Our Mentor Network

Cewas Middle east’s work is supported by a group of high-level professionals in the environmental and business sector. This network of mentors fuels the development of ambitious and talented start-ups in the field of water, sanitation and resource management by providing expertise, feedback, matchmaking and other services. We would like to introduce you to leaders of global programs, renowned scientists as well as consultants and professionals in project development, leadership and governance. Our network can help you promote your business worldwide

Lara Nassar


Regional Coordinator – the Sustanable sanitation Allience – WANA Chapter


Alex Miller

(BORDA Wesca)

Regional Director – BORDA Wesca


Samer Talozi

(Jordan University of Science and Technology)

Associate Professor – Jordan University of Science and Technology


Research Gate

Ruba Zubi

(Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation)

Scientific Research Manager – Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation



Ramy Boujawdeh


Ramy Boujawdeh is the Deputy GM of Berytech, leading the Incubation and Entrepreneurship Business Development arm that supports Innovative Lebanese Startups and SMEs, providing Business Support, Mentorship, Coaching, Hosting, Networking and Internationalization and part of Innovation and Entrepreneurship regional programs. He is behind the Agri-Food Innovation Hub: Agrytech Program, focused on sustainable future using tech and innovation. Between 2000 & 2014, Ramy amassed a diversified knowledge in the fields of change management, quality management, operations, as he filled roles in General and Regional Management in Operations, Quality and Change Management in different industries across 3 continents. He is keen on mobilizing his knowledge and connections to the best interest of the people he supports. He advises startups in Lebanon and is an Angel Investor with SEEDERS. Since his return to Lebanon Ramy has been active supporting social causes such as education, agriculture, environment, gender equity and economic development in rural areas. Ramy is also the Vice President of a Lebanese NGO, Rural Entrepreneurs, a Board member on The UNDP’s Together towards Sustainable Development [T2SD] and an Ambassador for the Global Compact Network Lebanon focusing on the SDG #9.  He is  also a member of the council of representatives at the order of Engineers and Architects. Ramy holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Engineering from AUB, and a Master’s degree in Business Management and Economics.

Tracy El Achkar

(Eco-sustainable Development)

Civic Awareness and Eco-sustainable Development

Jamil Moauwad

Past District Governor

Naila Saba, FCIM

(Avoid.Agency )

Co-founder & CSO

Dr. Johannes Heeb


is executive director of seecon international GmbH, based in Switzerland. He is also co-director of cewas, lecturer at the Universities of Basel and Lucerne and has extensive experience in the fields of resource management, Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (SSWM), development cooperation, as well as regional development. In all fields he has launched lighthouse projects worldwide.

Dr. Nidal Salim


is director and founder of the Global Institute for Water Environment and Health (GIWEH) in Genève, Switzerland and member of the steering committee of Swiss Water Partnership (SWP). Prior to joining the University of Geneva in September, 2002 he worked as a director at the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), which involved many separate hydrological projects at local and regional scales. Nidal has an extensive bibliography of publications and participates actively in international conferences and workshops.

Dr. Abdelrahman Tamimi

(PHG Palestine)

is the Director of  the Palestinian Hydrology Group for Water and Environmental Resources Development in Palestine.

Dr. Wafa Hassan

(Polytechnic University in Hebron)

is an expert in water integrity management with a background in sustainable water and agriculture linkages. She is currently assistant professor in environmental engineering at Palestine assistant professor in environmental engineering at PalestinePolytechnic University in Hebron.

Dr. Maher Abu Madi

(Birzeit University)

is the Director of the Institute of Environmental and Water Studies (IEWS) at Birzeit University in Palestine.

Luma Saqqaf


is the founder of JeeranSME, a non-profit business-mentoring community to support entrepreneurs in Palestine and Jordan. Luma is also an investor and angel investor and an active volunteer.  Her legal and finance experience spans 15 years, having worked for the two “magic circle” law firms Allen & Overy and – most recently – Linklaters, where she was a partner and global head of Islamic Finance. Luma is also a qualified executive coach.

Our Partners


We work through a network of partner organizations, universities, govermental instiutions and private companies in each country of operation. Our partners across the water, sanitation and entrepreneurship sectors assure the quality of our trainings and programmes and support participants of the cewas Middle East start-up programme with a strong network.


If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact us!