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Khaled Al Sabawi, BSc Eng, CGD, AGI
CEO & Vice Chairman, UCI

Khaled Al Sabawi is the CEO & Vice Chairman of UCI, one of the largest real estate development and investment companies in Palestine. He is also the Founder and President of MENA geothermal. In 2010, Khaled was named "One of the World’s Top Energy Entrepreneurs" by Global Post and was ranked the 195th Most Influential Arab by Arabian Business Magazines in their Top 500 Most Influential Arabs ranking for 2012. Under Khaled’s leadership, MENA Geothermal has installed the largest geothermal systems in the Middle East and North Africa and became a two-time winner of the Energy Globe Award twice (2009 and 2011), the world"s most prominent and prestigious environmental prize. In 2013, Khaled received the prestigious Takreem Award for Young Entrepreneur at their highly publicized awards ceremony in Paris, France. In October of 2014, Khaled was featured on the cover of Forbes Middle East with the caption beside his picture reading “Industry of the Impossible” in Arabic along with the a feature article.


Khaled is also a co-founder of UCI’s TABO initiative, which offers affordable and registered plots of residential land in the West Bank to Palestinians all over the world. TABO is a response to the increasing cost of land price in Palestine and lack of available registered land. By creating title deeds and encouraging development near Palestinian villages, TABO protects Palestinian land against Israeli annexation.. The word ‘TABO’ in Arabic means ‘Title Deed’. So far, TABO have allowed more than 200 families to own a piece of land in Palestine.


Khaled received his Bachelors of Applied Science, Honors in Computer Engineer degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2006 and his certification in the design and installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems in early 2007. Khaled is certified as a Commercial Geothermal Designer in Canada and an Accredited Geothermal Installer in the US, becoming the first certified geothermal engineer in the MENA region. Throughout his work at MENA Geothermal, Khaled innovated the installation of geothermal systems and patented the use of limestone powder, a natural by-product of Palestine’s limestone cutting industry, as a grout for filling geothermal boreholes. Such an innovation led to the increased efficiency of geothermal heating and cooling systems and significantly lowered their installation costs.


Khaled,s vision to bring sustainable development to Palestine and the MENA region is best explained in his highly watched TEDxRamallah talk. In addition to speaking at TEDxRamallah, Khaled is constantly invited to share his vision on university campuses around the world. He has spoken at McGill University in Canada, at Harvard University and MIT in the United States, and other universities and major conferences around the world.              


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