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President of Arabia CSR Network, Co-Founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG)

Nominated by Emirates GBC.

Habiba Al Mar’ashi is the Co-founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG). It is a pioneering non-government organisation established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1991. She single handedly established the Arabia CSR Network in 2004, as the MENA region’s pioneering and only multi-stakeholder platform with local and multi-national entities. Under her leadership, both organisations achieved tremendous success and repute, emerging as preferred partners across sectors. She guided EEG to become the first environmental NGO in the world to receive ISO 14001 certification. She also co-founded the Emirates Green Building Council in 2006 and serves as its Treasurer and Board Member.

Mrs. Al Mar’ashi has been actively associated in leadership roles in global bodies such as UN Global Compact, UNEP (civil society representative), Global Reporting Initiative Stakeholder Council (GRI), a member of the Advisory Committee of the Det Norske Veritas (DNV-GL) Certification Advisory Board for the Middle East. She is currently a Vice Chair of the Global Urban Development and Patronage Committee member of myclimate. 

More recently, Ms Habiba has been selected to come on board as a member of a high level Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance at the invitation of the UN Secretary-General.  GISD Alliance was formed in 2019 to unlock impediments and promote solutions for mobilising long-term private investment for sustainable development. Mrs. Al Mar’ashi also serves as a Director of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) and a member of advisory Board for several Academic Institutions. She also sits on a number of boards that deal with Women and Sustainability in the Region and Globally.