Tareq Abu Hamed

Executive Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Israel

Dr. Abu Hamed from East Jerusalem holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Gazi University (Turkey), and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Ankara University (Turkey), and has completed two terms of postdoctoral research at the Environmental Science and Energy Research Department of the Weizmann Institute (Israel), and the University of Minnesota’s Mechanical Engineering Department Solar Energy Lab. In 2008, he established the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) at the Arava Institute. He left the Institute in 2013 to become the Israeli Ministry of Science’s Deputy Chief Scientist, and later the Acting Chief Scientist, the highest ranking Palestinian in the Israeli government. He returned to the Arava Institute in 2016 as Director of CREEC and Academic Director, and was appointed Executive Director in 2021. 

3.00 pm - 5.15 pm

Friday 25th Feb

Session III

Moderated by Luca Fraioli (la Repubblica)

Mediterranean Sea, water pollution, environment and hydric and energetic resources protection; policies to support a sustainable economic development based on a fair distribution of hydric and energetic resources; technology access for a sustainable energetic transition.

Keynote speech by Tareq Abu Hamed, Executive Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Israel

Keynote speech: by Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director UN Habitat (video contribution)

3.30 pm - 5.15 pm: “Urban dialogues”, Mayors’ open talk session

During this session mayors will be invited to discuss the topics addressed by the keynote speakers to debate priorities and share possible solutions.