LAMIS BIN HARIB FOUNDER AND CEO, BIOD Lamis is a pioneer of sustainability in the region, having launched the first Arab-owned business specialising in plantbased disposables. BioD creates everything from sandwich bags to tableware – and all from renewable sources.
She's hoping to lead by example through BioD. “My ultimate goal is for biomaterials [to become mainstream] and to stimulate a strong green economy in the Middle East,” says Lamis, who also aims to create the first biopolymer [an alternative to environmental enemy polystyrene] made from palm tree waste. “It's a life goal I already have the research and lab networks to achieve, but not the funding, nor the platform to attract it yet.
“Not only would we be repurposing a widely available plant waste resource in the country, but we would have the first biopolymer resin originating from an Arab country.”