The Board Members of Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, unanimously elected Saeed Al Abbar as its Chairman.
Al Abbar was previously serving as Vice Chairman of EmiratesGBC.
The former chairman Adnan Sharafi will continue to serve as a Director on the Board of the Council.
The Founding Managing Director of Alabbar Energy & Sustainability Group (AESG), a firm specialising in the provision of energy and sustainability consultancy in the Middle East, Al Abbar is also a member of the Steering Committee for the World Green Building Council MENA Network, where he serves as Vice Chairman.
Al Abbar said: “I thank the Board Members of EmiratesGBC for electing me as the Chairman of the Council. Under the leadership of Adnan Sharafi, the Council had undertaken several ambitious initiatives that have underlined the importance of sustainable built environments in the region. I look forward to the guidance and support of the Board Members in undertaking this new responsibility.”
Al Abbar has authored a number of papers on achieving sustainable development and energy efficiency in the UAE and Mena region, which have been presented at a number of local, regional, and international conferences. He also presented a policy paper at the United Nations Regional Policy Dialogue in 2012 on policy measures that would be effective in tackling the region’s energy and sustainability challenges.
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