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Specialist Topics Leadership
Life Sciences
SDG11: Sustainable Cities & Communities
Public Health
Knowing Your Purpose
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HUDA SHAKA Cities & Environment
Global Sustainable Development
Health & Wellness
Science & Medicine


Huda is passionate about influencing cities towards the path of sustainable development. She is an experienced sustainability and urban planning professional (MRTPI, CEnv) and is a thought-leader and speaker on the topic of sustainable development in Gulf cities.

A Dubai kid, Huda witnessed and learnt from the phenomenal growth of the region first hand. After completing her Masters in the US, she returned to the UAE keen to make a positive impact. In 2008, Huda joined the global built environment consultancy Arup. She has since had a central role in a number of visionary projects including the Dubai Expo 2020 Master Plan and Abu Dhabi Plan Capital 2030 update.

Huda's work throughout the GCC focuses on identifying, communicating and implementing ambitious sustainability visions and strategies. She has led, managed, and contributed to projects from visioning and concept stages to construction, working closely with a range of government stakeholders. She has also had a number of corporate roles including project managing Arup's global corporate sustainability plan and its implementation for three years.

Huda holds Bachelor of Science (High Distinction) in Chemistry and Public Health from the American University of Beirut, a Masters of Science in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and a Masters of Science in International Planning from the Bartlett, University College London. She is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI), a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a member of the International Society for City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP). Huda has qualified under a number of sustainability certifications including LEED, BREEAM, Estidama and GSAS.

Huda is currently a Board Member of the Emirates Green Building Council and has been elected Board Secretary.


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