Amman is one of the Middle East’s most thriving metropolises. It is the political, cultural, and commercial center of Jordan and a thriving regional economic powerhouse.  Unfortunately, it is also now host to waves of refugees who have fled regional conflicts over the past two decades. This influx has put pressure on the city’s infrastructure and its ability to deliver basic services. While it boasts well-managed road, tunnel, and bridge infrastructure, there are few reliable public transport alternatives, forcing residents to rely heavily on cars.

Amman also faces climate-related challenges: unusually heavy rains often lead to flooding in lower-lying areas of the city, and its elevation exposes it to hazardous blizzards. Recent snow storms have paralyzed the city, affecting schools, transportation and the power grid. The city has responded to these disruptions by establishing protocols for emergency operations, including rapid-response communications centers and elaborate community coordination processes.
 

Shocks and Stresses

  • Blizzard
  • Chronic Energy Shortages
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Shifts
  • Heat Wave
  • Overtaxed/ Under Developed/Unreliable Transportation System
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Rapid Growth
  • Refugees
  • Resource Scarcity

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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An expert engineer with more than 35 years of successful experience in engineering and project management, Fawzi Masad is the Chief Resilience Officer of Amman. He comes to the position after leading the municipality in delivering its commitments towards the citizens of Amman by providing a customer-centric business model as City Manager. He joined Greater Amman Municipality in 1981 with a vision of providing quality public service for the citizens and visitors of the City of Amman. 

Masad served as a member in the experts committee of the department of lands and survey as an expert consultant in different legal cases & conflicts in Jordanian Courts regarding lands and real estate disputes, also as member in the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM), speaker and rapporteur of the Commission for Sustainable Development, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jordan Biogas Company Ltd, Board Member in many renowned institution such as; the Supreme Council for Youth, Land Transport Regulatory Commission (LTRC) and Housing and Urban Development Corporation. He also served as the Head of the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Government Performance and Transparency for GAM, qualified EFQM (the European Foundation for Quality Management) assessor 2014 and a member in the Arbitrators Association of Jordan as an expert in several cases and conflicts in the Jordanian courts. He also has been a lifelong learner where he always seeks for his professional development through various training experiences either by formal training or sharing experience from others. 

Fawzi Masad was born in 1955. He received the B.E. degree in civil engineering from Bosporus University -Roberts Collage, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1978. He can be reached at fawzi.masad@yahoo.com, citymanager@ammancity.gov.jo.

Snapshot of Amman

  • 3,000,000

    Estimated Population as of 2013

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