Giving Thanks

Earlier this year, I wanted to take direct action in helping those less fortunate. After some research, I decided to participate in a Build with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a charity that works with volunteers to build homes for those without one.

The Mekong Big Build starts next week (Please check out my earlier Blog to find out more about this:  and I wanted to highlight some of the people and companies that have contributed towards this wonderful initiative.



When I first sent out the call out to find donors – the first person that responded IMMEDIATELY was Jourdan Younis of Alpin Limited Masdar City (  I was touched by the generosity of Alpin and wanted to share with you a little about this company and its founder.

Alpin Limited are a provider of sustainable green building consultancy services headquartered in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi ( They’ve worked on a number of impressive projects in the UAE and the US with rating tools such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the Pearl Rating System for Estidama.

What I have since found out about Jourdan is that he has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for the past 10 years as a volunteer himself travelling across North America building homes for the disadvantaged. Therefore for Alpin, they have a personal connection to this Build.

Alpin believes not just in sustainability consultancy, but also in giving directly back to the global community either through  financial donations or by encouraging its employees to offer their technical skills as a gift to those in need. We wish Elham all the best on her charitable adventure and commend her for truly being a role model for the rest of the team.

I say a BIG thank you to Jourdan and the team at Alpin.

Some of the others that I must thank are:

Holley Chant: Holley is an award winning sustainability professional and close personal friend. She is an Executive Director at KEO International Consultants, one of the leading sustainability professional service providers in the Middle East.

Thank you also to Treffyn Koreshoff, Fakhereh Veshkini, Michelle Frey and my husband Tim Brothers!

To find out what the Mekong Big Build is about, check out this clip and all the volunteers and the lives they change: