Huda Shaka is an Associate Director at Arup based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
She is an urban planner and sustainability specialist leading Arup’s sustainability projects and initiatives in the Middle East region, including the response to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Her previous roles at Arup encompass Integrated Development Planning Leader and Environment & Sustainability Leader. She is passionate about influencing Arab cities towards the path of sustainable development through strategic planning, policy advisory, and public engagement.
She has worked on projects throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), focusing on identifying, communicating and implementing environmental, social and economic sustainability targets and strategies. She has led, managed, and contributed to projects from visioning and concept stages to construction, working closely with a range of government stakeholders.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Public Health from the American University of Beirut (2003), a Master of Science from the University of California, Irvine (2006), and a Master of Science in International Planning from The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (2016). She has also completed a module in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge (2011).
Huda Shaka is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPT), a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), and holds a number of sustainability certifications including LEED, BREEAM, Estidama and GSAS.
She writes a blog of critical reflections on shaping the sustainability agenda for cities in the Middle East at The Green Urbanista.
She was appointed to the Board of the Emirates Green Building Council in January 2020.