Who We Are - Meet the FAO Land & Water division
Mr Eduardo Mansur, a national of Brazil, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the
Federal University of Paraná, Brazil and an M.Sc in Forest Economics from the University of Helsinki,
Mr Mansur started his career in 1981 as a Researcher (Silviculture) in a collaborative
programme of the Federal University of Paraná and the Eduardo Mondlane University of
Mozambique. He worked as Project Officer in Mozambique and Ecuador, and served from 1995 to
1996 as Regional Forest Conservation Officer for South America with the International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Mr Mansur joined FAO in May 1997 as Chief Technical Adviser in the FAO Representation in
Mozambique. In 2002, he transferred to FAO Headquarters in Rome as Project Co-ordinator and then served as Forestry Officer with the Forestry Economics and Policy Division (FOED). From 2007 to 2008 he worked as Senior Forestry Officer, Regional Office for Africa, Accra, Ghana.
Between 2008 and early 2012 he was Assistant Director, Reforestation and Forest Management with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) in Japan.
In March 2012, Mr Mansur returned to FAO HQ in Rome, as Director of the Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division with FAO Forestry Department. In 2016, he was appointed Director, Land and Water Division, at the FAO’s Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department.
His responsibilities at FAO include the water, land and soil related activities and programs, mainstreaming water across the various sectors and disciplines, and cooperating with partners and stakeholders within and outside the UN system. Before joining FAO he was the Coordinator of the UN World Water Assessment Programme and the Director of the UNESCO Programme Office on Global Water Assessment. Prior positions include a professorship with Kent State University, Ohio, where he founded the Euphrates-Tigris Initiative for Cooperation (ETIC), between Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. While he was the president of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Regional Development Administration in Turkey Mr. Ünver transformed a large infrastructure project into a sustainable socioeconomic development program. In 1999 he was listed among the 19 “European Visionaries” by the Time Magazine. Mr. Ünver holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and Master's and Bachelor's degrees, also in Civil Engineering, from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Technical Officer - Communication and Information Manager
I am a communication expert with a passion for making information accessible and appealing. I am a keen innovator. I have worked in the private sector in cutting edge technology hubs and also for international research centers and institutions. I joined the water group at the end of 2006. During 2007-2011 I was also the UN-Water Communications Manager. Since 2007 I have been the UN's World Water Day campaigns' creative director and coordinator, transforming the day into a year long event with an enthusiastic public participation. I graduated in 1993 in Multimedia Design (UK) and in 2012 I took a Master's Degree in Health Communication at the University of Sydney.
Technical Officer - Web & Print Design
After studying Typography at Staffordshire University, I began work in 1996 as a designer for one of the UK's fastest growing e-business developers. Then, after a spell as a lecturer at my old University, I moved to Rome in 2001 to become the Design Director at the Rome office of new media specialists Deepend, where I was in charge of design output on accounts such as Swatch, Adidas and Ferrari. At FAO, I design and produce publications, animations, videos, exhibition displays and web pages for the Division.
Technical Officer - Programme & Operations
I am an Irrigation Engineer with PhD in hydrology and water resources management. Prior to joining FAO in 2001, I worked with national and international institutions as water engineer and researcher. Between 2001-2012, I was assigned in several duty stations of FAO (SNE, RNE, SEC) as Project Manager, Technical Officer and Field Programme Officer. In 2012, I joined FAO-HQs as Programme Operations Officer of the Land and Water Division. In my current position, I substantially contribute to the management and operation of projects as well as to resource mobilization.
Senior Officer - Land Management
I am a geographer (Nottingham University) specialised in Soil and water management: MSc. from National College of Agricultural Engineering, Silsoe, UK, and DAA from ENSAM, France. I worked for ten years in Malawi, Ethiopia, Benin and Guinea Bissau, with DFID (ODA), University of Malawi, ILCA-CGIAR, EuroAction Accord and FAO. I joined FAO in 1989 and after 5 years in Benin, Guinea Bissau and Rome was seconded for 2 years to the Secretariat, Convention on Biological Diversity to develop the CBD programme of work on agricultural biodiversity. As Land Management Officer I support field projects and development of guidelines/manuals: Farmer field schools on land and water management and agro-biodiversity in Africa; sustainable land management and local level assessment of land degradation/SLM, in collaboration with WOCAT and other partners, and other watershed/agroecosystem management projects.
Daniel Dale (in Cairo)
Technical Officer - Land Management and Tenure
I am a graduate of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India, with MSc in Agricultural Engineering (Soil and Water Conservation Engineering). I have worked for the NR Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia, for 25 years at various positions (expert, team leader) and then a Project Coordinator for the multi-donor financed Sustainable Land Management Project for 4 years. Throughout, my work has been intimately associated with watershed management, land use planning, soil and water conservation, and water harvesting and land tenure. I have joined FAO in February 2012 and I am responsible for land management and tenure activities in the region.
Maryjane De La Cruz
Technical Officer - Water Quality and Environment
Jane is a graduate from Central Luzon State University, Philippines specialised in soil and water management and holds Ph.D. in Environmental Science with focus on land productivity and agroecology from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan. Since 2005, Jane is working on Conservation and Adaptive Management of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems or GIAHS Initiative, providing technical support to pilot and participating countries and in the overall management of the global initiative. Prior to FAO, she worked more than 12 years in the Philippines at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) on various programmes and projects nationwide such as sustainable agriculture and rural development, sustainable farming systems in various agroecological domains, and integrated watershed development for sustainable soil and water resources management.
I am an agronomist with a Master'd Degree and a PhD in agrarian systems from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon. I joined FAO 25 years ago, after three years with OECD Development Centre. I have extensive experience in agrarian reform, family farming and local communities’ land rights worldwide. My areas of interest also include territorial development (with gender dimensions); participatory land use planning; indigenous people’s land rights and overall land policy and governance. I am increasingly working on competition over natural resources in 'conflict and post-conflict' countries.
Technical Officer - Natural Resources Management
I joined FAO in 2007 after two years with the International Institute for Environmental and Development (IIED), conducting a global review on Payments for Environmental Services (PES) www.watershedmarkets.org. Since then I have continued to develop capacity building materials on PES and advised project design on incentives for long-term adoption of sustainable land and water management.
During this time I have also collaborated with IFAD and ICRAF on project design and evaluation. Country experience includes Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, China, Bhutan and Kenya. Most recent PES design work is in Peru (2013) and in the Kagera Basin (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania, ongoing)..
Yuji Niino (in Bangkok)
Technical Officer - Land Management
I hold degrees in Soil Science from Texas A&M University (M.S. and Ph.D.). I have worked for more than 16 years in Africa, South America and Asia, mainly with JICA, in different areas including soil fertility improvement and conservation agriculture in Brazilian Cerrados, integrated soil and plant nutrient management in Sub-Saharan countries, capacity development for irrigation and water management in Myanmar. My main areas of current work focus on promotion of sustainable land use, management and conservation through dissemination of LADA methodologies and tools, Conservation Agriculture, and IPNS in Asia and the Pacific region.
Innocent Shayamano (in Harare)
Junior Professional Officer
I graduated in Agronomy from Midlands State University, Zimbabwe with specialisations in Irrigation Agronomy, Horticulture and Natural Resources Management. I have 6years experience in providing extension services to both irrigated and rain-fed agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development of Zimbabwe. Since August 2010 I have been seconded as a Junior Technical Officer to work on land and water resources issues in the FAO Sub-Regional Office for Southern Africa.
Iwona Piechowiak (in Dushanbe)
Junior Professional Officer - Natural Resources Management
I am a Polish national and land and water management specialist within the Natural Resources Management and Environment group at FAO UN. I hold two masters, in environmental engineering and environmental technology and management and have 7 years of international experience in the environmental sector. I started working with FAO in 2012 as a sustainable land and watershed management specialist and worked in Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. Since 2014, I am the Natural Resources Management Officer at FAO office in Dushanbe where I provide technical support in the area of natural resources management in Tajikistan.
I am an Agronomist with a Ph.D. in Agriculture from the University of Giessen (Germany). I had worked for three years at ICARDA, Syria, before joining FAO’s Rural Development Division in 1992. Later, I was the Programme & Planning Officer in the management of the Sustainable Development Department, and after that worked in the Regional Office for Europe supporting the identification, formulation and implementation of a wide range of projects from land management to improving the value chain in plant production. From 2006, I work in the Land and Water Division on issues of land degradation and promotion of sustainable land management practices, with an emphasis on projects in Africa and Latin America.
Associate Professional Officer
I am a graduate of Kyoto University, Japan, with Master’s Degree. Prior to my assignment in FAO, I worked seven and a half years in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan. My specialty is Agricultural Engineering and I involved in National Irritation Project (including three-year filed work). I joined FAO in September 2013 for the position of Associate Professional Officer and is working on Conservation and Adaptive Management of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) as a GIAHS Secretariat.
Ronald Vargas Rojas
Technical Officer - Soils and Land Management
I'm a Bolivian Agronomy Engineer graduated from San Simon University with major in soils. I hold two Master courses from IAO, Italy and ITC, The Netherlands in Soils Geo-information for Natural Resources Management. I have 13 years of working experience (research, academic and development), in land resources mapping (with emphasis in soils), land suitability and degradation assessment, land use/territorial planning, soil erosion modeling, and natural resources management using GIS and remote sensing tools in Latin America and Africa. I have been the Land Coordinator at the FAO-SWALIM project in Kenya/Somalia for three years. I've joined FAO on March 2011 and I work in the different aspects of soils and land management with special focus on the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership.
Technical Officer - Soil Management
My main focus is on the application of GIS and remote sensing on soil-landscape modeling, soil mapping, integrated and participatory land use planning and land evaluation, land degradation and desertification, and integrated watershed management. I worked in Central and West Asia and North Africa countries. I have many publications in the area of land and water resources management. Feras holds an MSc from the University of Jordan, and a PhD from Cranfield University (UK) on land resources management, GIS and remote sensing. I worked at the University of Jordan between 2000 and 2008 and at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas between 2008 and 2014 on Soil Conservation and Land Management. I joined FAO in 2014.
Martin Ager (in Harare)
Technical Officer - Water Resources
Since completing an M.Sc. in engineering hydrology I have worked for over 20 years in water resources and flood defence in the UK and in development and emergency water and sanitation projects mostly in Africa. I spent 6 years working on dam construction for small scale irrigation and livestock watering. I joined FAO in 2004 as the water resources officer for southern (and initially also for east) Africa, based in the Zimbabwe Office. Working in a decentralised office you need to be a generalist, able to answer, or find the answer, to queries on anything related to agricultural water management. Much of my work is providing support to projects throughout the sub-region. I have also run several intensive training courses for government irrigation officers.
Senior Officer - Irrigation Management
M.S. and Ph.D. in Land and Water Sciences and M.S. in Statistics from the University of California Davis, USA. Over 30 years of experience in water resources planning and management, with a focus on agriculture water management under water scarcity conditions, irrigation management and climate change. Served as University Professor and Researcher and provided consulting services to UN Organizations, financing institutions and public and private sectors. Joined FAO in 1998 and served as Chief Technical Advisor in Yemen (2 years) and Senior Water Resources and Irrigation Officer in FAO Regional Office for the Near East (11 years). Currently leading FAO's work related to irrigation water management, with focus on technical and institutional aspects of irrigation systems management, as well as coordinating and servicing FAO Water Platform. Working experience in a large number of countries, reviewer for several scientific journals and author of over 150 papers and communications.
Ines Beernaerts (in Ankara)
Technical Officer - Land and Water Resources
I am an agricultural engineer with a specialization in water resources management and have over 15 years experience within the United Nations in the water sector in Africa and Asia. Since January 2012, I am the Land and Water Resources Officer at the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia, based in Ankara, where I provide leadership on the overall direction of the FAO strategy and operations on land and water management in Central Asia with a focus on providing direct support to member countries in the subregion for combating land degradation, coping with water scarcity and advancing water cooperation.
Ruiza (Jean) Boroto (in Accra)
Senior Officer - Water Resources
Mr Boroto joined the FAO in July 2011 after working as an independent consultant for several development agencies and international organizations on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), water policy and strategy, climate change and on different stages and aspects of water projects, mostly in Africa. He holds a Master’s degree in water engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa, where he has worked in various capacities, including as a senior civil servant responsible for the operational management of State dams and for project planning. He has contributed to various regional and international processes. At RAF, he works on land, water and climate change and since recently, he is the FAO’s focal point for energy in Africa.
Thierry Facon (in Bangkok)
Senior Officer - Water Management
I joined FAO in 1985 after graduating from France's Ecole Polytechnique and ENGREF. I moved to FAO's regional Office for Asia ad the Pacific in 1999 after several years at Headquarters and development projects in the Pacific and the Caribbean. My present priorities are: the modernization of irrigation systems in Asia through capacity building, tools for appraising and improving the system's performance and management, analysis of impacts of projects and institutional reforms, and support to country strategies and investment programmes; the multifunctionality of irrigation systems; improving rice water management; and integrated water resources manageent and strategic planning in the water sector.
Senior Officer - Water Policy
I am an agricultural engineer with specialization in water resources management, I spent most of my career dealing with issues related to improved productivity of water in agriculture, with emphasis on the Mediterranean region. In close collaboration with national governments, I work on the analysis and policy implications of agricultural water use and water demand management. I also participate in global perspective studies related to the impact of irrigated agriculture on water scarcity and inter-sectoral competition for water.
Senior Officer - Water Resources Management
As an agricultural engineer I worked for 15 years in different countries in South Asia, the Near East and mostly Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly on irrigation and water management for agricultural purposes, in particular dealing with fragile ecosystems and paying special attention to women and irrigated agriculture. After that, I was for 5 years FAO's water resources management officer for Southern and Eastern Africa, based in Zimbabwe, before joining FAO Headquarters in Rome in 2003. One of my responsibilities at present is managing the AQUASTAT Programme, FAO's global information system on water and agriculture.
Technical Officer - Water Resources
I graduated in 1991 as an agricultural engineer, and I have been working for the FAO's water service since 1997. I am involved in projects that deal with water resources assessment on the river basin scale. I am experienced in making use of Geographical Information Systems and hydrological models as tools to provide better insight in the influence of agricultural water use on available fresh water resources.
Abdul Jawad (in Kampala)
Associate Professional Officer - Water Resources
I studied watershed management at the University of Montana and integrated water management at the University of Queensland. My previous work was with the Afghan government ministries on water and agriculture development. I've also worked on developing and testing tools for reliable, continuous and affordable monitoring and assessment of resources in restive and inaccessible regions. I joined FAO in late 2014 as an Associate Professional Officer (APO). I will be working on water management, climate change and food security.
Koen Joosten (in Addis Abeba)
Associate Professional Officer - Water Resources
I work with the Subregional Office for Eastern Africa on agricultural water resources. I support the country offices throughout the region on issues related to water resources and rural development.
Before joining FAO I worked on climate change adaptation, rural development and value chains in Northern Kenya, but also on water management, environmental policy and agricultural development projects in Bangladesh and the Red Sea region.
I have an MSc in Climate Studies and a BSc in International Land and Water Management, both from Wageningen University.
Sara Marjani Zadeh
Technical Officer - Water Quality
For 9 years I worked as an environmental specialist, in different capacities, coordinating water and waste related programmes including planning, and leading/monitoring activities. In FAO my role is to identify gaps in water quality related issues, collaborate in existing programmes and act as the water quality focal point. I also develop and contribute towards initiatives with the decentralized offices, other UN and outside agencies, and try to enhance multidisciplinary approaches to tackle water quality challenges in relation to agriculture (i.e. salinity, safe reuse of treated wastewater), aligned with FAO strategic objectives and the Division's mandate. I have a PhD in Land and Water Resource Management and Engineering.
I am an Agricultural engineer, MSc in Water Resources management. I joined FAO in 2003 and I have been a Programme Officer (Water resources) in the Land and Water Division since 2006. My work focuses on the development of programs and tools for the improvement of water productivity in agriculture, such as yield gap assessments and crop modeling. I also support field projects related to water management and irrigation in close cooperation with national governments. My working experience includes Europe, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin-American countries. Before joining FAO, I participated in several projects dealing with economic analysis of the impact of agricultural and water policies, through biophysical and economic models.
I am a geographer with specialization in spatial analysis and natural resources management.
I have been using GIS and Remote Sensing tools for several years on different subjects (food security and vulnerability analysis at UN-WFP, forest monitoring at FAO and IAO) before joining FAO NRL department, where I mainly focus on water resources.
In particular, the projects I'm currently involved in deal with smallholders' agricultural water management and basin scale water accounting.
I am an Irrigation Water Management Specialist with extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa. My career has included research studies in Syria and the UK on water management. Prior to my research activities, I served as a water engineer at the Ministry of Irrigation in Syria. I joined NRL in 2001, which involved working for IPTRID Programme on developing activities in the Middle East region until 2008. Since 2008 and up to date, my work has directly been linked with the Water Service of NRL with more focus on the theme of investment in water for agriculture.
Chung-te “Dick” Tzou (in Bangkok)
Technical Officer - Water Resources Development and Conservation
Before coming to the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok in 2013, I have been working primarily in the western United States as a water resources and irrigation engineer for the last 18 years on water conservation and resources development and management issues.
I have a diverse professional background with experiences in on-farm irrigation design, irrigation project development, water rights, and water resources allocation and management.
I am interested in water resources planning and management issues in general and currently working specifically on smallholder farming related to water interventions and livelihood improvements and resilience building for coping with disasters.
Technical Officer - Irrigation
Robina Wahaj holds a PhD degree in Irrigation management. She started her professional career as water management officer in 1992. Since then she has worked on wide range of issues related to Integrated Water Resources Management; Irrigation Modernization; Performance Evaluation of the Irrigation Systems; Conjunctive use of surface and ground water for irrigation; and Gender issues in water management. She has been working as a consultant with FAO since 2001 on projects related to Irrigtion System Management,Canal Operation and Irrigation Modernization.
I lead the Remote Sensing and GIS unit. It includes the international program Global Land Cover Network (GLCN) program, which deals with the development of international standards and harmonization of land cover at global, regional and national levels all over the world. Since 2003, I have been the leader/principal officer of FAO in number of nationally and internationally funded projects, inter alia, the Global Agricultural Monitoring Programme – GEOGLAM, the co-leader and author of the FAO State of Land and Water Resources (SOLAW), FAO representative to GEO (the Group on Earth Observation) and representative to the United nations Geographical Information Working Group (UNGIWG), and co-leader and the first author of FAO Methodologies for Land Cover Classification and Mapping.
I am an environment officer with FAO. Over the last two decades, I led and supervised geo-spatial information management units related to application of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies to natural resources management, environmental monitoring, sustainable agricultural and rural development, decision support, and ecosystem services. I worked with a number of organizations and institutions from various countries including IGN-France International, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadaprior to joining FAO in mid-2008. The main focus of my work at FAO is geospatial management and utilization of earth observation products combined with tabular data to support natural resources management and environment, and sustainable use of land, water and genetic resources.
Information Systems Officer
I graduated in agronomic sciences at the University of Bari, Italy with major in rural planning. My main expertise, which was developed over the years through a Master in Florence, Italy, on GIS and Remote Sensing for environmental studies, 6 years in the USA (USGS in Louisiana) as GIS analyst, and since 2003 in FAO, is in geospatial information and technologies for natural resources monitoring and assessment. I have field experience in Myanmar, Libya, Tunisia, Eritrea, and Burkina Faso. Lately, I have been managing activities related to the development and maintenance of desktop and WEB applications for information sharing and dissemination, as well as data management and analysis in geo-enabled systems.