Mubadala Pledges to Support Masdar Institute’s YFEL Program to Help Build Capable Future Leaders

September 21, 2018

Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) has pledged to support Masdar Institute of Science of Technology’s Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) 2017 program as part of its drive to build capable future leaders.

Mubadala has committed to support the YFEL program during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2017 which will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). The Masdar Institute outreach initiative aims to create capable future leaders, while supporting the UAE’s commitment to human capital development. Through its participation at the event, YFEL offers its members an opportunity to learn about international standards in developing technology and policy to support a sustainable future, while helping them to engage with global energy leaders.

The YFEL 2017 program will kick off at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2017, part of ADSW. Several prominent global and regional sustainability leaders and professionals from the government, non-government and private sector stakeholders will interact with the YFEL members. They will include H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, UAE Minister of State for Higher Education, Maher Ezzeddine, CEO of Idanco, Chairman and President of Harvard Business School Aerospace Alumni Group, Sheikh Mishaal Bin Jabor Al Thani, Director of Energy Affairs Department, The Ministry of Energy and Industry of Qatar, and Laurene Powell Jobs, Executive and Founder of Emerson Collective.

The YFEL program at ADSW aims to offer its members the perfect opportunity to build on their skill base through interaction with global energy leaders and decision-makers, and to learn from their experience to become capable future energy leaders.

Saoud Ahmed Karmastaji, Assistant Manager, Mubadala, said: “Through our programs and partnerships, our aim is to not only empower young UAE nationals to realize opportunities in various business sectors which serve Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification, but to support the development of a well-rounded generation. Advancing sustainable energy solutions is integral to Abu Dhabi’s future, so it was only natural that we support Masdar Institute in its efforts to empower youth with the knowledge to succeed in this area.”

Zainab Al Ali, Program Manager, YFEL, said, “As a youth-oriented program, YFEL continues to contribute towards the UAE Vision 2021 by developing capabilities and nurturing critical minds capable of leading the energy sector into the future. Mubadala’s commitment to support the YFEL program demonstrates the importance of youth-related initiatives for the future progress of the UAE. We thank the country’s leadership for their continued commitment to developing future leaders through programs like YFEL”

YFEL offers participants exceptional and unmatched access to top global leaders, senior business executives and academics engaged in alternative energy and sustainability through events like WFES and others. Over the last several years, the YFEL members have also visited various countries in Asia and Europe, establishing their role as leaders in community development through sustainable energy initiatives in developing countries, while learning through experience from interacting with specialists in advanced countries such as Switzerland, Japan and South Korea in the areas of clean energy, and smart sustainable technology.

The YFEL members in collaboration with 10 students from the Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, in the Central Java province of Indonesia, were involved in highlighting the benefits of energy systems technology, community engagement, sustainability as well as bio and solar energy potential. The field visits and hands-on projects helped the members significantly in designing and presenting a sustainable energy enterprise. Engaging with villagers from the neighboring community and participating in interactive lectures and discussions, benefited the members in self-driven learning.

In November 2016, 10 YFEL members were selected to be part of the UAE delegation to the Conference of Parties (COP) 22, which took place in Marrakesh, Morocco. By participating in the conference, the members were provided the opportunity to further enhance their sustainable development knowledge and contribute to the international discussion on climate-related issues.

Launched at the WFES 2010 as a Masdar Institute-led initiative to engage the youth in advanced energy and sustainable technology, the YFEL program aims to prepare future leaders. Through networking with decision-makers and industry leaders at global events like ADSW, the YFEL program encourages members to discuss, share, and learn from them in order to gain insights and great social values.


Clarence Michael
News Writer
15 January 2017