H.E. Prof. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid

Arab Water Council


  • Former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt
  • (12 years 1997 – 2009).
  • President of the Arab Water Council (2004 – todate).
  • President of the World Water Council (1994 – 2003) and Honorary President of WWC for life.
  • Former President of the National Water Research Center, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Cairo, Egypt (1979 - 1997).
  • Elected as Egypt’s candidate to represent the Arab countries in the UNESCO International Hydrological Program (IHP) for two years (2018-2020).
  • Member of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board (UNSGAB) on Water and Sanitation (2004 todate).
  • Member of the UN High-Level Taskforce for the Global Framework for Climate Services (2010 todate).
  • Former President of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) (1991-1994)
  • Former Vice President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) (1992-1995) and Hon. Vice President (1996 – todate).
  • Holder of numerous national and international awards and prizes.
  • Author of more than 200 papers and 12 textbooks.
  • On the National Scale: He led the move towards on-farm and Integrated Water Resources Management in Egypt since 1977.
  • On the Regional Arab Scale: As President of the Arab Water Council, he participated in preparing the Implementation Plan for the Arab Water Security Strategy (2010-2030).
  • On the International Scale: Dr. Abu-Zeid contributed greatly to the establishment of the World Water Council. He is Consultant for numerous international organizations: WB, WHO, CIDA, USAID, FAO, UNEP and UNESCO, among others.

Amb. Dr. Nada El Agizy

Director, Sustainable Development and International Cooperation
league of arab states


Minister Plenipetentiary Nada El Agizy is the Director of Sustainable Development and International Cooperation Department at the League of Arab States. She joined the Arab League in 1992 and has more than 20 years of experience in economic and social development at the regional and international levels.
Ms. Nada El Agizy has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from University of Cumbria in the UK where her studies were focused on sustainable management.
Before her most recent appointment; Ms. El Agizy was Deputy Chief of Cabinet and adviser for economic and social affairs to H.E. the Secretary General, she was responsible for setting recommendations and preparation of policy notes on key issues like economic integration, reform and development. She also supervised the Information and Communication department in the Cabinet of the Secretary General.
In her recent capacity her department acts as the technical Secretariat for the Arab High Level Committee for Sustainalbe Development and is also responsible for organizing “The Arab Sustainable Development Week”, the largest regional multi-stakeholder dialogue platform in the Arab region.
Ms. Nada El Agizy is a member of a group of regional and international task forces and has contributed to the preparation of all Arab development summits, and represents the Arab League in international and regional forums on sustainable development.

Sujala Pant

Chief Technical Advisor/ Project Manager
UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States


Ms. Sujala Pant has over 15 years experience working on sustainable development, governance, and climate finance. Currently, she serves as the Chief Technical Advisor/Project Manager of the SDG-Climate Facility: Climate Action for Human Security project, overseeing the delivery of the USD 10 million project, and working with the founding partners of the project to contribute to the climate-security agenda in the region. Prior to this, Sujala served with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) where she supported countries in the ECIS and Middle East regions to access climate finance more effectively. She managed the GCF’s USD 15 million technical assistance portfolio in the region, providing strategic advice to national governments, including Ministers and senior decision-makers to align national development and climate change priorities with comprehensive strategic frameworks to guide investments. Before that, she had a number of assignments with UNDP at the regional and global level, including in her role as Asia-Pacific Governance and Climate Finance Advisor for the Bangkok-based Governance of Climate Finance project, as well as Special Assistant to the Head of Governance in UNDP Headquarters, New York. During her tenure with the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) Sujala was based in Bhutan and Nepal, working with national and sub-national entities to strengthen their planning and implementation capacities. Sujala has a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, UK.