CURRICULUM VITAE
Professor Ziad Hamzah Abu Ghararah

Summary

  • Secretary General, The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) from 2005
 
  • Vice President, Presidency of Meteorology and Environment, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2000-2004
  • Vice-chair, Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Asia Region, 2002-2006
  • Member of the IPCC Bureau awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007
  • Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the 9th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Programmes, organized by PERSGA and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) in 2007
  • Chairperson of the Sea to Sea Regional Conference, 2005, Cairo, Egypt
  • Spokesperson for the Arab Region at the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002
  • Chairperson of the Executive Committee at the first Islamic Conference for Ministers of Environment, 2002
  • Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the first Islamic Forum on Environment from an Islamic Perspective, 2000
  • Member of the Foundation Committee of the Saudi Society for Environmental Sciences 2003, and Member of the Foundation Committee of the Saudi Society for Marine Sciences 2004
  • Chairperson of the Board of Referees for the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment Prize 2002-2006, and Member of the Supreme Committee of the Kingdom Prize for Environmental Management 2003-2005
  • Contributor to UNEP GEO3 and GEO4 reports (Global Environmental Outlook, 2004 and 2006)
  • Professor, King Abdulaziz University, 1999; principal investigator and co-investigator in research projects sponsored by the University and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
  • PhD Environmental Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic & State University, Blacksburg, USA, 1988
  • MSc (Hons) Environmental Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, 1984
Professional Appointments

Secretary General 2005 – to date
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Vice President 2000 – 2004

Meteorology and Environmental Protection Administration (MEPA),Jeddah, Saudi

Professor, Civil Engineering Department 1999

King Abdulaziz University,Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department 1994

King Abdulaziz University,Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department 1989

King Abdulaziz University,Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Lecturer, Civil Engineering Department 1985 – 1989

King Abdulaziz University.Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Honorary Degrees and Awards

  • 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Certificate bestowed on members of the IPCC
  • 2007 Award of Distinction from the College of General Staff of the Saudi Armed Force

Education

  • PhD Civil Engineering (Environmental) 1988

Virginia Polytechnic & State University Blacksburg VA - USA

  • MSc Civil Engineering (Environmental) (Grade A) 1984

King Abdulaziz University Jeddah – Saudi Arabia

  • BSc Civil Engineering (Environmental) (Grade A) 1982

King Abdulaziz University Jeddah – Saudi Arabia.

Thesis or Dissertation:
PhD:Optimization of Biological Nutrient Treatment Systems
MSc:Kinetics of Direct Filtration in Water Treatment

Scientific Membership
  • Member of the Supreme Committee for the Assessment and Development of ROPME Activities
  • Member of the Supreme Committee for the Assessment and Development of the GCC Environmental Action Programme
  • Member of the Joint Committee on Environment and Development in the Arab Region
  • General Coordinator and Spokesperson for the Arab Group at the World Summit on Sustainable Development – Johannesburg
  • Chairperson of the Board of Referees, Arab Environment Ministers Council Award
  • Head of the Organizing Committee for the First Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers
  • Member of the High-level Committee for the update and development of CAMRE institutional arrangements
  • Vice Chairperson of IPCC Working Group III Fourth Assessment Report on Climate Change
  • IPCC Bureau member representing the Asia Region, 2002–2006
  • Member of the Global Environmental Outlook (UNEP) Scenarios Development Group, GEO-4
  • Chairperson of the High Executive Committee for the 2nd Regional Sea-to-Sea Forum
  • Chairperson the 9th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Programmes

National Membership

  • Head, National Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
  • Member and Rapporteur for the Supreme Board of the Saudi Arabian Prize for Environmental Management
  • Head, Executive Committee of the First Islamic Forum on the Environment from an Islamic Perspective
  • Head, Executive Committee of the First Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Second Annual Meeting of the Saudi Civil Engineering Society
  • Member, Foundation Committee of the Saudi Society for Environmental Sciences
  • Member, Foundation Committee of the Saudi Society for Marine Science
Conferences and Workshops

Chair, co-chair or speaker at the following conferences:

KAAU, Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Environment May 2011

 Scientific presentation

Istanbul International Water Forum, May 2011

High Level Panelist

GESAMP 38, May 2011

 Speaker

Offshore Arabia Conference, Dubai, UAE,March, 2010

Keynote presentation: Response to chemical spills in the coastal and marine environment

Offshore Arabia Conference, Dubai, UAE,January, 2009

Keynote presentation: Impact of climate change on the marine environment

Global Environmental Information Network, Abu Dhabi , UAEOctober, 2009

Speaker

Soil, Water and Coastal Workshop, KAUST, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, October, 2008

Speaker

Regional Workshop on Human Health and the Marine Environment, PERSGA, Jeddah 2008

Speaker

First Forum on Arab Media on Environment and Sustainable Development, Cairo, EgyptNovember 2006

Chairperson of the first session of the conference

Third Arab Thought Conference, Arab Thought Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon ,24-26 April, 2006

Chairperson of the environment and education session

Second Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 13-15 December, 2006

Chairperson of the first scientific session

First Media Forum for Environment and Sustainable Development in the Arab Region, Arab League; Cairo, Egypt,27-28 November,2005

Chairperson of the first session of the conference

Workshop on Management of Hazardous and Toxic Wastes; College of General Staff of Saudi Armed Forces 2004

Keynote Speaker

First Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 2001

Chairperson of the conference executive committee

Second Environmental Management Conference, Arab Administrative Development Organization, Sharjah, UAE2001

Speaker

Regional and International Organizations

  • 2000 UNEP Global Programme of Action, report for the PERSGA region
  • 1999 Human activities and land-based sources of pollution affecting the ROPME area
  • 1998 Assigned by the Environmental Board of the United Arab Emirates and ROPME to assess and report on the severity of effluent from the major sources of pollution, UAE
  • 1997 Assigned by UNEP to prepare a comprehensive overview of land-based sources of pollution affecting the PERSGA region
  • 1997 Lecturer in the training workshop for environmental awareness for public education, UNDP and MEPA

National Consultancies in the Field of Environmental Protection

  • 2002 National report on the implementation of Agenda 21, for Saudi Arabia
  • 2000 Preparation of the current Status Report on the Environment of Saudi Arabia; MEPA
  • 2000 First State of the Environment report for Saudi Arabia
  • 1999 Preparation of the overall national plan for environmental science and technology in the Kingdom; KACST
  • 1994 Al-Arbaeen lake, Jeddah pollution: the problem and various possible remedial solutions; MEPA
  • 1993 Preparation of environmental qualification procedures for companies and public institutions wishing to offer environmental protection services within Saudi Arabia; MEPA
  • 1992 Improving and updating environmental protection standards from hazardous wastes; MEPA
  • 1992 Improving and updating environmental assessment procedures for projects; MEPA
  • 1991 Possible use of domestic wastes in fertilizer production. A technical study assigned by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Preparation of the final draft of national environmental legislation for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; MEPA, Saudi Arabia
  • Preparation of the final draft of the National Coastal Zone Management Plan; MEPA, Saudi Arabia
  • Formulation of the final draft of Pre-Qualification Procedures and Guide-lines for Environmental Activities in the Private Sector
  • Preparation of the final draft of Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures (Document No. 01-1411, MEPA, Saudi Arabia)
  • Preparation of the final draft of Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (Document 03-1413, MEPA, Saudi Arabia)
  • A report on The Need for a Solid Waste Composting Plant in the City of Jeddah: Feasibility Study, submitted to the Chamber of Commerce, Jeddah
Sponsored Research Projects
  1. Appointed as an associate Editor of the journal Applied Water Science (October, 2010).
  2. Biological Denitrification of Drinking Water Using Anoxic Packed Column; project sponsored by the Directorate of Post-Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, King Abdulaziz University, Grant No. 141/412 (as the principal investigator).
  3. Evaluation and Comparison Between the Pressure and Reservoir System in the Drinking Water Networks in Saudi Arabia, progress report; project sponsored by the Directorate of Post-Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, King Abdulaziz University, Grant No. 039/413 (as a co-investigator).
  4. Bio-kinetics and Treatment of Benzene Containing Wastewater Using Activated Sludge System; research project sponsored by the Directorate of Post-Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, King Abdulaziz University, Grant No. 027/414 (as the principal investigator).
  5. Solute Movement Through Unsaturated Soil Under Arid Condition; research project sponsored by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Grant No. AT-14-27 (as a co-investigator).
  6. Pollution of Al-Arabaeen Lake: Case Study; applied research project sponsored partially by Meteorology and Environmental Protection Administration, Saudi Arabia, 1995 (as the principal investigator).
  7. Development of a Pollution Index for the Jeddah Coast; sponsored partially by Meteorology and Environmental Protection Administration, Saudi Arabia, 1995 (as the principal investigator).

Refereed Publications and Scientific Papers

  1. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. and Randall, C.W. A proposed model for the anaerobic metabolism of short chain fatty acids in enhanced biological phosphorus removal systems. Journal of Water Pollution Control Federation, Vol. 61, No. 11/12, 1989.
  2. Khan, M.Z. and Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Economic potential of recycling and reuse of municipal solid waste components in Saudi Arabia. Joint Seminar by Islamic Development Bank and Chamber of Commerce, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, October 1989.
  3. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. and Randall, C.W. Effect of influent organic compounds on biological phosphorus removal. Journal of Water Science & Technology, Vol. 23, No. 4/6, pp. 585-594, 1990.
  4. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Treatment disposal of toxic and hazardous industrial wastes. The Ninth Conference of Industrial Safety, Jeddah, March 1990.
  5. Khan, M.Z. and Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. A new approach for estimating energy content of municipal solid wastes. Journal of Env. Div., ASCE, Vol. 117, No. 3, May/June, 1991.
  6. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Solid waste composting: technology assessment. Journal of Industry and Engineering, Chamber of Commerce, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1992.
  7. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H., Al-Riyadh, H.A., and Saikaya, H.Z. Disinfection of secondary treated domestic wastewater by ultraviolet radiation. Water Treatment, Journal of Desalination and Water Reuse Society China, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 307-324, 1992.
  8. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. and Sherrard, J.H. Biological nutrient removal in high salinity wastewater. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Vol. A28(3), pp. 599-613, 1993.
  9. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Education and training programs in environmental health in Saudi Arabia. A paper presented at the consultation meeting of the Regional Network for Education and Training, WHO, Amman, 7-11 February, 1993.
  10. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Nitrate removal from drinking water using anoxic packed reactor. Journal of King Abdulaziz University, Engineering Sciences, Vol. 6, pp. 137-151, 1994.
  11. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. and Saikaya, H.Z. Stoichiometry and kinetics of water denitrification using anoxic filter. The Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 3-16, 1994.
  12. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Effect of temperature on the kinetics of wastewater disinfection using ultraviolet radiation. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Vol. A29, No. 3, pp. 585-603, 1994.
  13. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Oxygen uptake rate as an extended aeration process control parameter. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Vol. A30, No. 5, pp. 951-969, 1995.
  14. Khan, M.Z, Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. and Magram, S.F. Influence of temperature on water softening. Proceedings of the Fourth Saudi Engineering Conference, Vol. 2, p. 569, 1995.
  15. Gutub, S.A. and Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Locally practiced network operational methods and water quality in the distribution system. Proceedings of the Fourth Saudi Engineering Conference, Vol. 2, p. 583, 1995.
  16. Awadalah, S.E., Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. A modified analytical modeling of horizontal solute transport through unsaturated soil. Accepted for publication in the Journal of King Abdulaziz University, Environmental and Meteorological Sciences, 1996.
  17. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Biological treatment of nitrate contaminated groundwater resources. Proceedings of the First National Conference on Environmental Pollution & Health, Jeddah, January 1996.
  18. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Ultraviolet disinfection of treated wastewater: an alternative to locally practiced chlorination process. Proceedings of the First National Conference on Environmental Pollution & Health, Jeddah, January 1996.
  19. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Land-based sources and activities affecting the marine environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region: an overview. A report prepared for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – United Nations 1996.
  20. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Biological denitrification of high nitrate water: Influence of type of carbon source and system loading. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Vol. 31/7, No. 9, pp. 1651-1668.
  21. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, 2006 Review Editor.
  22. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. and Awadallah, S.E. Contaminants transport through initially dry soil. Journal of Water, Air and Soil Pollution, Vol. 100, pp. 107-118, 1997.
  23. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. A numerical estimate of average UV intensity in annular UV disinfection reactors. Journal of Environmental Technology, Vol. 18, pp. 929-936, 1997.
  24. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Assessment of land-based sources and activities in the United Arab Emirates. ROPME, 1998.
  25. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Development of a water pollution index for the Jeddah coast. Proceedings of the First Saudi Conference on Environment and Development, Riyadh, 1998.
  26. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Fate and treatability of benzene in biological wastewater treatment process. Journal of Ecological Engineering, 1998.
  27. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. et al. National long-term plan for science and technology. Environment Section, KACST, Saudi Arabia, 1999.
  28. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. and Abdul Raheem, M.Y. Human activities and land-based sources of pollution in the ROPME sea area, 1999.
  29. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. State of the environment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2000.
  30. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. and Khamis, M. GPA land-based sources and activities affecting the marine environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region. A report prepared for PERSGA, 2000.
  31. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Progress in environmental management in the Arab region. Proceeding of the Second Environmental Management Conference, ARADO, Sharjah, 2001.
  32. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Sustainable development in Islamic countries: Limitations and challenges. Proceedings of the First Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, Jeddah, 2001.
  33. Abu-Gararah, Z.H. Major achievements in the field of environmental protection and conservation of natural resources in the Kingdom. King Abdulaziz University Magazine – Special Issue, pp. 55-77, 2002.
  34. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Progress in Environmental Management in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Proceedings of the seminar "Civil Engineering and Its Role in the Conservation and Protection of the Environment," KAU, Jeddah, 2003.
  35. Abu-Ghararah, Ziad. Pollution from LBA activities and its impact on coastal and marine resources: PERSGA experience. Proceedings of the scientific session: The Second Islamic Conference for Ministers of Environment, 13-15 December, 2005.
  36. Abu-Ghararah, Ziad.Environmental issues and institutional aspects in the Arab region. Proceedings of the Third Arab Thought Conference, The Arab Thought Foundation, Beirut, 24-26 April, 2006.
  37. Abu-Ghararah, Ziad. Oil pollution in the PERSGA region, challenges and key achievements. Proceedings of the Offshore Arabia 2006 Conference, RECSO, Dubai, 17-19 December, 2006.
  38. Abu-Ghararah, Ziad. The PERSGA Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre (PERSGA/EMARSGA). UNEP/IMO Conference, IMO Headquarters, London, May 2006.
  39. Abu-Ghararah, Ziad. Impact of maritime transport on the marine environment. Proceedings of the First Saudi International Ports and Maritime Transport Forum, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 23-25, 2008.
  40. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. and Khalil, A. Legislation and international conventions of relevance to the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden environment. Proceedings of the First Arab Conference on Environmental Legislation, July 2008.
  41. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Impact of climate change on marine environment: A regional perspective. Proceedings of the Offshore Arabia Conference, March 2009.
  42. Abu-Ghararah, Z.H. Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation in PERSGA Region, May 2011.

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