Middle East Lighting Association (MELA) / Director
The Middle East Lighting Association (MELA) is an international non-profit making association incorporated in 2014. It supports the development of efficient lighting policy in the Middle East region. MELA’s principle aim is to represent the interests of the leading lighting product manufacturers in their support to regulators across the region in drafting and implementing policy (standards and regulations) for lighting related products and services across the Middle East region. MELA is dedicated to promoting energy efficient lighting practice for the benefit of the global environment, human comfort, and the health and safety of consumers.
Gerald Strickland works with regional and global stakeholders to help align international energy efficiency and environmental regulations with a particular focus on developing policy and regulations for the lighting industry and regulatory authorities in the Middle East region. Previously Secretary General of the European Lighting Companies Federation, he played a key role in securing mandatory federal legislation for the phase out of inefficient lighting across the European Union. Gerald has also served as an advisor to the Australian Department of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency, the National Reform & Development Commission of the People’s Republic of China, the UN Environment & Development Programs, the World Bank, the International Energy Agency and numerous leading international lighting manufacturers.