Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
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Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is Chairman of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company. He also serves as United Arab Emirates Minister of State and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change.

Dr. Al Jaber spearheaded the launch and establishment of Masdar in 2006 and continues to help drive the company’s strategic direction as it takes on an increasingly prominent role in the global effort of advancing renewable energy and clean technology.

In 2009, Dr. Al Jaber coordinated and led Masdar’s participation in the United Arab Emirate’s successful bid to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, and eventually Masdar City. In the same year he was invited by the United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to serve as a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change.

In 2011, Dr. Al Jaber was selected to serve on United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. The initiative aims to ensure universal access to modern energy services, to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. In 2012, Dr Al Jaber was bestowed the “Champions of the Earth,” the United Nations’ flagship award that recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science and entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Masdar, Dr. Al Jaber was involved in strategic project origination and execution in the areas of energy, utilities and industries at the Mubadala Development Company – of which Masdar is a wholly-owned subsidiary – where he continues to serve as a senior advisor.

Dr. Al Jaber holds several board and advisory positions and counsels on issues related to economy, sustainability, climate change and energy for a number of organizations and institutions. He is Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation, Chairman of Sky News Arabia, and serves on the boards of ALDAR-Sorouh Properties and ZonesCorp.

Dr. Al Jaber holds a PhD in Business and Economics from the UK and an MBA and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the US.

Entries by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

The Decade of Climate Action

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 7:51 AM

The recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is both chilling - as we're running out of time to reverse the effects of gas emissions - and encouraging - as catastrophe can still be averted. But to seriously combat climate change the world must act...

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An Open Letter to Incoming Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

(12) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 7:40 PM

Dear Secretary Moniz,

Let me first congratulate you on your successful confirmation as the next United States Secretary of Energy. Your records of public service and of academic distinction speak for themselves. The American people are fortunate to have such a capable public servant in such a critical domain and...

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The Middle East You Don't See

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 1:27 AM

It is easy to watch the nightly news and see a Middle East in turmoil - an unstable, insular and oil-producing region of the world. But that picture of the region doesn't suggest the positive change and progress being made by many nations. The Middle East is not homogeneous. I...

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From Oil to Renewables

(10) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 1:39 PM

This week's United Nations climate talks are being held in the oil-rich Middle East -- a region now making a strategic shift to renewable energy. While some people may find it ironic that countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are making massive investments in renewable energy, we...

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Light at the End of the Summit

(4) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 1:23 PM

International summits suffer chronically from disappointment. The Rio+20 Summit on sustainable development held this summer is a case in point. It was largely written off as a failure by commentators and has already all but faded from memory.

But, little heeded, Rio+20 did achieve something historic. In Rio, leaders agreed...

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Conserving Fresh Water Will Require Global Collaboration

(6) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 7:00 PM

A great irony of living on the 'Blue Planet' is that while over 70% of the Earth's surface is covered in water, humans can only use less than one percent of it easily.

As the world continues to develop economically, demand will increase for reliable access to...

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