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Global CCS Institute Announces Appointment of Head of MENA Region

16th December 2021

Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Global CCS Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mohammad Abu Zahra as Head of Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Region. Dr. Abu Zahra will join the Institute on January 17, 2022, and will be based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Dr. Abu Zahra has deep expertise in CCS developed through nearly 20 years of academic, research and business experience.  He was most recently professor of chemical engineering and the leader of the CO2 capture research activities at Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi.  He has also held academic and technical leadership positions at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) in Cheltenham, UK, and at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in Delft, Netherlands.

Jeff Erikson, General Manager for Client Engagement at the Global CCS Institute, commented on the appointment of Dr. Abu Zahra: “We are excited to have such a distinguished and accomplished expert as Mohammad leading our work in the MENA region.  We are looking forward to partnering with governments and businesses in the region to accelerate the deployment of CCS, and our presence on the ground will enable much closer working relationships with key CCS stakeholders. CCS is an essential tool to support the transition to a net-zero economy, and the MENA region is poised for significant investment in CCS.”

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Abu Zahra said: “I am excited to begin my work with the Global CCS Institute to accelerate deployment of CCS in the MENA region. CCS is an important technological option for emissions reduction in the region. The Institute’s expertise cuts across numerous disciplines, and I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues from around the world to apply our capabilities to address the CCS challenges and opportunities that exist here.”

The Institute’s office will be located in the Masdar Free Zone. After January 17 Dr. Abu Zahra may be reached at, or [+971(0)45230880].


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