Dr. Bassel Daher is a Research Associate with the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Research Group, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University (since 2014). As Project Coordinator at Texas A&M’s Water-Energy-Food Nexus Initiative (2015-2018) Daher led an interdisciplinary team of graduate students addressing interconnected resource challenges in Texas. In his work, Daher builds on system’s thinking to develop analytics that catalyze an evidence-based, multi-stakeholder dialogue around trade-offs associated with technological, policy, and social interventions to address the interconnected water, energy, and food security challenges. He also focuses on water-energy-food governance, improving convergence between academic and stakeholder groups, and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Daher has contributed to multiple chapters of the UN Global Sustainable Development Report, co-authored a report on Renewable Energy and the Water, Energy, and Food Nexus for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and co-authored nearly 40 journal articles, book chapters, and policy briefs relating to the interconnected water-energy-food securities and nexus assessment tools, including with Chatham House, Sustainability, Water International, and Science of the Total Environment. His work has about 300 citations to date. Dr. Daher has presented his research at academic and non-academic events in more than 10 countries, including in a 2018 TEDx talk, the 8th World Water Forum (Brasilia, 2018), and the World Water Congress (Cancun, 2017). He has contributed to the preparation of several successful research proposals, including NSF INFEWS/T3: Decision Support for Water Stressed FEW Nexus Decsions (Award # 1739977).
Daher’s professional experience includes diverse themes, multiple types of stakeholders, employment and internships that span diverse backgrounds, including: Lebanon, Qatar, Poland, France, and the USA (Indiana and Texas). Daher’s research excellence was recognized with the 2019 Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department Excellence Award for Outstanding Research. In 2017, he received the Best Paper Award at the International Conference for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, and was the 2017 recipient of the Montgomery Award, given by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) to those student leaders making major contributions to academic opportunities and quality of life of their fellow graduate students at Texas A&M University. Daher earned a PhD in Water Management and Hydrologic Sciences from Texas A&M University (2019), an MSE from Purdue University, Biological and Agricultural Engineering (2012, with distinction) and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut (2010, with distinction).