Collaborative innovation in the MENA region - Transforming sustainable development challenges into opportunities
Managing Director, 3BL Associates
Tariq Al-Olaimy is Co-Founder and Managing Director of 3BLAssociates (3BL), a people + planet think-do-tank established to accelerate the global transformation and regenerative development through collaboration. 3BLhas advised Nobel Peace Prize winners and nominees, governments, and corporates on inclusive, multi-stakeholder, and inter-species models of transformation.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise with impact in over 90 countries, 3BL’sthink-do-tank projects include Diversity on Board, a platform that brings greater parity of gender, youth, and other unrepresented groups to advisory board positions in the MENA region; Recipes for Wellbeing, an association that works to support the well-being of change-making organizations; and Public-Planet Partnerships, a planet-centered framework that facilitates collaborations between humans and the rest of nature.
Among the first 100 Biomimicry certified specialists in the world, Tariq has conducted trainings across six continents, and he has held advisory board and co-chair roles with organizations such as UNESCO, EAT Foundation, and theGlobal Shapers Community – an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Tariq is a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts, and has received multiple global recognitions for leading projects that contribute towards the SDGs; including being recognized as a ‘Climate Trailblazer’ by the Global Climate ActionSummit, awarded as an Expo 2020 Global Innovator, and is the first person from the MENA region to be recognized by GreenBiz and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as one of their “30 under 30” leaders for breaking new ground in sustainability innovation. Tariq has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and Stanford SocialInnovation Review. He currently hosts the World Expo 2020 ‘People and Planet’Podcast.