Ahmed Abukhater

Teaches courses on environmental planning, social justice, planning process and community design

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Ahmed Abukhater

Visiting Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Geography and Planning

21st century urban development; resource access and allocation; conflict prevention and resolution; environmental planning; social justice; community design; water resources and international development planning

Campus phone: (518) 442-3912
Campus email: aabukhater@albany.edu


Ahmed Abukhater, GISP, is an architect, environmentalist, and urban and regional planner by trade. Throughout his career, he served in a variety of senior positions in both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the Global Director of Product Management at Pitney Bowes, Esri’s Global Industry Manager for Planning and Community Development and Director of PLACES (Planning, Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Sustainability), and GIS Manager and instructor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Abukhater’s experience ranges from the technological and practical aspects of planning to public policy and implementation matters. He has frequently served as a keynote speaker in a number of areas, including GIS solutions and geospatial intelligence, sustainable community development, natural resources planning, social and environmental justice, and trans-boundary water resources management and conflict resolution. His research examines the social, economic and environmental factors that drive the 21st century urban development, resource access and allocation, and conflict prevention and resolution.

Abukhater holds a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, a dual Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. Throughout his career, Dr. Abukhater has authored numerous publications, served on many governing and advisory boards, and received more than 20 prestigious awards for his work.