Meet Our Speakers

Dr. Mohamed El Kersh

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation & Official spokesman of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation.

  • Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation & Official spokesman of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation. Dr. Mohamed El Kersh holds an important role amongst Young leaders in the agricultural and veterinary field in Egypt. With years of experience and dedication to the agriculture industry in Egypt, He is part of many projects that create an important impact in developing the industry. In Addition to being the ministry's spokesperson, Dr. Mohamed holds the position of Chairman of PRIME, is a Member of the Council of the General Union of Veterinarians and also a member of Scientific Committee and decision of the Skills development committee, Supervisor of the Department of Digital transformation of the Ministry of Agriculture and also a FAO consultant in Egypt for strategy development.

Dr. Essam Shaban

Chief of Party of the Center of Excellence for Water - COE, The American University in Cairo

Prof. Dr. Hend Abdellah Mahmoud

Director of Central Lab of Residue Analysis of Pesticides and Heavy Metals in Foods

  • Dr Hend is the Lab Director of Central Lab of Residue Analysis of Pesticides and Heavy Metals in Foods .She has a Ph.D. In Agricultural sciences, Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Agricultural, Cairo Univ., Egypt, 2004, her thesis was about biochemical studies on the behavior of some pesticides in broad bean crop.
  • She also has an  M.Sc. In Agricultural sciences, Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Agricultural, Cairo Univ., Egypt, 2000 with a thesis about residues of some pesticides on sugar beet plant with reference to their effect on some chemical constituents of root.
  • Dr. Hend was also an Agricultural Engineer from 26/9/1996 to 16/10/2001 at Pesticide Residues & Environmental Pollution Department. Central Agricultural Pesticides Laboratory (CAPL), Agricultural Research Center.  

Onesimus Otieno

Professor of Biological Sciences

  • Dr. Onesimus Otieno has been a Professor of Biological Sciences and for over 20years. His interdisciplinary background covers areas such as Agriculture (BS), International Affairs(MA), Environmental Science (MS), and Biological Sciences (PhD – Entomology). He is a trained and accomplished facilitator in Critical Thinking, Problem-Based Learning, Quality Matters – QM, and the use of Case Studies in teaching science. He has spent many years on various Capacity Development programs mostly focused on eLearning at tertiary institutions in Africa. As an eLearning consultant, he currently is with the Mastercard
  • Foundation eLearning Initiative that serves 10 Universities spread over Africa, Central America, and the Middle East.

Dr. Melle Leenstra

Agricultural Counsellor Egypt & Jordan Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Eng. Amr Khairy Ereiba

Co-Founder bei GEBAL / Assistant Lecturer at Heliopolis University

Marwa Hussein

Director of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program, CARE International in Egypt

  • Marwa Hussein is the director of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program at CARE International  in Egypt. As part of her role, Marwa is responsible for leading and managing the implementation of CARE’s strategy for the development of the agriculture sector in Egypt. She manages and monitors relations with donors, sector key stakeholders and government authorities.
  • Marwa joined CARE in March 2019 to support the organization’s growing agriculture development portfolio. Before that, Marwa has accumulated an extensive experience in diversified sectors. Some of which are; information technology, E.commerce, business relations, government relations and  international trade development with three countries embassies where she worked as trade and agriculture consultant for three different governments the Australian, the British and finally the Dutch. Working in multicultural environment enriched Marwa’s skills and knowledge. 

Prof. Dr. Zakaria Fouad Fawzy Hassan

Professor Agricultural and Biological Research Division - National Research Centre and Assessor in Egyptian Accreditation Council

  • Zakaria Fouad Fawzy – Professor Agricultural and Biological Research Division - National Research Centre and Assessor in Egyptian Accreditation Council about Organic Farming and Food Safety. He is coordinator of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture " GACSA" in Food and Agriculture Organization " FAO" and also member of Chinese Arab Technology Transfer Centre. He is the first Egyptian researcher attended of the talented young scientist program in China. He got an opportunity for more than two international projects in Egypt as a principal investigator about Climate Changes Issues in China and Egypt. Dr Zakaria is professor in the Agriculture and Biological Division, National Research centre since 2013. Dr Zakaria is Former President of the Youth Scientific Research Association. 

Mohannad Hesham Abouelrouse, MBA.

Co founder and CEO at WaterWill , Life form Water foundation

Dr. Amr Sabahy

General manager of agricultural sector in sekem group

Corné Lugtenburg

project manager at Delphy

  • Corné Lugtenburg is project manager at Delphy. With about 250 agricultural consultants around the world, Delphy can be considered the largest service provider in the field of food and flowers. Corné graduated from Wageningen university and is specialized in climate smart agriculture. By implementing multiple training programs on this topic in Egypt for the Delphy Egypt branch, he has a good overview and a clear story to tell.

Bas Bruning

Agriculture specialist

  • Bas Bruning is a saline agriculture specialist working at Dutch social enterprise The Salt Doctors. During his whole professional career, Bas is working on the salinization topic. Starting with his PhD in Amsterdam in the field of saline agriculture, via the first Dutch saline farm to being a trainer on saline agriculture nowadays. Bas has several years of experience with implementing trainings in Egypt, making him suitable to shine his light on the Egyptian salinization topic.

Hassan Husseiny

  • Since 1996 until now I work in the field of water management at the local, regional and international levels. Where I worked with the American University in Cairo as director of the water management sector for 24 years, during this time I designed and installed various irrigation networks throughout Egypt. I worked in the field of research in the same field to find out the latest developments and research in the field of water management. I have also held and attended many local and international conferences in the field of water management and sustainable use of resources. I also trained more than 7000 engineers and graduates in the field of water management and agricultural technology at the local and international levels. I worked as an assistant in teaching online program with Princeton University in the United States, and I also work as a consultant at Heliopolis University in the field of water and energy management. I am currently working with the Spanish company AZUD as a business developer for the company in Egypt. AZUD Company specializes in the field of irrigation and sustainable solutions for irrigation and filtration systems. It is one of the most important global companies in this field

Dr. Lamy HAMED

Professor specialized in Stable Isotopes

  • An Associate Professor specialized in Stable Isotopes, Soil & Water Resource Management, fertilizers technologies and Soil Sciences (Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition). More than 17 years of research expertise in the life science domain in both industry and academia, in addition to a proven expertise of working in academic training and management. Having studied and worked in several countries like Egypt, Italy, Belgium, China and India, besides other research activities in other countries, I have a strong expertise in teaching, research and project coordination. Having had the opportunity to work in the privet sector before, Ihave acquired a multidimensional and multicultural understanding of the complexities that can arise in academic, private and - international organizations and the ability to approach them with an innovative problem-solving attitude”.
  • Meanwhile, the climate change adaptation and mitigation occupy the first activities in terms of; carbon offset, carbon credits and greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.

Adel Khaled

  • Adel is a bio-entrepreneur passionate about biotechnology entrepreneurship, waste management, sustainability, and climate change management. With four years of experience in R&D, he can formulate organic pesticides and fertilizers to replace chemical ones. Furthermore, working as a consultant for many start-ups in waste management.


Director of COAE (Center of Organic Agriculture in Egypt)

  • M.S.C in Organic Agriculture (compost product)
  • Ph.D. degree in organic Agriculture Sciences in the field of “Agriculture Engineering (BioSystems Engineering)”.
  • Compost and organic plant nutrition Consultant

Talis Bosma

project manager at the leading Dutch agro-consultancy company Delphy

  • Talis Bosma is project manager at the leading Dutch agro-consultancy company Delphy and is based in Egypt. He has several years practical working experience with mechanical weeding machinery in different countries. With his theoretical background in organic agriculture via Wageningen University and his practical farming experience, Talis can give insight in the latest developments in mechanical weeding management.

Eng. Walaa Mohamed Ali Donia

COAE Quality Manager and Certifier,

  • Works more than 19 years in Organic and Biodynamic agriculture field in different positions with experiences in Administrative, Office Management, Training Management, Projects Management, Financial, Feasibility studies, Agri-social and Accreditation (Inspection and Certifications) fields. 

Anas Mohamed Saad Azzam

Project Coordinator and Research Assistant

Wael Basheer

Wiiwii's Farm Founder, Owner & Manager

Bassem Khoury

Technical Director, Hydrodex

  • Bachelor in Electrical Engineering
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration
  • Certified Water Treatment Specialist from IDA (International Desalination Association) and WQA (Water Quality Association)
  • Consultant to the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Reham Yehia

  • Reham Yahia has 6 years of experience in organic farming and agricultural waste management as she has a bachelor's degree in international agriculture and specialized in studies of organic farming and sustainability. She helped different small companies in their expansion plan in different areas such as R&D, fundraising, and business development. She enriched her skills through different training programs on the local and international scale, as she was selected among 15 leaders from Africa and Europe in 2020 to get intensive training and mentorship in business modeling and growth strategy from an “impact” organization in Berlin, Germany. Recently, she got a scholarship to study short courses in food security from the business school Netherlands.

Nisreen Lahham

Ahmed ElKhodiry

Sustainability Consultant at Euromonitor International.

  •  Sustainability Consultant at Euromonitor International. Ahmed has more than 5 years of experience with EMI and has been appointed several diverse positions. Since his move to Dubai in 2012, he managed to help multinationals make sense of regional markets, form long-term partnerships, and expand their businesses in new territories. Ahmed built a progressive experience in helping companies make informed decisions with innovation, route-to-market, strategic planning, and expansion by providing tailored market intelligence solutions.