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Mr. Islam Adra, Safety Leadership, Best Researcher Award

Islam Adra at Lancaster University, Canada

Islam Adra is a seasoned HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) expert with over 15 years of experience in leadership roles across various high-profile organizations. He is the Founder and Principal of Accredited Solutions, where he has developed the transformational Care2Lead leadership program and provides global culture improvement consulting services. Adra has held significant positions including Head of HSE at Rio Tinto, where he led a team of over 25 professionals and managed critical stakeholder relationships. At WEIR Oil & Gas, he drove a strategy that significantly improved HSE engagement and reduced incident rates. His tenure at Fortive saw him enhance the HSE reporting rate and win the ExxonMobil HSE Award. Adra’s earlier roles include Corporate HSEQ Manager and Site HSE Manager at Rio Tinto Alcan, where he maintained an impeccable safety record and coached leaders in HSE skills. His career began as an HSE Engineer at TARGET Engineering Construction Company.



Lancaster University – Lancaster, UK

PhD in Safety Leadership

Conducted a qualitative study exploring the conceptual definition of safety leadership.

McGill University – Montreal, Canada
Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering
2006 – 2007

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
2001 – 2005

Minor in Management (2004)

Professional Experience:

Islam Adra is an accomplished professional with over 15 years of expertise in health, safety, and environment (HSE) leadership roles. He is currently the Founder and Principal of Accredited Solutions, where he developed the Care2Lead leadership program and offers global consulting services to enhance organizational culture and leadership. His work includes creating impactful VR safety training content used by major corporations such as BP, Shell, GE, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips.

From May 2021 to September 2022, Islam served as the Head of HSE for Rio Tinto in British Columbia. In this role, he led a team of over 25 professionals, managed complex stakeholder relationships, and significantly improved safety metrics during a critical culture transformation and plant restart program. Prior to that, as the Regional SSHE Manager for WEIR Oil & Gas from February 2020 to May 2020, he devised strategies that boosted HSE engagement by 6% and reduced the total incident rate to zero.

Islam’s extensive experience also includes his tenure as Regional HSE Manager for Fortive, where from February 2016 to February 2020, he improved the HSE reporting rate by 300% and maintained an outstanding safety record, earning the ExxonMobil HSE Award in 2017. Earlier in his career, he worked at Rio Tinto Alcan as Corporate HSEQ Manager for the Middle East, maintaining an impeccable safety record and implementing comprehensive management systems certified to international standards.

Research Interest:

Islam Adra’s research interests revolve around the multifaceted dynamics of safety leadership and organizational culture, particularly within high-risk industries. With a focus on fostering high-performance teams, his studies delve into the nuances of effective leadership strategies that promote a culture of safety excellence. Through qualitative research methodologies, Adra seeks to explore the underlying principles and mechanisms that drive successful safety initiatives, aiming to develop actionable insights for improving safety outcomes and cultivating resilient organizational cultures.

Publication Top Noted:

What is safety leadership? A systematic review of definitions

  • Authors: I Adra, S Giga, C Hardy, S Leka
  • Journal: Journal of Safety Research, 2024

Cast and Ductile Iron Pipes: A Detailed Study and a Proposed Methodology to Predict Service Life Using Soil Resistivity

  • Author: I Adra
  • Department: Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University
  • Year: 2007


Islam Adra | Safety Leadership | Best Researcher Award

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