Huda Shaka (هدى الشكعة) is Associate Director – Planning Middle East for Arup based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
She is an urban planner and sustainability specialist managing Arup’s global sustainability strategy (2017-). Her previous roles at Arup encompass Integrated Development Planning and Environment & Sustainability.
She is passionate about influencing Arab cities towards the path of sustainable development through strategic planning, policy advisory, and public engagement.
She has worked on projects throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), focusing on identifying, communicating and implementing environmental, social and economic sustainability targets and strategies. She has led, managed, and contributed to projects from visioning and concept stages to construction, working closely with a range of government stakeholders.
She holds a Bachelor of Science from the American University of Beirut (2003), Master of Science in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine (2006), a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge (2011) and a Master of Science in International Planning from The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (2016).
She is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPT) and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), and holds a number of sustainability certifications including LEED, BREEAM, Estidama and GSAS.
She writes a blog of critical reflections on shaping the sustainability agenda for cities in the Middle East at The Green Urbanista.
Huda Shaka will be a member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for region Middle East Africa in 2020.