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A net zero economy is now thought to be the only way out of the current global sustainability crisis, with annual financing and capital requirements of approximately US$3.5 trillion. As companies and countries strive to make credible progress toward their net zero commitments, they must develop strategic resilience in a volatile world. 

To comply with its pledge to climate change mitigation and sustainable finance, the UAE has implemented a series of significant measures, including ratifying the Paris Agreement in 2016, developing the UAE Vision 2021, the Green Agenda 2015-2030, the National Climate Change Plan 2017-2050, and implementing related guidelines for specific sectors. From winning the bid to host COP 28 to launching the strategic initiative Net Zero 2050, the UAE is determined to exponentially raise its green investments. 

The UAE government’s Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to boost clean energy’s contribution to the total energy mix from 25% to 50% by 2050 and reduce the carbon footprint of power generation by 70%, offers a significant opportunity for green finance investment. The country anticipates investing more than AED 80 billion (USD 22 billion) in green investment by 2050. Green financing can account for up to 2% of a leading institution’s profit. If the UAE banking sector gained 2% of net profit from green finance, the expected benefits would be a whopping AED 780 million (USD 210 million) per year. Green finance can result in long-term economic sustainability by incorporating climate change mitigation and adaptation factors into financial systems. 

The main challenge, however, is navigating the economic and societal adjustments with the appropriate governance, institutions, and commitment. The MENA region’s green and sustainability-linked debt issuance reached $6.4 billion in the first half of 2021, exceeding the total for the entire year of 2020, which was $4.7 billion. The Energy Strategy 2050 will necessitate a significant pipeline of renewable projects, which would lend itself to the UAE government issuing a sovereign green bond. Thus, more and more investors are incorporating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) elements into their investment decision-making process, making ESG particularly prevalent regarding securing capital, both debt and equity. 

At the ESG & Green Finance Forum 2022, we will bring together policymakers, regulators, government entities, and banks, among others, to discuss, debate, and develop strategies to successfully incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) components in organizations, as well as the best ways to leverage the UAE’s exponential growth in green finance.

Join us on an expedition of extraordinary business opportunities at the ESG & Green Finance Forum 2022 on 29th November at Conrad Hotel, Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.


  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Governance Officer
  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • Board Member
  • Executive Director
  • President
  • Chairperson
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Executive Secretary
  • Global Head of Capital Markets
  • Global Head of Asset Management
  • Head of ESG
  • Head of Sustainability
  • Head of Sustainable/Responsible Investing
  • Head of Treasury
  • Head of Policy/Advocacy


  • Government
  • Logistics
  • FinTech
  • Regulatory Authorities
  • Banking 
  • Large Enterprises
  • Financial Institutions 
  • Law firms
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power & Utilities
  • Not for profit- Regulatory Authorities
  • Specialist Consultancies


  • Investigate the most recent developments in the sustainable finance market and become the most significant contributor to the Net Zero 2050 initiative
  • Meet industry veterans who will shed light on the best way to implement an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) framework in the workplace to significantly boost your organization’s net profit
  • Examine the paradigm shift and potential risks surrounding the Green Finance by banks, financial institutions, and capital market (BFC) experts
  • Understand the best sustainable practices for your organization to benchmark yourself in the market
  • Decode the materiality of ESG reporting for your business and choose what works best for you
  • Explore the dynamics and future of ESG to stay ahead of the competition.


Eng. Faisal Ali Rashid
Senior Director
Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

Hani Abdel Razek
Associate Director

Ahmed Shehada 
Chief Investment Officer
Diamond Developers

Tamara Bajic
Manager Net Zero Advisory

Karim El Jisr
Chief Sustainability Officer
Diamond Developers

Roua Elbizri
Manager Sustainability







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Faisal Ali Rashid, U.A.E national, a degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dayton, Ohio university-U.S.A. Also, a certified PMP (Project Management Professional). He has published numerous articles and white papers on energy management and sustainability topics.

Faisal is currently working as energy senior Demand side management director in Dubai Supreme Council of Energy looking after the whole energy demand management spectrum of emirate of Dubai. He has contributed to success of DSM programs and energy efficiency policy structure in Dubai. Served previously in oil and gas industry for 15 years as project division manager / Project Manager, handled mega feed and EPC projects and worked as general manager in glass manufacturing plant for 3 years.  

Hani is an Associate Director and a KSA Team Lead at AESG. He is Civil Engineer by background with over 10 years of experience in sustainable design and construction. Hani led the development of KSA’s green building rating system (Mostadam) as well as provided strategy advisory support in relation to its operations. He has been involved in providing strategy consultancy to various developers in relation to sustainable cities and master planning. His experience includes development of sustainability guidelines, policies, as well as implementation of corporate sustainability strategies.

Paul is an internationally experienced management consultant with over 10 years’ experience across both professional consultancy and multi-disciplinary engineering firms. He comes with valuable insights in relation to international markets through his experience in working in both the UK and Middle East focused on ESG consulting services working with C-level executives supporting both public and private sectors particularly focused on ESG strategy, transformation and due diligence, helping his clients infuse ESG across their organisations, to define their frameworks and strategies and then support their implementation to aid transition.

Tamara is a Manager – Net Zero Advisory at AESG. She holds a Masters’ degree in Environmental Engineering with specialization in the fields of Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions and Decarbonisation. She supports clients to understand their key Net Zero drivers, reporting requirements, following with the design of a tailored Net Zero strategies, roadmaps, action plans, timelines, budget requirements and supporting tools to successfully implement their decarbonisation initiatives and achieve Net Zero goals.

With 24 years of management experience in sustainability, conservation, and the built environment, Karim combines engineering, sciences, and business management skills towards “net zero”. He spearheads strategic sustainability programs, including climate proof real estate. An effective communicator (4 languages) across a range of audiences and sectors, Karim is familiar with all major sustainability frameworks, the United Nations SDGs, the Paris Agreement, and future technologies.

cBrain is a Danish software house headquartered in Copenhagen with offices in the US, Germany, France and the UAE. cBrain is listed at Nasdaq-OMX (stock ticker: CBRAIN), and the company currently has 140 employees. It was founded in 2003 and went public in 2006. cBrain has developed its own technology stack, a 100% standard software platform to support government and organizational work, called F2. F2 is highly configurable, and cBrain is able to meet required functionality by configuring its standard software. cBrain’s approach is recognized as an international best practice, and was identified by the EU as one of the leading examples of standard based implementations for electronic document management in their study on interoperability of standards in public administration.
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Farah is an award-winning climate change strategist and Co Author of Middle East Regions first book on Net zero city. She has 20 years’ experience in the built environment gained in the US, UK, Southeast Asia and most recently the UAE.

Since arriving in Dubai in 2015, Farah has been steering sustainability and innovation agenda in the built environment across the Middle East. Her name is synonymous with implementable sustainability and energy strategies, and she has supported several iconic projects, including the Museum of the Future, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Bee’ah HQ in Sharjah and the Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion, to achieve their sustainability goals.

As an innovator, Farah focuses on implementing best practices in the built environment by applying systems related to the Food-Energy-Water Nexus, biomimetics, the Five Capital model of Sustainability, Liveability, and Inclusive Innovation Frameworks, which will build the foundation of the cities and communities of the future.