2019 Speakers

Eng. Eisa Mubarak Ali Al Mazrouie

Executive Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Assets - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Dr. Mohamed Dawoud

Executive Director of Municipal Manager, Water Resources Department - Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi

Ashwin B Pandya

Secretary General - International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID)

Shri A.B. Pandya, a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Saurashtra University and M. Tech. in Structural Engineering from IIT Delhi, is presently Secretary General ICID. He is a former Chairman of Central Water Commission and Ex-Officio Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources.  Shri A.B. Pandya, joined the Central Water Engineering Service in Central Water Commission in October 1977 and held various positions in the Department and other organizations under the Ministry of Water Resources He superannuated from the government service in December 2015 after serving for two years as Chairman of Central Water Commission. His major areas of works include setting up policy initiatives, planning, design and financing of water resources projects for hydropower and irrigation including regional planning for optimum water resources utilization; simulation and disaster management for flood and dam related incidents, setting up water resources related data collection strategies at national level and implementation of cutting edge technologies for collection and dissemination; legal and constitutional aspects of international and interstate water disputes and international water data sharing and treaty management at international level; dam safety assurance and management of dam safety programmes including distress analysis and recommendation of remedial measures for dams and appurtenant works, comprehensive safety review of dams and setting up guidelines and legal framework for dam safety, numerical modeling of structures and geotechnical engineering problems and application software for engineering analysis and data driven software applications. He is actively associated with many technical professional bodies in India.

Dr. Amgad Elmahdi

Head of MENA Region - International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Australia

Harish Kumar Varma

Executive Director - International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)

Mr. Harish Kumar Varma,  a 1977 graduate in Civil Engineering with postgraduate in Hydrology from University of Roorkee (now IIT, Roorkee), India, has more than 41 years of working experience in various aspects of water resources planning, development and management while working in Central Water Commission (CWC) and Water and Power Consultancy Services (India) Limited (WAPCOS) under Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India; Asian Development Bank (ADB); and International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). Main fields of activities included operation and maintenance of hydrological network, hydrological analysis, flood forecasting, flood control and drainage, water resources system modeling, hydro-dynamic modeling including dam break modeling, investigation and preparation of detailed project report for hydropower/ multipurpose projects, administration of loan and technical assistance for projects funded by ADB in the field of irrigated agriculture and water management, flood and river erosion, coastal protection, integrated water resources management (IWRM), climate change, water use efficiency improvement program etc. Mr Varma has also worked in Ethiopia for about 14 months in different assignments as Hydrologist and System Modelling expert.

Mr. Varma is presently working in International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) as Executive Director.

Dr Adel Abou Jaoude

Operations Director - Jacobs, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Mohsen Sherif

Director of the National Water Center - United Arab Emirates University

Dr. Mohsen Sherif is the Director of National Water Center and a Professor of Water Resources, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, United Arab Emirates University. Dr. Sherif has received several international and national awards including, two Fulbright Scholarships in 1993 and 1997, and HH Sheikh Khalifa (President of UAE) Award for Education, Higher Education/Research, First Round, March 2008. He was also awarded the designation of Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, 2011 and received the Best Associate Editor Award, Journal of Hydrological Engineering, ASCE, May 2016. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrology and Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. Dr. Sherif has 35 years of research experience in rainfall analysis, hydrogeology, groundwater flow and solute transport, impacts of climate change on water resources, groundwater table rise problem, drainage systems, aquifer storage and recovery, sweater intrusion in coastal aquifers and groundwater recharge.

Lu'ay Khdeir

Water Sector Leader; Middle East Unit; Regional Development Director - Mott MacDonald

Christopher Venemore

Infrastructure Design Director - AECOM Middle East

Eng. Alain Maalouf

Senior Manager, Design - MODON Properties, Abu Dhabi

Dr. Yoomin Lee

Regional Wastewater Practice Lead - Jacobs

Eng. Mariam Rashed Al Yahmadi

Project Manager - Stormwater O&M projects - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Fatmah Rashed Saadi

Senior Supervisor - Operations - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Eng. Fatmah Alsaadi received her bachelor degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from United Arab Emirates University in June, 2014 and Master degree on Engineering Management in December 2016 from Abu Dhabi University. In addition to her degree, Eng. Fatmah received a special training in project management program from North Carolina University. In December 2014 Eng. Fatmah joined Abu Dhabi Municipality and is responsible for the Infrastructure and Municipal Asset sectors. Her professional interests focus on storm water and irrigation fields.

Syed Khizer Ahmed


Specialized in infrastructure engineering with 24+ years of diverse experience and core competencies in almost every facet of construction projects which extends from site experience to project management, construction management and commissioning of major strategic projects.

Dr. Ashraf M. Elmoustafa


Prof. Ashraf M. Elmoustafa is the founder and GM of (AIECon LLC) consulting office (since 2006). The office is based in Cairo, Egypt and Iowa, USA and is 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 using advanced (1D and 2D) modeling techniques.

AIEConLLC has an R&D section with research varies between water related branches. Among these researches, water resources management, flood control and inundation studies the stormwater management in arid environment, hydrologic and hydraulic studies/analysis. Also Conducted advanced studies and modeling for hydraulic simulation, water quality and sedimentation studies for several entities such as bridges and lagoons using the most up-to-date tools and techniques in such filed.

Dr. Ashraf M. Elmoustafa also works as a professor of Engineering Hydrology at Ain Shams University, Egypt. His academic works focus on the Hydrology, hydro-informatics, River Engineering, and GIS application in water engineering. He launched a YouTube channel of educational material for engineering hydrology in Arabic language to help the student and young professionals in Egypt and the ME working in this field.  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.

Dr. Ashraf has participated and is now involved in multinational projects with academic infinities in Germany, Turkey, USA, Jordan, Netherlands and many African countries.

Eng. Michael Schutz

Head of R&D and Product Management, Drainage Systems - Fraenkische

Mr. Michael Schütz is Head of R&D and Product Management in the Drainage Systems division of FRÄNKISCHE. His role is to manage all the product lines for application range of civil engineering and especially Stormwater Management which mainly means the implementation of the four fundamental challenges of handling stormwater: Transportation, Treatment, Storage and Discharge.

After his graduation as a Civil Engineer at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg / Germany, Michael Schütz collected 15 years of experience as a consultant at engineering and planning offices in the field of civil engineering. His activities mainly were project management, design, tendering and site management for the design and rehabilitation of storm water- and sewage disposal systems in German and international projects. He started his career at FRÄNKISCHE in 2007. Since then he is responsible i.e. for the development and implementation of system solutions but also related research activities with the goal to manage Stormwater in best practice and to re-establish the natural water cycle.

Eng. Felix Britz Reinders

President - International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)

Eng. Felix Britz Reinders is a professional engineer with 36 years of experience in the field of Agriculture and Civil Engineering. He holds specialization in water resources management and irrigation engineering, including research, design, training and mentoring. Born in 1955, Eng. Reinders completed his Engineering studies in 1979 from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has authored many scientific and semi-scientific papers and articles in the field of the irrigation and served on various Water Research Commission projects.  Eng. Reinders is also a visiting lecturer at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, where he imparts knowledge on design and operation of Drip and Sprinkle irrigation systems.

Eng. Reinders has been actively involved in the establishment of the South African National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (SANCID) as a member of ICID in 1993. He served as the Vice Chairman of SANCID from 1993-1999 and as its Chairman for the period 2000-2003 and 2008-2014. Eng. Reinders was elected as Vice President of ICID for the period 2005-2008. He successfully chaired and organized the 51st IEC Meeting and 6th International Micro Irrigation in South Africa in October 2000. Under his chairmanship for the period 2008-2011, SANCID was adjudicated as the Best Performing National Committee of ICID.

Krzysztof Myslinski

Regional Water Utility Product Manager - Grundfos

Engineer Krzysztof Myslinski has over 20 years of experience in the field of pumps systems and water utilities, specializing in sewage and stormwater pumping stations.
He held different managerial roles in Grundfos company, and in his current role as Regional Product Manager he is focusing on application & product support in water utility field, hydraulic analysis of pressurized water & wastewater systems, pump intake analysis & troubleshooting. He also provides technical trainings for engineers. 
He holds Master of Engineering degree from Technical University of Gdansk in Poland, Environmental Engineering & Water Management. Throughout his career he has been part of several technical trainings as well as workshops on strategy and communication.

Miguel Soares

Hydraulics and Hydrology Product Success Consultant - Bentley Systems

Miguel is a product consultant for Bentley’s water solutions, with a focus on the EMEA market. His main goals are to accelerate user productivity by developing a variety of learning content and mechanisms and to guide users towards a more efficient workflow through the correct adoption of Bentley’s solutions.
Before joining Bentley Systems, Miguel worked for 6 years in a Portuguese company that holds 13 water utilities in Portugal and Brazil. His primary responsibility was supporting and developing several network efficiency projects in water and drainage networks, including both engineering projects and the information systems implementation and support. He worked for several water utilities in Portugal, Brazil, Chile and Philippines.
He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering, in the expertise area of Hydraulics and Water Resources.

Kashif Rehan CEng MCIWEM C.WEM

Senior Design Manager/Project Manager, Infrastructure Solutions - Parsons

Sam Achampong FCIPS

Regional Head MENA - Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

Sam is a procurement professional with extensive experience in Procurement and Supply Chain management across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. He has held Senior Procurement and Strategic Sourcing roles for organisations such as Majid Al Futtaim, Abu Dhabi Municipality and Nakheel in the Middle East; MTN across Africa; and Land Securities in the UK.
An active member of the procurement fraternity in the MENA region, Sam is Regional Director of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) for the Middle East & North Africa Region.
He holds a Masters Degree in International Procurement from the University of Glamorgan (Wales)‎, MSc in Facilities Management from the University of Westminster (England) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.
He is a regular speaker at industry events and an advocate for professional standards in procurement and supply management.

Lal Abdul Salam

- Smithline Reinforced Composites FZ LLC

  •  Chemical Engineering in profession
  • Chief Executive Officer & managing partner of 
  • Strong strategic and commercial orientation.

- Strengths in team building and leadership.
- Business development, communication and change management.
- Proactive and innovative with the drive to achieve results in difficult operating environments. 

  •  27 YEARS Broad Gulf experience with an exposure to international business organizations, clients/ consultants in GRP/FRP /composite industry.
  • Strategic involvement in various utility services in United Arab Emirates and GCC countries for revolutionary changes in power, desalination and district cooling sector with GRP/FRP composites material to maintain Socio-economic development
  • Paper presented in GCC and International conferences to focus FRP /GRP composites manufacturing industry to the engineered solution for various applications in 
- Infrastructure
- Storm water
- Sewerage and
- District cooling piping.
  • Established ESSELLAR BRAND composites Products since 2013 for the Visionary approach to the sustainable development in GRP/FRP Manufacturing for construction industry with structured Engineering
  • Leading to the vision plan of Smithline group of company’s environmental management system IS0 14001:2015 environmental policy.
  • By 2020, 100% waste to energy for the global solidarity for sustainable development in GRP/FRP Manufacturing.

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