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Neeshad Shafi          

Expert on Middle East Climate Change & Sustainability Policy; Founder of Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar

Neeshad Shafi is a leading Environmentalist, and policy-oriented social change expert, best known for his work on environmental, climate policies and youth climate movement in the Middle East. His core area of expertise includes analyzing global environmental and climate politics, Energy Transition, and sustainability issues. An active civil society member and has been a prominent presence at international climate summits especially UN Climate Summit (COP’s) since 2015 on various capacities, including role of youth and NGOs for climate action. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and based in Doha, Qatar. He also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Middle East Institute (MEI).

In March 2019, he was named in the Apolitical’s List of the 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019 making only youth from Middle East to be featured in the List.

Shafi is currently the Co-founder & Executive Director at the Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar, a first registered youth lead non-profit association in the State of Qatar. He is a Board Member at Climate Action Network (CAN) Arab World and CoalitionWILD; UNESCO Youth Climate Action Network (YoU-CAN) and UNEP Youth Regional Facilitator for the Middle East. His articles and interviews have appeared in France24, Al Jazeera, BBC, Washington Post, WEF Agenda, Guardian, Anadolu Agency, Inside Arabia, The Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Qatar Today, Peninsula Qatar and others.

Speech Topics


Youth Climate Movements in the Middle East

Role of Youth and Civil Society in the Fight Against Climate Change

Climate Change and Sustainability Policy Expertise and Consultation

Climate Change Issues in the Middle East

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