AIWF and Space Intelligence announce ‘NextGen Climate Action: Green Skills for Sustainability Leaders’, a virtual workshop on UK-MENA green skills

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AIWF x Space Intelligence to jointly host virtual workshop on NextGen Climate Action: Green Skills for Sustainability Leaders

‘A better future for people and planet depends on a just transition to environmentally sustainable economies. 1.2 billion jobs (40% of the global workforce) depend on a stable environment. By implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, 25 million additional green jobs could be created by 2030. To ensure a just transition for all, people must be supported and equipped with the skills needed for a carbon-neutral future.’ – International Labour Organization, on World Environment Day 2024


30 July 2024 | 12:00 UK (2.5 hours, Zoom)

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AIWF and Space Intelligence will collaborate on 30 July 2024 on a joint virtual workshop exploring the skills gap in climate, sustainability and STEM innovation, and discussing viable strategies to address those gaps in formal education, through public climate education and in workplace learning and development. Together, AIWF and Space Intelligence will present a stellar panel of senior business leaders, researchers, policymakers and educators to examine current strategies to embed climate skills, values and competencies in the next generation of sustainability leaders.

The initiative will be co-chaired by AIWF President & Founder Haifa Al Kaylani OBE, who was a Commissioner on the ILO Commission for the Future of Work in 2017-2019 contributing to the ILO’s landmark report on the future for education and skills; and Professor Ed Mitchard, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, who has spent years developing cutting-edge technologies to use satellite remote sensing data to quantify forest biomass. Closing remarks will be delivered by Nadereh Chamlou, AIWF Board Member, Former Former Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist MENA at The World Bank & Nonresident Senior Fellow at the at the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative.

As a leading development organisation committed to the economic inclusion of women and young leaders in business, sustainability and STEM, AIWF has, in the last five years especially, devoted considerable resources and a key advocacy track to the importance of skills development and capacity building for women and young leaders working in the climate and sustainability space, with an emphasis on bridging the digital and ‘human’ / soft skills gaps that are present not only in the UK and the MENA but globally. Space Intelligence, a valued partner of AIWF, is a world leader in providing data and mapping information used by groups who share a common goal: to achieve zero deforestation and mass restoration and tackle the climate emergency. Space Intelligence supports this goal through the provision of accurate data on forest coverage and carbon storage that is required to ensure transparency into the impact of nature-based solutions.


In this virtual workshop (which will be held on 30 July from 12:00 – 14:30 BST), AIWF and Space Intelligence will welcome senior leaders working in climate and sustainability from across the business, science and engineering sectors to share their personal journeys and their career pathways, before going on to explore in depth the key skills required to enter into and succeed in each sector. Additionally, they will discuss the soft / ‘human’ skills that are so essential to successful leadership and to ensuring a more diverse, engaged and sustainability-driven workforce in the future.

Within the virtual workshop schedule, there will be three panel discussions with each allowing ample time for audience Q&A. The first panel discussion (12:15-13:00), structured around key skills for the green sector and focusing on how AI and engineering can be used to support green technology and sustainable innovation, will be moderated by Dr Stephanie Earp, AI Research and Development Lead at Space Intelligence. Speakers include Elena Sinel, Founder and CEO of Teens in AI; Hassan Halawy, General Manager, Elite Agro Projects; and Ruba Al-Zu’bi, Climate, Energy and Environment Lead for the Levant, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

The second panel discussion (13:00-13:40), on the value and importance of entrepreneurship and gender equality in creating viable and transformative climate solutions, will be moderated by Space Intelligence’s Head of Business Development, Dr Alexis Moyer. Invited speakers include Barbara Rambousek, Director of Gender & Economic Inclusion, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD); Anna Dorangricchia, Programme Manager Gender Equality, Union for the Mediterranean; and Gladys Morales, Senior Officer of Global Head of Innovation, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The third session (13:40-14:20), focused on green skills in education and employment, will be moderated by Dr Sophie Flack-Prain. Invited speakers include Gemma Carr, Workforce Services Industry Lead for Energy, Utilities & Resources, PwC; Wael Ismail, Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Africa, Middle East, South Asia & Head of the Office of Sustainability for the Middle East, PepsiCo; and Francesca Borgonovi, Head of Skills Analysis, OECD Centre for Skills & Lead, ‘OECD Skills Outlook 2023: Skills for a Resilient Green and Digital Transition’.

Each of the sessions will welcome as speakers established and emerging leaders who will be invited to talk about their experiences and share their insights on challenges and opportunities for young people in STEM innovation. To ensure that the sessions reflect the variety of possible routes and champion diversity and inclusion which is much needed in STEM and sustainability, speakers will represent the UK, Europe, and the MENA. The audience will be comprised of established and emerging / early career leaders in STEM and sustainability, working specifically in the climate, food, water and sustainable agriculture spaces, and will be invited from across the UK, Europe, the MENA and Africa.

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