Position: Chairman, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC)
Biography: Issa al-Mohannadi is the founder and chairman of QGBC and chief executive officer of Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Msheireb Properties is undertaking a $5.5bn regeneration of central Doha and is using sustainable building methods to attain LEED accreditation, a rating system developed by the US’ Green Building Council. Al-Mohannadi started his career in 1997 as a process engineer, working in various roles at Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company. Al-Mohannadi has held senior management positions with several firms, including the US’ ExxonMobil and Italy’s Snamprogretti. He has a degree in natural gas engineering from Texas A&M University in the US. He also has a master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University in the US.
Contact Tel: (+974) 4 459 0383
Position: Founder and chairman, Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (Gord)
Biography: Yousef al-Horr is the founder and chairman of Gord, which was established to develop the Qatar Sustainability Assessment System and promote energy-efficient building practices throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The organisation is a non-profit subsidiary of state-owned Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company. Al-Horr previously held several senior positions at the local Barwa Real Estate Company, including president of strategy and investment, and deputy chief executive officer for operations. Al-Horr also worked as the assistant vice-president for research affairs at Qatar University. In 1996, he graduated with a master’s degree from George Washington University in the US. In 2000, Al-Horr completed a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the UK.
Contact Tel: (+974) 4 499 8996
Position: Head of landscape, Atkins Qatar
Biography: Lee Allen is head of the landscaping division for the UK’s Atkins in Qatar. Atkins has been appointed by the Municipality & Urban Planning Ministry to support the development of Doha’s new Central Planning Office, which will handle major infrastructure projects in the country. Allen has worked for several different landscaping firms in the UK, South Africa, Australia and the UAE. Between November 2006 and April 2011, he was landscape architect and sustainability coordinator for the UK’s Craknell in Dubai. In recent years, he has assisted in developing sustainable design practices in the Middle East through speaking at conferences and teaching LEED practices. Allen recently was the sub-committee chairman for green infrastructure for QGBC. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK in 1996.
Contact Tel: (+974) 4 406 1600
Position: Associate, Davis Langdon Qatar
Biography: Alex Amato is an associate at the UK’s Davis Langdon in its sustainability consulting section in Qatar, where he provides a range of sustainability consulting services to public and private clients in the country and throughout the GCC. Amato joined Davis Langdon in 2007 with a mandate to develop its building sustainability services locally and regionally. Since 1992, he has focused on using the Life Cycle Assessment tool for measuring the impact of buildings and construction systems on the environment. Amato previously completed a study for the Hong Kong Housing Authority to develop a tool for rapid assessment of sustainable construction. He has an undergraduate degree and a diploma in architecture from London Metropolitan University, and a doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in the UK for work on the environmental impact of alternative framing systems for offices.
Contact Tel: (+ 974) 4 458 0150
Ahmad Jassim al-Jolo
Position: Chairman, Qatar Society of Engineers
Biography: Ahmad Jassim al-Jolo is the chairman of the Qatar Society of Engineers and a founding member of the QGBC. Al-Jolo is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In March, the Qatar Society of Engineers signed a memorandum of understanding with the QGBC to promote sustainability in the local building sector. Al-Jolo is a member of the accreditation board for the engineering programme at the College of Engineering at Qatar University and an evaluator for graduate student projects at Qatar University and Texas A&M University in Qatar. He was previously chairman of the Professional Engineering Committee at the Urban Planning & Development Authority, chairman of the Professional Engineers Committee in Qatar and a founding member of the Gulf Engineering Forum. Al-Jolo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Seattle University in the US in 1984.
Contact Tel: (+974) 4 408 1472
Position: Projects management director for capital projects, Qatar Foundation
Biography: Rasha al-Sulaiti is the projects management director for capital projects at Qatar Foundation and is also a vice-chairman of the QGBC, which she co-founded. Al-Sulaiti has been managing projects at Education City, which is Qatar Foundation’s biggest development, for more than 10 years. This has involved managing more than 20 projects at the campus, which is located on a 14-square-kilometre site on the western edge of Doha. Al-Sulaiti is a member of the Qatar Society of Engineers’ architectural engineering chapter. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the UAE University in Al-Ain in 2001. Qatar Foundation was established in 1995 by the emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, and is chaired by his wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned.
Contact Tel: (+974) 4 454 0000