Ms. Zamzam Saleh AlRakaf, Kuwait
Zamzam Saleh AlRakaf is Chief Engineer of Desalination Projects, Ministry of Electricity & Water, State of Kuwait. In this position, she is responsible for executing and supervising all desalination projects in Kuwait.
She was Process Engineer in Doha West Power Station and was the first female engineer to work in the Power Station in Kuwait. Later she became Process Design Engineer in the Design Department for Desalination Projects and in 1992 was named the Director of the Design Department in Distillation Projects.
In 2001, she became the Deputy Chief Engineer and Director of the Design Department. In 2016, she became Chief Engineer and continues in this role today.
She is also a qualified Arbitrator in the Ministry of Justice in Kuwait and is a member of Save International and Kuwait’s Engineering Society.
Zamzam Saleh AlRakaf received a bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree with an honor list for Kuwait University.
Zamzam has been a Director of IDA for the past three terms and currently serves as the Second Vice President of the Association.
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. José Joaquín Muñoz Balbontín, Chile
José Joaquín Muñoz Balbontín, is the creator and administrator of several companies of different areas with specialty in water treatment. Vice President of the Latin American Association of Desalination and Reuse” ALADYR, participating in the board since 2012.
Mr. Balbontín has over 25 years experience holding several positions including,
Director of Seven Seas Water Chile SpA, Company dedicated to the desalination and recovery of water, with long-term contracts. Company of the AquaVenture group, with a long experience in the field.
Partner and founder of the Chilean company, Hydro Quality Ltda. Dedicated to the design, manufacture, assembly and operation of water purification equipment with the specialty in membranes, founded in 1999
Founder of the company Purificadora de agua Fortaleza Ltda. Company with more than 14 years, dedicated to the purification, bottling and distribution of water
Founding partner of the company Quality Water Service Chile SpA, company with more than 8 years of experience, dedicated to the leasing of water purification equipment, water dispensers without bottles; and
Founding partner of Quality Coffee Service SpA, a company dedicated to the leasing of coffee dispensing equipment in offices.
He is also founding member and chairman of the board for more than 15 years of the El Valle de Casablanca School, a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to primary and secondary education in the Casablanca district of Region V, Chile.
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. Antonio Casanas, Spain
Antonio Casanas holds a MSc in Chemical Industrial Engineering, with several masters in water treatment, water desalination and environment. He also holds a degree in Risks Prevention.
He began his career working with the Australian multinational Hardie Irrigation and later with ESSO. He joined Dow Chemical in 1989, being initially the technical-commercial responsible for the Liquid Separations business in the Canary Islands and actually the Account Manager for Dow Liquid Separations for Spain and Portugal. He has been directly involved in the design of the largest R.O. projects of Dow worldwide and has given the technical assistance during the start-up of the main Spanish desalination plants like Ceuta, El Atabal, La Tordera, Javea, Lanzarote IV among others.
He has participated as a teacher in the Desalination Master organized by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and in the most important desalination courses organized in Spain and has presented works in several international congresses and for several national and international magazines. He belongs to the AEDyR board of directors being actually its secretary and the AEDyR representative in the IDA board.
Mr. 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.
José Díaz-Caneja, Spain
José Díaz-Caneja holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from Madrid Polytechnic University and an MBA from IESE Business School. With comprehensive experience in the infrastructure sector, in both publicly and privately financed projects, and after having worked in large infrastructure groups in Latin America and Spain, he joined ACCIONA Agua’s International Business Development Department in 2002. In 2007 he joined ForoPPP Infraestructuras – a private PPP institution – as Managing Director for a 4 year period, and in 2011 he joined ACCIONA Agua as Middle East and African Development Director, becoming Managing Director of ACCIONA Agua (ACCIONA Group’s Water Division) in January 2014.
Additionally he has been a member of the EPEC Private Sector Forum, Professor at ESinfra (Nebrija University, Madrid) and at MEDIP Master (Madrid Polytechnic University).
Acciona Agua is a global company belonging to Acciona Group (www.acciona.com / IBEX 35 Madrid Stock Exchange), with operations in about 30 countries. Acciona Agua is focused on managing the water life cycle, providing supply and utility services to several millions of customers, and developing, designing, constructing and operating drinking water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants and reverse-osmosis desalination plants. ACCIONA Agua is committed to innovation and the application of the latest technologies, together with ensuring sustainability throughout all its areas of activity.
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. Yoshinari Fusaoka, Japan
Mr. Yoshinari Fusaoka the Manager, Global Environment Research Lab, Pioneering Research Labs for Toray Industries Inc., where he has worked since 1982.
He graduated Master course, Kyoto University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Polymer Science in March of 1982.
Dr. Guoling Ruan, 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. UAE
Mr. Mounib Hatab is Director, Sales and Marketing – GCC and Asia Regions at Future Pipe Industries (FPI). He has held several leadership positions across FPI’s global operations including plant management, engineering and 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 ran 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, the major European desalination companies, and the various international lobbying groups. He was quite active introducing fiberglass pipes in desalination plants for different services, extending on the lifetime of the systems and achieving lower life cycle costs.
Mr. Hatab holds a Bachelor’s 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 is currently the General Manager of Future Pipe Industries Qatar, a member of Future Pipe Group.
Mr. Jaroudi has been a member of the Future Pipe Group since 1995 with 22 years’ of experience and involvement in the pipe system business and specification development and its contribution to the industry.
After his graduation as a Mechanical Engineer from the American University of Beirut, he joined Future Pipe Group in Abu Dhabi. He was a key element 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, he was re-assigned as the Regional Manager in the head office Dubai. In 2004, he moved to Qatar and acted as a focal member in strategically developing the market specifications for the different end-users.
Mr. Jaroudi is both technical and executive; with a leading role in the different activities related to sales, marketing, commercial, projects and customers’ management and he has had the unique experience in 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 savings 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, and he is an active member in:
– Syndicate of Engineers, Lebanon
– Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Qatar
– Member of Levant Desalination Association and the previous affiliate representative
He has presented at and attended several international conferences, exhibitions and seminars, and co-authored numerous case histories of unique projects and articles.
Mr. Fady Juez, UAE
Fady Juez is Managing Director of Metito Overseas Ltd. and has been working for the company since 1985. Fady is a charismatic global expert in the water industry thus making him integral to Metito’s overseas development initiatives. He is also a Director at the International Desalination Association (IDA).
Prior to this, Fady worked with GE Power for four years, before joining Metito with a mandate to establish and develop the Metito business in the GCC. He then moved to Saudi Arabia as the head of contracting and was promoted shortly after to the position of Managing Director – Metito Overseas Ltd, before moving to the UAE.
Fady’s major contribution to the group has been to head and lead the expansion programs of Metito’s business in the Middle East and South East Asia. In addition to this, Fady has promoted the Metito brand and developed high-level contacts with major international consultants and contractors, which has reflected positively on the business growth. His particular contribution was on the promotion and development of the concession business, and the management of joint ventures with leading international organizations.
Fady graduated from the American University in Lebanon as a Mechanical Engineer in 1980.
Dr. In. S. Kim, Republic of 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 Senior Chief Engineer of Corporate Technology, Industry and Water Business Administration Division, Hitachi, Ltd.
He specializes in heat and mass transfer of chemical engineering. He joined Hitachi Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd. in 1983 and he has been engaged in many water technology developments – for example, the structural optimization of spiral wound type UF membrane module to increase module performance, the technology for concentration and purification of various solutions using membrane distillation method, and the technology development of ultrapure water production system using membrane technology. Especially, he studied membrane distillation technology as the application for the water recycling system in space and for CELSS (Controlled Ecological Life Support System) and published many technical papers.
He was transferred to the head office of Hitachi as a senior engineer in 1998 and has taken charge of the setting up a product business that contributes to global warming countermeasures.
He moved to the present post in 2011 and he had been engaging the development of water treatment system, i.e., desalination of seawater, water reuse technology, sewage water treatment, etc. Now he is also engaged in the research and development of high performance water treatment system.
He is a Vice President of the Japan Desalination Association (JDA) from 2015 and a Board member of IDA as representative of JDA from 2015.
Dr. Kurokawa received a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from Hokkaido University, the Department of Applied Chemical 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.
Mr. Imad Makhzoumi, UAE
Mr. Makhzoumi is currently the Chairman and CEO of ENOIA (www.enoia.com), and serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Future Pipe Group.
He is a member of the American Business Council in Dubai, a founding member of the Dubai Capital Club and he currently serves as Board member of the International Desalination Association (IDA). He is also Past President of IDA and has served on numerous IDA committees, and is a long-standing member of the Association. Mr. Makhzoumi is also a frequent speaker and panellist on a number of industry forums and conferences including WETEX, NACE, IPA, IIIWC and PMI.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Makhzoumi spent several years in the pipe business in the USA and Canada working through various disciplines, departments and ranks. These experiences in various aspects of the pipe business has provided him with an in-depth knowledge of the pipe market which covers multiple disciplines in which he is involved. He also managed to expand the business into new segments and territories, particularly in Asia and the GCC and has supported the sales growth through playing an integral role in FPI group’s vision to be the world leader in pipe manufacturing with global reach and global impact.
Mr Imad Makhzoumi completed his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering and Water Resource Management at the University of Southern California in the United States and holds a diploma in Business from McGill University in Canada.
Mr. Shawn Meyer-Steele, USA
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. Alistair Munro, UAE
Alistair Munro is Chairman, CEO and Founder of PROJECX, a consulting group headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that provides services to power, water, environmental engineering and energy intensive industries in the Middle East, African, Indian and Asia Pacific regions. He is also Chairman, CEO and Founder of International Power and Water Investments, an investment company focussed on supporting project development and corporate financing within the power, water and environmental sectors. In addition, Mr. Munro is Executive Chairman of 4Navitas, a UK based vertical axis wind turbine manufacturer.
Earlier in his career, he was Global Sales Director at Weir Westgarth, Weir Entropie, Weir Westgarth; Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific, at Betz Dearborn; Vice President at Argo Scientific; Marketing Director, Desalination Additives Business, for Ciba-Geigy; and Regional Manager, Middle East (Gulf States), at W.R. Grace.
Mr. Munro has a BSc degree in Chemistry from West of Scotland University and a Post-Graduate degree in International Marketing from IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mr. Maurice Neo, Singapore
Maurice Neo is currently the Director of the Water Reclamation Network (WRN) Department in PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency.
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. From January 2013 – July 2017, Maurice was the Director of the Industry Development Department, 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. Maurice was also actively involved in the successful organization of the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and played a major role in the setting up of WaterHub, PUB’s center for technology, learning and networking.
In his current appointment as Director of the WRN department, he manages the networks for collection of used water, an integral portion of the water cycle in Singapore. He leads a team focused on safeguarding public health and safeguarding our water resources by preventing any leakages and contamination of the environment or waterways. The work the team does is critical to ensure every drop is collected and the quality fit for reuse, and is foundational for any city implementing Water Reuse. The department also manages the Deep Tunnel Sewerage system (DTSS), the award-winning underground superhighway for used water. When Phase 2 is completed in 2025, the DTSS will transport all used water in Singapore to 3 Water Reclamation Plants by gravity.
Maurice has been on the IDA Board since 2015, and has participated actively on the Operations Committee, and co-chaired the Site Selection and Young Leaders Program (YLP) Committee. His experiences, especially with SIWW, has enabled him to contribute valuable learnings on these Committees.
Mr. Johnny Obeid, UAE
Johnny Obeid has been the Vice President of Veolia Water Technologies in the Middle East subsidiary of Veolia Environnement since September 2000, responsible for business development.
Over the past 10 years, Johnny has managed some of the major projects in desalination (RO / Thermal) in the Middle East for Veolia and Sidem. Some of the major projects he was responsible for developing are SUR (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Zour South (Kuwait), Sadara (KSA) and Shell (Qatar).
His objective is to contribute in promoting the role and image of the desalination business in the Gulf region where desalination is a crucial element for the development of the region.
Previously (from 1991 to 2000), Johnny worked with Philip Holzman International as area developer for the Indian West Indies.
He has been a Director of the International Desalination Association since October 2013.
He obtained his BE in Civil Engineering (1982-1988) from the American University in Beirut, and an Executive Master in Business Administration (2006) from INSEAD business school.
Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto, USA
Juan Miguel Pinto currently holds the position of Sales Manager, Desalination Americas for Energy Recovery Inc (ERI). Energy Recovery, Inc. provides energy solutions to industrial fluid flow markets worldwide. He has been involved in the water industry for more than 10 years. He joined ERI in 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 10 international publications.
He is Co-chairperson of the Technical Program for the 2017 IDA World Congress in São Paulo and serves on IDA’s Membership & Elections Committee for the 2015-2017 term. He has also served on IDA’s Energy Task Force and was the Regional Coordinator for Latin America/Caribbean on IDA’s Young Leaders Program Committee from 2011-2013.
Juan serves on the Board of Directors of the International Desalination Association (IDA), and is President of La Asociación Latinoamericana de Desalación y Reusó (ALADYR). Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Desalination Association (CaribDA) in 2012.
Juan 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. He is finishing his EMBA from University of Florida.
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. Devesh Sharma, USA
Devesh Sharma is the Managing Director of Aquatech – a global leader in water purification technology for industrial and infrastructure markets. Established in 1981, Aquatech helps some of the world’s most recognized companies solve their water scarcity challenges by providing solutions in desalination, wastewater reuse and zero liquid discharge.
Devesh has been with Aquatech since 1997 and he has worked in virtually every facet of the company from commissioning to process engineer, project manager and business development manager. From 2006 to 2013, he was responsible for Aquatech’s business activities in Asia. As Managing Director, Devesh has been focused on overall management of the company’s operations and implementing Aquatech’s vision to be the premier water solutions provider for industries worldwide.
Devesh holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from INSEAD. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Middle East Institute and was on the Board of Directors of the International Desalination Association from 2013-2015.
Dr. Richard Stover, USA
Dr. Stover is an engineer and executive with more than 25 years building products, processes and companies in the water purification industry. He is recognized for expertise in advanced water purification and brine concentration, batch and semi-batch reverse osmosis processes, and pump and energy recovery device technologies. His hands-on approach – from research experimentation through prototyping, commercialization and product support – has led to a broad range of successful systems and components for seawater, brackish and wastewater applications for industries and municipalities around the world.
His extensive experience in the water purification industry includes:
Gradiant Osmotics – Membrane Brine Concentration – President, 2018-present
GP Water, LLC – Independent Consulting – Owner, 2016-2018
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 was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering by the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996. He also earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, in 1986.
Mr. Alejandro Javier Sturniolo, Argentina
Alejandro Sturniolo is the Vice President for Sales and Marketing, South America, at Fluence Corporation (formerly RWL Water). Fluence is a global leader in mid-sized, decentralized water and wastewater solutions. In 2013, Alejandro was the Vice President for Marketing and Sales at RWL Water for all Latin America. Before becoming RWL Water, the Argentinian company called Unitek was dedicated to project development engineering that produced high technology systems for water treatment and reuse since 1993.
Mr. Sturniolo started at Unitek as a trainee in 1998, while still a student at the university. In 1999, he began working there as an application engineer and became Business Development Director in 2003. Today he has 19 years of experience in the water business. During this process, he has authored and co-authored many international publications.
He is an active member of the International Desalination Association (IDA) and is Director of the Latin American Association of Desalination and Reuse (ALADyR) for the term 2017 to 2021. He also played a role as Vice President of the Association of Desalination and Water Reuse Argentina (ADRA) from 2012 to 2016.
Mr. Sturniolo is a Chemical Engineer with a degree from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also received certification in a post-graduation course in Strategic Marketing at the Universidad Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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. Greg Wetterau, USA
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.
Dr. Domingo Zarzo, Spain
Domingo Zarzo is Technical and Research & Development Manager of Valoriza Agua (SACYR GROUP) from 1995 and founding member of the company (called previously Sadyt).
Dr. Zarzo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Alicante, Spain (1988) and a PhD in water and sustainable development with the thesis titled: “Issues and solutions for the management and treatment of desalination brines” from September 2017 (University of Alicante, Spain).
From 1995 to 2008, he was Director of the Department of Projects. More than 100 water treatment facilities have been designed and built under his supervision including some of the largest desalination facilities in the world (Australia, Algeria, Chile, Spain, etc.), with different technologies (RO, EDR, NF) as well as large wastewater and reuse plants. Currently he also acts as Valoriza’s internal technical advisor.
Previously he worked as a researcher at the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Alicante (1988-1991) and O&M manager in different wastewater treatment plants in Searsa (1991-1994).
Dr. Zarzo is President of AEDyR (Spanish Desalination and Reuse Association) and Member of the Board of Trustees and Scientific Committee in IMDEA Agua (Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies- Water).
For 10 years he was Associate Professor and currently Honorary Collaborator at the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Alicante, Spain. He is a lecturer in different master courses related with water treatment in different universities, and has authored more than 100 papers and publications in conferences, scientific journals, invited lectures and international congresses. He also holds three patents on water treatment systems.