Speaker Bios


Day 1: Water and Agriculture

Keynote:
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

Panelists

Hazim El-Naser

Hazim El-Naser is Chairman and Founder of The Middle East Water Forum (MEWF) and is Former Minister of Water and Irrigation in Jordan. He worked in developing the long-term vision of Jordan’s Water Sector, the long-term vision of Jordan’s Agriculture Sector, and the long-term vision of Iraq Water and Sanitation Sector.

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Nizar Haddad

Nizar Haddad is Director General of the National Agricultural Research Center-Jordan. Holder of PhD & MSc degrees in Agriculture, MSc degree in Management and Strategic Studies. He has over 80 multidisciplinary scientific publications in rural development, beekeeping, eco-system services, climate change, and food security, and is the author of 17 books.

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Uri Shani

Uri Shani is Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of N-Drip.  He is also Professor Emeritus in soil and water sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

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Anne Castle

Anne Castle is a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado Law School, focusing on western water issues including Colorado River operational policy and the integration of tribal water interests. 

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Day 2: Land & Natural Environment

Keynote: Alon Tal

Alon Tal is Chair of the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University, Israel.  He is a leading Israeli environmental activist and academic; founder of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; and a co-founder of Ecopeace: Friends of the Earth, Middle East; This is My Earth; the Israel Forum for Demography, Environment and Society; Aytzim: Ecological Judaism; and the Green Movement political party.

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Panelists

Eid Tarazi

Eid Tarazi is Dean of El-Hassan Bin Talal Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment and Professor of Applied Geophysics and Assessment of Natural Hazards, Hashemite University, Jordan.

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Moshe Shachak

Moshe Shachak is an ecologist and Professor Emeritus in the Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology at Ben Gurion University.  He has a Ph.D. from Hebrew University.  

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Maryam Niamir-Fuller

Maryam Niamir-Fuller is a private consultant.  She received a PhD in Rangeland Management from the University of Arizona in 1987, and worked as a consultant early in her career, including as a researcher on a rural development project in southern Sudan and Chief of Party for a livestock development project in Senegal, both funded by USAID. 

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UNCCD panelist, invited


Day 3: Forests & Fire

Keynote:
USFS Chief, invited

Alaa Wahbeh

Alaa Wahbeh is Head of the Climate Change and Drought Monitoring Dept. at the National Center for Agricultural Research (NARC) in Jordan.  She has a MSc in Water Resources and environmental Management, working mainly in studying the effects of climate change on microenvironments and livelihood using remote sensing tools

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Omri Bonneh

Omri Bonneh is Northern District Manager at KKL-JNF.  He has a Ph.D. in Forestry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.  

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Dan Yakir

Dan Yakir is a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.  He also served as a National Research Council Senior Fellow at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Colorado, and as a visiting professor of Columbia University’s Biosphere-II Center. 

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Don Falk

Don Falk is a Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona, with joint appointments in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and the Institute of the Environment.

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