Our Trainers and Coaches
(Coach– Dean of the Faculty of Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems at ITT)
Dr Lars Ribbe is the dean of the Faculty of Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems, and professor for Integrated Land and Water Resources Management at TH Koeln. He is a leading expert and authority on the Water-Energy-Food-Security Nexus and it’s functionality. Dr Ribbe’s research projects range around the world on subjects as varied as drought, the Food-Water-Energy Nexus, ecosystem management, tracking groundwater with gravimetric shifts, and advanced watershed management systems. Dr Ribbe has a PhD in Hydroinformatics, from the Institute of Geography, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences at the University of Jena, a Masters of Engineering on “Technology in the Tropics” from Cologne University of Applied Sciences (TH Koeln), has postgraduate studies on Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science (visiting postgraduate student) from the University of Maryland, and a Chemistry (Dipl.Chem) degree from the University Bremen. His research focus is currently on Integrated River Basin Monitoring, Modeling and Management, and strategies to cope with water scarcity (rainwater harvesting, drought management, and efficient water use and reuse), access to water, flood management, and pollution (salt water intrusion, and diffuse pollution).
(Coach – Researcher, Lecturer and Project Coordinator at ITT)
Dr Sudeh Dehnavi is a researcher, lecturer and project coordinator at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in Tropics and Sub-tropics (ITT) at TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) in Germany. She is currently the coordinator of the IWRM MENA program and the “Water Security in Jordan from Data to Decision” project at ITT.
She is an expert in sustainable development of food and water systems regarding Natural Resources and Agricultural Economics, and Food and Water Security and Sustainability Entrepreneurship. Her experience is focused on strategic planning and scientific coordination of international development projects and networks, and the design and implementation of international scientific conferences, science-policy dialogue workshops, and educational programs and excursions. She is always on the lookout for new ideas and methodologies in resource management – so if you have any, contact her.
When she is not educating the next generation of water managers she enjoys hiking, travel, organizing excursions, making documentaries and PS4.
(Coach – Research Assistant at ITT)
Frederik Lindenmann is a research assistant at the ITT in the field of water and natural resources management at TH Köln. He has vast experience as a project manager in international research and development for innovative wastewater and recycling technologies and the strategic planning and coordination of international projects. He has been involved in the drafting and managing of projects in BMBF, and ZIM, and has work and project experience in Niger with the Université Abou Moumouni de Niamey (WASCAL) in Niamey, in Brazil with the Centro Universitário Serra dos Òrgãos (UNIFESO), and in Germany with the Advanced Biomass Concept GmbH (ABC). In his spare time between research and studies, he enjoys bike trekking, outdoor activities, travel, and makes some of the best coffee you’ve ever tasted.
(Technical Assistant– Student Assistant at ITT)
David Bonomo is a student assistant for the seminar from ITT. He is a masters student in the IWRM MENA program at TH Koeln where his research interests focus around water management in feral cities, how to manage mega projects, and ecosystem management. His BA was in International Studies with a focus in the Middle East and North Africa at Colorado State University where his research focused on climate change and security in the Middle East. Before his ventures into higher education, he worked in water quality management, forest maintenance, and digital marketing in the US, and in education in the West Bank, France, and China, where he worked with youth ranging from refugees to the ultra wealthy. When he isn’t studying or trying to figure out GIS, he spends his time hiking, swimming, exploring Germany, playing DnD, or planning his next big trip to some wild corner of the world.
(Coach – Associate Professor at GJU)
Dr. Arwa Abdelhay, has been an associate professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the German Jordanian University (GJU) since 2010. She holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Grenoble/France, a MSc in Chemical Engineering from JUST, and a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from JUST. She teaches the subjects of wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid waste management, and wastewater treatment plant design. She has been involved in several internationally funded projects as a coordinator and as a team member in the area of wastewater treatment, sanitation, and solid waste valorization and treatment. For the last three years Dr. Abdelhay, held the position of Vice Dean of the School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management (SNREM) at GJU. She has worked in projects partnered with UNICEF, USAID, GIZ, and DAAD which focused on a variety of water and waste management issues. Dr. Abdelhay is active as well in several research projects including: EU- Installation of bioactive bulk wastes of new generation, GJU-‘Destruction of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in wastewater using ultrasonic irradiation’, and the treatment of olive press wastewater.
(Coach – Senior Expert at GJU)
Dr. Al-Sharif is a Senior Water and Environmental Management Expert. He has over 30 years of experience in Integrated Water Resources Management, groundwater and surface water modeling and management (quantity and quality), climate change adaptation, environmental management, institutional strengthening, water policy, and public-private partnerships. He has been a faculty member at GJU for over 13 years. A few career highlights include heading the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) joint program on adaptation to climate change to sustain Jordan’s MDG Achievements, and Jordan’s Higher Council for Science and Technology. He was the director of Queen Rania Al Abdallah Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology (QRACEST) at the Jordan University for Science and Technology (JUST); and acted as the lead manager for the EU TEMPUS project on IWRM and curricula development, the Minimum Household Water Requirement to Protect Human Health project, and seasonal variation modeling for the water quality of King Talal dam – among many others. His primary teaching and research focuses are waste management, water quality modeling, climate change adaptation, and environmental and water quality control and management. He holds a Ph.D.in water resources and Environmental Engineering from Kansas State University, a Master Degree in Civil Engineering from JUST, and a BSc in Civil Engineering from Yarmouk University.
(Coach – Regional Director at cewas)
Aline is the Regional Director of cewas in the Middle East. She has more than 12 years experience as a resource management expert and business development trainer and her regional expertise lies in the Middle East, North and Eastern Africa, where she is based for many years. Aline coordinates and manages all cewas activities in the Middle East, with a strong focus on environmental business development & ecosystem support programs in the region. Based on her experience in entrepreneurial support, she has developed comprehensive sector-specific ecosystem strategies in several MENA countries and initiated partnerships and coordination platforms to enhance innovative finance mechanisms, talent growth and specialized business support. Aline is providing tailored technical and business support to high-potential start-ups at the incubation and acceleration stage. In the context of long-term support programmes, Aline has been the lead trainer and coach for more than 50 start-ups/companies in Jordan, Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon over the past four years. She has an extensive water, environment and business -related network and knowledge she can draw upon to scale sector-specific businesses and support developing respective markets.
(Coach – Country Manager at cewas)
Maisam is the Jordan country manager for cewas Middle East and has a diverse experience in Water, Energy, and Climate Change programs with national and international NGOs. He is responsible for managing cewas activities in Jordan with focus on green entrepreneurship, innovation in water and sanitation, and ecosystem development through partnerships and institutional collaboration. He is a passionate trainer and mentor for emerging entrepreneurs. Maisam holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (Jordan University of Science and Technology) and MSc in geophysics (University of Houston).
(Coach – Project Manager at cewas)
Janek is one of cewas’ senior project managers and trainers with a geographical focus on the Middle East and East Africa. As a business coach and entrepreneur, Janek is keenly interested in the question how social and ecological challenges can be overcome through economically sustainable initiatives. He supports innovation processes and helps enterprises to become investment ready. Janek is an environmental engineer with a post-graduate degree in international development cooperation. He has more than 15 years of work experience in business development, water governance, private sector engagement and sustainable resources management practices.
(Technical Manager – Project Manager at cewas)
Owice supports on-ground activities in Jordan in addition to the one-on-one coaching and mentoring he provides to cewas’s start-ups. He also gives training in team development and formation. What he offers stem from the collective experience of practicing engineering, research, writing, human-human connections, and master studies. Owice is the founder of Turjumaa: a company that provides water and sanitation translation services, which is his side job. Owice holds a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).