Fadi Salem has over fifteen years of multidisciplinary working experience in the public sector, technology, media and policy research fields. Over the past decade, he has led regional policy research in the Middle East and North Africa focusing on digital governance, the internet, public policy and innovation in society as Director of the Governance and Innovation Program, and Fellow, at the Dubai School of Government (now MBRSG). He was previously an Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; and a Fellow at the I+I Policy Research Centre, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His areas of experience span open government, social media, smart cities, citizen engagement, youth empowerment, entrepreneurship, e-participation, 'future of government' models, and the impact of digital media on political and societal discourses in the Middle East.
A Syrian from the ancient city of Aleppo, Fadi is engaged in the emerging civil society in his country and in efforts to ‘brain-save’ Syrian youth and refugees affected by the conflict. He co-founded several initiatives and NGOs such as Jusoor (https://jusoorsyria.com/), which supports education, scholarship and entrepreneurship for thousands of Syrian youth and refugees.
At the Blavatnik School, Fadi's research explored the shift in governance approaches in the Arab region towards digital governance in the social media era and the multi-faceted impact of the transition on governance structures and civil society. His research was grounded in the areas of contemporary governance models and the impact of the internet, innovation in government-citizens interactions, as well as the emerging frameworks of e-participation in the age of the social web.