Neeshad VS

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Neeshad Shafi

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Climate change is threatening economies and infrastructure and endangering human life. All countries are participating in this global effort to curb the impact of climate change by shifting from fossil-led infrastructure to powered by renewables and aligning our business practices and human behaviors that fall within ecological limits. Changing human behaviors takes time and a lot of consistent effort to influence people to break away from their age-old norms, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Without which any technological solution in addressing climate change will be undermined. Sustained efforts at the local level are the need of the hour to bring a lasting and meaningful change in the society. An ecological consciousness revolution is need of the hour to address this climate crisis. I believe and aim to stir the consciousness of the community through various channels of information dissemination, grassroots advocacy of voluntary simplicity and stirring the ecological consciousness of the community. Besides I work on contemporary issues such as sustainable development goals (SDGs), environmental politics and policies in Qatar, Gulf, and the wider Middle East.


I hold a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and resides in Doha, Qatar. I'm an youth environmental activist, educator, speaker and an outspoken climate change advocate, campaigned extensively to raise the awareness about climate change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). My continuous enthusiasm for the environment and climate change advocacy led me to be the focal point for various regional and international NGOs in the Middle East. I have been active in UNFCCC climate negotiation process since 2012 and involved in COP22 in Marrakech, COP21 in Paris, UN Youth Assembly as well as to numerous local, regional and international conferences in Jordan, Lebanon, Netherlands, France, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE and Saudi Arabia for advocating the importance of youth as partners for climate action. I have wrote numerous critically acclaimed articles and given interviews on both online and print media. Furthermore, i have campaigned for social causes like education for all, gender equality and human rights primarily focused on improving the circumstances of and opportunities for Arab women. In this effort, I joined Womenpreneur as Communication Manager, the Middle East North Africa based not-for-profit organization which offers programs on women empowerment, entrepreneurship, and business development. I'm also a Member of Policy Working Groups at World We Want 2030, Civil Society Consultation for the UN Development System Review Process & UNEP West Asia Currently I'm serving as Co-Founder at Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar, Middle East Officer at CliMates, One Young World and Global Youth Climate Network Ambassador, Founding Member at Climate Action Network (CAN) Arab World & Youth Climate Lab, Liaison Officer at Citizens Climate Lobby, MIT Climate Co-Lab Fellow 2017, Communication Coordinator at Womenpreneur and also on board of CoalitionWILD. I'm also Global Shaper at World Economic Forum