About the Minister

His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi

Cabinet Member and Minister of Climate Change and Environment

His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi was appointed Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates in February 2016. In this role, he oversees the Ministry’s mission of spearheading the UAE’s drive to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change, and protect the country’s unique ecosystems through developing and implementing effective measures, policies, and initiatives.

In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi heads the UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment, the National Biosecurity Committee, and the Emirates Committee for Sustainable Environment Research. He is also a member of the Boards of Directors of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Board of Trustees of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, and the Jury and Selection Committee of the Zayed Sustainability Prize. Furthermore, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi is Honorable Advisor at the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation.

Previously, he served as Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Director of the Department of Energy and Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Earlier, as Project Engineer at Masdar, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi worked to advance renewable energy technologies and solutions. During this time, he played an instrumental role in the UAE’s successful 2009 bid to host IRENA, the first international organization dedicated to renewable energy. He started his career as Reservoir Engineer at Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO).

His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi was named one of the Young Global Leaders 2020. In 2015, he received the first Gulf Cooperation Council Excellence Award in recognition of his pioneering efforts in renewable energy.

His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi holds a PhD in Project and Program Management from SKEMA Business School in France, an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology in the US, an MSc in Project Management from the British University in Dubai, and a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa in the US.