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Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany Discusses Zayed Future Energy Prize

The Need For Innovation

Around the world people are conscious of the need for innovation when it comes to energy. Especially here in the USA, the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy has not been forgotten. However, energy conservation and innovation is not just an American problem, it is a global problem. While we enjoy the privilege of easily accessible and cheap energy, other parts of the world are not as fortunate. As we deplete our existing natural resources, the race is on to find innovative solutions that will conserve, create and transform clean energy technology.

Tree crashes in driveway from Hurricane Sandy

Due to Hurricane Sandy, initially, about 60 million people were without power in 8.2 million homes and businesses.

Global High Schools Initiative

There is a tremendous opportunity for high school students as well as corporations around the world to get involved and be rewarded for their efforts. Leaders in clean energy from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates met recently in New York to attend the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Forum, which engages top-level leadership from more than 85 different countries in all sectors of society including governments, businesses and non-profit groups.

Clean energy for all!The trip is part of an effort to engage innovative individuals, organizations and schools that are finding solutions to meet the challenges of climate change, energy security and the environment; and to encourage them to apply for the annual Zayed Future Energy Prize.

Zayed Future Energy Prize

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004) had a vision. He placed great emphasis on education and empowerment, on the welfare of the less fortunate in the UAE and around the world. He worked tirelessly to protect the heritage of the land and to protect the environment as well as our natural resources.

The real wealth of the country is made up of men, of children, and of future generations. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

The Zayed Future Energy Prize honors the environmental legacy of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the $4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize acknowledges outstanding achievements and innovative solutions in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability.

Al Gore Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Zayed Future Energy Prize 2015

Al Gore Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Zayed Future Energy Prize 2015

Awards recognizing organizations, individuals and schools across five categories are presented at an annual ceremony in Abu Dhabi. Collectively, Zayed Future Energy Prize winners are positively impacting the world through their vision and commitment in addressing the challenges of climate change, energy security and the environment.

Global High School Initiative: The Opportunity Of A Lifetime!

Are you in high school and think your classmates have created an innovative energy solution? If so, please submit your application for consideration of this year’s prize!

Previous winners!

Previous winners!

Who Can Apply: Candidates can either apply for the Large Corporation, SME, Non-Profit Organization (NPO/NGO) or Global High School category, or nominate a candidate for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

How To Apply:

For more detailed information about the prize as well as submission information, please visit Zayed Future Energy Prize. Please note that the 2015 submission deadline is June 22, 2015!

Women In Energy! Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany: Role Model, Leader, Visionary!

In her role as the Director of Sustainability at Masdar, Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany leads a team responsible for developing Masdar Corporate and Masdar City’s sustainability standards and policies. She is also mandated to oversee the processes of sustainability auditing, monitoring and reporting.

Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany

Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany

In 2011, Dr. Al-Hosany also assumed the post of Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. As director, she oversees the strategic global direction of an annual US $4 million award, mandated by the UAE government to reward outstanding achievements in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability.

Zayed Future Energy Prize

Dr. Al-Hosany is a board member of Masdar Investment, LLC and of the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Meteorology. She is also an Adjunct Professor and member of the External Advisory Board at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

In her commitment to remain at the forefront of the social science and sustainable development landscape, she has participated in numerous continuing professional development courses and continually seeks opportunities to stay updated on latest project management methods, as well as leadership, planning and decision-support mechanisms.


Dr. Al-Hosany has been published globally in international journals and newspapers, including the International Journal of Management of Environmental Quality, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Renewable Energy, and International Journal of Renewable Energy Engineering.

Throughout her career, Dr. Al-Hosany has been an active member of various boards in the UAE and around the world including the Advisory Panel for the Momentum for Change initiative of the UNFCCC, the Troika Plus of Women Leaders on Gender and Climate Change, and the Energy Efficiency Global Forum.

Dr. Al-Hosany has also served as Sherpa to the UN Secretary General High Level Group for ‘The Sustainable Energy For all’ initiative for its Principle, HE Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.

In 2011, Abu Dhabi Magazine cited Dr. Al-Hosany as one of the 40 most influential Emiratis who have helped shape the emirate. She has also received several medals and accolades for her professional achievements, including a Chevening Fellowship from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Emirates Business Women Award in the Professional and Career Achievements category.

Prior to assuming her current roles, Dr. Al-Hosany held senior leadership positions with the General Headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Police, including Head of Design and Studies in the Engineering Department. In 2007, she became the first-ever female Deputy Director in the Abu Dhabi Police.

Dr. Al-Hosany graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the UAE University and obtained her PhD from Newcastle University in the UK. She is also credited as one of the first two Emirati women to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 meters above sea level.

Listen To The Interview

In this segment of the Clean Energy View, which is a special series produced by The Organic View Radio Network, host, June Stoyer talks to Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, the Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize and Director of Sustainability for Masdar about the Zayed Future Energy Prize.