Advisory Council Member H.E. Dr Taher Shakhshir, Jordan Minister of Environment
Advisory Council Member H.E. Dr Taher Shakhshir, Jordan Minister of Environment

The Advisory Council is the top-level consultative and advisory body of the IRI. Its role is to provide strategic input and support of the effective development and implementation of the IRI goals and objectives. The Council is a space for dialogue and exchange that enables the IRI to gain invaluable insight and practical input from local and regional perspectives on the functional development of the organization. It will consist of several committees of expertise in order to provide the greatest benefit to the IRI.

The Advisory Council Secretariat is the leadership group amongst the Advisory Council members who interact most actively with the Standards Body, the Director General and the Office of the Director General in conveying the thoughts and advice of the Advisory Council.

Established in August 2015, the first person to be appointed to the Advisory Council was H.E. Dr Taher Shakhshir, the Jordan Minister of Environment:

“The IRI represents an excellent opportunity for the Ministry to contribute to the practical implementation of the nations’ green vision from the bottom-up. The objectives of our plans are wide-reaching, and include building the adaptive capacity of communities and organizations in Jordan to prepare for future challenges. The IRI represents a tool which will encourage and facilitate best practice to achieve this and more.”

The IRI Advisory Council (2017) comprises the following members:

H.E. Dr Nazira Abdula Minister of Health, Mozambique

 Thoraya Al Awadhi President, Rotary Club of Dubai; Board Member and Founding President of the UAE Women’s Business Council

 Fadi Al-Faqih CEO, Bank of Khartoum

Khalid Alkhudair CEO Glowork, World Economic Forum Global Shaper & Young Global Leader

 Dr Rubina H Ali Baloch President, Global Learning Trust

 Khalid Bomtaia President, Middle East Quality Association; Chairman, Bahrain Quality Society

 H.E. Hakima El Haïté Delegate Minister in charge of the Environment of Morocco; Host of the UN Climate Change COP22 in Marrakech

 Najwa El Haïté Deputy Mayor of Évry (France) in charge of Culture and the Digital City; Partner, ESL Network

 Nael Fayez Board Member & Former CEO, Injaz Saudi Arabia

 Ramsi Jazmati Vice President, Instituto Choiseul; Founder, Sednaya Servicios Sanitarios

 Ramlie Kamsari CEO, Nomura Islamic Asset Management

 Dr Amat Taap Manshor CEO, Financial Accreditation Agency

 Nil Memişoğlu UN Coordination Associate, Turkey

 Dr Yacoub Nasereddin Chairman, Board of Trustees, Middle East University; Chairman, Board of Directors, YAN Group; CEO, Arab Council of Universities Governance (Association of Arab Universities)

 H.E. Dr Taher Shakhshir Former Minister of Environment, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

 Misbah Sheikh Chief, Private Partnerships Division, UNRWA

 Dr Renard Siew Global Shaper, World Economic Forum

Dr Hala Taweel President and Founder, University of the Middle East; Board Member, Development Services; Government Relations Consultant, HDT Consulting

 Rianne ten Veen LLM Member, Management Team, Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environment Services; Associate Lecturer and Consultant, Open University; Founder, Green Creation


  1. Provide high-level advisory to the IRI General Management with regards to the further development and implementation of the IRI strategy and mission
  2. Work collaboratively with IRI General Management to ensure the highest standards of good governance and ethics across all IRI activities and procedures
  3. Actively support the IRI in broadening its network, reach and impact worldwide


Membership is by invitation, however the IRI welcomes applications from qualified individuals from all countries. Membership is accepted on a voluntary basis and members act in a personal capacity.

For more information, please contact the IRI Secretariat in Dubai or the IRI Liaison Office in Cambridge. E-mails can be sent to