Academy Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department
Jessica Obeid
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Formerly the chief energy engineer at the United Nations Development Programme in Beirut, Jessica has ten years’ experience in the engineering field.

Since 2008, she has worked on paving the way for renewable energy in Lebanon through the implementation of different technological solutions and policy schemes to help the Lebanese government reach its targets.

She is a US State Department TechWomen fellow and UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office International Leaders fellow, and has participated in energy missions in various countries.

She has published widely and was recognised by the International Business Times as one of the Top 10 Tech Women in the Middle East and North Africa. 

She has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters’ Degree in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations.

Jessica’s research examines new energy models in the Middle East. Her fellowship is supported by the Asfari Foundation.


  • Renewable energy systems and grid integration
  • Access to energy
  • Energy in the Middle East
  • Energy security


2017Chief energy engineer, United Nations Development Programme
2017International leaders fellow, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2015-16Project coordinator and senior energy engineer, CEDRO IV UNDP
2015Masters’ degree, diplomacy & strategic negotiations
2008-14Energy engineer, CEDRO Project, UNDP
2012TechWomen fellow, US State Department
2007Bachelor degree, electrical engineering, Lebanese American University