Nasser has a long history and track record working on Middle East regional security. He founded Ambit Advisory in 2022 to focus on cross-sectoral and cascading risks that lie at the nexus of security and developmental issues. In addition to managing Ambit Advisory, he is also Senior Advisor to the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), where he leads research relating to the impacts of ballistic missiles, drones, disruptive weapon systems and weapons of mass destruction on Middle East security and stability. In 2023, Nasser was also appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Complex Risk which explores the intersection between a number of global long-term risks and trends.
From 2010 until 2022, Mr. Nasser served as the Managing Director of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS) based in Amman, Jordan. In this position, he focused on addressing chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) risks across the Middle East region. During the same period, he also headed the Middle East Regional Secretariat, the first of eight secretariats to be established globally under the European Union’s “Centres of Excellence” initiative on CBRN issues. In both these roles, he worked with governments of the Middle East to raise awareness about CBRN risks and generate regional cooperation and responses to mitigate against them.
Previously, Mr. Nasser worked in the Office of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, where he last served as Senior Analyst in the Foreign Affairs Directorate. During that time, he managed several bilateral and thematic files and led analytical studies on Jordan’s regional and international relations.
Mr. Nasser is also involved with numerous organizations. He served as the Chairman of a leading insurance company in Jordan and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of a public national commission offering support to injured and disabled veterans. He received his master’s degree in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University and his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Policy and Business Management from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts (2001). Nasser is also the chair of the Princeton alumni committee in Jordan since 2004 and two-term mentor for Middle East alumni committees (2017-2023).
In 2015, Mr. Nasser was selected by the World Economic Forum as a “Young Global Leader,” along with 187 candidates globally and has served as Member of the Advisory Group for the Forum of Young Global Leaders 2021-2022. Between 2018-2020, he was a non-resident scholar of the Washington-based Middle East Institute and in 2021 joined the English-language daily, Jordan News Daily, as a regular columnist.