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Nourhan Al Kurdi: is an architect who has been a Research Associate at CSBE since 2011, and had served as a Research and Coordination Officer at CSBE in 2002. She studied architecture at the Jordan University of Science and Technology and the University of Jordan, and holds an MBA from the École Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) / ESCP – EAP in Beirut. Her experience has been in architecture, management, planning, social development, and overseeing public-private partnerships in Amman and in Aqaba. More recently, she has been concentrating on issues relating to sustainability, green buildings, and sustainable cities. She has obtained a Renewable Energy Professional (REP) certificate from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and a certificate in Sustainability Management from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and also is a LEED Green Associate. In December 2012, she started writing a series of essays under the heading of Moustadam. These essays, which appear on the CSBE website, address the subject of sustainability in Jordan and the Middle East.