CRSD Director Dr Nazia M. Habib has had the pleasure of visiting Qatar this week as an invited keynote speaker at the International Conference on Innovation and Technological Advances for Sustainability hosted by the University of Doha for Science and Technology, a leading applied research and teaching institution in the Middle East. Here she is enjoying the conference dinner with the University President Dr Salem Bin Nasser Al-Naemi. 
The Conference was convened by the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani to provide a regional forum for showcasing and sharing knowledge on food security, environment, energy, economy, and digital technologies for sustainable development and transformative strategies for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 
Dr Habib gave a keynote speech on the theme Sustainability Resilience in a Disruptive Economic Era. In her speech she showcased how the Centre's research on systems-based action-research methodologies are delivering cost effective and resilient policies for governments and industry working on complex sustainable development topics. As an example, she discussed how the Centre has recently used its transdisciplinary approach to support Yemen in identifying new strategies for providing improved nutrition and food security to its children under five years of age.

"Our work in Yemen, and this Conference, highlights the value and the need for systems-based methodologies and collaboration across the Middle East to develop transformative, context specific, strategies to achieve the UN-SDGs." Dr Habib commented.

"Partnerships, particularly with leading organizations such as the University of Doha, are vital in empowering the regions key decision makers to develop their own expertise and approaches using systems based thinking".

"We look forward to working with the University of Doha to explore these partnership opportunities."

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