Regional Specialist, Ecology and Earth Sciences Programme, UNESCO
Dr. Elsa Sattout joined UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States in Cairo in June 2017. She is currently managing the Ecology and Earth Sciences Programme of which Natural Hazards Management and Socio-ecological Systems Resilience in the Arab region. Throughout the past 22+ years, Dr. Sattout was an interdisciplinary professional and a passionate conservationist, teacher and scholar. She has served in international organizations (UNEP, UNDP, World Bank, GIZ, AFD, etc.), government agencies and the private sector in the Arab region on projects and research initiatives related to numerous fields of natural sciences and environmental management. She has strong expertise in the governance of environmental policies and conservation and adaptation instruments and tools, as well as in national and regional strategic and inclusive socioeconomic-environmental planning.
Dr. Sattout taught in various renowned Lebanese universities where she developed and delivered courses on various aspects of Natural Sciences, Environmental Ethics, Sustainable Development, and Environmental Economy. She was the lead author of the Biota Chapter of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) for the Arab Region and of the North Africa. She has published chapters in books and peer reviewed manuscripts. Recently, she authored two UNESCO publications. She was also the leader of the development of UNESCO Atlas on Natural Hazards in the Arab Region: A tool for socio-ecological systems resilience and adaptation.
Dr. Sattout is an Agriculture Engineer, holds an MSc. degree in Natural Products-Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and a PhD degree from the University of Reading in the UK. She was awarded Myriam Rothschild Scholarship at Cambridge University in 2014.