March 9, 2022, 10:00 am - March 10, 2022, 12:00 pm


Zoom Webinar


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The World Bank Group’s Roadmap for Climate Action in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), which runs from 2021 to 2025, aims to drive climate action and a green recovery in the region. MENA is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change, enduring extremely high temperatures, desertification, water scarcity, degraded marine, coastal ecosystems, and high levels of fossil fuel dependency. 

The roadmap outlines four key transformation areas to build low-carbon, resilient societies: 

  • Food systems, water security, and resilient natural capital  
  • Energy transition and low-carbon mobility
  • Climate-smart cities and resilient coastal economies
  • Sustainable finance for climate action​

What are the primary policy and structural constraints facing MENA countries in achieving climate-smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth? What would it take for MENA countries to develop the whole of government and whole of economy approaches to addressing climate change? What are the areas for the MENA countries to accelerate regional cooperation for collective action towards building a sustainable and resilient future? What actions could countries take to crowd in financing for green investments including from the private sector for more ambitious climate action? 

MEI is pleased to join the World Bank in welcoming four panels of experts for a two-day event exploring these strategic questions.

Wednesday, March 9

10:00 – 10:15am

Opening Remarks

Paul Salem President, MEI

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

10:15 – 10:45am

Key Messages from the Roadmap for Climate Action in MENA

Adeel Syed AbbasRegional Coordinator, Climate Change, World Bank

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Climate-Smart Approaches to Natural Resource Management

Kholoud Al-Ajarma Anthropologist, Photographer, Human Rights Advocate

Nagaraja Rao HarshadeepGlobal Lead, Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy Global Practice, World Bank

Kaveh Madani Head of Nexus Research Programme, United Nations University

Carole Megevand Sector Leader, Sustainable Development, Maghreb and Malta

Lia Sieghart (moderator) Practice Manager, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice, World Bank

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Strategic and Optimal Approaches for Green Investments

Jill Dauchy Founder and CEO, Potomac Group

Vahid Fotuhi Founder and Chief Executive, Blue Forest

Lama Kiyasseh
Investment Officer, IFC

Karen Young (moderator) Senior Fellow and Director of Program on Economics and Energy, MEI

Thursday, March 10

9:00 – 10:00am

Achieving Economic Growth Through Energy and Transport Decarbonization

Arturo Ardila Gomez Global Lead for Urban Mobility and Lead Transport Economist, World Bank

Scott Livermore Chief Economist, Oxford Economics Middle East

Maged Mahmoud
Technical Director, Lead Renewable Energy Advisor, Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

Monali Ranade Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank

Ashok Sarkar Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank

Husam Mohamed Beides (moderator) Practice Manager, Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank

10:30 – 11:30am

Enhancing Climate Resilience in Urban Environments

Aline BussmannCo-Driector, CEWAS

Karim ElgendyUrban Sustainability and Climate consultant & Founder, Carboun

Nuha Eltinay
Representative, MENA Region, Resurgence

Mohammed Mahmoud (moderator) Director of Climate and Water Program, MEI

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Mohammed Mahmoud Director of Climate and Water Program, MEI

Adeel Syed AbbasRegional Coordinator, Climate Change, World Bank