Dr. Ghazi Elsherif

Environmental Engineering Expert Quality & Safety Department, Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’

Dr. Ghazi Abdel Kerim El Sherif has a Ph. D. and M Sc. in environmental engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt and university of New Castle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom respectively. He also has M.P.H.Sc. in public health engineering and B Sc. in civil engineering from Alexandria University. After receiving his degrees, he worked as a staff member at Alexandria University as a Professor of Environmental Engineering while also consulting and taking on advisory positions for governmental & non-governmental organizations as well as industrial institutions in the field of environmental engineering particularly water, wastewater, industrial wastewater and solid waste management for sustainable development.

Since 2004, he has been working as Environmental Engineering Expert at Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ with the responsibility of coordinating infrastructures projects with the provision of environmental management services during design, construction and operation stages for the successful compliance with the environmental standards for sustainable development. He has 30 years practical experience in the above mentioned filed as well as published nearly 35 publications in international conferences as well as scientific international journals.

Mona Noureldin Mohamed

Urban & Recreation/Open Space Planning Specialist, Ministry of Municipality and Environment

Mona Noureldin is strategic urban planner and urban designer specialized in open space, recreation and sports facilities planning with a broad-based, multi-disciplinary technical background. She has a wide experience in planning and implementation programs in wide variety of strategic developments across several planning scales. Graduated in 2006 in urban and regional planning and got diploma in sustainable urban planning from Cairo university. Mona has more than 10 years of extensive experience and leadership in working with governmental institutions and consultation firms for Regional planning , Urban planning , urban and landscape design projects in Egypt, Qatar and other Gulf countries. Mona joined  the consultation and governmental firm of Qatar National master plan (QNMP) with deep technical involvement in all QNMP main deliverables including the preparation and the implementation strategy of the Qatar National Development Framework (QNDF), the Municipality Spatial Development Plans(MSDPs) and the urban design of  several action area plans. Recently she is the project Manager of Qatar National Open Space and Recreational Facilities strategy,  As QNMP/MME  strategic urban planner and  sports facilities planning specialist she is leading and technically coordinating the strategic urban planning input for several prestigious portfolios and projects such as hosting the World Cup 2022 and FIFA requirements for Competitive and Non-competitive projects, the public recreation and sport facilities master plan, the Qatar  Sports Venues Master Plan, Aspire Zone phases Master Plans.

Dragana Lukic Djokic

Lead Landscape Architect, PARSONS

Dragana earned a degree in Landscape Architecture from University of Belgrade, Serbia. For the next ten years she worked in management of landscape works in Belgrade public areas, including residential and mixed use areas, public parks and waterfronts.

Following her relocation to Qatar, Dragana was involved in landscape design for several government and private projects. She spent three years with Dar Al Handasah, dealing with landscape design and project management of the Pearl Qatar project, where she has gained her expertise in roof garden design.

Dragana currently works for Parsons International Limited in Doha, which provides her with an excellent opportunity to design Public Realm, Streetscape, Green Roof and Interior Landscape.

Dr. Anna Grichting Solder

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University

Dr. Anna Grichting is an Architect, Urbanist and Musician from Switzerland and graduated with a Doctor of Design in Urbanism from Harvard University.

She has lived, practiced and studied in England, Ireland, Switzerland, the USA, and the Gulf region, and conducted research in Cyprus, Korea, Berlin and Qatar. She is interested in holistic and systems approaches to Design and her academic experience includes teaching at the Universities of Geneva and Harvard, developing an Education Initiative for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and teaching the Balkans Peace Parks Academic Expedition Summer Course.

Dr. Anna is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University, courses in Sustainable Architecture, Urban and Landscape Design Her fields of research and interest include Food Security and Food Urbanism in Drylands, the Urban Legacies of Mega Events, Healing Ecologies in Border Landscapes of Conflict, the roles of Public Art in Contemporary Space, Cultural and Memorial Landscapes and Ecotourism. As a musician, she has just released a CD with Desert Bridges in Qatar.

Praxoula Antoniadou Kyriacou

Managing Director, Aqua Masters

Praxoula is a former Minister of Energy, Industry, Trade & Tourism of Cyprus, and a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She carries with her 24 years of experience with the Central Bank of Cyprus, where she had also coordinated the accession negotiations with the European Union.

As a Minister, she was fortunate to lead the discovery of natural gas offshore Cyprus in 2011, which she considers can and should be instrumental towards the achievement of Peace in Cyprus.

Upon the call of her brother Michael, she is now leading Aqua-Masters Qatar towards Qatar's 2030 Vision.

Peter Scott

Director -Landscape Architecture, Khatib and Alami

Peter Scott has been significant influence role in the international urban and landscape master planning and design industry, since 1989 when he left Australia to form his own company with a mission to undertake projects in every country in the world. (So far 25)

He has a unique approach to integrating holistic sustainability into urbanism from the detailed urban design of places and spaces to the metropolitan and regional spatial planning scale.

Peter understands the spatial efficiency of landscape, land use and movement, and how it works with the economic and human dimensions required to make landscapes, buildings and spaces successful.

This approach has been used to great effect in work in 25 countries across Australia, The Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

His projects have won over 40 international awards and, whilst working for The Government of Indonesia, he received the Citra Gold Medal for best foreign consultant in Indonesia.

With over 30 years of Australian and International project experience, Peter also brings significant skills in planning, urban design, landscape architect, master planning, sustainability, golf course design, concept architecture as well as marketing, with extensive experience in promoting developments and gaining public acceptance of proposals.

Peter has developed a unique approach to salt water agronomy, which shows promise for food cultivation and landscape development.

He is also an expert on securing sites from Terrorist attack and  ensuring All Access for the Disabled.

Peter has also completed Gehl Architects master classes in assessing and conceiving liveable cities.

Peter is also a renowned Golf Course Architect in his own right.

Peter is presently also employed as Director of  Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture with Khatib &Aalami – one of the largest Multi-disciplinary practices in the world.

Prior to that Peter was a Director of Landscape Architecture for AECOM.

Mohamad Diab

Head of Design, Energy City Qatar

Architect Mohamad Diab is the head of design department in Energy City Qatar (ECQ); he has held key positions in several companies delivering variety of projects types in different sectors of design and construction industry. 

Mohamad has obtained Master degree in architecture. He has more than 20 years of extensive experience in projects Management and development, Urban Planning, Architectural and Landscaping projects.

Mohamad has board background and deep experience in Green Building rating systems, He is GSAS Certified Green Professional (CGP) and LEED Green Associate accredited, and he is active member in QGBC and LGBC.

Mohamad has participated in several conferences and seminars and has published article and studies in the fields of environmental and traditional Building Design and sustainability factors.

Ayad Al-rawi

Resident Director, Cracknell

Ayad is currently Cracknell’s Director for Qatar and has been heading up Cracknell’s Qatar operations for 5 years working on projects such as Msheirib Down Town, Doha Metro and various other infrastructure and public Realm developments. Prior to relocating to Qatar, Ayad was a  Design Associate in Cracknell’s head office for over 6 years.

He has a degree and a post graduate diploma in Landscape Architecture from Leeds Metropolitan University and completed part of his post graduate studies in Evora, Portugal. He is also a Chartered member of The Landscape Institute (UK).

With over 17 years working experience and over 10 years of which spent in the Gulf region Ayad has worked on  a wide range of projects both on site and in the design office and has worked on some of the region’s biggest and most prestigious projects. He has been actively involved in many other projects throughout the Middle East, India, UK and Europe. His expertise extends from early stages of design right through to the production of contract drawings and documents across a full breadth of services including commercial, industrial, residential sites and Hospitality  projects.

Dr. Alex Amato

Head of Sustainability, Qatar Green Building Council

Dr. Alex Amato has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry.  He has worked in both the private and public sectors in the UK, SE Asia and now in the Middle East.  Since gaining his PhD at Oxford Brookes University over 20 years ago, he has sought to resolve the perplexing problem of integrating sustainability into the built environment.

His work covers a wide range of design, construction product development and research experience in architectural practice, academe and in both the constructional steel and concrete sectors.  In both of these, he worked on the development of new steel and concrete sustainable manufacturing and construction systems. Since 1992, his research has largely focused on the application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) where he has sought to assess the environmental impact of buildings, construction systems, and products, quantitatively to inform the design process.  While in the Dept. of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), his research also extended to experimentation in the pedagogy of design teaching and many of these techniques he applies to tertiary and professional education. While at HKU he was in charge of the undergraduate architectural programme and taught architectural design, construction technology, and sustainable construction.  He also lectured wider afield in China, particularly the University of Chong Qing, where he taught in HKU’s China Masters Programme.  In 2006 the Professional Green Building Council gave his innovative LCA study for the Hong Kong Housing Authority, carried out in collaboration with the Business Environment Council and Davis Langdon Management Ltd., a Merit Award.

Dr. Renee Richer

Terrestial Ecology Expert, University of Wisconsin, Marinette

Dr. Richer received her BA in biology from the University of Chicago and her PhD in biology from Harvard University in 2004.  She taught biology as associate professor at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar where for 8 years. She joined the University of Wisconsin Marinette in August 2014.  Dr. Richer’s conservation work

was recognized by the Whitley Award, the UK’s largest conservation award.  Her current work focuses on the intersection of biological processes, sustainable development and human health.

Her publications include:

  • Conservation in Qatar: Impacts of Increasing Industrialization
  • Cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins are present in drinking water impoundments and groundwater wells in desert environments.
  • Microbial Characterization of Qatari Barchan Sand Dunes.
  • Industrial growth and anthropogenic pollutants in arid and hyper-arid environments.
  • The persistence of cyanobacterial toxins in desert soils.
  • Environment and Development: Policies for our sustainable future (book co-editor)
  • An illustrated checklist of the flora of Qatar (book co-author)

Dr. Cynthia Skelhorn

Research Specialist, Qatar Green Building Council

Cynthia Skelhorn is a Research Specialist with Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC).  She recently completed her PhD through University of Manchester, UK, investigating the changes in building energy consumption that may result from urban greening initiatives. Overall research interests include GIS analysis and modelling of urban areas, developing methods to incorporate urban greenspace into building energy models, and fine scale analysis of the microclimate interactions between greenspace and the built environment. 

Her recent work with QGBC includes the QNRF-funded project “Developing a Standard for High Performance Buildings in Qatar,” supporting research associated with the Qatar Passivhaus, and assisting in teaching for Hamad bin Khalifa University’s new MSc/PhD programmes in Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Environment.   

Originally from Florida, her prior work experience includes project management for R.W. Beck, Inc. (Orlando, Florida), with a focus on local, state, and national-level economic analysis for recycling and waste management projects, and engineering for City of Los Angeles, documenting the City’s compliance with stormwater management regulations. She has been resident in Doha for the past five years, and working with QGBC for nearly 3 years.

Rafi Ohanian

Operations Director, Nakheel Landscapes

Rafi Ohanian is a graduate of the American University of Beirut with over 33 years of experience in the fields of landscape contracting and nurseries. Rafi’s 33 years of experience were spent in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, UAE and Qatar. Rafis’s achievements include major projects like Ishtar Kempinski Dead Sea Jordan; Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Anantara-UAE; Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt; Crescent Park and more in Qatar. Rafi’s horticultural exposure has taken him to all Europe, Far East and Middle East to source and procure unique specimen plants. In 2011, Rafi settled in Doha, Qatar and in 2015 joined Nakheel Landscapes as Operations Director.

Ana Mateus

Head of Design, GHESA

Ana Mateus is the Head of Design at GHESA Dubai since May 2016. She is a Landscape Architect graduated by University of Lisbon and has 20 years of professional experience in Portugal, UK and UAE. Has a proven track record as Landscape Architect and Water Feature Designer in projects across Europe, Middle East and South America.

As a Water Feature Designer, she is continually searching new sources of inspiration and always striving to be innovative. Her experience encompasses a series of Water Feature Projects that explore new ways to connect water, art and landscape.

Mohamed M. Hassona

Horticulturist, The Qur’anic Botanic Garden, Qatar Foundation

Mohamed M. Hassona is a horticulturist of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden in Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development based in Doha, Qatar.

He manages the horticulture and landscape needs of the Quranic Botanic Garden in multiple ways e.g collecting lifeforms of plant species regardless of the original geographical zones. In the nurseries of Doha, he uses cutting-edge applications and protocols to adopt imported plant and trees from outside Qatar next to native plants. In compliance with the Qur’anic Botanic Garden strategy to conserve and preserve those plants mentioned in the Holy Quran and Hadith, Mohamed runs several promising programs aimed to raise the environmental sustainability and food security inside some of Qatar’s communities e.g. Ghars Campaign, QBG educational program on food security and etc. Mohamed provided many scientific papers in various events, including conferences, workshops and seminars in about 16 countries during his professional career. Recently, he received a higher studies degree on Sustainable Environment and Management of Projects.

Prior to joining the QBG, he was involved in multiple and advanced international training programs funded by the Government of Sweden to study the Plant Genetic Resources, Plant Breeding, Seeds Production and Intellectual Property Rights from 2008 to 2013 based in Sweden and other countries e.g. Sri Lanka, Uganda, South Africa.

Don Sharp

Director of Landscape Architecture, Parsons

Don Sharp is a landscape architect with 25+ years of experience in the design of a wide variety of project types and scales including complex urban projects featuring high-quality, innovative public realm design and construction. He is a Licensed Landscape Architect in the USA, a past president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the ASLA and a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in the U.K. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, Don spent a year constructing prototypes of experimental earth-sheltered passive solar housing intended to be mass-produced in developing countries. After taking a summer course in Chinese Architecture, City Planning and Garden Design at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Don settled into ten years of local and regional practice in the USA.  During this time, Don also served as an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, teaching a course in advance landscape construction. Don worked off and on for a total of over ten years as a Senior Design Manager, Project Director, and Design Director at Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP), a high-profile international design firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England, where his responsibilities encompassed virtually all aspects of professional practice. After a half year stint with internationally renowned garden designer Luciano Giubillei, Don moved to Shanghai for four years where he was a Landscape Design Director for Watershed and EADG. Most recently, Don served as Design Director at MSP, where he was responsible for concept generation, design direction, technical guidance, quality assurance, mentoring, and managing the team of 25+ designers in the MSP head office in London. At Parsons, Don oversees Parsons’ landscape activities in the Middle East and Africa. As a key member of Parsons’ newly formed Land Development & Buildings Division, Don is responsible for the technical and creative excellence of all landscape design and is responsible for developing the landscape group as a whole.

Malwina Studzinska

Marketing Manager, WATERMASTER

Malwina Studzinska has more than 10 years’ experience in strategic marketing consultancy for international brands from different market sectors covering UK, Sweden Germany, Qatar.Holds a Master Degree in Marketing Management from Middlesex University Business School, London. In 2018 she is finalizing her PhD on Design-thinking as a tool for Service Design.

Currently holds the position of the Marketing Manager at WATERMASTER Qatar operating in Doha since 2006, providing high-quality turnkey solutions within Water Features, Wellness & Pools, and specialized Water & Waste Water Treatment.