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Professor Hani Sewilam

Professor Hani Sewilam, Director CARES

Hani Sewilam joined AUC as a professor 'tenure' for sustainable development and water resources management. Sewilam is the founding director of both the Center for Sustainable Development and the MSc in sustainable development at AUC. He coordinated the capacity development activities of the United Nations Water between 2010 and 2011.

In 2017, Sewilam founded the MSc in sustainable management – water and energy at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany where he works as the academic director of the Department of Engineering Hydrology and executive director of the UNESCO Chair on Hydrological Changes and Water Resources Management. From 2002 to 2010, Sewilam worked as the deputy director for the Department of Engineering Hydrology at the RWTH Aachen University. He managed international research and capacity building projects in 21 countries.

In 2008, he established the North African Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE Cairo), which is acknowledged by the United Nations University. Sewilam worked for the Egyptian National Water Research Center as a researcher and coordinator for development projects with several UN organizations.

He has more than 25 years of academic and professional experience in the fields of sustainable development, water resources management, water-energy-food nexus, desalination and capacity building. He authored many peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters. Sewilam served as a consultant and reviewer for several international research and development organizations. Sewilam holds a PhD in water resource management from the RWTH Aachen University (Germany), an MSc in irrigation management from Southampton University (UK), as well as a graduate diploma and BSc in irrigation and environmental engineering.

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Muhammad Hammad

Muhammad Khaled Hammad, Operations Manager

Muhammad is responsible for all operations of CARES and the graduate program in Sustainable Development at AUC. Muhammad holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting from the Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University.  He also holds an Executive Management Diploma and an Environmental Engineering Certificate from the American University in Cairo. Prior to joining CARES, he worked at the Office of Planning, Design and Construction at the AUC for 6 years wherein 2015 he decided to shift gears and pursue his passion for Sustainable Development and Environmental Engineering. In his prior role as Assistant to Director of CARES and Graduate Program for Sustainable Development Coordinator in 2017, Muhammad received an award of appreciation from the School of Sciences and Engineering for his outstanding dedication and service to the center and the school.

Hossam ElZazyat

Hossam ElZayat, Senior Technical Manager

Hossam is currently running all CARES research facilities in his role as Senior Technical Manager. He is originally a solar energy engineer with an electrical engineering background, and holds an M.Sc. degree in Sustainable Development, with a focus on water desalination, from AUC. For more than 20 years, he has gained diverse experience in different industries, such as planning, implementing and supervising all the technical aspects related to the center’s scope of research. Being a fan of outdoor sports and driven by his passion to experience the exquisite nature across the country, Hossam is also an active member of the rally racing community in Egypt and he has participated in a number of international and local desert rally competitions.

Yomna Al Awamri

Yomna El-Awamri, Community Projects Manager

Yomna is currently working as CARES’ Community Projects Manager. She first joined CARES in 2017 as the EduCamp III Project Coordinator. Yomna believes that Education is the root cause of most of our current problems and also the only way to our advancement. That’s why, in 2012 and upon receiving her bachelor's degree in Economics she went on to work in the development sector, and specialized in the capacity building and community development. For more than 7 years, Yomna has worked with different partners and organizations and engaged with many target groups in different sectors. Yomna is also one of the very first graduates of AUC’s Masters Program in Sustainable Development and she is now teaching as an adjunct faculty member, the Global Changes and Sustainable Development course to the new batches.