Dr. Nadim Khouri, independent researcher and advisor to the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), visited FAFS (November 26), met faculty members and delivered the lecture: Keeping the Faith on Global Action: Who will ensure the local implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals? Dr. Khouri discussed the SDGs, climate change, water sustainability, food security, and the importance of the Montreal Protocol. Drawing upon his wide experience, Dr. Khouri spoke with FAFS faculty and students about the ways in which global action can help combat the outstanding problems, noting that the way forward requires “building on the strengths of past and on-going campaigns, capturing youth’s creativity, nexus solutions, and innovative financing channels.” He then opened the floor to audience questions.
Dr. Khouri holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Soil Sciences from FAFS, AUB; his Ph.D. in Soil Sciences was earned at the University of Massachusetts, and a second M.Sc., in Agricultural Development, is from the University of London. From 1979 to 1984, Dr. Khouri worked at Dar Al Handasah (Shair and Partners). From 1988 to 2008, he worked at the World Bank, Washington DC, on rural strategies and investments for MENA, South-Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He also worked on global programs, including desertification and climate change. Khouri then moved to Rome where, at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), he led the Europe, Near East, and North Africa Division in developing lending programs, investing 100million (US$) annually to combat rural poverty and food insecurity. Between 2011 to 2015, Khouri served as the Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCWA, where he worked on food security challenges and oversaw ESCWA’s policy research.