SEA event emphasizes sustainability in economy

The School of Business Administration (AUS PHOTO)

By Hind Aldah

UNIVERSITY CITY, SHARJAH – The American University of Sharjah’s Student Economic Association hosted its first face-to-face conference in two years on Monday. 

The event, which had only 13 attendees due to social distancing restrictions, took place at the School of Business Administration building. A registration form had to be submitted in order to attend.

The conference featured keynote speaker Natalie Koch, a professor at the Department of Geography and the Environment at Syracuse University.

Koch’s presentation was titled “Renewable Energy and the Future of Gulf Resource Economics,” and she spoke about the importance of the UAE’s efforts to push past an oil-fueled economy and instead opt for more sustainable options.

She said that “we need to build with sustainability in mind,” emphasizing the idea that being green means being modern. “The idea is to provide for future generations.”

Khushboo Menghrajani, a junior economics student who was present at the event, said that she “never expected to learn so much” and added that the conference was “so informative and insightful.”

Menghrajani said that she was glad to attend events at SBA in-person again.