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

Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Development

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



Workshop on Sustainable Development

08:00 - 13:00 Hours

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah, UAE



9th  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


Recognized as one of the 100 most Influential CEOs in the Middle East, passionate writer, Environmentalist, sought-after thought leader, #1 CRITRAL Thinking proponent, and an internationally respected transformational leader.

Founder of Alleem Knowledge Centre, Dr. Alleem is a dynamic leader who has worked with prestigious Government, semi-government and nonprofit organizations. He is an entrepreneur par excellence with a flair in effective strategic decision making by means of innovative thinking.

  • The Knowledge Ambassador of UAE in 2015
  • Green Ambassador of UAE in 2014
  • Goodwill Ambassador for Peace, Care and Relief in GCC Countries, Middle East and North Africa’ in 2014
  • 13 th Middle East CEO Excellence Awards, 2016
  • Award of Excellence’ by Daimler-Mercedes Benz in 2014
  • Global Economic Development Leadership Award in 2014
Prestigious Awards
  • Award for excellence in energy saving and reduction of CO2 emission
  •  Friend of Singapore Sustainability Award , 2017
  • Golden Friends of India Award, 2017 by IBPC
  • 13 th Middle East CEO Excellence Awards, 2016
  • Best Employer Brand in UAE in 2016
  • Award of Excellence’ by Daimler-Mercedes Benz in 2014
  • Global Economic Development Leadership Award in 2014
  • Certificate of Knight Award by ISO IN 2013
  • Arab Organization Award FOR CSR INITIATIVES IN 2013+
  • Middle East Business Leaders Awards IN 2012
  • Jewels of Muslim World Award IN 2012
  • League of Arab States IN 2007
  • Excellence in Leadership award from ASSOCHAM in India IN 2008

Dr. Mohammad Tariq - Executive Chairman

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainability A Multidimensional Approach

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.

Dr. Corrado Sommariva - Managing Director Generation Middle East and Main Group Director

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainability a Way to Abundance

Dr. Sommariva is Managing Director and member of the board of ILF Consulting Engineers Middle East

Dr. Sommariva has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Genoa University and a Diploma in Management from Leicester University.

In November 2013 Dr. Sommariva was conferred an honorary degree by Herriot Watt University in recognition to his contributions to chemical engineering.

He is an honorary Professor at Genoa and L’Aquila Universities where he holds regular courses on water treatment, energy efficiency, desalination and economics. He has published over 80 papers on various leading edge technical research and economics and published two books on water management and economics.

Dr Sommariva co-authored the book Water, Energy & Food Sustainability in the Middle East : The Sustainability Triangle.

Dr. Sommariva was the President of IDA for the term 2011-2013, served as Co-Chairman of the Technical Program for the 2009 IDA World Congress in Dubai and Chairman of IDA’s recently held conference, “Desalination Industry Action for Good,” a landmark event held in Portofino, Italy that focused on water and social responsibility.

Shoaib Niyazi - Energy, Environment & Utilities Industry Leader, Middle East, Africa & Turkey (MEA)

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Doing Good in the Cognitive Era - How Cognitive Technology is Helping Sustain the Natural World

Shoaib Niyazi, Energy, Environment & Utilities Industry Leader, Middle East, Africa & Turkey (MEA), IBM

Shoaib Niyazi leads IBM business in Energy, Environment and Utilities Industry in Middle East, Africa and Turkey and is responsible for IBM industry offering for Grid Operations, Smart Metering, Customer Experience & Engagement, Customer Systems, Asset and Workforce management, Enterprise Services transformation and IBM products for Analytics, Cloud, Cognitive, Commerce, Internet of Things, IT Infrastructure, Mobile, Security, Social and Artificial Intelligence and IBM Services including Business Consulting Services & Technology Services for Electricity, Water, Gas & Waste Water Utilities

Dr. Krishnadas Nanath - Faculty & Data Scientist

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Sustainable Computing: Why Green IT operations should scale up by 2020?

Dr. Krishnadas Nanath is a currently a faculty and Data Scientist at Middlesex University Dubai Campus in the Information Systems Area (Data Science and MIS). He worked as Assistant Professor at IMT Dubai and is also a visiting Professor at IIM Indore (Dubai Campus) in Information Systems area. He is also the lead corporate trainer for Cloud Computing & Green IT certification courses organized by Global Science and Technology Forum in Singapore. His doctoral work at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM K) was in the area of Green IT and Cloud Computing. Basically a Computer Science engineer, he had successful professional experiences with Microsoft Research and Honeywell.He also works on consulting assignments as a Data Scientist for firms in UAE. He has been a keynote speaker at several prestigious events in Dubai and international events like TEDx and delivered talks on Green Computing and Social Media Analytics.

He has several awards under his name for his research on Green IT including SAS Ambassador Award for his contribution to Grid Computing modules. Other awards include Best International PhD student Award (by University of South Australia), Wings of Excellence Award (by St. Gallen Symposium, Switzerland), “Emerald Research Fund Award”, “Wipro Earthian Award ”, “TCS Smart Manager” and many more.

Vishal Kumar - Director

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Green House Gas (GHG) Foot Print and Carbon Neutrality

Vishal is the Director at GE3S Consultants, a firm working in the field of environment and sustainability. His expertise lies in projects related to climate change mitigation, sustainability, and green buildings. He is well known Green House Gas expert in the region and has successfully delivered several GHG related projects for example carbon footprint, clean development mechanism, carbon neutrality, product carbon labeling etc. He has 15 years of work experience out of which 7 has been in the Middle East. Prior to joining GE3S he led the green buildings and GHG services for Big 4 firm in the middle east.

He holds Masters as well as MPhil Degree in Environmental Science. Vishal is a Lead auditor for ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001. He is also a LEED Accredited professional and a Pearl Qualified professional. He has advised several companies in the UAE to further their sustainability agenda across sectors for e.g. Utility, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Cement, Chemicals, Iron & Steel, waste management, Construction & Real estate, Aviation etc. He has also worked with bilateral and multilateral organizations like UNDP, UNIDO, WWF on environment and sustainability projects."

Aisha Al Abdooli - Director of Green Development

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Green Economy for Sustainable Development: Progress of Green Agenda 2030

15 years of experience in different fields including: Green Development, Sustainable Development & Green Economy. In addition to her expertise in developing policies, strategies and regulatory framework in Air Quality, Climate Change Adaptation, Waste & Chemicals Management. Aisha had worked in managing BOOT and PPP projects in Sewerage Infrastructure, Sewage Treatment Plants and Waste Management Projects in addition to managing EPCM firms to ensure that the Construction Environmental and Social Management Plan (CESMP) is implemented in Aluminum Industry and the project construction is executed in an environmental compliance with all applicable standards. Currently she is the Director of Green Development Department at the Ministry of Climate change and Environment.

In this role, she was responsible for developing national green development policies and strategies and regulatory framework for transformation to green economy. Also she is developing the necessary policies for the private sector contribution in green development and monitoring the transformation of country toward green economy. Aisha had worked as consultant with different professional firms to develop strategies and master plans for water resources management.

Aisha is holding a master degree in Project management from the British University in Dubai with a and Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain.

Fazil Abdul Rahiman - Assistant Manager

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Renewable Energy Technology Trends and Prospects for Fueling Growth

Fazil is an energy, climate change and sustainability professional with over 8 years of experience in advisory consulting. Currently he is Assistant Manager with EY’s Middle East and North Africa team. Fazil holds an M.Sc in Electrical Power Engineering from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (UAE) in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

Fazil has worked closely with region’s governments and corporates in setting up energy and climate change strategies. During his role as Secretary of Dubai Government’s Technical Committee, he develop Dubai’s Carbon Abatement Strategy. He is one of the first International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) scholars and was awarded ‘Young Future Energy Leader (YFEL)’ by Masdar. Fazil introduced the concept of ‘Demand Response Mismatch’ to the research world, which is published in the IEEE Journal of Smart grids. For developing the concept of 'Self-sufficient villages employing renewable energy', he was awarded by the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) India."

Grant Crawford - Managing Director


With a business background extending from his native New Zealand, through the United Kingdom, South Africa and the Middle East region, Grant now shares his experience with others, to transform business thinking

His time as a business owner and his long international career with a blue- chip company, inspired him to develop his ideas and enables him to share insights from a large catalogue of professional and personal experience.

Grant established Tickbox in the United Kingdom where he now lives with his wife and children. He first travelled to the Middle East in 1998, and now supports businesses in this region with customized development programmes and motivating speaking engagements. He delights in connecting with new faces and helping people realize they have untapped potential.

Grant combines real-life experience and insight, with warmth and gentle humour, as he facilitates groups toward consistent business improvement.

Dr. Mustapha Taoumi


Dr. Mustapha Taoumi is the Clean Energy Technology Expert of the “EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network” project, since January 2016.

Dr. Taoumi has been leading Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency projects and technology deployment for over 30 years. He has worked with US AID, GIZ (Germany), JICA (Japan) and EU (DGXII) as Project and Programme Manager. He has conducted numerous feasibility and planning studies, building programs and has implemented projects on the ground. He assisted local institutions to develop strategic plans in sustainable energy. He managed numerous seminars and training workshops concerning the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Dr. Taoumi was also involved in several initiatives and projects with a regional scope particularly in MENA and Mediterranean regions including the Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP).

As a Regional Programme Officer for North Africa and the Middle East region (MENA) within the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the first global intergovernmental organisation dedicated to all renewables, Dr. Taoumi managed several projects and initiatives across MENA region including Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA), assessment of local manufacturing potential in the Arab region and recently the Pan Arab Clean Energy initiative (PACE).

Dr. Taoumi held several key positions including Secretary General and Interim Executive Director within the National Renewable Energy Centre (CDER) in Morocco - now transformed on a National dedicated Agency (ADEREE) as well as Executive Secretary of the Mediterranean Association of the National Agencies for Energy Conservation (MEDENER- Network). Before joining IRENA in 2010, he was nominated by the Ministry of Energy in Morocco as IRENA’s focal point and member of the IRENA’s Headquarters Selection Committee.

Among other positions, Dr. Taoumi is an active member on several organisations, conferences and networks around the world including the MENAREC Conference International Steering Committee.

Dr. Taoumi holds a PhD in Electrochemistry from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) in France and master's degrees in Electrochemical Engineering and Management Science, he is fluent in English, French, Spanish as well as Arabic.

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