Keynote Speakers

Dr. Arthur Dahl


Arthur Dahl is President of the International Environment Forum, and a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with 40 years’ experience in sustainable development. He has recently been consultant to the World Bank on indicators of development, Senior Advisor to a project on values-based indicators of education for sustainable development, and Co-coordinator of the UNEP Major Groups & Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance.

Title 1:  The future of business in a world with a changing climate

Abstract: As climate change science has demonstrated the speed with which the climate is now changing, governments decided in the Paris Agreement last December to launch a rapid decarbonization of the economy with the replacement of fossil fuels by renewable sources of energy. The challenge for the business community is to navigate this fundamental transition as a set of new opportunities rather than a threat to the status quo. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted last September provide a useful framework for the transition, with entrepreneurial opportunities co-existing with social service. It is important for countries like Kuwait to be proactive in planning a way forward.

Workshop Discussion:

  • What is the local potential for renewable sources of energy?
  • What skills and capacities developed in the petroleum industry could be converted to other business activities?
  • Is there local potential for carbon capture and storage that could be used in future efforts to reduce the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere?
  • How vulnerable is Kuwait to a sea level rise of 1-2 metres and what would this imply for coastal infrastructure?
  • What other assets can Kuwait use to build a sustainable economy for the future?

Title 2: The UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: challenges and opportunities

Abstract: The United Nations Summit at the UN General Assembly last September adopted the 2030 Agenda including 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with targets to be achieved by 2030 and indicators to measure progress. Governments are now using these goals to set future policy, but much remains for business and all of society to use these goals to identify new opportunities and to respond to the needs of the economy, the environment and all peoples in the years ahead.

Dr. Wendi Momen

MBE Chairing the discussion panel)

wendiWendi Momen holds a BSc in Economics and a Ph.D. in International Relations, both from the London School of Economics. She was awarded the M.B.E. on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, “in honour of her work on gender equality and empowerment of women”.

She is the Chair of the Governing Board of EBBF (Ethical Business Building the Future). “EBBF is a global learning community, accompanying mindful individuals passionate about contributing to a prosperous, sustainable & just civilization through their daily work, and are made up of women and men active in over 50 countries.”

Discussion Panel: Why bother with business ethics?  The EBBF view 

Abstract: Most people and businesses agree the ethics are important. What they don’t agree about is applying them in the business content.

Discussion Questions:

  • Do ethics matter?
  • What are they?
  • Whose ethics?
  • Can a business be ethical and make money?
  • How can we take ethics off the wall chart and make them a practical part of our day to day work?
Dr. Hamad Al-Hasawi                                                                   

hasawiDr. Hamad Al-Hasawi is currently holds the position of Secretary General at Kuwait Banking Association. From 2003 to 2011, he was head of financial services at Rasameel Structured Finance, Commercialization Senior Advisor at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Chief Operating Officer at Gulf Holding Company in Bahrain and Senior Vice President at KIPCO Asset Management. Before that, he was Vice President at Gulf Investment Corporation and adviser to the Ministry of Defense. In addition, Dr. Al-Hasawi has been recently visiting Professor to the American University of Kuwait and the Australian College of Kuwait. He holds a PhD in Management and Organization from the University of Stirling, UK. He received an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Kuwait University and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton, USA.

Bayan Salmanpour

bayanBayan is a Kuwaiti who is passionately in love with his country. He believes in giving back to and doing good for the community.  Bayan’s ultimate goal is to make an active contribution towards building a better world for the future generations. He accumulates over 35 years of experience in the fields of: computer programming, banking, foreign exchange, teaching in futures, wholesale/retail business, TV broadcast services, special FX, animation, management in the public and private sector companies, and setting up startups.

With Human Empowerment C & E, he plans to offer creative, new, and proven methods to success, as well as utilizing leading expertise from leaders in their respective fields, to help bring about success in an appropriate manner.

Title: Coexistence, Business and the Environment, do they mix?

Abstract: What is coexistence? Is it important? Is it possible to mix coexistence along with business, and why would you want to? Not only is it possible but desirable, I will be giving such an example while adding the environment to the mix.

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