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Advisory Board
Prof. Jean-Pierre Lehmann
Prof. of International Political Economy at IMD

Jean-Pierre Lehmann (Washington, 29 August 1945 – Lausanne, 21 December 2017), was the founding director of the Evian Group and respected Professor of International Political Economy at IMD. Jean-Pierre Lehmann was a dedicated thinker and writer, who succeeded in transmitting his knowledge and expertise in poverty reduction and environmental protection to those who met him. His numerous actions in favor of a more inclusive economic development have been an incredible source of inspiration for GIWEH. Due to its outstanding contribution to the mandate of GIWEH, Jean-Pierre Lehmann remains an honorary member of the advisory board of the Institute.

Jean-Pierre Lehmann, was a Professor of International Political Economy at IMD, International Institute for Management Development. His main areas of expertise were the socio-economic and business dynamics of East Asia, the impact of globalization on developing countries and the government-business interface, especially in respect to global trade and investment policy process. He acted in various leading capacities in several public policy forums and organizations.

In 1995, Jean-Pierre Lehmann launched the Evian Group, which consists of high-ranking officials, business executives, independent experts, and opinion leaders from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Evian Group's focus is on the international economic order in the global era, specifically the reciprocal impact and influence of international business and the WTO agenda.

Prior to joining IMD, Jean-Pierre Lehmann had both an academic and a business career, which over the years has encompassed activities in virtually all East Asian and Western European countries, as well as North America. He was (from 1992) the founding director of the European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) at the Stockholm School of Economics and Professor of East Asian Political Economy and Business. From 1986 to 1992, he established and directed the East Asian Operations of InterMatrix, a London-based business strategy research and consulting organization. During that time, he operated primarily from Tokyo, with offices in Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, and Jakarta, and was concurrently an Affiliated Professor of International Business at the London Business School.

Other previous positions include: Associate Professor of International Business at INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration) in Fontainebleau, France, Visiting Professor at the Bologna Center (Italy) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, twice in the 70s Visiting Professor and Japan Foundation Fellow at the University of Tohoku, Sendai (Japan), and Founding Director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Stirling (Scotland), where he also taught East Asian History in the University's History Department. From 1981 to 1986, he directed the EC-ASEAN 'Transfer of Technology and Socio-Economic Development Programs,' held in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala-Lumpur, and Manila.

Jean-Pierre Lehmann obtained his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and his doctorate from Oxford University (St Antony's College). He was the author of several books and numerous articles and papers primarily dealing with modern East Asian history and international political economy.


Founder/Owner of DB Holistic Consulting

Dr. Dietrich Bartelt (born in 1964) and has been co-founder, direct and/or intermediate share or stake holder of a number of national, regional and global active companies including companies like Licht Holding SE, DB Holistic Consulting, Sediments GmbH, Ferrostaal DB Sediments GmbH and others.
He studied Civil Engineering and Business Administration at the Aachen University of Technology (RWTH Aachen), Germany. He specialized in hydraulic engineering, water resources management, soil mechanics and environmental management.

Areas of interest and activities of Dr. Bartelt range from water, environment, sustainable energy and electricity regeneration, and sustainable agriculture and food production to human and animal health. Starting with the development of green electricity tariffs and promoting these internationally, as being one of the inventors of ideas for global green house gas emission trading to achieve the targets of the 1990 Kyoto Protocol, he has been focusing on effective ways to reduce emissions from all sectors.

For 21 years, Dr. Bartelt had been working for the German utility company RWE, holding various technical and management positions, including project leadership of large international renewable energy project studies. As Senior Manager, he had been Global Coordinator of Occupational Safety of the RWE Group for more than 1,000 companies and more than 130,000 employees, and had been responsible for the coordination of environmental issues for several hundred companies within the RWE Group. While working on topics on the human resources strategy within the department of the Chief Human Resources Officer of the RWE Group, Dr. Bartelt obtained his PhD at the University of Duisburg-Essen in the field of Economic Psychology. In 2006, he was a founding member of the German Demographic Network. In 2012, he published his doctoral thesis titled, “Trust of Employees in their Management.”

In the field of renewable power generation, he has been active in setting up multinational projects, project management structures, site development, authorization procedures, plant operations, and joint implementation projects with a focus on hydropower, wind power, and solar energy. For a number of years, he had been elected Secretary of the European utility organization, EURE (European Utilities for Renewable Energies).

After leaving the global utility business in March 2013, he has been focusing his life on the sustainable storage of water and its importance within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. He has been giving special attention to water in the anthropocene, the epoch that begins when human activities start to have a significant global impact on Earth's ecosystems.

Keeping the people and (eco-) system(s) in balance is his great challenge. No challenge is too big and too global not to be addressed! His personal aim is to reach sustainability in using water as drinking water, for irrigation and flood protection, and for hydropower generation. He has been developing a sensitive system approach to mitigate the impact of using water resources while simultaneously providing a solution for sedimentation and siltation issues in reservoirs, producing renewable energy and improving flood mitigation at the same time.

Being active as a member of the advisory board of the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health, his special attention is the water footprint and water quality. His focus has been widened to agriculture and the pharmaceutical industry and on sustainable problem solutions. These play an important role in a topic with growing global importance of antimicrobial resistance – the biggest threat to life on earth with bacteria, germs and fungi having an strong impact on the effective and sustainable use of water, but also on the (in-) direct contribution to climate change.

Most recently, Dr. Bartelt has been engaged in private equity, venture capital and financing activities for national and international projects with outstanding sustainable (bio-) technologies, including innovative solutions for waste to energy approaches.
Dr. Moustapha Kamal GUEYE
Policy Specialist-Green Jobs, ILO

Dr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye is Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, working to promote positive employment outcomes of policies on climate change, green economy and sustainable development. Previously, Kamal served as Head, Green Economy Advisory Services at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Senior Programme Manager-Environment at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva. Earlier, Kamal spent twelve years across Asia, managing policy research projects on renewable energy, environment and sustainable development at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan. He is a member of the Management Committee of the Global Social Observatory and participates in the World Economic Forum-ICTSD Expert Group on “Measures to Address Climate Change and the Trade System”. A citizen of Senegal, Kamal holds a Ph.D. and Master degrees from Nagoya University, Japan; DEA and LL.M from Dakar University; and Executive Certificates from the World Bank Institute, Washington; Columbia University, NY; Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Japan; and Integrated Research and Action for Development, India. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Tokyo and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Kamal speaks Wolof, French, English and Japanese.

Dr. Muhammad Abdul Razzak
Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

Abdul Razzak holds a PhD in Civil Engineering, with specialization in Hydrology and Water Resources Management, from Colorado State University in the United States. He has more than 35 years of experience in the academic, technical and managerial fields. Upon joining ESCWA in 1995, he worked as Chief of the Natural Resources Section. He later worked at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as Director of the Regional Office for Science in Arab States before returning to ESCWA in April 2007.

Mr. Mbaruku A. Vyakweli
Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Limited

Mr. Vyakmeli is a Board Member of the World Water Council as well as a member of the International Water Association (IWA), and holds a Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations from the University of Bombay, India. He also holds a MA in Mass Communication from University of Nairobi, Kenya and Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Panjab University, India. He is currently in charge of Corporate Affairs and International Relations at Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Limited, Kenya. He is the current Vice President of Africa Water Association (AfWA-STC) and is serving his second term as a member of UNHABITATs’ Global Water Partnership Alliance (GWOPA) International Steering Committee (ISC)—representing the Africa region.

Mohamed Alaoui
Senior advisor

Mohamed Alaoui, Agricultural Engineer in 1992 (Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary Institute, Rabat, Morocco), High Studies Diploma in Hydraulic Engineering in 1996 (International Institute of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, UNESCO-IHE, Delft / Netherlands) and Doctor of Applied Sciences In 2014 (Mohamed V University of Rabat, Mohammedia School of Engineers). Several management positions from 1993 to 2014 at the Ministry of Water in various fields related to the assessment and monitoring of water resources, planning and integrated water resources management, strategic studies, feasibility studies of water projects regarding environmental and economic aspects, studies and construction of dams and their maintenance, drinking water supply projects, flood protection projects ... Currently, freelance consultant in the field of water, Irrigation and Sustainable Development, Senior advisor to the Global Institute for Water, Environment & Health (GENEVA-Switzerland) (GIWEH) and Senior expert in irrigation and rural development working with FAO and the World Bank.

Dr. Khalid Qahman
Project Manager and Senior Advisor

During the last 20 years, Dr. Qahman built broad professional experience as an infrastructure planner, project manager, and senior advisor in water resources and civil/environmental management projects. As team leader, Mr. Qahman worked on numerous engineering, water resources management, and environmentally-related assignments. Dr. Qahman also works (part-time) as an Assistant Professor in Water and Environment at Alquds University, Al Azhar University, and Gaza Islamic University (Master study programs). Dr. Qahman also works as a Senior Consultant at Engineering & Management Consulting Centers. He has carried out several studies and research projects in the field of Water and Environment. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine, a master's degree in Hydrological Engineering from the IHE-Delft University, the Netherlands and a PhD degree in Civil Engineering from Mohamadia School of Engineers (EMI)-Mohammad V University, Rabat, Morocco.

Dr. Senthil Kumar
PG & Research Department of Biotechnology

Dr. Kumar currently works at the PG & Research Department of Biotechnology within the National College. His scientific work focuses mainly on the biological treatment and environmental impacts of textile effluent. With 13 years of teaching experience, 11 years of research experience, 18 research publications, and two published books, Dr. Kumar has established himself as an expert in Bioremediation and Microbial Ecology, and Water Resource Management.  He has given four international presentations, consulted the Parliament of India, and received many honors and awards—including ‘Best Presentation’ at the National Conference on Mathematical Modeling and Molecular Cell Biology in India, and the Tamil Nadu State Council Young Scientist Fellowship.