Climate Change Challenge


During the world's hottest summer ever recorded, Burjeel Holdings and Saïd Business School launched the Climate Change Challenge.

We invited high school students and teachers from across the world to help tackle the climate crisis, ahead of COP28, the United Nations Climate Conference in Dubai. With more than 600 entries from 43 countries, it is one the biggest international competitions to tackle climate change, specifically targeting this community.

The challenge finalists

After much consideration our expert panel of judges have chosen our student and teacher finalists.

Find out who they are and how they want to tackle the climate emergency.

Climate Change Challenge in numbers




Competition entries





Why are we doing this?

The next generation will inherit a planet suffering from the extreme effects of climate change, in ways we do not yet understand. We do know that no country, continent or community will be left untouched. From the devastation wrought by drought and flood, threatening the supply of food and water, to the ever-rising number of climate change refugees, tomorrow’s leaders will have significant climate change challenges to contend with. 

Through this global competition, together with Burjeel Holdings, a leading healthcare provider committed to protecting life, we want to work with tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers, to help them tackle humanity's greatest challenge through education, innovation and bold thinking. 

At a time when the world is dealing with a climate crisis, initiatives like these are the beacons of hope for a better future.

Amir Dossal

Challenge Judge; President, Global Partnerships Forum; Distinguished Fellow, World Economic Forum

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What happens next?


A panel of international judges with expertise in business, healthcare and climate change solutions, has been carefully curated. The judges scored all entries and have chosen our student team finalists and our teacher finalists.

All finalists are invited to an award ceremony during COP28 in Dubai, in December. The winners will then be invited to attend a tailored climate change programme next summer, here at Oxford Saïd, taught by our world renowned academics. Finalists and winners will not have to pay to attend COP28 or the programme in Oxford; all expenses will be covered by Burjeel Holdings and Oxford Saïd.

The Climate Change Challenge is an incredible opportunity for young people and educators to put their minds to solving this crisis, and to share their ideas on a global stage.

Zoe Cokeliss Barsley

Challenge Judge; Director Of Sustainability, Oxford University Press