Prof. Dr. Rifaat ABDEL WAHAAB is currently Sector Head of Research & Development (R & D) at the Holding Co. for Water and Wastewater (HCWW), Cairo, Egypt since 2009.
Prior to his appointment as Sector Head at HCWW, he has been served as Project Team Leader of Canadian project funded by CIDA “Egypt Environmental Initiative Fund (EEIF) for 7 years, focuses on urban and rural sanitation, industrial pollution control, environmental management and strategy, green environmental business; and climate changes initiatives & adaptation.
Dr. Rifaat is one of the leading environmental & water experts in Egypt, with more than 25 years’ experience combining both academic and practice applications. He has managed and intensively involved in many of donors funded projects (National and International) in water, sanitation & industry. He has chaired international conferences on Water Supply & Sanitation; and managed many capacity development training workshops.
As an academic Professor at the National research Center in Cairo, Dr Rifaat has published over 100 refereed research papers & reports in leading International journals and he is a reviewer for number of scientific journals. He has awarded the country prestigious prize in environment and development; acknowledges his contribution in diverse areas of water & sanitation, industrial wastewater management and sustainable environmental initiatives.
Dr. Rifaat has received the BSc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Assiut, Egypt in 1980, MSc degree in “Environmental Sciences” 1987; and PhD. degree in “Hazardous Wastewater Management” 1991 from the University of Wales, UK.