Nibal Idlebi heads the Innovation Section of UN-ESCWA. She is a senior policy expert in innovation and technology for sustainable development, knowledge societies, and digital and open government. Dr Idlebi has worked extensively to develop policies and strategies to establish knowledge societies in the Arab region, with a focus on enabling environments for information societies, innovation policy, entrepreneurship, e-services and digital content. She also has expertise in digital transformation with focus on open and e-Government.
Dr Idlebi currently leads two regional projects—on open government, and innovation and emerging technologies for developing specific sectors. She is an active member of several international and regional working groups and a jurist for various innovation, entrepreneurship and digital content awards. Dr Idlebi holds a degree in computer engineering and a PhD in Computer Science.