The British University in Dubai organises its third TEDx talks – Sustainability: from ideas to reality

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) organised its third TEDx talks at the Radisson RED Hotel in Silicon Oasis with the theme ‘Sustainability: from ideas to reality’. Six speakers discussed varied issues surrounding sustainability. Our speakers portray varied opinions and perspectives and reflect the diversity of our student and staff body. In this edition of the event, our speakers are an all-female line-up, including a unique duo TEDx talk, for the first time, bringing new perspectives to sustainability.


In her talk, Sepideh Samadi, BUiD’s senior career advisor, highlighted the importance of self-awareness in identifying and harnessing the power of our thoughts – both positive and negative – to make sustainable change in our lives. Video 

Two of our postgraduate and undergraduate students, Zina Abohaia and Maryam Abdullah, explored how we can practise sustainability simply by changing our choices when it comes to what we eat and what we throw away. Video 

Hurmat Ansari, a recent BUiD graduate, contrasted the prevalence of fast fashion in today’s world with how some other countries, such as her own, still have sustainable clothing based on traditional practices. Moreover, she questioned the current discourse around the sustainability of the fashion industry. Video 

Master’s student, Siham Abukhalaf shared her thoughts on the advantages of building underground houses as a way of eco-friendly living and conserving energy for future generations. Video 

Engineer and BUiD graduate,Taqwa Wriekat, discussed sustainability from a new perspective as she asked children aged 6 to 12 what they think sustainability is. She shared their perception of sustainability and their fresh point of view on the three sustainability pillars: environmental, social and economic. Video 


TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives.


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