Safei-Eldin Hamed is a scholar of environmental planning and management and a consultant of international development who practices in North America and the Middle East. He is a faculty member at the Department of Landscape Architecture at Texas Tech University and the training coordinator for the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies in Lubbock, Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from Virginia Tech, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cairo University. Hamed has taught at the University of Guelph and The University of Nova Scotia in Canada; King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia; and the University of Georgia, Virginia Tech, and the University of Maryland in the United States. He has served as a consultant for several organizations including: the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, the Smithsonian Institute, the Arab Development Institute, Parks Canada, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Information Agency (USIA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism. He also worked as an environmental specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC (1994–1997). Hamed has authored or co-authored four books and more than six chapters, articles, papers, and special reports on various topics including: environmentally and socially sustainable development, environmental strategies and management of the arid lands, Islamic art and architecture, and Arab-Muslim cross cultural issues.