Head of MENA Region - International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Dr. Amgad Elmahdi has recently joined IWMI to lead the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Office in Cairo, Egypt “Director of MENA Region”.
Dr Elmahdi has over 20 years of working experience in the fields of hydrology, natural resource management, water accounting and assessment and water information management in operational, research, and academic agencies in Australia, Greece, Italy, China and Egypt. Prior to joining IWMI, Dr Elmahdi was leading the Water Resources Section, at Climate and Water Division, at the commonwealth Australian Government, where he led four multi-disciplinary teams/units responsible for delivering high profile organisational objectives: 1) Water resources modelling, 2) Groundwater, 3) Urban Water, and 4) Water Analysis to provide water information services across Australia using data collected by about 200 water management agencies and utilities. These services are a key element of water reforms to provide secure access to water, to address over allocation, and to provide efficient allocation of water through water markets, pricing and other means.
He holds a PhD in Water Resource Management from the University of Melbourne, Australia, 2 M.Sc. in Land & Water Management from Italy and Egypt with around 100 publications on water related issues and tools . Dr Elmahdi MENA's office mission is to provide evidence-based science solutions to sustainably manage water and land resources for water and food security, people’s livelihoods and the environment. His role is also involving representing IWMI in the sub-region, promoting and expanding IWMI’s research activities across the region, while maintaining strong links with national and international partners to ensure effective uptake of IWMI’s research outputs and to ensure services have direct community value. He is also a recognized International Water and Natural Resources Management Consultants and the Australian representative for international agencies- ICID- International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage since 2016 and recognised a keynote speaker at national and international forum and the leading authors for WMO water resources assessment manual book.