Mr. Omar Abou Ibrahim, Spain
Vice President – Protecciones Plasticas, S.A. (PROTESA)
Joined Future Pipe Group in 1997 as Technical Support Engineer at the manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi-UAE and spent ten years where he held a number of functional and managerial positions in the fields of Design, Manufacturing, Quality Control and Operations Management. As General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Operations, he led the initiative to develop and reposition the manufacturing facility as a recognized leader in quality management and operational excellence.
In 2006, he became Director of Supply Chain Management, leading the effort to establish a centralized division for technical and sales support, proposal management, demand allocation and capacity planning for the Group. In Oct. 2010, he was appointed Country Manager – KSA responsible for the group’s sales and production operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Since July 2013, Mr. Abou Ibrahim has relocated to Spain with the mandate to lead the integration of the group’s acquisition of Protecciones Plasticas, S.A. (PROTESA) within FPI-Europe.
In addition to his technical expertise in the water and piping industry, Mr. Abou Ibrahim is an operations-management executive with expertise in building/transforming organizations, optimizing processes, developing performance indicators, and deploying infrastructure to maximize business results.
Mr. Mohammad Hamad Alshahrani, Saudi Arabia
Mohammad Hamad Alshahrani is Vice Manager of General Administration for Maintenance and the Director of Administration of Operation and Maintenance for Services Complexes, King Saud University (KSU), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is also a member of the Vice Presidency for Projects Council at KSU.
He joined KSU in 2006, steadily assuming roles of increasing responsibility at the university, which is regarded as Saudi Arabia’s premier university and one of the top universities in the region. Earlier, he was a Mechanical Engineer with the El-Qusi company in Riyad. Mr. Alshahrani holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from KSU and also earned a certificate in project management from PROJACS Academy, with cooperation with Houston University. A Professional Engineer, he is President of the Water Desalination Division – Saudi Council of Engineers and also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Desalination Association.
Mr. Leon Awerbuch, United States
President and Chief Technology Officer of Leading Edge Technologies Ltd. (LET), Leon Awerbuch has been involved in the desalination industry for more than 40 years. He joined Bechtel Group in 1972 in R&D followed by increased responsibilities for power and water programs as International Bechtel Co. Ltd Vice President and Senior Regional Representative for theMiddle East. During his 35 year career with Bechtel, he was in charge of desalination programs involved in R&D, design and engineering as well as EPC of desalination and power projects.
As a developer of LET Integrated Upgrading Systems using Nanofiltration membrane softening technology, he was granted numerous patents covering the MED-MSF-RO-NF Integrated Hybrid Technologies. Other patents cover Geothermal Energy and Flue Gas Desulphurization. Mr. Awerbuch was one of the early pioneers in Hybrid Power-Desalination concepts, Desalination Aquifer Storage and Recovery (DASR) and Hybrid MSF-MED. The patented Integrated Hybrid MSF-NF project won the 2007 Global Water Intelligence Award for Innovation. Mr. Awerbuch also won the first prize for innovation conferred by the Saudi Water and Electricity Forum in 2007. Based on his patents, LET was a first prize winner of Innovative Use / Application of Technology awarded by inaugural H20 Water Awards 2010 celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations who contributed to the advancement of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region’s water industry.
Mr. Awerbuch was elected to the Board of NWSIA at Conference in Key Largo, Florida 1975, and was elected Vice President and Director of NWSIA, WSIA and ADA, predecessors of AMTA. He was Past Chairman of Legislative and Government Relation Committee WSIA. He is co-author of the IDA Constitution adopted at the merger of IDEA and NWSIA. Other professional recognition includes a Presidential Citation – NWSIA for Outstanding Service (1981), The American Desalting Association – Distinguished Service Award (1991-1993) and ADA Presidential Award – Distinguished Service Award (1996).
Mr. Awerbuch served as IDA President from 1989-1991. Chairman of six IDA World Congresses, he currently serves as a Director of the Association and was a Chairman of IDA’s Technical Programs for 22 years. As such, he has organized and chaired over 40 conferences, forums, seminars and workshops around the world. He was co-chair of IDA’s Energy and Environmental Task Force and serves as Dean of IDA Desalination Academy.
Mr. Awerbuch received the Life Recognition Award from IDA at the 2007 World Congress in Grand Canarias and the award for Life Achievement at the Inaugural Power Generation and Water Solutions Middle East Awards in October 2009. He holds 28 patents and has published over 90 technical papers. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the IDA Journal on Desalination and Water Reuse, Desalination and Water Reuse (D&WR) Quarterly and Desalination & Water Treatment Science and Engineering Journal. He is also a member of the Research Advisory Board of the Middle East Research Center (MEDRC).
Mr. Awerbuch received a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Warsaw Technical University. He has also undertaken Graduate Study toward PhD, Chemical Engineering, Warsaw Technical University and Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York.
Mr. Borja Blanco, Spain
Mr. Borja Blanco has been involved in the water industry for over 23 years, holding positions with leading water related companies worldwide. After working for a combined period of about 14 years in USFilter and Veolia Water, he managed Energy Recovery Inc. (ERI) sales, marketing and business development efforts for 9 years. He currently is CEO of Aqua Advise, a specialized boutique consulting company for the desalination market.
Mr. Blanco serves on the Board of Directors of the International Desalination Association (IDA), as well as the European Desalination Society (EDS), and is very engaged in the global desalination market, promoting the importance of effective plant technology and affordable desalination solutions globally.
Mr. Gerard Canton, France
Gerard Canton joined the desalination industry 37 years ago with Sidem. He became Sales Director of Sidem in 1994, then Deputy Managing Director in 2004.
Thirty years ago, Gerard created UCDEM in the Caribbean, an operating company providing water to the French Islands of St Martin, St Barth, Desrade and Saintes.
Tan Ngo Chiaw (NC Tan), Singapore
NC holds both Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees from the National University of Singapore. NC also holds various professional qualifications; he is a Singapore registered Professional Engineer (PE), a Qualified Erosion Control Professional (QECP), a Design for Safety Professional and a Qualified ABC Water Professional. He has held various executive committee positions at the Singapore Water Association (SWA) for the last 10 years where he currently serves as the Vice President (General Affairs).
NC is currently the Managing Director of CH2MHILL Singapore Pte Ltd. He is one of the CH2M pioneer employees in the Asia region, having joined the firm in May 1997, a few months after the office was established. NC has over 30 years‘ experience in the wastewater and water industry, covering the full array of engineering work including research, feasibility studies, master planning, technical, engineering, design, construction management, commercial, business development, proposals, staffing and senior management at board of director’s level.
In the 20 years with CH2M, NC has assumed several leadership roles, Client Account Manager for PUB Singapore, Geographic Manager and Business Development Manager (Water) for Asia, Project Director and Senior Project Manager for several key water projects. Key projects successfully secured and delivered under his charge include the US$3 Billion Deep Tunnel Sewerage System Phase 1 Program Management, US$1.5 Billion Changi Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) Phase 1 and the various NEWater Plants and the ABC (Active, Beautiful and Clean) Waters Programme. On-going projects where NC assumes the role of Project Director includes 5 major drainage canal projects, 2 seawater desalination plants, 2 drinking water plants and 2 water reclamation plants, with total project value of around US$3 Billion. Recent winning of the US$115 million Tuas WRP detailed design and construction management program is one of the highlights of his career. NC is now the full-time site based Chief Resident Engineer at the US$320 million Changi WRP PhII Expansion program, designed based on all latest used water treatment and reuse technologies, scheduled for completion by end-2019.
Mr. Guillaume Clairet, Canada
Guillaume Clairet is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of H2O Innovation, a leading company in water treatment related technologies. Mr Clairet initially started his career in the water industry as a research associate for the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) where he conducted several studies on the contamination of ground water from military training activities. Mr. Clairet joined H2O Innovation in 2003 when the company was still at the start up stage. He played a key role in the rapid growth of H2O Innovation through various positions such as Project Manager, International Business Development Director and Executive Vice-President. Mr. Clairet received a Physics Engineering Degree from Laval University in Quebec, Canada and he completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of San Diego, USA. He has been elected on the Board of Directors of the International Desalination Association since 2011 and he is a member of WEF, AWWA and AMTA. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Quebec, Canada.
Mr. Carlos Cosín, Spain
Carlos Cosín Fernández (Madrid, Spain) is currently the CEO of Almar Water Solutions. He is responsible for strategic management of the company, whose main investor is Abdul Latif Jameel, to implement and promote its activity in the water sector.
Before that, he worked at Abengoa between 2005 and 2016, ending his career as Chairman and CEO of Abengoa Water, the water subsidiary of the group. Mr. Cosín also spent seven years (1997-2004) at Veolia Water Systems and before that he held several high-level positions, most notably the ownership of a private company that developed and designed heat exchangers. Mr. Cosín has a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Mr. Gary Crisp, Australia
Gary graduated from University of Pretoria as a Civil Engineer and has 36 years of water experience, 18 of which is in desalination. He recently joined John Holland Group as Engineering Manager and is based in Perth.
Gary was an integral member of all Water Corporation desalination projects, including the Perth Seawater Desalination, Southern Seawater Desalination, Burrup Fertilizers, and Kwinana Water Reuse plants. He was Chief Technical Officer for the construction and commissioning of the Gold Coast Desalination Plant over a period of three years. Gary has worked on five desalination projects that have won GWI Desalination Plant of the Year titles. He has been involved with a number of North American desalination and reuse projects, most notably Carlsbad Desalination Plant, Huntington Beach Desalination Plant, Camp Pendleton Desalination Plant, BP Mad Dog II EOR and Rosarito Desalination Plant.
Gary is a director of the International Desalination Association. He was awarded Western Australian Professional Engineer of the Year 2007, by Engineers Australia for his contribution to desalination in Australia.
Gary has prepared and presented many papers related to desalination.
Dr. Nobuya Fujiwara, Japan
Dr. Nobuya Fujiwara is General Manager of Desalination Membrane Department of TOYOBO Co., Ltd. and Director of Arabian Japanese Membrane Company in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He joined TOYOBO Research Institute and studied the performance analysis of RO modules. Then, he was transferred to the head office of TOYOBO as a chief engineer, taking charge of development of RO modules and the establishment of operating methods such as Intermittent Chlorine Injection Method. The RO modules that he developed have been used for Jeddah and Yanbu RO plants in Saudi Arabia, each of which was the world’s largest seawater desalination RO plant at the time of their construction.
Moreover, he has led the development team to many recent successes. The high recovery (60%) system, which offers reduction of plant construction costs and running costs, was adopted for the biggest seawater desalination plant in Japan. The newly developed large-sized “Both Open-Ended” RO modules are used in huge seawater desalination plants that have the capability to produce water capacity of more than 300,000 m3/d in Saudi Arabia. The capacity of the seawater desalination RO plants of which he took charge is about 2 million m3/d.
Dr. Fujiwara also contributes to development of seawater desalination technology by publishing many technical papers about the results of his research and development for these 30 years. He graduated from Kyoto University, the department of Chemical Engineering, in 1983, and received a doctorate degree (Engineering) from Kobe University in Japan for the research on RO modules for seawater desalination in 2008.
Mr. Rachid Ghamraoui, United Arab Emirates
Since 2011, Mr. Ghamraoui has been General Manager of BESIX Sanotec, the water arm of BESIX Group in the Middle East. BESIX Sanotec was created by the Group to reflect the importance of the environment in the overall strategy of the company and also in order to diversify its activities.
His journey to becoming general manager of BESIX Sanotec started in 1989 when he joined BESIX directly after completing a Master’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering at the Brussels Polytechnic University as MEP engineer for the majestic European Council in Brussels.
Almost 20 years ago in 1996, he moved to the Middle East BESIX Organization and held several leadership positions in some well-known projects among others:
• Al Aweer Power Plant
• Dubai Airport Control Tower
• Jebel Ali Power and Desalination ‘L’ Station
• The iconic Burj Khalifa
• Yas Island Formula one Development with its Ferrari World Theme Park
As General Manager of BESIX Sanotec Middle East, he has been involved in such major water projects in the region as Al Wathaba and Al Hamah treatment plant, with combined capacity of 450000 m3, as well as several projects with Ashghal (Qatar) ADSSC (Abudhabi), Sharjah and Ajman Municipalities.
BESIX Sanotec’s expertise as a water engineering company combined with important synergies and close cooperation with SIX CONSTRUCT, the civil arm of the group, allows BESIX to be positioned as one of the few companies that can offer a “one stop-one shop” solution to the water market covering all project aspects ranging from data acquisition, expert advice, process design, civil works, MEICA works and operation & maintenance.
BESIX has a proven track record in the water sector that spreads over more than four decades. SIX CONSTRUCT has been involved in the construction of numerous desalination and potable water plants in the GCC (UAE, Qatar, Oman) and Africa (Algeria, Cameroon, Morocco). In addition, the total cumulative capacity of waste water treatment plants built by BESIX Sanotec since its inception has reached approximately 2,000,000 m3/day.
Dr. Ruan Guoling, China
Dr. Ruan Guoling is the chief engineer of the Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization, SOA (Tianjin). He has engaged in seawater desalination for 25 years. He accomplished the first 3000 t/d MED pilot project in China. He also accomplished many projects of seawater desalination, brackish water desalination and water reuse based on the membrane technology, and solved many technology problems. A 10000 t/d SWRO project, designed by him, has been successfully operated for 8 years. Currently, Dr. Ruan is in charge of the 20000 t/d SWRO pilot project. A series of cutting-edge technologies are expected to be used in this project.
Dr. Ruan has received more than 10 awards from China government for his R & D in seawater desalination field, and has more than 70 academic publications and 29 patents. He is the recipient of the “State Council Special Allowance of China”. He is a candidate of “New Century Talents Project of China” from 2009, a policy making advisor of China Association for Science and Technology from 2010 and a member of review committee of the State Science and Technology of China in 2010.
Mr. Mounib Hatab, United Arab Emirates
Mr. Mounib Hatab is Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing – GCC (UAE, KSA, OMAN, Qatar, Kuwait & Bahrain) for Future Pipe Industries (FPI). He has held several leadership positions across FPI’s global operations including Plant Management, Engineering & Technical Management as well as Marketing and Sales Management. He was instrumental in marketing the FPI pipes in the MENA region for the sake of FPI Lebanon, building up their fresh reference list with prestigious projects. He runs the newly acquired machines production unit – Future Plastrex (France) and assured its knowhow and technology transfer to the Group. He was later assigned to FPI Holland, based in Paris, ensuring service to the major European clients. Again, his presence in Europe enforced the synergy between the European and Mid Eastern Sales Teams, and helped develop strong relationships with the European decision makers and the various international lobbying Groups. His experience covers the GCC, as well as the MENA and Europe Regions, as he held different management positions for the Group in Paris, Beirut, Cairo and Dubai.
His previous assignment was the Vice President – Country Head of the UAE based plants.
Mr. Hatab holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut and is a member of different UAE Business Associations, French Cobaty Association in addition to the Levant Desalination Association.
Mr. Ali Redha Hussain, Bahrain
Ali received his B.Sc degree in Mechanical Engineering fromAleppo University,Syria, followed by a Masters Degree in Management of Information Technology fromSunderland University,UKand a Higher Diploma in Water Engineering from An Foras Forbartha Institute,Dublin,Republic of Ireland.
His professional experience was associated in the early days (1980-1983) with the Electricity & Water Authority (EWA) inBahrain, where he was responsible for the Operation and Maintenance of the Water Network. He was assigned later as a Project Engineer, followed by Operation Engineer, responsible for the execution and operation of Ras Abu Jarjur R.O Desalination Plan during 1983-1986.
During the period 1986-2005, Ali was assigned as Manager of Addur RO Desalination Plant and was then appointed as Director Water Transmission, responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Water Transmission Network including storage and SCADA control systems. He also led the EWA team that acted as the IWPP consumer and resource broker for all water production units in Bahrain.
Ali has recently retired from EWA and is currently engaged as the Executive Director of the Water Sciences and Technology Association (WSTA), an IDA affiliate, after serving the association in the capacity of President for four years. He has also acted as the WSTA representative on the IDA Board of Directors since 2003. He is a member of the Bahrain Society of Engineers and has published many papers in international conferences with special emphasis on RO desalination technology and plant operation.
Mr. Mohamad Jaroudi, Qatar
Mr. Jaroudi has been a member of the Future Pipe Group since 1995, amassing 18 years experience and involvement in the pipe system business and specification development, as well as its contribution to the industry, since then.
Mr. Jaroudi joined Future Pipe Group in Abu Dhabi as a Technical Engineer in 1995, after graduating as a Mechanical Engineer from the American University of Beirut. He was a key person and contributor in the certification and promotion of the company’s product and selling to the different end-users including the water and desalination industry.
In 1999, Mr. Jaroudi was re-assigned as the Regional Manager in the head office, Dubai, to handle the GCC market. In 2004, he moved to Qatar and acted as a focal member in developing the specifications for different end-users and specifying the largest GRP pipe system project for cooling water lines consisting over 180kms of large diameter piping up to 4000mm, which served the major water and oil & gas consumers in Qatar.
Mr. Jaroudi’s oversight is both technical and executive, with a leading role in the different activities related to sales, marketing, project management and customer support. Additionally, he has had the unique experience of dealing with different end-users around the GCC, international EPIC contractors / consultants and FEED engineers.
His role in providing value engineering analysis related to the efficiency, cost and energy saving in water pipe lines through the use of fiberglass piping was vital, as it proved to end-users and plant designers that they can achieve lower life cycle costs.
His educational background includes a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. He is an active member in the Syndicate of Engineers, Lebanon; Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Qatar; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; and Levant Desalination Association (an IDA affiliate) and the previous affiliate representative.
He has presented and attended several international conferences, exhibitions and seminars and co-authored numerous case histories of unique projects and articles.
Mr. Fady Juez, United Arab Emirates
Managing Director of Metito Overseas Ltd., Fady has more than 20 years of experience in the water industry. After working with GE Power for four years, he joined Metito in 1985 with a mandate to establish and develop the Metito business in the Gulf States.
In 1988, he moved to Saudi Arabia as the Head of Contracting and in a short span of only two years, took over the position of Managing Director, Cyprus. With his immense success in the region, Fady then moved to the UAE in 1996 to embark on his current role as Managing Director at Metito’s global headquarters.
Fady received a BE in Mechanical Engineering from American University of Beirut.
Dr. In S. Kim, Korea
Prof. Kim is a professor in the School of Environmental Science & Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (GIST) in Korea. He is leading the Global Desalination Research Center (GDRC) as a Director (follow-up of SeaHERO Program). He is serving President of Korean Desalination Plant Association (KDPA). He is a member of Korean Academy of Science and Technology and a Fellow of International Water Association (IWA). He has served the Chair of Water Reuse Specialist Group in IWA. He has been working as Chief Review Board for Environment & Renewable energy field in National Research Foundation (NRF). Prof. Kim was awarded outstanding university service award by GIST (1995), Outstanding paper by Korean Federation of Science & Technology Association (2001), Prime Minister Award (2008) and others. Prof. Kim is serving as Editor in several renowned International Academic Journals. His specific research area is Membrane-Biotechnoloy for Water Reuse, Desalination and Renewable Energy.
Dr. Masaru Kurihara, Japan
Dr. Masaru Kurihara is Senior Scientific Director of “Mega-ton Water System”, Funding Program for World Leading Innovation R&D on Science & Technology, Japan, and Fellow of Toray Industries, Inc.
He graduated from Gunma University, Technical Department, Applied Chemistry in 1963 and completed his doctoral dissertation at the University of Tokyo in 1970. He joined Toray Industries, Inc. in 1963, working in polymers research at Basic Research Laboratory. Since then, he has held several positions in research and water treatment technology within the company.
Dr. Kurihara is a member of numerous organizations, including the American Chemical Society, Japan Chemical Society, Japan Polymers Society and Japan Membrane Society. He is President of the Asia Pacific Desalination Association (APDA) and Vice President of the Japanese Desalination Association (JDA). He has received numerous awards in recognition of his work including a Lifetime Achievement Award from IDA, presented in 2011.
Dr. Hideaki Kurokawa, Japan
Dr. Hideaki Kurokawa is department manager of Environmental systems department, Matsudo Research Center of Hitachi, Ltd., Infrastructure Systems Company.
He joined Hitachi Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd. in 1983 and studied the water treatment system using membrane technologies. Especially, he studied the membrane distillation technology as the application of several water treatments. Then, he transferred to the head office of Hitachi as a senior engineer and took charge of the development of environmental improvement system. After that, he move to the present post in 2011 and he is engaging the development of water treatment system, i.e., desalination of seawater, sewage water treatment, etc.
Dr. Kurokawa engaged many water treatment system using membrane technologies for total 20 years. He graduated from Hokkaido University graduate school, the department of Applied Chemical department, in 1983, and received a doctorate degree (Engineering) from Tohoku University in Japan for the research on water recycling system using membrane distillation in 1994. Now, he is Vice President of the Japanese Desalination Association (JDA).
Mr. LI Youqing, China
Mr. Li Youqing founded ROPV and has been the Chief Executive Officer of ROPV since 1999. He brings more than 35 years of experience in expanding composite materials applications for water industry. He completed many state projects with many published professional papers in China. He also obtains many design patents.
In addition to his role as the CEO of ROPV, he serves on the board of Membrane Industry Association (MIAC) as a deputy secretary general. He also serves on China Desalination and Reuse Association as a vice president, and on National Technical Committee on Separation Membrane of Standardization Administration of China as a Committee member.
Mr. Li Youqing holds a Bachelor’s degree in Composite Material from East China University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Imad Makhzoumi, United Arab Emirates
Imad Makhzoumi is currently Executive Vice President – Member of the Board of the Future Pipe Group. During the past decade, he has participated in the development of the fiberglass pipe business for use across all sectors, including oil & gas, industrial and water.
President of IDA from 2009-2011, he has been an IDA member for the last 20 years and has served as a Director for the last 12 years. He was Chairman of the Awards Committee for the 2013 IDA World Congress in Tianjin, China, and also served as First and Second Vice President and Chairman of the Membership & Elections Committee.
His educational background includes a Diploma from McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and Water Resources Management from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles).
Mr. Shawn Meyer-Steele, United States
Mr. Shawn Meyer-Steele is founder and Managing Director of H2OPROFESSIONALS, a consulting group to equipment manufacturers, service providers, municipalities and end-users of water treatment equipment and services worldwide.
From Jan 2008 to June 2013 he was Sr. Vice President – Director of Business Development for Seven Seas Water Corporation, a leading service provider in the Americas of sustainable desalination and water reuse. From Jan 2003 through May 2007 he was Sr. Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Energy Recovery Inc., the world’s leading energy recovery device manufacturer.
Mr. Meyer-Steele enjoyed a 12 year career at Ionics Incorporated (now part of GE) from 1990 to 2002, From 1998 to 2002 he was General Sales Manager for the Southern US and the Caribbean and Manager of International Operations from 1994 to1998. From 1990 to 1994 he enjoyed positions as Product Manager, Process Design and Development Engineer and in R&D.
Shawn has served on the board of directors of the International Desalination Association since 2011 and the Caribbean Desalination Association since 2009. He has also held chairs, served on panels, as well as written and presented numerous papers in other industry conferences as well as published in leading industry publications. Shawn has literally worked throughout the world and is conversant in Spanish, speaks some German, Dutch, Papiamento and Portuguese.
Shawn has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.
Mr. Fayyaz Muddassir Mubeen, Pakistan
Mr. Fayyaz Muddassir Mubeen is presently working as a RO Specialist and international consultant. He has been working in the RO and MSF fields for the last 30 years at managerial positions and has been involved in the design, installation and commissioning of many of the world’s large Seawater Reverse Osmosis desalination plants such as Al Dur II (Bahrain), Jeddah III, Shuqaiq (Saudi Arabia), Palm Jumeirah (UAE), Shuwaikh (Kuwait), Al-Birk, Ras Tanajib, Safaniya, and Dhahran Aramco Drinking Water Plant.
His experience includes RO Expert GDF Suez, General Manager Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction, Senior Manager, Desalination Division ACWA POWER; Technical Adviser (RO), Doosan, Seoul, Korea; Senior Desalination Engineer, Jubail SWRO Plant, SWCC, Jubail, Saudi Arabia; and Engineering Coordinator/Plant Manager, Al-Kawther Industries, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He also worked in the SWRO Department of Research and Development Center of world’s largest desalination organization namely, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) of Saudi Arabia.
In addition, Mr. Mubeen served as Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Pakistan. He is an advisor to many engineering universities and technical institutes of Pakistan on materials and desalination projects and has guided more than 100 students on desalination-related projects.
He is the author of two books on desalination including Desalination by Questions and Answers. He is a regular contributor to Desalination and Water Reuse, IDA’s quarterly magazine. He also writes an article, “Materials for Desalination Processes” in the same magazine and worked on the ASTM Project “Glossary of Reverse Osmosis Technology”.
Mr. Mubeen has been a member of the International Desalination Association (IDA) for nearly 30 years. In addition to serving on the IDA Board of Directors, he has been a member of the IDA Research Committee and member of IDA Publications Committee.
He is President of the Pakistan Desalination Association (PakDA) and President of the Pakistan Metals Society (PMS). He is also a very active member of the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC). He established the Pakistan Desalination Association (PakDA) in 1994 and obtained Affiliation for PakDA in the International Desalination Association.
Mr. Mubeen holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan and an MS degree also in the same discipline from the University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia with specialization in desalination and materials. He has a post graduate diploma from the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. His research is focused on the computer modeling of effects of ultrasonic vibrations on the flow pattern in Reverse Osmosis Membranes.
Mr. Maurice Neo, Singapore
Maurice Neo is currently the Director of the Industry Development Department (IDD) in PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency. He is concurrently Director (Planning & Operations) in the Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI), an entity set up to spearhead Singapore’s efforts to grow the Environmental and Water sector.
Since joining the Ministry of Environment in 1994, he has been actively involved in the policy planning, design, development and management of numerous drainage, water and wastewater treatment facilities in Singapore. He was posted to PUB in 2001 before assuming his current position in January 2013.
As a Director in IDD and EWI, Maurice is responsible for growing the Singapore water industry to enhance Singapore’s water sustainability, support Singapore’s economic development, raise Singapore’s international stature and relevance and keep PUB abreast of the latest developments in the global water industry. He manages a team that works closely with related government agencies to formulate and implement engagement strategies to attract water-related investments, support Singapore-based water companies to internationalize, and promote knowledge exchange and collaboration with partners in the water industry. Maurice was also actively involved in the successful organization of the Singapore International Water Week and played a major role in the setting up of WaterHub, PUB’s centre for technology, learning and networking.
Maurice sits on the Board of the Southeast Asia Water Utilities Network (SEAWUN) and is a Steering Committee member of the Global Water Partnership- Southeast Asia (GWP-SEA). He is also a member of UNESCO’s Water and Human Settlements Advisory Committee.
Mr. Johnny Obeid, Lebanon
Johnny Obeid is Vice President – Middle East at Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies / SIDEM, the water subsidiary of Veolia Environment, a world leader of environmental services. In this position, which he has held since 2000, Mr. Obeid is responsible for five business units, developing the business strategy throughout the Middle East, building business relationships with major clients such as ADWEA in Abu Dhabi, Ashghal in Qatar, WAJ in Jordan, SWCC in Saudi Arabia, CDR in Lebanon, and Nakheel in Dubai.
Among his achievements are development of strategies to enter the oil and gas market in the Middle East region, building a strategic alliance with SAIPEM; establishment of strategic alliances in each country; and establishment, negotiation and signing of the bid for the Shell GTL project in Qatar – Ras Laffan (1 Billion USD) as well as SUR Desalination Plant in Oman (BOT for 20 years; 450 M USD). He has headed technical and financial teams in bidding for major projects in Egypt, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab of Emirates in liaison with strategic partners and has secured contracts for several waste water treatment plants including Ramtha in Jordan, Nabatiyeh and Jiyeh in Lebanon. In addition, he has built cross functional teams in design and execution through a training program between France and Middle East over five years.
Before joining Veolia, Mr. Obeid was Senior Projects Director at Philip Holzman International, where he was responsible for leading a team of technical and financial engineers to bid on major turnkey construction projects in the West Indies. Previous positions include Project Director at Spie Batignolles – (Schneider Group).
Mr. Obeid received a degree in Civil Engineering from American University of Beirut (New York State University) as well as Executive Master in Business Administration, Insead Business school.
Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto, United States
Juan Miguel Pinto currently holds the position of Sales Manager, Desalination Americas for Energy Recovery Inc (ERI). He has been involved in the water industry for more than 10 years. He joined ERI on 2004 and he played key roles through various Departments such as R/D, Engineering, Project Management and Sales. He has authored and co-authored over 9 international publications.
Mr. Pinto serves on the Board of Directors of the International Desalination Association (IDA), as well as La Association Latino Americana de Desalacion y Reuso (ALADYR). Additionally, He served on the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Desalination Association (CARIBDA) on 2012.
Mr. Pinto received an Industrial Engineering Degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. He also received a Certification in Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Project Management from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Ziad Salibi, Lebanon
Mr. Salibi joined Future Pipe Group in 1995 as Sales and Marketing Engineer at the manufacturing facility in Dubai, UAE. In 1998, he became the Regional Sales and Marketing Manager and shifted to Lebanon where he was responsible for the Sales and Marketing activities in the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Libya).
From July 2010-June 2012, Mr. Salibi relocated to Future Pipe Industries-KSA with the mandate to lead the Sales and Marketing Activities in the Kingdom.
As Mr. Salibi is skilled in defining clear business objectives to enable the development of profitable relationships with end users, consultants, contractors and distributors, and in addition to his extensive knowledge of both Middle Eastern and international markets, he was shifted in 2012 to Europe to lead the Marketing and Sales activities in Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS Countries.
Mr. Salibi has solid experience in: oil and gas (onshore and offshore), petrochemicals, renewable power, desalination, district energy, infrastructure, water & waste water.
Mr. Ziad Salibi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
Mr. Miguel Angel Sanz, France
Miguel Angel Sanz is currently Director of Strategic Development of SUEZ, Treatment Solutions.
He has 32 years of professional experience in desalination as well as in the drinking water and wastewater fields.
He joined the Degrémont group in 1983, in Spain, where he led the Project Department. From 1992 to 2002, he was Technical and Project Director for the Spanish subsidiary. From 2002 to 2006, he was Desalination Manager and Deputy Technical Director for Degrémont group. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Business Development in Degrémont Iberia, and from 2009 to 2014 he was Director of Development and Innovation of Degrémont, based in France. As of January1, 2015, Degrémont and all companies of the group became SUEZ.
Working with SUEZ group, he has a stake in promoting innovation in the field of membrane desalination, and he has taken part in the design, build or operation of more than 40 brackish or seawater desalination plants, in the five Continents.
Mr. Sanz has been a member of the IDA Board of Directors since 2009, and currently serves as Chairman of the 2017 World Congress Technical Program Committee as well as a member of Affiliates Committee. In previous terms he served on several committees including the Technical Programs (Co-Chair), Site Selection (Co-Chair), Membership and Election, and Awards and Publications Committees. He has been session co-chair in four IDA World Congresses and a member of the Congress Technical Committee for the 2013 World Congress in Tianjin.
He has taken part in program committees to prepare events about desalination and reuse in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. He promoted the organization of the first IDA conference in Algeria in 2010, led as chairman the first IDA conference in Morocco, held in Casablanca in 2012, and finally in this year, he was co-chairman of the first IDA Conference in Latin America, held in Rio de Janeiro in March 2015. Additionally in the last two World Water Forums, he has participated or co-organized the Desalination and Reuse sessions in Desalination representing IDA. To summarize, Mr Sanz has participated as contributor, organizer, speaker or chairman in over 25 events organised or supported by IDA in the last four years.
Moreover, he has contributed to promote and create some North African and Latin American desalination and reuse organizations where IDA had fewer members, such as the Latin American Desalination and Reuse Association (ALADyR), today an IDA Affiliate Association.
He is also active among IDA’s affiliate organizations, being for eight years a member of the Board of Directors of the European Desalination Society (EDS) and the Spanish Desalination and Reuse Association AEDyR, where he has been Vice President for four years. He is also a member of other desalination or water associations: CaribDA, ALADyR, IFOA, AEAS, IWA and WEF. In addition, he is a member of the Editorial Board of Desalination and Water Reuse Quarterly, IDA’s official magazine, and he has published more than 50 papers on desalination and water treatment, over 20 in IDA congresses or conferences.
Mr. Sanz received his Industrial Engineer degree in 1981 from Bilbao High Technical School of Engineers.
Dr. Richard Stover, United States
Richard Stover is an engineer and executive with more than 25 years’ experience in water purification. He is recognized for expertise in desalination and brine concentration, pump and energy recovery device technologies, and reverse osmosis processes. His hands-on approach – from prototyping through commercialization and product support – has led to several successful products, processes and companies.
His experience includes:
- GP Water, LLC – Independent Consulting – Owner, 2016-present
- Desalitech – Semi-Batch Reverse Osmosis Systems – Executive VP, 2011-2016
- Oasys Water – Forward Osmosis Systems – VP Engineering, 2010-2011
- Energy Recovery, Inc. – Reverse Osmosis Pumps and ERDs – CTO, 2002-2011
- Levine Fricke (Arcadis) – Environmental Consulting – Senior Engineer, 1997-2002
- IBM – Computer Hardware – Senior Process Engineer, 1996-1998
Dr. Stover has been granted numerous patents for desalination methods and devices. He was corecipient of the European Desalination Society’s Sidney Loeb award for outstanding innovation. He has served on the board of directors of the International Desalination Association since 2011.
Dr. Stover has a doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. P.K. Tewari, India
Dr. P.K. Tewari is working as Head, Desalination Division in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in India. President of the Indian Desalination Association (InDA) and member of several professional bodies, Dr. Tewari is Chairman of the International Nuclear Desalination Advisory Group (INDAG) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna. He is Co-Chairman of Editorial & Scientific Committee of International Journal of Nuclear Desalination (IJND).
He has been providing expert services to IAEA for large seawater desalination based nuclear power reactors through coordinated research programs (CRPs) as Chief Scientific Investigator (CSI). Dr Tewari has been involved in providing consultancy services to several organizations on desalination and water reuse.
His field of interests include thermal and membrane desalination; low grade and waste heat utilization; nuclear desalination; hybrid desalination processes; new desalination systems; rain water harvesting; waste water treatment and water reuse; and membrane processes.
After completing his graduation in Chemical Engineering, Dr. Tewari has undergone one year advanced course in nuclear and chemical engineering at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Trombay India. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
He has over 90 research publications to his credit in journals, proceedings, books and encyclopaedia. He is recipient of several awards in the field of desalination and water reuse.
Mr. Nikolay Voutchkov, France
Nikolay Voutchkov has more than 25 years of experience in the field of desalination and water reuse as an independent technical advisor to public utilities implementing large desalination projects in Australia, USA, and the Middle East; and to private companies and investors involved in the development of advanced membrane technologies. He has extensive expertise with all phases of project delivery, from conceptual scoping, pilot testing and feasibility analysis to front-end and detailed project design; permitting; contractor procurement; project construction and operations oversight/asset management. For over 11 years, he served as a Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Technical Director for Poseidon Resources, a private company involved in the development of the largest seawater desalination projects in the USA.
Mr. Voutchkov has published over 30 technical articles and co-authored 10 books on membrane water treatment and desalination, including technology and design guidelines for the American Water Works Association and the Australian Water Association. In recognition research and engineering efforts in the field of seawater desalination, he has received a number of prestigious awards from the WateReuse Research Association, the International Desalination Association, the International Water Association and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Mr. Greg Wetterau, United States
Mr. Greg Wetterau is a Vice President with CDM Smith in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where he works with the planning and design of membrane filtration, potable reuse, and desalination projects around the globe. He has been involved with membrane technologies since 1992, completing his Master’s thesis at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign modeling fouling and hydraulics in an ultrafiltration system.
Before joining CDM Smith, Mr. Wetterau worked at Economic and Engineering Services (now part of HDR), where he designed and permitted the first municipal membrane plant in the Pacific Northwest in Aberdeen Washington. He joined CDM in 1999 and has worked on over 60 membrane treatment facilities, ranging in size from the 375,000 m3/d Sulaibiya Advanced Water Treatment Facility in Kuwait to the award winning 3,000 m3/d Emergency Water Supply in Cambria, California. Mr. Wetterau serves as Treasurer of the American Membrane Technology Association Board of Directors and is past Chair of the American Waterworks Association Water Desalting Committee, where he led the development of the first edition Manual of Practice on Desalination of Seawater (M61).
Mr. Wetterau holds a Masters and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College.