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
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
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 category.
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 2010.
She graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the UAE University and obtained her PhD from Newcastle
University in the UK.