Meet Our Team

IWMI Team

Dr. Amgad Elmahdi
Director of MENA Region-IWMI

Dr. Amgad Elmahdi is the Director of MENA Region, IWMI. He is a Senior Regional Water Analyst, Solutions and Water Accounting Specialist. He has over 25 years of working experience in the fields of in Hydrology, Water Resources Assessment, Water Accounting, Water Governance, Water Information Management, Digital Technologies for Water Management, Water Policy and Planning, NEXUS Assessment and Management, in operational, research, and academic settings. Before joining IWMI, He was the Head of Water Resources Section and Chief Supervising Hydrologist at the Bureau of Meteorology-Australia. His experiences involved providing evidence-based science and low-cost solutions to sustainably manage water and land resources for water and food security, people’s livelihoods and the environment.

He is also a recognized International Water and Natural Resources Management Expert and the Australian representative for several international agencies-  such as ICID- International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. He is the chair of the IWRA-Water Security Bureau (International Water Resources Association) and he has received several awards nationally and internationally for his Science Impact for Landscape Water modelling in Australia and Strategic Excellence Award for Partnership and Watsaving award-ICID.

Eng Javier Mateo-Sagasta
ReWaterMENA Project Leader
Senior Researcher and Coordinator on Water Quality in IWMI

Javier has about 20 years of experience as agricultural engineer and environmental scientist in programs and projects aiming at the control of water pollution, the safe use of marginal quality water in agriculture, integrated water resources management and sustainable agricultural production in both developed and developing countries. In IWMI Javier is a senior researcher and coordinates IWMI’s work on water quality across research groups. Javier is the chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Water Quality Alliance, member of the Steering Committee of the Global Wastewater Initiative and member of the Management Team of the CGIAR Anti-Microbial Resistance Hub. He currently leads the “ReWaterMENA project, and undertakes regional and global assessments on wastewater, water pollution and resource recovery and reuse with UN partners, including a regional review of water reuse in Latina America and a global review of water pollution from agriculture, both in partnership with FAO. He has also coordinated projects in India and Sri Lanka, including the WLE project ‘Healthy Ganges: cleaner waters and more productive ecosystems”. Before joining IWMI, Javier has worked for research centers in Jordan and the Netherlands; the private sector in Spain; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), where he coordinated the water quality program of the Land and Water division for 4 years; and in multidisciplinary teams mainly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Latin America, Europe and South Asia.

Dr. Nisreen Lahham
ReWater MENA Project Manager Senior Researcher in IWMI

Dr. Lahham has over 20 years’ experience in research for development and practice working on environment, agriculture and water with development agencies, NGOS and governmental institutions. She is a leading futurist, having founded the Future Studies Forum for Africa and the Middle East and working with a trans-disciplinary approach on projects about the futures of water and food security, as well as urban planning, where she holds a Ph.D. In IWMI Dr. Nisreen Lahham is a Senior Researcher and a Regional Project Manager. Currently she manages the regional project; ReWater MENA project, a multi-partner project, addressing the challenges to upscale and accelerate the expansion of wastewater reuse in the MENA region. Besides, she coordinates CGIAR’s GENDER Platform project COVID-19 and Egypt’s water crisis: generating evidence for gender-transformative innovations. Before joining IWMI MENA Office in Cairo, Nisreen worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at GIZ, where she coordinated the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme for the MENA region. At a prior stage she was the Executive Manager of the Center for Futures Studies at the Egyptian Cabinet. GOOGLE SCOLAR

ACUWA Development Team

Eng. Khaldon Khashman
Regional Training Manager
ACWUA Secretary General

Eng. Khaldon Khashman is the Secretary General of Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), moreover a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the UN Water monitoring the achievements of SDG6 likewise in other national and international institutions, a member of Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization and a member of Non for Profit Risk Management Professional Forum.
Since 2009 and up to this date, Eng. Khashman has been Secretary General for ACWUA. He strongly believes that exchanging knowledge and expertise among water utilities in different part of the world is very crucial in developing sustainable solutions to withstand water sector various challenges. Thus, he is pursuing this through leading ACWUA as global center of excellence that earnestly willing to work in partnership with water and wastewater utilities in the Arab countries and other countries, on building capacities within the utilities, instituting best practices and eventually enabling utilities to achieve their objectives.

Eng. Abdelbasit Saleh
TOT & Capacity Building Specialist
ACWUA Senior Expert

Eng. Abdelbasit is a consultant in engineering education and training / Professional Qualification and Accreditation Council (PQAC) with 42 years of experience out of which 39 years in engineering, technical and vocational education and training. Since 1989 Eng.  Abdelbasit  works as consultant, project manager, team leader and as a trainer and consultant on TVET and engineering projects in Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Bahrain, KSA, UAE/Dubai, Palestine, Italy, Libya, Egypt, Turkey ,Malaysia, Oman, and Palestine with international organizations such as GIZ, ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, USAID, ARADO, AQWUA,AFTE, and World Bank.

Yasmeen K. Khashman​
Regional Training Coordinator
Consulting and Studies Director

Yasmeen obtained her BSc degree in Pharmaceutical Chemical Engineering from German Jordanian University and MBA degree from the Arab Open University and the Open University, Milton Keynes. Moreover she obtained PMP certification in 2020. Yasmeen has an experience in the field of Business Development and Project Management. Currently, she occupied the position of studies and consulting director within ACWUA team.

Eissa ​ Abdelnour
Filmmaker producer and animator
ACWUA Expert

Mr. Eissa Abdelnour started his career developing animated content in the field of e-learning. He enrolled in the School of Audio Engineering to study digital animation and accumulated 18 years of experience as an animator, film producer, visual effects artist and teacher. Mr. Eissa now works mainly as a freelance filmmaker and media consultant with multiple local and international Agencies, companies, and NGOs.

Mahdi B. Hyari
Platform Administrator
Marketing and Communication Coordenator

Mahdi Hyari has worked in various agencies as a marketing officer, digital designer and operations manager. For the past few years, he has been collaborating with agencies & clients, supervising direction of overall digital strategic visions; shaping and guiding creative paths. Mahdi is now working mainly as a marketing and communication coordinator at ACWUA  .

Our Fabulous Instructors

Dr. Maha Halalsheh
Wastewater Treatment Expert
ACWUA Senior Expert

Dr. Maha Halalsheh holds a PhD in environmental engineering from Wageningen University and Research Center since 2002. She is currently assigned as associate researcher at the University of Jordan, in addition to her work as a wastewater treatment expert within ACWUA component in the ReWater MENA project. Her main interest lies in the field of IWRM and particularly in wastewater treatment. Her main domain is anaerobic digestion and is recently interested in co-digestion of different waste streams. She has more than 15 years’ experience in coordinating different projects and conducting studies.

Dr. Noura ​ Abdelwahab
Gender and Public Acceptance Expert
ACWUA Senior Expert

Dr. Noura is an experienced Economist with more than 20 years of experience in conducting gender and market assessments and research in developing countries for International and regional organizations namely the World Bank, UNDP, ADB, IOM, ILO, WFP, ICARDA, FAO, Center for Arab Women Research and Training (CAWTAR) and International Research Center for Women. She is currently lead Gender advisor with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) working on mainstreaming gender in all bank operations related to lending related to Green Climate fund in addition to her work as a gender and public acceptance expert within ACWUA component in the ReWater MENA project.

Dr. Mohammad ​​​ Duqqah
Reuse Technologies Expert​
ACWUA Senior Expert

Dr. Mohammad Duqqah holds Ph.D. in Production Ecology and Resource Conversation from the Wageningen University – The Netherlands in 2002 through a scholarship from the Netherlands MoFA and in 1995 got his M.Sc. in Irrigation Engineering from University of Southampton – United Kingdom through the Chevening scholarship program. Currently working as a Freelancer Consultant in Irrigation Engineering and Water Resource Management with different international organizations like AHT GROUP AG, Management and Engineering, The German Development Bank (KfW), GIZ and Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA). 

Dr. Ragy Darwish
Economic Expert
ACWUA Senior Expert & Certified TOT

Since his graduation, Dr. Darwish has worked extensively with issues related to “Resources and Environmental Economics”, focusing mainly on “water” and “wastewater reuse” optimal allocation policies, utilization and practices. During his teaching assignments, he has repeatedly taught courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, in the areas of: Resources and Environmental Economics; Project Analysis and Appraisal; Project Planning and Management, Cost Benefit Analysis, and Operation Research. With respect to research, reach-out community programs and his consultancy services with international agencies, his work and output re-emphasized his interest on those areas. In his research, Dr. Darwish worked with topics related to; Policy Development and Assessments, Economic Pricing and Costing of Public and Environmental Goods, Projects Analysis and Appraisal.

More and safer water reuse in the Middle East and North Africa ​