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Jamal A. Al Sarayrah

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Potash Company (APC) as well as the boards of the Arab Fertilizers and Chemicals Industries (KEMAPCO), Jordan Magnesia Company (JORMAG), and Jordan Bromine Company since June 2012, and Chairman of the Board of the Arab Fertilizer Association (AFA) since 31/10/2013, Jamal Al Sarayrah had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors in telecommunication, post, transportation, and regulation.

Mr. Al Sarayrah started his career in the private sector in 1980 as Labor Relations Advisor with Aramco in Saudi Arabia, and soon after became Aramco's resident representative and manager for corporate activities in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. In 1989, he was elected to Jordan's Chamber of Deputies (Lower House) for a four-year term, during which he served as First Deputy Speaker. In 1990 he was selected as a member of the Royal Commission for drafting the Jordan National Charter, which defined guidelines for the conduct of political party activity in Jordan, and in 1993 he was reelected for a second term in Parliament.

In 1991, Mr. Al Sarayrah joined the Council of ministers as Minister of Transport and Minister of Post and Communication and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jordan Telecommunication Corporation. In this capacity he managed the design and implementation of the Jordan National Telecommunications Program, directed the corporatization and privatization of the Telecommunication Corporation (TCC), spearheaded the promulgation of Jordan's first telecommunications law in 1995, directed the creation of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of which he was the first Chairman.

Between 2000 and 2012, Mr. Al Sarayrah was Senior Advisor for Strategic and Business Development in telecom at Reliance-Globalcom (formerly FLAG), a multi-billion dollar Indian investment company.

Mr. Al Sarayrah received his Post-Graduate Diploma in international law and international relations from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and his B. A. in English from Kuwait University.

Tuulia Syvänen

Tuulia Syvänen is Chief of Staff at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the global standard-setter in sustainability reporting.

In collaboration with GRI’s executive management team, Tuulia helps in planning and formulating medium and long-term organizational strategy, and supervises the implementation of departmental business plans. Her role embraces institutional fundraising and donor relations, working closely with teams responsible for services and corporate and stakeholder relations, and overseeing GRI’s offices in Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, South Africa, and the USA and Canada. Additionally, she ensures continued cross-departmental cooperation and efficient use of resources.

Before joining GRI, Tuulia, who originally hails from Finland, worked for more than 15 years promoting international fair trade and environmental education. Next to her passionate commitment to sustainability issues, she enjoys nature, reading and meditation.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) promotes the use of sustainability reporting as a way for organizations to become more sustainable and contribute to a sustainable global economy. GRI is an international not-for-profit organization, with a network-based structure. Its activity involves thousands of professionals and organizations from many sectors, constituencies and regions.

Mark Moody-Stuart

Mark Moody-Stuart is Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services. A director of Accenture and of Saudi Aramco. He was Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group from 1998 to 2001. He was Chairman of Anglo American plc from 2002 to 2009. Born in Antigua, after a doctorate in geology in 1966 at Cambridge, he worked for Shell starting as an exploration geologist, living in Holland, Spain, Oman, Brunei, Australia, Nigeria, Turkey and Malaysia, and the UK.

He is Chairman of the Innovative Vector Control Consortium for combating insect borne disease and was Chairman of the Global Business Coalition for HIV/AIDS from 2002-2011. He was a director of HSBC from 2001-1010 and of the International Institute for Sustainable Development2003-2011. He served on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development 2003-2011. Honorary Co-Chairman of the International Tax and Investment Center 2011. He chaired task forces on renewable energy for the G8 and for business for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Board Member of the Global Reporting Initiative 2002-7. President Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 1997-2008. Member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Council for the Global Compact 2001-2004. Vice-Chairman of the Global Compact Board and Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation from 2006. He was appointed a Knight Commander of St Michael and St George in 2000. Married to Judy with four children.

Professor David Hood AM

Professor David Hood AMisa civil and environmental engineer with vast experience across major civil and military projects, professional development in emerging economies, senior management in both the public and private sectors and in education. David is deeply concerned that human activities and our current business paradigms, and personal lifestyles are seriously damagingour global home - the planet. However, it need not lead to a Great Disruption - there is hope, but only if we realise what we are doing, and take immediate restorative action

Following a successful career in project management David took over and commissioned Australia's then New Parliament House in the mid 1980s - a life changing career episode. Since that project, David has become increasingly involved in fostering a culture of sustainability across all engineering disciplines, and the built environment.
David is an Adjunct Professor in the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT where he inculcates sustainability across education and research. He led the Sustainability Program of the CRC for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM) until 2013. In 2006, heinitiated, and was Founding Chairman until 2011 of the Australian Green Infrastructure Council (AGIC now ISCA), an industry association which developed the world's first full sustainability rating scheme for infrastructure.
David is an accredited Presenter with Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, and in August 2011, David was included in the ABC Carbon list of the top 100 Sustainability leaders in the world (and again in 2012, and 2013).
David was the 2012 National President of Engineers Australia (EA). In 2012, David was included in the Engineers Media list of Australia's top 100 professional engineers. In 2013 David was made an Honorary Fellow of EA.
On Australia Day 2013, David was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his enormous contribution to engineering through industry associations, and for lifting public awareness of sustainability.
In December 2013, David was appointed Australasian Leader of Blue Australasia, a collaborative venture to drive a transformative business model that restores natural and social capital as well as business wellness.

Khaled Al Kamda

Mr. Khaled Mohammed Al Kamda is one of the leading lights of the UAE, having contributed significantly to major advancements that have helped in the development of Dubai. His extensive experience in strategically planninggrowth in vital public and private sector organisations has seen him in senior positions with major companies and institutions in a career that has extended over almost three decades. As Director General of the Community Development Authority (CDA), Al Kamda's current role involves himtaking responsibility for regulating and overseeing the framework of community development in Dubai.

Since commencing his position with the CDA in October, 2009, Al Kamda has been instrumental in creating effective strategies to achieve the goals of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015,as announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
Al Kamda brings with him to his role a wealth of expertise gained from different business sectors. His extensive experience has assisted him in achieving significant outputs for the social sector through highly effective management of the CDA; an organisation which focuses on the development of integrated and efficient social services in the emirate. Al Kamda's array of responsibilities includesoverseeing teams that prepare comprehensive strategic plans related to the social sectorand ensuring these plans' successful implementation. He also proposes legislation for the social services sector aimed at improving the quality of social development in Dubai.
Al Kamda began his career after graduating from the Florida Institute of Technology, USA, where he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1985. He took up the position of Assistant Manager of Information Technology at Emirates Airlines in the same year - a post that allowed him to gain a comprehensive knowledge of IT and automation in one of the fastest growing airlines in the world.
After just two years in the role, Al Kamda received his first promotion and was appointed Marketing Manager, Data Systems at Emirates. His accomplishments during this tenure included the development of pricing models that are still being used by the organisation, the turning around of a loss-making area of the business into a profit-making subsidiary and the implementation of a recruitment policy that attracted qualified staff with a proper salary structure.
In light of these major achievements, Al Kamda wasappointed UAE Manager for Emirates, a post he held for two years before being further promoted to General Manager,Gulf and the Middle East and Africa, with the operations of the Commonwealth of Independent Statesalso added to his portfolio.
In November 1995, Al Kamda embarked on the most prominent role in his career with Emirates Group when he was chosen as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development. In this capacity he achieved a number of remarkable successes across a range of local and international projects, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of managementacquired from the Cranfield School of Management in England, wherehe received a Master's Degree in Business Administration in 1994.
In 2007 Al Kamda made another prominent career move when he was appointed as Group Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB). During his two years in the role, he was successful in managing the restructuring of the group and re-establishing DIB as the power house of Islamic finance, thereby rebuilding its reputation as the best banking institution in the region.
Throughout his long and successful career, Al Kamda has held many senior chairing and directorship positions across different sectors. His appointments have included Istithmar World Vice Chairman, Chairman of DIB-Pakistan, Chairman of Dubai Investment Park, Chairman of Bank of Khortoum, Chairman of Al Burj Real Estate Development and Board of Director member of the UAE Marriage Fund.

Habiba Al Marashi

Habiba Al Marashi is the President of the Arabia CSR Network (ACSRN), the first and most dynamic multi-stakeholder platform advocating CSR and sustainable development across the Arab world. Under her leadership, ACSRN has grown into one of largest professional groups working to mainstream CSR and sustainability through capacity building programs, awards, research and more.

Habiba Al Marashi is a representative of the Civil Society Organizations at the GRI Stakeholder Council. Furthermore, ACSRN is an Organizational Stakeholder of the GRI as well as the first certified training partner for the Arabic-speaking Middle East countries. To date, with Habiba Al Marashi's commitment towards greater sustainability and transparency in the Middle East, ACSRN has trained more than 180 sustainability professionals on the GRI framework.
Habiba Al Marashi is also the co-founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group, a pioneering organization based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Under Mrs. Al Marashi's guidance, EEG became the first environmental NGO in the world to receive an ISO 14001 certification in 2001. EEG is also accredited by the UNCCD, UNEP and is a member of IUCN. Mrs. Al Marashi also heads the UN Global Compact GCC States Network and is a member of the Global Compact Local Network Advisory Group, a member of the Global Compact International Yearbook Editorial Board and the GEF - NGO Network.
Mrs. Al Marashi is involved in many leading initiatives on environment, women and sustainable development at the national, regional and international levels. She is a recognized representative and spokesperson for West Asian Arab nations at high ranking international summits. She is a recipient of several awards for her contribution and achievements in Environmental & Social work.

Additional titles of Habiba Al Marashi include:

  • Founding member of the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC)
  • Former board member of the UN Global Compact
  • Focal point for the UN Global Compact Network GCC States
  • Member of the advisory committee of the DNV Certification Advisory Board ME
  • Board Member of the Dubai Customs Consultative Council
  • Member of the Patronage committee of myclimate
  • Member of the International Advisory Board at Global Urban Development
  • Global NGO Focal Point and Member, Major Groups, Facilitating Committee, UNEP

Colin Maund

Colin is the founder and CEO of Hellios Information, having pioneered supplier information management over 20 years ago.

Colin founded Hellios Information in 2012 as the next generation of supplier information and risk management services, following 30 years' experience in procurement and having pioneered supplier information management by founding Achilles Group in the UK in 1993.
Colin, a graduate from the London School of Economics (LSE), was CEO of Achilles Group until 2011, and was responsible for its international growth into 26 countries before leading the sale of the business in 2008 to a Private Equity firm, HgCapital. In 2009 Colin was awarded the UK Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for IT Services.
Prior to founding Achilles, Colin specialised in procurement where he worked for a variety of organizations including HM Treasury, CBI and National Power. In 2001 he was appointed by the UK Government as one of the two UK representatives on the European Commission's Advisory Committee for the Opening up of Public Procurement.
Colin remains one of the leading experts in EU Procurement Legislation and is heavily involved in the development of procurement, on which he has written extensively. He is interested in the interface between professional procurement and the demands of Corporate and Social Responsibility. Colin was appointed a Trustee of The Outward Bound Trust in March 2012.

David Lapp

David Lapp, FEC, P.Eng. graduated with a degree in geological engineering from the University of Toronto in 1978. After nearly twenty years working as a consulting engineer in Canada’s Arctic region on marine navigation systems and ice information systems, he joined Engineers Canada in 1997. Currently he serves as Practice Lead, Engineering and Public Policy, focusing his work on infrastructure, environment, sustainability and climate change issues and their impact on the practice of engineering.

Since 2005 he has served as project manager for a long-term national project to assess the engineering vulnerability of public infrastructure to the impacts of a changing climate. This project has developed an infrastructure climate risk assessment tool known as the PIEVC Engineering Protocol. David provides advice, training and ongoing technical and administrative support for applications of the Protocol across Canada as well as internationally.
He manages the Secretariat for the World Federation of Engineering Organizations Committee on Engineering and the Environment, hosted and chaired by Engineers Canada. This assignment continues until December 2015.

Bridget McDonald, Ph.D.

Bridget McDonald, Ph.D. is Chair of the Women's International Center, a thirty-year-old non profit organization that honors, celebrates, and encourages women. Alongside the UNESCO Engineering Initiative, the Women's International Center is a member organization of Women in Engineering -- a standing committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) -- whose purpose is to empower women in engineering and technology. The Women's International Center Living Legacy Awards have been called by Claes Nobel himself "the Nobel Prize of honors presented to women" and have brought together over 300 of the world's leaders and innovators from every walk of life, including environmentalists like oceanographer Sylvia Earle, Ph.D. and champions of wildlife preservation like Dame Jane Goodall.

For more than ten years, McDonald's advocacy on behalf of women internationally has taken her to world peace initiatives in South Korea, cultural diplomacy and engineering strategy sessions in France, and child protection work in the United Kingdom and United States. She was deeply engaged in relief work for post-Earthquake Haiti in 2010 and facilitated the delivery of countless tons of medicine, food, and supplies, which has led her to take special interest in responsible agricultural practices, as well as sustainable waste management in collaboration with groups like the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Other Worlds Are Possible.
McDonald's doctoral work at the Johns Hopkins University focused on French philosopher Blaise Pascal and she has taught literature at the Université d'Orleans. She is a professional recording artist, poet and author, her translation of J.L. Nancy's l'Experience de la Libérté appears at Stanford University Press. She is currently adapting a book entitled "But It's Not Fair," a project of the Freedom Charity dedicated to combatting forced marriage. McDonald's commitment to social and environmental causes stems from two grandmothers who excelled in music composition, two grandfathers who set precedents in the fields of global radio communication technology and law, a scholarly mother who specializes in ancient languages, and an attorney father. Regularly featured in the media, she serves on various boards including the Sharp Healthcare Foundation and Encinitas Environment Day -- a model event that can be adopted by any community to mobilize the local populace to adopt practical tools for living in a way that is not only sustainable, but earth-replenishing. Her life is dedicated to the principle of thinking globally and acting locally in harmony with nature.

Dr. Arab Hoballah

Arab Hoballah serves as Chief of Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry, for Delivering SCP, as from January 2015; since October 2005, he was Chief of Sustainable Consumption and Production/SCP in UNEP since October 2005. Among other responsibilities, he looks for mainstreaming Resource Efficiency and SCP policies at all levels, in particular through responsible industry and cities management. He has launched and supervises various Initiatives and Partnerships (buildings, tourism, cities).

Arab has coordinated the preparation and is actually supervising the implementation of the only operational issue that was explicitly adopted in “The Future We Want” at Rio+20, the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP; under his coordination, the work achieved by SCP team received the Special Baobab Award 2014 attributed by UNEP Executive Director.
Prior to this post, he spent 14 years working in the UNEP Regional Seas programme as Deputy Director of the Blue Plan, Deputy Coordinator of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and Coordinator of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development Before, he worked for several development institutions in developing countries.
Arab Hoballah holds a MSc in Economic Tools and Prospective Analysis, a MSc in Law and International Relations and a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Paris, France.



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