Neeshad Shafi

Neeshad is an Environmentalist, Speaker and Social Change Advocate. He was distinguished as one of the ‘World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019’ by Apolitical.


Neeshad holds a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering and based in Doha, Qatar. He has over 5 years of experience in analyzing Global Environmental Politics and Climate Policies with a special focus on the Middle East. An active member of several global environmental youth groups and contributed actively in international summits notably United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations at Conferences of Parties COP21, COP22, COP24, COP25, World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos 2019, World Economic Forum Middle East 2019, Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2019 and UN Youth Climate Summit in 2019 in New York.


Neeshad’s work encompasses mainstreaming climate change issues across sectors and at multiple scales from national to local. His passion for youth advocacy and grassroots work in Qatar lead to visible impact when he co-founded the Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar, a first, registered, Independent, youth lead grassroots non-profit association in the State of Qatar. His work in Middle East region has supported private sector, NGO’s, governments and multinational agencies in taking evidence-based decisions and deliver impact on the ground.


Neeshad is the Agenda Contributor for World Economic Forum and his recent articles and interviews have appeared in TEDx, Washington Post, Guardian, The Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Qatar Today, Global Landscapes Forum, THE LENS, Oryx FM and EcoMENA.


In January 2020, Neeshad Shafi was featured in the QLife magazine by Government Communications Office (GCO) of the State of Qatar as 10 Influential people in Qatar who have pushed the boundaries and represented Qatar on the world stage.


In March 2019, he was named in the Apolitical’s List of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019. According to the selection jury, “The global list includes politicians, civil servants, academics and activists, whose work was indispensable in raising climate change awareness and highlights the people who are currently making the biggest impact on climate policy.”


In December 2018, Neeshad was also featured in live interviews on former US Vice President Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality – According to Climate Reality, which quoted “Neeshad Shafi who is inspiring young people across the Middle-East to fight for a sustainable future. Who voice you must hear.”


Neeshad is currently the Executive Director at the Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar and the Curator at Global Shapers (Doha Hub) with World Economic Forum, +SocialGood Fellow 2020 by United Nations Foundation; named by the European Commission as Peace Ambassador to One Young World Summit 2017; MENA Coordinator Ambassador at One Young World; Global Youth Climate Network Ambassador; President, We Make Change Qatar; Associate at Youth Climate Lab, Global Communication Coordinator at

Womenpreneur; Country Organizer at Earth Hour Qatar. Also he is on board of CoalitionWILD Steering Committee, Climate Action Network (CAN) Arab World and Global Shapers Climate and Environment Steering Committee.

Latest Updates

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