Posted on October 30, 2011

The Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) honored its Founding Organizations in a special ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel Doha yesterday.

The event was attended by CEOs and top-level representatives from QGBC’s 24 Founding Organizations, which include the most prominent Qatari organizations from diverse sectors that are driving Qatar’s transition towards green and environmentally sustainable construction and development.

During the event, Eng. Issa Al Mohannadi, Founder and Chairman of QGBC’s interim board, spoke to the audience about how QGBC developed from an initiative to an organization, where it stands today, and where it is heading. Founding Organizations received honorary membership certificates in recognition of their patronage and ongoing support. 

This event also marked the announcement of the Interim Board of Directors, appointed by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser.

QGBC is supported by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development, and is primarily a membership-driven non-governmental organization. The Founding Organizations are playing a major role in fostering environmental consciousness and sustainability in Qatar.  As Founding Organizations, they are also provided an opportunity to gain a seat on the QGBC Board of Trustees.


“Since QGBC was established, we have built important partnerships with the industry and community through our membership and sponsorship programmes, engaging multiple stakeholders in advancing a green building culture and sharing the benefits that come with it.  These Founding Organizations and members share our long term vision and have been integral to the growth of QGBC. With their expertise and significant support, QGBC will help the industry take the necessary steps towards building a sustainable future for Qatar,” said Al Mohannadi, who outlined QGBC’s objectives and activities in a presentation.

The Interim  Board members include Eng. Issa Al Mohannadi, Eng. Rasha Khamis Al –Sulaiti - Project Manager, Capital Projects at Qatar Foundation;  Arch.Eng. Ibrahim Mohammed Al Jaidah - Managing Director of the Arab Engineering Bureau; Eng. Ahmed Abdullah Al-Abdullah - Chief Technical Officer, Tanween; Eng.  Ahmad Jassim al-Jolo – Chairman of the Qatar Society of Engineers; Eng.  Saif Al Naemi - Director HSE Regulations & Enforcement at Qatar Petroleum; as well as Eng. Jassim Telefat - Senior Technical Manager, Capital Projects at Qatar Foundation.

QGBC also plays an inclusive role by allowing organizations, individuals, and students to be part of QGBC through a robust standard membership program.  Standard members have a stake in advancing and adapting sustainable environmental practices. QGBC’s rapidly growing number of members is evidence that more and more companies as well as individuals subscribe to the value in aligning with QGBC’s mission to lead the market transformation into greener buildings and environmentally friendly construction.


In addition to promoting green building in Qatar, QGBC is also behind the WGBC MENA Network.

Issa Al Mohannadi

“QGBC initiated the WGBC MENA Network in collaboration with Emirates GBC and Jordan GBC to promote coordination between green building councils in the region and the provide a platform to achieve the highest level of sustainable built environments,” said Eng. Ahmed Abdullah Al-Abdullah - Chief Technical Officer, Tanween.

“Our goals will truly be realized when Qatar and the surrounding region begin to benefit from QGBC’s work,” Al-Abdullah said.

QGBC is actively conducting workshops, networking events, seminars and training sessions to create awareness on the importance, benefits, technology and applications of “Green Building”. The seminars and workshops hosted by QGBC target all sectors of the construction industry, as well as academic institutions, government departments, and civil and professional organizations.

QGBC also collaborates with organizations operating in the design and building industry and liaises with the government to promote sustainable development.  It signed an MoU with Gulf Organization for Research & Development (formerly BARWA & Qatari Diar Research Institute) to cooperate in increasing awareness and educate about sustainability, as well as to undertake research that furthers sustainability in the built environment.