Hadeel Mahmoud

Postdoc Researcher


Hadeel Hosney Mahmoud is an enthusiastic Postdoc researcher in the field of wastewater treatment & reuse and waste valorization. She belongs to the pollution prevention and resource recovery research group (Water Supply, Sanitation, and Environmental Engineering Department).

She earned a Ph.D. degree in 2018, an MSc degree in 2015, and a BSc degree in 2010, All in Chemical Engineering from Al-Minia University, Egypt. Her postgraduate studies illuminated her career pathway toward environmental engineering as she has a proven depth with industrial operators, consulting, and academia in wastewater treatment, reuse, septage management, small-scale sanitation, algae cultivation, hydroponic, aeroponic, aquaponic, aquaculture RAS system, fermentation, pyrolysis, and adsorption.

Besides her role as a researcher, Hadeel is a project coordinator for capacity building, community development, entrepreneurship, and environmental engineering projects in developing countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia, South Sudan, Mauritania, Tanzania, and India. She has collaborated with international and national donors such as Orange Knowledge Program (OKP), IHE Delft Water and Development Partnership Programme (DUPC), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Action Against Hunger (ACF), World Bank, and Arab Fund for Social and Economic Fund.

Hadeel aspires to be a qualified expert in the field of wastewater treatment, reuse, and environmental engineering to share innovative, equitable, integrated, decentralized, participatory, and sustainable solutions with her team to an empowered community.

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Tittle: Reuse of nutrient-rich treated wastewater for a food self-sufficiency in MENA: Addressing health concerns of emerging contaminants of small-scale farmers through agro-ecological tools (SafeAgroMENA)

Target Countries: Egypt, Jordan, Iraq

Duration: 2022 - 2026

Funded under IHE Delft Water and Development Partnership Programme (DUPC) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands

Summary of the project

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is one of the driest regions in the world where less than 1% of freshwater resources are available for nearly 600 million inhabitants. The increased competition between urban and rural users over the scarce freshwater supplies resulted in highlighting the prominent role of non-conventional water resources. Hence, most MENA region countries are scaling up the reuse of treated wastewater in agriculture while transferring freshwater to priority uses. These multidimensional challenges sparked the interest of the partners' organization to develop this project

Project Objectives

  • To analyze how treated wastewater (as water irrigation source) is distributed, accessed, managed, and reused.
  • To develop socio-economic, and institutional assessments for the target communities.
  • To design and implement roadmaps through the multi-stakeholder process and integrated participatory approach for greater safe uptake through adopting agro-ecological interventions.
  • To enrich existing educational programs (MSc, professional program, short courses, training sessions) in target countries with lessons learned and research findings.  
  • To facilitate knowledge exchange and disseminate success stories, lessons learned, and findings with IHE Delft on one hand and across all partnered countries on the other hand.

Title: Strengthening skills development for Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in Agriculture in a recently established higher TVET programme in Jordan (WATRA)

Target Country:  Jordan

Duration: 2019 – 2023

Funded under the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is managed by NUFFIC by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Summary of the project

Wastewater treatment and reuse (WWT&R) in agriculture is a priority of the Jordanian government. In order to increase the inflow of professionals with hands-on knowledge and skills, the Al-Balqa Applied University (BAU) starts in 2019 a higher TVET programme that addresses this need, named ‘Water Treatment and Sanitation’ (WT&S). However, the staff and curriculum are only partially in place. Therefore, it is proposed that IHE Delft and the World Water Academy will support BAU to fully develop the curriculum using the concept of objectives-based aligned learning and to integrate new educational activities on WWT&R into the curriculum. A steering committee will be established with representatives from the water and agriculture sector, and from the E-TVET Council on skills development.

Moreover, WATRA will expand an existing demonstration site, named ‘Fuheis’ that has 10 small wastewater treatment plants, and where effluent is reused. This site will play a central role in the new curriculum as courses will be taught hands-on at the site, aimed at the specific target groups of university students, university staff, operators, farmers, and managers of the Water Authority of Jordan and farmer associations. The site will be integrated into the university structure and a business plan developed to establish a Regional Competence Centre on WWT&R.


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