Dr. Naguib AMIN
A highly-qualified expert in sustainable development and energy efficiency in urban areas, Dr. Amin leads the CES-MED Team of experts since the beginning of the project in 2013.
Dr. Naguib Amin has over 25-years’ experience as Architect-Engineer, Urban Planner and Trainer. He has been active in sectoral planning, environmental planning and urban design, related to regional and structural planning.
Mr. Pierre COUTÉ
Key Expert, Local Development in Maghreb
A highly-qualified expert in sustainable development and energy efficiency in urban areas, Pierre manages the CES-MED Maghreb office since the beginning of the project in 2013.
Educated in France, the USA and India Pierre has over 20-years’ experience in supporting local administration and has been active in multi sectoral approaches pertaining to municipal strengthening in the MENA and Asia Regions for EU, WB and AsDB notably.
Ms. Alexandra PAPADOPOULOU
Key Expert, Energy
Dr. Alexandra Papadopoulou supports the CES-MED affiliated municipalities in the preparation of their SEAPs/SECAPs and ensures the effective collaboration with the Joint Research Centre (JRC).
Ms. Papadopoulou has 12 years of experience in the energy planning context at the local / regional and national level and the use of energy efficiency tools (market, legislative, institutional and technical).
Ms. Myriam MAKDISSI
Key Expert, Communication and Networking
Ms. Myriam Makdissi provides expertise to the CES-MED affiliated municipalities in the process of developing their Citizens Awareness Plans (CAPP). She conducts regular field missions to organise workshops and trainings for the elaboration of communication, awareness raising activities and events in the municipalities.
Ms. Makdissi has more than 15-years’ experience as Communications professional and Media Creative Director.
Mr. Osama KASSAAMANI
Senior Non-Key Expert – Lebanon
Mr. Osama Kassaamani supports the development of SEAPs in Lebanon. Along with local authorities, he facilitates the role of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) Supporters and Coordinators for the establishment and integration of a national SEAP Support Mechanism (SSM).
Mr. Kassaamani has a proven track record in developing successful strategies and policies for municipalities and implementation of their actions.
Ms. Christina ABI HAIDAR
Senior Non-Key Expert – Lebanon
Ms. Christina Abi Haidar supports the CES-MED Focal Points, National Coordination Group (NCG) members and the ministries of Interior and Municipalities and Environment, to define legal and institutional needs for establishing a SEAP Support Mechanism Unit (SSM) in Lebanon.
Ms. Haidar is acting Attorney in Law and a Legal Advisor with more than 15 years’ experience in development of legal frameworks for renewable energy projects.
Ms. Florentine Visser
Senior Short Term Expert – Jordan
Ms. Florentine Visser supports the development of SEAPs in Jordan. Working closely with local authorities, she facilitates the role of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) Supporters and Coordinators for the establishment and integration of a national SEAP Support Mechanism (SSM).
Ms. Visser is an architect and policy development and implementation expert with 20 years’ experience in Sustainable Building and Urban Development, and over ten years’ experience with project management, capacity building in developing countries.
Mr. Walid ABU AL HALAWEH
Senior Non-Key Expert – Palestinian Territories
Mr. Walid Abu Al Halaweh facilitates the role of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) Supporters and Coordinators for the establishment and integration of a national SEAP Support Mechanism (SSM).
Mr. Walid Abu Al Halaweh is a qualified engineer and computer specialist with over 16 years’ experience into development projects and cooperation with Local Authorities.
Prof Dr Mohsen ABOUELNAGA
Senior Non-Key Expert - Egypt
Prof Dr Mohsen Abouelnaga is tasked with the elaboration of a “Recommended National Sustainable Urban and Energy Savings Actions" report for Egypt, in collaboration with the National Coordination Group (NCG) and the National Focal Point.
Prof Dr Abouelnaga is renowned expert in energy efficiency with more than 30 years’ experience and specific knowledge in implementing sustainable planning actions and energy policies in collaboration with national stakeholders.
Dr. Ahmed SEDKY
Senior Non-Key Expert - Egypt
Dr. Ahmed Sedky supports the CES-MED Focal Points, National Coordination Group (NCG) members and Local Authorities, to define institutional needs for establishing a SEAP Support Mechanism Unit (SSM) in Egypt.
Dr. Sedky holds a PhD in Urban and Heritage Management and has more than 10 years of experience in urban rehabilitation and community development. His expertise covers setting of strategic urban development guidelines in Egypt and Tunisia.
Mr. Thyrsos HADJICOSTAS
Senior Non-Key Expert - Financial Expert
Mr. Thyrsos Hadjicostas is tasked with identification of EU and other donors’ funding initiatives, targeting energy and sustainable development projects in the beneficiary countries. He is also in charge of elaboration of financial feasibility and gap analysis.
Mr. Hadjicostas has 30 years of work experience in the energy sector within projects funded by Governments, the European Commission, World Bank and other international financing institutions.
Mr. Ménouèr BOUGHEDAOUI
Senior Non-Key Expert - Financial Expert for Algeria
Mr. Ménouèr Boughedaoui is preparing and putting into use detailed funding guidelines for the use of Algerian National and local Authorities, interrelated with the SEAP objectives of the municipalities.
Mr. Boughedaoui has more than 15 years’ experience as expert on Environmental projects and strengthening the capacities of Local authorities in coordination with line Ministries.
Ms. Caroline Huwiler
Senior Short Term Expert – Tunisia
Ms. Caroline Huwiler’s mission is to assist the CES-MED project and the ANME in the finalisation of the ACTE (Alliance of Communes for Energy Transition) mechanism for funding sustainable and energy projects in the Tunisian communes. Additionally, she has prepared a manual for local governments to apply for ACTE funding.
Ms. Caroline Huwiler, is a specialist in sustainable energy policy, with a background in international development with more than nine years of experience in policy design and implementation of renewable energy, efficiency management and capacity-building initiatives at national and sub-national levels.
Mr. Spyridon MOUZAKITIS
Senior Non-Key Expert – It Expert
Mr. Spyridon Mouzakitis is in charge of setting up and maintaining the project website for CES-MED.
He has more than 12 years’ experience in design and implementation of information technology systems. Mr. Mouzakitis holds a Diploma and PhD Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens.
Mr. Harry URPATYAN
Junior Non-Key Expert, Communication
Mr. Harry Urpatyan supports the production of CES-MED newsletters, communication tools and also provides regular updates for the website, as content administrator of the CMS.
Mr. Urpatyan has more than 5 years’ experience in Communications and media. He holds an MSc in Communication Studies and MSc in European Public Administration.
Ms. Fatima-Zahra El GHABI
Junior Non-Key Expert, Help Desk And Training Support for Rabat, Morocco.
Ms. Fatima-Zahra El Ghabi is promoting the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) through CESMED’s Helpdesks in the Maghreb and Mashreq regions.
Ms. El Ghab has experience in technical assistance assignments in Maghreb countries, organization of events and logistic support for workshops and trainings. She holds a Master degree in „Water Management and Sustainable Development".
Mr. Malek MARDAM
Mr. Malek Mardam is responsible for carrying out organizational and administrative tasks for the CES-MED Mashreq Office, as well as for the organization and logistic support of project seminars, conferences, meetings, workshops and other events.
Mr. Mardam has more than 5 years of experience in helpdesk support, technical assistance and organization of events. He holds a BS degree in Business Management.