Katrin Scholz-Barth, President
Katrin Scholz-Barth, principal of Katrin Scholz-Barth Consulting, is an internationally recognized expert in Sustainability. As part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar program she helped define and create the program-wide sustainability and innovation strategies to deliver a carbon-neutral mega sports event in a fragile desert environment. Katrin frequently teaches strategic sustainability to entrepreneurs and startups, addressing both assets and liability of the balance sheet, green funding and long-term investment potential based on sound sustainability business practices including environmental social governance (ESG). During the 2018/19 Arab Innovation Academies she presented the sustainability keynote.
Katrin earned her Executive MBA from HEC Paris and a Masters of Science in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Rostock, Germany. She has done engineering and sustainability consulting on three continents, including Europe, the USA, and the Middle East. She specialized in green buildings and construction, sustainable landscape and green infrastructure for low impact developments and water conservation, energy efficiency, and air quality control – biomimicry and innovations inspired by nature to reduce the ecological footprint of the built environment. She taught these subjects at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Design School and presented at numerous international conferences.
Katrin’s coauthored book Green Roof Systems: A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Building Over Structure, was released by Wiley and Sons in April 2009.
Since moving to Doha, Qatar in June 2008, Katrin has become the founding president of SustainableQATAR. She is a contributing author to the Qatar Better Buildings Guideline by UNESCO.
MaryBeth Stuenkel, Webmaster and Communications
MaryBeth Stuenkel is a technologist with a passion for the environment. After receiving her Masters of Science in Marine Zoology, she served as an IT manager and Sustainable IT specialist in university environments. MaryBeth is retired from her career in Information Technology at the University of Michigan, where she promoted Green IT on campus and worked to “change the culture of IT on campus to be sustainable,” where she published Green IT Best Practices at the University of Michigan and led the creation of the University of Michigan Sustainable Computing website.
Upon moving to Qatar in 2018, MaryBeth sought out the sustainability community in Doha and is thrilled to be working with SustainableQATAR.
Shiban Khan, Research
Dr. Shiban Khan is a sustainability expert, trainer, speaker and certified executive coach. She teaches and facilitates seminars and workshops on a myriad of business topics, including: leadership, corporate sustainability, strategic management, international business, and multicultural management. She is a published author on sustainability, business strategy, and management topics.
Shiban moved to Qatar in 2014, having lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland, UK, and USA before that. She has a PhD in Sustainability Management from the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland) and holds a Master in Environmental Policy from the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Her main area of expertise within sustainability is the contextual interpretation of sustainability, and this is where she looks forward to contributing to the sustainability discourse in Qatar.
Johanna is a marketing specialist with 10+ years of experience in the marketing field. Johanna is very passionate about both people and nature and has been working with teams from all over the world. Johanna has an MBA from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and a Master’s degree in Marketing and Sales from Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, France. She has covered several marketing roles in the pharmaceutical industry where she has focused on improving patients’ lives by facilitating their access to medical treatments and by creating awareness on disease prevention.
Johanna has also supported environmental organizations over the last years. She participated actively with Envol-Vert to raise awareness in Colombia about the importance of biodiversity and the protection of the environment.
Johanna arrived in Qatar in January 2020 where she is happy to bring her knowledge and experience to SustainableQATAR to support the organization in the mission of actively engaging members of the public, private, and governmental sectors to take environmental action in Qatar.
Shari Ann Serrano Botin, Social Media
Shari is a licensed Metallurgical engineer with over 4 years of work experience in the metals/materials processing and energy management fields. She loves to get involved and work for any group that promotes and practices sustainability. During and after the completion of her Master’s degree on Energy Engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman, she worked as Senior Research Assistant in a Philippine government project on all-solid state lithium-ion battery for energy storage applications, and as Energy Analyst handling Energy Management System (ISO 50001) in Manila Water Company, Inc. She is a certified ASEAN Energy Manager-Trainer under the ASEAN-Japan Energy Efficiency Partnership (AJEEP) Energy Manager Training Project.
She moved to Qatar in August 2019 and continued pursuing her passion for sustainability through online information dissemination and promotion of sustainable products in the Philippines. Upon joining clean-ups in Qatar and applying her knowledge as an ISO Internal Auditor, she thought that the best path towards environmental sustainability in Qatar is through a preventative and behavioral approach, that is, to intervene at the root-cause level – the human minds. She joined SustainableQATAR in March 2020 to raise awareness through actionable knowledge. Shari loves playing badminton, walking or running, and hiking mountains.
Debbie Abujbara, Volunteer Coordinator
Debbie was born and raised in Alaska. She married into a Qatari family and moved to Doha 30 years ago, where she had to quickly adapt to an entirely new environment. Debbie grabbed opportunities as they presented themselves; she became the country’s only American voice on television and radio news at the time, and she worked to build stronger communities by getting involved with local women’s and children’s groups. She has served on a number of boards and committees, including positions at the American School of Doha and, while living in Japan for three years, the Nagoya International School and Nagoya’s Cross-Cultural Exchange Association. Most recently, Debbie has served on the board of the Doha Singers, where she managed membership and communications for the 100-person group. With her lifelong love of nature, her experience in handling extremes, and her ability to form genuine connections with people, Debbie is well positioned to direct SustainableQATAR’s volunteer activities. She aims to create meaningful experiences for volunteers in order to build an educated, connected, and engaged community that champions the vision of a more sustainable Qatar.
When Debbie is not helping others get organized, she spends her time reading, singing in a local community choir, and bringing delight to others through her favorite pastime, home baking. As the mother of two Qatari national team athletes, Debbie can also be found cheering on her daughters at international rowing and fencing competitions.