John Joseph Ryan has over ten years of experience working with high-profile organizations across the Middle East and the globe. He has worked on over 100 sustainability reports in line with GRI guidelines and standards, as well as UNGC COP requirements and sector specific disclosure frameworks like IPIECA. He has played a critical role in helping regional sustainability pioneers become leaders in their sector, and in helping clients embed strategic sustainability management and reporting in line with relevant international and sector-specific standards. He regularly conducts top management engagements and organizational assessments; develops strategies and impact assessment tools, trainings, public sustainability reports; and consistently supports organizational sustainability teams to identify and rapidly achieve performance gains through sustainability management implementation.
John has extensive experience working within oil and gas sector, especially working with parent companies to implement sustainability management and reporting across the group. This includes working with the Ministry of Energy and Industry in Qatar, and Qatar Petroleum on the Qatar Energy and Industry Sector Sustainability (QEISS) Program. This entailed working with multiple internal and external stakeholders, including 36 companies, to create a sector-wide sustainability strategy, framework, report, data analysis and performance benchmarking. He has successfully completed similar projects with Oman Oil Company and its 13 subsidiaries while also working with ADNOC and many ADNOC group companies on sustainability and social return on investment projects. JJ also led projects with Dolphin Energy, the results of which led Dolphin shareholder Oxy to have JJ lead a benchmarking and gap analysis project for Oxy at their head office in the USA.
In Kuwait, John has experience working with Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) on their first sustainability report (2014/2015) released in 2016. He also has experience working with Zain Group to help set up their group wide sustainability management and reporting processes at the very beginning of their sustainability efforts.
John has an in-depth knowledge of, and excellent working relationship with, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He has been coordinator and day-to-day contact for Sustainability Excellence’s partnerships with the GRI, which includes our role as the region’s only GRI Data Partner. He worked with the GRI to host the official regional launch of the GRI G4 Guidelines in 2014, and again this year to lead the regional launch of the new GRI Standards. He is also currently leading Sustainability Excellence’s regional data initiative, ArabSustainability.com, which involves the tracking, benchmarking, aggregating and presenting of sustainability performance for over 200 regional organizations, including every company that has produced a sustainability report in Kuwait.