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Environmental Development and Sustainability – 2018

Majdah Aburas is the first Saudi Arabian Woman specialized in the treatment of crude oil pollution in the soil.

Founder and Vice President of the Saudi Environmental Society, Majdah Aburas was an Associate Professor at the King Abdulaziz University in the Department of Biotechnology in Jeddah.

She is also a board member of the Jeddah Governorate Urban Observatory Council, a member of the National Research Center of Egypt, and a representative of the Arab Network for Environment and Development, RAED, for women issues in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Aburas had played an important role in raising the level of public awareness by designing and delivering environmental education programs and campaigns on a national level. She was the first woman selected to be as an environmental ambassador. She was chosen as reviewer and editor for GEO 6, the sixth Global Environmental Outlook Assessment for the six United Nations Environment Program regions.

The assessment paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at the regional level. It also highlights the complexity of the interlinked environmental, social and economic challenges now confronting decision-makers. Aburas is a global expert when it comes to environmental management.

She was honored by the Arab League as an Arab woman leading on environmental work in the Arab world. She also called for a clause in the International Human Rights Law related to the environment. Former French President Francois Holland endorsed it. In 2011, she received the environmental Arab Women Leadership Award in the Arab World from the Arab League in Cairo and the Arab European Union Center for the environment in Switzerland. Arabian Business later named her among their Top 30 women in 2013. She was also the first Arab woman to be nominated as co-investigator for Desert Water Project within the JPL center team; a NASA field center specialized in studying groundwater and the impact of environmental pollution.

Dr. Aburas also received the award of the International Human Rights Council in 2013 for Most Influential Person on the Economy and Development category. She holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the University of Surrey in the UK.