About Iyad Dahiyat

Iyad Dahiyat is the former Secretary-General of the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) and the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in Jordan during the period between 2016 - 2019 with more than 20 years of experience in water resources development and management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and infrastructure governance and financing. He managed more than 50 projects to improve basic services and enhance utility operational efficiencies in the water sector for a total value exceeding 1 billion USD. He also managed the two flag-ship PPP projects in the water sector (Disi Water System Conveyance BOT and As-Samra BOT WWTP).

Syria’s Crisis and Jordan’s Water Struggle: Lessons Learned

Jordan has had to accept being labeled a Refugee Country since its independence, as the country has absorbed several waves of refugees from neighboring countries in a region of uncertainty.  It began with the Arab-Israeli Wars in 1948 and 1967, followed by the Gulf Wars in 1991 and 2004, and ended with the most recent conflict in Syria, which added 1.4 million refugees to the country’s population. This posed extraordinary challenges to Jordan’s water sector, which lacked the necessary resources to meet the increased demand. Former UN High Commissioner for Refugees and current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres summed up Jordan’s … Continue reading