Prof. Aly Abousabaa
Aly Abousabaa assumed ICARDA’s director general position in October 2016. He brings 33 years of strategic leadership in sustainable development, operational and policy-based lending, and project management, spanning 35 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
As vice president of the African Development Bank, Abousabaa led the preparation and execution of the Bank’s key strategies. He was also in charge of resource mobilization and management of an $11 billion portfolio in the areas of agriculture, water, natural resources management, climate change, infrastructure, women and youth, and governance, making transformational impact on the lives of millions of people in Africa.
He has an established global network of international partners on development, including the World Bank, the United Nations, European Union, African Union, bilateral agencies such as GIZ, DFID, and NORAD, and non-governmental organizations.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt, and a master’s in civil engineering from Montana State University in the United States.
Engineer Awaidha Murshed Ali Al Marar
H.E. Al Marar is a member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and serves as the Chairman of the Department of Energy and is a Board
Member in the Supreme Petroleum Council in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Nawah
Energy Company, and Barakah One Company. In addition, H.E. is a member of several committees in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, such as the Executive Committee of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and the Nawah Energy Company.
H.E. Al Marar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona (USA) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UAE University’s College of Business and Economics
Prof. Bianca Nijhof
Before joining NWP, Bianca worked at Arcadis where she was the global lead for the Arcadis Natural Capital business solution and the founding member of Arcadis NV ‘Global Sustainability Leadership Team’ responsible for the development of strategy and overseeing delivery of a broad range of programs that improve the quality of life. Bianca’s contribution encompassed a wide range of activities including coordination of Arcadis’ WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), WEF (World Economic Forum) and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) memberships and supporting business and governmental clients in all aspects of natural and social capital and Sustainable Development Goals realization. In her role in the Global Sustainability Leadership Team she was an active contributor to the Arcadis global and Dutch Diversity & Inclusion networks.
She is board member of the Amsterdam International Water Week, sits in the Advisory Panel to the Natural Capital Coalition, the Technical Committee of the Social & Human Capital Protocol, the Steering Committee of the INDUS forum (Indo-Dutch CSR & Sustainability Forum), member of the Foundation Board at Workplace Pride Foundation, chair of the Advisory Board for the Araguaia Corridor Cost-Benefit Analysis Study from the Black Jaguar and member of the Sustainability Commission NKBV (Dutch Mountaineering Association).
Prof. Felix Reinders
Felix Reinders is the President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. He completed his Engineering studies in 1979 at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
He specialises in Water resources management and Irrigation engineering in the Agricultural and Civil Engineering field, including research, design, training and mentoring. As Manager of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering at the Agricultural Research Council’s Agricultural Engineering group, he plays a pivotal role in the co-ordination of especially irrigation research, development, testing and design. He served as President of the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers, the South African Irrigation Institute and the South African National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage.
He also manages the Agricultural Supply chain of the Strategic Water Partners Network.
Prof. Manuel Sapiano
Manuel Sapiano is the Chief Executive Officer of the Energy and Water Agency (EWA) within Malta’s Ministry for Energy and Water Management. In this role, he coordinates a team of experts with responsibilities for the formulation, evaluation, monitoring and implementation of national policies concerning the use of energy and water in a sustainable manner and the formulation of plans to meet National and EU energy and water resources management targets.
He also coordinates EWA’s identification of and participation in research and development initiatives in the energy and water sectors, mainly focusing on issues such as the water and energy demand management and use efficiency, renewable energies, groundwater resources management and policy assessment and formulation.
Mr Sapiano is a hydrogeologist, with specific specialisation in island and coastal hydrology. He has previously led the Agency’s Water Policy Unit, where in particular he had the responsibility of coordinating the implementation process of EU related water legislation in the Maltese islands He has been involved in the implementation process of the EU Water Framework Directive since 2002, where within the Common Implementation Strategy of this Directive, he fulfils the role of Water Director for Malta.
Prof. Pasquale Steduto
Pasquale Steduto holds an MSc in Water Science and a PhD in Soil-Plant-Water Relationships from the University of California in Davis. Mr Steduto has been working for more than 25 years on agricultural water use efficiency and water productivity, with a focus of crops water requirements, their yield response to water and associate modeling development under water scarcity conditions. Scientific and technical activities have been conjugated with the management of many water-related development projects in Southern Europe, North Africa, Near East and Sub Saharan Africa, also in cooperation with Centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Authors of over 100 publications in scientific journals and books, he initiated his career at the Centre International des Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM) in 1991 as research scientist and head of the ecophysiology laboratory. He then joined FAO in 2003 as Chief of the Water Resources, Development and Management Service. He has been the UN-Water Chair for the years 2007-2009 and has served as member of several committees and boards, including the Global Agenda Council for Water Security in the Global Economic Forum, the World Water Week at the Stockholm International Water Institute, the Daugherty Water for Food Institute, and the World Water Council. From 2010 he has served, always in FAO, as deputy director of the Land and Water Division, and from 2014 to 2018 he has been the FAO ‘Regional Programmes Leader’ and ‘Delivery Manager’ of the Regional Water Scarcity Initiative for the Near East and North Africa. He is presently independent Senior Water Advisor.
Eng. Yousef Majed Al-Aitan
Eng. Yousef Majed Al-Aitan, ASG for Water Operation & Governorates Affairs/Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ), Has high experiences of Engineering Management; Operation, Maintenance, Manufacturing, and Development, over 27 years for Jordan Army Forces (JAF) and King Abdullah II Design & Development Bureau (KADDB), and 7 years of Operation & Maintenance Management of Water Resources (Wells, Springs, Dams, Pumping Stations) for Water Sector of Jordan.
Experiences; Engineering Management, Operation & Maintenance, Repair & Rebuild, Manufacturing & Development, Projects Management, International Cooperation, Speaker at International Conferences, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
Prof. Dr. Hani Sewilam
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.
Dr. Mohamed Helal
Dr. Mohamed Helal is an Diplomat and Legal Counsel in the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was an Assistant Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He specializes in public international law and has considerable policy and academic experience in that field. Prior to joining Ohio State, Dr. Helal was a Lecturer-on-Law at Harvard Law School where he obtained his doctoral and masters degrees in law. Dr. Helal’s experience in the field of public international law also includes many years of service as a diplomat and as an international civil servant. After serving on the Cabinet of the Secretary General of the League of Arab States during 2002 and 2003, he joined the Egyptian Diplomatic Corps, and became a member of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt from 2005 until 2009. During that period, he worked on issues relating to Multilateral Diplomacy and International Organizations, with a focus on human rights and humanitarian affairs at the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In 2011, Dr. Helal joined the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) as the commission’s legal officer, and he also served as the legal counsel to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt for most of 2016.
Dr. Ayman Ibrahim
Dr Ayman Ibrahim has been working for the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, for more than thirty years now. His current position is the head of monitoring systems, communications, information and assets sector. Dr. Ayman’s specialty is in Electronics, Information Technology and Communication systems. Dr. Ayman received his MSc degree from Colorado State University and pursued his Phd at Cairo in fields of Artificial Intelligence and image processing. His academic background in conjunction with the practical gained daily experience has built a professional electronics and communication systems specialist. During his professional life, Dr. Ayman Ibrahim has gained broad experience in areas of, Information Technology and Communication Systems with application to Water Resources Management, Automatic Control systems of Canals, Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition System (SCADA), and instrumentation.
He started his professional carrier when he joined the Main System Management Project, USAID) as a Telemetry Engineer. He worked in the design and implementation of a countrywide Voice and Data Communication System to monitor water level data for Irrigation System. His broad experience in the field of canal automation enables him to be involved in almost all the canal automation projects that launched at the Ministry.
Dr. Ayman has attended more than fifty national and international conferences and has a lot of publications, both journals and conference papers and many applied researches.
Dr. Daniel Howes
Daniel Howes, Ph.D., P.E. (Licensed Civil Engineer, CA)
Associate Professor, BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
Dan has 25 years of experience working in the irrigation industry, on projects in the western U.S. and internationally. He teaches irrigation courses at Cal Poly including irrigation system design and management, irrigation water and salinity management, pump and well design, and irrigation project/district design and modernization. He teaches short-courses to industry professionals including drip irrigation design, irrigation scheduling, and drip irrigation system evaluation. He specializes in the irrigation project modernization, on-farm water management, evaluation of basin/watershed and field level evapotranspiration, remote sensing, flow measurement, nutrient and salinity management, and agricultural water energy use.
Dr. Elga Salvadore
Dr. Salvadore Elga is a lecturer at IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education (Netherlands), guest professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and KULeuven (Belgium). Her current research focuses on bridging the gap between Remote Sensing technology and policy making in the field of water resources management and water accounting.
Prof. Dr. Hesham El-Askary
Prof. El-Askary received his Ph.D. in Computational Sciences and Informatics from George Mason University in 2004. He is the 2015 recipient of the Chapman University’s elite Senior Wang-Fradkin Professorship award. In 2016, he was named as the regional coordinator on a $3 million Euro grant from the European Union’s (EU) Horizon 2020. The three year project, known as GEO-CRADLE, deals with Coordinating and integrating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East and Balkans and Developing Links with GEO related initiatives toward GEOSS. Through this work he with the research team were able to deliver the first analytical solar Atlas of Egypt that is now considered to be the official document of the government for solar investment. This work was recently presented at Planet Earth Institute at the Royal Society in London during a seminar that discussed the future of solar energy in Africa. His research interests include dust storms monitoring and detection, studying air pollution problems over mega cities due to natural and man-made effects and climate change impacts on water resources, agriculture, sea level rise, coral reefs for coastal areas. His research uses earth observations to study impact of dust storms causing anomalous chlorophyll outbreaks in the marine environment, hurricanes intensification as well as transport of microbes’ causing Kawasaki disease outbreaks. Recently Prof. El-Askary has been focusing on using earth observations for water resources management, precision agriculture along the sustainable development goals. Today Prof. El-Askary views himself as an Earth System Scientist with a major interest in natural hazards, atmospheric events and using renewable energy as a way to address global climate change issues. Prof. El-Askary has published over a 100 refereed research publications, conferences full paper and book chapters in these research areas and funded by more than 20 M USD. Dr. El-Askary’s research has been supported by National Science Foundation, NASA, United States Department of Agriculture and European Union. Dr. El-Askary has received the Saudi Arabia award hosted by the Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) affiliated with the League of Arab states for the best published article in Environmental Management among 150 articles in 2006. He is also member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), AGU, EGU, COSPAR, and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society.
Dr. Thomas Piechota
Dr. Thomas C. Piechota is the Vice President for Research and Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Chapman University. Dr. Piechota received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1989 from Northern Arizona University, his M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1993 from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1997 from UCLA. Dr. Piechota has been recognized for his efforts in teaching, research and as an administrator where he has helped advance the research enterprise through increases in research funding, outside partnerships and entrepreneurial activities. In 2003, Dr. Piechota received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for the project, “Improved Hydrologic Drought Forecasting Using Climate Information.” From 2008-2013, Dr. Piechota was the Co-PI on a $20 million National Science Foundation funded studies on climate change impacts in Nevada. Dr. Piechota was an invited Lead Author on the Southwest Chapter of the National Climate Assessment in 2013. Finally, Dr. Piechota was part of the 2013 Solar Decathlon team that took second place in world competition and first in the U.S. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and reports, and his work has been cited more than 3000 times. Dr. Piechota is a licensed Professional Engineer in the California. He has served on review panels for the National Science Foundation and various federal agencies. He has served on various professional and community committees including the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Dr. Aris P. Georgakakos
- Aris P. Georgakakos is currently a Professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Georgia Tech and Director of the Georgia Water Resources Institute. He has also served as CEE Associate Chair for Research and as Head of the Water Resources Program.
- He holds a civil engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and Masters and Ph. D. degrees in water resources from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Georgakakos has been involved in several world regions and his decision support systems are currently used for river basin planning and management in Georgia and the southeast U.S., California, the Nile Basin countries, Brazil, Jordan, Greece, and China. His research and technology transfer activities have been sponsored by U.S. and foreign organizations including the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Bank, U.S. and European International Development Agencies, and several domestic and foreign electrical and water utilities.
- Georgakakos publishes extensively, has served as an Associate Editor the Journals of Hydrology, Water Resources Research, and Water Resources Advances, and serves in various national committees advising the U.S. Government on critical climate adaptation and water resources policy issues.
- Georgakakos was a Convening Lead Author for the water resources chapter of the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment.
H.E. Dr. Charafat Afailal
Charafat Afailal, was the Minister in charge of water in the Moroccan government between 2013 and 2018 and is an expert on water and climate.
She graduated in 1997 from the Mohammadia School of Engineers, in Morocco, beginning a career of more than two decades in the field of water. Her first experience as an engineer was in the Moroccan potable water office, where she contributed to the achievements of several major projects and programs of national importance.
As Minister, Charafat Afailal launched many important reforms and made several landmark achievements that ensured water security in a difficult climatic context.
Many achievements were concluded under her leadership, such as the elaboration of the Moroccan water policy 2015-2030, development and implementation of the drought management plans, establishment of a new mode of groundwater governance, development of re-use plans and others.
Charafat Afailal also played an important role in the recognition of water as the sector most affected by climate change, which culminated in the organisation of the Water Action Day during Cop 22 by CCNUCC.
Dr. Henk Ovink
Henk Ovink was appointed by the Dutch Cabinet as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs (2015). As the Ambassador for Water, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world, focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organizations, private sector and NGO’s to address the world’s stressing needs on water and help initiate transformative interventions.
Ovink is also Sherpa to the UN / World Bank High Level Panel on Water, focused on catalyze change in water awareness and implementation.
Henk is Principal for Rebuild by Design, the resilience innovation competition he developed and led for President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task. He was Director General for Planning and Water Affairs and Director for National Spatial Planning in The Netherlands.
Dr. Johannes Cullmann
Dr. Cullmann is a graduate of TU Dresden`s hydrology programme. In the early 2000s, he was working in development cooperation and in German universities, he holds a Phd and a habilitation in Hydrology as well as a Master in public management. Dr. Cullmann has lead research projects on water management and flood forecasting before he served the German Ministry for Transport for 8 years in the area of hydrological forecasting and the development of the scientific strategy of the Federal Institute of Hydrology. He was involved in delivering the first climate change impact analysis of German water ways and took part in harmonizing data for assessing hydrological futures for the Rhine river basin. He helped coordinating international water affairs within the German government and with international partners. From 2012 to 2014, he was UNESCO`s water President, after having significantly contributed to the design of its water programmes. He has been leading negotiations for the UNESCO water related implementation plan and the current implementation matrix of UNESCO`s water programme is based, amongst others, on his efforts. Dr. Cullmann was the German representative in the Commission for the hydrology of the Rhine river. He has organised various water diplomacy related conferences and events for UNESCO and the German Foreign Office. Dr. Cullmann organised German support for UNEP`s water quality related activities and he is familiar with data sharing arrangements in support of creating political trust in disputed situations. In 2015 Dr. Cullmann was appointed as the Director for Climate and Water Department in WMO. He is responsible for WMO`s climate and water related activities.
Dr Mohamed Ahmed Ali
Dr Mohamed Ahmed Ali is a hydraulic engineer and modelling expert with more than twenty six years’ experience. He is currently the project manager of the Green Climate Fund/UNDP funded project “Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in the North Coast And Nile Delta Regions In Egypt”. He also worked at the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in Egypt, Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat in Entebbe and HR Wallingford in the UK undertaking a mixture of national, regional and international projects in various water related aspects such as dam breach, dam break, water resources management, Integrated coastal zone management, flood and drought mitigation and Climate change risk assessment. He is also the developer of the EMBREA model that simulates breach in embankment dams (http://www.dambreach.org/breach-tools/embrea ).
Dr. Remi TOURON
Remi TOURON is responsible for international cooperation in the Data and Royalties Department of the Rhône Mediterranean Corse water agency.
There are 6 river basin agencies in France, divided according to the river basins of the country’s major rivers. Water agencies are public institutions of the French Ministry of the Environment, they receive fees on pollution emitted (polluter pays) and provide subsidies to improve water quality in accordance with the objectives of the European Water Framework Directive.
In line with ODD n°6, the Water Agency subsidizes WASH decentralized cooperation programs.
The RMC water agency represents France’s action on water issues, like climate change adaptation, at the scale of the Mediterranean basin.
Dr. Ragab Ragab
Principal Hydrologist & Water Resources Management Specialist.
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, CEH, UKPrincipal Research Scientist & water resources management specialist, Vice President of the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage, ICID (www.icid.org), (2010-2013), Chairman of the UK national Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (2007-2011), Chairman of the Permanent Committee on Strategies and Organization, ICID (2011-2014), , (2000-present), Founder of the Work Group on the Use of Poor Quality Water for Food Production, ICID, (1997-present), Editor, Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge University Press (2013-present). Adjunct Professor, Alexandria University, Egypt (2007-present). Reviewer and evaluator to several Scientific Journals and funding organizations.
Prof. Alaa El-Zawahry
Professor of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. PhD and M.Sc, Civil Engineering, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. B.Sc. Civil Engineering Cairo University Faculty of Engineering, Giza, Egypt. Member of the Tri-Partite Egyptian National Committee (TNC) formed to study the Impacts of the Ethiopian Dam/ Renaissance Dam on Downstream Countries. International reviewer of UNDP. Dr. El Zawahry has more than 40 years of experience in the field of civil engineering, pecialized in water resources, urban hydrology, and water quality modeling. Teaching and practical experience jointly form deep wide knowledge in his field of specialization. He worked as a consultant in Egypt and abroad participated in many (150) projects dealing with flash floods, Dams, drainage structures, storm water systems, groundwater works, sewer systems, irrigation networks, irrigation structures and water and wastewater treatment plants. Dr. Elzawahry has published more than 60 papers articles and Book chapters in the same field.
Prof.Dr. Jules van Lier
Jules van Lier is full professor “Wastewater Treatment / Environmental Engineering” and head of the Section Sanitary Engineering of Delft University of Technology. He has a 0.2 fte seconded position at IHE, also located in Delft, the Netherlands. He received both his MSc and PhD from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and is specialized in Anaerobic Treatment technology. He (co-) published over 235 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and over 300 publications in conference proceedings and scientific books from 1988 onwards (h-index=50).
His research interest comprises the development of cost-effective technologies for (waste)water treatment, recovering resources such as water, nutrients, biogas, elements from waste streams. Research projects are focused on closing water cycles in industries and sewage water recovery for industrial and/or agricultural use. He promoted 19 and co-promoted 5 PhD students and is supervising 17 PhD students at this moment.
Prof. Redouane Choukr-Allah
Pr. Redouane Choukr-Allah hold a Master degree in Agronomy from the Institute of Agronomy and veterinary Hassan II Rabat Morocco, and a PhD in environment Horticulture from the University of Minnesota, St Paul USA.
He is a horticultural, soil and water environmental expert with more than 35 years of experience in coordinating and managing field-based projects and technical teams involved in the use of saline water and the use of pre-treated sewage in Horticulture.
As a senior level professor at the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Hassan II since 1978, He served as head of the Horticulture Department from the period 1983 to 1996, and a head of the salinity and plant nutrition laboratory since 1996. He has written numerous authoritative texts and books in the field of non-conventional water.
Laura Tanco Ballesteros She is a civil engineer and a graduate in environmental sciences (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, 2002 and 2007 respectively). She has been working in the Hydrological Planning Office, in the Jucar River Basin Authority since 2009, managing specific planning activities (hydrological modelling, demand monitoring, conventional and non-conventional resources, etc.) and collaborating in the elaboration of the Drought Management Plan. Since 2018, she collaborates with the Permanent Technical Secretariat of the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations (MENBO), as a Technical Expert.
H.E.Eng. Mazen Ghunaim
Eng. Mazen Ghunaim is the Head of the Palestinian Water Authority since 2014 with ministerial rank, In in accordance with this post, he heads all improvement of water and sanitation sector processes in Palestine, including the local, regional and international cooperation understandings and agreements.
Eng. Ghunaim, currently is the head of Arab Ministerial Water Council, the head of Palestinian Delegation to the Joint Water Committee and this year he is designated to chair The Arab Water under Occupation Network by the Arab Ministerial Water Council.
Prior to returning to Palestine, Eng. Ghunaim worked as an industrial engineer in Jordan, and in the energy generation sector in Tunisia. In 1997, he was appointed as Deputy to the Director General of the Palestinian Energy Authority. In 2003 he was promoted to Director General of the Ministry of Energy and Nature Resources and two years later to Director General of Nature Resources Sector. In 2008, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Local Government.
Minister Ghunaim graduated from Paris University number XI in 1993, specializing in Electrical and Industrial Engineering.