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Theme: The Just Transition

This event occurred on
April 22, 2024
Dubai, Dubayy
United Arab Emirates

To catalyze and amplify thought-provoking conversations and ideas that inspire positive change and drive collective action. Through the TEDxAUD event centered around 'The Just Transition,' our goal is to cultivate an inclusive space that empowers diverse voices, fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations, and sparks innovative solutions. By providing a platform for speakers to share insights on sustainability, social responsibility, AI, and environmental awareness, we aim to contribute to the ripple effect of awareness, understanding, and actionable steps within our university community. Ultimately, our vision is to advance to a more sustainable, just, and equitable future, leaving a lasting impact on individuals and our broader society.

Executive MBA Building at the American University in Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Rd - Al Sufouh
Dubai Media City
Dubai, Dubayy, NA
United Arab Emirates
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Alaa Arnaout

AUD Student
Alaa, a 20-year-old Lebanese individual born and raised in the UAE, is currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in health studies at the American University of Dubai. Alaa Arnaout is fueled by a passionate commitment to advancing mental well-being, recognizing its paramount importance, particularly in the contemporary challenges of today's fast-paced and interconnected world. In university, Alaa Arnaout wears multiple hats as she assumes leadership roles and engages actively in extracurricular pursuits. Currently serving as the Deputy Secretary General of the AUD Model United Nations, the School of Arts and Sciences Representative in the Student Government Association, Vice President of the Lebanese Cultural Club, a Peer Advisor, and a Resident Assistant. Join Alaa Arnaout as she delves into the complexities of navigating the mental landscape in today's ever-evolving world, offering insights and strategies for a just transition towards enhanced well-being and resilience.

Alvin Orbaek White

Scientist | Deep tech founder | Rice University | Swansea University | MIT | Thought leader on nanotechnology | Book Author
Dr. Alvin Orbaek White is the founder and CEO of TrimTabs litd. He is also an honorary Associate Professor and former Sêr Cymru II Fellow at Swansea University. He arrived at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA) Department of Mechanical Engineering. He earned a PhD in Chemistry from Rice University (Houston, TX, USA) where he specialized in the growth and application of carbon nanomaterials.

Hadiya Shah

AUD Student
Hadiya is a Freshman at the American University in Dubai majoring in Finance. Passionately engaged in women’s rights, she actively contributes to several organizations dedicated to combating gender bias. Currently working at a leading real estate firm in Dubai, Hadiya plays a vital role in expanding its digital footprint. Originally from the scenic Kashmir valley, she has enthusiastically worked towards promoting Kashmiri Handicrafts across the Middle East. Hadiya is a staunch advocate for bolstering local economies through the sustainable development of cottage industries, particularly in her native Kashmir. Additionally, as an emerging painter, she has collaborated with renowned artists, showcasing her diverse talents and interests.

Haitham Solh

AUD Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Haitham is a highly motivated, hard-working, and ambitious individual with outstanding leadership and management skills. As a Dean, he oversaw the development and implementation of academic degree programs, ensuring quality assurance and responding to accreditation reports. Despite his responsibilities, he maintained a friendly and collegiate work environment. Dr. Haitham effectively led a diverse school, showcasing effective leadership through enthusiasm and transparency. In addition to his administrative role, Dr. Haitham has a proven track record in teaching, research, and service. He continuously strives for improvement, demonstrating flexibility and motivation as a professor and researcher.

Lars Oellerich

Market Developer Director | Senior Sales Manager SEO Company | Fashion Industry
Lars Oellerich guides executives and specialists overseeing markets spanning Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Lars plays a pivotal role in shaping the professional landscape across diverse industries.Lars is also building a business venture that accentuates the lifetime of products and goods – which serves as a foundation for a Just Transition. Previously he worked as a Senior Sales Manager for an Online Marketing / SEO / SEA company. His main focus was profitability increase, sales growth and project management. He has also worked as a tax consultant in Germany. His first job was as a model in the fashion industry. He worked with brands such as Sergio Tacchini, Tommy Hilfiger, SikSilk, Antony Morato, Bruno Banani and Wrangler.

Mohamed Anzeem Arief

Technical Developer at Tyqee | Data Scientist Engineer | Alumnus KU-Leuven (QS Rank 61)
Anzeem is a Technical Developer and Data Scientist skilled in Python, Java, C++, SQL, and MS Office, with expertise in deep learning, machine learning, statistics, NLP, and data visualization. He has a diverse linguistic background and professional experience in AI/ML, including projects with Tyqee Solutions, BeCode in Ghent and internships at Honeywell and Al Jaber Group. Anzeem is passionate about sports, particularly badminton, volleyball, and javelin throw, and has recently taken an interest in chess and jiu-jitsu. He is pursuing a master's in Computer Engineering after completing a BSc in Engineering Technology and studying Business Management. Anzeem is driven by his goal-oriented approach and aims to contribute to innovative solutions in the field of technology.

Nagham Aboueldahab

AUD Student
Nagham is a senior media university student at the American University in Dubai, with a specialization in media studies and a minor in marketing. With a strong grasp of media production, communication, and marketing principles, she is dedicated to utilizing her academic knowledge and practical skills to thrive in the ever-changing media industry.

Shamma Al Naqbi

Associate Dean Rabdan Academy | Student Affairs Director | Program Chair | Educational Management | Early Childhood Education | Faculty Affairs | Security Services
Dr. Shamma Al Naqbi, currently Associate Dean at Rabdan Academy, began her career at the Higher College of Technology as English Faculty Lead, then advanced to Foundation Program Chair. At Rabdan Academy, she chaired the Foundation and General Education Program and later became Student Affairs Director, overseeing restructuring efforts. Her academic background includes a Master of Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense College, a Ph.D. in Education Management, Policy, and Leadership from a British university, a Master of TESOL from Melbourne University, and a Bachelor of Education from the Higher Colleges of Technology. Each academic milestone enriches her expertise and dedication to education's broader impact on society.

Talal Albadareen

AUD Student
Talal Al Badareen, currently immersed in the pursuit of a Bachelor's in Business Administration with a specialization in Economics at the esteemed American University in Dubai (AUD), serves as the Managing Partner at Amptivity Media Agency, a distinguished marketing firm in the UAE. In his influential role, Talal crafts cutting-edge marketing strategies that propel success for a diverse clientele within the dynamic digital landscape. Beyond his professional commitments, Talal stands as a TEDx speaker and organizer, captivating audiences with insightful discussions on entrepreneurship, education, and sustainability. His engagements at renowned regional and international forums underscore his dedication to fostering meaningful dialogue on pivotal topics. Talal's journey seamlessly weaves together academic excellence, professional acumen, and a sincere passion for public speaking, all contributing to his remarkable impact on innovation and positive change across various spheres.

Organizing team


Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Madiha Hashmi
    Team member
  • Ronel Guevarra
  • Sara L. Montero