Wail Bakhit is a senior research associate, with a background in architecture and urban planning, and experience spanning over 15 years in government, real estate and academic sectors. His main areas of interest ranging from development and comprehensive planning, to the role of urban policy and urban design in achieving quality of life, with special focusing on planning and design as a process, as well as stakeholders’ engagement. During his career, Wail has participated in the guidance and supervision of numerous outstanding local and national projects in the Kingdom developed by acclaimed international consultants. Most of his experience gained from working for Riyadh Development Authority (currently the Royal Commission for Riyadh City), as a design manager for several prestigious planning and architectural projects which received global appreciation. Prior to joining the Center, Wail worked as a lecturer of planning and urban design in a leading private university in Sudan. He received his B.Sc. in architecture from the University of Khartoum, and his Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, in addition to numerous professional certificates in project and design management.