Nadim Farajalla is the director of the Climate Change and the Environment program at IFI. He graduated with a BS in agricultural sciences from AUB, an MS in irrigation engineering from Utah State University in Logan, US, and an MS and a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Oklahoma, USA.
He worked in the private sector first as a senior scientist at Stone Environmental, Inc., Montpelier, Vermont, USA and then at Dar al-Handasah (Shair and partners), Beirut, Lebanon as a senior environmental engineer on projects which focused on water resources and associated infrastructure; environmental impact studies and management plans; hydrological studies and erosion assessment and mitigation. Farajalla also founded and headed the Land, Water and Environment Department at the consulting firm SETS sarl with projects in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, Egypt, and Oman.
His research focuses on the impact of climate change on human settlements and activities through extreme events of flooding and droughts; impact of climate change on security; the nexus of water-energy-food and climate change with focus on adaptation and resilience; and recovery of devastated land due to anthropogenic activities such as wars, farming, quarrying, among others.
Issues of Expertise
Climate change impacts (extreme events – floods, droughts, heat waves; other impacts); impact of climate change on security; nexus of water-energy-food; recovery of devastated land due to anthropogenic activities; water resources
Region/Countries of Expertise
MENA and Lebanon
Arabic and English