Hani Sewilam

Hani Sewilam is a Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources Management at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He is currently the Rector’s Delegate for African Countries. He is the Managing Director of the UNESCO Chair in Hydrological Changes and Water Resources Management at the RWTH Aachen. Sewilam is also a professor at the American University in Cairo and the founding director of the Center for Applied Research in Environmental Sustainability. WEF nexus, Hydrology, water management, desalination and sustainable development are his main areas of specializations. In Germany, his research team focuses on flood risk management and the development of innovative capacity building programme for water professionals. Dealing with water scarcity through solar-powered desalination, aquaponics, hydroponics, and effective water management is the focus of his other team in Egypt.

Another focus of his research is developing and implementing the concept of Water-Energy-Food nexus at local, national and regional levels. Over the last 5 years, Sewilam co-founded an MSc program in “Sustainable Management – Water and Energy” at the RWTH Aachen in Germany and founded another M.Sc. program in “Sustainable Development” at the American University in Cairo. He has contributed significantly to the establishment of the UNESCO Chair in at the RWTH Aachen and founded the first Center for Sustainable Development in Egypt. Sewilam has been raising funds and implementing research and development projects since 2002 with universities and institutions from at least 15 European and Euro-Mediterranean countries.

He acted between 2018-2021 as one of the main technical team supporting the negotiations between the three countries dealing with the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Sewilam was awarded his PhD (summa cum laude) from the RWTH Aachen University in the area of water resources management and his MSc from Southampton University in the UK in the area of irrigation management.


Participating in: Session 3 - A step change in science to enable Nexus policy decisions under consensus



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