Water Cluster Conference 2016
Water Cluster Conference 2016

Aim and Scope

Debates around the global water crisis have gained an un­precedented global momentum over the past years. Issues affecting the accessibility and quality of fresh water, such as climate change, skyrocketing population rates, and polluti­on, immensely increase the pressure on existing fresh water resources. It is not without reason that “Water and Sanitati­on” was adopted as one of the “Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to Transform our World” announced by the UN in September 2015. Only one month later, the DAAD Cairo launched the Egyptian German Water Cluster consisting of 30 individual experts and various scientific part­ners. Following the Egyptian-German Year of Science and Technology 2007, the bilateral Egyptian-German research cooperation in the fields of protection, upgrading, quality management and efficient use of water resources have intensified, leading to the establishment of a wide network of DAAD-Alumni and projects.

In 2017 the Water Cluster became part of COSIMENA, the new DAAD regional ini­tiative on scientific innovation in the Middle East and North Africa. COSIMENA aims to set up new issue-driven clusters focusing on relevant fields such as health, energy, urbanism, and economy. The various activities shall also simplify and strengthen the access to Germany as an outstanding locati­on for research and build synergies between DAAD funded projects, alumni and partner institutions. By bringing together experts from academic institutions, researchers and represen­tatives of the industry and the government, the COSIMENA Water Cluster fosters scientific collaboration, focusing on one of the region’s most pressing social, political, economic and environmental issue: water.

Our Activities

20th International Water Technology Conference in Hurghada

Applied Research: The Case of Riverbank Filtration in Upper Egypt

21st November 2016

River Bank Filtration Workshop 2016, Qena
River Bank Filtration Workshop 2016, Qena

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The University for Applied Science (HTW) Dresden, the Suez Canal University, and the Holding Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW) Cairo, investigate sites for Riverbank Filtration in Egypt to foster the development of cost efficient and safe access to drinking water supplies.

On November 21, 2016, in the framework of the “German Days in Upper Egypt” – a four-day event organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Egypt – the German Science Centre (DWZ) Cairo and the GIZ organized a Cairo Climate Talk (CCT) panel in Sohag, to present the benefits of bank filtration.

Riverbank Filtration has been used in Germany for 140 years to extract drinking water nearby wells, rivers, and lakes. Natural processes like the infiltration of surface water, and filtering, adsorption, and degradation processes in the aquifers, are used to rid the water from pollutants and contamination. This approach lowers the cost of water purification, and additionally offers – after careful selection of the production site – a sustainable and safe process with low maintenance requirements. The Governor of Sohag Dr Ayman Abdel Monem, the German ambassador Julius Georg Luy, and the chairman of the HCWW Sohag General Mohamed Badry, and the 150 attending guests, followed the discussion between German and Egyptian experts with high interest.


“Riverbank Filtration as Potential Solution for Drinking Water Supply in Egypt”
Prof. Dr Rifaat Abdel Wahaab, R&D Sector, Holding Company for Water and Wastewater

“Riverbank Filtration Techniques - Applications in Germany”
Prof. Dr Thomas Grischek, Dresden University of Applied Science

“Potential of Riverbank Filtration in Sohag”
Prof. Dr Kamal Ghodeif, Suez Canal University

“Small Scale Trial of Riverbank Filtration in Hamadat”
Prof. Dr Ing. Mohamed Aly, Al-Azhar University

“Drinking Water Purification Systems for Different Types of Source Water in Egypt”
Dipl.- Ing. Alexander Goldmaier, CEO AUTARCON

“Dealing with Iron and Manganese during Riverbank Filtration”
Dipl. -Ing. Sebastian Paufler, Dresden University of Applied Science

"The Potential of Riverbank Filtration"
General Mohamed Badry, Chairman Holding Company for Water and Wastewater Sohag

Exhibition on the Potential of Riverbank Filtration:

In addition, the German Science Centre, within the Context of the German Days in Upper Egypt 2016, provided the space for an exhibition on the Potential of Riverbank Filtration created by the Suez Canal University and the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Dresden, in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) Cairo.


TechTalk Water: Desalination

11th November 2016

Desalination Workshop 2016
Desalination Workshop 2016

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Debates around the global water crisis have gained an unprecedented global momentum over the past years. Issues affecting the accessibility and quality of fresh water, such as climate change, skyrocketing population rates, and pollution, immensely increase the pressure on existing fresh water resources. It is not without reason that “Water and Sanitation” was adopted as one of the Sustainable Development Goals’ “17 Goals to Transform our World” announced by the UN in September 2015. Main pillars of the targets identified under goal 6 “Water and Sanitation” are providing clean drinking water, increasing resource efficiency, and ensuring sustainable ways of fresh water production.

The process of using saline water resources to produce fresh water, known as desalination, is a global trend, with the numbers of desalination plants growing worldwide. Aside from using Desalination on sea water and saline ground water, desalination can also be applied to produce fresh water from brackish water, a common by-product of energy production, industrial water usage and agricultural wastewater (excessive agriculture and the use of pesticides have led to an increase in salinity in ground water and complicate the processing and re-use of water for irrigation).

With Egypt’s geographical location between two seas and highly saline ground water, desalination is a promising approach to the growing water scarcity both in drinking and irrigation water, as Dr Hosam Shawky, director of the Egyptian Desalination Research Center of Excellence (EDRC) pointed out in his introductory lecture “Desalination: The Future of Fresh Water in Egypt”.

On November 11th, 2016, the German Science Centre (DWZ), in partnership with Misr El-Kheir Foundation, invited leading experts in the field of desalination and fresh water production from Germany and Egypt to discuss the potential and the challenges of desalination in the Egyptian context at the “TechTalk Water: Desalination”.


“Desalination: The Future of Fresh Water in Egypt”
Dr Hosam A. Shawky, Director, Egypt Desalination Research Center of Excellence

“Challenges in Solar Powered Seawater Reverse Osmosis for Desalination – Control Strategies and Pulsating Flows”
Dr Ing. Markus Spinnler, Head, Solar Research Center, Technical University of Munich

“Integrated Solar Powered Water Desalination and Maximum Utilization of the Produced  Water (towards Zero Emission Approach)”
Dr Wael Abdelmoez, University of Minia, General Manager, R&D TECH Company

“Greenhouse based Desalination for Sustainable Agriculture in Desert Climate”
Dr Martin Buchholz, Technische Universität Berlin

“Water Desinfection for Remote Areas of Developing Regions – Experiences                  
Alexander Goldmaier, CEO, Autarcon GmbH

“Center for Environmental and Smart Technology – New Initiatives at a young University"      
Dr Ahmed Khalil, University of Fayoum

26th September 2016

River Bank Filtration Expert Workshop 2016
River Bank Filtration Expert Workshop 2016

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“Egypt relies on the Nile river for 95% of its freshwater needs for irrigation, drinking and industrial purposes." Facing that issue the German Science Centre (DWZ) Cairo hosted an expert workshop on Riverbank Filtration on September 26, 2016. Riverbank Filtration (RBF) is a resource efficient technique to produce large quantities of freshwater supply that has been used in Germany for more than a century. In order to foster exchange between German and Egyptian experts in the field of RBF, the Egyptian German Water Cluster cooperated with the National Water Research Center - at which premises in Qanater the workshop was held - and the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater.


“Availability of Resources for Water Supply”
Dr. Mohamed Shaaban, Drainage Research Institute

“Water Quality of the River Nile”
Dr. Mohsen Darwish, Dr. Talaat Abdel Ghaffar, Nile Research Institute

“River Bank Filtration as Potential Solution for Drinking Water Supply in Egypt”
Prof. Dr. Rifaat Abdel Wahaab, R&D Sector, Holding Company for Water & Wastewater

“River Bank Filtration Techniques - Applications in Germany”
Prof. Dr. Thomas Grischek, Dresden University of Applied Science

“Hydrogeological Settings of River Bank Filtration Sites in Egypt”
Dr. Kamal Ghodeif, Suez Canal University

“Hydraulic Aspect of River Bank Filtration”
Prof. Dr. Thomas Grischek, Dresden University of Applied Science

“Groundwater Quality for Drinking Water”
Dr. Samir Rady, Research Institute for Groundwater

“Water Quality Aspects of River Bank Filtration”
Prof. Dr. Thomas Grischek, Dresden University of Applied Science

“A Comparative Study Between Conventional Treatment and River Bank Filtration in Egypt”
Dr. Soliman Sorour, R&D Sector, Holding Company for Water & Wastewater

25th September 2016

Industrial Wastewater Management Workshop 2016
Industrial Wastewater Management Workshop 2016

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"Since Egypt's freshwater levels have never been so scarce, tackling industrial wastewater management is absolutely critical. In Egypt the water share per capita has dropped by a whopping 60% in the last 40 years, and averages 663 m3 per person today. Although this sharp decrease in water availability can be mostly blamed on skyrocketing demographics in the face of a constant Nile water allocation of 55.5 billion m3 per year, water pollution and industrial wastewater pollution specifically have significantly reduced the amount of water available for irrigation and human consumption. Second only to the sector of agriculture, which is responsible for 80% of freshwater abstraction for irrigation, the industry resorts to Nile surface water for 54% of its freshwater needs, and uses desalination (27%) and groundwater (19%) as well. (...)

On September 25, the German Science Center (DWZ), in partnership with the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW)), called for an expert workshop on 'Industrial Wastewater Management in Egypt' to give a clear outlook on current challenges in this sector and highlight the latest innovations. Best practice models and cutting edge research that Egyptian and German scientists engage in were presented, and their merits discussed during this one-day workshop."


„Industrial Activities in Egypt: An Overview”
Prof. Dr. Rifaat Abdel Wahaab, R&D Sector, HCWW

“Industrial Wastes in Egypt: Management, Perspectives and Innovations”
Prof. Dr. Fatma El-Gohary, National Research Center

“Industrial Waste Water Management - Perspectives and Fields of Action”
Prof. Dr. Sven-Uwe Geißen, Technische Universität Berlin

“Nitrogen Treatment in WWTP - State of the Art and Perspectives”
Prof. Dr. Martin Denecke, Universität Duisburg-Essen

„Biofilm-Hybrid-Processes for Capacity Increase of overloaded Wastewater Treatment Plants in North African Climate - Theoretical Benefits and practical Applications”
Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Riechelmann, Technische Universität Berlin

“Successful Implemented Case Studies for Industrial Wastewater”
Prof. Dr. Sohair Abo Elela, National Research Center

“HCWW Rule & Responsibility to Control Industrial Pollution” 
Dr. Sherif Sorour, R&D Sector, HCWW

“Industrial Wastewater Management: Case Study”
Mr. Gamal Kamal

Our Resources

Flyer: COSIMENA_Water Cluster


Prof. Dr Ahmed Abd El Aziz

  Prof. Dr Ahmed Abd El Aziz
Function: Prof. Materials science/Vice Dean for student affairs
Institution/Faculty and University: Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Materials science, German University in Cairo
Research Interests: Materials for water desalination, Wastewater Treatment, Hydrogen Fuel cell and water production
Contact: ahmed.aziz[at]guc.edu.eg
Short profile Prof. Ahmed Abd El Aziz currently vice dean for student affairs, Faculty of Engineering and Materials science, German University in Cairo, obtained the Ph.D. from TU Dresden, Germany, 2000 followed by the postdoctoral work which was carried out in Ulm University up till 2004. My research activity extended to cover the aspects of electro-chemical reactions, metal passivity, functional materials (magnetic materials, nanomaterials and glassy metals), electro-catalysis and thin film, single crystals including oxidation- reduction reactions and development of low temperature fuel cells. Additionally, waste water treatment, materials for water declination and environmental energy are included. Much interest has given to study catalyst behavior, green energy and water production.

Prof. Ahmed Hassan

Prof. Ahmed Ali Hassan
Function Professor of Environmental Hydrology
Institution/Faculty and University Irrigation and Hydraulics Deptartment, Ain Shams University
Research Fields of Interest Water Quality, Water Resources Management, Ground Water, Modelling, Pollution Control, Flood Risk Analysis
E-Mail Address ahmad9657[at]yahoo.co.uk
Short Profile Prof. Ahmed A. Hassan, works as professor at the Irrigation and Hydraulics Department, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University. His work focuses on the Hydrology, Environmental Protection and Numerical Modeling. He teaches water related topics (i.e. Environmental Hydrology, Groundwater Hydrology, Environmental Impact Assessment for Water Projects and others) for both graduate and post graduate classes. His research varies between water related branches; he had published several manuscripts in related peer reviewed journals through his work and post graduate studies under his supervision. He is also a reviewer for specialized journals in the field. Among these researches, water resources management, flood control and inundation studies the storm water management in arid environment, hydrologic and hydraulic studies/analysis. Also Conducted advanced studies and modeling for hydraulic simulation, water quality for several entities using the most up-to-date tools and techniques in such filed. He is the founder and GM of (AAH-Consult) consulting office (since 1996), specialized in water engineering, flood protection, wet infrastructure, hydrodynamics studies and had carried out several related project in the ME and Africa of mega and medium scale. Prof. Ahmed has participated and is now involved in multinational projects with academic infinities in Germany, Turkey, Jordan and many African countries.

Prof. Alaa El-Sadek

Prof. Alaa El-Sadek
Function Professor and Director, Regional Water, Energy and Food Center
Institution/Faculty and University University of Science and Technology, Zewail City
Research Fields of Interest Water Resources Management; Desalination; Solar Energy; Treated Wastewater Reuse; Project Management and Environmental Impact Assessment
E-Mail Address aelsadek[at]zewailcity.edu.eg
Short Profile Prof. Alaa El-Sadek holds the academic position of Professor of Water Resources Management at Zewail City, Egypt and at the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain. He obtained his PhD degree in 2001 in the field of surface water modeling from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He held a postdoctoral position at Catholic University of Leuven, where he worked on applying his developed models to water resources management in Belgium and Egypt. He has published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and seminars.

In 2002, he received the Award of UNESCO-MAB young scientists and in 2004, he received the Encouragement State Prize in Engineering from Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt. Since 2006, Prof. El-Sadek has been the president of the Arab Foundation of Young Scientists. He serves as a consultant for many international and regional organizations.

Prof. Ashraf Ghanem

Prof. Ashraf Ghanem
Function Professor of Water Resources Engineering
Institution/Faculty and University Irrigation and Hydraulics Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University
Research Fields of Interest Water resources management, climate control, desalination, integrated biosystems
E-Mail Address ashrafghanem[at]yahoo.com; ashrafghanem[at]eng.cu.edu.eg
Short Profile Dr Ghanem is Professor of Water Resources Engineering and the former Director of the Center of Studies and Designs for Water Projects, Cairo University, Egypt.  Dr Ghanem is teaching courses of hydraulics and advanced hydraulics. He has supervised more than 25 M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses. His research activities include water management, water use efficiency, solar desalination, integrated agri-aquaculture systems and environmental impact assessment. Dr Ghanem has more than 20 years' experience as a consultant with experience in water resources and environmental impact studies. He has offered consulting and training for water and environmental projects in Egypt, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, Algeria, Nigeria and Uganda.  Projects include Water Resources Management, Flood Protection, Irrigation System Design and Improvement, Drainage, Groundwater Modeling and Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Water Resources Protection, Environmental Action Plans, Water Quality Management, Development and Application of Hydraulic and Hydrologic Software.

Dr Dina Emarah

Dr Eng. Dina Abdul Bari Mahdi Emarah
Institution/Faculty and University Construction Research Institute, National Water Research Center, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University
Research Fields of Interest Structure, Soil, Structural Dynamics, Soil Structure Interaction, Design of Irrigation Structures and Decision Support Tools
E-Mail Address dina_emarah[at]yahoo.com
Short Profile Dina Emarah was born in Egypt - Cairo. She received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from civil department, faculty of engineering, Cairo University in 2000, 2003, 2011, respectively. She is currently working as a researcher in Construction Research Institute, National Water Research Center, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation.

Dr Florian Bauer

Florian Bauer, Dr
Function Coordinator/Research Associate
Institution/Faculty and University Campus El Gouna; TU Berlin
Research Fields of Interest Water Quality, River Engineering, Irrigation-Protection, Ground Water Exploration, Modelling, Water Resources Management, Sustainable Development Goals.
E-Mail Address florian.bauer[at]tu-berlin.de
Short Profile Dr Florian Bauer is working at TU-Berlin Campus El Gouna as the coordinator of the study program “Water Engineering”. His work includes teaching of GIS technologies, numerical modelling of groundwater and integrated and interdisciplinary projects. Recent research projects he participated include: concentrating on structural geological models at the Red Sea and modelling of flow and transport in river and sea environments. He is also working on an Erasmus+ project about academic refugee issues in cooperation with UNIMED and Jordan universities.He graduated at 2006 with the topic “hydrogeochemistry of the Barada catchment – Syria”. After working as an engineer in the field of environmental contaminated sites remediation in Germany, he continued his academic career at the Technische Universitaet Berlin and did his PhD about exploitation of thermal aquifers in Brazil. Beside his doctoral studies he conducted several projects concerning salt water intrusion at the Baltic Sea, tectonic analysis in Barada catchment Syria and intercultural exchange programs with Syria, Jordan and Tunisia. His research interests include numerical modeling and risk assessment of groundwater and streams and influences of brine disposal on marine environments. UN Sustainable Development Goals are part of his thematic background in Egypt as well.

Prof. Hosam Shawky

Prof. Hosam Shawky
Function Director
Institution/Faculty and University Egypt Desalination Research Center of Excellence; Desert Research Center
Research Fields of Interest Water Desalination, Water Treatment, Water Quality, Ground Water Exploration, Pollution, Nano-materials
E-Mail Address shawkydrc[at]hotmail.com; hashawky[at]edrc.gov.eg
Short Profile Professor of water chemistry at Desert Research Center of Egypt. Founder & director of Egyptian Desalination Research Center of Excellence (EDRC). Coordinator of Egypt Water Desalination Alliance.

Dr Islam Al Zayed

Islam Sabry Al Zayed, Dr
Function Researcher, Vice Head of the Nile Basin Studies Department and Assistant Institute Director for Scientific Research
Institution/Faculty and University Nile Basin department; Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI); National Water Research Center (NWRC); Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI)
Research Fields of Interest Water Resources Management, River Engineering, Irrigation - Protection, Nile Basin Management, River Water Harvesting, Modelling, GIS and Remote Sensing
E-Mail Address eng_islam_sabry[at]yahoo.com
Short Profile Dr Al Zayed (born in 1984) began his career in the early 2000’s, after several years of civil engineering study in Cairo, Egypt. He believes that achieving clean water and improving water use efficiency are crucial elements of development and poverty alleviation in Egypt. Therefore, he joined the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) in the same year of his graduation. Dealing with flash flood in arid zones with Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) was his master thesis topic when he came to TH Köln, Germany, in 2008 on a DAAD Scholarship. After completion of his M.Sc. degree, he got a PhD scholarship the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). His PhD degree obtained from Leipzig University in 2015 and focused on development and application of number of indices for irrigation water management of large-scale irrigation schemes using GIS and remote sensing techniques. Dr Al Zayed is an experienced civil engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the civil engineering industry. Skilled in Flash Flood mitigation, Water harvesting, Irrigation Management, Remote Sensing and GIS. He has a strong engineering professional with a M.Sc degree in IWRM and a PhD focused on Hydrology and Water Resources Management from Germany.

Dr Jens Grundmann

Jens Grundmann, Dr
Function Senior scientist and lecturer
Institution/Faculty and University Chair of Hydrology, Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Technische Universität Dresden
Research Fields of Interest Hydrology with focus on arid and semiarid regions, Hydrometry, Integrated water resources management, Irrigation
E-Mail Address jens.grundmann[at]tu-dresden.de
Short Profile 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 scientist 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.

Prof. Dr Kamal Ghodeif

Prof. Dr Kamal Ouda Ghodeif
Function Professor of Hydrogeology and Water Treatment, ST-Consultant for international and national organizations/companies
Institution/Faculty and University Geology Dep.; Suez Canal University
Research Fields of Interest Drinking Water Treatment (Bank Filtration, Pre-treatment (beach wells) for RO Desalination, Subsurface Iron Removal,), Water Quality (Environmental flow and pollution control of surface water), Water Resources Management (Sustainable management of groundwater resources), Water and Sanitation (Soil-Aquifer Treatment, Management of Aquifer Recharge, Hydrogeology and Ground Water Exploration, Pollution (water protection, and EIA studies), Water Policies
E-Mail Address Kamal_Ghodeif[at]science.suez.edu.egkghodeif[at]yahoo.com
Short Profile Prof. Ghodeif, is working at the Suez canal University and has been consultant at both international (world bank, USAID, GIZ ) and national  organizations/companies (The Holding Company for Water & Wastewater), thus knowing the academic, the development and the industries demands. He has broad understanding of the international donors operations, procedures, policies and practices related to projects and investments linked to water. He has spent research stay at different countries (Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic, and Jordan). He has jointly coordinated and acted as main speaker at 4 Workshops and one conference dealing with the Potential of Riverbank Filtration in Egypt at different places (Ismailia, 2007), (Luxor, 2010 and 2014), (Cairo, 2015) and recently on September 26th 2016 at the National Water Research Center, Cairo. All workshops were funded and supported by DAAD, GIZ, BMBF and STDF. He has been the PI for GERF_STDF project no 3160 about bank filtration under arid conditions to supply drinking water at low cost. He usually looks for equilibrium among the environmental hazards, the possibility of nature to recover, and the necessity of adding technologies to help nature. He has published many peer-reviewed papers at sound journals and international and national conference proceedings, the link is below: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kamal_Ghodeif/contributions

Prof. Dr Karima Attia

Prof. Dr Karima Mahmoud Attia
Function Director
Institution/Faculty and University Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI)
Research Fields of Interest Water Resources Management, River Engineering, Disaster And Risk Management, Protection of infrastructure against flash floods, Rain Water Harvesting, Ground Water potential and modeling, Impact of Climate change on water resources
E-Mail Address karima_attia[at]yahoo.com
Short Profile Prof. Karima Attia has more than thirty year experience in water resources different disciplines. She is Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) since January 2014. She lead and work as a consultant for many important projects in national and international levels, Principle investigator of international project entitled: “Flash floods integrated management considering climate change”. Project funded by JICA and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) (2018-2022), principle investigator for the project "Enhancing Sediment Transport Modeling in Nile Basin Reservoirs" one of 20 projects accepted from Africa for the TIGER II initiative (2009-2012), project leader of national multidisciplinary research project entitled: “Shoreline Management Plan for Red Sea Coastal Areas”, the project is funded by MWRI. She worked as a short term consultant for the Study, Nile Inland Waterway Transport Pre-feasibility Study, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Ministry of Finance Central Public Private Partnership Unit and for idiom in Support to the Reform of the Egyptian Transport Sector (EuropeAid/129-110/SER/CE/G) A project funded by the European Union, "Strategy for the Sustainability of the Egyptian Transport System", (Navigation for First Class Waterways). She is member of Egyptian Universities Promotion Committees (EUPC) and  reporter of Egyptian National Committee of Hydrology and Water Resources, UNESCO.

Prof. Marwa Khalifa

Prof. Marwa Khalifa
Function Academic Coordinator for the “Environmental Architecture and Urbanism” Program, Credit Hours Engineering Programs (CHEP)

Coordinator: Interdisciplinary Master on “Resource Efficient Cities” (IMaREC), Graduate Engineering School for Research (GESR)

Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University

Institution/Faculty and University Department of Urban Design and Planning; Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University
Research Fields of Interest Participatory Planning, Slums/Informal Settlements Upgrading, Resource Efficient Cities, Environmental Impact Assessment, Water efficiency in urban areas
E-Mail Address marwa_khalifa[at]eng.asu.edu.eg
Short Profile Prof. Khalifa has obtained her B.Sc. (1995) & M.Sc. (2000), "Urban Planning" specialization from Ain Shams University (ASU), Egypt while her PhD (2007) was a joint supervision between ASU and the University of Sheffield, UK. Currently, Prof. Khalifa acts as a coordinator for 2 programs (Bachelor and Master) in Faculty of Engineering, ASU: 1) Interdisciplinary Master on “Resource Efficient Cities” (IMaREC) under the Graduate Engineering School for Research (GESR), and 2) B.Sc. program “Environmental Architecture & Urbanism” under the Credit Hours Engineering Programs, in addition to be a professor in the Department of Urban Design & Planning, where she joined the academic staff since 1996. Prof. Khalifa has major interest in informal settlements upgrading, participatory planning approaches, environmental assessment & risk reduction, and resources efficient cities. She combines the advantages of having both the theoretical grounds and practical application experience. She has been teaching and supervising multidisciplinary topics, both undergraduate and postgraduate since 1996 to date. Simultaneously, she had provided consultancy services to national and international organizations in Egypt related to her area of expertise. Additionally, since 2007 she has participated in and coordinated 2 international cooperation projects with universities in EU, Latin America, South Asia and MENA Region related to higher education reform in the field of participatory planning and natural resources management.

Prof. Dr Mohamed Ahmed Soliman Salem

Prof. Dr Mohamed Ahmed Soliman Salem
Function Director of the Institute
Institution/Faculty and University Coastal Research Institute, National Water Research Center (NWRC)
Research Fields of Interest Modelling , Measuring techniques, Climate Change, Coastal Engineering
E-Mail Address moahsoliman[at]hotmail.com
Short Profile Prof. Mohamed Soliman, currently Director of Coastal Research Institute (CoRI), graduated from AinShams Univ. with BSc Civil Engineering 1986, obtained MSc &PhD (1993&1996) degrees from Kyoto University in field of Geo-Environmental Engineering. Professional work covers Hydraulic and Coastal Structures & Dam Engineering/Geo-Environmental Eng, Consultant in Geotechnical Engineer, Current applied research interests covers adaptation of climate change and Sea-Level Rise (SLR) on the Nile Delta low land, Sustainable Management of Great northern Nile Delta Lakes under Extreme Events. Establishing national observation network for Coastal monitoring including coastal land-subsidence and linkage to SLR, and Resilience of Nile Delta under Coastal Flooding and Drought of Fresh water with climate change. Developing coastal friendly Structures for protection and generating Energy. Prof. Soliman is member of Egyptian Society of Civil Engineers, Registered Geotechnical Consultant, member of Egyptian Geotechnical Society, member of Japan society of Civil Engineering and Geotechnical Engineers, International Society of Geotechnical Engineering and Sudanese Engineers Association.

Dr Noama Shareef

Noama Shareef, Dr Eng
Function Project Manager/ Decentralized wastewater Management
Institution/Faculty and University Al- Balqa Applied University, Faculty of Civil Engineering in cooperation with CIM-Frankfurt (International Center for developing and Migration)
Research Fields of Interest Water Integrity, Waste Water Management, Reuse of Sludge 7 wastewater, Sludge management, Public health, solid waste Management, capacity building in above Topics
E-Mail Address Shareefnoama1[at]gmail.com; shareef.noama[at]cimonline.de
Short Profile Dr-Eng Noama Shareef holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering –Environmental Engineering from Germany. She has worked more than 12 years in German Water Sector in Frankfurt & Cologne in Germany as Project Manager- Engineering in field of water technologies (Drink water treatment units, Waste Water and sludge treatment & disposal. Experience in details: (commissioning and performance testing of Municipal/ Industrial wastewater treatment and drink water treatment Plants, SBR, RO, Energy & Nutrient Recovery from Anaerobic Treatment of Organic Wastes, Process engineering, Training of external service skilled workers, advanced training water technologies, Bio-filtration technologies, coordinator for research and development projects with the BMBF, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in Arabian and in some foreign countries. She has got her master’s degree, Diploma degree and BSC in Civil engineering and was lecturing & supervising postgraduate students at Universities more than 7 years and also she supported the Curriculum Development Instructional in 2 Universities.

She is certified as a trainer of trainers in several topics in the water sector like (Energy efficiency, technical safety management, Treatment technologies Wastewater and Sludge, Water Integrity and Governance, the certifications are offered by international organizations SIDA & GIZ and other German organizations. Dr Noama Shareef is Arbitration Consultant in International Commercial Arbitration. Currently she is a CIM Water Expert/ Working for the Balqa Applied University in cooperation with the International center for development and Migration as Senior Wastewater engineering & lecture for the Master students -Department of Water & Environment Management - Faculty of Civil Engineering.

Dr Nikolaos Tzoupanos

Nikolaos Tzoupanos, Dr
Function Head of Laboratories
Institution/Faculty and University Technische Universitaet Berlin, Campus El Gouna, Department Water Engineering
Research Fields of Interest Water Treatment, Water Quality, Water Resources Management, Desalination, Drinking Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment
E-Mail Address nikolaos.tzoupanos[at]tu-berlin.de
Short Profile Dr Tzoupanos, Laboratory Head at the Department Water Engineering (WE), is responsible for the analytical labs and for several pilot-scale test stands. He is involved in several modules of the master’s degree program, such as Water Chemistry and Water Supply/Wastewater Treatment. Moreover, he is involved in the research activities of the Department and is the contact person for research of WE Department. His research interests cover water and wastewater (of any origin, i.e. municipal or industrial) treatment, treated water reuse and sustainable water resources management. Further on, the development of alternative and/or innovative treatment techniques aimed to the removal of specific target pollutants and environmental pollution control, prevention and risk assessment. Specific water and wastewater issues in MENA region are under focus.

Prof. Dr Noha Donia

Prof. Dr Noha Donia
Function Head of environmental engineering department
Institution/Faculty and University institute of environmental studies and researches, Ain Shams University
Research Fields of Interest Environmental systems Analysis and Modeling, Water Resources, water quality, GIS, Remote sensing
E-Mail Address ndonia[at]gmail.comnoha.samir[at]iesr.asu.edu.eg
Short Profile Prof. Dr Noha Samir Donia, Professor environmental hydraulics. Engineering Department, Institute of Environmental Studies and Researches, Ain Shams University. Publications: 60 published papers. PhD degree in Environmental Engineering. Institute of Environmental Studies and Research. Ain Shams University. Master of Science with grade distinction, International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, Holland. B.Sc. of Engineering with gradeVery Good With Honour Degree. Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Major: Electrical Engineering, Minor: Automatic Control and Computer Systems. Years of Experience in Environmental Field: 20 years, Working with international organizations in Environmental Field: World Bank- European Union and UNESCO Organizations.

Dr Peter Riad

Peter Riad, Dr
Function Lecturer
Institution/Faculty and University Irrigation and Hydraulics; Ain Shams University
Research Fields of Interest Water Quality, Water Resources Management, River Engineering, Nile Basin Management, Ground Water Exploration, Modelling
E-Mail Address ph4318[at]yahoo.com
Short Profile More than 15 years’ experience in
• Surface and Groundwater Hydrology.
• Environmental Engineering and EIA.
• Water Science Engineering and Water Management.
• Numerical modeling (Groundwater, Hydrology and Water Quality).
• Physical Modeling and laboratory works.

Prof. Dr Rifaat Abdel Wahaab

Prof. Dr Rifaat Abdel Wahaab
Function Professor of Water & wastewater Technologies, National Research Center and; Head Sector, Research & Development (R & D),  Holding Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW), Cairo, Egypt
Institution/Faculty and University National Research Center, Cairo, Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW), Cairo, Egypt
Research Fields of Interest Water & Wastewater Technologies, Sludge Management
E-Mail Address rawahaab[at]yahoo.com
Short Profile Dr Rifaat ABDEL WAHAAB is currently Sector Head of Research & development at Holding Co. for Water and Wastewater, Cairo, Egypt since 2009. Prior to his appointment as Sector Head at HCWW, he has been served as Project Team Leader of Canadian/Egypt Environmental Initiative Fund (EEIF) for 7 years, focuses on urban and rural sanitation, industrial pollution control, environmental management and strategy, green environmental business; and climate changes initiatives & adaptation.  Dr Rifaat is one of the leading environmental & water experts in Egypt, with more than 30 years' experience combining both academic and practice applications. He has managed and intensively involved in many of donors funded projects (National and International) in water, sanitation & industry. He has chaired international conferences and managed many capacity development training workshops. As an academic Professor at the National research Center in Cairo, Dr Rifaat has published over 100 refereed research papers & reports in leading International journals and he is a reviewer for number of scientific journals. He has awarded the country prestigious prize in environment and development; acknowledges his contribution in diverse areas of water & sanitation, industrial wastewater management and sustainable environmental initiatives. Dr Rifaat has received the BSc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Assiut, Egypt in 1980, MSc degree in "Environmental Sciences" 1987; and PhD. degree in "Hazardous Wastewater Management" 1991 from the University of Wales, UK.

Dr Sherine El Baradei

Sherine Ahmed El Baradei, Dr
Function Research Assistant Professor
Institution/Faculty and University Construction Engineering; The American University in Cairo
Research Fields of Interest Water Quality, River Engineering, Drinking Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Nile Basin Management, Climate Change
E-Mail Address sbaradei[at]aucegypt.edu
Short Profile Dr El Baradei received her PhD in hydraulics and irrigation engineering from Cairo University in 2005. She is working since then in the construction engineering department at AUC as assistant professor. She taught many courses on both levels; namely undergraduate and graduate levels. Her specialization is hydraulics, water quality and water quality modeling, environmental engineering, and sanitary engineering. She published a book, and many research papers in her field of specialization in international refereed journals, and international refereed conferences where she won best session paper prize. She served as internal examiner for many M.Sc and PhD thesis defense committee and singly supervised Masters thesis in environmental engineering. She worked as irrigation and waste water network designer at consultant offices in Cairo. She is currently a PI of a several million L.E. fund to design solar canals in Egypt. She is handling editor for two International refereed Journals. She is currently an evaluator of PhD and Masters proposals at the DAAD in Cairo . Dr El Baradei is a member of WHO is SHE organization in Egypt and WHO is WHO organization of higher education in the world. Dr El Baradei is in excellent command of Arabic, German, and English

Prof. Dr Sven-Uwe Geissen

 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven-Uwe Geissen
Function Head of Chair
Institution/Faculty and University Environmental Technology; Technische Universitaet Berlin
Research Fields of Interest Industrial wastewater treatment and recycling, Sludge management and treatment, Desalination and renewable energies, Modelling, Innovative technologies
E-Mail Address sven.geissen[at]tu-berlin.de
Short Profile Sven-Uwe Geissen is a full Professor and Head of the Chair. He has 30 years of research and practical experience in wastewater and sludge treatment. He has published more than 65 papers in refereed journals. Professor Geissen is co-editor of 4 IWA-WST issues, co-inventor of 6 patents, nominated member of two expert groups (IWA “Advanced Oxidation Processes”, DWA/GdCh “Trace pollutants”) and elected chair of the GVC/Dechema expert group “Production integrated water and wastewater technology” http://processnet.org/en/Production_Integrated+Water_Waste+Water+Technology-p-171.html, elected vice-president of AQUANET Network Berlin-Brandenburg www.aquanet-bb.de and member of the executive board of German Water Partnership www.germanwaterpartnership.de.

Prof. Dr Thomas Stegmaier

Prof. Dr Thomas Stegmaier
Function Head of Research Technical Textiles, Environmental Technologies, Surface Treatment
Institution/Faculty and University German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF)
Research Fields of Interest Wastewater Treatment with special Textiles, Desalination with Fibers and Textiles, Textiles for Irrigation with nearly zero evaporation, Harvesting Fog with special Nets for Irrigation and Drinking Water, Reducing Water Pollution in Textile Production, Textile carriers for algae production
E-Mail Address thomas.stegmaier[at]ditf.de
Short Profile The DITF form the largest textile research center in Europe with more than 300 scientific and technical staff. DITF work right across the textile production and value chains. Applied research from molecules to products. We carry out applied research across the entire production chain. Through product and technology oriented innovations and modern management concepts, we contribute to the competitiveness and safeguarding of the German and European economies. R & D service provider. From brainstorming all the way through materials research, prototype and production process development to pilot production and testing, we are an important R & D partner for both industrial and service enterprises. We are a major source of innovative know-how, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises which do not have their own R & D departments. Delivering knowledge and technology to industry. We quickly transfer sustainable results into profitable realizations and applications. The main objective is the transfer of scientific results into marketable processes, products and services.