Dr. Chebaane is a senior water management expert and an international development specialist. He has more than 25 years of experience in integrated water resources management, Transboundary river basins management, groundwater management, climate change adaptation, irrigation, urban water management, water use efficiency for agricultural, domestic, institutional and commercial sectors , environmental management, institutional strengthening, water policy, and public-private partnership. He has served in more than 25 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and North America with various international agencies and institutions including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), government institutions, and private firms such as Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), SAIC, Tetra Tech-ARD, and Haggler Bailly.
Dr. Chebaane has proven experience in managing and providing technical leadership to international development projects in challenging environments. He headed the FAO Nile Basin Transboundary Water Resources Management project where he played an instrumental role in building capacities of the 10 Nile riparian countries in the management of shared water resources. He served as a lead consultant for the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance of the UN-Habitat working with water utilities in Europe, North America, and Africa to develop a guide for the preparation of performance improvement plans that assist water operators to help one another improve their capacity in providing access to water and sanitation services.
Dr. Chebaane headed a USAID program to support the first initiative on participatory groundwater management in Jordan. He led the inter-American Bank team for the preparation of water policy in Haiti and carried out the World Bank evaluation of public-private partnership for the management of Port-au-Prince water utility. He directed the Litani River Basin project on participatory management of wastewater and solid waste. He served as Technical Advisor to the Minister of Water Resources in Oman for special studies, including assessment of the desalination technology in the Golf region and Oman, cloud seeding, fog water collection, and modeling of climate variability and its impact on water management. Under his leadership, the $10 million USAID-funded water demand management project in Jordan won the Global Distinction Award in the category of water efficiency from the Global Water Intelligence network.
Dr. Chebaane worked for around 10 years for DAI, an international development firm, in business development and projects management, and served as head of the water practice. He has authored a book on springs in Oman, published more than 20 research and technical papers, written numerous technical reports, and served as reviewer for professional journals. He is the main author of five guides on water use efficiency for hotels, hospitals, office buildings, high-rise buildings, and residential units. He holds a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in water management, Master’s degree in hydrology and hydrogeology from the University of Paris IV, and agricultural engineering degree from the Institut National Agronomique de Tunis. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.
Mr. Bondelid is an environmental engineer and computer systems analyst with more than 25 years of experience in the development of climate, water and environmental management information systems (IMS) and decision support systems (DSS) in the United States and Overseas. He combines education and experience in water quality and hydrology with high level computer systems design and management capabilities. Mr. Bondelid works directly with decision makers, planners, engineers, scientists, and economists in the design of the IMS and DSS tools. He has long-term experience in working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other national and international government and commercial entities, specifically related to integrated water resources management systems and environmental management. Additionally, Mr. Bondelid brings experience in associated disciplines, including geographic information systems (GIS), database management, economics, and statistics. He has directed the development of several systems that integrate pollution control and water quality models with policy and economic models to estimate benefits of various pollution control policies. He has also used these models to quantify the potential water quality co-benefits of climate control policies such as carbon sequestration. He is currently helping EPA build the National Hydrography Dataset-Plus (NHDPlus).
Mr. Bondelid has taken his expertise in integrated water information systems overseas to more than 10 different countries and has helped host country counterparts build decision-making systems. He led the development of a Transboundary information management system for the Syr Darya Basin that integrated climate, water resources, and water use data across the four riparian countries: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. He served as the Knowledge Management expert for a World Bank/GEF integrated water management project for the Hai River Basin in China. Among the key accomplishments of this work, he provided guidance to the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources and the State Environmental Protection Administration that brought about an unprecedented agreement to share data between the organizations and to jointly develop the water and environment integrated information management systems. He served as the team leader for a nonpoint source pollution study in Poland and assisted in pre-feasibility studies in four Central and Eastern European countries.
Mr. Bondelid has developed and conducted workshops and specialized training sessions in information management and decision support system. He is an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Mr. EL Haiba has about 30 years of experience in water resources planning and management, watershed management, water quality management, water supply and sanitation, and wastewater treatment and reuse. He has served in Morocco and several countries in Africa and the Middle East with a number of regional agencies including the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and The Arab Organization for Agriculture Development (AOAD), and international consulting firms such as Mott Mac Donald and Development Alternatives Inc (DAI).
Mr. EL Haiba has worked in several projects’ feasibility and design studies in the areas of municipal and rural water supply, sewerage infrastructures and sewage treatment facilities, small and medium size irrigation schemes, in addition to river basins planning and water resources mobilization. He was also involved in a joint project of FAO/BADEA in sub-Saharan Africa aimed at enhancing capacity building of small farms’ holders via improved practices in irrigated agriculture. He participated in the elaboration of a number of case studies on groundwater governance in Morocco funded by the World Bank.
Mr. EL Haiba has recently served as a senior expert for 4 years on a USAID funded program aimed at improving agriculture water use efficiency and groundwater management in Morocco. He also served as an international rural infrastructure consultant on the feasibility study for the development of the 15,000 ha Alatona irrigation project at Office du Niger, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
Mr. El Haiba holds a Master’s degree in Hydrology from the Free University of Brussels, an agriculture engineering degree from the Institute of Agronomy in Morocco, and has followed Post-graduate studies in the field of Watershed Management at the University of Minnesota, USA. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
Mr. El-Hanbali has more than 30 years of experience in irrigation, drainage, wastewater reuse, and water resources management and development. He has extensive experience, in engineering design of irrigation and drainage schemes and hydraulic infrastructures, participatory irrigation management, water users association, institutional strengthening, water policy, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building.
Mr. Hanbali worked for 20 years at the World Bank where he served as an irrigation engineer in the Asia Department, Senior Irrigation Engineer in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division, and Senior Water Resources Specialist in the Central Asia and Europe Division. In Asia, he led the preparation, the design and implementation of irrigation, drainage, and water infrastructure projects in China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. He also supervised a project on mainstreaming climate change in irrigated agriculture in China. In the MENA region, he served as a member of the Study Management Unit for the Red Sea-Dead Sea Project. He led the preparation of the Irrigation sector strategy for Yemen, and headed irrigation improvement projects in Yemen and Egypt. He participated in the water resources technical assistance in Iraq, water sector review in Egypt, and led the preparation of a wastewater reuse project in Tunisia. In Central Asia and Europe, he led the design and supervision of an irrigation and drainage rehabilitation program in Serbia, a water resources management project and lake environmental protection project in Tajikistan, an irrigation development program in Armenia, and rural sector services project in Moldova. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. El-Hanbali worked for more than 15 years in the public and private sectors in Jordan. He served as the Director of Irrigation Department in the Jordan Valley Authority where he supervised the planning and implementation of the integrated development of the Jordan Valley and modernization of the irrigation and drainage systems, and led the design and implementation of several wastewater reuse schemes.
Mr. El-Hanbali recently retired from the World Bank. He continues leading international consultancies in irrigation, drainage, and water development in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He is currently an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. Mr. El-Hanbali has received several awards for outstanding performance from the World Bank. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cairo University and Master’s degree in agriculture and Irrigation Engineering from Montana State University. He has native proficiency in Arabic. He has native proficiency in Arabic. He is fluent in English and conversant in French and Russian.
Dr. Houser has over 15 years of experience in providing integrated and comprehensive earth observation solutions to support and inform the management and sustainable use of water and climate change adaptation. He brings extensive experience in satellite and modeling-based earth observation products related to precipitation, soil moisture, evaporation, water quality, groundwater, streamflows, wetland, and land cover. He is a lead expert in hydrology, meteorological data monitoring, climate dynamics and climate change prediction, assessment of climate change vulnerability, design of climate adaptation decision support tools, and capacity building in climate change modeling. He has served in the Middle East, Africa, and USA and participated in seminars and international conferences in Australia, China, and Europe.
Dr. Houser worked for 10 years at the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office, and headed the Branch for 5 years. He served as the Chief Scientist at the Bureau of Reclamation in charge of interpreting climate projections for use in water resource planning using downscaling and hydrologic modeling, and observing groundwater and surface meteorology in California to support agri-climate management. He teamed with groundwater development and exploration companies to solve fresh water shortages; he was responsible for providing satellite- and model-based estimates of water availability in Iraq and other countries in the MENA region. He recently led the design of the Nile Basin hydromet earth observation system that includes data description, resolution, and download protocol for earth observation products and integration models for precipitation, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and land cover. He also led the design of a regional earth observation center and development of a training program for the Nile Basin Secretariat and the Nile Basin riparian countries.
Dr. Houser has extensive experience in designing and developing databases and clearinghouse mechanisms for gathering and sharing climate change knowledge including the development of extensive water-focused databases of climate and hydrometeorological data, satellite archives and model predictions. He led the development of WaterNet, a project that developed databases of decision support needs and science capabilities in the water sector, and made links between them to develop solutions to better inform water management decisions with recently emerging scientific tools. He also has extensive capabilities in data visualization, GIS and database development, as well as semantic tools for finding relevant information in large databases. Dr. Houser is currently a Professor at George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program and the Geography and Geo-information Sciences Department, and an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Alexandra Ewing is an environmental management professional with 20 years of experience managing large, multi-country, multi-sectoral projects. She has designed environmental programs, and conducted research and analysis to inform development priorities in U.S. foreign assistance. Dr. Ewing has a broad range of experience in environmental management, life cycle assessment, assessment of social, environmental, economic, and political impacts of reforms and projects, multi-criteria decision analysis, water resources management, environmental health, and environmental security assessment. In her 5-year assignment with USAID, Dr. Ewing worked on a range of issues, including water quality and water sharing agreements in Central Asia and assessment of the environmental impacts of oil and gas development on the fragile environment and fauna of the Caspian Sea and beyond.
Dr. Ewing’s goal is to use an integrated, collaborative, and comprehensive approach to understanding and ultimately solving the problems that come with human development, growth, and resource use to achieve sustainable green growth and development. Her most recent work with a watershed management group in Tennessee focused on developing a collaborative watershed-wide monitoring plan to improve management of point source and nonpoint source discharges into a local river and its tributaries and therefore improve water quality.
Dr. Ewing is currently President of Net Green Works and an Associate for Water For Life. She earned her PhD in Environmental Management and Policy from Vanderbilt University in 2012. Her work focused on designing and implementing a methodology for assessing the environmental footprint for all the operations of a company using life cycle assessment, multi-criteria decision analysis, and environmental economics. She developed a set of indicators to measure environmental impacts (water, energy, pollutants) of unsustainable food production and evaluate supply chain greening to achieve greater levels of sustainability in a corporate context. Dr. Ewing has also conducted research with Vanderbilt on U.S. food systems and the environmental, economic, and social impacts of industrial agriculture and the interconnections between organic food production, soil health, and carbon sequestration potential. She received her B.A. from Trinity College and her Masters from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Dr. Ewing is a native English speaker, is fluent in Russian, and has limited French and Spanish.
Mr. Kelai is a multi-disciplinary development specialist with more than 25 years of international experience in humanitarian assistance and rural and pre-urban development in Haiti, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Tunisia. He has worked on projects funded by UNDP, ILO, USAID, EU, ECHO, DFID, IRISHAID, the Italian Cooperation, SNV, the American Red Cross, and served with several international NGOs, including Plan International, Planning Assistance, CARE, the International Rescue Committee, OXFAM, Mercy Corps, and the Pan American Development Foundation. Mr. Kelai has managed water and sanitation, irrigation, rain water harvesting, housing, and infrastructure projects in rural, municipal, and peri-urban areas. He has led several programs for construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of productive infrastructures (shelters, water, sanitation, power) for rapid recovery within the contexts of human or natural disasters. He has proven skills in project management, vocational training, policy, institutional strengthening, environmental health, community development, and project monitoring and evaluation.
Mr. Kelai worked with Pan American Development Foundation as a Director of a $12 million housing reconstruction and water and sanitation program for the benefit of earthquake victims in Haiti. He also managed three other projects in Haiti. His duties in these projects included improving access to water and sanitation;, construction of housing, schools and health centers in rural communities; rehabilitation of roads, erosion control structures, and irrigation canals; capacity-building for town councils; and provision of technical assistance for community development. He served as assistant director on a $90 million reconstruction project in Iraq for improving municipal water and sanitation systems; rehabilitation of schools, hospitals, roads, and community centers; and capacity building for community based organizations. Mr. Kelai is an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis and graduate work in business administration. He is fluent in Arabic, English, French, and Créole, and conversant in Spanish.
Dr. Kleemeier is a senior water and sanitation consultant best known for her work on institutional, regulatory, and management innovations such as public private partnerships in rural water supply, and on knowledge management and knowledge-sharing in water supply. She has over thirty years of experience in international development assistance, primarily in the rural and community water supply sectors: research, teaching and training, and all phases of the project cycle. Dr. Kleemeier has worked in twelve African countries, Bangladesh, China, India, Maldives, and Vietnam with various international agencies and institutions including USAID, MCC, World Bank, Water and Sanitation Program, Danida, SIDA, and WaterAid.
Dr. Kleemeier served as a Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist in the World Bank Water Unit, 2009-2012, where she provided technical support to water and sanitation lending operations, and managed learning and knowledge activities for water specialists within the World Bank. She acquired considerable first-hand knowledge of rural water supply while successively managing the community components of rural water programs in East Africa. She emphasized promoting the sustainability of the water supplies through on-going support to village water committees by district government water technicians and community development workers.
Dr. Kleemeier has completed several major research projects on rural water supply and rural development assistance, her main findings have been published in internationally-referred journals. She is an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and two Master degrees from the same university in Political Science and Economics. She is a native English speaker, and is competent to work professionally in French and Swahili.
Dr.Odeh is a social scientist with more than 10 years of experience in policy and program management in international development with a focus on natural resource management, governance arrangements, and the role of the private sector in urban and rural water systems. Dr.Odeh is currently an analyst at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where she provides policy advice on a range of issues. She also served as a Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) for three years. Her projects ranged from vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in North Africa, to environmental impact assessments in sub-Saharan Africa. She has also worked for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Caribbean office in Jamaica and the Ministry of Environment in Canada.
Dr. Odeh is an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. She completed her Ph.D. in International Environmental Policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 where her dissertation examined the role of public-private partnerships in Jordan’s rural and urban water sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a Master’s degree from Oxford University. She is fluent in English and French and proficient in Spanish and Arabic.
Mr. Paulson is an international expert in hydrometeorology and flood management. He has more than 40 years of experience working with domestic and international agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Hydrologic Research Center (HRC), the World Bank, the Mekong River Commission (MRC), and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). In addition to the United States, he has worked in China, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Romania, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Iran, India, Panama, and Chile.
Mr. Paulson was responsible for reorganizing and managing a major USGS national hydrologic instrumentation technical support program, the Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF). He served as the director of the USGS Satellite Data Relay Project in the United States where he was responsible for the technical evaluation and operational implementation of satellite- based technology for the collection of streamflow, water-quality, and other hydrologic data. He led a team of USGS hydrologic-instrumentation and telemetry experts to China in support of a US-China Science and Technology exchange protocol. He was a technical advisor for the World Bank to support the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office in Addis Ababa in the conceptualization of flood preparedness and early warning systems for Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt and sharing flood forecasting data and information among the three countries. He served as a team leader for National Consultations in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania where he assessed the hydro-meteorological and disaster-management institutions in each country and prepared a USAID and World Meteorological Organization sponsored strategy for the upgrade of instrumentations and capacity building for the preparation of a Flood-Forecasting and Warning Strategy for the Zambezi River Basin. In Romania, he supported the USAID-funded feasibility study to implement a national flood monitoring, forecasting, warning, and mitigation program. He managed a team of international consultants to assist the Mekong River Commission in Thailand in preparing a Flood Management and Mitigation Strategy.
Mr. Paulson is a recipient of the US Department of the Interior Distinguished Service Award because of the numerous technical and managerial positions he held that contributed to modernizing elements of the USGS basic water-resources data-collection and analyses programs. He has written numerous articles in the scientific literature. He is an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Hofstra University and did graduate work in physical Oceanography from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Ray is a civil/water engineer with more than 10 years of experience in water systems planning and management, adaptation to climate change, environmental economics, and risk analysis. He recently developed decision support tools for water systems adaptation to climate change under uncertainty in Amman, Jordan and in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Ray served as economist for MWH on the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s $100 million Zarqa Governorate Wastewater System Expansion and Rehabilitation Project in Jordan. He analyzed the sustainability of the WASH programs to be implemented by the World Food Program food-for-work initiative in Yemen.
Dr. Ray has worked for CH2MHill on the design and implementation of water and wastewater systems in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maine. He has been a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at George Fox University near Portland, Oregon, and an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in water resources engineering from Tufts University.
Dr. Shaban has more than 18 years of experience in irrigation systems design, on farm water management, irrigation advisory service, crop-water management, plant nutrition, modeling of soil- water-salinity balances, and social marketing. He has served in Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the United States, and Moldavia with various public and private institutions and worked on projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and the European Union (EU).
Drawing on his extensive experience on integrated on farm water-soil-crop production management and his excellent computer programming skills, Dr. Shaban recently developed a computer game to educate farmer on on-farm water management as part his Ph.D. research at Utah State University. He served as a team leader of a USAID funded social marketing and technical program in Jordan to help farmers adopt on-farm water management practices and promote high value/ less water consuming crops. He was a member of the first Jordanian irrigation advisory services team. He worked with the National Center for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer and the University of Jordan on research and extension programs on soil, water, and plant management. He served as technical and marketing manager for agricultural input providers in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Shaban developed training material and served as a trainer in Jordan and Iraq on irrigation scheduling and on-farm water management. He is currently an Irrigation Expert in a project for the development of the Strategy for Water and Land Resources in Iraq. He is an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. He holds a Ph.D. in Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University, a Master’s degree in Soil & Irrigation and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Jordan. He is fluent in Arabic and English.
Dr. Sheikh is a world renowned international expert in water recycling and reuse. He has over 30 years of international experience in research, planning, and design of water resources and sanitation projects specializing in water conservation and recycling. He has extensive experience in all aspects of water reclamation, recycling, and reuse, including strategic planning, policy, regulation, feasibility studies, alternatives analysis, and program management. He has served clients in 21 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa with international agencies and institutions including the USAID, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the FAO, and KFW, government institutions, and private firms such as DAI, Tech-ARD, PA Consulting, CH2MHILL, CDM, Dorsch Consult, and Parsons.
Dr. Sheikh served as a Water Resources and Reuse Policy Specialist for 27 years in California where he advised the Water Districts on water policy issues, represented the Districts at various State forums, interfaced with regulatory agencies, environmental groups, community organizations, and the public, and worked with water customers and member utilities to promote water recycling and reuse. He conceived, planned, and conducted major long-term pilot studies of pioneering water recycling programs in Monterey County, California, and in the City of Los Angeles. Among his international achievements, he led the preparation of a master plan for water, wastewater and reclaimed water for the City of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. He supported the participatory process for the development of Water Reuse Standards in Jordan and prepared recommendations for updating Kuwait’s regulations and criteria for use of reclaimed water in agriculture, landscape irrigation, industry, and groundwater recharge. He has led the development of guidelines for water conservation and water recycling and reuse programs in Hyderabad, Jaipur, Pune, and Faridabd, India.
Dr. Sheikh is a member of the Research Advisory Board of the National Water Research Institute. He served on the Board of Directors of WateReuse Association and WateReuse Foundation. He has received several awards, including the Resolution of Appreciation in recognition of 27 years of service from the Board of Directors, Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, Outstanding Service Award and President’s Award of Appreciation from the WateReuse Association. He has authored and presented more than 70 papers in the field of water reclamation and reuse. He is an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. He holds a Ph.D. in Soil Physics (Soil-Water Relations) and a Master’s degree in Irrigation (Water Science and Engineering) from the University of California, Davis, and Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering form the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is a registered professional civil engineer in the state of California. He is fluent in English and Farsi and understands Arabic and French.
Ms. Shiner has more than 20 years of experience in helping companies meet the requirements of federal, state, and international contracting. Ms. Shiner has led highly technical-proposal and contract development both domestically and abroad and across numerous agencies including the Department of Defense, USAID, MCC, World Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and other financial, public, and private institutions and NGO’s.
Ms. Shiner works as an integral part of bid and execution teams. She helps guide contractors through all project cycle including indirect rates, pricing, contractual compliance, and execution. She brings well-established processes for contracting individuals and companies and managing contracts. Ms. Shiner has extensive experience in understanding, interpreting, and managing the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) along with specific regional and international regulations. Her experience spans from small projects through billion-dollar-plus projects covering various sectors including water, energy, agriculture, sanitation and health, defense, manufacturing, IT, LEED architectural and building projects. She is capable of handling both product-based and performance-based service contracts. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance from George Mason University.
Ms. Tutundjian is a development expert with over 18 years of practical experience in the fields of strategic communication for social change, water and energy demand management, strategic planning, civil society development, and mobilization of community action. During the past 15 years she led USAID Jordan’s water demand management and social marketing initiatives. She designed and managed large mutli-sectoral programs with a total value that exceed $70 million. Her projects have been featured in several international conferences and included as case studies in several handbooks that are taught at U.S. Universities. She is a recipient of several superior performance awards form the U.S. Government, including the prestigious Superior Honor Award for her development contributions. She has designed and run campaigns using multiple approaches. Prior to USAID, she worked as a researcher carrying extensive quantitative and qualitative studies in the region. Ms. Tutundjian is an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economic and Statistics, a Certificate in Program Evaluation from the United States Agency for International Development, and a Diploma in Subediting and Design from London School of Journalism. As the owner of two blogs one English and one Arabic, she is well versed on a number of social media tools including Blogger, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn. Her English blog was able to gather more than 100,000 hits within its first year and her Arabic blog gathered even more hits.
Dr. Wilhite is a world renowned international expert in climate change and drought monitoring and management. He has more than 30 years of research and practical experience in agro-climatology, climate change and agriculture, climate change and food security; and in developing and implementing drought monitoring and early warning systems and drought management and mitigation strategies, policies, plans, and decision support tools. In addition to his work in the United States, he has served as a consultant or invited speaker in more than 25 countries including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, Namibia, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Dr. Wilhite works closely with the World Meteorological Organization and other United Nations agencies on drought management and climate services. He has also worked on USAID and USDA funded international drought management projects.
Dr. Wilhite serves as co-chair of the Executive Council of the National Integrated Drought Information System based in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He is chair of the International Organizing Committee for the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy being sponsored by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and 15 other international partners. He also serves as the co-chair of a technical committee on the Integrated Drought Management Program recently being launched by WMO and the Global Water Partnership.
Dr. Wilhite has authored or co-authored more than 130 journal articles, monographs, book chapters, and technical reports. He is also editor or co-editor of numerous books on climate change, drought and drought management including a handbook on climate Change and Agriculture. He is the recipient of more than $20 million in grants and he has collaborated with many countries and regional and international organizations on drought management, planning, and policy issues and conducted numerous workshops on drought planning in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Wilhite is an associate for Water for Life Solutions LLC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in geography from the Central Missouri State University-Warrensburg, a Master’s degree in Geography and Climatology from Arizona State University-Tempe, and a Ph.D. in Geography, Climatology and Water Resources from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.