Sarah Alharthey

2023 Climate Fellow

Sarah Alharthey is a pioneering Saudi young professional in the clean energy sector and a climate activist committed to a career in climate action. She works as Senior Business Development Manager at ACWA Power to lead the energy transition of Saudi Arabia. In a span of 3.5 years, she successfully developed project-financed sustainable utilities infrastructure projects including solar energy and green hydrogen abating more than 3 million tons of CO2 per year for 25 years. 

Sarah was named Saudi Arabia's Climate Ambassador in 2021 by the World Bank Y2Y initiative for her climate activism and now she advises UNICEF on climate change and youth agenda. Her activism is focused on the nexus and intersectionality of climate with energy, technology, gender, and youth. She published knowledge products and co-authored several policy recommendation papers with renowned entities bringing nuanced perspectives and a more inclusive viewpoint that is representative of the experiences of youth and women. With the end goal to inform policy-making, she participates in platforms like the UN High Level Meeting, COP25, and COP26 and uses these spaces to engage in action.

Sarah holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Masters degree in Renewable Energy Engineering. She is one of the first female engineers in Saudi Arabia.