Director of Sustainability
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany is the Director of Sustainability at Masdar. In this role she leads a team
responsible for developing Masdar’s sustainability standards & policies and sustainability
auditing, monitoring and reporting.
With a successful track record, on January 2012, Dr Al-Hosany assumed the role of Director of Zayed
Future Energy. Earlier in 2011, Dr Al-Hosany was appointed Sherpa to the UN Secretary General High
Level Group for “The Sustainable Energy For all” initiative to support the appointed
Principle, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar.
At Masdar, Dr Al-Hosany is also in charge of liaising with government authorities, schools and
universities to drive the sustainability agenda in the UAE. She serves on the boards of several
initiatives and organisations regionally and internationally, including Co-Chairperson of Women for
Sustainable Growth (comprised of members from the GCC
and Scandinavia), a Member of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group General Secretariat and Regional
Convener for the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network.
During her career, Dr Al-Hosany has participated in numerous continuing professional development
courses in order to keep at the forefront of the social science and sustainable development debates,
as well as to remain updated on the latest project management
methods, and leadership, planning and decision-support mechanisms.
Dr Al-Hosany has published globally in a wide range of international journals and newspapers,
including the International Journal of Management of Environmental Quality, Renewable and Sustainable
Energy Reviews, Renewable Energy, and International Journal of Renewable Energy Engineering. She is
frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches and sit on panels at regional and global conferences,
including, for example, sitting with former President Bill Clinton and actor Brad Pitt on the closing
panel of the Clinton Global Initiative Conference.
In December 2011, Abu Dhabi Magazine, cited Dr. Al-Hosany as one of the 40 most influential Emiratis
who have helped shape the Emirate. She has also received several medals and accolades for her
professional achievements, including a Chevening Fellowship from the British Foreign and Commonwealth
Office and the Emirates Business Women Award for the Professional and Career Achievements
Prior to assuming current roles, Dr Al-Hosany held senior leadership positions with the General
Headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Police, including Head of Design and Studies in the Engineering
Department. In 2007, she became the first-ever female Deputy Director in the Abu Dhabi Police. She is
well travelled, having visited more than 185 cities in 38 countries
and, along with a friend, were the first two female Emiratis to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in
She graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the UAE University and obtained her PhD from
Newcastle University in the UK.