Nidal Abu Sammour
Title: MENA Regional Liaison
Nidal Abu Sammour serves as the MENA (Middle East North Africa) Liaison. He joined The Critical Mass in early 2020 and serves as a non-proliferation professional with over a decade of experience implementing CBRNE-related USG programs in the MENA region and high-risk countries. With extensive experience in program management, project management and operations, Nidal managed numerous projects mainly focusing on building USG partners capacities to counter proliferation of WMDs and dual-use commodities by establishing and improving in-country systems and regulations, and developing organizational and individual capacities.
Before joining The Critical Mass, Nidal served as a program manager at CRDF Global, exclusively managing border security related programs and projects for the U.S. Department of State Export Control and Border Security (EXBS) Program in the MENA region. Prior to that, Nidal served as a senior project manager and managed chemical security related projects for the Chemical Security Program (CSP), Office of Corporate Threat Reduction (CTR) in the MENA region. He has a particular focus on Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Jordan. His projects varied between grants, workshops, conferences and technical/field trainings for a diverse audience from public and private sectors.
Nidal holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science from Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq, and has substantial experience in logistics and administrative support.