Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan Khalifa Al Nahyan

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and published author, Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan is the Co-Founder of Aurora50, CEO of Alliances for Global Sustainability, and Founder of the Circle of Hope foundation. In addition, she serves as a member of the UAE’s Circular Economy Council, Yale’s Center for Environmental Law and Policy Advisory Board and the Industry and Academic Advisory Board for the Academy of International Business MENA. In 2020, the Emirates Green Building Council appointed her as Honorary President.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge, holding a Masters degree in Sustainability Leadership, Sheikha Shamma is a well-respected industry expert on sustainability, thanks to her business and academic endeavours in the field.

Widely recognised for her contributions in the philanthropic and social responsibility sphere, Sheikha Shamma was socially conscious from a very young age and has, for many years, taken an active role in community development by launching non-profit organisations and initiatives.

Alliances for Global Sustainability, the organisation she founded and leads as CEO, identifies, develops and invests in high-performing ventures and provides advisory services for global sustainability in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Her charitable foundation, Circle of Hope, has spearheaded a substantial number of local and international initiatives; these include ‘Wanna Read?’, which has placed over 7,000 books for young patients in hospitals across the UAE; Beacon of Hope, which has supplied thousands of children in developing countries with an important solar-light resource and which was recognised at the 2018 United Nations Solutions Summit; and, MorEquity (formerly the Women’s Empowerment and Equality Board), created to promote gender equality in the workplace and the boardroom. In 2020, Mangroves 4 Mankind was created to combat climate change by conserving and restoring mangrove ecosystems in every coastal city around the world.

Sheikha Shamma cites her great-grandfather, the UAE’s founding father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as a source of inspiration and credits his vision as the reason why she places immense importance on sustainability, philanthropy, and female empowerment. Through her actions, Sheikha Shamma aspires to ensure that Sheikh Zayed’s legacy lives on and that his vision continues to create a positive impact globally.

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