Mohamed Yousef Al Madfaei
 Deputy Manager, Environmental Strategy and Policy Coordination Sector
 Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD)

Deputy Manager of the Environmental Strategy and Policy Coordination Sector in the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD). EAD is the environmental regulator for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Key roles and responsibilities
As I am working in the environmental strategy and policy coordination sector we are mainly involved in environmental policies and regulations. We finalized the development of the Environmental Vision 2030 for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which outlines the issues and challenges with regards to the environment and how do we like to see our environment in 2030. The five priority areas that are included are: climate change; air; water; biodiversity; and waste. Furthermore, I am working on managing a portfolio of position papers for EAD. These position papers include the issues and challenges with regards to some key environmental topics, such as groundwater and fisheries and how we as an agency see the solutions to tackling these issues. Moreover, I just finalized the Plastic Bag Policy along with my colleagues, which bans the use of non biodegradable plastic bags in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Background
I am from the United Arab Emirates and I completed my BSc in environmental science from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, USA, in 2001. In 2009 I completed my PhD at the University of Reading in the UK in environmental management. The title of my thesis was: ‘The impact of privatisation on the sustainability of water in the United Arab Emirates’.

Career path
I joined EAD in 2002 as the Secretary General Office Officer, where I actively participated in the development and preparation of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative, which was launched at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002. I analyzed strategic meetings between EAD and various international and local organizations, and was actively involved in international stakeholder engagements and conferences. I then became a Lead Environmental Inspector within EAD, where I co-developed and implemented the Emirate’s environmental inspection system, the chemical and hazardous materials monitoring system, and the code of practice for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. I was also involved in field work that included inspections related to chemical and hazardous materials as well as inspections of industrial facilities. In 2004 I was appointed Secretary General Office Chief Coordinator, where I coordinated the role for Secretary General Functions and was granted study leave to pursue my PhD degree in the United Kingdom. When I came back in 2009 I was a Senior Consultant within the Policy and Strategy Sector and I actively participated in the development of the Abu Dhabi Environment 2030 Framework. I was a member of the editorial board and the evaluation committee for all tenders related to ‘Environment 2030’. I was managing projects related to the environment, and developed sections of the EAD’s 2010-2014 strategy and strategic plan, leading the Energy Efficiency Policy and Water Resources Policy.

Since January 2011 I have been Deputy Manager of the Environmental Strategy and Policy Coordination Sector, and I am developing a comprehensive portfolio of position papers for EAD on all major environmental issues. I am leading the Abu Dhabi Water Collaboration Initiative and working in coordinating initiatives with the Water Resource Management Department. I am developing key sections of the Abu Dhabi Environment 2030 Vision, as well as fulfilling commitments as part of the Secretary General’s Action Team.