Doha, Qatar: Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation, has been appointed Regional Vice Chair of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Network – a group of green building councils working to advance green building within the region.
Engineer Al Shamari has been appointed on a two-year term for his leadership in the green building movement, and continued dedication to improving the sustainability of buildings, both in Qatar and at a regional level.
Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council, said: “Whilst climate change is a global challenge, the solutions to it are often local and regional. Championing green building at these levels through our regional networks is therefore essential to deliver on our mission of green buildings for everyone, everywhere. Meshal has been a true champion of sustainability across Qatar, and his leadership as Vice Chair will help to strengthen the network of Green Buildings Councils in the region.”
The Middle East and North Africa Regional Network comprises nine Green Building Councils based in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Bahrain, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Qatar.
The MENA region is currently home to over 350 million people, and its population growth has been characterized by rapid urbanization. This is projected to continue, with urban population expected to double from 2010 to 2050, from 200 million to nearly 400 million. This implies a large demand for buildings, complicated by the challenges of conflict-induced displacement of people.
Yet the MENA region is also set to be critical for the growth of green buildings globally, over the next few years. Green Building Councils in WorldGBC’s MENA Regional Network are responding to the challenges and opportunities on the ground, ensuring that the region’s buildings ensure a high quality of life for people, minimize negative impacts on the environment, and maximize economic benefits.
About Qatar Green Building Council:
Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) is a non-profit, membership-driven organisation providing leadership and encouraging collaboration in conducting environmentally sustainable practices for green building design and development in Qatar. QGBC also aims to support the overall health and sustainability of the environment, the people, and economic security in Qatar for generations to come. The council, a member of Qatar Foundation, was formally established in 2009 by a decree signed by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and is helping Qatar on its journey to establish a post-hydrocarbon, knowledge economy and progressive society. Through QGBC, Qatar is part of a network of 80 countries that run active national green building councils under the umbrella of the World Green Building Council. To learn more, please visit www.qatargbc.org.
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
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