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H.E. Dr. Hussein I. El-Atfy




Former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt.

Honorary Vice-President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID).

Honorary President of the Egyptian National Committee for Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID).

Former Secretary-General of the National Water Research Center (NWRC).

Presently, Secretary-General of the Arab Water Council.

On the National Scale: Dr. Hussein El-Atfy, throughout his 40-year professional experience in the field of water resources management, progressed in high-caliber posts of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt until he was appointed Senior Undersecretary, where he contributed effectively to the development of short- and long-term strategies, policies, and national plans for water resources management until the year 2050. Moreover, he has planned for and implemented national mega projects (improvement of irrigation and drainage, integrated water resources management, institutional reform, updating of laws, and legislations, ?) towards improvement of water resources management in Egypt.

On the Arab, regional, and institutional scales: Dr. Hussein is presently the Secretary-General of the Arab Water Council, an Arab regional organization working on the international scale, and has made numerous contributions in the water sector in national, regional, and international domains. He also has distinguished relations with numerous development partners, including Arab, regional, and international organizations and institutions, with the aim of promoting cooperation towards water security and achieving sustainable development goals. In collaboration with the League of Arab States (LAS), he assisted in formulating the Implementation Plan of the 2010?2030 Strategy for Arab Water Security.

Dr. El-Atfy is a lecturer and consultant for different national, regional, and international organizations, research institutes, and universities, and supervisor and reviewer of numerous research papers and dissertations. He is Head of the Water Resources Committee at the Federation of Arab Engineers and Member of the Water Committee at the Egyptian Engineering Syndicate.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. El-Atfy participated in a series of regional and international conferences and fora and is the author of several papers and books, and also scientific editor of many local and international journals on water, including the Arab Water Council Journal ?Al-Maa.?

Dr. El-Atfy was awarded a number of recognition awards and prizes from national and international organizations for his distinguished contributions in the water sector. He is Winner of the ICID Watsave Award on ?Innovative Water Management? in 1999 for outstanding contribution to water conservation and water saving in agriculture.