Research & Innovation Division

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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Dr. Abdelaziz Hirich

Dr. Abdelaziz Hirich

Horticulture Scientist

Dr. Abdelaziz Hirich is Horticulture Scientist at ICBA. Prior to his current position, he was a post-doctoral fellow between 2014 and 2016 at the center. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural sciences (IAV HASSAN II, Morocco), an M.Sc. in land and water resources management (CIHEAM-IAMB, Italy) and an engineer diploma in horticulture (IAV HASSAN II, Morocco).

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Dr. Tesfaye Ertebo Mohammad

Dr. Tesfaye Ertebo Mohammad

Project Officer

Dr. Tesfaye has joined ICBA as Project Officer for the “Rehabilitation and Management of Salt-affected Lands to Increase Agricultural Productivity (RAMSAP)” project. He is based in Addisababa, Ethiopia. Prior to this assignment, he was working as Senior Soil Fertility Expert in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) in Ethiopia.

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Mr. Khalil-Ur-Rahman

Mr. Khalil-Ur-Rahman

Senior Researcher-Halophyte Agronomy

Mr. Khalil-Ur-Rahman joined ICBA in 2000. Over the years, he has broadened his knowledge and experience in multi-disciplinary plant, soil and water research and development focused on achieving sustainable agricultural practices.

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Mr. Rafeek El-Madhoun

Mr. Rafeek El-Madhoun

Senior Researcher

Rafeek El-Madhoun joined ICBA in August 2016 as Senior Researcher. He is part of the team responsible for managing the Collaborative Program Euphrates and Tigris (CPET).

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Ms. Diletta Ciolina

Ms. Diletta Ciolina

Project Specialist

Ms. Diletta Ciolina joined ICBA as Proposal Development Specialist in 2015. She is currently Project Specialist. She is in charge of managing projects within DRI Division from start to end, including planning, executing, monitoring and evaluating according to pre-determined timelines and budgets.

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