Michael Tal hami is an Urban Advisor on Water and Habitat with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He focuses on urban policy formation that helps guide humanitarian programming in support of helping utilities to ensure operational continuity in service provision (water, wastewater, and energy). The efforts serve to advance medium to long term programming in urban areas of protracted conflicts by building urban service resilience. In addition, he contributes to ICRC’s reflection on and analysis of the protection of essential civilian services.
Previously, Michael was the ICRC’s Regional Water and Habitat Advisor to the Near and Middle East, where he provided multidisciplinary analysis of the combined effects on vulnerable communities of conflict and water/environmental issues stemming from local water management practices to climate change, natural disasters, environmental degradation, migration, pandemics, and urbanization.
He has also worked for GIZ and the UNDP in the Middle East, and several international advisory firms, following a career as an environmental engineer in Canada, U.S., and parts of Oceania managing pipeline leak detection projects, Environmental Site Assessments, and soil and groundwater remediation and reclamation projects.
Michael holds a Masters in Environment and Development with a specialization in water resources and water policy, in addition to a B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering.