Zeina Nazer is Co-Founder of Cities Forum, Jardins D’EDEN and ITS ARAB based in the UK since 2005. Director of Innova Consulting and Researcher at University of Southampton, Zeina has over 20 years’ of global experience in strategy, consulting, M&A support, research, and platform development at firms including KPMG, Parsons, Jacobs and AECOM. Zeina led Advisory services for governments and major global players in Intelligent Mobility, Road Safety, Sustainable Transport, Smart Cities, energy, and the public sector in the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia and the USA.
After 7 years working in the USA with KPMG, Parsons, Jacobs and AECOM, Zeina moved to London to support international projects including leading international consultancy work with Arcadis for M25 Design-Build Integral Demand Management. Zeina also provided support to financial design of the New Zealand Toll System project with Deloitte, supported Booz & Co in the PMO for Abu Dhabi DOT and supported in shaping the future of transport for Dubai Government.
Zeina has a BSc in Civil Engineering from American University of Beirut, MSc in Transportation Engineering from University of Texas at Austin, MBA from the University of Chicago. She is a Professional Engineer licensed in the USA. Zeina is currently pursuing her PhD in Autonomous Vehicle at the University of Southampton.
In 2005, she co-founded ITS ARAB in London, promoting knowledge transfer and partnership between transport professionals in MENA region. ITS ARAB contributed to standards development of transport systems for International Organisation for Standardization ISO.
In 2007, Zeina founded Innova Consulting Ltd (ICL) in London specializing in intelligent transport systems (ITS) engineering and consulting services for public and private sectors.
In 2011, Zeina co-founded Jardins D’EDEN (JD) in London with her sisters. JD relocated to Tripoli, Lebanon in 2016. JD is luxury natural body and bath products stocking at Harrods, Wholefoods Markets and Planet Organic in London, UK.
In 2018, Zeina co-founded CITIES FORUM in collaboration with University of Oxford. CITIES FORUM is a global organisation with international experts specialised in sustainable urban development working as a catalyst with cities, companies and organisations.
Zeina was the chair of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Working Group TC204 WG1 on ITS Systems Architecture and served as Director on the Board of Women in Transportation (WTS) in the USA. A keynote speaker, author and presenter of over 100 papers submitted to magazines and conferences around the world.