Hadi Fathallah is director at NAMEA Group, a public policy advisory company based out of Dubai and Beirut.
Hadi Fathallah is director at NAMEA Group, a public policy advisory company based out of Dubai and Beirut. He is also a visiting lecturer on strategic negotiations and the political economy of oil at IFP School Paris. Previously, Hadi was an economist for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Near East and North Africa. He has 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 government and private corporate consulting in energy, engineering, and strategic management. Hadi is a fellow of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs at Cornell University and member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. He holds an Advanced Masters in Oil and Gas studies 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).
Jordan has tried to use food reserves as a policy tool to prevent instability. But as the COVID-19 pandemic enters a second year, the economic costs of Jordan’s policy have become increasingly exacting, highlighting the need for increased food import efficiency.
Economic shocks arising from the pandemic and collapsing oil markets expose Iraq’s fragile governance and food insecurity.
The Gulf’s changing security could have serious economic implications as the U.S. continues to disengage from the region.
The implementation of Vision 2030 is bypassing state institutions, creating a public policy crisis and further weakening government institutions.
Syria and its neighbors all have a vested interest in resuming agricultural trade to increase food security across the region.
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.