Advisory Board

Ashwin B Pandya

Secretary General - International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)

Shri A.B. Pandya, a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Saurashtra University and M. Tech. in Structural Engineering from IIT Delhi, is presently Secretary General ICID. He is a former Chairman of Central Water Commission and Ex-Officio Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources. 

Shri A.B. Pandya, joined the Central Water Engineering Service in Central Water Commission in October 1977 and held various positions in the Department and other organizations under the Ministry of Water Resources He superannuated from the government service in December 2015 after serving for two years as Chairman of Central Water Commission. His major areas of works include setting up policy initiatives, planning, design and financing of water resources projects for hydropower and irrigation including regional planning for optimum water resources utilization; simulation and disaster management for flood and dam related incidents, setting up water resources related data collection strategies at national level and implementation of cutting edge technologies for collection and dissemination; legal and constitutional aspects of international and interstate water disputes and international water data sharing and treaty management at international level; dam safety assurance and management of dam safety programmes including distress analysis and recommendation of remedial measures for dams and appurtenant works, comprehensive safety review of dams and setting up guidelines and legal framework for dam safety, numerical modeling of structures and geotechnical engineering problems and application software for engineering analysis and data driven software applications. He is actively associated with many technical professional bodies in India.

Harish Kumar Varma

Executive Director - International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)

Mr. Harish Kumar Varma,  a 1977 graduate in Civil Engineering with postgraduate in Hydrology from University of Roorkee (now IIT, Roorkee), India, has more than 41 years of working experience in various aspects of water resources planning, development and management while working in Central Water Commission (CWC) and Water and Power Consultancy Services (India) Limited (WAPCOS) under Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India; Asian Development Bank (ADB); and International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). Main fields of activities included operation and maintenance of hydrological network, hydrological analysis, flood forecasting, flood control and drainage, water resources system modeling, hydro-dynamic modeling including dam break modeling, investigation and preparation of detailed project report for hydropower/ multipurpose projects, administration of loan and technical assistance for projects funded by ADB in the field of irrigated agriculture and water management, flood and river erosion, coastal protection, integrated water resources management (IWRM), climate change, water use efficiency improvement program etc. Mr Varma has also worked in Ethiopia for about 14 months in different assignments as Hydrologist and System Modelling expert.

Mr. Varma is presently working in International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) as Executive Director.

Eng. Ahmed Elsherbiny

Irrigation and Utility Manager - Dar Al-Handasah

Professional landscaping and irrigation engineer with over 18 years of work experience in the design, construction and management of the landscaping irrigation projects and water resources in the gulf area. Dynamic leader with a creative thinking and high communication skills, with ambitious personality with the work experience gave him the ability to deal with the challenges and overcome all constrains to make the achievements.

Eng. Ahmed worked in several fields and positions as a designer, senior engineer, project manager division manager, contractor, consultant and trainer.

Dr. Babak Bozorgy

Regional Sector Leader (MENA) - Water Resources & Wet Infrastructure - Stantec

Maher Ezzeddine

Head of Land, Water and Environment Department - SETS

Fadi Shatnawi

Head of Infrastructure Section - Archen Engineering Consultants

Expert in Geotechnical, Water Resource Engineering and Infrastructure Project Management, Design, Construction, and O&M for projects including:

  • Oil field installation infrastructure and utilities
  • Earthwork (mining, tunneling, drilling, trenching, excavations, road and highway construction, soil stabilization, slope stability, deep and shallow foundations)
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology project management – engineering and construction
  • Dams and hydraulic structures
  • Potable water lake and river intakes and treatment plants
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Sea and water front structures
  • Utilities pipeline networks (oil, water, sewer, stormwater, steam)
  • Water & wastewater pumping stations
  • Flood mitigation
  • Irrigation main networks

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