Solaiman Al-Rifai

Programme Director, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence

Solaiman Al-Rifai is the Programme Director of the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence. He is an international sustainable development practitioner and senior investment advisor. He has over 18 years of experience, working across the private and public sector managing projects globally. Previously held senior management positions in the United Nations, Banks and the Government of Dubai.

He has an extensive experience in successfully guiding local, national and multi-national organizations with the development and implementation of sustainable business strategies, building and maintaining strong relationships with all stakeholders, and creating programmes that enable effective implementation of the strategies in a manner that is innovative, collaborative and economically viable. Thinking long term and externally in order to shape the organization.

He also provided policy advisory services to the UAE Government and facilitated knowledge building and project development by leveraging the United Nation’s global expertise and resources leading to "transformative" change in the country’s development and the creation of strategic partnerships.

He regularly conducts workshops and participates in thought leadership at conferences and he is an active member on many forums including the UAE Vision 2021 task force.