Bahri, Akissa, Dr.

Fellow of AAS since 2006; Agronomy
Born in 1954, Tunisia

Dr. Akissa obtained the Degree of Agronomist in 1977 at the National High School of Agronomy of Toulouse in France, became Doctor-Engineer in “Sciences and Techniques in Vegetable Production and Quality Products” in 1982 at “Institut National Polytechnique” of Toulouse – France.

She obtained her PhD in Science in 1995 from the Institute of Science and technology of Lund University – Sweden. Her previous positions include: Researcher, Master of Research Program, Manager of the Laboratory, Lecturer, Director of research in Tunisia and Director for Africa International Water in Sri Lanka.

Currently, she is Director and Chief of Laboratory Research for Agricultural Engineering of Ministry of Agriculture. Her research interests include: agricultural use of marginal waters, sewage sludge and their impacts on the environment.

Her honours and awards include: Guinness awards for Scientific Achievement, King Baudoin of Sweden Award, and Kuwait Prize. She is a member of IWMI Board of Governors, TWAS Fellow, member of the International Water Academy of Oslo. She has 31 publications and 62 notes and reports.

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Ben Lakhdar-Arkout, Zohra, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2006; Atomic Molecular Physics
Born in 1943, Tunisia

Prof. Ben Lakhdar obtained her M.Sc. in 1968, Thesis of 3e Cycle in 1971 and Doctorate in 1978 at University of Pierre and Marie Curie in France where she held the position of Lecturer in 1969; went back to Tunisia and became Professor in 1984 at the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis.

She is the founding President of the Tunisian Society of Optics. She has served as Director of LSAMA (that involves 35% of women researchers) and her research interests are in atomic and molecular physics-collisions, astrophysics, plasma, optics-photonics, space science-space techniques, environment-Air pollution-water pollution, biotechnology, teaching of physics, science education – research and technology development in Africa, science history, space occupation and the future for mankind.

She has collaborations with professional societies and Scientific Institutions and, she also has several national, regional and international recognitions and awards. She has 58 publications in journals, 55 papers on communication and Seminars.

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Chaibi, Mohamed Thameur, Dr.

Fellow of AAS since 2006; Renewable energies
Born in 1961, Tunisia

Thameur CHAIBI is a the Head of the Department of Rural Engineering at the National Research Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Water and Forestry in Tunisia.

He obtained his PhD from the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SLU) in the field of Agriculture Engineering and Climate Technologies. He has over sixty publications in various areas covering renewable energy systems, water resources engineering and environment physics and currently serves as Advisory Editor, Associate Editors and referees for several international journals.

He has been appointed in 2008 to assist the African Union Commission (AUC) in developing and coordinating processes in Science, Technology and Innovations policy in Africa and has been appointed as focal point for the Pan African University program and coordinator for the Master curriculum in the field of Water.

He is a Member of: the Founders committee of the Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centres of excellence (MENA/ NWC) under the USAID-FABRI program (2012), the Advisory group of the Word bank project on African Center of Excellence (ACE) (2011), the Governing council of the African Academy of Sciences representative of North Africa Region (2010), the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) (2009)  and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) (2006).

He served in various capacities as associate member of the Environmental Security panel under the NATO Science for Peace and Security and the European Commission Frameworks Programs

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Daoud, Abdelaziz, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2005; Solid State Chemistry
Born in 1937, Tunisia

Prof. Daoud got his D.E.A in 1971, “Doctorat 3eme Cycle” in 1972 and PhD on Solid State Chemistry in 1976 from the University of Dijon. 

He has served as Higher Technician IAEA in Tunisia, Associate Assistant, Lecturer at Dijon, Associate Professor and Professor at the Faculty of Science of Sfax Tunisia; Director of the national Engineering School of Sfax; Regional Delegate for Scientific Research and Technology in Tunisia. Currently he is a retired Professor Emeritus but remains Correspondent of the Foundation of Technopole of Sofia – Antipolis of Nice in France and consultant in the Technology Park.

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