The WSTA 11th Gulf Water Conference

“Water in the GCC … Towards Efficient Management”
20-22 October 2014, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Conference Opening Ceremony

Conference Keynote Speakers

Counting the Cost of Water Resources in the GCC Countries: A Nexus Perspective

Glada Lahn, Chatham House, UK

Glada Lahn
Chatham House, UK

Glada is a Senior Research Fellow with the Energy, Environment & Resources Department at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London. Since joining Chatham House in 2004, her research areas have included petroleum sector governance, Arctic extractives investment, sustainable resource use in oil-exporting countries, rethinking energy and climate policy and transboundary water issues in Asia and West Asia. For the last five years she has led work on domestic energy and water management, pricing and policy with partners in the Gulf. From 2002-2004, Glada was Senior Research Fellow at the Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies and has since worked for a number of organizations as a freelance consultant. She has a BA in Arabic and international relations (including a year spent at the University of Damascus), and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Strategies for Efficient Water Management in NPPs: The IAEA Water Management Programme (WAMP)

Ibrahim Khamis, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Austria

Ibrahim Khamis
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Austria

Ibrahim Khamis has earned his M.Sc. in 1986 and Ph.D. in 1988 in nuclear engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Since 2006, he is the Project Manager of the Non-electric applications of nuclear energy, Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, Division of Nuclear Power, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). His duties involve nuclear desalination, hydrogen production, district heating and other industrial applications of nuclear energy. Previous to joining the Agency, he was Head, Nuclear Engineering Department, Atomic Energy Commission, Damascus, Syria. An author and coauthor of more than 100 research publications, conference presentations. His main interest is reactor physics, design and simulation, and non-electric applications of nuclear energy.

Managed Aquifer Recharge-Aquifer Storage and Recovery: Regional Experience and Needs for Further Cooperation and Knowledge Exchange in the Arab region

Ralf Klingbeil, UN-ESCWA, Beirut

Ralf Klingbeil
UN-ESCWA, Beirut

Ralf Klingbeil holds a PhD in Hydrogeology / Applied Geology from Tübingen, Germany, the equivalent of a M.Sc. in Geophysics from Kiel, Germany and a M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from Birmingham, United Kingdom. Mr. Klingbeil joined UN ESCWA in 2009 as Regional Advisor Environment and Water supporting ECSWA’s 17 Member States on issues related to environmental and water policies and management. Since 2014 Mr. Klingbeil acts additionally as Network Coordinator for the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET), the Cap-Net regional network for capacity development in sustainable water management. Initially trained as hydrogeologist, geophysicist and geoscientist, he acquired more than 20 years of professional experience in university research, teaching, private consultancies, government institutions, advisory services for UN agencies and German federal ministries, working on water, groundwater and land management in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to his current appointment Mr. Klingbeil served as Senior Programme Officer at the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) and as Project Coordinator in International Cooperation for the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) managing and coordinating advisory services for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the fields of water and especially groundwater.

Sustainable Management of Surface and Groundwater in the Arab Region

Abdin Saleh, Interim Director, UNESCO Cairo Office, Egypt

Abdin Saleh
Interim Director, UNESCO Cairo Office, Egypt

Prof. Abdin Salih is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Khartoum and Member of the Governing Council of the University. He is also a member of the Governing Council of the Sudan University of Sciences and Technology and the Governing Board of UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands. His education included a first class honor degree in Civil Engineering from Khartoum University and DIC and PhD from Imperial College in London in 1973. He held various academic positions at many universities in Africa, Middle East, Europe and USA with full professorship since 1982 and served as the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum in 1991/2. He worked for UNESCO from 1993 to 2008 as regional hydrologist in Cairo, deputy secretary of the International Hydrological Program of UNESCO (IHP) in Paris and Director of UNESCO regional offices in Cairo and Tehran. In September 2011, he was appointed as Secretary of the UNESCO/IHP and the Director of the Water Sciences Division for one year. Prior to that he was elected in 2008 as the President of the Intergovernmental Council of the IHP of UNESCO for two years. He published over 90 scientific contributions in refereed journals and specialized conferences. His research interest includes areas related to water resources management in arid zones. He is a member/fellow of many scientific organizations such as IAHR, IWRA, IAHS, IAH, ICID, and is currently a member of the executive committee of the Arab Water Council.

Nanotechnology Based Pretreatment and Desalination for Effective Salt Removal from Brackish Water

Joydeep Dutta, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman

Joydeep Dutta
Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman

Prof. Joydeep Dutta is a Chair Professor in Nanotechnology for Water Desalination at Sultan Qaboos University since October 2011. Earlier he served as the Vice President (Academic Affairs) and Director of the Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, for a decade. He is Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN) and Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SNN), Senior Member of IEEE (USA), founding member of Thailand Nanotechnology Society, and member of several other professional bodies. He is a choice award winning author (American Library Association 2010) of the book “Fundamentals of Nanotechnology”. He has also co-authored “Introduction to Nanoscience” and “Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” (CRC Press). Prof. Dutta has over 200 research publications, with over 3000 citations (h-index 29), 11 chapters in Science & Technology reference books, 5 patents (11 ongoing applications) and has delivered over 70 invited and keynote lectures.

Water and Sanitation Services are Fundamental to Health

Hamed Bakir, WHO/CEHA

Hamed Bakir

Mr. Hamed Bakir is a water and wastewater engineer with a career of over 30 years in public health and environment at the World Health Organization and other UN agencies. He Coordinates the Environmental Health Interventions Unit at WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office Centre for Environmental Health Action. He is also WHO’s Regional Advisor on Water, Sanitation, Climate and Health. Under his leadership, the Environmental Health Interventions Unit develops and provides normative guidance, technical and policy support to countries on water quality and safety management; safe wastewater use; climate resilient water and sanitation services; public health adaptation response to climate change; health sector greening; waste management; health in sustainable development; health impact assessment; and environmental health services in healthcare facilities. He pioneered, within the region, the application of water safety management plans, decentralized wastewater systems and reuse, water demand management; and water governance for securing water requirements for health protection.

Challenges in Sewage Treatment and Reuse Opportunities in Arid Regions

Peter Werner, UAE University

Peter Werner
UAE University

Prof. Peter Werner obtained his PhD Degree in 1979 from the University of Saarbrücken on “Microbiology of Activated Carbon Filtration”. He served as the head of the Department of Microbiology at the DVGW-Forschungsstelle at the Engler-Bunte-Institute of the University Karlsruhe (later DVGW-Technologiezentrum Wasser). In 1991 he served as the head of the Branch Institute of the DVGW Technologie Zentrum Wasser in Dresden, and was appointed in 1993 as a professor (C4) for “Contaminated Site Management“ at the Technische Universität Dresden. He became a Chair holder of the professorship for “Contaminated Site Management“ in 1994 at the Technische Universität Dresden, and was appointed as the Director of the Institute for Waste Management and Contaminated Site Treatment at the Technische Universität Dresden from 1995-2004. During the period 2003-2009 he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Forest, Geo and Hydro Sciences, TU Dresden, and during the period 2011 to 2014 he serves as the Dean of the Faculty of Science, UAEU in Al Ain, and have been instrumental in the establishment of the “National Water Centre” affiliated to UAEU, and he serves as the Director of the UAEU National Water Centre. Prof. Werner main fields of research are Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Treatment of oil contaminated water, oil refinery sewage treatment, Microbiological treatment of contaminated soils and waters, Natural attenuation of soils and aquifers, Advanced oxidation, Risk assessment and risk management of sites contaminated with Hydrocarbons, PAH, halogenated solvent, BTEX, MTBE, ammonia. He serves as a member of the Scientific Committee in 3 different journals, and he has more than 250 publications in scientific journals.

Agricultural water management under scarcity: from Efficiency to Productivity

Theib Oweis, ICARDA

Theib Oweis

Dr. Oweis is currently the director of the Integrated Water and Land Management Program at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), based in Amman, Jordan. Since 1991 he joined ICARDA and worked in several capacities as scientist, principal scientist, team leader and manager. Earlier he joined the University of Jordan in Amman, as an assistant professor in irrigation and drainage engineering and in the 70’s worked for Dar Al Handash Consultants (Shaer and Partners). Received his MSc and PhD degrees in Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA, in 1979-1983. Has over 30 years of experience in international research and education, development and human capacity building and in the management of water for agriculture especially in the dry environments. Author of over 200 refereed journal publications, books/book chapters and conference proceedings in the areas of water use efficiency, supplemental irrigation, water harvesting, water productivity, deficit irrigation, salinity and the management of scarce water resources. He contributed to promoting at the global level of the concepts of water productivity and water savings practices in agriculture.

Groundwater Management in Oman: Institutions, Governance and Sustainability

Slim Zekri, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman

Slim Zekri
Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman

Dr Slim Zekri, has an Agriculture Economics Engineering degree, A Master degree in Environmental Planning. He earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics & Quantitative Methods from the University of Cordoba, Spain. Currently he is Associate Professor, at the Department of Natural Resource Economics, Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. Dr Zekri published more than 50 papers in International Journals and in International Conferences. He worked as an expert for national and international agencies. His main research and consultancies deal with natural resource economics, mainly agriculture, water economics, policy and governance.

Efficient Management of Municipal Water in the Arab Region

Khaldoon Khasman, ACUWA, Jordan

Khaldoon Khasman
ACUWA, Jordan

Eng. Khaldon Khashman is a senior water utilities management expert, who served the water sector in Jordan for more than 25 years. He started his career at Jordan Drinking Water Corporation in the early eighties, then took over many vital positions at the Water Authority of Jordan in different service areas in Jordan, and finally served as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, and in 2009 he was appointed as the Secretary General of the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA). Eng. Khaldon Khashman is a member of board of directors at the Water Authority of Jordan, municipal councils, Jordan Engineers Association and other professional organization, and a former board member in Jordan Water Company (Miyahuna), Northern Governorates Water Administration and Aqaba Water Company. He attended more than 40 local and international professional training programs covering technical, financial, legal and administrative issue in water utilities. He strongly believes in the importance of knowledge and experience transfer between Arab water utilities and promoting ACWUA as regional center of excellence which will partner with water supply and wastewater utilities in Arab countries to provide best practice service delivery to their customers.

Oil produced water treatment and management

Yasmeen M Al Lawati, Sultanate of Oman

Yasmeen M Al Lawati
Sultanate of Oman

Dr. Yasmeen Al Lawati is an expert on Oil-Produced Water Management and Treatment Expert. She has worked with the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) for over 20 years in pursuit of turning produced water from a nuisance into a valuable resource through cost-effective treatment. She built a team of water management and treatment experts in PDO, who started to look into all water challenges faced in Oil production. Prior to that she was the Project Manager for the Reed Bed Pilot that proved the potential of growing plants using Produced Water. She started as a concept/process engineer at PDO in 1992, got her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College in 2000. She also headed the Sustainable Development Team in PDO for 3 years as part of her broadening assignment. Currently she is a freelance consultant.

Water well design and groundwater development in the Gulf region

Bruce Misstear, Trinity College, Ireland

Bruce Misstear
Trinity College, Ireland

Prof Bruce Misstear is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is a hydrogeologist with over 30 years experience in groundwater resources development. Prior to joining the Civil Engineering Department in Trinity College in 1995, Prof Misstear worked as a consultant hydrogeologist, becoming head of the Groundwater Department of international consultancy Mott MacDonald. During this period he undertook groundwater projects in many parts of the world, including the Gulf region. His current research includes amajor project on water pollution pathways in Ireland. He is also part of the Uganda Water is Life research team. Prof Misstear is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications, including the international textbook Water wells and boreholes. He is both a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Engineer. He is currently Vice President (Finance and Membership) of the International Association of Hydrogeologists.

Principles and Challenges of Integrated Water Resources Management–How a Concept can be Transferred into Practice for Coastal Arid Regions

Dr. Jens Grundmann, Technische Universität Dresden

Dr. Jens Grundmann
Technische Universität Dresden

Dr.rer.nat. Jens Grundmann studied Hydrology at Technische Universität Dresden and received his Diploma in 2001. He worked as a research associate at the Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology and received his PhD in 2009 for a study about uncertainties in spatial distributed rainfall-runoff modelling. Afterwards he worked for the International Water Research Alliance Saxony founded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education, Germany, as scientific coordinator of the Oman – German IWRM cooperation project and conducted research in the field of integrated water resources management of coupled groundwater-agriculture hydrosystems. Currently, he holds the position of the senior research associate at the chair of Hydrology of Technische Universität Dresden and is responsible for teaching and research. He is a lecturer for watershed management, hydrometry, and catchment modelling. He is also member of IAHS, EGU, and the German Hydrological Society and works as reviewer for several scientific journals.

FAO’s Water Scarcity Initiative stimulates sustainable efficient management of agricultural water through partnerships and cooperation: Oman and Jordan cases

Dr. Fawzi Karajeh, FAO Regional Office

Dr. Fawzi Karajeh
FAO Regional Office

Dr. Fawzi Karajeh is the Senior Water Resources and Irrigation Officer of the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North. Prior to that, he served at the International Center for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) as a Principal Water Resources and Irrigation Management Scientist after he served as the ICARDA’s Regional Coordinator for the Nile Valley and sub-Saharan Africa region for five years. From 2001 to 2008, he served as the Chief of the Water Recycling and Desalination Branch of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). From 1999 to 2001, he was the Senior Marginal-Quality Water Scientist at ICARDA. Prior to that and for seven years he served at DWR as an Associate Land and Water Use Analyst Dr. Karajeh received his PhD in 1991 from UC Davis, USA ; authored and co-authored over 75 publications and received eight Recognition Awards.

Gaining Urban Water Efficiency in Arid Conditions – Latest Trends

Alexander McPhail – World Bank Group

Desalination Trends Around the World, Europe & North Africa


Miguel Angel SANZ

Industrial Engineer degree received in 1981 from Bilbao High Technical School of Engineers.

Miguel Angel SANZ joined the Degrémont group in 1983. He has occupied several positions in the company as Technical & Project Director of Degrémont Spain, Director of Business Development in Degrémont Iberia and Desalination Manager and Deputy Technical Director of Degrémont group in France. He is currently Director of Development and Innovation in Degrémont group.

Hel is a member of the Board of Directors and 2nd Vice President of IDA (International Desalination Association) and Vice President of AEDyR (Spanish Desalination and Reuse Association). He has also been 8 years in the board of Directors of EDS (European Desalination Society).

He has over 30 year professional experience in Desalination as well as in potable and wastewater fields and he has been active in promotion and innovation of membrane desalination field and publishing more than 50 papers on Desalination and Water and Waste Water Treatments.

Desalination Trends Around the World, North America

Doug Eisberg, Avista Technologies

Doug Eisberg
Avista Technologies

Doug Eisberg currently holds the position of Director of Business Development for Avista Technologies, a trusted expert in membrane system chemistry and global process support.
Prior to entering the membrane chemical industry, Mr, Eisberg had more than 25 years experience in the design and fabrication of pressure vessels for membrane separation systems. He was the founder and President of Bekaert Progressive Composites, the supplier of PROTEC membrane pressure vessels. In addition, he worked at Advanced Structures Inc., the makers of CodeLine pressure vessels for 17 years where he led the development, engineering and sales departments.
In addition to his work as an IDA Director, Mr. Eisberg has been an active Director for the American Membrane Technology Association for over fifteen years and is the Chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Section X standards committee on fiber-reinforced boilers and pressure vessels where he has served for over 20 years.

Desalination Trends Around the World, Latin America

Emilio Gabbrielli, Toray

Emilio Gabbrielli

Emilio has a degree in Chemical Engineering and a post-degree specialization certificate in simulation and optimization from Bologna University, Italy. He has over 35 years’ experience in water desalination and reuse around the world..

Between 2003 and 2008 he was CEO of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the international network of institutions committed to the sustainable development and management of water resources.

Emilio is Director, Overseas Business Development, of Toray. He is serving as a Director for Latin America and the Caribbean and as 1st Vice-President of the International Desalination Association (IDA).

Desalination Trends Around the World, Asia

Lance Johnson, Dow Water & Process Solutions

Lance Johnson
Dow Water & Process Solutions

Lance Johnson is the business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions’ reverse osmosis business unit (RO BU) and Asia Pacific commercial director, He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Western Illinois University. He is currently based in Edina, Minnesota but relocating to Shanghai, China in August 2014. He is responsible for developing and implementing DW&PS’ RO BU growth strategy and commercial oversight of DWPS’ Asia Pacific commercial organization.
Johnson has more than 33 years of increasing progressive leadership responsibility experience in the sales, technical service, marketing, and business development of water and process applications in ion exchange, reverse osmosis, and ultrafiltration businesses.

Johnson is an officer and director of the International Desalination Association (IDA), and former director of the Affordable Desalination Collaboration.

Desalination Trends Around the World, Australia

Neil Palmer, National Centre of Excellence in Desalination - Australia

Neil Palmer
National Centre of Excellence in Desalination – Australia

Neil Palmer has degrees in civil and public health engineering.

His career spans 38 years in the Australian water industry, 20 years in Government, 15 years in the private sector and 3 years in research.

His professional experience includes the South Australian Engineering and Water Supply Department, the Fiji Public Works Department, Principal Wastewater Advisor with the South Australian Environment Protection Authority, Chief Engineer with United Utilities Australia and General Manager Technical Services with Osmoflo, the largest Australian desalination company.

Neil is currently the CEO of the Australian National Centre of Excellence in Desalination, a partnership of 14 Australian universities and research organizations. The NCEDA administers $20m or research funding from the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative.

Neil is a Vice President of the Asia Pacific Desalination Association, a Director of the International Desalination Association and a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia. He is also a life member of the Australian Water Association.

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