Summary:

Dr. Maher Abu-Madi was born on 19th January 1969 in Palestine. In 1993, He obtained his Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India. In 1996, he obtained his MSc. degree in Sanitary Engineering from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and Research, Delft, The Netherlands. In 2004, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Delft and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and Research, Delft, The Netherlands. The theme of his PhD research was on management and economics of wastewater treatment and reuse for agricultural irrigation in the MENA region.

Currently, he is (1) an Associate Professor of Water and Environmental Studies at the Institute of Environmental and Water Studies (IEWS), Birzeit University, and (2) the Partnership Collaboration Coordinator of UNESCO-IHE Global Partnership for Water Education and Research, The Netherlands. He worked for the Arab Water Academy in Abu Dhabi as the “Education and Training Officer” during the period 15 Dec. 2010 – 30 Jun. 2011. This assignment was based on a short leave from Birzeit University during that period.

Dr. Abu-Madi worked as a technical advisor to many governmental, non-governmental, and private institutions in Palestine and abroad in the areas of wastewater reclamation and reuse, water resources management, water distribution, and water and environmental economics.

He managed and participated in many international joint research projects. He designed many capacity building programs that target the PoWER partners as will as in Palestine. He lead a team for an international training needs assessment that was used as a yardstick for identifying different educational and training programs in the partner institutions. He was (and still) involved in evaluation of different research proposals by PoWER, IFS, and others. He is a frequent reviewer of scientific papers to many international peer reviewed journals and proposals submitted for funding by IFS and DUPC. He has substantial knowledge on innovative education and training. He maintains good connectivity with a wide network of international professionals and institutions related to the water sector.

He has a modest number of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals, conferences, books, and symposia. He participated in more than 50 international technical meetings in Asia, the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East including CSD 13 in New York, World Water Forum 3 in The Hague, and WWF 5 in Istanbul.

He worked as a consultant to a number of local and international institutions on different aspects of water resources management. He was a member of the ICBA international team for developing a water and wastewater master plan for Abu Dhabi and another for the entire UAE.

Key Qualifications:

  • Water resources management with emphasis on non-conventional water resources.
  • Appropriate reuse of reclaimed wastewater for different purposes.
  • Socio-cultural assessment of water projects and wastewater reuse practices.
  • Cost calculation of wastewater treatment and reuse.
  • Economic valuation (cost-benefit analysis) of wastewater treatment and reuse practices.
  • Water transport and distribution systems.
  • Water quality and water treatment.

1. Personal profile

Family name:

Abu-Madi

First name:

Maher

Date of birth:

19th January 1969

Nationality:

(1) Palestinian and (2) Jordanian

Marital status:

Married with four daughters and one son

Postal address:

Institute of Environmental and Water Studies, Birzeit University, P.O. Box 14, Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine

Tel/Fax:

+970-2-2982120

Mobile:

+970-599-316-301

E-mail:

abumadi@birzeit.edu ; or maher.abumadi@gmail.com

2. Education

PHD

Institution:

Technical University of Delft and UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands

Date: (month/year)

23 March 1999 – 22 June 2004

Degree(s) or Diploma(s):

PhD Degree in Water and Environmental Engineering

MSc

Institution:

IHE–Delft, the Netherlands

Date: (month/year)

October 1994 – May 1996

Degree or Diploma:

MSc Degree in Sanitary Engineering – Urban Water Supply

BSc

Institution:

Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India

Date: (month/year)

September 1989 – May 1993

Degree or Diploma:

Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology

3. Major Training Attended

I have attended large number of training courses in different countries on the various disciplines of water and environmental engineering and management. E.g.:

(2010) Water Diplomacy, Arab Water Academy, 26-30 September 2010, Abu-Dhabi, UAE.
(2007) Training of trainers on creative learning, e-learning, and innovations in education, 26 March-2 April 2007, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands.
(2006) Research capacity development, 24-30 January 2006, IDRC, Amman, Jordan.
(2005) Attended many side events of the UN-CSD13 2005 (United Nations Commission Sustainable Development), New York, USA.
(2004) Innovative learning methods and techniques, 1-7 May 2004, Nanjing, China.
(2003) Stakeholders’ participation and role play, 2003, Delft, the Netherlands.
(2002) Strategic planning and use of META plan, (one week) 2002, Delft, the Netherlands.
(2001) Project management, (two weeks) 2001, Delft, the Netherlands.
(2001) Conflict resolution, (three days) 2001, Delft, the Netherlands.
(1999) Microsoft office (Word, Excel, Project Management, Power Point, Front Page, Access), (one month), 1999, Orbit Computers, Attil, the West Bank, Palestine.
(1998) Environmental education (13th July 1998 - 20th July 1998), MIO-ESCDE, Athens, Greece.
(1998) Organizing and attending a training course on managing water supply systems and tariffing, PHG, Palestine. 
(1998) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), 1998, Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG).
(1997) Environmental Management, (1st -21st Sep.1997), Galilee College, Israel.
(1997) AutoCad at the Engineers Association, Nablus, 1997.
(1994) Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation (April 1994 - Sep.1994), Birzeit University in cooperation with IHE-Delft.
Attending a large number of seminars, workshops, symposia, and conferences on water and the environment
.

4. Major Training I Conducted

I have been involved in organizing large number of capacity building programs and training courses to different staff levels: e.g:

  • (2010) Water diplomacy. Arab Water Academy. Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • (2011) Successful utility reform in the water sector. Arab Water Academy. Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • (2011) Private sector participation in the water sector. Arab Water Academy. Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • (2007) Wastewater reuse in irrigated agriculture, (2 days). Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group, Palestine, 11 and 18 March 2007.
  • (2006) Wastewater reuse in irrigated agriculture, (3 days). Water Training Center, Palestinian Hydrology group, Palestine, 20-23 November 2006.
  • (2006) Computer modeling of water distribution systems: (Online). Birzeit University, 2006.
  • (2006) Design and modeling of water distribution systems: (9 days). Water Training Center, Palestinian Hydrology group, Palestine, 20-31 August 2006.
  • (2006) Water economics and pricing (2 days). Water Training Center, Palestinian Hydrology group, Palestine, 15-18 July 2006.
  • (2004-2007) Socio-economics of wastewater reuse, Birzeit University, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
  • (2005) Computer modeling of water distribution systems: (9 days). Birzeit University, 2005.
  • (2005-2007) Economic aspects of IWRM, Birzeit University, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
  • (2004-2007) Wastewater Reuse and Effective Use of Irrigation Water, (8 days), Birzeit University, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
  • (2006) Wastewater Reuse and Landscaping, (one day) Birzeit University, 2006.
  • (2006) Stakeholder Analysis, (2 days) Birzeit University, 2006.
  • (2006) Problem and Objective Tree analysis and Logical Framework, (3 days) Birzeit University, 2006.
  • (2005-2007) Water pricing: costs and tariffs, (3 days) Birzeit University, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
  • (2004-2007) Cost of wastewater treatment in Jordan and Tunisia, (2 days) Birzeit University, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

5. Language skills (0 to 5 for competence)

Language

Reading

Speaking

Writing

Arabic (mother tongue)

5

5

5

English

5

5

5

Hebrew

3

2

2

6. Professional Memberships and Networking

  •  Member of Arab Water Council.
  •  Palestinian and Jordan Engineers Associations.
  •  MED-REUNET (Mediterranean Network on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse).
  •  IWA (International Water Association).
  •  AHWA (Arab Health and Water Association).
  •  PEG (Palestinian Environmental Group).
  •  AUSR (Arab Union of Scientists and Researchers).
  •  PWA Reuse committee (Palestinian Water Authority).
  •  Member of MEDA-EMWATER Steering Committee (InWent).
  •  Member of the National Committee for formulation of rainwater harvesting laws and regulations, Ministry of Agriculture, Palestine.
  •  Member of the National Committee for Environmental Statistical Indicators, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and Environmental Quality Authority, Palestine.
  •  Research Coordinator and Technical Committee member of PoWER, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Netherlands.

7. Other skills and qualifications

  •  Financial and economic cost-benefit analysis of water and environmental projects.
  •  Wastewater management (treatment and reuse).
  •  Socio-economic perceptions and attitudes on water, wastewater, and the environment.
  •  Financial management of engineering projects.
  •  Water tariffs, affordability, and willingness to pay.
  •  Rural sustainable development.
  •  Water supply engineering.
  •  Proposal writing and fund raising.
  •  Working with META-plan.
  •  Communication skills and networking.
  •  Innovative facilitation and moderation of meetings, workshops, and conferences.
  •  Education and training needs assessment.
  •  Developing e-learning modules.
  •  Computer skills (software and hardware), web design.
  •  Advanced use of Moodle as a tool for innovative learning.

8. Professional experience record

Employer:

Institute Environmental and Water Studies (IEWS)- Birzeit University

Date:

1st July 2004 – ongoing (Full time)

Location:

Palestine

Position:

Associate Professor

Major Tasks:

  • Teaching in the MSc and BSc programs.
  • Supervision of Civil Engineering Graduation projects mainly on Water Transport and Distribution Systems.
  • Organizing and conducting regular training programs on design of water transport and distribution.
  • Managing different research projects.
  • Information management and knowledge mapping.
  • Proposal writing and fund raising.
  • Supervision of MSc theses.
  • Organizing specialized workshops at national level that target policy makers.
  • Developing e-learning educational modules.
  • Organizing a regular symposium on water and environment.
  • Webmaster for the institute’s website until Sep 2009: http://home.birzeit.edu/iws

Employer:

UNESCO-IHE Global Partnership for Water Education and Research (PoWER)

Date:

1st August 2005 – Ongoing (part time)

Location:

The Netherlands

Position:

Partnership Collaboration Coordinator

Major Tasks:

  • Designing joint research calls and administering these calls and the implementation of the selected projects.
  • Managing an international collaborative research program (UPaRF Cat. III).
  • Conducting needs assessment and identifying appropriate capacity building programs.
  • Stimulating collaborative research between the 42 partner Universities and Institutes in more than 25 countries. Through this position I am managing many collaborative research projects. I developed calls for funding and administered the selection of winning proposals and followed the whole process.
  • Developing joint educational programs.
  • Contribution to management of the partnership.

More details can be provided upon request.

Employer:

Arab Water Academy

Date:

15 December 2010 – 30 June 2011

Location:

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Position:

Education and Training Officer

Major Tasks:

  • Design and implementation of senior training programs on Water Diplomacy, Utility Reform, Private Sector Participation, and Climate Change.
  • Writing reports after each training.
  • Coordination with Arab Water Ministers and top management levels in the Arab countries.

More details can be provided upon request.

Company:

PHG - Palestinian Hydrology Group (an NGO)

Date:

1994 – 1999

Location:

Palestine

Position:

Water and Environmental Engineer

Description:

  • Supervision of a water harvesting projects (cisterns) in rural areas of the northern part of the West Bank. (1994-1996).
  • Design and implementation of water distribution systems 11 Palestinian villages.
  • Planning and designing a computer program for managing water supply projects (Hydrosoft). This model is meant for billing and tariff calculation for all projects. Programming was done by Nour Soft Company in Ramallah (1998).
  • Designing and implementation of a capacity building and training program that targeted 11 municipal councils on water economics and effective management of water projects.
  • Environmental awareness campaigns and programs.

9. Consultancy work

  • Arab Water Academy, Contribution to the Water Diplomacy Program, October, 2010.
  • The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and Ministry of Water and Environment, UAE (2010). Team leader of the Wastewater Technology Group within the context of developing a Water Strategy for The United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD), (2009). Team leader of the Wastewater Technology Group within the context of developing a Wastewater Strategy for Abu Dhabi Emirate (UAE).
  • UNESCO-IHE, 2009. Developing demonstration pilot modules for e-learning using Moodle.
  • Consultancy work to the World Bank, (2008). Preparatory work to the establishment of the Arab Water Academy.
  • The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD), (2008). Team leader of the Wastewater Group within the context of developing a Water and Wastewater Master Plan for Abu Dhabi Emirate (UAE).
  • Capacity building consultant to the Palestinian Hydrology Group, Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group, Ministry of Youth, Ministry of Health, and many others. (2005-2008)
  • Consultancy work to the House of Water and Environment, (2007). A study on cost benefit analysis of wastewater treatment and reuse in Wadi Al-Nar, West Bank, Palestine.
  • The Palestinian Hydrology Group (2000). Assessment of public affordability and willingness to pay for water supply in 12 Palestinian communities,
  • Save the Children Federation (SCF) in the West Bank, (1998). Evaluation of the septic tanks and (SDTs) project.
  • IRC, 1997. A study on the alternatives for water and sanitation in the Mediterranean region. June – August, 1996, IRC, Netherlands.

10. Publications

10.1. Journal peer reviewed papers:

  1. Mimi, Z., Mahmoud, N., and Abu-Madi, M. (2011). Modified DRASTIC assessment for intrinsic vulnerability mapping of karst aquifers: a case study. Journal of Environmental Earth Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-011-1252-0.
  2. Al-Sa`ed, R., Abu-Madi, M., and Zimmo, O. (2011). Novel Design Concept for Facultative Ponds Using Rock Filters to Reclaim the Effluent. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 137, 284 (2011); doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000318, pp. 213-306
  3. Abu-Madi, M. (2010). Impacts of changing energy prices on the financial viability of agricultural groundwater wells in Tulkarm district- Palestine. International Journal of Water, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2010, pp 205-222.
  4. Al-Deek, Z., Abu-Madi, M., and Al-Sa’ed, R. (2010). Acceptance of rural communities in Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate to use treated wastewater. Derasat Journal, Vol. 37, Issue 1. University of Jordan.
  5. Abu-Madi, M. (2009). Farm-level perspectives regarding irrigation water prices in the Tulkarm district – Palestine.  The Journal of Agricultural Water Management, Vol. 96, No. 9, September 2009, pp: 1344-1350.
  6. Al-Sa’ed, R., Abu-Madi, M., and Heun, J. (2009). Enhancing local knowledge and capacity development for sustainable management of water and environmental resources in Palestine. International Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication, Vol. 8 No. 1, 2009, pp: 30-39.
  7. Abu-Madi, M., Braadbaart, O., Al-Sa’ed, R., and Alaerts, G. (2008). Public perceptions towards wastewater reuse in Jordan and Tunisia. The Arab Water Journal, Issue 2, pp 18-32.
  8. Abu-Madi, M. and Al-Sa’ed, R. (2009). Towards sustainable wastewater reuse in the MENA Region. Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, Spring Issue 2, Columbia University, NY.
  9. Abu-Madi, M., Braadbaart, O., Al-Sa’ed, R., and Alaerts, G. (2008). Viability o increasing irrigation water tariffs as a tool to stimulate reuse in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Water Science & Technology—WST Vol. 57 No 9 pp 1475–1481. IWA Publishing 2008.
  10. Abu-Madi, M., Braadbaart, O., Al-Sa’ed, R., and Alaerts, G. (2003). Willingness of farmers to pay for reclaimed wastewater in Jordan and Tunisia. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 115-122. IWA Publishing 2003.

10.2. Book Contributions:

  1. Ministry of Environment and Water. (2010). United Arab Emirates Water Conservation Strategy, UAE.
  2. Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi, EAD. (2009). Abu Dhabi Wastewater Reuse Master Plan.
  3. Abu-Madi, M. (2008). Chief-Editor of proceedings. First Symposium on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse for Water Demand Management in Palestine, 2-3 April, 2008, Birzeit University.
  4. Abu-Madi, M., Al-Sa’ed, R., Mahmoud, N., and Burnat, J. (2009). Comparative socio-economic study between greywater and cesspit systems in Western Ramallah – Palestine. Chapter 5 in the Book: “Greywater Use in the Middle East: Technical, Social, Economic and Policy Issues”. Edited by Stephen McIlwaine and Mark Redwood. Pp. 89-100, Practical Action Publishing, UK.
  5. Abu-Madi, M. (2004). Incentive systems for wastewater treatment and reuse in irrigated agriculture in the MENA Region: Evidence from Jordan and Tunisia. PhD thesis, Delft University of Technology and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands.
  6. Abu-Madi, M. (2003). The limit is 40 cubic meters. The Book of Water Stories. International Research Center (IRC), the Netherlands.
  7. Zimmo, O., Petta, G., Mahmoud, N., Al-Saed, R., Mimi, Z., and Abu-Madi, M. (2005). Prospects of efficient wastewater management and water reuse in Palestine: country study. Prepared within the Framework of the EMWater-Project “Efficient Management of Wastewater, its Treatment and Reuse in the Mediterranean Countries”.
  8. Abu-Madi, M. (1996). Computer modeling of water distribution systems with intermittent supply (case study: Tulkarm, Palestine). MSc thesis, EE 217, April 1996, International Institute for Infrastructural Hydraulic Environmental Engineering (IHE), Delft, the Netherlands.

10.3. Conference papers:

  1. Abu-Madi, M., Mimi, Z., and Sinokrot, N. (2009). Building a participatory national consensus towards wastewater reclamation and reuse in Palestine. Proceedings of Second International conference on the Palestinian Environment, 13-15 October 2009, An-Najah National University, Palestine.
  2. Abu-Madi, M., Mimi, Z., and Abu-Rmaileh, N. (2008). Public perceptions and knowledge towards wastewater reuse in agriculture in Deir Debwan. Proceedings of First Symposium on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse for Water Demand Management in Palestine, 2-3 April, 2008, Birzeit University.
  3. Abu-Madi, M. and Aleiwi, A. (2008). Costs and benefits of wastewater treatment and reuse for irrigation in Wadi Al-Nar, Palestine. Presented at the First Symposium on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse for Water Demand Management in Palestine, 2-3 April, 2008, Birzeit University.
  4. Al-Deek, Z., Abu-Madi, M., and Al-Sa’ed, R. (2008). Acceptance of rural communities in Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate to use treated wastewater. Proceedings of First Symposium on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse for Water Demand Management in Palestine, 2-3 April, 2008, Birzeit University.
  5. Is’eed, R., Ghanem, M., and Abu-Madi, M. (2008). Willingness to use treated wastewater and to pay for its irrigated products in Dura – Hebron. Proceedings of First Symposium on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse for Water Demand Management in Palestine, 2-3 April, 2008, Birzeit University.
  6. Abu-Madi M., Al-Sa’ed R., Mahmoud N., and Burnat J. (2007) Socio-economic assessment of graywater treatment systems in western Ramallah. Proceedings of the International Conference: Sustainable Development and Management of Water Resources in Palestine”, 25-28 August 2007, Amman, Jordan.
  7. Abu-Madi, M. (2007). Cost Benefit Analysis of wastewater reuse considering cultural and ethical aspects in the MENA region. International Symposium on wastewater reclamation and reuse, Branschweig, 10-12 Oct 2007, Germany.
  8. Abu-Madi, M., Braadbaart, O., Al-Sa’ed, R., and Alaerts, G. (2007). Viability of increasing irrigation water tariffs as a tool to stimulate reuse in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Presented at the 6th IWA conference on wastewater reclamation and reuse for sustainability, Antwerp, 9-12 Oct 2007, Belgium.
  9. Al-Sa`ed, R., Mahmoud, N., Abu-Madi, M., and Zimmo, O. (2007). Enhancement of waste stabilization ponds efficacy using local fixed film materials. Proc. Kalmar ECO-TECH ´07 and the Third Baltic Symposium on Environmental Chemistry, 26-28 November, Kalmar, Sweden.
  10. Abu-Madi, M., Al-Sa’ed, R., Mahmoud, N., and Burnat, J. (2007). Socio-economic assessment of greywater treatment systems. Regional Greywater Expert Meeting, Aqaba-Jordan 11-15 Feb 2007. IDRC and CSBE.
  11. Abu-Madi, M. and Al-Sa`ed, R. (2005). Cost comparison of wastewater treatment technologies in Jordan and Tunisia. Proceedings of the International Conference on Water Values and Rights, 2-7 May 2005, Ramallah.
  12. Abu-Madi, M., Braadbaart, O., Al-Sa’ed, R., and Alaerts, G. (2004). Incentive systems for wastewater treatment and reuse in irrigated agriculture in Jordan and Tunisia. Presented at the International Water Demand Management Conference, 30 May-3 June 2004, the Dead Sea, Jordan.
  13. Abu-Madi, M., Braadbaart, O., Al-Sa’ed, R., and Alaerts, G. “Acceptance and willingness of farmers to pay for irrigation with reclaimed wastewater in the Middle East and North Africa Region”. Presented at the Regional Symposium on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse, Crete- Heraklion 25-30 Sep 2002, Greece.
  14. Abu-Madi, M., Al-Sa`ed, R., Braadbart, O., and Alaerts, G. (2000). Selection criteria for appropriate sanitation in the Palestinian rural and semi-urban communities. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Building and Research in Palestine, Birzeit University, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine.
  15. Trifunovic, N. and Abu-Madi, M. (1999). Demand modeling of water distribution networks with individual storage. A paper presented in Water-99 conference, Arizona.

10.4. Reports:

  1. I have prepared many training manuals in the various fields of water engineering and management.
  2. Abu-Madi, M. (2007). Costs and benefits of wastewater treatment and reuse for irrigation in Wadi Al-Nar, Palestine. Work done and submitted to House of Water and Environment, Palestine.
  3. Abu-Madi, M., Stephan, M., Samarah, N., Rhail, M., Alaniz, E., Ferral, A., Sarmiento, M., Leihua, L., Yiqing, Y., Mhizha, A., Munamati, M., Chimhashu, S., Mabiza, R., and Kalima, R. (2007). Viability of Effective Pricing of Irrigation Water: Case Studies from Four PoWER Countries: Argentina, China, Palestine, and Zimbabwe.
  4. Abu-Madi, M. and Stephan, M. (2006). Agricultural status and water use study in Tulkarm District, Palestine: country report. Viability of Effective Pricing of Irrigation Water: Case Studies from Four PoWER Countries: Argentina, China, Palestine, and Zimbabwe. PoWER Collaborative research.
  5. Abu-Madi, M. and Stephan, M. (2005). Current status of irrigation water in Palestine: ccountry report. Viability of Effective Pricing of Irrigation Water: Case Studies from Four PoWER Countries: Argentina, China, Palestine, and Zimbabwe. PoWER Collaborative research.
  6. Abu-Madi, M., Heun. J, and Sorrentino, M. (2005). International Training Needs Assessment of the Water Sector. UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands.
  7. Al-Sa`ed, R., Mahmoud, N., and Abu-Madi, M. (2004). Hygienic assessment of Al-Bireh reclaimed wastewater for processed crops irrigation: Guidelines development. Final report submitted to Med-Reunet Program, Agbar Foundation, Spain.
  8. Abu-Madi, M. (2003). The effect of reliance on donor funds in the water and sanitation sector in Palestine. Al-Baidar, No. 34, March, 2003 (Arabic), pp. 7. Development Studies Institute, Birzeit University.
  9. Daoud, S., Mir'i, M., Abu-Madi, M., and Suwadeh, K. (1999). A study on waste management systems in Al-Sha'rawia Arae, Tulkarm Governorate, The West Bank. Assessment of selected solid waste dumping sites in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Report by the Palestinian Hydrology Group. pp.10-16.
  10. Abu-Madi, M. (1996). Alternatives for water and sanitation in the Mediterranean region. IRC, the Netherlands.

11. Research projects:

SCID (2010-2011): Step Chlorination for improving water distribution systems in Ghana and Palestine. A research project in collaboration with KNUS University in Ghana, Al-Najah University in Palestine and Birzeit University. Position: Team leader.

AIVOP (2009-2010): Collaborative research project with KNUST, Ghana on the potential impacts of global oil prices on the sustainability of water and wastewater facilities in Palestine and Ghana. An UPaRF research project funded by Netherlands Government through DGIS through UNESCO-IHE PoWER.

Position: Initiator and team leader.

PoWER (2003 – 2011)PoWER is an international partnership of knowledge centers dedicated to building capacity for the sustainable management of water and environmental resources in order to improve the quality of human life and the environment in developing countries and countries in transition. In combining the strength of all partners (17 partners) through collaborative research and information exchange, PoWER aims to enhance the capacity of each partner in delivering capable professional in the water and environment sectors, in finding innovative solutions for water and environmental challenges, and in building up the capacity of institutions and communities.

Positions: Technical Committee Member and Research Coordinator (2004-2007), Partnership Collaboration Coordinator (2005-2011).

VEP (2006-2008). Viability of Effective Pricing of Irrigation Water in Argentina, China, Palestine, and Zimbabwe. A research project funded by Netherlands Government through DGIS through UNESCO-IHE PoWER.

Position: Initiator and research team leader.

WaDImena Research Project (2005- 2008): On wastewater treatment and reuse in Ramallah and Al-Bireh district. The project is funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through WaDImena program. WaDImena is a five-year multi-donor funded program (2004-2009) that contributes to effective water governance by enhancing water-use efficiency, equity and sustainability.

Position: Initiator and research team leader.

MEDA Project (2004 – 2007)Efficient Management of Wastewater, its Treatment and Reuse in the Mediterranean Countries. The project is funded by European Commission under the EU-MEDA “Regional Program for Local Water Management” and co-funding from the German Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ). Counterpart Organization are: InWEnt Capacity Building International, Germany; Al Bayt University, Al-Mafraq, Jordan; University of Balamand, Tripoli, Lebanon; Yildiz; Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey; Hamburg University of Technology, Germany; Adelphi Research Consult, Berlin, Germany ENEA, National Agency for New Techn., Energy & Environment, Italy. Position: Project team member.

Tempus Project (2004- 2006)Capacity Building in Environmental Sector at Water Studies Institute. The project is funded by European Commission under Tempus projects. The project was implemented with the help of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) at Sweden and UNESCO-IHE at Netherlands. The objective of this project was to develop the curricula of the existing two Master programs (Water Engineering and Water Science and Technology) to include environmental subjects.

Position: Project team member.

MED-REUNET (July 2003 – December 2004): Project Financing: EU through Agbar Foundation and the Mediterranean Reuse Network, Greece. On hygienic assessment of Al-Bireh reclaimed wastewater for processed crops irrigation: guidelines development.

Position: Project team member.

12. References

Prof. Jetze Heun

PoWER Director

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands.

E-mail: j.heun@unesco-ihe.org

Dr. Hammou Laamrani

WaDImena Project Coordinator,

Regional Water Demand Initiative.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC-Canada).

E-mail: HLaamrani@idrc.org.eg

Dr. Munther Barakat

Birzeit University, the West Bank, Palestine

E-mail: mbarakat@birzeit.edu

13. Rewards and honors

  • Honored by UNESCO-IHE amongst 26 international persons that contributed substantially to the development of the institute since its establishment 50 years ago.

14. Motto

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost,

When health is lost, something is lost,

But when character is lost, all is lost”

I herewith certify that I bear the responsibility for all the information presented in this resume.