Faculty Selected for University of Geneva Leadership Program Panel

nawras.ghusini@gmail.com (Super User) | Sun Sep 10, 2017

Dr. Elie Azar’s Committee Selection Rounds Off Productive Summer, which included Receiving Research Funding and Publishing a Book

A Sustainable Critical Infrastructure faculty member has been selected to be part of a committee of experts for a University of Geneva leadership development program.

Dr. Elie Azar, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Critical Infrastructure, was selected by the University of Geneva to be a committee member for its new program in ‘Strategic Sustainability Leadership’. Other members of this committee include senior faculty members from the Imperial College London, University of Geneva, and World Economic Forum (WEF) representatives.

Dr. Azar said: “It is exciting to part of the University of Geneva’s committee of experts in sustainability leadership. I hope that this effort leads to collaboration opportunities – both in research and teaching – to help exchange and disseminate knowledge about the sustainability efforts our respective institutions are leading.”

Designed by academic and professional experts at the University of Geneva and its partners, the program aims to train professionals from both the private and public sector who wish to integrate key sustainability tools and strategy-building methods within their company or organization while advancing their careers. It provides participants with a "toolbox" of resources for customization.

Participants will be immersed in real-world case studies with leading sustainability experts, capitalizing on the wealth of expertise from global cities such as Geneva, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. The program aims to empower participants with new knowledge deployment resources, problem-solving skills, and negotiation techniques required to align priorities and means with the United Nation’s (UN) Global Sustainability Agenda.

This honor follows on Dr. Azar’s selection to receive research funding by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) for two of his research projects. One of the projects aims to assess the impact of actions taken by occupants on the energy consumption of the Kuwaiti residential building sector, and the other focuses on benchmarking the energy performance of Kuwait’s building sectors to understand the drivers of energy consumption and guide future conservation policies and strategies.

Dr. Azar was also the lead editor of a book published over the summer, titled: ‘Sustainability in the Gulf: Challenges and Opportunities’ published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis). The book covers the Gulf region’s contemporary development challenges through the lens of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which place sustainability at the center of the solution to the current environmental, economic, and social imbalances facing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The book presents multiple analyses of Gulf-specific sustainability topics, examining the current status, challenges, and opportunities, as well as identifying key lessons learned. Innovative and practical policy recommendations are provided, as well as new concepts in evolving academic debates on the post-oil era in the Gulf countries.

Clarence Michael
News Writer
11 September 2017