Meet the team


Dr Kilani joined the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development as Director of Sustainable Development, in November 2016. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

He was previously the Director for the Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where he was responsible for leading the UNFCCC work on carbon market.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr Kilani worked as Lead Environmental Engineer at Qatar Petroleum, Vice President for Sustainable Development at Anglovaal Mining Company in South Africa, and Senior Executive responsible for Safety, Health, and Environment at the South African Chamber of Mines. Before moving to the private sector, Dr Kilani had over 12 years of lecturing experience at Universities in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa, including serving as Dean of the Engineering Faculty at the University of Durban Westville.

He also served on the board of Johannesburg Water, the Mpumalanga Environmental Council, and the UN CDM Executive Board, for several years. Dr Kilani is an honorary Fellow of the International Emission Trading Association (IETA), and a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Carbon Council (GCC).