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April 19, 2021, 9:00 am - April 23, 2021, 5:00 pm


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In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to announce a week of special programming to highlight the expanse of impacts climate change has had in the Middle East. Exacerbating conflicts, displacement, and food and water security, the already dire climate crisis in the Middle East is approaching a critical point. What are the emerging initiatives across industries and geopolitical fault lines to prevent further insecurity and loss of life? How can cooperation across the region facilitate a more sustainable approach to green energy, economic development, agriculture, and governance?

To address these challenges and more, MEI will bring together leading experts and advocates in the climate world in a series of panels, roundtable discussions, and interviews. Please register using the links below, and stay tuned for further updates to this program. 

Monday, April 19

9:00-10:00am | Mapping the Middle East Climate Crisis

Omar El-Arini
Honorary Chief Officer,  Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol

Ayat Soliman
Regional director, Sustainable Development, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank

Andrew Freedman (moderator)
Energy and climate reporter, Axios

10:30-11:30am | Raising the Alarm: Climate Activism in North Africa

Khayreddine Dabaya
Environmental activist, Tunisia

Hajar Khamlichi
President, Mediterranean Youth Climate Network

Ahmed Mebrouk 
CEO of Nrecycli

Moussa Elimane Sall
Executive director, Mauritanian Climate and Sustainable Development Platform

Intissar Fakir (moderator)
Fellow, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Tuesday, April 20

9:00-10:00am | Roundtable: Youth in Climate Action

Malak Altaeb 
Analyst, Storyzy, France 

Kholoud Al Ajarma
Alwaleed lecturer in the Globalised Muslim World, University of Edinburgh

Adil Jouamaa
Geomatician, Marchica Med

Vera Noon
Youth ambassador, UNESCO-IOC MSPGlobal International; maritime spatial planner

Mohamed Saad
Lecturer of chemical engineering, University of Sirte

Eliza Campbell (moderator)
Associate director for Innovation and Impact, MEI

Wednesday, April 21

9:00-10:30amWater Sharing Challenges and Pathways forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Ahmad Rafay Alam
Environmental lawyer based in Pakistan

Saleem Ali
Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment, University of Delaware

Said Hashmat Sadat
Project Manager, SWECO

Erum Khalid Sattar
SWM Program Lead and Water Diplomacy Track Leader, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Syed Mohammed Ali (moderator)
Nonresident scholar, MEI

12:00-1:00pm | Climate in the Black Sea: Regional Responses

Anna Dimitrova
Head of Department, Energy policy, environment and innovation, EVN Bulgaria 

Serkan Köybaşı
Assistant Professor, Bogazici University

Andrei Covatariu
Nonresident scholar, MEI

Gonul Tol (moderator)
Senior fellow and director, Turkey program, MEI

Thursday, April 22

9:00-10:00am |  Balancing Development, Sustainability and Resilience in Egypt

Sara El Battouty
CEO, ECOnsult; nonresident scholar, MEI

Reem El-Saady
Regional principal manager, SMEs, Finance and Development, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Hani Sewilam
Professor, Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology, American University in Cairo

Mirette F. Mabrouk (moderator)
Senior fellow and director, Egypt Program, MEI

11:00am-12:00pmAgainst All Odds: An Ambitious Climate Policy for Lebanon

Silvia Crescimbeni
Policy Officer, Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf, European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action

Jessica Obeid
Independent Energy Policy Consultant; Non-Resident Fellow, MEI

Vahakn Kabakian
Climate Change Advisor and Portfolio Manager, UNDP

Christophe Abi-Nassif (moderator)
Lebanon Program Director, MEI

Friday, April 23

11:30am-12:30pmTrends in Green Finance in the Middle East and Lessons to be Learned from China

Damien Ma 
Director of the Think Tank, Paulson Institute

Amb. Yasser El Naggar
CEO, EN Investment; non-resident scholar, MEI

Anthony Muhanna
Principal, TPG

David Sandalow 
Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University; former Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Deborah Lehr, moderator
CEO, Basilinna; Board member, MEI

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