Maha has a PhD degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary, Canada. She has over 20 years of experience in managing public and internationally funded portfolios, programs and projects in various development sectors, including water, energy, agriculture and the environment. She has over five years of experience in managing academic/research initiatives. Dr. Al-Zu'bi conducted most of her research in the Middle East, focusing on the Arab region, with the goal of proposing local climate policy and principles for governance of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Her passion is to actively foster interdisciplinary approaches to real-world energy, water, food and environmental issues. Maha has published many publications in peer-reviewed journals related to climate change governance and security, agri-food systems resilience and sustainable and resilient water systems, and energy-water-food nexus.