ACEF Speaker

Thoriq Ibrahim

Minister,
Ministry of Climate Change, Environment and Energy, Maldives

Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim graduated with BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering from the Loughborough University of Technology (UK) and subsequently obtained MSc in Building Science from National University of Singapore. Mr. Thoriq has worked in the private and public sector for more than 22 years in the field of building services, engineering design, and the management of construction projects. Mr. Thoriq has involved in designing the Building Services Systems for most of the public buildings, private buildings, and tourist resorts in the Maldives. On November 2013, Mr. Thoriq was appointed as the Minister of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Maldives where he held the cabinet portfolio of protecting the natural environment and its resources, managing climate change advocacy and action, coordinating UN Sustainable Development Goals, provision of energy, water, sewerage, and waste management services in the Maldives. Mr. Thoriq also oversaw and provided policy direction to the affiliated agencies under the Ministry – the Environmental Protection Agency, the Maldives Energy Authority, the Maldives Meteorological Service, and the Biosphere Reserve Office. During Mr. Thoriq’s term in office, he has managed a cumulative budget of more than USD 600 million to run national development programs and projects and managed a professional workforce of 360 employees comprising political appointees, civil servants, and contract staff. Mr. Thoriq remained a strong advocate of the plight of small island states due to impacts of climate change. He has chaired the Alliance of Small Islands States for 4 years, representing 44 small island states during a very crucial period of UN negotiations on climate change and sustainable development. In March 2020, Mr. Thoriq established an NGO called Maldives Ocean Plastics Alliance (MOPA), and as a founder of MOPA, he tapped into his vast experience, extensive contacts, and valuable knowledge and field experience in building strong networks across the country in addressing the growing problem of plastic pollution in the Maldives.

Session/Event:

  • Closing Plenary: Providing a Just and Inclusive Clean Energy Transition for All