Kuwait City, Kuwait – 3rd April, 2011- The en.v Initiative’, a leading organization dedicated to social responsibility in the Arab World and a subsidiary of El Boutique Creative Group organized the REUSE Speaker Forum on March 28th 2011. The REUSE Speakers Forum is a series of panel discussions that was the first of its kind in the country. The purpose of the forum was to promote a dialogue on sustainability in the region and spark a discussion on ways that can further put into perspective the challenges that the Arab world is facing regarding environmental issues.
Dow Chemical reaffirmed its support for REUSE – Kuwait’s foremost expo dedicated to promoting eco-friendly, sustainable living – as Title Partner of the REUSE Speakers Forum. The event was held on the 28th of March, 2011 at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) and was also sponsored by Agility.
Bringing together thought leaders, stakeholders and decision makers from Kuwait and across the globe, the forum addressed some of the most pressing sustainability and environmental challenges facing Kuwait today.
The panelists included Dr. Anne Wallin, Director of EH&S and Sustainability for Dow EMEA; Najib Saab, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Bia Wal Tanmia, Secretary General of the Arab Forum for Environment & Development (AFED) and President of MECTAT; Chad Boettcher, Senior Vice President of Social Innovation, Weber Shandwick; Captain Ali Haider, Vice President of Kuwait Environmental Public Authority (EPA); Dr. Lia Carol Seighart, Senior Environmental Economist, Regional Finance Coordinator MENA Region Sustainable Development, The World Bank; Dr. Sami Al-Yakoob, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Environmental General Trading and Contracting Company (GETCO); and Tarek Sultan, Chairman and Managing Director of Agility.
During the forum, the panelists touched on the importance of sustainability as it related to the private sector (ie. companies and corporations) as well as the public sector (government and semi-governmental institutions). Among the issues discussed were: gas emissions, renewable energy, agricultural productivity, waste management and water shortage. Mediated by the en.v Initiative’s CEO and Managing Partner, Zahed Sultan, the forum was opened by a keynote speech from Markus Wildi, Vice President of Corporate Development in Kuwait, and President of Dow Middle East.
“The en.v Initiative is increasingly attracting members of the community to pledge their support for environmental preservation and social development, and the REUSE Speakers forum is an ideal platform for industry leaders to discuss issues of environmental responsibility and sustainability,” Commented Mr. Sultan. “Together with Dow, we are aiming to pave the sustainable way forward, and it was exciting to see thought-provoking ideas being raised for this movement.” Concluded Sultan.
Markus Wildi, Vice President of Corporate Development in Kuwait, and President of Dow Middle East, commented: “Our sponsorship and participation in the en.v REUSE Speakers Forum is part of our long term commitment to both the region and sustainability. Raising awareness to help protect the Kuwaiti
environment, and to encourage sustainable practices in the Kuwaiti community are important because this planet and its people are what enable us to address global challenges and we understand that the health of our business is intertwined with the health of the communities we are a part of.”
Zahed Sultan closed the forum by saying, “It has been a privilege to share the stage with panelists of this caliber whom are pioneers within their industries. I hope these discussions have shed light on some of the challenges that we are currently facing in the region. We aspire for the REUSE Speakers Forum to be a stepping stone for many more discussions that will lead to a change in the way that corporations do business as well as the way that governments regulate them.”
REUSE is an annual exposition that serves as an opportunity for non-profit organizations, companies, professionals and aspiring creative talents to showcase their accomplishments in the fields of social responsibility and sustainability via a range of artistic mediums and interactive activities for the general public.
en.v (a subsidiary of El Boutique Creative Group http://www.elboutique.com) is an initiative dedicated to social responsibility in the Arab world. en.v’s primary objective is to seek out public sector bodies, private sector and civil society organizations in the region, document their efforts, and create interactivity between them towards developing a more thought-conscious society. Using formats that are appealing to the masses, en.v strives to develop mediums that entities can utilize as platforms for communicating their social efforts and engaging their respective stakeholder communities.
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