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 the Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates in February 2016. In this role, he oversees the Ministry's mission to spearhead 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.

Previously, he served as Permanent Representative of the UAE to 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 also 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 the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO).

He heads the UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment, and National Committee of Biosecurity. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and the Trustees of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, the jury and Selection Committees of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, and the Board of Directors of the Global Green Growth Institute. In addition, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi is Honorable Advisor at the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation.

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. In 2015, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi received the first Gulf Cooperation Council Excellence Award in recognition of his pioneering efforts in renewable energy.