Acting Director of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI)
Ahmed first joined Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) in 2010 as Head of Communications at the Emirates Falconers Club. Today, he is the Executive Director of the Environmental Science, Information and Outreach Sector (EISOM) where he provides the Agency with the necessary support and oversees its environmental education, awareness and outreach agenda, and enables public access to environmental information.
Ahmed holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Higher Colleges of Technology – Abu Dhabi. Ahmed is also the Acting Director of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) where he oversees the mandate of enhancing the accessibility to quality environmental data and information for more effective, timely and accurate environmental decision making on a local, regional and global level.
National Partnerships and Development Manager
At AGEDI, Derek overlooks the development of the Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS), a software that helps organisations meet their environmental reporting obligations. Derek’s background includes roles as Head of Information Management at Masdar City, and Head of Informatics at UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. As one of its earliest employees, Derek spent 13 years at the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) where he founded EAD’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Informatics function, and has also contributed to several ecological papers, books and atlases.
Derek holds a master’s degree in Remote Sensing; is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP); and holds two Environmental Systems Research Institute professional-level certifications.
He has over 25 years technical and management experience with a focus on the environmental informatics sector. Derek is an experienced software and database developer and former IT manager. He has experience in a broad range of application areas with substantial experience in biodiversity conservation, sustainable development including sustainable cities and infrastructure.
Fares joined AGEDI as a Research Analyst in November 2017, where he will support the team on various projects, including the Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS), Natural Capital and the overall AGEDI mission of bridging the science to policy gap.
Fares holds a Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Birmingham, which he graduated from in July 2017, and where he completed a Dissertation on Climate Change Adaptation in UAE’s Coastal Areas.
Beyond the above mentioned topic areas, Fares’ areas of interest include the impact of human societies on the earth’s ecosystem, data infrastructures as well as innovative technology.
Alia Abdulla Al Falasi
AGEDI PR & Outreach Manager
Specialized in Human Resources, Recruitment and People Development with over 20 years experience in HR, Customer Service and Communication in government and private sectors in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in some of the largest, most developed companies in the UAE.
As the PR Manager for AGEDI, Alia is responsible for providing overall public relations and stakeholder management support needed by the organization and its extended network of individual and partner organizations, and federations at various levels, and to strategically promote and brand the organization through various media and venues. Her role is to ensure AGEDI’s alignment and engagement with comparable regional and international initiatives and organizations.
Her areas of interest include environmental initiatives, woman empowerment and youth education
AGEDI Project Coordinator
As the Project Coordinator for AGEDI, Angela is responsible for coordinating efforts to ensure that the organization’s project activities are maintained and monitored. She is particularly involved in supporting initiatives on blue carbon, such as the formation of the Arabian Blue Forests Working Group (ABFWG), and the UAE Oceanic Blue Carbon project, which represents the world’s first oceanic blue carbon audit and policy assessment at the national level. She joined AGEDI as an intern in January 2019 and has since supported the organization’s mission to facilitate access to quality environmental data to enable informed decision-making in the region.
Angela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Planning and Management from Miriam College, Philippines and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development (specializing in Environmental Management) at SOAS, University of London.
Aside from environmental sustainability, her areas of interest also include biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation
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