Hadi Fathallah is an economist and policy adviser focusing on food security, energy, trade and political risk in the Arab region.
Hadi Fathallah is an economist and policy adviser focusing on food security, energy, trade and political risk in the Arab region. Previously, Hadi was the Food Security Coordinator and Project Manager for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Iraq, and an economist at FAO’s Regional Office for Near East and North Africa. He has previously consulted for various international organizations, including the World Bank, World Food Program, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD), in addition to private corporate consulting in energy, engineering, and business management. Hadi is a fellow of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs at Cornell University and a Global Shaper from the Erbil Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. He holds an Executive Masters in International Oil and Gas Leadership from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and IFP School, Paris; a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in International Development from Cornell University; and a Bachelors of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut (AUB).
The overlapping jurisdictions of Saudi Arabia’s governing bodies and the state’s hyper-centralized nature doom such initiatives as Vision 2030.
Saudi Arabia is betting that oil markets will rebalance themselves at higher prices, and it has no economic backup plan if prices remain low.
Regional competition and the lack of a cooperation strategy with its neighbors are compounding Saudi Arabia’s inability to act as an oil price setter.
The Kurdish Regional Government is facing immense financial challenges, but its worsening reputation in doing business is severely damaging to the future of the country’s energy industry.
The fight against the Islamic State has disrupted food production in Iraq, but the Iraqi government is in no shape to fill the food gap.