Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Life Sciences
American University of Beirut
Professor of Environmental Resources Engineering
Texas A&M University
Rabi H. Mohtar, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS), the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon, is a Governor of the World Water Council, and Executive Board Member of the International Water Resources Association. Mohtar is also a Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and adjunct professor at Purdue University and at Texas A&M Qatar University. Mohtar founded the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Initiative (A&M), where he is also an affiliate to the Energy Institute. At AUB, Mohtar established the Water-Energy-Food-Health Nexus Renewable Resources Initiative (WEFRAH). At Purdue University, Mohtar was the inaugural director of Purdue’s Global Engineering Programs, and developed the concept of Global Design Teams: real-world, full-cycle design experiences that help raise global awareness. Mohtar’s research focuses on analytic frameworks for linking science and policy, pedostructure characterization of the soil-water medium, non-traditional water in agriculture, and applications for sustainable integrated water management. From 2012-2015, Mohtar was a member of the Global Agenda Council, Climate Change and 2009-2012 a member of the, Global Agenda Council on Water Security, both of the World Economic Forum. He has organized numerous High-Level Panels and Special Sessions including World Water Forum, WATERSHED: World Water Day, organized by the Vatican and Club of Rome. Mohtar is a Senior Non-resident Fellow at OCP Policy Center and Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (2018). He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the American University of Beirut.
The conference debates and results will contribute to achieving the objectives of the thematic areas – “Groundwater in a Changing Environment” and “Education Key to Water Security” – of the 8th phase of the UNESCO IHP programme on “Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional, and Global Challenges.