Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi

Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates

Bachelor’s in Petroleum Engineering, University of Tulsa, US; MSc in Project Management, British University, Dubai; MBA, New York Institute of Technology, US; PhD in Project and Program Management, SKEMA Business School, France. Started career as Reservoir Engineer at the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO). Former Project Engineer, Masdar, worked to advance renewable energy technologies and solutions; also played an instrumental role in the United Arab Emirates’ successful 2009 bid to host IRENA, the first international organization dedicated to renewable energy. 2010-16, Director, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2010-17, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). February 2016, appointed the Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates. Heads the UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment, the National Committee of Biosecurity, and the Emirates Committee for Sustainable Environment Research. Member: Board of Directors, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD); Board of Trustees, Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation; Audit and Selection Committees, Zayed Sustainability Prize; Board of Directors, Global Green Growth Institute. Recipient, the first Gulf Cooperation Council Excellence Award (2015) in recognition of pioneering efforts in renewable energy.