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Yarob Badr

Former Minister of Transport in Syria 2006-2011, Regional Advisor on Transport and Logistics at UNESCWA, PhD

One of my greatest achievements: cutting Syria’s traffic fatalities by 30%

I was born in 1959 in Damascus, Syria. 

I obtained my bachelor’s in civil engineering from Syria’s Tishreen University before getting my PhD in transport sciences from the French National School of Bridges and Roads.

As the Syrian Arab Republic’s Minister of Transport from 2006 to 2011, I advanced public-private partnerships (PPP) operations at the Tartous and Lattakia container terminals and activated the Ministry of Transport’s PPP unit, developing a long-term PPP strategy to attract private investment in transport. 

One of my greatest achievements as Syria’s Minister of Transport was to reduce the country’s number of traffic fatalities by 30% in three years (2008-2011).

I then switched to academia and worked as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Tishreen University in Lattakia, Syria, where I helped to create a specialised transport engineering and planning curriculum.

Between 2011 and 2014, I taught transport planning and highway engineering at the Arab International University (AIU, Damascus) and on road safety management at the Saint-Joseph University (USJ, Beirut, Lebanon).

Since 2014, I’ve been Regional Advisor on Transport and Logistics at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

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