Nael Thaher

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    Nael Thaher is a Research Fellow in the Directorate of Intellectual Property Management and Protection at the National Agricultural Research Centre, Jordan. Recently, he was affiliated with Panel Reviewer members of agriculture and food security program to assess research quality projects, College of Reviewers, IDRC, Canada. Prior to joining the National Agricultural Research Centre, he worked as an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Deanship of Scientific Research at the Zarqa University, Jordan. He obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Guelph, Canada, in 2017, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow the following year. He led and conducted studies on management of intellectual property rights in crop biotechnology. He has a M.Sc. in Plant Agriculture, also from the University of Guelph, where he served as a research affiliate with Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. He was the first University of Guelph scholar to attend the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Summer Academy in 2014. His research interests are in management of intellectual property, intellectual property law and policy, commercialization and technology transfer in biotechnology, science innovation and policy, and agrifood business and rural development. He received numerous awards for his academic excellence including the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food-University of Guelph Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Scholarship (2012) and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant (2014). He has also been published in number of international peer-reviewed journals.