Advisory Board

The NYUAD Water Research Center Advisory Board guides the Center's strategic direction and alignment with regional and global industrial needs ensuring that research remains relevant as well as applicable to the UAE’s greater vision for water security and sustainable development.  Advisory Board members are involved in early research stages into product development and pilot testing phases of new technologies.

The Advisory Board members are key industry and government stakeholders from the water, energy, infrastructure and agriculture sector.  Members include local, regional and international public and private sector individuals who are executive level decision makers or academic leaders in their respective organizations. 

Meeting Schedule

The advisory board meets once annually for a day-long detailed discussion on the Center’s strategies and goals, and occasional (e.g. quarterly to biannual) one-hour meetings for progress updates.

Committee Chair

Dr Moe Khaleel, Associate Laboratory Director for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in USA

Dr. Moe Khaleel, the Associate Laboratory Director for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), guides the research and development of science-based solutions to counter critical threats to public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure and the economy. Leveraging the broad science foundation at ORNL, he oversees the work of multi-disciplinary research teams and previously led ORNL’s Energy & Environmental Sciences Directorate.

Before joining ORNL in 2015 to manage the Laboratory’s Office of Institutional and Strategic Planning and its Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Dr. Khaleel was executive director of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, where he led the establishment and execution of programs in renewable energy, water conservation, and atmospheric sciences.

Earlier, during a 20-year career at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Dr. Khaleel held several technical and senior managerial positions. He directed PNNL’s Computational Sciences and Mathematics Division from 2003 to 2013 and was co-founder of the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing at the University of Washington.

Dr. Khaleel received his doctorate in structural mechanics from Washington State University and an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Current Members

Moe Khaleel
Associate Laboratory Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA
H.E. Eng. Mohammed Mousa Al-Ameeri
Assistant Undersecretary for the Food Diversity Sector Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, UAE
Tayeb Al Awadhi Senior Vice President of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), UAE
Shamal Abdulkhaliq Mohammed Director AgriTech and R&D Silal, UAE
Khadija Al Daghar Manager, Reservoir (Thamama & Others) Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), UAE
Mohammed Al Falasi
President of Jenaan Investments & Business Group, Jenaan Investments LLC, UAE
Khalid Al Marzooqi CEO of Tabreed, UAE
Mohammed Karam Director of Technical and Operational Excellence, TAQA Group, UAE
Afif Saif Al Yafei
CEO of Abu Dhabi Transmission and Dispatch Company (TRANSCO), UAE
Bruce Smith Executive Director of Strategy and Planning, Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), UAE
Erich Konig General Manager at VeBas O&M Company, Veolia Middle East, UAE
Yusuf Macun
President of Cranmore Partners, UAE
Julio de la Rosa
Director Middle East, Acconia, UAE
Ghanim Kashwani Society of Engineers, UAE
Marwan Khraisheh Mechanical Engineering Program Chair, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar
Jaeweon Cho Director Center of Science Walden, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea
William Dichtel Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University, USA
Saad Jasim President of SJ Environmental Consultants, Canada
Bernhard Riegl
Chair of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Nova Southeastern University in Florida, USA