From the Egyptian German Water Cluster towards the COSIMENA Water Cluster
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.
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 WaterResearch Center, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation.
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 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.
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.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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Head of Research Technical Textiles, Environmental Technologies, Surface Treatment
Institution/Faculty and Univeristy
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
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.
Professor of Hydrogeology and Water Treatment, ST-Consultant for international and national organizations/companies
Institution/Faculty and Univeristy
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
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