President of Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

H.E. Eng. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Saadan


The Royal Commission at Yanbu, and the Environment Center for Arab Towns (ECAT), with the support of Dubai Municipality and the Arab Towns Organization, are jointly organizing the 8th International Envirocities Conference 2019 entitled "Green economy and Its Role in Economic, Environmental and Social Development to Support Sustainability in Cities" during the period of 25-26 November 2019 at the King Fahad Civic Center - The Royal Commission at Yanbu – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The conference focuses on adopting and applying the strategies and policies of green economy, as well as encouraging the pioneering partnerships between the public and private sectors to adopt sustainable and groundbreaking green economy projects that necessitates the integration and incorporation of effort at all government, private and social levels. In addition, to raise awareness on the green economy concept and the principles, as well as the challenges encountering the execution and application thereof, besides, its significance for realizing the sustainable development in the Arab cities and to debate the strategies and initiatives applied by the international organizations and the United Nations predominantly. Besides, it aims at illustrating the role of the political and economic headship and the decision-makers in strategic planning and applying policies, strategies and empowering procedures in order to generate green economic programs, for preserving the environment and decreasing the carbon footprint of individuals and countries.

Conference Topics:

  • The Green Economy: The Concept, Challenges, Policies, Strategies and Legislations
  • Green Manufacturing: Challenges & Opportunities 
  • The public private partnerships for investment in the green economic projects, as well as the role played by the political and economic headship and decision-makers in applying the green investment to support the sustainability of the cities.
  • The integrated strategic planning of the green economy in the sense of the enactment of legislation, policies, action plans, as well as the integrated execution.
  • The best international practices, pioneering experiences and ground-breaking initiatives in the green economy and the circular economy 
  • Innovation, Enablement and Future Accelerators in the Green Economy.

Organizing Committee

Eng. Ali Alfuhaidi

General Director of Technical Affairs Division at Royal Commission for Yanbu and General Supervisor of the conference

Khalid Mohammed Badri

Director of the Environmental Center for Arab Towns

Head of the Conference Scientific Committee

Hussain Al Fardan

Expert - Sustainable Development

Member of the Conference Scientific Committee

Dr. Nedal Mohammad Al Domi

Senior Environmental Specialist - Environmental Center for Arab Towns

Member of the Conference Scientific Committee

Featured Speakers

Dr. Gerd Droesse

General Counsel, World Green Economy Organization


CTO- Chief Technology Officer at Global Environmental Management Services

Mr. Pieter Smeets

Sr. Manager Industrial Sustainability at SABIC

Mr. Fazil Abdul Rahiman

Manager, Ernst & Young Middle East

Mr. John Kalogeras

Vision 2030 Program Lead, KSA at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Mr. Jens Nielsen

CEO, World Climate Ltd.

Dr. Alexander Jovcic

Department Manager Environmental Protection & Control (EPCD) at Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Mr. Turki Alshehri

Chief Executive Officer - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at ENGIE

Mr. Serge Conesa 

Founder & CEO at Immersion4

Mr. Hemant Chaudhary

Founder and Managing Director, Circular Economy Alliance Australia

Mr. Gordon Boyd

Ex-Chair of the ROI Center of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management – Expert in Circular Economy

Mr. Edward Mooney

CEO and Inventor at Polyfuel Group

Mr. Gopalkrishnan Padmnabhan

Managing Director at Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)— APAC and Middle East

Dr. Mohammed Al-Surf

Regional Manager-Market Dev.-Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI)-KSA

Mr. José Antonio Alberich

Partner, A.T. Kearney Middle East

Mrs. Maritza VARGAS

Sustainability & Environmental Advisor

Ms. Mona A. Mustafa

Lecturer at University of Prince Mugrin

Sharan Sandhu

MEA Director of Sustainability and Environment, Parsons International Limited