Ciarán Ó Cuinn, Center Director
is a specialist in public policy and international relations, particularly the development of mechanisms to deal with trans-boundary environmental issues. He spent more than a decade working on the various elements of the Irish Peace Process on projects as diverse the development of a single All-Island Energy Market, formal negotiations between the main parties and the development of conflict resolution initiatives to help capture the lessons learned from the Irish context for peace processes elsewhere. He was principal ministerial policy adviser at three Government departments. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin and The School of Oriental & African Studies, London, he holds degrees in both History and Public Policy.
Dr. Jauad El Kharraz, Head of Research
joined MEDRC in October 2015 to spearhead our Research Department, focusing on growing our network of expert-level technical, academic and policy specialists on a wide range of water issues. Hailing from Morocco, he spent 17 years in Spain and France earning his MSc and PhD in Physics as well as a diploma in enterprises management and strategies. He comes with a vast amount of experience, including his time as information & projects manager at the Euro-Mediterranean Water Information System (EMWIS), France, and Researcher at the Global Change Unit, Spain. He conducted and contributed to several EU projects and was representative of France at the Intergovernmental framework for EU Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST Action TN1301). He has published and contributed to hundreds of conferences, journals and reports in the fields of water management, drought, water information systems, remote sensing applications and scientific research.
Kevin price, SENIOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR
Eng. Kevin Price is Senior Science and Technology Advisor and has worked with MEDRC since its inception. He started his career with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over 35 years ago studying the world’s largest membrane problems at the Yuma Desalting Plant, later managing water treatment engineering and research for the agency, and retiring as the coordinator of the Advanced Water Treatment Research Program. He has been a strong advocate for research and innovation including service on the boards of the American Membrane Technology Association and the International Desalination Association, on the WateReuse Research Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee, on the National Water Research Institute’s Research Advisory Board, on the steering committee for the WHO Guidance Document on Desalination for a Safe Water Supply, and working with a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations. He was one of the two primary authors of the Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap and was responsible for the design, construction, O&M, R&D, and policy for Reclamation’s Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility. He graduated from the College of Idaho with a BS in Zoology, from Columbia University with an MS in Chemical Engineering, and from the University of Denver with an MBA in Finance.
AIYSHA AL HINAI, RESEARCH OFFICER
assisting the Head of Research in delivering and developing the Research program as outlined in the strategic plan and assisting in managing and coordinating MEDRC research networks. She is from Sultanate of Oman and She holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Caledonian College of Engineering. Ayisha was trained in
Trish Pienaar, Head of Operations
Trish fell in love with Oman when she moved here with her family 9 years ago, and since then has wanted to be able to support The Sultanate of Oman in its growth, and ensure that this great country reaches its full potential. This has led her to be involved in the nonprofit community for the past 5 years, and it is through these nonprofits that she can put her passion, not only for Oman, but for Operations / Administrative work to good use, having over 30 years of experience in office management. Here at MEDRC she heads our growing Operations team in the support of the 3 program departments.
Eng. Riadh Dridi, Head of Training
brings to our team over 18 years’ experience in engineering supervision, project management and consultancy services covering design, operations, maintenance, and costings of all water treatment systems, be it desalination or waste water. Hailing from Tunisia, he earned his B.Eng. Degree in Geo-resources and Environment from the National Engineering Institute in Sfax, Tunisia. If you can’t find him in his office you will find him in his white coat, doing tests and membrane analysis, or in the RO Plant warehouse training staff from various levels in the desalination field.
LEA MUND, DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION MANAGER
Lea is Project Manager in the Development Cooperation Department. Prior to joining MEDRC she was the Head of the Erasmus Mundus Program at TU Berlin in Germany where she was managing complex multicultural international projects in the field of Higher Education, research and development. She worked extensively with European Union funded projects and the DAAD. Lea holds a BSc in Anthropology from the Philipps University of Marburg and a MSc in Cultural Science from the University of Hamburg, she is also a former scholarship holder from the DAAD.
KIRSTEN WINTERMAN, DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION MANAGER
Kirsten joined MEDRC as Project Manager in the Development Cooperation Department. Prior to joining, Kirsten was Projects Manager at Beyond Borders Scotland where she worked extensively on the design, management and implementation of training programmes in Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. Kirsten holds a MA degree in Conflict Resolution with a specialism in ethnically divided post-conflict government from the University of Bradford and a BA in Politics from the University of Liverpool.