Waleed AlGhamdi is director and head of Sustainability at ROSHN Group, a master real estate developer and giga-project powered by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, and is responsible for planning and executing the company’s sustainability aspirations. . He has a wide range of experiences in the AEC industry focused on the sustainability domain in the US and KSA. Prior to joining ROSHN, he was the sustainability manager at Eskew Dumez Ripple, an international architectural firm located in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. His previous roles included senior energy consultant at Karpman Consulting, a niche consulting firm in Hartford, Connecticut, USA and design project manager at Bechtel Inc. Jubail Project in Saudi Arabia. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Hartford and a bachelor degree in architecture from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.
Waleed is a frequent speaker at professional conferences in North America and the GCC, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the New Building Institute (NBI), and has guest lectured at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Tulane University, and University of Hartford. He is interested in net zero energy buildings and communities, advancing net zero carbon goals for the construction and real estate sector, and validation of sustainability metrics for the built environment.
A member of the American Institute of Architects, he’s a licensed architect in the states of New York and Louisiana, and served on the AIA 2030 Working Group subcommittee, which is tasked with building and managing the path to net zero energy buildings by the year 2030. Among his accomplishments is bringing the first net zero energy multifamily development to the hot and humid southern United States. He has overseen the delivery of projects through a variety of sustainability programs, such as LEED, Energy Star, Enterprise Green Communities, as well as other US federal and state incentive programs.