Future Cities - Africa Green Building Summits 2024

About the Summit

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“The time to act is now, and we must act together. We call on African policymakers and business leaders to support this manifesto to accelerate the transition towards sustainable cities and built environments in Africa”
CRISTINA GAMBOA, CEO
WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
About Event

A GBCN FLAGSHIP EVENT

The Summit will be the first in a series of annual stakeholder forums organized by GBCN in collaboration with its partners to explore topical issues related to sustainability in the Nigerian built environment and urban climate resilience, with the objective of developing appropriate policy responses thereto.

In this spirit, the maiden Summit will examine the World GBC’s Africa Manifesto, which was officially launched in Cape Town, South Africa on 4th November 2022.

The keynote address at the Summit will be delivered by His Excellency, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, the executive Governor of Kaduna State. The Summit will feature a series of plenary sessions during which selected subject experts will deliver presentations on the Africa Manifesto’s priority areas within the context of sustainability in the Nigerian built environment. During the Summit’s two days, attendees will engage in breakaway sessions to discuss how to domesticate the Manifesto, examining how to situate its policy priorities within the Nigerian context.

By bringing together an array of local and international green building stakeholders and experts, the Summit will provide a forum to x-ray Nigeria’s green building and urban sustainability challenges, with a view to finding context-based solutions to these.

The Summit will also feature expositions on green buildings and urban sustainability, product exhibitions and corporate informercials, providing opportunities for pioneering organizations to showcase sustainability leadership and innovation.

The theme of the 2023 edition of the Future Cities Summit is “Towards a Net Zero and Climate-Resilient Nigeria". The Summit will provide a forum to discuss the current state of the Nigerian built environment and explore potential strategies and policies to increase the country’s stock of green buildings as well as make our cities more sustainable. 

The Summit will do this through the lens of the World GBC’s Africa Manifesto for Sustainable Cities and the Built Environment, a roadmap of policy priorities and programs intended to guide Africa’s transition to greater urban sustainability. The Summit will also serve as a forum to acknowledge progress and showcase achievements in the areas of green building and urban sustainability in Nigeria.

The event will be attended by 200 local and international experts and stakeholders from government, business, academia, civil society and built environment professions. This will include representatives from key public sector organizations, such as the Federal Ministry Works, and major private sector companies.

Attend the Summit

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Date

July 19-20 2023
Wednesday & Thursday

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Time

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily

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Venue

Abuja Continental Hotel
(formerly Sheraton Hotel )
1, Ladi Kwali Way,
Maitama, Abuja,
Nigeria.

Confirmed Attendees & Speakers

HE Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai CON

Keynote Speaker

The immediate past executive Governor of Kaduna State, past minister of FCT, and author of the book: The Accidental Public Servant. In 1982, he founded El-Rufai & Partners, a quantity surveying consulting firm with three partners which he managed until 1998. He is an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University, Harvard University, Georgetown University and University of London.

HE Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai CON

Keynote Speaker
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Kalim M. Shah

Senior Country Manager, IFC Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Kalim M. Shah is Nigeria’s Senior Country Manager at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a role he assumed in July 2021. Prior to the appointment, Kalim was a Chief Investment Officer responsible for IFC’s investments in Manufacturing for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kalim M. Shah

Senior Country Manager, IFC Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Cristina Gamboa

CEO, World Green Building Council

Cristina is the CEO of the World Green Building Council. She is a passionate advocate for green buildings and cities as one of the most effective solutions to climate change and a means to deliver social justice and other environmental goals. Cristina previously worked as CEO of Colombia Green Building Council and thanks to her efforts, sustainability in construction became mainstream in Colombia.

Cristina Gamboa

CEO, World Green Building Council
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Professor Adesoji David Jiboye

Professor of Architecture, Sustainable Housing, Urban Design and Development

. He is also a registered Architect holding a Bachelors degree, a Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Architecture, and Urban Planning from University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife, respectively. His areas of research and publications are in housing and Sustainable Urban development studies. He has published widely in both national and international research outlets, and belongs to several academic and professional organizations home and abroad.

Professor Adesoji David Jiboye

Professor of Architecture, Sustainable Housing, Urban Design and Development

Dr. Nihal Al Sabbagh

Director, Environas | Country Director, Sustainable Green Environment Initiative Egypt

Dr. Nihal Al Sabbagh

Director, Environas | Country Director, Sustainable Green Environment Initiative Egypt

Dr Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq

Principal Finance Specialist

#EnergyTransition I Senior Policy Adviser #Healthcare #SDGs #ESG I VC Investor #Healthcare #Tech #Sustainable Energy I WEF Young Global Leader

Dr Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq

Principal Finance Specialist

Tessa Brunette

Associate Director, ARUP

Tessa Brunette is an architect and building envelope designer who specializes in delivering integrated design solutions that are grounded on sustainable principles. She has experience working on a range of projects, from masterplanning and infrastructure implementation to specialist façade and multidisciplinary building engineering design services. She is passionate about sustainability and her work often utilizes the knowledge of diverse teams located in different geographies. She is a natural fit in her role as design integrator with a technical focus on building envelope design and performance.

Tessa Brunette

Associate Director, ARUP

Chilufya Lombe

Partner, Solid Green Consulting

Chilufya Lombe is a mechanical engineer that has extensive experience in both performance and accreditation modelling for sustainability projects and performed energy modelling for the first Green Star rated office and retail buildings in South Africa. With a background in traditional mechanical design, Chilufya has a special interest in detailed modelling of building systems to optimise energy usage using advanced building simulation tools such as DesignBuilder and EnergyPlus.

Chilufya Lombe

Partner, Solid Green Consulting

Prof. Clinton Aigbavboa

Professor of Sustainable Human Development in Construction Management

Professor Clinton O. Aigbavboa is a Full Professor of Sustainable Human Development in the Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, University of Johannesburg, South Africa; with a multidisciplinary research focus on the built environment. Before entering academia, he was involved as quantity surveyor on several infrastructural projects, both in Nigeria and South Africa. He holds a PhD in Engineering Management and has published over 500 research papers in his areas of interest. He has extensive knowledge in practice, research, training and teaching.

Prof. Clinton Aigbavboa

Professor of Sustainable Human Development in Construction Management
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GREEN BUSINESS COUNCIL NIGERIA

THE EVENT ORGANISER

Green Building Council Nigeria (GBCN) is a member of the World Green Building Council (World GBC). As such, it is part of a network of over seventy national green building councils from all over the world, fifteen of them located in Africa. GBCN was established in 2010 to address the built environment’s role in climate change, environmental pollution, and natural resource depletion.

Our mission is “To lead the transformation of Nigeria’s built environment to create buildings and communities that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable through engagement and partnerships with all green building stakeholders.”

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