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Nasser Yassin

Professor of Policy and Planning, American University of Beirut

Degrees:B.Sc., M.Sc. (AUB), M.Sc. (LSE), Ph.D. (UCL)

Nasser Yassin is a Professor of Policy and Planning and Chairperson of the Health Management & Policy Department at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He founded in 2020 and currently leading the Lebanon Crisis Observatory to track the repercussions of the crises in Lebanon and to provide evidence and systematic analysis of various facets of the crises hitting the country. He co-chairs the AUB4Refugees Initiative that brings together faculty in AUB responding to refugee crises. He was the Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs between 2019 and 2020 and the Institute’s Director of Research between 2014 and 2019.

He holds a PhD from University College London (UCL), an MSc from London School of Economics (LSE), and an MSc and BSc from the AUB. His research and practice interests are in development planning and policymaking. He researches and works on policy and social innovation especially in areas of social, health and displacement policies and programs. He is author of more than 50 internationally published peer-reviewed articles and books. His work on refugee crises and on Lebanon has been featured in many media channels including Al-Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, The Economist, New York Times, and Deutsche Welle among others.

Yassin has held advisory roles and assignments to a number of UN organizations including UNHCR, UNDP, ESCWA, and ILO, as well as governments in the Middle East. He is currently an advisor to the UNHCR Regional Bureau for the Middle East and North Africa.