Mediterranean Basin Initiative

Dr. Fathi Nuah

Dr. Fathi Nuah

Diplomat / Business Consultant, Libya

Nuah graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in Engineering Physics and went on to get his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Nuclear Engineering at the same institution. He returned to his home country Libya in 1977 where he joined the Faculty of Engineering at Tripoli University. He later founded and was dean of the Faculty of Nuclear & Electronic Engineering at the same university. He served as acting Undersecretary of Energy from 1980 to 1983 which put him in charge of Libya's nuclear program during the period.

In 1983, after being convinced that he had to break with the Gaddafi regime, Dr. Nuah left Libya with his family and sought political asylum in the United States. His high profile defection made him a target of Gaddafi's operatives. Dr. Nuah worked in business consulting and academic work until he returned to Libya in 2012 after the fall of the Gaddafi regime.

Between August 2012 and June 2013, Dr. Nuah served as advsior to the President of the General National Congress (GNC) for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Libya. In this capacity, he was a member of the Libyan delegation headed by the President of the GNC to the United Nation's 67th General Assembly Session, September 2012. He was also a member of high level delegations in Libya's state visits to many countries such as Italy, Turkey and Egypt. He initiated and followed up cooperative programs with countries, international organizations and NGOs

In March 2012, Dr. Nuah was a panelist in the Southeast European Forum, SAIS, Center of Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University. He was also invited in May 2013 as panelist and presented papers in two sessions of the Mediterranean Economic Initiative at SAIS.

Currently, Dr. Nuah is engaged with associates in developing major business developments in Libya in the education, oil, construction, and commerce sectors.