Advisory Board

AMWAJ is proud to include the following experts from around the Mediterranean as our Advisors.

Ruba Al Zubi

Jordan

Ruba Al Zubi

Ruba – with over 20 years’ experience – is a staunch advocate for sustainable development and green economy. She compiled expertise in policy development, program management, international cooperation, sustainability communication, and institutional reform across the public and private sectors, non-profits as well as international organizations.

Ruba was the first Policy Director at the Ministry of Environment and served as the CEO of EDAMA Association. She also led the Clean Technology Sector at USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program and served as the Advisor for Science Policy and Program Development to the President of the Royal Scientific Society. She is a global volunteer, a UNF Plus Social Good Advisor, and was Jordan’s Eisenhower Fellow for 2012. Ruba’s support to green and social entrepreneurship continues to impact youth and women in Jordan and beyond.

Chantal Menard

France

Chantal Menard

Chantal has been working as communications manager and expert for more than 15 years on environmental issues in the Mediterranean. She's been managing communication strategies, implementing activities of all kinds and leading campaigns with WWF, the UN FAO/ GFCM, UNEP-MAP, PAP-RAC, UNESCO, MedWet and many other organizations.

Chantal likes to deal with complex and multicultural environments and is passionate about the Human dimension of success, strategic thinking and straightforward storytelling. She also has a special interest in video and social media ethics.

Gonzalo Delacámara

Spain

Gonzalo Delacámara

Gonzalo Delacámara is a senior academic (23 years of experience) and international expert on natural resources economics, with emphasis on the link between water and social and economic development within a context of climate change adaptation. Senior research fell and Head of the Department of Water Economics at IMDEA Water Research Foundation. Gonzalo is also the Academic Director of the Water Economics Forum, a public debate initiative with Nobel Prize Laureates. He is currently a water policy advisor to the European Commission, as well as an international consultant to the UN system and the World Bank Group. He is a member of the OECD Water Governance Initiative and the Cluster Leader for the Value of Water at the EU Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP).

Ahmed Kotb

Egypt

Ahmed Kotb

Ahmed Kotb is a Journalist, Media and Communications Consultant, a part-time University Lecturer. Ahmed is Senior Energy and Water Editor at Ahram Online and Al-Ahram Weekly newspaper where he has been a full-time journalist since 2009, researching and writing about business and finance, politics and news, healthcare, and now: energy and water.

Ahmed also teaches media translation and news writing at Pharos University in Alexandria, and previously he taught courses about writing for media, language for media, intercultural communication and investigative reporting at Ahram Canadian University, Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport, Al-Shorouk Academy and Alexandria Media Institute. Ahmed is a former Media Consultant at Egypt’s State Ministry of Information, and former Media Relations Manager at Ahram Canadian University.

Michael Karner

Michael Karner

Austria/France

Michael Karner

Michael Karner is Project Manager at Plan Bleu, a Regional Activity Center of UNEP's Mediterranean Action Plan located in Marseille, France. He works on topics including Integrated Coastal Zone Management, coastal climate change adaptation, biodiversity and wetland ecosystem restoration in the Mediterranean. Michael is passionate about landscape restoration and regenerative agriculture. He worked with the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation in Jordan in 2014-2015, and has trained individuals and organisations in permaculture and restoration in several Mediterranean countries. In 2020, he co-authored a report on regenerative agriculture in Latin America for the UK-based Mustardseed Trust, and is currently helping the Trust to partner with impactful local regenerative projects there. Michael is also a mentor of the Netherlands-base Fresh Ventures, an incubator for regenerative start-ups.

Jordan

Ruba Al Zubi

Ruba Al Zubi

Ruba – with over 20 years’ experience – is a staunch advocate for sustainable development and green economy. She compiled expertise in policy development, program management, international cooperation, sustainability communication, and institutional reform across the public and private sectors, non-profits as well as international organizations.

Ruba was the first Policy Director at the Ministry of Environment and served as the CEO of EDAMA Association. She also led the Clean Technology Sector at USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program and served as the Advisor for Science Policy and Program Development to the President of the Royal Scientific Society. She is a global volunteer, a UNF Plus Social Good Advisor, and was Jordan’s Eisenhower Fellow for 2012. Ruba’s support to green and social entrepreneurship continues to impact youth and women in Jordan and beyond.

France

Chantal Menard

Chantal Menard

Chantal has been working as communications manager and expert for more than 15 years on environmental issues in the Mediterranean. She's been managing communication strategies, implementing activities of all kinds and leading campaigns with WWF, the UN FAO/ GFCM, UNEP-MAP, PAP-RAC, UNESCO, MedWet and many other organizations.

Chantal likes to deal with complex and multicultural environments and is passionate about the Human dimension of success, strategic thinking and straightforward storytelling. She also has a special interest in video and social media ethics.

Spain

Gonzalo Delacámara

Gonzalo Delacámara

Gonzalo Delacámara is a senior academic (23 years of experience) and international expert on natural resources economics, with emphasis on the link between water and social and economic development within a context of climate change adaptation. Senior research fell and Head of the Department of Water Economics at IMDEA Water Research Foundation. Gonzalo is also the Academic Director of the Water Economics Forum, a public debate initiative with Nobel Prize Laureates. He is currently a water policy advisor to the European Commission, as well as an international consultant to the UN system and the World Bank Group. He is a member of the OECD Water Governance Initiative and the Cluster Leader for the Value of Water at the EU Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP).

Egypt

Ahmed Kotb

Ahmed Kotb

Ahmed Kotb is a Journalist, Media and Communications Consultant, a part-time University Lecturer. Ahmed is Senior Energy and Water Editor at Ahram Online and Al-Ahram Weekly newspaper where he has been a full-time journalist since 2009, researching and writing about business and finance, politics and news, healthcare, and now: energy and water.

Ahmed also teaches media translation and news writing at Pharos University in Alexandria, and previously he taught courses about writing for media, language for media, intercultural communication and investigative reporting at Ahram Canadian University, Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport, Al-Shorouk Academy and Alexandria Media Institute. Ahmed is a former Media Consultant at Egypt’s State Ministry of Information, and former Media Relations Manager at Ahram Canadian University.