Alumni Spotlight: Shada El Sharif ’05

November 4, 2019

Shada is currently a Senior Advisor for another government project for the establishment of the National Center for Innovation. She is also the Co-Chair of the Cornell Alumni Ambassador Network chapter for Jordan. She recently completed her role as Director of the Jordan Environment Fund (JEF), a national financing vehicle with a mandate to advance sustainable development and green growth in Jordan. She has previously served as Director of the Clean Tech sector at the USAID funded Jordan Competitiveness Program (JCP), leading interventions in policy development, capacity building, investment promotion and job creation within vital sub-sectors including renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste management.

Shada played an instrumental role in advancing the regulatory framework for the growing market for electric vehicles (EV) in Jordan. She has also had diverse, regional experience in sustainability consulting for large corporations, project development, as well as strategic leadership of projects and teams.

At Arabtech Jardaneh – a leading engineering consulting firm operating in the Middle East and North Africa region - Shada established the company’s Sustainability Unit with the aim of providing consultancy services for some of the country’s first projects in renewable energy, and climate finance. She is passionate about building partnerships and mobilizing stakeholders from the public sector, private sector and international community, towards common sustainable development goals in the MENA region and beyond.

Shada is specialized in the areas of low carbon development, climate change policy / finance, and clean technology, having delivered projects and papers on these topics in regional and international settings. Shada is a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Nexus Think Thank (NTT) on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. She served as a member of the Board of the Jordan Green Building Council (JGBC). She is also a certified trainer of the AEE Renewable Energy Professional (REP) course, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

Shada El Sharif