Roula Majdalani is the Director of the Sustainable Development Policies Division at UN-ESCWA. The division promotes cooperation among Arab countries on sustainable management of natural resources with a focus on water, energy, food security and green production. Ms. Majdalani has a long career in the United Nations. She has served as a Human Settlements Officer, First Economic Affairs Officer on water resources, and Chief of the Technical Cooperation Section in UN-ESCWA. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Syracuse University and previously worked with Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (London). She has publications on green economy and integrated management of water resources, housing development and sustainable cities. She has lectured on these topics in scientific, regional and international forums.