Board Members

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Abdullah BdeirThe Chairman

In addition to his role as Chairman of the Middle East North Africa Green Building council network of 15 member countries as well as a chairman and founding member of the Jordan Green Building Council, heading the Technical committee of the council, Mr. Bdeir has seen his career converging to the necessity of advocating sustainability speaking at the Abu Dhabi Concentrated Solar Power conference, the Bahrain affordable sustainable housing, Doha district cooling conference and sustainable green building technologies in Dubai

Mr. Bdeir is now the Director of Business Development at Arab Technical Construction Co, recently completing the local landmark “Abdoun Bridge” and the engineering feat of the synchrotron.

Mr. Bdeir started his operations career in the USA before moving to Amman and handling the technical and operational management of the local Mitsubishi Motors dealership. Later on Mr. Bdeir left to Canada to complete his Graduate studies and further broadening his operational experience by working in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing area, Mr. Bdeir returned to Amman to take on the role of Executive Manager of Steel Buildings Co.

At the Jordan Green Building Council Mr. Bdeir had a leading role in the following:

  • The “LEED Gap analysis” publication the first in its kind in the world to look at local contingencies and building codes versus the LEED pre-requisites and credits
  • The simplified mini check list rating scheme focused on the real estate developers sector as an entry point to the built environment for the mainstream in Jordan
  • Leading role in the Green Schools initiative involving major schools in Amman to pioneer the early education sector in the region
  • Leading role in the Green Academy initiative with the foundation blocks being set
  • Part of the PAP USAID task force which is being extended as well as communal waste management projects
  • Head of the Technical Development committee and Active part of the knowledge committee
  • Streamlining the process for adding new members by focusing on the member needs
  • Leading role in the fundraising team for the council such as the mobile application, the green academy, etc. and Leading role in donor proposal review
  • Active role in pushing the green affordable housing initiative forward in Jordan and across the MENA region

 

Tareq FarhanBoard Member

Working with key players in the public and private sectors for more than 10 years, T. Farhan has obtained a wide experience in investment management and business development fields.   In 2007, and for more than three years, he managed the daily operations of an investment directorate and its components in a publicly listed company in Jordan. Farhan started his career at the Jordan Investment Board (JIB) as promotion officer covering various investment opportunities in the ICT sector. Later on, he joined the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) were he conducted several business appraisals, managed business negotiations and facilitated a number of joint ventures between Jordanian investors and European counterparts.

Abeer JabajiTreasurer

An Agriculture Engineer /Landscaper and an Environmentalist who worked in the fields of Horticulture and Landscaping for the past sixteen years in Jordan and the Middle East. She also worked in the fields of cut flowers and the production of organic vegetables and plants. She is a consultant on native and drought tolerant plants, energy and water saving issues and matters relating to the built environment. She also provides consultation on sustainability and urban agriculture, among her achievements are designing and executing many landscaping jobs in Jordan in addition to many prestigious private residences, villas and public parks around Amman. Furthermore A. Jabaji is working in the Green Roof and Living Walls technology. She is a member of the Agriculture Labor Union, member of the Urban Agriculture Office/GAM, member of the American University of Beirut ALUMNI Club and board member of the Jordan Green Building Council.

Omar TahboubSecretary

Investor in the housing sector, O. Tahboub works at Tahboub Housing Company as a manager. He seeks to put his experience and his efforts to support green building concept through his candidacy in the decision-making process for the next level in order to serve a Jordan Green Building council message for sustainable environment. Tahboub participated in several voluntary activities and initiatives in Jordan Green building Council, and the last one is to contribute to the preparation and development of a checklist for residential buildings, he has also founded Our idea is green (Fekretna Khadra) initiative, which provides the opportunity for students of Jordanian universities to show their creativity in the field of environmental, sustainable work, professional manner of high-level enable them to gain experience process in the field of sustainability and rehabilitation of post-graduate.

Adel Al-AssafVise Chairman

Dr Adel Al-Assaf  is a Consultant Engineer and an Assistant Professor. He received his PhD from Washington State University and then worked in the Engineering Consultant field. He was also offered a position as an Assistant Professor at the Middle East University.

 

Al-Assaf joined the Jordan GBC at early stage of establishment. He was one of the Jordan GBC Founding Team, and then he was elected as a Board Member for two consecutive rounds. During his voluntary work with the Council, he led several activities, especially, in the Knowledge/Education Committee: He organized several courses, prepared capacity building programs, steered several taskforces and helped in instituting the strategy of the committee. Currently he is working on establishing a new committee for Green Infrastructure.

Raouf DabbasBoard Members

The Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Environment since 2007. Starting 2003 he was employed as the Environmental Advisor to the Prime- Minister responsible for following up issues related to the environment and representing Jordan during the High Level environmental meetings.

Dabbas has also been actively involved in environmental non-governmental organizations NGOs since 1994. He was a founding member in several NGOs and an active member in others. As the president of the NGO the Friends of Environment Society for 10 years he was an environmental lobbyist and activist, he participated in many international forums such as the FOA Summit in 2001 as the representative of West Asia NGOs and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002 including many meetings he attended at the UN, UNEP and UNIDO Head Quarter offices.

Firas ObeidoBoard Members

Shada El sharifBoard Members

Currently the Head of Sustainability at Arabtic Jardaneh’s Infrastructure & Environment Unit , providing both technical leadership and project management to a number of projects in the areas of green buildings, water efficiency, climate change adaptation/mitigation and innovative energy efficiency/renewable energy solutions.

As a LEED Accredited Professional, Shada has experience in green design principles and is actively involved in regional and international green building initiatives. Shada represents AJ on the board of the Jordan Green Building Council (JGBC) since June 2012. Shada is also involved in a number of key initiatives in the energy sector locally, as a member of the Jordan Energy Chapter and the Clean Tech Innovation Structure, tackling issues such as quality of renewable energy technologies, incentives for solar water heaters and an enabling environment for renewable energy investments in the country.

Jalal AL – KhasawnehBoard Members

Jalal is Green Building / Energy Efficiency Specialist and is the founder and technical Director at Eco Engineering and Energy Solutions (EcoSol). He holds a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering having more than 10 years of experience in Green Buildings, energy management, energy efficiency and Renewable energy.

Khasawneh Started his career as electrical engineer in industrial sector , then he moved to the field of energy efficiency and sustainability, since then; he executed many projects locally or regional aiming to reduce energy consumption and converting projects into more green , on the contrary he participated also in many volunteering activities on the local and regional level and worked as advisor for many Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) assisting them into establishing a green vision and sustainable strategies.

Razan NijemBoard Members

Razan Nejem is an Environmental Engineer working on several LEED projects in the region, she is currently involved in the LEED® Certification Process and responsible for leading project team members on how to achieve the LEED certification, and responsible for the LEED Documentation. Razan has been a LEED AP with the building design and construction specialty since 2009.

She has been involved in the establishment of the Jordan Green Building Council as she was the deputy head of the Education Committee where she was responsible for the organization and delivery of green building trainings and education related projects. She was also a member of the Jordan GBC outreach and technical committees. With the Jordan GBC new structure, Razan was elected a member in the Jordan GBC knowledge committee. And recently was elected as a Board Member.

Razan is a “LEED® Faculty™” certified LEED® Instructor by the USGBC and offers seminars, lectures and trainings for professionals.

Nemer Al BitarBoard Members

An Architect and City Planner with vast experience in large-scale planning projects and in architectural design at different levels including large building complexes, tourism projects, commercial complexes, educational facilities, health care facilities, residential buildings, interior design projects and landscape.

He was elected vice president of the Arab Architects Commission operating from Beirut to represent Jordanian architects in this important organization.

Bitar is a board member in the Architecture and Engineering Business Council of Jordan serving the professional interests of a group of the top architectural and engineering firms in Jordan. Enthusiasm about environment and green concepts has always inspired him to join others in the struggle to make green advancements and advocate clean environment.

Mazen Al-BitarBoard Members

Suzan AllahamBoard Members

Currently a lecturer in Petra University / Architecture and Arts Collage and Senior Team Leader, Water and Environment in AJ. Holding a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, Masters in Water and Environment from Jordan University and became QSAS (Qatar Sustainability Assessment System) certified.

She works in Privet, Public and NGOs sectors such as consulting Engineering Center, Jordan Valley Authority, Environment Friends Society, and others.

She participated in many national and international Conference and workshops, Published more than five prepares in water and Environment Field. Suzan is being a part of water technical sub – committee and USGBC Water Roundtable, where she provided significant input toward the preparation of the gap analysis document between LEED rating system and national priorities in Jordan.

Allaham is JGBC board member since June 2012 and an active member since established, and member in sustainable steering committee in (Jordan Engineering Association).