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Bob Pengel

Bob is an experienced team leader, water resources management specialist and hydrologist with extensive knowledge of water management information systems, early warning, flood and disaster as well as emergency information management. He has great experience in water resources planning and strategy development, climate change impact and adaptation studies, real-time and near real-time flood monitoring and flood forecasting and flood risk assessments, flood risk management and emergency response as well as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). During his 3 years working for the Mekong River Commission as co-manager of Flood Management Unit and Technical Adviser, he has gained significant experience in flood forecasting, early warning and management in the Mekong River Basin including Laos and Cambodia, being responsible for setting up the current MRC flood forecasting system using multiple input-data sources (in data-scarce areas).

For 6 years he was team leader for two large international EU research projects, building a flood risk information data and action plan system and a customised DSS using advanced GIS based visualisation, including web-based and cloud-based flood modelling and risk/damage modelling.

He is an experienced professional in the application of hydraulic and hydrological model software; remote sensing; GIS; Management Information Systems (MIS) and flood mapping. Organisational development of water management institutions and working with and training international, intercultural teams at government level completes his breadth of knowledge and experience. He has a result and client-oriented work style; Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and management-, team leadership- and very good communication and reporting skills.

Education: MSc

Dr. Georg Petersen

Georg is a hydraulic engineer, water resources manager and hydrologist with 20 years experience in team leadership, management, technical advice and supervision of international donor and private sector funded water resources, hydraulic engineering and infrastructure projects. Areas of expertise include wadi and wetland systems, flooding, harbours and dams. Georg has long term experience in overseas projects including water resources management at the Amu-Darya Basin, wetland mapping in the Nile Basin, assessment of climate change impacts in arid regions, the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks hydraulic design, the Xiaolangdi Multipurpose Dam Project in China, Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Birecik Barrage in Turkey, Jade-Weser-Port construction in Germany, port planning projects in Russia and large scale infrastructure works in Sudan. He is leading research projects on the Nile hydrology, is a specialist on Nile studies and a visiting lecturer at the University of Kiel, Germany.

Education: PhD, MSc, Dipl.-Ing, CEng MICE

Dr. Jens Kiesel

Jens is a civil engineer and water resources modeller with 12 years experience in project planning and design, urban and rural hydrologic modelling and GIS applications. His modelling experience covers flood events as well as long-term scenarios, reservoirs, drainage, wetlands, lowland and highland areas with commercial and public domain software products. His GIS experience includes various applications of ArcVIEW3 as well as ArcGIS9 with the additional development of problem oriented scripts. He has sound experience in setting up measuring campaigns for erosion studies, sediment entry pathway assessments, bed load and suspended load studies and has obtained technical knowledge in a variety of international projects. Examples include the assessment of freshwater ecosystems under global change in China, development of sustainable catchment management tools in India, Navigation studies based on remote sensing data in the Nile Basin, modelling of climate change impacts on water resources in Yemen and modelling of ecological indicators of rivers in Germany. He is a lecturer at the University of Kiel, Germany.

Education: PhD, Diploma in Civil Engineering, Honours Thesis (urban stormwater drainage modelling)

Mohamed Osman Mohamoud

Mohamed Osman has 7 years of professional experience in academia, research and development organizations (e.g. USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WB/GFDRR, UNICEF, DFID, EU, IGAD/IDDRISI, Benadir University, SIMAD University, Amoud University, East Africa University, Makerere University, Tulane University, University of Minnesota, University of Kansas etc.). He has worked with academic and research institutions, intergovernmental, governments, non-governmental and civil society and with a focus on disaster resilience leadership, programming and learning, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation/ climate resilience, food security, capacity building, sustainable development as well as budget transparency and fiscal discipline. Mohamed Osman Mohamoud is an academic with long-term experience in designing and managing twinning programs with Universities on resilience, institutional development, and leadership. He is currently Executive Director of Somali Disaster Resilience Institute affiliated to Benadir University. He also serves as the ResilientAfrica Network Focal Person in Somalia which is one of the seven global development innovation labs funded by the Higher Education Solutions Network of USAID. Further he serves as the Program Director for the Program to Enhance Resilience in Somalia funded by USAID, Disaster Resilience Leadership funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation SLDRP for the Horn of Africa and Somalia. Mohamed is Steering Committee Member of IGAD’s Drought Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRIS) responsible for networking and building new partnerships and coalitions in Somalia and Horn of Africa region to advance the IDDRISI goals and aspirations. He holds a dual Master of Arts degrees in Economics, and Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from Makerere University and Kampala International University in Uganda.

Education: MA, MA, BA

Dr. Emily Black

As the leader of the TAMSAT programme, and TAMSAT/ENACTS early warning system Dr. Black has gained substantial knowledge and experience of the set-up and maintenance of Early Warning Systems. The system provides early warning of rainfall excess/deficit for the whole of Africa. Further she has vast experience in statistical analysis and data processing as well as quality control (including time series and checking). She has worked with data of varying quality from meteorological organisations in African and the Middle East for 12 years and is familiar with the development of reliable EWS under limited data availability. Dr. Black is currently working with HYDROC and Antea as meteorologist for the development of a Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System in Papua New Guinea.

Education: PhD, MA

Torge Tuennermeier

Torge has worked as Expert on Hydrogeology and Integrated Groundwater Resources Management and Team Leader in the region for the last 15 years. He has a vast experience on the assessment of groundwater resources in Arid and semi arid regions of the world. Due to his long-term assignments in the Middle Eastern and African countries he has gained a broad knowledge of the region. He is aware of the needs and challenges in the region and has a good understanding of the regional culture. With his side qualifications as a trained Expert in Organizational / Capacity Development and Change Management give him an important skills to support partner organizations in their development within the cooperation.

Education: Dipl

Sandra Willkommen

Sandra is a qualified environmental manager with specific backgrounds in geography and hydrology. For 3 years, she has been working in the fields of natural resource conservation and water resource management. Sandra has technical experience in setting up measuring campaigns for water quality studies i.e. nutrient and pesticide monitoring. She has know-how in project planning, hydrological modelling, statistical analysis and application of GIS tools. Her modelling experience covers 1-D water balance modelling from surface water bodies focusing on nutrient and pesticide transport processes with the open source environment R. The GIS experience includes data management, statistical analysis, mapping and visualisation with latest versions of QGIS and GRASS. Examples for her participation in international projects include the development of training material for integrated water resource management in Azerbaijan, delineation of land use management and climate change scenarios in Tajikistan, design flow calculations in Afghanistan, mapping and assessment of freshwater ecosystems in Nile Basin, GIS analysis for watershed suitability in Somalia and Malawi as well as water balance modelling in Georgia and Afghanistan. She is a scientific assistant at the University of Kiel, Germany.

Education: MSc, BSc

Kit Nicholson

Kit has nearly 30 years’ broad experience in development covering economics, agriculture and climate change. He has worked recently on climate change impact and resilience programmes in Mozambique, Yemen and Cambodia. He is also engaged in research to evaluate modelling options for climate change impact and in a project to produce a Strategic Framework on Water Security and Climate Resilient Development for the CDKN. He has worked widely in national planning, public finance, macroeconomics, evaluation, aid coordination and project design and appraisal.

Education: MA, MSc

Dr. Michael Bach

Michael is a civil engineer with a sound knowledge and eight years experience in integrated hydrological and water quality modelling and assessment. His modelling experience covers the modelling of discharge and nutrient fluxes for both urban and rural areas and the corresponding processes in the receiving water body, covering the whole range from short flood events to long term simulations. He is a core developer of BlueM, a software package for river basin management that allows for the integrated simulation of discharge and pollution loads from rural and urban catchments, including processes in the water body, using physically-based hydrologic approaches. Aside from programming he has experience in the application of different hydrological and water quality models (e.g. SWAT, WASP), optimisation techniques, and decision support systems. Michael is a lecturer at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany) and a member of the Central European Simulation Research Group.

Education: PhD, Dipl.-Ing.

Dr. Devaraj de Condappa

Devaraj is a hydrologist with 12 years experience in the fields of hydrology, water resources planning and -allocation as well as related training and capacity building. He has strong IWRM modelling skills (SWAT, WEAP), GIS skills (ESRI, GRASS, QGIS) as well as context and scenario analysis skills. He has strong expertise in engaging with stakeholders and conducting field works. He has worked in water resource related projects such as investment planning in the Kabul and Panj-Amu basins (Afghanistan), groundwater situational analysis and recommendations in Rajasthan (India), agricultural water modelling in East India, glaciers and water management in the Ganges and Indus basin (India and Pakistan), water and food in the Volta basin (West Africa), soil hydrological processes in the Donga (Benin) and Maheswahram (India) watersheds. Devaraj has carried out several training assignments using WEAP. His country experience includes the riparian countries of the Volta basin, Eritrea, Mozambique, Lesotho, Afghanistan, India and Armenia. Devaraj has a particular interest is in water resources training and capacity building. He is an associate to the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Education: PhD, Dipl.-Ing.

Mirja Michalscheck

Mirja is an expert on environmental resources management, specialised on IWRM. She has spent more than 3 years abroad, in Egypt, Chile and Jordan, for studying, research and social work. She has a broad and interdisciplinary knowledge on environmental issues and is familiar with analytical tools such as EIA, SEA, GIS, SPSS and hydrologic modelling software such as MIKE-BASIN and WEAP. In her research she mainly dealt with socio-economic aspects concerning the sustainable use of natural resources. Mirja thoroughly studied social science concepts enabling her to conduct own empirical studies in Chile, Jordan and Germany, generating micro-level-data and performing statistical analyses in SPSS. She has worked as a project coordinator at the Institute of Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, dealing with good governance and participatory approaches in slum upgrading and water management.

Education: MSc

Alia Thobani

Alia is a project manager with over 10 years’ experience in project work. She has worked on projects related to water resources management, climate change, education, and technology. Alia holds a master’s degree in project management. Alia’s experience includes project management, writing proposals, and developing and delivering training courses. She has worked on projects in Kenya, Somalia (remotely), South Sudan and the USA.

Education: MSc, BSc

Juan Fernandez

Juan Fernandez is a flood modelling and early warning specialist. During his more than 14 years of experience Juan has applied his hydraulic and hydrology skills in the disaster field, considering mainly river modelling, coastal studies and flood defence projects and always considering climate change. Juan has great experience in early warning projects, in the coastal and in the flooding field, noting his involvement in several research projects and in the implementation of early warning systems in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Spain. He was the Flood Expert for the development and specification of the Flood Service for all the Southern Africa (SADC) countries within the MESA-SADC-THEMA project.

Juan has been working as lead modeller in several flood studies and flood risk assessments for regional authorities and private developers. Juan has been the lead hydrologist for several studies too. Juan has also provide in-house training to a number of staff members in GIS, river modelling, 2D modelling and hydrology modelling. Juan is carrying capacity building initiatives in Georgia and Azerbaijan regarding hydraulic modelling and flood mitigation options, early warning systems and flood forecasting. Juan has participated in several research and development projects, both at Spanish and European levels. Juan has participated in several proposal writing for European and International projects.

Education: PhD, MSc, BSc

Prof. Dr. Clement Atzberger

Clement is a physical geographer, with long-lasting background in satellite remote sensing and GIS. Areas of expertise include land cover mapping, change detection and trend analysis, provision of bio-physical indicators of vegetation (e.g. LAI), land surface phenology and landscape stratification. Main data sources are from satellite, complemented by airborne and drone-based sensors. Clement has long term experience employing remote sensing analysis in various environmental and climatic zones. He is leading research projects in Europe, Africa and South America and full professor at BOKU in Vienna, Austria.

Education: PhD, MSc