Research & Innovation Division

Dr. Rachael McDonnell

Dr. Rachael McDonnell

Head of Climate Change Modeling Adaptation Section | Principal Scientist - Water Governance and Policy

Dr. Rachael McDonnell joined ICBA as Water Policy and Governance Scientist in 2008. She leads Climate Change Modeling and Adaptation Section under the Research and Innovation Division.

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Dr. Khalil Ammar

Dr. Khalil Ammar

Principal Scientist - Hydrology/Hydrogeology

Dr. Khalil Ammar is Principal Scientist in Hydrology/Hydrogeology at ICBA. He joined the Center in 2009. Before joining ICBA, he had worked at CH2M Hill in the USA and with the Palestinian Water Authority where he headed the Planning Department for seven years.

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Dr. Susan Robertson

Dr. Susan Robertson

Senior Scientist - Agricultural Economist

Dr. Susan Robertson joined ICBA in November 2015 as Agricultural Economist. Dr. Robertson has a multidisciplinary background in international development, with training in both social and environmental sciences. In her capacity as a social scientist, she includes benefit/cost analyses, designing gender-sensitive interventions, and setting up impact assessments among her contributions.

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Dr. Asad Sarwar Qureshi

Dr. Asad Sarwar Qureshi

Senior Scientist - Water and Irrigation Management

Dr. Asad Sarwar Qureshi is Senior Scientist in Irrigation and Water Management at ICBA. Before joining the Center in 2014, he had worked at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in different scientific and management capacities in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Central Asia, and Bangladesh.

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Dr. Kristina Toderich

Dr. Kristina Toderich

Plant Scientist

Dr. Kristina Toderich joined ICBA in 2006 at ICBA's office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Before joining ICBA, she headed the Department of Desert Ecology and Water Resources Research at the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. She holds a Ph.D. in Botany from Leningrad Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences, Russia. In 2008 she obtained a Dr.

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Dr. Makram Belhaj Fraj

Dr. Makram Belhaj Fraj

Agronomy Scientist

Dr. Makram Belhaj Fraj joined ICBA as Agronomy Scientist in 2010. He works on the concept of cropping systems at farm and regional levels in various environments of the Middle East and North Africa region.

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Mr. Karim Bergaoui

Mr. Karim Bergaoui

Climate and Water Modeling Scientist

Mr. Karim Bergaoui has worked as Climate and Water Modeling Scientist at ICBA since 2010. His work is focused on enhancing the simulation of the water cycle, including groundwater resources, surface runoff, evapotranspiration and water used for irrigation in the Middle East and North Africa region by assimilating remote-sensing data in numerical models.

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Mr. Rashyd Zaaboul

Mr. Rashyd Zaaboul

Modeler - Climate Change

Mr. Rashyd Zaaboul is Climate Modeling Scientist at ICBA. Before joining in 2013, he had been for 14 years a member of the Numerical Weather Prediction Team working on the Moroccan limited area model’s maintenance and development. His past work included physics schemes development (surface scheme, deep convection scheme), observations management and 3D-VAR data assimilation.

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Dr. Mohammad Shahid

Dr. Mohammad Shahid

Geneticist

Dr. Mohammad Shahid is a scientist with more than 22 years of experience in agricultural research. He has expertise in germplasm collection, seed production, plant breeding, and screening of salt-tolerant crops. He has worked with many crops including quinoa, barley, wheat pearl millet, sorghum, sunflower, safflower and others.

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Dr. Dionysia Angeliki Lyra

Dr. Dionysia Angeliki Lyra

Halophyte Agronomist

Dr. Dionysia Angeliki Lyra joined ICBA as Post-Doctoral Researcher in 2013. Prior to that, she had been on a post-doctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Agronomy at the Agricultural University of Athens where she was involved in the evaluation of barley genotypes for drought resistance and crop yield.

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