Bahrain Green Industry – Course Faculty


Prof. Dr. Waheeb Essa Alnaser
University of Bahrain
Vice President for Planning & Development, Professor of Applied Physics

image006Prof. Dr. Alnaser has been the Vice President for Planning and Development at the University of Bahrain since 2010. He held the role of the Dean of Scientific Research from 1995 to 1997, and was the Dean of the College of Science from 1997 to 2004. Prof. Dr. Alnaser acted as a Member of the Bahrain Higher Education Council and was the Chairman for the National Accreditation Committee from 2010 to 2012.
Prof. Dr. Alnaser has been the Chairman of the Arabic Section of the International Solar Energy Society in Germany since 1994, and the President for the Middle East Region at the International Energy Foundation in Geneva since 1995. He is also an Advisor to the World Renewable Energy Network in the U.K., among other Environmental Science-related societies. Moreover, he has published over 110 internationally accredited scientific papers in Metal and Material Physics, Renewable Energy, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Environmental and Medical Physics. Prof. Dr. Alnaser is also the author of several books on these subjects, and received the Crown Price Prize in Applied Sciences in 2005. He holds a PhD in Material Physics from the University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K. (1986).

Dr. Hashim Suleiman Hussein
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Head, Investment & Technology Promotion Office in Bahrain

image007Dr. Hashim S. Hussein is Head of the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) and Director of the Arab Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship and Investment Training (ARCEIT) – Kingdom of Bahrain. Dr. Hussein has 22 years of experience in the field of Industrial Development and Investment and Technology Promotion. He worked for over 20 years in SME and Entrepreneurship development and is an international advocate for Women’s Economic Empowerment. He holds a PhD (Honors) in International Law from the Universite de Nantes, France. He obtained a Doctoral Research Programme from University of Maryland at College Park, Centre for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM), Maryland, U.S.A. Dr. Hussein has worked at various responsibility levels in different countries including the USA, Egypt, Sudan and the Kingdom of Bahrain. He joined UNIDO in 1991 as a Programme Officer posted in Bahrain to become in 1996 the Head of UNIDO-ITPO. He also played an instrumental role in the establishment of ARCEIT in Bahrain in 2001, which he is currently heading. ARCEIT implements its programs in over 20 countries from Uruguay up to China.

Dr. Jacek Cukrowski
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Chief, UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development

Jacek Cukrowski provides leadership to all the activities of the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development and manages its operations. Before joining UNIDO he worked for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an adviser and a team leader at Regional Center for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States. Previously he was with the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland and earlier with the Economic Institute of Academy of Science of the Czech Republic. His academic background includes MSc in system engineering, PhD in computer science, and PhD and habilitation (i.e., a senior post-doctoral qualification) in economics. He has extensive teaching and research experience in international trade, development economics and macroeconomics. He is an author or co-author of numerous publications in refereed international journals and books and chapters in books. In 2009, in recognition of sustained professional and academic excellence he received the title of Professor conferred by the President of Poland upon a motion of the Central Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Republic of Poland.

Dr. Heinz Leuenberger
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Director, Environmental Management Branch

image009Heinz Leuenberger is Director of the Environmental Management Branch (EMB) of UNIDO. The branch is responsible for activities related to resource efficient and cleaner production, waste, chemicals and water management and the reduction of mercury use in artisanal gold mining. The branch is further active in the area of sustainable management of large marine eco-systems, the implementation of measures related to the Stockholm Convention and assists municipalities and cities in methodologies and tools to improve the environmental performance of its industries.
Dr. Leuenberger coordinated the redesign and strengthening of the “Global joint UNIDO-UNEP Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” programme and is currently involved in the design, formulation and implementation of the “Green Industry Initiative” of UNIDO. Furthermore, he is lecturing a post graduate course at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Prior to joining UNIDO, Heinz Leuenberger served as Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) for the Viet Nam Cleaner Production Centre, the Cleaner Production Programme of Lao PDR, and the Kingdom of Cambodia at the Hanoi University of Technology. From 1991 to 1999, he was Head of the Environmental Technology Institute (IFU) at the University of Applied Sciences in Muttenz, Switzerland and lectured in a postgraduate course on environmental technology and management. Heinz Leuenberger holds a Master in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry, both from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Ali Yaacoub
Lebanese Cleaner Production Centre

image010Dr. Ali M. Yaacoub, born in 1976, is Director of the Lebanese Cleaner Production Centre, and Regional Executive for Arab Countries of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation / United Nations Environmental Programme Global Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Network. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Technology from the Technical University of Denmark and an Honourable Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from the Open Islamic Civilisation University. Dr. Yaacoub conducts Guest Lectures in numerous academic institutions. His research experience includes domestic and industrial waste water, solid waste and sustainable development. He has published over 25 articles and reports and is a member of several Committees and Associations.
Dr. Yaacoub is engaged in a professional practice in the field of Urban Planning, policy advice, Social and Environmental Sciences. His main responsibilities include the technical and financial management of projects, as well as communication with public, private and international institutions, stakeholders and donors. He has also acted as Head of Advisors for Minister of Industry and Parliament Members in Beirut, developing many political and social relationships with different stakeholders. Furthermore, Dr. Yaacoub is involved in Committee works as President for the Association of Environmental and Agricultural Protection in Lebanon. He launched the Cleaner Production Center in close collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Environment and the Industrial Research Institute. He has attended a particularly long list of National and International conferences, workshops, seminars and trainings mainly in the field of Sustainable Development and Management Practices.

Dr. Najat M. Es’Haqi
University of Bahrain
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department

najat2Dr. Najat Es’haqi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Bahrain’s College of Engineering. She holds a PhD degree in ‘Environmental Management and Sustainable Development’ from John Moore’s University in Liverpool, the United Kingdom, and a postgraduate certificate in Academic Practice from St. John’s University in partnership with the University of Bahrain.
Dr. Es’haqi is involved in many activities organized by UNDP and UNESCO as a steering committee member concerned with different environmental issues and sustainable development action plans. She is also involved in organizing various activities with public institutions such as the Ministry of Education and the National Bureaux for Environmental Protection, and conducting statistical analyses on the awareness of environmental issues. She is a member of the Bahrain Society of Engineers and the Sustainable Development Organization in the USA. Dr. Es’haqi’s research interests lie mainly in the field of sustainable development.

Dr. Naser W. Alnaser
University of Bahrain
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, College of Engineering

image012Dr. Alnaser has been an Assistance Professor of Architectural Engineering at the Department of Architecture in the College of Engineering at the University of Bahrain since January 2014. He holds a BSc in Architectural Engineering from the University of Bahrain, an MSc in Construction Management Engineering (Distinction) and a PhD in Sustainable Building Construction, both from the University of Reading, U.K. He has published 13 Internationally refereed papers and written two chapters on Architectural Sustainable Buildings and Constructions. He has served as an architect at the Project & Maintenance Directorate, Royal Court, and Kingdom of Bahrain and as an assistant professor at Ahliya University in Bahrain.
Dr. Alnaser has participated in many conferences on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Buildings as a speaker or delegate. He participated in the LEED AP programme in the U.S. in 2009. Naser won The British Chevening Scholarship for his Master’s Degree in 2004. He is an active member at ISES, Arab Section, Germany and the Bahrain Engineering Society. Dr. Alnaser was involved with the proposal and writing of the first Green Strategy at the University of Bahrain and also organized the First Global Green Universities Commitment Congress.

Osama A. Al Khajah, CPA
Baytik Industrial Oasis and Ebtikar
Chairman and President, respectively

image013Osama Al Khajah Osama became a CPA in 1994 – considered the youngest Bahraini CPA at that time. Today, he holds leadership and professional experience of over 27 years in Islamic banking, corporate finance, investment and development banking, real-estate development, energy, petrochemicals, international events management, SMEs, entrepreneurship development, science & technology parks, industrial parks, and innovation development.
He started his career in 1986 by working for GPIC for 10 years where his final position was Treasurer, then he joined Gulf Powerbeat Co., as Financial Controller for 2 years. Subsequently, he diversified his career by joining Bahrain Development Bank where he worked for 5 years as Head of Business Development and Project Finance. In 2002, Osama joined Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain) as Head of Corporate Finance; and in 2004 became Head of Project Development, where he was actively involved in initiating, conceptualizing, and developing new businesses and projects worth billions of US$ In energy, petrochemicals, infrastructure, and master plan development.
Currently, he is continuing his main role to lead development of various projects for KFH (Bahrain). Further, he leads special initiatives like: Ebtikar Association which he founded in 2013, and sits in several boards of private and public firms, locally and internationally.

Eng. Smail Al Hilali
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Industrial Development Officer, Cleaner and Sustainable Production Unit

image014Mr. Smail ALHILALI is currently an industrial development officer at United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) HQ in Vienna, Austria. He is a mechanical engineer graduated from “Ecole Mohammedia d’Ingenieurs”, Rabat, Morocco and has a master degree on nuclear safety engineering from “Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires” (INSTN), CEA, Saclay, France. From 1994 to 2003, he served in different positions within the National Centre for Energy, Science and Technology (CNESTEN) in Morocco and was deputy director of environment, health and safety department. He was the national focal point for the implementation of several projects under technical cooperation with international atomic energy agency (IAEA) in Morocco and Africa. In 2003, he was appointed director of Morocco Cleaner Production Centre established in 2000 under UNIDO technical cooperation programme. During his mandate from 2003 to 2007, he served as international expert for UNIDO and UNEP in the Africa and Arab regions for the implementation of Cleaner production projects. Moreover, he is a founding member of the African roundtable on sustainable consumption and production (ARSCP) which was institutionalized in 2004 in Casablanca, Morocco.
Since 2007, he has been working at UNIDO HQ in the environmental management branch with cleaner and sustainable production unit. He is responsible of the implementation of UNIDO projects on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in Cape Verde, China, Guinea, India, Iraq, Mauritius, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda. Moreover, he is coordinating UNIDO activities on environmentally sound management of e-waste in developing countries.

Dr. Ahmed Taha
University of Bahrain
Associate Professor, Chemistry Department, College of Science

image015Dr. Ahmad Taha holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Biotransformations for Antibiotics and Biomaterials Production and Characterization from the University of Oxford. He has a strong training background in chemical technology and green technologies from the Royal Institute of Technology’s Department of Biotechnology in Stokholm, Sweden. It was here that he used cell bio-transformations and tissue-culture techniques to produce biochemical and macromolecules. Moreover, he conducted research at the Lund Institute of Technology’s Department of Organic Chemistry on fermentation technology using cell-free (enzyme) cultures. He had previously worked at the SLL Laboratory at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Dr. Taha held the position of Dean of Science and Technology, University of Gezira, Sudan; Head of Applied Sciences, College of Technology, University of Qatar. While in Bahrain, he taught industrial chemistry, green chemistry, chemical safety, environmental science, resource management and technology (for Environmental Sustained Development M.Sc. students) and worked for UNIDO as a national and international (Yemen) expert on OD solvents.

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