He is the Director/Coordinator of the Arab Knowledge Report – a joint initiative of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
And of the Arab Water Report – United Nations Development Programme-UNDP
He is a Strategic Planner with extended international experience in the Arab and Asia regions in providing policy advice; planning; programming; and managing large portfolios in the fields of “knowledge societies/economies”, poverty alleviation, and socioeconomic development. Also, he is an expert, with hand-on experience, in change management and in piloting UN reform with special emphasis on evaluation of impact, effectiveness and efficiency.
He has coordinated and authored several publications and papers as well as regional and international level developmental reports. He was the coordinator of the Arab Human Development Reports (AHDRs) for 2004 and 2005 and he tangibly participated in writing AHDRs of 2002 and 2003. He is the author of the first Arab Millennium Development Report 2003 and he supervised, and tangibly contributed to the formulation of several other developmental reports all over the Arab region. He is also the author of several publications in socioeconomic development and population-environment dynamics. In addition, he is an expert in gaming and simulation.
Ghaith Fariz has a Ph. D. in Planning from the University of Michigan, USA, with main course of research involving socioeconomic development.