An accomplished business leader, philanthropist, and published author, Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan stands at the helm of multiple organizations accelerating the sustainability agenda in the Middle East. Driven by her ambition to create a better world for future generations, Sheikha Shamma’s foresight and strategic thinking has established her as a pioneer in developing national climate action strategies, building a circular economy, and forging pathways to gender balanced boards.

In addition to her role as CEO of Alliances for Global Sustainability, Sheikha Shamma is co-founder of Aurora50, founder of RESET MENA, and founder of the Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan Sustainability Initiatives. She also serves as a member of the United Arab Emirates’ Circular Economy Council, Yale’s Center for Environmental Law and Policy Advisory Board, and the Industry and Academic Advisory Board for the Academy of International Business MENA. In 2020, the Emirates Green Building Council appointed her honorary president.

Sheikha Shamma is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, holding a master’s degree in sustainability leadership. She has contributed to a number of academic journals in the field and continues to advocate sustainable reforms in the region and across the globe through ongoing thought leadership engagements.