Fouad is currently Associate Editor - Nature Energy at Springer Nature.

Fouad has been a Fulbright (2005-2007) scholarship recipient and UN Future Earth Fellow (2014). He has a PhD in Environmental Science and Policy, MS in Environmental Engineering, World Bank Accreditation for Environmental Safeguards, Prince2 Project Management Practitioner, IOSH Managing Safely and UNOPS HSE Audit certifications and more than a decade of international experience in the areas of sustainable development, climate change and cities, complexity research, environmental engineering, policy, management and journalism. He has worked on projects for the World Bank, UNOPS, Asian Development Bank, WWF, Korea Water Resources Corporation and other entities from the energy, development and public sectors. He is the author of several award winning papers, essays and peer reviewed work in the area of sustainable urban development and machine learning as well as creative fiction on related themes. Recently his project was mentioned in the Guardian.

Among other awards and achievements, he has been recognized as;
  • UN Future Earth Fellow (2014)
  • Winner of the United Nations IHDP's Dimensions Spring 2014 writing contest on “Beyond GDP”
  • Finalist of the United Nations Global Energy Initiative Energy Essay Contest (2013)
  • Third Prize Winner for IEEE Earthzine Student Essay Contest on ‘Science and Technology for Observing Earth’s Climate’ (2013)
  • Finalist of the Green Party in European Parliament’s Essay Competition on Women and Climate Change (2010)
  • Fulbright Scholarship (2005-2007)

The following slideshow gives a summary of his PhD research.



The following award winning essay summarizes his ideas on the new narrative we need to inspire the transition towards a better world. The essay starts on page 74.




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