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Interviews with the Featured Members

Meet with Bushra Azhar, Independent CSR & Sustainability Consultant / Jeddah / KSA


CSR Middle East: Can you tell us a little bit about your background and experiences in the CSR Field?

 

Bushra Azhar: I am an independent CSR, Sustainability and Development Consultant based in Saudi Arabia and divide my time between Jeddah, Dubai and Lahore. A former corporate VP and academic, I have 14 years of experience under my belt with almost 5 years in CSR related areas. Before starting my independent practice, I was the head of Sustainability operations at a CSR consulting business based in Jeddah where I worked with some of the top Saudi companies in helping them set their strategies, designing bespoke initiatives and training programs and developing Sustainability reports in line with GRI.



Meet with Sabrin Rahman, Head of Sustainability / HSBC /  UAE


CSR M
iddle East: Can you tell us a little bit about your background and experiences in the CSR Sector?

 

Sabrin Rahman: My educational background has been in sustainability, marketing and international relations with a focus on the role of businesses in peace building. The business community is perhaps the most powerful change agent today and I wanted to work and understand how their role could be used for the greater good. Working in CSR over the last few years, especially in the Middle East, has been an eye opener. There are a variety of issues that are unique to the Middle East, but none as unique as the pace of adoption and change. I have had the privilege of having a bird’s eye view of the CSR sector through my work at the Dubai Chamber and now at HSBC Bank Middle East.

 

 

Meet with Nikos Avlonas : President of Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE)

 

CSR Middle East : Can you tell us a little bit about your background and experiences in the CSR Sector?

 

Nikos Avlonas : CSE is a global Sustainability (CSR) strategic advisory and training organization with offices in Chicago, Brussels and Athens. We work in more than 20 countries with private and public sector clients, including FT500, for the integration of Sustainability (CSR) within their operations and has extensive experience in the areas of Sustainability (CSR) Strategy, Reporting, Carbon footprint and Supply Chain Management. We are also a leading training provider to more than 5000 Executives and have partnerships with leading global institutes including Global Reporting Initiative (GRI),

 

Meet with Ilaria Gualtieri : CSR Advisor/RasGas/Qatar

 

CSR Middle East : Can you tell us a little bit about your background and experiences in the CSR Sector?


Ilaria Gualtieri : My education background is in international relations and modern history, I have always been interested in social sciences and the passion for CSR was a natural development. I was offered to collaborate to the organization of the first Qatar’s CSR Conference in late 2008, while after that  I have collaborated with the Ministry of Business and Trade designing a national CSR project, studying international best practices and their best fit for Qatar’s social and economic environment.

 

Meet with Maria Sillanpaa : Founding Director - Sustainability Advisory Group, Dubai / UAE

 

CSR Middle East : Can you tell us a little bit about your background and experiences in the CSR Sector?


Maria Sillanpaa : I have basically worked on corporate responsibility and sustainability issues since I graduated from university well over 20 years ago. My interest in the topic was first peaked in the mid 80s by my exposure to The Body Shop, and especially to its founder, Anita Roddick.

 

 

 Meet with Maali Qasem : CEO & Founder, Schema / Jordan

 

CSR Middle East: Can you tell us a little bit about your background and experiences in the CSR Sector?


Maali Qasem: I come from a professional legal background were I have practiced law for several years in a variety of specializations including corporate law, mergers & acquisitions and human rights law. Such practice reinforced my desire to do “good” and encourage others to do good. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to practice law in a highly ethical environment encouraging the best and most responsible practices in the public and private sector. This formulated and advanced my desire to do something of a more social nature such as CSR and advance responsible practices in all areas of commercial work.

 

 

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