Razan Al Mubarak

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Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak
Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak Paris Peace Forum.jpg
Al Mubarak at Paris Peace Forum 2019
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
OccupationManaging Director
EmployerEnvironment Agency Abu Dhabi
Known for
  • Environmental conservation
  • Young Global Leader
Board member of
Spouse(s)Badr Jafar
RelativesKhaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak (brother)

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak (Arabic: رزان خليفة المبارك‎) is the Managing Director of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD),[1] and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund as well as the current president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.[2]

Early life and background[]

Al Mubarak was born in 1979 in Abu Dhabi.[3] She is the daughter of Khalifa Ahmed Abdulaziz Al-Mubarak,[4] a former UAE ambassador to France who was assassinated in 1984 in Paris by the Abu Nidal Organization terrorist group[5] and Sameera Al Khamis. Al Mubarak's grandfather was the Ahmed Abdulaziz Hamad Al-Mubarak, former judge and chairperson of the Shari'a Judicial Department in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.[6] Al Mubarak has three siblings: Rasha; Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director of Mubadala Investment Company; and Mohamed Khalifa Al-Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.

Al Mubarak holds an MSc in Public Understanding of Environmental Change from the University College London, UK and a BA (Hons) in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Tufts University, Massachusetts, in the United States.[7][8]

Al Mubarak is married to Badr Jafar, an Emirati businessperson.[9] They are signatories to Bill and Melinda Gates' and Warren Buffett's "The Giving Pledge".[9] They have publicly committed more than half of their wealth to philanthropy.[9][10]


In 2001, Al Mubarak helped establish Emirates Nature–WWF (EN–WWF)—a UAE affiliate of the WWF.[11] She is its Managing Director.[11]

In 2008, she became the founding Managing Director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ Fund) – a UAE–based philanthropy supporting direct species conservation worldwide.[3]

She is the Managing Director of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD).[1][12] Appointed in 2011,[11] she was the first woman[13] to serve as Secretary General and was promoted to its Board of Directors in 2018 by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.[14] Under Al Mubarak, the EAD played a key role to reintroduce the Scimitar-horned oryx into the wild in Chad.[15]

She is on the board of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture.[16][17] In addition, she serves as an Advisory Board member of the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health,[18] the Cambridge Conservation Initiative,[19] the Emirates Diplomatic Academy,[20] a board member of Panthera,[21][7] and Board Member to the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF).[22]\

In September 2021, she was elected as the president of International Union for Conservation of Nature for a 4 year term, becoming the second woman to be elected to lead the organization in the organization's history.[23]


In 2013, the Abu Dhabi American Chamber of Commerce awarded Al Mubarak the "Women in Business" award for "demonstrating exemplary leadership and accomplishment by pushing barriers, overcoming challenges and setting an example of perseverance and professionalism."[24][25]

In recognition of her global role in the field of environment and conservation, in 2018 the World Economic Forum selected her as one of the top 100 young sector leaders who contribute to building a more sustainable future for humankind, appointing her as Young Global Leader of the Forum.[26][27]


Al Mubarak together with the advisory board of the MBZ Fund published an article in the journal Current Biology about the importance and benefits of species which argued that species cannot be evaluated based on their economic value alone and should be understood for their cultural and inherent value as living organisms.[28]

  • Gascon, Claude; Brooks, Thomas M.; Contreras-MacBeath, Topiltzin; Heard, Nicolas; Konstant, William; Lamoreux, John; Launay, Frederic; Maunder, Michael; Mittermeier, Russell A.; Molur, Sanjay; Al Mubarak, Razan Khalifa (2015-05-18). "The Importance and Benefits of Species". Current Biology. 25 (10): R431–R438. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.03.041. ISSN 0960-9822. PMID 25989087.


  1. ^ a b "Abu Dhabi ecological body highlights key milestones". Gulf Today. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  2. ^ "An actor, two big bees and a lot of experts: a week spent tackling the planet's problems". The Guardian. 11 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Managing Director". Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  4. ^ Al Qassemi, Sultan Sooud. "Mixed marriages bring strength upon strength to the UAE". The National. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Envoy for United Arab Emirates Is Slain in Paris". The New York Times. 1984-02-09. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  6. ^ "Abu Dhabi Award 2011 bestowed on 10 individuals". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  7. ^ a b "H.E. Razan Al Mubarak Biography and Career Highlights". Crown Prince Court. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  8. ^ Kader, Binsal Abdul (28 July 2013). "Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak is a multi-faceted personality". Gulf News. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Çam, Deniz. "Fourteen More Philanthropists Join The Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge". Forbes. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Badr Jafar and Razan Al Mubarak". Giving Pledge. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "Razan Al Mubarak". Middle East Institute. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Our Governing Board". Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  13. ^ Kader, Abdul Kader (3 Jan 2012). "On a mission to conserve the environment". Gulf News. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  14. ^ "EAD's Board of Directors reshuffled". GulfNews. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  15. ^ "HE Razan Al Mubarak". The Sustainablist. February 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Board of Management". www.fanr.gov.ae. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  17. ^ "Board of Directors". International Center for Biosaline Agriculture. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  18. ^ "Council Members". Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  19. ^ "Advisory Board, Cambridge Conservation Initiative". www.cambridgeconservation.org. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  20. ^ EDA. "Advisory Council - Emirates Diplomatic Academy". Emirate Diplomatic Academy. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  21. ^ "Board of Directors, Panthera". www.panthera.org. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  22. ^ "The Foundation – Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation – ADMAF". Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  23. ^ "UAE's Razan Al Mubarak appointed to global conservation body". The National. 8 September 2021.
  24. ^ "AmCham Abu Dhabi honors leading US, UAE companies". Saudi Gazette. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  25. ^ "Razan Al Mubarak receives "Women in Business" Award". Arab Press Release. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  26. ^ "Gulf nationals join World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders class of 2018". Gulf News. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  27. ^ "The Forum of Young Global Leaders". Young Global Leaders. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  28. ^ "The Importance and Benefits of Species". Science Direct. Retrieved 10 November 2019.

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