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Institute of Sustainable Development

Institute of Sustainable Development

What we offer

The Middlesex Institute of Sustainable Development fosters the advancement of sustainability into the university, community and global practices. Through outreach, research and training, ISD is a thought leader in sustainability advocating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

The objectives of ISD are to strengthen stakeholder collaboration by aligning academic knowledge and professional practice and by promoting partnerships with businesses, civil society and government to reach a sustainable future.

Activities of ISD include:

  • Collaborative research with businesses, government and UN agencies
  • Best practice consulting
  • Training workshops
  • Sustainability Mindset Training and Community Outreach Programmes
  • Promoting sustainable best practices
  • Customised Certificate Programmes for specific industries
  • Industry Round Tables

To work collaboratively with Middlesex University in Dubai, please contact:

Andrew Mackenzie
Phone: +971 (0)4 4331772

Message from the Director

Middlesex University Dubai is proud to be the first university in the UAE to report the sustainability practices of the entire campus to the United Nations Global Compact Local Network UAE.

We are committed to the principles of sustainable development. Supporting the vision of the UAE Federal Government and the UAE National Committee on Sustainable Development, Middlesex University Dubai recognizes the importance of taking action to implement the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The university’s commitment is demonstrated through our membership to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). Middlesex University Dubai is also a signatory of the WEPs (Women Empowerment Principles) Taskforce of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and UN Women as creating a gender equal workplace, marketplace and community is our goal.

The outstanding involvement of our faculty, administrative staff and students to advance the implementation of the SDGs within the university and the international community is visible in our university structure, curricula, research and student experience.

Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes
Pro-Vice Chancellor
Middlesex University Dubai

Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes

Andrew Mackenzie MBA SFHEA - Head of Institute of Sustainable Development

Andrew Mackenzie is a senior lecturer specialising in Marketing and Innovation at Middlesex University Dubai with over 20 years’ experience in education and training. As head of ISD, his role focuses on environmental management and sustainability. The ISD’s mission is to enhance Middlesex University of Dubai’s contribution to internal, local and global sustainability practices.

Currently Andrew’s research interest is in the field of sustainability and he is driving ISD programmes that address society, equality, economy and the environment. He is driving environmental and sustainable initiatives, including visiting schools and colleges to discuss sustainability in the UAE, and building sustainable case studies and practical applications into curriculum. This in turn will lead to exciting studies in understanding the effect of marketing and education on behaviour patterns in sustainable practices in the UAE.

Mahine Rizvi Ahmad - Coordinator for UN Global Compact

Mahine is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University Dubai for the School of Law. Teaching focus includes Global Security, Migration & Citizenship, Global Governance & Sustainable Development & Foreign Policy.  Faculty Advisor - Model United Nations. She has a focus on coordinating events and guest talks on the UN SDG’s, gender mainstreaming and training of UNGC Youth Ambassadors.

MSc. (Hons.) Gender & Development - London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) UK, BA. (Hons.) International Relations with Development Studies - University of Sussex UK, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education - Middlesex University UK.

Margo Tummel - Sustainability in Design

Margo Tummel is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University Dubai’s School of Art and Design. As an expert in her field, Margo has taught Graphic Design for 20 years, as well as developing her own business in Design and Fashion. Margo has successfully participated in Art Festivals and Exhibitions in both Australia and the UAE. She teaches a broad spectrum of graphic design subjects such as Creative Thinking, Branding, Editorial Design, Packaging and is particularly interested in craft-based production. As such she is currently exploring ceramics and surface pattern design around local Emirati visual language and sustainable practices.

Rhoderick Romano - Corporate Citizenship and Community Engagement

Rhoderick Romano is a Philosophy Major with the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines and did his MBA and PGCHE with Middlesex University Dubai. His corporate experience includes outsourcing operations and lead generation, operations management, B2B sales with a local conglomerate, team management for a large multi-national firm and entrepreneurship. His involvement with ISD is to forge strategic partnerships with important stakeholders such as Dubai Chamber of Commerce and a network of like-minded private firms for volunteering and community projects.

Stephen King - ISD Ambassador

Steve is a Climate Reality Volunteer Leader, Teach SDGs Ambassador, and a member of the Board of Advisors at AIESEC for 2021. He was part of the global communications ‘corp’ that launched the UN SDGs in 2015, and has addressed ICT conferences on health and gender issues in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He also was pivotal in leading a cycling team across Europe testing technology to aid diabetics and in support of the Dubai World Expo 2020 bid. He holds a master's degree in Global Governance and Sustainable Development from Middlesex University, and is regularly invited to speak and moderate events which invoke the themes of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Rory McConnon - Research and Training Liaison

Rory McConnon is Campus Programme Coordinator for Middlesex University Dubai’s Business Management Programmes.  A graduate in Environmental Resources Management from Technological University Dublin, Rory also completed his MSc. Renewable Energy and MSc. Energy Management at the University of Ulster before obtaining an MBA at Middlesex University Dubai.  He has several years’ experience in the sustainable energy and environmental sector, working for both private and public organisations.  Rory has devised and delivered many programmes of study on business, environmental engineering, and sustainable energy.  His involvement with ISD is to promote research and training in sustainability and environmental management.

As a member of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, Middlesex University Dubai shows its commitment to creating a just and prosperous world by being the first university in the UAE to report campus-wide activities towards the sustainable development goals and principles.

The Institute of Sustainable Development presents below the Communication on Engagement (COE) Report submitted to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) showing how Middlesex University Dubai embeds sustainable development goals and principles in operations, curricula, research and student experience.

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