Fadi G. Haddad

Visiting Scholar

Fadi G. Haddad is a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, affiliated with Senseable City Lab. On a Fulbright Canada research grant, his work investigates how big data can shed new light on the dynamics and resilience of main streets in Canada and the United States.

As a Canadian federal public servant, Fadi brings a distinguished 14-year record of championing inclusive and sustainable development policies across diverse cities and regions. From briefing ministers on Ontario's Ring of Fire mine developments to implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies in Quebec regional programs, his thought leadership garnered him five excellence awards. An Action Canada 2020-21 Fellow and a 2020 MIT Policy Hackathon winner, Fadi thrives at the nexus of academic theory and technology policy practice, drawing on his engineering background. He has spearheaded academia-government research collaborations with McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy, and his writings have been featured with Canada’s Public Policy Forum, Policy Options, and MIT Science Policy Review. A long-time resident of Old Montreal's main street with his husband, Fadi finds inspiration from the city's vibrant character during his daily walking commutes.