Adjunct Research Professor with the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, Senior Fellow with the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, Senior Research Fellow with the UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa. Water and environment, health and social governance, sustainable development.
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Prof. Hany Besada is Deputy Executive Director, Diamond Development Initiative (DDI). He is also a Senior Fellow with the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow with the UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa and a Research Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University. Until very recently, he was Regional Advisor, African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Prior to that he was Theme Leader: Governance of Natural Resources at the North-South Institute (NSI) in Ottawa, Canada and Research Specialist on the United Nations High Level Panel Secretariat-Post 2015 Development Agenda, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York. Prof Besada worked as Program Leader and Senior Researcher at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Canada where he oversaw the Health and Social Governance Program. Before moving to Canada, he was the Principle Researcher: Business in Africa at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prof Besada has worked as Policy Advisor for the South African Ministry of Local and Provisional Government, Amnesty International, United Nations Associations, the Joan Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice (IPJ) and the Office of US Senator Dianne Feinstein. He has consulted for the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, United Nations Office for Sustainable Development, United States International Development Agency, African Capacity Building Foundation, and the Government of Sierra Leone.
Prof. Besada has published widely in international news media and academic journals. He is the author of 80 peer-reviewed scholarly and policy papers and over 80 opinion pieces. He is the author editor/co-editor of Did the MDGs Work: Meeting Future Challenges with Past Lessons (Oxford University Press, 2017), Governing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development (Routledge, 2016), Development in Africa: Refocusing the Lens After the Millennium Development Goals (Policy Press, 2015), From Civil Strife to Peace Building: Examining Private Sector Involvement in West African Reconstruction (WLU Press, 2009), Unlocking Africa’s Potential: The Role of Corporate South Africa in Strengthening Africa’s Private Sector (SAIIA, 2008). He sits on a number of boards, panels and expert groups, including 2013-2017 African Capacity Indicators Reference Group, Society of International Development, Canadian International Council’s Aid Study Group, Pan-African Legal Network, Institute of African Studies Advisory Committee, United Nations Association-San Diego Advisory Council, Canadian International Council’s Africa Study Group, Cambridge Review of International Affairs Review Board, Canadian Foreign Policy Review Board, Alvin Curling Foundation Advisory Board, Centre for Youth Development and Engagement Advisory Board. He has consulted for the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, United Nations Office for Sustainable Development, United States International Development Agency, African Capacity Building Foundation, and the Government of Sierra Leone.