Yalmaz Siddiqui

Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, MGM Resorts International

Yalmaz Siddiqui is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at MGM Resorts International. He joined MGM in 2016 and is responsible for the company’s overall Environmental Management Program including policy, goals, reporting and alignment with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (U.N. SDGs). He also leads a range of specific initiatives for the company including sustainable events for major convention clients, food waste reduction, environmentally preferable purchasing, and circular materials management.

Prior to joining MGM, Yalmaz was Senior Director, Sustainability at Office Depot, where he set global strategy and led a number of industry-leading social and environmental sustainability programs. In his ten years with Office Depot he helped the company reduce total carbon emissions by 40%, grow sales of environmentally preferable products from $1.2B to $3.2B, and reach a ranking of #1 greenest large retailer in America in Newsweek Magazine’s green rankings, for three consecutive years.
Before Office Depot, Yalmaz worked for ten years as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Business Consulting Services where he focused on business-to-business customer strategy, customer relationship management, market assessment, and operational performance improvement.

A global expert in sustainable purchasing, Yalmaz was the Founding Chair of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, a non-profit organization focused on supporting and recognizing purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Impact Nevada, Southern Nevada’s leading sustainability non-profit focused on creating innovative public-private partnerships to advance sustainability in the region.

Yalmaz has a Master’s Degree in Environment & Development from the University of Cambridge in England, where he completed a thesis on Industrial Ecology, Biomimicry and Life Cycle Analysis. He also has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Canada with majors in Marketing and International Business.

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