UN-Habitat Head of the Sub-Regional Maghreb office since January 2019, she is based in Tunis and manages Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, and Morocco.
Before joining UN-Habitat, Nada Al Hassan held the position of the Chief of the Arab States Unit at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre from the end of 2013, where she ensured the implementation of the World Heritage Convention while actively contributing to sustainable development, capacity building, and policymaking initiatives in the Arab States region. Since 2015, she primarily focused on strategic and operational responses to post-conflict recovery and reconstruction in the context of armed conflict in the Middle East.
Being an architect by training, specialising in the conservation of architectural and urban heritage, Ms. Al Hassan developed her professional career in the protection and management of cultural heritage in Europe, Africa, and the Arab States. She led the implementation of several architectural and urban rehabilitation projects for UNDP, the World Bank, the European Commission, and UNESCO, particularly in Bethlehem, where she headed urban conservation programmes and works under the Bethlehem 2000 project, in Syria where she directed a programme on cultural tourism development, and in Ethiopia where she carried out the Aksum Obelisk Reinstallation Project, completed in 2009. From 2010 to 2013, she coordinated UNESCO’s initiatives on the role of culture in sustainable development.