Nazar M. Hassan

Speaker: Nazar M. Hassan, UNESCO Senior STI Regional Advisor for the Arab States, UNESCO, Egypt

Dr. Nazar M. Hassan (b. 1964; Sudan) has been the Senior Science and Technology Advisor for the Arab States at UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences since 2009, where he has initiated several networks to build up the region’s techno-preneurship culture. Dr. Hassan has substantively participated in policy dialogue in a number of countries to update/renew their Science Technology and Innovation policies (STI) and support their efforts toward sustainable development. Previously, he worked as Senior Economist in the Sustainable Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia. Dr. Hassan also worked as a senior researcher in the area of systems optimization at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the United States between 1992 and 2003. Dr. Hassan has a number of published papers and reports in the area of strategic management for Sustainable Development. Dr. Hassan received his Master of Science in the area of renewable energy technologies, and his doctorate degree in Systems Optimization (Industrial Engineering), with a focus on Sustainable Energy Development (SED) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the United States. In a few words, Mr. Hassan is an engineer by profession, a scientist, an inventor with a strong aptitude for global problems solving.

Abstract: “The Modified Dynamic Strategic Fit (DSF) Algorithm for Solving the Sustainable Development Goals Problem in Developing Countries"

Devising a conceptual framework through which the 2030 Agenda can successfully end poverty and inequality, while addressing the fundamental social needs at any national level is but a daunting task. It becomes especially difficult to achieve the above goal, when we add to the above tasks the mandate to safeguard the integrity of the earth’s vital biophysical processes and the required ecosystem services. The level of complexity of the problem in hand further increases exponentially when we additionally consider the demand of urgency to meet all 169 challenges (targets) of the 17 SDGs by 2030. Developing countries in most cases have failed to successfully address each of the 17 goals one by one in separate silos, before the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015 and until today! So, how will they be able to make sense of this extremely aspiring agenda and its intermixed 169 targets? This research utilizes both quantitative and qualitative analysis to devise a new conceptual framework that could facilitate a way of decoding the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the agreed-upon 17 goals into a significant and effective set of actions at the national levels in developing countries. Away from the call to analyze the +30,000 interactions that exist between the 17 SGDs and their 169 targets, this research presents a unique contribution in addressing the 2030 Agenda implementation utilizing well-known methodologies in problem-solving modelling, based on a new conceptual framework that ensures the development of a set of coherent STI policies as a necessary condition for successfully achieving the SDGs.