HARNESSING INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIGA WATER PROJECTS ACROSS THE MENA REGION
20-21 November 2019 Burj Rafal Hotel Riyadh, KSA
Dr. Hazim El Naser has earned his Post-Doctorate studies in Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis from Harvard University-USA in 1996. PhD from the Technical University of Munich and Wüerzburg University/Germany in Water Resources Management, 1991. MSc in Hydrology from the University of Jordan in 1987 and BSc in Hydrology from the University of Jordan in 1985.
HE worked in developing the long term vision of Jordan’s Water and Agriculture Sectors and associated policies.
HE worked on developing the long term vision of Iraq Water and Sanitation Sector and paved the road for the implementation of the strategic projects for Jordan and Iraq.
HE published more than 60 scientific papers in the field of water, sanitation , irrigated agriculture and environment, and a BOOK on “Management of Scarce Water Resources in the ME (2009), WTI Press, UK.
Served as Minister of Water and Irrigation and Minister of Agriculture (2001-2005) and (2013-2018). Served as a member of the Jordan’s House of Representatives (2007-2010).
Worked during the period 2005-2013 and 2017-2018 as an international consultant for major donors like, The World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, UNDP, etc. Currently he is the Chairman and Founder of the Middle East Water Forum (www.mewf.de) .
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.
Rolf is a commercially astute, visionary and creative Senior Manager with an extensive background of more than 20 years in the industrial manufacturing, mining, water, power and utilities sectors.
Throughout his international career, Rolf was covering diverse continents and regions including Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America, where he is recognised as a strong and knowledgeable leader, who is able to train and manage multicultural teams to deliver organisational objectives.
Rolf combines a global professional network with exceptional negotiation skills and a proven record in achieving business growth. He possesses a natural aptitude for international business development and sales, in both start-up and multinational businesses and focuses on financial goals and KPIs, successfully expanding businesses into new territories.
An economist by education, Rolf has acquired in-depth expert levels of technical knowledge, know-how and insight, in particular in the field of his passion: water. Today, Rolf is at the forefront of several projects and initiatives aiming for new technologies to be introduced to the water treatment industry.
Awards and repeated features in Forbes and alike are some of the acknowledgments Rolf received in return for his relentless push to realize his vision for an advanced and integrated, truly sustainable water management around the globe.
Rolf has joined BESIX Concessions & Assets as the Project Development Manager, focusing on desalination and innovative water treatment businesses, in November 2016, after holding senior international management positions with Publicis MCD, WA Granite, Hawle Armaturen, CST Industries, Toray.
In July 2019, as a result of his high profile work and accomplishments, Rolf has accepted senior advisory roles for Government Authorities and private sector industries, in which Rolf will contribute with his vast experience and insights on the highest executive, strategic levels with a global reach.
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