This Congress stresses on the need to emulate the principles of sustainable development and inclusive growth to be able to meet global challenges and global sustainability. By learning about international trends and opportunities in sustainability, you will gain fresh insights into how these could be applied in different growth areas and verticals to help you take on the challenges and reap benefits in your organization.

Hard Development Program

Safety Change & Security


Food & Security

Education & Skills

Strategic Planning

Science & Technology


Marketing & Image Building

Information Technology & Communications


Financial Plan

Infrastructure Improvements




Opening Ceremony

Key Note Addresses In ConversationPresentations

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



Workshop on Sustainable Development

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



8th  Annual Sustainable Development Congress

Alleem knowledge center

08:00 - 17:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



Workshop on Sustainable Development

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



Sustainable Development Excellence Awards Night

18:00 - 22:00 Hours

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, UAE

Dr. Rashid Alleem - Founder & Executive Chairman

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Alleem Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Alleem earned a Ph.D. from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK, and received honorary doctorates from various International Universities in recognition of his achievements in the socio-economic fields. He is widely known as a visionary and thought leader in business, socio-economic, academic and cultural fields.

Dr. Alleem is the chairman of Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority - UAE. He served for over a decade as Director General, Department of Seaports and Customs and Sharjah Free Zones Authority. He was the driving force in transforming the zones into a strategic commerce hub empowering thousands of businesses in the region, thereby contributing to the development of the UAE economy. He has been instrumental in bringing on board over 12,000 companies from across 157 nations attracting a whopping $ 40 billion FDI.

A prolific writer both in English and Arabic, Dr. Rashid Alleem is the author of several books on management and leadership. His recent books are ‘My Green Journey in Hamriyah’, My Leadership Secrets’, Sustainability: The fourth wave of economy and I am committed to the 17 Global Goals.

Acclaimed for his unique leadership qualities, Dr. Alleem has been conferred with the Middle East Business Leaders Awards 2012 as a tribute to his acumen in Training & Human Capital Development. He has also been decorated with the Jewels of Muslim World Award 2012 in Jakarta in recognition of his achievements as one of the top nine movers of the Islamic economics. He was bestowed with the honour of Environmentalist of the year 2012 by the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in recognition of his contributions towards sustainable environment. Dr. Alleem is recognized as one among the 100 UAE nationals who have contributed immensely to the ‘happiness’ of the UAE, on the eve of the United Nations’ ‘International Day of Happiness’ 2013.

In 2013, he was conferred with ‘Certificate of Knight Award’ for his outstanding contribution in the field of ‘Leadership & Development’ by International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) and also bestowed with the Arab Organisation Award for Social Responsibility from the Arab Organization for Social responsibility in recognition of his CSR initiatives in Hamriyah Free Zone. Dr. Alleem has also been decorated with the coveted ‘2013 Extraordinary Human’ Award by the United Nations-World Peace Organization, Washington, United States on the occasion of international day of people with disability.

Early 2014, Dr. Alleem was conferred with ‘Award of Excellence’ by Daimler-Mercedes Benz Germany for the efforts in protecting the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of Mercedes Benz in the Emirates of Sharjah, UAE. Later in May, Dr. Alleem received the prestigious ‘Global Economic Development Leadership Award’ in Cochin- India.

In a rare tribute to the wisdom reflected in ‘Management in the whole of the Arab World’, Dr. Alleem was honoured with the ‘Golden Arrow Award’ on 18th Feb 2014 in Dubai. On 3rd April, 2014, he was recognized as ‘Goodwill Ambassador for Peace, Care and Relief in GCC Countries, Middle East and North Africa’ by the International Organization for Peace, Care and Relief and Member of the Economic and Social Council of The United Nations. Many people also recognized him as ‘Green Ambassador of the UAE’.

Dr. Rashid was recognized as “THE KNOWLEDGE AMBASSADOR OF UAE 2015” by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Under the leadership of Dr. Rashid Alleem, SEWA has been awarded the “GCC BEST EMPLOYER AWARD” in 2016 by the Employer Branding Institute

Dr. Rashid Alleem

Dr. Corrado Sommariva - Managing Director

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Industry Commitment Towards a Sustainable Social and Environmental Development

Dr. Sommariva is Managing Director of ILF Consulting Engineers Middle East and the head of the company’s worldwide desalination practice. He has experience in thermal, reverse osmosis and wastewater systems and has served in various roles in all the major desalination developments in the Middle East.

Dr. Sommariva joined ILF in 2009 after working nine years with Mott MacDonald where led the desalination and water treatment group as Managing Director of generation Middle East. In his early career, Dr Sommariva worked in Ansaldo Energia and Italimpianti in various roles.

In May 2014 Dr. Sommariva has been conferred by the President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano the title of master of work along with the cross of merit for his work distinguished contribution and career

Laila Mostafa Abdullatif - Deputy Director General

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Barriers and Solutions on the Uptake of Energy and Water Efficiency within the Private Sector

Laila Abdullatif currently serves as Deputy Director General at Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF (EWS-WWF). Her role involves actively contributing to the successful delivery of EWS-WWF strategic and operational plans by providing leadership and cultivating a high-performance culture in the organisation. She is also involved in working on special assignments and forming key relationships with valuable stakeholders across different sectors that will help EWS-WWF’s programmes reach maximum impact.

Laila represents EWS-WWF to the public, and plays an active role in fundraising for the organisation and managing the Board of Directors and activating the Advisory Board.

An enthusiastic Environmental Science graduate from the American University of Sharjah, Laila’s know-how and enthusiasm propelled her to advance through the organisation with different roles, allowing her to gain experience and knowledge not only in multiple environmental areas, but also on strategic organisational vision and planning.

Dr. Ali Awadh Al Amoudi - Sustainable Development Advisor (SDA)

PRESENTATION TOPIC: The Sustainable Development Concept: Way Forward in UAE & Beyond.

I am a well educated highly motivated and competent Environmental Specialist with 30 years experience in the field of Environment.Currently working as Senior Environmental Engineer at Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co. (TAKREER) / HSE Corporate,responsible of all environmental issues at the Corporate and Two Refineries at Abu Dhabi & Ruwais refinery (Air Quality Monitoring Systems, AirEmissions; Flare Reduction; CO2 Emissions; GHG emissions; CDM project coordination,and Waste Oil treatment,..etc). Also, the last 10 years worked at the Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) in the UAE, responsible for various issues of Environment, including Alternative & Renewable Energy & Green Fuels, Oil Pollution studies(marine), Air Pollution, Waste Management, as well as Protected Areas,Biodiversity and Wildlife. Beside, Environmental Awareness & Sustainable Development. Having spent more than 25 years ( in the GCC) in the field of Environmental Research and Management . I have a vision to sustain and develop environmental sustainability and one potential field is Future Energy projects, which is a high priority concern(i.e. training;protection;research;awareness & capacity building).During my work with FEA contributed in preparing the National Environmental Strategy and National Environmental Action plan (NES/NEAP) as well as Federal Environmental Law No. (24) for 1999.

Dr. Mohan Lal Agarwal - Professor of Business & Director Executive Education

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustaining thru' Full Spectrum Marketing - The Case of Almarai in GCC Market

Dr. Mohan Agarwal is a Professor of Business, Director of Executive Programs, and Head of the Middle East Case Research Center at International Horizons College, Dubai. He is a US Fulbright Fellow to Boston, European Foundation for Management Development Fellow to Paris and British Council Fellow twice to Glasgow and Leicester UK. He is also Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, (FCIM) London.

During his career, Dr. Mohan was a Professor & Chair of department of Marketing, E-com, Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the American University in the Emirates, Dubai, IMT Dubai and Adjunct Faculty at the SP Jain Business School, Dubai and Singapore. He has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Queensland, Bond University in Australia; California Polytechnic State University, Bentley College Boston and University of Delaware USA. His other teaching assignment include University of Manitoba, Canada, American University in Mexico, Essec Business School Paris and University of Southern Denmark to name a few. In India, Dr. Mohan has been Escotel Chair Professor of Marketing at IIM Lucknow, Professor at XLRI Jamshedpur and Founder Director of Jaypee Business School, India.

Ulysses Papadopoulos - Founder & CEO

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainability in UAE - Business Overview

Ulysses Papadopoulos has lived and worked in the UAE and GCC for 35 years. He is the Founder & CEO of GreenEmirates the Green Business Platform, Directory, Calendar Portal for the UAE helping Green Business in the UAE. Founder of the UAE Sustainability Business Network, Founder Member of International Society of Sustainability Practitioners UAE Chapter. He holds an MBA International Business from Middlesex University UK, ISO 14001 & 50001 Lead Auditor. Trained in CSR & Renewable Energy. He has been involved in the creation and/or support of several Industry Groups including MESIA, CEBC, EEG, FBC, MEFMA, IFMA, BIFM, CorenetGlobal, Bulgarian & Hellenic Business Councils.

Dr. Mohammad Tariq - Executive Chairman

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Education, A Pathway to Sustainability.

Dr.Mohammad Tariq is the Executive Chairman of Paradigm Pioneers Group having interest in Construction, Environmental Services, Financial Services, Education and Trading. In his careers spanning more than two decades, Dr.tariq has been actively engaged in various Technical forums and business councils and is a speaker at various Academic and Business platforms.

An Electronic Engineer by trade, he has a Doctorate in Green Supply Chain Management and is an advocate of Sustainable Development Goals. Amongst Paradigm Pioneers Group Companies, M/s. Developer Building Contracting LLC is a Category 1 Specialized Turnkey Civil Contractor working on a number of prestigious projects in Infrastructure Building, Oil & Gas Terminals and Industrial Constructions. M/s. Environmental Solutions and Consultancy is involved in a numerous environment based Consulting, Assessments & Training Activities. ESC has been at the forefront of providing Sustainable Solutions to its clients and is registered as Third Party Inspection agency. M/s. Axis Auditing & Accounting is Audit, Accounting & Risk Management Services Firm delivering a range of professional services. The Group has its own Indian Curriculum School, Salmiya Indian Model School in Kuwait & British International School in Ajman, UAE and have been putting its efforts to further grow itself in Educational Sector in GCC region.

Charles Blaschke - Founder and General Manager

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Efficiency, Green Buildings for a Sustainable Planet

Charles is the General Manager of taka solutions, a Dubai based Energy Services Company which specializes in Energy Performance Contracting (EPC). Charles works in all aspects of building analysis, design, construction and operation, as well as project financing and management to help UAE building owners reduce their energy consumption and energy related costs. taka solutions’ regional goal is to work with governmental bodies to adopt widespread use of EPC to curb the countries energy supply needs. The company’s ultimate mission is to drive large-scale policy to make a significant impact on energy usage worldwide, with the goal of saving 30% of the world’s energy use in buildings. By employing innovative financing such as working with 3rd parties and adopting shared saving contracts, taka solutions can reach people and countries who otherwise would not benefit from the EPC business model.

The company has enabled itself to deploy its mission rapidly with the use of industry technology such as energy modeling, energy monitoring, asset optimization software and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Charles uses the latest tools and technology available including BIM and custom software to create the most efficient process for energy modeling, design documentation and energy management.

Peter Hohmann - Managing Director

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainability Benefits of “Cradle-to-Cradle” (C2C) Directed Business Approach

Mr. Hohmann is working since more than 25 years in the field of environmental technology and project management. He started his career working 10 years in the field on waste management and contaminated sites in Germany. During this time he worked on multiple waste management projects and was responsible for various landfill designs in Germany.

Between 1998 and 2010 Mr. Hohmann was working as project manager on international construction projects mainly for race tracks. During this period he successfully and timely delivered five Formula 1 projects, two MotoGP projects and two privately owned tracks with an overall project value of more than 2 billion USD. Working with critical schedules in difficult environments coordinating many stakeholders was required for all these projects.

Since 2010 Mr. Hohmann works as Managing Director for Fortytwo Environmental Consultancy, which was founded to provide environmental consultancy services to the Middle East market with the combined knowledge of project management and environmental management to increase sustainability on projects.

Peter Hohmann is holding the PMP certificate for professional project management.

Jesus Gutierrez - Co-Managing Director

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Financial & Environmental Rewards of Investing in Energy Efficiency: Three Case Studies in the UAE

Jesus Gutierrez is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Smart4Power (S4P), a UAE-based company specialized in identifying an implementing energy efficiency solutions in existing buildings. Smart4Power is today one of the leading ESCO companies in the UAE with over 40 energy savings projects already implemented. Smart4Power list of clients includes companies of the likes of Etihad ESCO (government buildings), Jumeirah (Hospitality), RAK Hospital (Health), Innoventures (Education), Unilever (Industry), Dubai properties (Real Estate) and NBAD (Banks).

Jesus has over 20 years of international experience in the field of energy and demand side management. Previously he worked at United Nations (Mexico), PricewaterhouseCoopers (Philippines) the utility company Gas Natural-Fenosa and the technology group Indra (Spain). Jesus holds a BA in Business Administration and an MPhil in Technology & Innovation from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK. Jesus passion about energy efficiency lies on two basic concepts: knowledge and innovation management and doing the right thing. Jesus believes that investing in energy efficiency is one of the most attractive and sustainable investments that companies in the region can make. Smart4Power clients have managed to reduced their bills by 23% on average and had their investments paid back is just 2 years

Ayman M Ismail - MUP Program

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustaining Sustainability

Prof Ayman M Ismail is a professor of Environmental Planning and GIS.

He is currently teaching at the Masters Program at the American University of Sharjah.

He is the former Chair of the Department of Architectural Engineering in Egypt, the founder and director of the GIS Research Lab, the Environmental Planning and Design MSc Program, Dream for Your Block Community initiative and advisor to several national agencies working on implementing a national green building policy in Egypt.

He has served as advisory team member on national Urban Policy reform, consultant in GIS and Development Projects to many agencies including the UNDP, World Bank, the Arab League and the Egyptian General Organization for Physical Planning, Ministry of Housing and Ministry of Irrigation.

He holds a PhD from The Ohio State University and 2 Masters Degrees, one in Development Economics from the Development Planning Unit DPU-UCL in London and one in City and regional Planning from the Ohio State University.

Mohammed Jamal - 4th Grade Student


Master Mohammed Jamal - a young energetic lad studying in 4th grade with GEMS Westminster School.

Mohammed Jamal has always been passionate about learning new things and believes in team effort which has been appreciated by the School Management.

Other than being a voracious reader at his age , the youngster is into outdoor sports in the likes of football and swimming and is a part of their young school team.

The interest he has in the wellness of his fellow beings and surroundings is what has brought him to this stage.

Lina Hourani - Division Director

PRESENTATION TOPIC: The Power of Partnerships on CSR Practices

Lina Hourani is the Director of Al Ahli Holding Group CSR Division, since 2008, responsible for several youth development programs and initiatives. The Global Business Opportunities program (GBO) was a major milestone in Lina’s professional path, helping Al Ahli Group to identify business opportunities, develop the entrepreneurial skills for youth, shifting them from being job seekers to job providers. Her success with GBO and also CSR in Action Program – an initiative that brings together students with professionals and CSR Leaders- was spread across 4 different continents benefiting youth from UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Greece and the UK.

Prior to that, Lina filled several positions focusing on youth development and training at some of the leading NGOs and institutes in Jordan, including the Royal Health Awareness Society. She also conducted training to more than 2000 senior professional and young leaders in UAE, Jordan, Egypt, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, UK and USA.

Lina holds a master’s degree in Public Relations and Communications from the University of Westminster in London, a BA in Political Science & French Literature from the University of Jordan and a Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic programming from Canada. She has undergone extensive training, including Leadership, TOT, mind mapping, creativity and is certified as an international trainer on the interpersonal skills segment. She is frequently invited as an expert speaker in regional and international CSR, Entrepreneurship and youth development seminars and programs.

The Swiss Institute for Quality Standards, through its Socrates Committee has nominated Al Ahli Holding Group with the prestigious International Award in Quality and Management Spheres – Best Enterprise. This is a recognition of the Al Ahli excellent business reputation, effective management and constant growth of the enterprise while managing to give back to the society. The head of the enterprise, represented by Lina has received the award of the Best Manager or the Year and a personal certificate. The nomination took place in Montreux, Switzerland in the framework of the International Excellence in Quality annual gathering.

Talal Abdul Qader Shawwa - Regional Director - MEA

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainable Strategies for Energy Companies

Talal Shawwa server as the Regional Director – MEA @ Oracle - Utilities Global Business Unit.

He holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Business Administration and Finance, and has more than 23 years of experience in solution selling and business development with international companies across the Middle East, and has sent the last 15 years serving the Utilities sector (previously as the Director of Utilities @ Bentley Systems Inc.)

Mr. Shawwa worked directly with a number of utility owner operators to help improve their infrastructure adoption, operational efficiency and help them build the road to digital transformation.

Talal is also on the Advisory Board of MENA Water Summit.

Dr. Perumal Raman - Senior Fellow

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Efficient Utilization of Available Energy Sources and Use of Alternative Energy Sources for Clean Environment and Sustainable Development

Dr. Raman is involved in the field of renewable and sustainable energy for more than 30 Years. His Ph.D is on establishing sustainable energy management using locally available renewable energy sources like biomass. His Research contribution includes development on Biomass gasifier based power generation system, waste to energy, clean combustion cookstoves, Internal combustion engine, solar energy, Energy storage etc. His present research is focused on clean combustion, and efficient utilization of energy resources. Dr. Raman has more than 80 research publications and 10 patents as an outcome of his research work.

Dr. Flevy Lasrado - Assistant Professor (Quality Management)

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Strategies for Employees Green Engagement

Dr Lasrado is an Assistant Professor of Quality Management in the Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She is an active researcher and recipient of many internal as well as international research grants. She was also recognized for her research and has won research excellence awards at her current organization. Prior to joining UOWD, she taught both MBA and undergraduate degree courses at various universities in Dubai. She carries extensive experience in quality assurance and institutional effectiveness. Alongside her teaching career, she also held positions like Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Head of Quality Assurance in UAE institutions

Dr Lasrado has worked at managerial levels in the higher education sectors and has expertise as an educator and trainer. She is qualified as an internal auditor for ISO 9001:2008. In her previous roles she has implemented quality systems and currently serves as a chairperson of impartiality committee of ISO certifications at BUREAU VERITAS. She has extensive international experience, having worked with the partner universities and institutions in the UK, USA, OMAN and UAE.

Dr Lasrado is a Professional Member of ASQ, and has been a speaker at various Forums such as ASQ MEA, British Councils Global Higher Education Dialogues in Srilanka, UK and UAE, World Quality Congress, Leadership Congress in UAE, Organizational Learning Conference Forum and Ideas Arabia, UAE. She is also a recipient of Leadership quality award from World Quality Congress, June 2014 in Mumbai.

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