Robin Bayley_ Kären Frasier Alston

NYUAD and Dolphin Energy Forge Partnership for Sustainability 

Dolphin Energy and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have forged a groundbreaking agreement, in a bid to bolster sustainability and climate change research. This partnership aims to elevate environmental stewardship and empower the next generation of Emirati researchers through the sponsorship of NYUAD’s Kawader Research Assistantship Programme. 

Maryam AlMemari has been appointed as the inaugural Dolphin Energy Fellow, marking a significant milestone in this collaborative effort. Al-Memari, currently serving as a Research Assistant at NYUAD’s Centre for Interacting Urban Networks under the guidance of Associate Professor of Biology John Burt, embodies the spirit of innovation and dedication to environmental causes. Her research spans various facets of sustainability, from testing eco-friendly antifouling coatings to analyzing the environmental impacts of desalination in the Arabian region and exploring gender gaps in reef science. 

NYUAD Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann expressed gratitude for Dolphin Energy’s steadfast commitment to sustainable growth in Abu Dhabi and the broader region. “Al-Memari is an outstanding first Dolphin Energy Fellow. Her interest in finding pragmatic, workable solutions to some of our biggest challenges inspires everyone working with her,” Westermann stated. 

Echoing this sentiment, Dolphin Energy CEO Obaid Abdulla Al Dhaheri underscored the shared commitment of both institutions to environmental protection and social impact. “Through establishing the Dolphin Energy Kawader Fellow at NYUAD and by investing in the next generation of Emirati researchers, we aim to recognize and empower outstanding individuals like Maryam Al-Memari,” Al Dhaheri emphasized. 

The fellowship, spanning three years, offers Emirati early career researchers a tailored programme to prepare for graduate studies or a career in research. As the UAE’s Year of Sustainability unfolds, this collaboration reflects a continued dedication to expanding research in sustainability and climate change. 

NYUAD’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond research, encompassing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote climate awareness, and foster a culture of stewardship. Likewise, Dolphin Energy has been a responsible corporate citizen, aligning its operations with stringent environmental standards and supporting important environmental programmes in the communities it serves. 

Robin Bayley (pictured left) is Chief Legal Counsel at Dolphin Energy and Kären Frasier Alston (pictured right) is Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Counsel for Legal and Compliance at NYUAD.