Masdar News

Influential Thought Leaders to Address Sustainable Development and Evolving Global Energy Landscape

15 Jan 2014

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 16 January, 2014: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) will unite leading global thinkers – from academia, industry and government – to tackle some of today’s most pressing energy and sustainability challenges. During the week-long series of events, the evolving energy landscape will be debated, including the economics of renewables, water scarcity, waste management and sustainable development, among other topics.

ADSW, January 18-25, is an annual platform to address the interconnected challenges impacting the widespread adoption of renewable energy and the acceleration of sustainable development. 

“With the world’s population set to reach 9 billion by 2050, the development of new sources of energy today is critical in meeting the energy demands of tomorrow,” said H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company and host of ADSW. “ADSW unites leading thinkers – from private and public sectors – to debate and identify commercial opportunities to accelerate new forms of energy and to promote sustainable development.”

Notable speeches will be delivered by UAE Minister of Energy H.E. Suhail Al Mazroui, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry H.E. Toshimitsu Motegi.

Other notable speakers and participants include:

  • Jeffrey Sachs, director, Earth Institute, Columbia University 
  • Michael Eckhart, global head of environmental finance, Citigroup
  • Miranda Ballentine, director of Sustainability, Walmart
  • Marie-Jose Nadeau, president, World Energy Council
  • Maria van de Hoeven, executive director, IEA
  • Philippe de Fontaine Vive, vice president, European Investment Bank
  • Rachel Kyte, vice president for sustainable development, World Bank

ADSW includes a series of events: the fourth assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency; the seventh World Future Energy Summit; the second International Water Summit; the first EcoWASTE exhibition; and the sixth Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony.