Hassan is engaged in carrying-out post-conflict environmental assessments and the design and implementation of environmental recovery programmes. Since 2003, he was involved in the Branch’s programmes in Afghanistan, DR Congo, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Rwanda and Sudan. He is currently managing the Branch’s post-conflict intervention in the DR Congo and working on a new initiative on climate change and security in fragile states.
While working on a range of environmental issues, he has a special focus on water resources and wetlands management. In 2001, he carried out an assessment of the Mesopotamian marshlands in southern Iraq which helped catalyse international attention and action on the issue. He has also worked on facilitating inter-state dialogue on transboundary water issues, and implemented community-led water catchment management projects to support local livelihoods and improve drinking water supply.
Starting his career with the Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI) in Nairobi, Kenya, he then worked with the World Wide Fund for Nature International (WWF) on pesticide and pollution issues. He subsequently worked for a UNDP project in Lesotho to support the creation of a National Environmental Secretariat following the Earth Summit in 1992, and with UNITAR’s global programme on chemicals management. Prior to joining UN Environment-Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, he worked with UN Environment’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA/GRID-Geneva) and the Regional Seas Programme covering the ROPME Sea Area and Red Sea. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters in International Development Studies and Diploma in Geomatics from the University of Geneva.