Jauad El Kharraz
Research & Institution
Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC)
Dr. Jauad EL KHARRAZ is heaf of research at the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), where he manages a portfolio of 2 million USD per year of its research programs dealing with sustainable desalination technologies, water-energy-food nexus and other water related topics. He is also co-founder and Secretary General of Arab World Association of Young Scientist (ArabWAYS). He has more than 18 years of international experience (Spain, France, Oman, Euro-Mediterranean and MENA regions) in water management issues, mainly Water Information Systems, Remote Sensing applied to environment, drought monitoring, desalination technologies, water-energy-food nexus and environmental issues, and also scientific research in horizontal.
He has been Expert Evaluator for DG Research & Innovation, European Commission, Brussels and chair of evaluation of water projects proposals for the Euro-Mediterranean program PRIMA, apart from chairing the evaluation of Jordanian-Palestinian MEDRC scholarships and the Palestinian-Dutch Academic Cooperation Program on Water (PADUCO), among other programs.
He has been information and projects manager at the Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS) Technical Unit based in Sophia Antipolis (France) for the last 11 years and half. He also worked as senior consultant for Sud-Convergences consultancy (France) in the period 2006-2008, and Expert Evaluator of the European Commission DG Research & Innovation. On the other hand, he is member of the Global Change Unit (University of Valencia, Spain). He is alumni member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) that he represented in several occasions among others in the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Science & Technology group in Geneva. He was nominated in 2011 by the French Ministry of High Education & Research as representative at the Intergovernmental framework for EU Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST Action TN1301) in Brussels, where he led its Networking Working Group since end of 2011 in Vilnius (Lithuania). In 2014 he was nominated new leader for the tomorrow by Crans Montana Forum (Switzerland) and was also co-leader of water panel at the regional Think Tank WANA Forum (WANA Institute currently, Jordan).
Dr. Jauad El Kharraz was one of 40 scientists worldwide selected to attend the “World Economic Forum ‘Summer Davos’ for New Champions” in Tianjin China in September 2012. He joined the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic by July 2014 and he became the founding curator (creator) of Nice’ hub (France) to push young talents from Nice to develop projects of development for their local community.
He has published and contributed to hundreds of conferences, journals and reports in the fields of water management, desalination, agriculture, water information systems, remote sensing applications and scientific research. He co-authored the last UNESCO science report (Arab countries chapter).
Moreover, he visited more than 50 countries around the world, chaired several conferences and forums sessions/panels and served as referee for many international scientific journals and international platforms. Dr. Jauad contributed to numerous projects funded by the European Commission, European Space Agency, USAID, and other regional programmes (FP5-FP7, H2020, ENPI NGO, ENPI CBC-Med, LIFE…).
He got MSc and PhD degrees in Physics from the Earth Sciences department, University of Valencia, Spain. He also got a Diploma in Enterprises Management & Strategy from SKEMA European Business School, France. In addition he got many certificates among others: Certificate in Water and Sanitation, by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) -TWAS Centre of Excellence for Water and Environment” (CAS-TWAS CEWE) and a Diploma in European external aid projects and the logical framework Benchmarking, Welcome Europe, Brussels, Belgium.