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

CO-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

CO-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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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

MYOMANI CAMPAIGN CO-DIRECTOR

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.  
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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Turki Al Risi

MYOMANI CAMPAIGN CO-DIRECTOR

Turki is his final year student doing a Bachelor of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying. Passionate about how sustainable built environment helps delivering healthier societies. He also enjoy watching and playing futsal and soccer in his spare time.

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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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Sawsan Domi

COMMUNICATIONS / INTERPRETER

Sawsan is an architect and a professor. She enjoys planning for the future of the built environment, with the same pleasure of exploring the magic of historical environments. Her specialized area is the sustainable design, energy efficiency and renewable energy techniques. Her previous experience in the professional field enriched my knowledge and abilities in urban regenerations, urban planning, building construction and housing. She believes that ”Sky is my Limit”.

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Onaiza Shaikh

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Onaiza is a graduate in Interior Design and a recent MSc graduate in Sustainable Building Design with a BREEAM AG from Southampton Solent University.

Growing up as an expat and being surrounded by people from around the world has endowed Onaiza with a global outlook, as a consequence of which she feels that she in indeed a true world citizen. This unique perspective influences her creative style, giving her a holistic approach to design that balances functionality, sustainability, and aesthetics.

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Chandra Prakash

PHOTOGRAPHER

A Mechanical Engineer by profession, environmental conservation enthusiast, green visionary, and a passionate photographer capturing the pristine natural environment of Oman and other countries through his journeys. He strives to capture sustainable natural environments through his photographic ardour.

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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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Kezia Jobel

MONASABAT / RESEARCH INTERN

Kezia is a recent graduate in Civil Engineering and is on her way to pursuing MSc in Construction Management and Environmental Engineering from University of Leeds.
She is passionate about the environment and believes every individual has a role to play in conserving the environment. She enjoys traveling and doodling.

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Ankit Thomas

RESEARCH INTERN

Ankit is currently a second year student in National Institute of Technology, Karnataka pursuing Chemical Engineering. Subjects like Physics and Chemistry have always fascinated Ankit since High School. Ankit is adept at dramatics and theatre. He has always been enthusiastic and is often associated with being adaptable and flexible. He was born to explore and travel all corners of the world. Ankit possesses qualities like optimism, generosity, creativity and open mindedness which are positive traits to help in any workplace. Research and report writing are his forte. Solar energy, energy conservation and management are some of the skills that he possesses and is determined to pursue a career in these fields in the future as well. 

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