Ms. Habiba Al Mar’ashi
Mrs. Habiba Hassan Sultan Al Mar’ashi Al Hashimi is the Co-founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), a pioneering non-government organisation established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1991. She guided EEG to become the first environmental NGO in the world to receive ISO 14001 certification. 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. She 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 (board member) and President of the UNGC – GCC Network , UNEP (civil society representative), a member of Global Reporting Initiative Stakeholder Council (GRI), and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Certification Advisory Board for the Middle East. She is currently a Vice Chair of the Global Urban Development and Patronage Committee member of myclimate. In 2019 she was 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. In July 2021 she was chosen to serve as a Director of the World Green Building Council (WGBC). She was among the few individuals featured in the official film that was showcased during the celebrations of the 50 Years of the UAE National Day. The year 2023 was announced as the “Year of Sustainability” by the UAE’s leadership, and Mrs. Al Marashi has been selected to sit on an expert panel to make effective contributions to the thematic objectives. She also serves as a member of advisory Boards for several Academic Institutions and other boards that deal with Sustainability in the Region and Globally. She is an inspirational & motivational speaker on topics related to Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility, Youth empowerment, leadership, Social justice for Women and other issues faced by them amongst several other topics.