Etihad Energy CEO succeeds AESG MD as EmiratesGBC chairman

HE Ali Al Jassim will continue driving green buildings for the UAE as part of the government’s Vision 2021 agenda

EmiratesGBC new chairman HE Ali Al Jassim (pictured)
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EmiratesGBC new chairman HE Ali Al Jassim (pictured)

UAE-based independent environmental forum, Emirates Green Building Council (GBC), has undergone changes to its management committee for 2020-2021 by appointing Etihad Energy Services CEO HE Ali Al Jassim as the new chairman.

Effective from 1 January 2020, HE Ali Al Jassim will succeed AESG managing director Saeed Al Abbar, who has been the EmiratesGBC chairman for six years.

Despite Al Abbar stepping down, he will continue to be a board member for the organisation.

As well as changes to EmiratesGBC chairman role, there were also other appointments made to the management committee, which comprised Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority’s chief efficienology officer, Afra Al Owais, and WSP’s associate consultant for sustainable resource management, Farah Yassine, becoming vice chairs.

Other new names include Emirati environmentalist Habiba Al Marashi as treasurer and Arup’s associate director Huda Shaka.

Commenting on his appointment, HE Ali Al Jassim, said: As the UAE takes a decisive step ‘Toward the Next 50,’ driving sustainable built environments will be of strategic importance in achieving our leadership’s vision. Ensuring sustainable development is a national priority outlined in UAE Vision 2021 as well as the UAE Centennial 2071.”

He added: “For more than a decade, EmiratesGBC has accomplished outstanding achievements in strengthening awareness about sustainable built environments as well as in driving our nation towards our clean energy and net zero carbon commitments. The new board will continue to build on the achievements.”

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