Habiba Al Marashi is the co-founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), a pioneering organization based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Under Mrs. Al Marashi’s guidance, EEG became the first environmental NGO in the world to receive an ISO 14001 certification in 2001.
EEG is also the only organization of its kind in the GCC, with accreditation with two highly esteemed UN bodies, namely the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environmental Program’s (UNEP) Governing Council. EEG is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2008. These accreditations ensure the Group’s involvement and participation in international environmental discussions, programs and campaigns.
Through her leadership, she initiated the first corporate social responsibility (CSR) network in the country in 2004 as the only multi-stakeholder forum with local and multinational entities. The network has grown & evolved into an independent body known as the Arabia CSR Network.
Apart from this she is one of the founders of the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC). She is also a board member of the UN Global Compact since 2006 and President of the UN Global Compact Local Network for the GCC States.
Mrs. Al Marashi is involved in many leading initiatives on environment, women and development at the national, regional and international levels. She is a recognized representative and spokesperson for West Asian Arab nations at high ranking international summits. She is a recipient of several awards for her contribution and achievements in environmental & social work