With over 14 years of experience working with the non-governmental and private sector organizations in three continents, Tanzeed has successfully enacted positive change on climate change, energy and environmental conservation efforts with government, industry, businesses and communities. Currently, Tanzeed is Managing Director of his own firm, Earth Matters Consulting, specializing on strategy, policy and communications advisory services on climate change and sustainability for government bodies, businesses, industry and the non-profit sector. Current projects include supporting the Government of Dubai to develop an adaptation strategy for climate change, a major international non-governmental organization in its climate change and conservation education and strategy work as well as a global consulting firm on a renewable energy powered desalination project.
For the last ten years, Tanzeed directed the Climate Change and Energy work of the World-Wide Fund for Nature’s activities in the UAE and GCC region, bringing a sound and strategic understanding of building effective partnerships and influencing positive change. In this role, Tanzeed led teams working with government bodies and businesses to conduct research that resulted in numerous policies being passed to address climate change, energy efficiency and the ecological footprint. Tanzeed also designed and led a first of its kind verified carbon reduction program for UAE businesses, where he orchestrated a network of businesses to achieve carbon dioxide reduction targets that also made good business sense. As an experienced grass roots campaigner, Tanzeed has led an award-winning campaign ‘Heroes of the UAE’ and the annual ‘Earth Hour’ campaign, both designed to promote sustainable lifestyles in local communities, schools and universities. Tanzeed also regularly worked with the global WWF network and other international NGOs in the United Nations Climate Change conferences, bringing an in-depth understanding on the voice and role played by diverse stakeholders in environmental issues, as well as their expectations of industry.
From 2005-08, Tanzeed was Science Policy Advisor at the UK’s independent scientific academy, the Royal Society. He worked with world-leading and Nobel-prize winning scientists, economists and social scientists to publish a series of policy reports on international climate change, sustainable biofuels for transportation, nuclear and radioactive waste management. Tanzeed also has experience working as a consultant in the UK (Carbon Sense Ltd), helping businesses make climate change a core part of their strategic model. Working at the grass roots is also close to Tanzeed’s heart, where in 2003, he trained a team of volunteers in Costa Rica to work with local communities, government bodies to manage a marine turtle conservation project. With a post graduate MSc in Conservation from University College London and BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh, Tanzeed is an experienced leader and manager, who is well networked with Ministers, CEOs, senior management in key ministries and businesses.