Dr. Mohamad Nawar Al-Awa is the Regional Advisor at Technology for Development Division (TDD) at UN-ESCWA, since 2013. He has more than 20 years of professional, academic and research experience.

Dr. Al-Awa has been working on e-services, e-Government strategies, capacity building issues, and Technology for development areas for several years. He provided multiple advisory services and conducted numerous capacity building workshops in ESCWA member states. Previously, he served as an advisor to UNDP-Government Service Reform and modernization project (UNDP-GSR) in Syria and as consultant to International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He was a board member of the Syrian Computer Society (SCS) - a prominent non-government organization (NGO) in Syria.

In Academia, Dr. Al-Awa has been working as Associate Professor at the faculty of Information Technology engineering at Damascus University since 2004. He was Dean of the faculty for four years, and Editor-in-Chief of Damascus University Journal for Engineering Sciences for four years. He also worked as researcher in Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology (HIAST) in Damascus (1996-2003), and lectured in several Syrian Universities, such as Syrian Virtual University (SVU), and International University for Science and Technology (IUST).

Dr. Al-Awa has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG) in France (1995), a Master degree (DEA: Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) in Electronic Systems from INPG-France (1991), and an Electronics Engineering degree from Higher Engineering School for Electronics and Communications of Grenoble (ENSERG) in France (1991).

He has multiple research papers, published in national and international Journals, as well as several textbooks in Computer Systems, Information Technology, and Technology development.