is a pre-cursor, a must-attend to ensure you are up to date with all the vital info to follow.

Key Themes Include

  • A review of the environmental health of the world, with specific focus on the Middle East
  • The biggest challenges in sustainability
  • Potential future solutions & noteworthy global developments
  • Political, economic, and social responses to climate change

Smart questions

  • Where are we with climate change, is there a time limit we have before major issues start occurring?
  • How can we inspire lukewarm actors to take action on sustainable practices?
  • A concern for many is how implementing sustainable practices can impact bottom lines, how can we assuage that fear and what tools can we utilise to be sustainable and successful?

Three 5-minute presentations followed by moderator questions & audience Q&A

The second session of the event will see some of the most inspirational figures in sustainability from a variety of industries, including technology, digitalisation, lifestyle, branding, energy, transport & logistics, construction, and infrastructure. In this session, key industry figures would elaborate on how they made their businesses sustainable, successful, and socially conscious in order to inspire and motivate our attendees and help them change their own operations.

Key Themes Include

  • How to inspire businesses and staff in the sustainable philosophy
  • How to be a sustainable leader
  • Optimal practices for business and sustainable growth
  • Technology and sustainability

Smart questions

  • How do you stay abreast of the latest developments in sustainability?
  • What are 3 takeaway practices that I can implement in my business over the next year?
  • How can technology aid us in becoming more sustainable?

Three 5-minute presentations followed by moderator questions & audience Q&A

This session has been specially created to offer an expansive insight into how a modern business can be totally sustainable. The session will provide attendees with a complete review of each key area of a business, with practical steps to take away and implement into operations with immediate effect.

Key Themes Include

  • A holistic review of a modern business and its sustainable practices
  • Key implementations in business logistics, staff welfare and production
  • Insights into the future of sustainable practices for businesses

Smart questions

  • What are the optimal methods of sustainable transportation and packaging?
  • How can you improve sustainable practices amongst staff?
  • Can you be a totally sustainable business or will there always be some emissions we must mitigate?

Three 5-minute presentations followed by moderator questions & audience Q&A

This session is a chance for us to explore the conscious and sustainable business practices from an array of industry sectors, including industries as diverse as agriculture and fashion. Second to that, it’s also an opportunity to explore practices affiliated with sustainability, such as social change, inclusion, and ESG developments.

Key Themes Include

  • How to run a ‘conscious’ business
  • How a sustainable philosophy can run alongside a policy of inclusion
  • How to promote a conscious ethos as a brand

Smart questions

  • What do you exactly mean by ‘conscious’?
  • How can we ensure we maintain a diverse, knowledgeable workforce?
  • What does our branding need to say about who we are?

A roundtable Q&A hosted by a moderator and welcoming questions from speakers, the floor and digital channels

This final session will summarise the key learnings and highlight the core issues to take away, as well as add in any other key elements not yet mentioned. It will also provide an opportunity to ask any final questions and get involved in an open, collaborative dialogue.

Key Themes Include

  • The core issues in sustainability
  • Takeaways to implement in your business(es)
  • Brainstorming on dynamic practices and theories for the future

Smart questions

  • What is the number one consideration one should take in modern sustainability?
  • What’s the biggest challenge we face?
  • What’s your expectation for the next decade?

SME's Leaders in Sustainability

H.E. Mariam Al Mheiri Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE
H.E. Suhail Mohamed AlMazrouei
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE

Sir Ronald Cohen –
Thought-leader

Radia Sedaoui
Chief of Energy Section, Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster, United Nations, ESCWA
Gavin Edwards
Director, Global Nature Positive Initiative, WWF

Mayssam Tamim
Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP

H.E. Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan
Chairman, Saudi Aramco

Hatem Dowidar
CEO, e& (Etisalat)
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban
CEO, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)
Sherif Tawfik
Chief Sustainability Officer – Middle East & Africa, Microsoft

Saad Toma
General Manager MEA, IBM

Maha Alnuhait
Sustainability General Manager, stc
(Saudi Telecommunications Company)
Yasmin Fansa
Sustainability Lead, PepsiCo MENA
Eiman Al Khalaqi
VP - Innovation - SG, AD Ports Group

Jasim Husain
Group Chief Executive Officer, Taqa

Cezanne Maherali
Head of Policy Middle East and Africa – Uber
Raji Hattar
Chief Sustainability Officer – Aramex
Kathrin Brost
VP, Global Head of GoGreen Program, DHL
Kivanc Karayol
Market Director & Electromobility Champion, Volvo Group

Diana Wilde
Co-founder, Aurora50

Dr. Stephen Wilkinson
Head of the Smart and Sustainable Cities Research Cluster, University of Wollongong
Aliyu Mohammed Ali
CEO, EHFAAZ
Karl W. Feilder
Regional Expert on Biofuels, Advisor on corporate Net Zero strategies, The Neutral Group

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Hosted by industry professionals, the conference will provide an opportunity to attend in person in Dubai, or online for those further afield, meaning attendees will be able to ask questions, debate issues and witness roundtables in real time.