Bassel Daher, Ph.D.

Consulting Experience

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) | Jul 2022 – Present

  • Leading the identification and reporting on global good practices for water-energy-food-environment governance

  • Conducting interviews with cross-sectoral stakeholders in Jordan with the goal of identifying the key challenges facing the water, energy, and agricultural sectors and addressing barriers to coordinated planning and integrated governance

  • Supporting the co-development of an innovative and integrative framework for Water-Energy-Food-Environment Nexus governance in Jordan with local experts and stakeholders, and project partners at IIASA and the University of Jordan

Penn State University | Jul 2022 – Present

 International Water Management Institute (IWMI) | May – Sep 2023

  • Moderated a two-day regional dialogue in partnership with IWMI and UN ESCWA in Beirut, Lebanon, focusing on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its role in building resilience within fragile and conflict-affected agrifood systems, leading to the creation of a policy brief titled “Building Resilience in Fragile Agrifood Systems”.

  • Supported program development, prepared moderation materials, invited speakers, drafted proceedings, and led policy brief development.

Oliver Wyman | Oct 2022 – March 2023

  • Providing expert guidance and advice to consulting team on the development of a water-energy-food-environment nexus decision support tool in the United Arab Emirates

Waterlution, Lebanon and Canada | Jan 2019 – Dec 2021

  • Designed and delivered four Water Innovation Labs, training over 300 young professionals, through immersive leadership workshops designed to accelerate collaborative innovation and devise new innovations for improved water security under climate change

Union for the Mediterranean | Sep 2020 – Oct 2021

United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (UN FAO) and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon | Sep 2019 – Sep 2020

  • Developed a Water-Energy-Food-Health decision support tool for evaluating the trade-offs of multi-sectoral strategies toward improving food security policies in Lebanon

  • Led the development of questionnaires and conducted interviews to investigate farmers’ preferences toward adopting different technology options on their farms

  • Led the authorship of the peer-reviewed journal article: “Food security under compound shocks: Can Lebanon produce its own Mediterranean food basket?”, published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

International Water Resources Association, Paris, France | Jun – Aug 2016

  • Authored a policy brief that included recommendations for bridging the gap between science and policy on issues of interconnected resource challenges and climate change

International Renewable Energy Agency, UAE | Jun 2013 – Dec 2014

  • Co-authored the report: “Renewable Energy and Water-Energy-Food Nexus

  • Conducted an extensive literature review for the status of renewable energy globally and developed a framework for assessing national renewable energy deployment scenarios