The Team

Advisers

Prof. Mohammed Saad Al Moqadam

Prof. Mohammed was the Head of the History Department at Sultan Qaboos University’s College of Arts and Social Sciences. He received his BA and MA degrees in Portland State University, Oregon.

He is an expert on foreign relations of Oman with neighboring Arab nations as well as in the Modern History of China and Japan.

He still carries on seminars, lectures and conferences abroad and in Oman and regularly meets up with his previous students at his free time.

As an advocate of sustainable development, he advises SustainableOman on ways to make an impact to the community and how acting together with other initiatives and organizations help.

Katrin Scholz-Barth

Katrin Scholz-Barth, principal of Katrin Scholz-Barth Consulting, is an internationally recognized expert in Sustainability. As part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar program she helped define and create the program-wide sustainability and innovation strategies to deliver a carbon-neutral mega sports event in a fragile desert environment. Katrin frequently teaches strategic sustainability to entrepreneurs and startups, addressing both assets and liability of the balance sheet, green funding and long-term investment potential based on sound sustainability business practices including environmental social governance (ESG). During the 2018/19 Arab Innovation Academies she presented the sustainability keynote.

Katrin’s coauthored book Green Roof Systems: A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Building Over Structure, was released by Wiley and Sons in April 2009.

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Agnes Astolfi

FOUNDER

Agnes is an environmental and sustainability consultant specialising in green neighbourhood (LEED ND), environmental assessments and sustainability policies.  She was involved in several flagship projects in Oman related to waste management, railway, industrial free zones and mining.

She is also a current Board Member of Oman Green Building Council.

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Maryam Al Balushi

DIRECTOR

Maryam is one of the founding members of the Women in Engineering chapter in Oman, as well as Oman Society of Architecture. A graduate of Kansas State University with a Masters in Architecture and currently employed in an engineering consultancy firm in Muscat.

She is an advocate of design that not only transcends borders and is used as a tool for change, but is also contextually appreciative, innovative and ultimately timeless in nature. Her main aim in Oman is to spread design awareness to the public and to educate them on its processes, effective and sustainable results, and overall potential benefits socially and economically.

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April Lloyd

DIRECTOR

April is a geoscientist holding a Masters in Geology with 15 years in the Energy industry through to Chief of Staff level.

Currently undertaking an MSc in Climate Change and Development in parallel with working on various eco-entrepreneurial projects, April is now focussed on the critical challenge of our time – building sustainable systems and processes to combat climate change.

Learning, coaching, advising and educating are amongst the tools she use to facilitate the implementation of informed decisions around smarter energy options, enhancing personal wellbeing and investing in the growth of healthy communities and restoration of natural environments.

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Afraa Abdullah Al Rahbi

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT / INTERPRETER

Ambitious environmental engineer who graduated from GUtech specialising in water resources management, sewage treatment plants, energy conservation, and solid waste management.

Experienced with monitoring and improving environmental issues. Skilled at conducting inspections and performing tests and has a good knowledge of EIA and GIS. Afra is an active advocate on environmental sustainability.

Shaima Al Siyabi

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Shaima graduated urban planning at the University of Cincinnati and with interests in environmental studies and communications.  She is a Community Service Executive at Al Mouj Muscat which supports her personal passion for a more sustainable community.

Pardis Khanlari

PODCAST HOST

Pardis is a restaurateur and her passion of service is extended even outside her eatery.

She is an active supporter of the Global Goals and has been changing her personal habits and actions to achieve goals in her own ways.

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Karishma Sera Thomas

GRAPHIC ARTIST

Karishma is an Architect who has completed her specialization in Sustainable Building Design from University College Dublin. She relocated to Oman and shortly joined Sustainable Oman in 2019 to raise awareness and pursue her passion for sustainability by understanding the complex development challenges in Oman today in its various contexts and to tailor the work of the organization to fit the needs of this beautiful Sultanate and the community that we serve.

She is a 3D hobbyist and is currently part of the Graphics team at Sustainable Oman and is also supporting the team with her knowledge in the field of sustainability to help address issues of climate change & global warming, decent work and economic growth, affordable and clean energy and to promote good health and well being

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Hawwa Al Qussimy

PHOTOGRAPHER / INTERPRETER

Hawwa is a retired emergency doctor from the Ministry of Health and now a professional photographer.

She believes in conserving all the natural things on this earth for the next generations to enjoy.
Participated in various conservation projects especially those related to marine life ready to help with any program that will help sustain the natural life and beauty of Oman and the world.

Sadhana Jha

Sadhana is an accomplished Architect, LEED and WELL accredited professional and a Biophilic enthusiast, who has been a part of Construction and Sustainability Industry for the past 10 years.
Sadhana has achieved the first and presently is only WELL Accredited Professional from Oman since 2017. Her curiosity  and responsibility towards the designing of built space and environment made her question the trending practices in the Construction industry which is short-term profit-oriented with the lack of regard and focus firstly on end users and secondly the environment, during her early years of practice.  She strongly felt that nature and built spaces, indoors and outdoors, impacted one’s behaviour and health (both mental and physical) long-term and took references from her own personal experience
With Sadhana’s site based experience, she was the youngest LEED professional in Oman to make significant contributions to landmark projects which are LEED Gold and Platinum certified.
Empathy is her strongest quality and believes supporting fellow human beings is what will create a positive local environment and ultimately the Planet.
Sadhana’s interests beyond academics lies in improving the society and accomplishing best practices she preaches. She is actively involved in weekly environmental beach clean-ups, educating professional about the impacts of mindless and unsustainable practices on the Earth, uplifting her fellow humans by providing support for basic education and has been living a 90% zero free plastic lifestyle since 2017.

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Anusha Jagadesh

Anusha is an experienced engineer working with focus on health, safety and environmental policies, committed to applying unique and innovative solutions. With master’s in environmental engineering, she rendered treatment remedies to water and wastewater issues using agro wastes.  Her experience with renowned environmental consultancies include preparation of impact assessment reports, greenhouse gas inventory and related research review papers.

Her interests of learning through community engagement connects her with the initiatives at Sustainable Oman. With some grassroot outreach and analyses, she intends to understand, apply, and communicate the sustainability concepts to observe their visual outcome in society.

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