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WorldGBC announces new Chair & Vice Chair of Corporate Advisory Board

The World Green Building Council has announced the new Chair and Vice-Chair of its Corporate Advisory Board (CAB), the select group of companies which are global leaders on sustainability and which serve to guide WorldGBC on its strategy and activities.

Emmanuel Normant, Vice-President, Sustainable Development at Saint-Gobain, has been appointed the new Chair of the CAB, and Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim, has become the Vice Chair.

Emmanuel has held a number of high profile roles at Saint-Gobain since 2002, prior to which he worked for the French Ministry in charge of environment.

Saint-Gobain joined the CAB in 2013, and also supports WorldGBC across a number of other areas: it is a global sponsor of the Better Places for People project, a Regional Partner for the European Network of Green Building Councils, and is a member of national Green Building Councils in over 40 countries.

Emmanuel said:

“I’m very honored to be appointed as the new chair of the CAB. The work done by the GBCs in more than 70 countries is remarkable. WorldGBC is now playing a key role at a global level to design what should be the building and construction of tomorrow. Jointly with Ibrahim and the CAB, and with the support of the Saint-Gobain teams, I hope to be able to help WorldGBC Chair Tai Lee Siang, CEO Terri Wills and the whole green building movement towards its next steps.”

As Head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim, Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi oversees the group-wide Sustainability strategy of the company. He is also the Senior Advisor on Sustainability for the Dubai Land Department, Government of Dubai.

Majid Al Futtaim has been a member of the CAB since 2015, and last year became the first official Partner of WorldGBC’s MENA Regional Network.

Ibrahim said:

“It is a tremendous honour to be named the next Vice-Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board. I look forward to working with Emmanuel, Terri and the entire CAB in providing strategic guidance to the World Green Building Council. At Majid Al Futtaim, we are committed to green buildings and other sustainable business practices. We have made incredible progress on our sustainability journey, launching the region’s first Net Positive strategy earlier this year. We proudly join the WorldGBC and its CAB in sharing joint responsibility for our environment.”

Terri Wills, CEO of WorldGBC, said:

“I’d like to congratulate both Emmanuel and Ibrahim on their new positions within the Corporate Advisory Board. Their expertise on green building – particularly their unique business perspectives – will add real value to the CAB and the advice that it gives to our green building movement.”

WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board is composed of 12 companies – AkzoNobel, City Developments Ltd, JLL, JPMorgan Chase, Keppel Land, Lendlease, Majid Al Futtaim, Philips, Saint-Gobain, Shaw Contract, United Technologies and Volvo Construction Equipment.

It is with the financial support of the CAB that WorldGBC is able to advance green buildings as an effective solution to environmental, social and economic issues, and help member Green Building Councils to grow and flourish. The CAB meets twice a year in person, and once virtually.

Emmanuel replaces former Chair John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer at United Technologies, who continues as a member of the Corporate Advisory Board. WorldGBC would like to thank John for his hard work and dedication over the last few years.

To find out more about our Corporate Advisory Board please visit the CAB web page, or to become a member visit the work with us page or contact Terri Wills by emailing