Academic Director of the Department of Engineering Hydrology and the Managing Director of the UNESCO Chair in Hydrological Changes and Water Resources Management at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany
Hani Sewilam is currently the Academic Director of the Department of Engineering Hydrology and the Managing Director of the UNESCO Chair in Hydrological Changes and Water Resources Management at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He is also a professor of water resources and sustainable development at the American University in Cairo. Sewilam is the founding director of the AUC Center for Applied Research on the Environment and Sustainability. Hydrology, water management, irrigation, desalination, aquaponics and sustainable development are his main areas of specializations. In 2017, Sewilam has been selected by the German Ministry of Education and Research and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate the water-energy expert group responsible for internationalization of German Research and Education. Throughout his career, he has developed several initiatives and ensured their sustainability. Over the last 5 years, Sewilam co-founded a MSc program in “Sustainable Management – Water and Energy” at the RWTH Aachen in Germany and founded another M.Sc. program in “Sustainable Development” at the American University in Cairo. He has contributed significantly to the establishment of the UNESCO Chair in Hydrological Changes and Water Resources Management at the RWTH Aachen. Sewilam is the founder of the first Center for Sustainable Development in Egypt. In Germany, his research team focuses on flood risk management and the development of innovative capacity building programme for water professionals. However, dealing with water scarcity through desalination, modern agriculture, rainfall harvesting and effective water management is the focus of his other team in Egypt. Another focus of his research is implementing the concept of Water-Energy-Food nexus and achieving the SDGs. Sewilam has been raising funds and implementing research and development projects since 2002 with universities and institutions from at least 15 Euro-Mediterranean countries. He is the author and PI of the USAID funded Center of Excellence in Water (30 Million USD). Sewilam was awarded his PhD with honor from the RWTH Aachen University in the area of water resources management and his MSc from Southampton University in the UK in the area of irrigation management.