ESCWA has four full-time Regional Advisors in its key areas of focus. Regional Advisors respond to requests by member Governments and provide, on a priority basis, policy and technical advisory services. ESCWA member countries may benefit from the services of Regional Advisors by submitting a formal request with detailed terms of reference that have been cleared through the national ESCWA TC focal point. Advisory services can be in the form of missions, virtual support, training or knowledge networking and exchange.

List of Regional Advisors
Nawar Al-Awa Regional Advisor on Information and Communication Technology Policies
Omar Hakouz Regional Advisor on National Accounts and Economic Statistics
Ralf Klingbeil Regional Advisor on Environment and Water
Adib Nehme Regional Advisor on Peace building, Transition and Governance

Nawar Al-Awa, Regional Advisor on Information and Communication Technology Policies

Nawar Al-Awa is the Regional Advisor on ICT Policies at ESCWA. Mr. Al-Awa has more than 18 years of professional, academic and research experience. In the past five years, he has been working on e-services, ICT infrastructure, and ICT capacity building issues. He has worked for different national and international organizations such as the SCS (Syrian Computer Society), UNDP-Syria, and ITU, in addition to his work at Damascus University. He was also Dean of IT engineering faculty (Damascus University), and Editor-in-Chief of University Journal for Engineering Sciences.

Mr. Al-Awa holds a Ph.D. in Electronic Systems from INPG (Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble- France), a DEA (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) in Electronic Systems from INPG-France, and an Electronic Engineering degree from ENSERG (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique et de Radio-électricité de Grenoble).
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Omar Hakouz, Regional Advisor on National Accounts and Economic Statistics

Omar Hakouz has more than twenty years of experience in economic statistics compilation and national accounts. He is currently the Regional Advisor on Economic Statistics and National Accounting Methodologies in ESCWA. Mr. Hakouz has worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for more than 4 years as a national account statistics advisor working in three countries, namely: Syria; Lebanon and Libya.

Prior to that, he worked for the Department of Statistics (DoS) in Jordan by which he held and progressed to different positions including the position of Director of Economic Statistics Directorate, Head of National Account division and he was a counterpart with the UNDP expert who constructed the input/ output table for Jordan for the year 1987. During his tuner at the DoS, he carried out several national accounts technical missions with the IMF to several Arab countries including Iraq, Algeria and Yemen. Mr. Hakouz was a member of the Advisory Expert Group to the Inter-secretariat Working Group on National Accounts for revising the SNA1993. In addition, he was a member of national account experts group that reviewed the draft of the Handbook on Non-Profit Institutions in the System of National Accounts.

He was a lecturer in several training programs on national account and quarterly indicators conducted by both; the Arab Monetary Fund in Abu Dhabi and the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics.

He has profound practical experience in the compilation of national accounts, conducting economic surveys, price statistics, quarterly national accounts, households’ surveys and compiling of input/output tables.

Mr. Hakouz holds a BA degree in Economics (major)/ Finance (as a minor) from Yarmouk University in Jordan and he completed 36 credit hours of a Masters Program in Economics at Yarmouk University.
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Ralf Klingbeil, Regional Advisor on Environment and Water

Ralf Klingbeil is principal adviser for water and environmental with extensive experience in environmental and water policy advice and management in the Middle East and Africa. He joined UN ESCWA in 2009.

Initially trained as a hydrogeologist, geophysicist and geoscientist, Mr. Klingbeil acquired 20 years of professional experience in university research and teaching, private consultancies, government institutions, advisory services for UN agencies and German federal ministries. He has particular experience in water resources assessments and management plans, water and especially groundwater protection schemes, integrated water and land resources management, contaminated land investigations, investigations for the location of landfills and waste deposits, environmental impact assessments. Ralf Klingbeil has been involved in the development of adaptation measures to water and land resources management in the context of climate change and the development of national approaches sustainable development goals and indicators. He has been advising on water and environmental issues including transboundary water and environmental cooperation especially in Africa, the Middle East region and neighbouring countries. Through his extensive international cooperation with partners in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, he has established good contacts with a wide network of experts.

Ralf Klingbeil holds a PhD degree in Hydrogeology / Applied Geology (German: “Dr. rer. nat.”) from the University of Tübingen, Germany, an equivalent to a Master degree in Geophysics (German: “Diplom-Geophysiker”) from the University of Kiel, Germany and a M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from Birmingham University, United Kingdom.
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Adib Nehme, Regional Advisor on Peace building, Transition and Governance

Adib Nehmeh is regional advisor at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) based in Beirut. Currently he is working on governance issues, national dialogue, and had worked previously in ECSCWA as regional advisor on poverty, MDGs and social statistics. He worked with UNDP Beirut between 1995 and 2005 as Human Development expert and project manager for poverty reduction policies with Ministry of Social Affairs, then joined the regional UNDP office (SURF-As) as policy advisor for poverty reduction in 2005, before moving to ESCWA in July 2009. He holds a DEA in Sociology, and BA in Philosophy and Law and he is a registered lawyer.

He has very diversified working experience: consultancy and research in various social and developmental issues, National Dialogue and transition, MDGs, multidimensional poverty, training CSO activist, journalist. He worked with all development partners (governments, NGOs, international organizations including many WB and many UN agencies).

Attended many international and regional conferences, and prepared or contributed to the preparation of national and regional reports. Has many publications (books, reports, papers, articles), covering a broad variety of development topics.

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