The Team

Meet The Team

maria flouda Sustainability Switch Consultancy, Founder


Sustainability Switch Consultancy Founder
and Managing Consultant

Maria is a passionate Sustainability and Women’s Equality advocate. Solopreneur and Founder of “Sustainability Switch Consultancy“ which helps organizations drive their Sustainability Agenda in line with UN SDGs and Board Member and Sustainability Chair for the Non Profit Organization “ Lean In Equity and Sustainability” with a mission to empower women in the energy transition.

Maria holds Sustainability Credentials from Cambridge University (CISL) and a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

Maria has 22 years of experience in Corporate Strategy and Project operations for significant large-scale Projects and Government Initiatives. Expert knowledge in the development, implementation and performance monitoring of companywide process workflow framework inclusive of Environmental, Social and Governance objectives.

Maria started her career in Civil Engineering in the UK, then moved to Greece, participated in large-scale infrastructure projects, and in Abu Dhabi for the past 15 years, where she worked with international Consultants and the most prominent Government Public Asset Development Organization in Abu Dhabi.

Having worked internationally, Maria encountered challenges being a female Engineer and a leader in the construction industry. During her tenure in UAE, Maria always engaged with young women Engineers and enjoyed supporting them and empowering them in the workplace, always supporting equality and respect.

Maria is a member of the “Empowering Growth Working Group” of the Climate Council for 2022.

Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge Real Estate Sustainability Management
Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge Business Sustainability Management
University of South Wales, UK BEng & Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering
ISO 9001 ,14001 ,NEBOSH ,GRI Certified

Lean Equity and Sustainability – Board Member & Sustainability Chair 


Neelesh A. Director Strategy Management Office at Abu Dhabi General Services
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Maria has been directly reporting to me for the past 3 years in the capacity of Corporate QHSE manager. Maria's hands on approach to establishing and improving integrated QHSE management system has allowed Musanada to successfully upgrade its ISO certification to 9001:2015 risk based standards. Maria is an excellent leader in her domain with good stakeholder management skills that allow her to obtain buy-in and contributions from various levels within the organization. As a line manager, you are required only to provide high level direction with minimal guidance to Maria to get things done. Her Project management and Construction experience is also very handy in providing useful technical recommendations for improvement.
Tarek Hozayen (PMP)Acting Area General Manager at Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting Est. - Oman
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Maria has an excellent experience of QHSE Management, She is very hard working, very honest and sincer to her works. she made a great Job and accomplishment with RWA, to enable the company to be QHSE, ISO certified.
Mary McGuireEnterprise Transformation Leader I Lean Six Sigma implementation I Trainer I Coach I Mentor
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Maria is a true professional with excellence as her standard. I worked with Maria during the creation of the global QMS for RW Armstrong and Intergrated Management System for the UAE and MENA operation. Her leadership led the UAE RW Armstrong team through a successful audit leading to the IMS Certification for ISO 9001:2008,ISO 14001:2004 ,OHSAS 18001:2007 certification. She is very knowledgeable in a wide variety of the Quality Sciences. She is a dedicated leader and coach to others. Maria walks her talk and was a pleasure to work with.

Switching mindsets towards Sustainable Green Growth

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Climate Action

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Partnerships For The Goals

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Gender Equality