An Enabling Environment for Sustainability Shared

The United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a set of 17 Goals adopted by the United Nations and its member states. They identify the global development priorities for the next 15 years, aiming to enable countries to take action towards alleviating poverty, protecting the planet, and promoting prosperity for all.


The Global CEO Alliance believes in Sustainability Shared through open access to information

by providing an enabling environment for knowledge and technology exchange.


Sustainability takes real work– no silver bullet to build a global economy that works for progress, people and planet. Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) is a coalition of private sector groups, individual companies, academe and research institutions that aims to provide means to strengthen the private sector participation into the development agenda. Established in 2016, GCEOA developed a strong working relations various UN organs as an implementing partner of their programmes and sub-programmes.
Impact Education

Impact Education

Believes in the importance of increasing the absorptive capacity of all actors of sustainable development.

Impact Investments

Impact Investments

Acknowledges the trillion dollar investment needed to achieve the SDG and its targets.

Impact Sourcing

Impact Sourcing

Strongly supports sustainable and ethical sourcing of organizations we work with.

Local Resiliency

Local Resiliency

Partners with multi-lateral organization and city coalitions to increase resiliency.

Development Project Management

Development Project Management

Our Impact Sourcing programme provide transparent and measurable mechanism for our partners.

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GCEOA Member

GCEOA Members are Chief Executives, Governments, Non-Government Organizations, Academe, and Multilaterals, who aim to work towards sustainable development.

Become part of this global multi-stakeholder partnership for Sustainability Shared.

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GCEOA Contributor

GCEOA Contributors are individuals and organizations, who aim to work towards sustainable development by creating and sharing courses and content, developing applications, and lending their expertise on sustainability.

Become part of this global multi-stakeholder partnership for Sustainability Shared.

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CEO Spotlight

Engr. Sobhi A. Batterjee

Saudi German Hospitals Group

Founder President and Chief Executive Officer

Hospital & Healthcare

Engr. Sobhi A. Batterjee heads the Middle East Healthcare Company (MEAHCO), the largest healthcare provider in the Middle East which runs the Saudi German Hospitals (SGH). He earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado. But his devotion to affordable healthcare solutions led him to develop various hospitals for the poor, build the largest medical college in the Middle East and North African (MENA) Region, form strategic partnerships with IFC and other institutions, and establish a network of tertiary hospitals across the MENA Region.

MEAHCO contributes to the advancement of health (SDG 3), quality education (SDG 4), and partnerships (SDG 17). As a subsidiary of MEAHCO, the SGH leads the dynamic healthcare system in the MENA Region by providing global health quality to more than 1.56 million patients annually. Since its inception in 2007, the Batterjee Medical College, which is the largest private medical college facilitated by MEAHCO, has been offering medical courses to almost 5,000 students and has granted 400 scholarships to date. The SGH Siana’a in Yemen embodies an ideal public-private partnership model under the medical services sector, drawing support from Yemen Airways, Global Investment House – Kuwait, and Government of Yemen.

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Sustainable Development Through Transformative Leadership

Who We Are

The Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) is a community of business leaders with one call to action – to steer sustainable economic transformation through collaboration and collective effort of the private sector, in driving global change and impact.

We are guided by the belief in Sustainability Shared, an open system that enables organizations to place both people and planet at the heart of the economic system. It is built around a long-term vision of collaboration and collective effort – of sharing of and access to, information, best practices, tools and resources - toward sustainable development, where value creation is measured through economic, environmental, and social impact.

The GCEOA believes that when people and organizations are well informed on the various aspects of sustainability and are technologically well equipped on accessing information, they can make smarter decisions and take better actions toward sustainable development.

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Contact Details

GCEOA Secretariat
Unit 7, The Courtyard
Furlong Road, Bourne End
United Kingdom

GCEOA organizes WUF session on sustainable urban development

GCEOA organizes WUF session on sustainable urban development

SDG Cities aims to support 1000 cities in accelerating their achievement of SDGs and positively impact a billion lives by offering a systematic way to support cities in becoming sustainable and resilient. As per the New Urban Agenda, this will strengthen local institutions in key areas of data management, governance, planning, financing, and service delivery, as foundations for urban transformation.

However, drivers of sustainable urban development are lacking: these include multi-level, inclusive urban governance, effective legal frameworks, long-term and integrated urban and territorial planning, well-functioning municipal financing systems, and equitable infrastructure development.

Gain valuable insights on sustainable urban development from reputable speakers at the upcoming session titled SDG Cities: Effective Local Institutions Track: Training on Diagnostic Tools. The session, organized by the Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA), will be held during the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland, on June 30, 2022.

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Sustainable Development Through Digital Transformation and Impact Sourcing

Sustainable Development Through Digital Transformation and Impact Sourcing

Kisumu, Kenya— Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman and ADEC Innovations CEO James M. Donovan recently participated at the Africities Summit, with the theme “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063” from May 17-21.

Mr. Donovan explained that digital transformation remains crucial to bridging the disconnect between developing African cities and those in the already-developed ones, specifically in Europe and in the US.

“Digital transformation in secondary cities is a key component in advancing sustainable development to link the abundant Africa resources to the demand in the west,” he explained, emphasizing on the need of wider cooperation from all sectors from the private organizations, public sector, academia and civil society to upskill the available talent in the continent.



Global CEO Alliance, is a not for profit NGO that focuses on Digital Transformation in delivering one of its core programme on Impact Sourcing.

Impact Sourcing is an economic activity in which organization gives preference to suppliers/ service providers who purposely and intentionally hire employees who have limited prospects for employment--reengineering business process delivery model to utlize the untapped pool of qualified and trained talent with skill sets aligned to match the company needs. It also provides a way to take digital work that is being offshored and direct it towards workers and areas that would not typically access it and where employment will generate greater impact on communities where Impact Sourcing organization operates.

First SDG Cities Conference zeroes in on the role of local governments

First SDG Cities Conference zeroes in on the role of local governments

November 3, 2021As part of its partnership with UN-Habitat to support 1,000 cities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and impacting the lives of over a billion people from developing, low and middle-income countries, Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA), a coalition dedicated to bringing the private sector together to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), organised a session for the 1st Edition of the UN-Habitat's SDG Cities Conference on Sunday, October 31st 2021.

The session titled Digital Transformation accelerating SDG impact in cities elaborated on the role of digital transformation in local governments in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation of policies and projects that have both direct and indirect impact on the SDGs. It also explored the importance of the SDGs in local planning and city development, drawing on the experience of experts and on the successes and challenges of adopting digital solutions in advancing SDGs.

Michelle Tan from GCEOA served as the moderator and opened the session. She introduced the first speaker, Dyfed Aubrey from UN-Habitat, who talked about the SDG cities, the importance of reaching the targets and the productive discussions that happened during the first and second days of the conference. (To know more about the SDG Cities Goals, please visit

The next panelist, Dr. Carley Pennink from IHS, discussed the importance of localising the SDGs, with city planning mainly driven by local context and issues. She stressed that although there are challenges and limitations in capacities, it is important to integrate data, information and smart people in strategic and spatial planning process to build more capacity and create the most impact.

Andy Deacon from the Global Covenant of Mayor then discussed the drivers, the pressures and the current state of SDG integration and sustainable urbanization in city development, following with Stacey Duncan from The Agency Broome County IDA / LDC, who spoke about the application of digital technologies in advancing economic development at the local level by giving use-case examples from her projects in New York State.

Katja Schaefer from UN Habitat tackled some of the available ESG/SDG Solutions for Cities and Lennart Fleck from UN-Habitat showcased a walkthrough of the Rapid Own Source Revenue Analysis (ROSRA) Tool, which helps local governments optimize their Own-Source Revenues (OSR) by strengthening the Municipal Finance foundations of local governments, enhancing creditworthiness and enabling local governments to leverage external resources to fund their development.

To conclude the session, Michelle Tan presented a short video showcasing digital tools being developed by GCEOA to support the goals of UN-Habitat and SDG Cities.

The 1st Edition of the UN Habitat Cities Global Conference aims to promote the local implementation of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda in cities by introducing frameworks, encouraging cities to develop their Voluntary Local Reviews, increasing awareness among cities of the SDG Cities programme, and reinforcing a global collaborative approach among city leaders, local stakeholders and civil society, national governments, city networks and the private sector.

Through their partnership, UN-Habitat and GCEOA hope to empower cities around the globe by leveraging data to identify best practices, tools, and resources and working towards establishing sustainable practices that put people and the planet at the core. Further, GCEOA will provide tools and online training courses for building capacity for cities in hopes of forming a community of city learners in order to build the core of sustainable urban management competencies of SDG Cities.

Global CEO Alliance Heeds the Call for a United Front in Achieving UN Habitat Cities’ SDGs

Global CEO Alliance Heeds the Call for a United Front in Achieving UN Habitat Cities’ SDGs

October 31, 2021The socio-economic impacts of ESG risks increasingly affect human beings, alongside physical and natural capital, and the failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change is the most impactful risk in the years to come, according to Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman and ADEC Innovations President and CEO James Donovan.

Donovan shared this insight during the UN Habitat Cities Global Conference held from October 29 to 31, which was held virtually. His presentation focused on accelerating joint actions to unleash the potential of cities worldwide.

For the advancement of the SDGs in cities, Donovan discussed the importance of developing ESG and sustainability strategies. This, in turn, allows cities and stakeholders to utilize technological solutions to manage and report ESG metrics as well as identify impactful ESG investments.

“Our long experience of managing enterprise data for our clients made us realize early on, that the ESG and Sustainability topic should also be addressed in a science-based and data-driven approach,” he said.

For Donovan, cities have the potential to deliver rapid shifts to a more sustainable future and can be both the source and the solution to many global problems. The government spending alone cannot solve the dramatic change that cities will be facing. It is important that cities and their stakeholders facilitate both technological and financial solutions in accordance with the respective SDG Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Donovan further encouraged actions from both the public and the private sectors as both play a vital role in mitigating and adapting to physical and transitional risks of climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. He also encouraged incentives, investment, ingenuity, and unprecedented levels of cooperation.

“Business should not just wait for change to be mandated by governments and regulators. Instead, [they] should be well placed to identify, shape, and invest in the propositions that are profitable while effectively driving growth and opportunities emerging in the future. We are one community, and we must remember that,” Donovan emphasized.

In July 2021, the Global CEO Alliance began a partnership with UN Habitat to support 1,000 cities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which could have a huge impact on the lives of over a billion people from developing, low and middle-income countries.

This year’s UN Habitat Cities Global Conference aims to promote the local implementation of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda in cities by introducing frameworks, encouraging cities to develop their Voluntary Local Reviews, increasing awareness among cities of the SDG Cities program, and reinforcing a global collaborative approach among city leaders, local stakeholders and civil society, national governments, city networks, and the private sector.

ADEC Innovations, along with Global CEO Alliance and UN Habitat, vowed to continue supporting the cities worldwide to advance the achievement of SDGs and strengthen local institutions. True to its commitment to sustainability, ADEC Innovations continues to adapt to the increasing social and environmental demands for the benefit and welfare of all, including the most vulnerable sectors of the community. 

About Us

About Us

The Shifting Landscape

Environmental, social, and governance challenges have changed the global landscape. Global affairs, environmental protection, and human welfare have become increasingly interconnected, prompting the involvement of organizations from every sector to contribute towards sustainable development. The need for a more collaborative, systematic, and well-informed response is needed now more than ever.

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the 193 member states of the United Nations is a historic call to action. The 2030 Agenda identified a set of 17 goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide countries with global development priorities towards the eradication of poverty, protection of the planet, and the promotion of prosperity for all.


An Alliance for Sustainability Shared

Throughout the years the private sector has acted as platforms for change as it continues to change the way people live. It is because of this influence that leaders in business are called to participate in this movement towards a better world.

The Global CEO Alliance brings together private sector leaders and players to focus attention on sustainable development; and provides them with a Technology and Decision-Making Platform so that they can create real impact and change.

It was established to drive the collective effort of the private sector, with the support and encouragement from the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, the UN Social Impact Fund and the UN Global Compact Office.  Together, the GCEOA and these UN agencies will endeavor to create and sustain enabling environments for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

The Alliance is founded by Mr. James M. Donovan, Group CEO of ADEC Innovations – a business intelligence company that designs, develops and delivers a diverse data management and technology portfolio of Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) solutions. Mr. Donovan currently sits as Chairman of the GCEOA.

Currently, the Alliance operates in different regions of North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Africa, West Asia and Asia Pacific. It is structured to encourage inclusive participation and ensure representation of both global and localized challenges, issues and requirements on sustainable development.

With the right approach and inclusive framework, an effective technological platform and an active multi-stakeholder commitment and participation, the GCEOA, guided by the principle of Sustainability Shared, believes that sustainable development can be achieved.