Ahmad is an urbanist and researcher based in Amman, Jordan. He has an extensive background in both the practical and academic realms of architecture and urbanism. Over the past sixteen years, he has contributed significantly to numerous urban projects and publications, showcasing expertise and unwavering commitment to enhancing urban environments.
As an urbanist at the Mayor's Office within the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), Ahmad actively contributes to developing and implementing urban strategies aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within this role, Ahmad collaborates with experts and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and leverages his expertise to tackle pressing urban issues.
His leadership extends to his position as the lead coordinator for the 'Amman is Listening' - project, part of the Global Mayors Challenge 2021, where he plays a pivotal role in advancing public participation and inclusivity in urban governance. Developing an open-data participatory platform to empower citizens to access essential services, provide input for future investments, and effectively respond to crises fosters a sense of ownership and empowerment within the community. Furthermore, as the Sherpa of Amman at the Mayors Migration Council (MMC), he actively engages with the complex challenges of migration in urban contexts.
Ahmad is also the Head of Urbanism and Research at AZHJ, a collaborative space operating at the intersection of art, design, research, and urbanism. Through AZHJ, Ahmad supports national and local governments and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) by providing urban research and evidence to inform decision-making processes. His research focuses on urban redevelopment, climate change, social equity, and integrated urban planning.
Notable publications from Ahmad include the 'Gender Action Plan for Equitable Mobility in Amman' and 'Urban Mobility & Spatial Justice in Amman,' which reflect his commitment to promoting gender equality in urban mobility and his expertise in climate change, nature-based solutions, urban resilience, and urban health. He has also contributed to organisations such as the World Bank through the publication 'Metropolitan Amman: Comprehensive Climate Plans' and 'Urban 20'.
Ahmad serves as a board member of the Urban Planning and Design Committee at the Jordan Engineers Association and an executive board member of the Jordanian Planning Forum. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Jordan.
The notion that one day my beautiful city Amman will become a beacon of inclusivity, vibrancy, and tolerance inspires me to keep doing what I do. Despite all its challenges, Amman is a haven for displaced communities; it has successfully integrated and managed displacement throughout its modern history, becoming an example for other cities.
Ahmad Zeyad Abu Hussien