Keynote speakers (07)


Pr. Mattheus F. A. Goosen (Alfaisal University, KSA)

Conference title: Renewable energies and water treatment 

Dr. Mattheus (Theo) F. A. Goosen joined Alfaisal University in Riyadh Saudi Arabia in March 2008 and currently serves as Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Previously he held the position of Campus Dean (CAO) at the New York Institute of Technology in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Goosen has also held the position of Dean of the School of Science and Technology at the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico, USA, and Dean of Engineering as well as Dean of Agricultural & Marine Sciences at the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. He has been on the Board of Directors of two companies.

Dr. Goosen obtained his doctoral degree in Chemical/Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1981. After graduation he spent three years as a post doc at Connaught Laboratories in Toronto and then ten years at Queen’s University in Kingston Canada in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Goosen has published extensively with over 180 refereed papers, book chapters, books, and patents to his credit. His research interess are in the areas of water purification and treatment, bioengineering, membrane technology, and environmental management and sustainable development.


Pr. Jan Hoinkis (Karlsruhe university, Germany)

Conference title: Development of novel nano-structured membranes for membrane bioreactors 


Dr. Jan Hoinkis, conducted a doctorate in thermodynamics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology). After completion of his thesis he moved to the Swiss company Ciba-Geigy, where he was working as head of a R&D group on process development in the field of fine chemicals production with focus on environmentally friendly technologies. He has been working since 1996 as a professor at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences giving lectures in chemistry, thermodynamics as well as environmental process engineering.

His R&D work is focused on water treatment and water reuse with special attention on membrane technologies. He was project coordinator of several national and international R&D projects and he is currently coordinating an European research project (FP7).In 2008 he was appointed Scientific Director of the Institute of Applied Research, which is the central research facility at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.


Dr. Lidietta Giorno (ITM Director, Italy)

Conference title: Integrated biotransformation and membrane separation for water purification and biogas production

Lidietta Giorno is the Director of the Institute on Membrane Technology of the National Research Council of Italy, ITM-CNR.

Her research expertise include membrane bioengineering, biocatalytic membrane reactors, integrated membrane systems for bioseparations and bioconversions, downstream processing based on molecular separation, membrane chirotechnology, membrane emulsifier, integrated membrane operations for water treatment. She has been involved in membrane science and engineering research and development for almost 20 years, being involved in research co-operations at European and international level.

She awarded The International Awards "Guido Dorso" for Research in 2011, sponsored by the Italian Senate and the University of Naples "Federico II".

She worked abroad in the USA at Sepracor Inc. 1992; in The Netherlands at ATO-DLO, 1994; in France, at The University of Compiegne 1997 and 2000. She is Visiting Porfessor at Tianjin University of Science and Technology, China, since 2008.

Lidietta Giorno is co-author of four books, some 80 peer reviewed scientific papers in international journals. She is member of editorial board of scientific journals, member of the referee pool of scientific journals and research agencies, member of international committees and several scientific societies.

She has served on the European Membrane Society Council as the President of the EMS Council and the Editor of the EMS Membrane Newsletter.

She has served as member of the Board of Directors of the Non Profit Legal entity European Membrane House – EMH, (Belgium), born to continue the activity of the NanoMemPro Network of Excellence funded by the European Commission within the FP6, as the representative of the EMS.


Pr. Enrico Drioli (ITM, Italy)

Conference title : Membrane Engineering for water and energy production

Professor Enrico Drioli is Doctor in Chemistry. He is currently Founding Director of the Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM) of CNR; Coordinator of  Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Membrane Engineering (EUDIME);Visiting Professor at the  Dept of Energy Engineering, Hanyang University; Emeritus Professor at the University of Calabria. He was the Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Calabria and Director of IMRC-CNR and then Director of ITM-CNR. He obtained several awards including the EMS 2011 “Richard Maling Barrer Prize” for his “outstanding contributions to membrane science and technology”. He is Author of more than 650 scientific papers, 18 patents and 18 books in the field of Membrane Science and Technology.


Pr. Anastasios J. Karabelas (CERTH, Greece)

Conference title:  The Role of Advanced Oxidation Processes in Water Treatment - Recent Developments

holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (Diploma, National Technical University of Athens; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana, USA). From 1970 until 1978, he was employed as a senior research engineer at Shell Development Co. (Westhollow Research Center, Houston, TX). He was Professor and Director of Chemical Process and Plant Design Laboratory, at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from 1978 to 2005, where he also served as Division Head and Department Chairman. He is a founding member of the Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute (CPERI), at the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) in Thessaloniki, heading the Laboratory of Natural Resources and Renewable Energies since 1985. His research interests, and doctoral theses supervision, are in the areas of multiphase flow processes and colloidal systems, with emphasis on membrane separations. This research is applied to process equipment design, and, in particular, to water treatment (desalination, purification) and utilization of renewable energies. He has coordinated many R&D projects funded by the European Commission, industries (Shell, Amoco-BP, Aramco, etc.) and other international and national funding agencies. He has organized several international and national scientific conferences and symposia. He has served in various technical and science policy committees in Greece and abroad, including the Board of Governors of the Joint Research Centre of the European Union (1984-1991).  



Dr. Jauad El Kharraz (SEMIDE, France)

Conference title : Demonstrating integrated innovative technologies for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Mediterranean tourist facilities

Dr. Jauad El Kharraz has been Information Manager of the Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS) since early 2004. He has a BSc in Physics from the faculty of Sciences of Tetuan ( Morocco , 1998), an MSc and PhD in Remote Sensing Sciences from the University of Valencia , ( Spain , 2001-2003), and a master degree in enterprises management & strategy at the SKEMA European School of Business (Sophia Antipolis, France). He worked as senior consultant for Sud-Convergences ( France ) on 2006-2008, and he got strong project management experience on EC funded projects (project cycle management). He has also had experience working on several European research projects. As well as being the author of several well cited publications and communications on international reviews and at symposiums in remote sensing and water sectors, he is referee for, among others, the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing journal, the International Journal of Remote Sensing, the Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres and Photogrammetric Engineering, Remote Sensing Journal, Advance in Space Research, Remote Sensing of Environment Journal, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, “Water Resources Management” journal, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Journal, "Climatic Change Journal" and he is Expert Evaluator of the European Commission DG Research & Innovation. On the other hand, he is co-founder and General Secretary of the Arab World Association of Young Scientists (ArabWAYS), member of the Global Change Unit ( University of Valencia , Spain ). He is member of the Global Young Academy (GYA). In addition, he was the coordinator of target Med 4.2 on "financing the collection and treatment of industrial and urban wastewater in the Mediterranean", subject of one of the sessions of the 6th World Water Forum ( Marseilles , 12-17 March 2012). Dr. Jauad El Kharraz was one of 40 scientists worldwide selected to attend the “World Economic Forum 'Summer Davos' for New Champions” in Tianjin China in September 2012. He is also member of the International Journal of Agriculture and Food Research (IJAFR) Editorial Review Board. Dr. Jauad participated in numerous projects funded by the European Commission, European Space Agency, and other institutions, among others: MED-3R on adapted waste management in the Mediterranean, Halting Desertification in the Jucar River Basin (HALT-JÚCAR-DES), WATERMED on water use efficiency using remote sensing data, RWKN on Regional Knowledge Network on Systemic Approaches to Water Resources Management, Regional project on Strengthening National Water Information Systems and Harmonization of Data Collection towards a Shared Water Information System, GLObal RIver Water & Earth observation, etc. Among many other activities, he chaired Science & Technology Session at the World Justice Forum III – WJF III - Barcelona ( Spain ), 20-23 June 2011. He co-organized the German-Arab Forum of Young Scientists with the Junke Academie held in Berlin (Germany), 16-19/06/2011, and the regional conference “New Prospects and Challenges for Science and Education in the MENA region” co-organized with the Maghreb-Alexander von Humboldt Alumni Association, held in Marrakech (Morocco), 09-11/03/2012. He also organized several regional workshops and trainings in the field of water management, agriculture, water information systems, remote sensing applications and scientific research.


Mrs. Lamia Lehtihet (Ministry of Water resources, Algeria) 

Conference title: Stratégie du développement des ressources en eau NON conventionnelle en Algérie : l'utilisation des eaux usées urbaines épurées. 


  • Diplôme Ingénieur d’Etat en Chimie Industrielle, Option Génie de l’Environnement.
  • Diplôme Mastère en « Alimentation en Eau Potable et Assainissement », spécialisation en réutilisation des eaux usées épurées.
  • Attestation de formation sur le Compte des eaux et les Comptes Verts (MEDSTAT Environnement/ France).
  • Attestation de formation sur le Management des Projets et Normes ISO (Canada).
  • Attestation de formation sur les risques alimentaires liés à la réutilisation des eaux usées épurées pour l’agriculture (USTDA/Tunisie).
  • Attestation de formation  sur l’intégration du GENRE dans la GIRE (INV/Maroc).
  • Attestation de formation sur la Gestion Intégrée de la Ressource en Eau dans la région Nord Afrique et Moyen Orient « MENA » (UNESCO- Germany / Egypte).
  • Attestation de formation sur le Management moderne (Union Européenne/MRE).
  • Attestation de formation sur la réutilisation des eaux usées épurées dans le bassin de la Méditerranée (H2020/Grèce).


Position ancienne / actuelle :

1994-2002 : Ingénieur en assainissement, chargé du suivi des projets en développement de l’assainissement, épuration, protection de l’environnement (DGAIH/MRE) ;

2002-2004 : Détachement pour un master en alimentation en eau potable et en assainissement (ENGEES) ;

2004-2005 : Chef de bureau, chargé de la qualité et de la protection de l’environnement (DAPE/MRE) ;

2005-2008 : Chef de projet dans la gestion intégrée des eaux usées épurées, la réutilisation nationale des eaux usées épurées à des fins agricoles, industrielles et municipales (DAPE/MRE) ;

2008- jusqu’à ce jour : Sous Directrice « Mobilisation des Ressources en Eau Non Conventionnelles » (D.M.R.E/MRE), chargée de :

  • Initier et de mener toute action visant le développement des ressources en eau non conventionnelles ;
  • Promouvoir, en relation avec les secteurs et structures concernés, le développement des ressources en eau non conventionnelles à des fins d’alimentation en eau potable, industrielle et agricole ;
  • Initier, suivre et évaluer les programmes d’étude et de réalisation des infrastructures de mobilisation des ressources en eau non conventionnelles ;
  • Initier la réglementation technique en matière d’étude, de réalisation et d’exploitation des infrastructures de mobilisation des ressources en eau non conventionnelles et veiller à son application ;
  • Suivre les opérations de concession d’utilisation des ressources en eau non conventionnelles et de contrôler leur mise en œuvre ».

Spécialisations :

Assainissement- Epuration- Réutilisation- Protection de l’Environnement- Ressources NON conventionnelles.

Liste des études principales et travaux effectués:

  • Mémoire de fin d’étude : Etude comparative de la filtration rapide sur différents types de sable et influence de leurs caractéristiques physiques sur l’efficacité de la filtration rapide et la qualité de l’eau (1993- Constantine).
  • Mémoire de fin d’étude « Valorisation des eaux usées épurées pour l’agriculture dans la région hydrographique « Constantinois- Seybouse- Mellegue » en Algérie » (PNE-2003- Bureaux d’études : SOGREAH- BECEOM- BONARD et GARDEL).
  • Participation à l’élaboration du plan national de l’eau en Algérie 1993- Volet Assainissement (1995-1999).
  • Rapport national sur la protection du littoral (1998).
  • Rapport national sur l’évaluation des Besoins des systèmes d’assainissement afin de protéger le littoral, la mer méditerranée et respecter les amendements de la convention de Barcelone. (2001-2005).
  • Rapport national sur l’évaluation des besoins en système d’assainissement pour la protection des ressources hydriques (Barrages, nappes, retenues collinaires) et des périmètres agricoles (afin de réutiliser ces eaux pour l’irrigation). (2005-2006).
  • Rapport et enquête nationale sur les villes susceptibles d’être inondées au moment des crues (évaluation des besoins d’oueds en aménagement). (2005-2006).
  • Rapport et enquête sur les points noirs en assainissement en Algérie  (Evaluation des actions prioritaires afin de prévenir contre les maladies à transmission hydriques). (2005-2006).
  • Rapport et enquête sur la réutilisation informelle des eaux usées épurées à partir des STEP existantes en Algérie. (2006-2007).
  • Rapport et enquêtes nationale sur les potentialités de la réutilisation des eaux usées épurées à des fins agricoles, industrielles et municipales et proposition d’un programme à court, moyen et long terme (2009-2012).
  • Rapport sur la gestion de l’eau liée à la gestion de l’énergie en continue (2009).
  • Rapport sur l’enquête nationale concernant les nappes surexploitées en Algérie et les différentes possibilités de recharge artificielle (2009-2011).
  • Rapport sur l’enquête nationale concernant les potentialités des eaux saumâtres existantes et le traitement existant pour celles en exploitation pour l’AEP (2009-2011).
  • Rapport d’analyse sur les stations de dessalement de l’eau de mer et de déminéralisation des eaux saumâtres (2009-2012).
  • Rapport de plan d’action et potentialités en matière de ressources en eau NON conventionnelle en Algérie (REUE et SDES ; 2013).