Dr. Dalal Najib is the Director for Science and Engineering Capacity Development at the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She holds a Ph.D. in Climate and Space Engineering and a Master of Public Policy from University of Michigan. She has over ten years of experience in science policy and international development.


As countries in the Arab world grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health, the economy, and society in general, the author argues it could be a pivotal moment to address deeply rooted structural weaknesses in the region.