Nada Al Hassan

Member of the Master Jury 2022

Nada Al Hassan is an architect specializing in the conservation of architectural and urban heritage. Her career in the protection and management of cultural heritage has spanned Europe, the African continent and the Arab States. She has led the implementation of architectural and urban restoration and international cooperation projects for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), The World Bank, the European Commission and UNESCO. In Bethlehem, she was responsible for cultural heritage conservation and urban rehabilitation under the Bethlehem 2000 Project. In Syria, she directed a programme to develop cultural tourism. In Ethiopia, she led the Aksum Obelisk Reinstallation Project.


From 2010 to 2013, Nada Al Hassan coordinated UNESCO’s culture sector initiatives related to sustainable development as part of preparations for the post-2015 United Nations agenda for

sustainable development. From 2013 until the end of 2018, she was Head of the Arab States Unit at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, where she monitored the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the region. She actively contributed to the development of strategic and operational responses to heritage and reconstruction issues in the context of armed conflict.


In January 2019, Nada Al Hassan joined the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) for two years where she acted as the Head of the Sub-Regional Office for the Maghreb (Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Morocco). Based in Tunis, she established UN-Habitat’s presence in the four countries and brought forward the urban and habitat agendas at national and sub-regional levels, including within the UN Country Teams across the sub-region.


Nada Al Hassan is currently the Advisor for Culture to the Director-General of UNESCO.

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