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Since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic the need to adopt ESG practices has been accelerated in both private and the public sectors, this has further pushed the Green Financing industry across the globe.

The UAE has become the first country across GCC to announce it’s the commitment to fostering a net-zero carbon economy- the Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative- this initiative aims to attract investments from the global capital markets as investors are now increasingly seeking ESG-compliant businesses. The UAE is not working towards building a conducive environment with business-friendly and transparent policies and regulations, especially in the Green Finance and ESG space.

The Covid-19 pandemic has also caused a need for ESG-compliant and sustainable investment opportunities within HNWI and family businesses within the region to help diversify their investment portfolios and to be able to capitalize on green investment opportunities.

All the relevant regulators are now heavily focused on developing the relevant policies and procedures to help build a favorable ecosystem to help foster green and sustainable investments. The UAE has been heavily focused on bringing together the relevant policymakers, regulators, and businesses to come together to share knowledge and help with the advancement of the markets.

After the UAE won the COP28 and was committed to the Net Zero by 2050 initiative the main aim of the UAE is to help cut down carbon emissions and to stay committed to creating an attractive and nurturing eco-system for green financing.

At this event, we will bring together policymakers, regulators, government entities, banks, and other businesses to discuss, debate, and develop strategies for increasing the role of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations in the UAE markets.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

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

INDUSTRIES

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

WHY ATTEND

Attending this forum will help the attendees to :

  • Understand the outlook of the market and developments in what an ideal and balanced sustainable finance market would look like
  • Understand how businesses are working towards building credible, trust-worthy and sector-specific road to net-zero
  • Understand the kind of policies being developed
  • Understand the steps being taken by policymakers to incorporate sustainability principles into the regulatory framework
  • Understand how banks, financial institutions and capital market experts are planning around the risk and opportunities associated with the shift
  • Understand how businesses can benchmark their own efforts against the sustainable best practices in the market
  • Understand to develop an efficient financial system keeping in the mind the impact on environmental, social and governance factors
  • Understand how ESG reporting and disclosure can help businesses develop more sustainable models
  • Understand how to incorporate ESG standards into the financial systems in a practical manner
  • Understand the importance of including ESG standards across different business functions

SPEAKERS 2022

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

Majd Fayyad
DSM Strategy and Policy Lead
Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

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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.  

Majd is an award-winning engineer with a track record of creating and implementing several top-of-the-line sustainability programs which aimed at advancing renewable energy, green building and energy efficiency principles in the MENA region. He led several studies on energy efficiency of existing buildings and zero energy buildings which resulted in establishing the first publicly available industry benchmarks for energy and water performance of hotels, schools, and malls in the UAE, as well as offering the first definition for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in the MENA which has been the key driver towards driving decarbonisation policies in the UAE green building space.

Currently, Majd manages strategy and policy development related to demand side management, integrated water management, green mobility and circular economy at Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. Prior to this role, Majd served as a Senior Advisor at the Royal Danish Consulate General in Dubai where he facilitated collaboration on different areas including energy, sustainability, maritime and decarbonisation between Denmark and the UAE.

Majd is the founder of an online platform @Istidama_majd ‘Sustainability with Majd’ which aims to raise awareness about sustainability topics in Arabic language.