The critical importance of sustainability has been further reinforced during the pandemic. While the impact of COVID-19 has taught us how truly fragile our world can be, it has also demonstrated the power we possess, when working together, to overcome global challenges.

The virtual ADSW Summit brought together leaders from policy, business and technology to define new pathways for delivering a green recovery in a post COVID-19 world.

Taking place across three sessions, the Summit centralized around three pillars - Live & Move, Care & Engage, Work & Invest. Each pillar allowed participants and audiences to explore topics that are reimaging sustainable development and opening up social, economic and technological opportunities for delivering a green recovery.

Hosted by Masdar, the virtual ADSW Summit was held in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Atlantic Council and Abu Dhabi Global Market.

Why attend?

As the anchor event of ADSW, the virtual Summit will allow participants to:

  • >  Hear from global decision makers on delivering a green recovery in a post-COVID-19 world
  • >  Learn how technology is accelerating sustainable development through Artificial Intelligence, energy transformation and resource management
  • >  Network virtually with sustainability leaders from across the world
  • >  Understand how our industry is adapting to global challenges
  • >  Identify opportunities for business growth

Speaking at the ADSW Summit

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change; and Chairman, Masdar

H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak

Managing Director & Group Chief Executive Officer, Mubadala Investment Company

H.E. Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Kalimat Publishing Group, President, International Publishers Association

H.E. Grace Fu

Minister for Sustainability and the Environment of the Republic of Singapore

H.R.H Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, KBW Ventures, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri

Minister of State for Food and Water Security, Government of the United Arab Emirates

H.E. Stientje van Veldhoven-van der Meer

State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of the Netherlands

H.E. Saeed Mohammed Ahmad Al Tayer

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Eng. Awaidha Murshed Ali Al Marar

Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, United Arab Emirates

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs

President, UN-SDSN, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Laurence Fink

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc., United States of America

Dr. Agnes Kalibata

Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems

Noel Quinn

Group Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Holdings plc

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Executive Director UN-Habitat

Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director General, European Space Agency

Sir Martin Sorrell

Chairman, S4 Capital

Dr.-Ing. Christian Bruch

President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Energy AG, Germany

H.E. Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi

Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi

Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General

Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), United Arab Emirates

Giulia Chierchia, Executive Vice President

Strategy and Sustainability, bp, United Kingdom

Angela Wilkinson

Secretary General & CEO, World Energy Council

Bruno Bensasson

EDF Group Senior Executive Vice President, Renewable Energies, Chief Executive Officer, EDF Renewables, France

Pierre-André de Chalendar

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Saint-Gobain, France

ADSW Summit Agenda

Program Pillars


Individuals are changing their eating habits, traveling less, and making different energy choices. A younger generation of consumers is increasing the pace of change.

In a recent study, more than 54% of respondents said that living in a way that is good for themselves, others and the environment was a major priority, but only 37% said they currently lived this way. What more must be done to minimize the gap between intention and behavior?

COVID-19 has also changed the notion of place of work for many, possibly for good, while government policy to drive a green recovery will change the way we power our homes and embrace sustainable living.


COVID-19 dictated lockdowns are giving us the opportunity to experience how reduced activity and travel impact the environment. Surveys show that for many people slower economic growth would be a price worth paying to protect the environment.

COP26 has the potential to kick start a new decade of high-impact climate agreements and sustainable global recovery. National resilience strategies are also taking on a new meaning as they now have to encompass not just sustainability but also pandemic preparedness, which calls for new solutions.


How will business leaders adapt to the consumer expectations of responsible sourcing? With signs that the end of unchecked consumption is nearing, many consider the Circular Economy as the way forward. It will help consumers and organizations appreciate and implement systemic sustainability.

Driven by visionary leaders, as well as pressure from investors, positive developments in the corporate world are emerging: ESG investments are now outperforming non-ESG, and a growing number of the world’s biggest companies are focusing on Net-Zero with 2030 identified as the target year for becoming carbon-neutral.

Join other global leaders at the virtual ADSW Summit


  • 10:30AM – 1:30PM GST 2:30 – 5:00PM GST 7:00 – 9:30PM GST
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM GST
    • Pillars LIVE & MOVE
    • TOPICS
    • The Future of Food - New Tastes, New Priorities, New Technologies

    • The Future City

    • Water – New Solutions

    • The Backbone of Digitization: the Next Generation of Space Technologies

    • The Sustainable Future Home

    • 2:30 - 5:00 PM GST
    • Pillars CARE & ENGAGE
    • TOPICS
    • How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Us Avert Future Health Crises

    • COP26 – a Crucial Stepping-Stone on the Path to a Sustainable Global Recovery

    • Culture and Climate Change: Raising Awareness to Drive Critical Change

    • National Resilience in the Time of COVID-19

    • 7:00 - 9:30 PM GST
    • Pillars Work & Invest
    • TOPICS
    • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in the Boardroom

    • New Imperative, Renewed Focus: Net-Zero

    • COVID-19 Demonstrating the Importance of Gender Equality

    • The Circular Economy and the End of Unchecked Consumption