In memory of Suleiman Bakhit: 'A hero in his own right'
Last week, the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) of the World Economic Forum lost a prized member of its community; Jordanian YGL Suleiman Bakhit.
Al-Sharif Nasser bin Nasser is the managing director of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security based in Amman, Jordan. In this position, he focuses on addressing chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) risks across the region. Nasser is also the head of the Middle East Regional Secretariat, the first of eight secretariats to be established globally under the European Union’s Centres of Excellence initiative on CBRN issues.
He has also recently established a consultancy firm offering strategic advice to governments and multinationals on issues relating to the region’s political and economic outlook.
Previously, Mr. Nasser worked in the office of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, where he last served as senior analyst in the Foreign Affairs Directorate. During that time, he managed several bilateral and thematic files and led analytical studies on Jordan’s regional and international relations. Nasser is also involved with numerous organizations. He served as the chairman of a leading insurance company in Jordan and currently serves as the vice chairman of a public national commission offering support to injured and disabled veterans, as well as the president of a charity that offers therapeutic riding services to children with special needs. He received his master’s degree in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University and his undergraduate degree in environmental science and policy and business management from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts (2001). Nasser is also the chair of the Princeton alumni committee in Jordan since 2004 and Regional Mentor for the Middle East since 2017.
He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum since 2015 and a Non-Resident Fellow of the Washington-based Middle East Institute since 2018.