Speaker Bio

Fahd Al-Guthmy

Fahd has more than a decade of diverse work experience covering East Africa and Asia covering financial services, governmental and non-governmental sustainable development projects and academia. He is currently the Programme Director of the US$40 million “Miamba Yetu: Sustainable Reef Investments” programme, an investment vehicle funded by the Global Fund for Coral Reefs. Fahd began his career in commercial banking during which he successfully managed portfolios of public and private sector clientele, exiting the industry after 7 years of service as a Senior Relationship Manager. He was also appointed as a far-east liaison after moving to Japan courtesy of a World Bank mid-career professional program. In academia, he has worked as a writing and research consultant. He has also worked for an international organization where he was tasked with supporting several climate finance projects spearheaded by Japan’s Ministry of Environment and promoted the country’s “Joint Implementation” achievements at the UNFCCC conferences. More recently, he managed and coordinated a USD 18 million Global Environment Facility-UNDP-funded wildlife conservation project for the Government of Kenya.


Fahd holds an exemplary academic record with 4 university degrees: a PhD specializing in Environmental Policy, a master’s degree in media and Governance, an MBA in Strategic Management and a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Being multilingual, he is able to converse with clarity and diplomacy in English, Arabic, Swahili and conversational Japanese.