YLP Committee Members 2015-2017

The Chairmen of the YLP Committee from IDA’s Board of Directors are:

Dr. Nobuya Fujiwara
E-mail: nobuya_fujiwara@toyobo.jp


Mr. Maurice Neo
E-mail: maurice_neo@pub.gov.sg

Committee Members:

Ms. Blanca Salgado (Co-lead) Eng. Salgado is currently technical service and development specialist for Dow Water and Process Solutions. With a background in chemical engineering, applied chemistry and process engineering, and holding an MBA, she has more than ten years of experience in desalination and water treatment, from complementary perspectives: technical, commercial, research and development. She has spent her professional life in different locations (including Tarragona, Madrid and Beijing), and is currently based in Paris, France.  Spoken languages: English, Spanish, French
E-mail: bsalgado@dow.com
Naomi Jones (Co-lead) Naomi is a chemical engineer with over 9 years of experience in the membrane industry primarily working in wastewater treatment and reuse fields. She is currently a System Sales Engineer for H2O Innovation, Inc., a membrane systems integrator, where her role includes strategic business development, project bidding and contract negotiation. She worked at Hydranautics for 6 years as an Applications Engineer in the MBR/hollow fiber R&D group where she was involved in process design, managing and operating pilot projects, full-scale start-ups and system troubleshooting. She has published papers through WEFTEC, AMTA MTC and the IDA Journal.  Spoken languages: English
E-mail: Naomi.jones@h2oinnovation.com
Mr. Muhammad Ariful Haque (Special/Technical Program Coordinator)
E-mail: kamfisht@gmail.com
Dr. Matan Beery (Regional Coordinator – Europe) Dr. Beery has over seven years experience in desalination and water treatment and is the CEO and co-founder of akvola Technologies, a water technology start-up based in Berlin. Additionally, Dr Beery gives classes in Environmental Technology and Process Automation at universities in Berlin, China and Korea. He has also served as an academic coordinator at the Technion’s Chemical Engineering faculty in Israel.  Spoken languages: English, Hebrew, German
E-mail: beery@akvolution.de
Monica Boodhan (Regional Coordinator – Latin America Caribbean) Ms. Boodhan is a Senior Instructor (Physics) at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and a PhD candidate (Physics) at the University of the West Indies (UWI). With over seven years of experience in Desalination and over nine in Renewable Energy, her area of expertise is solar distillation. Monica received her M.Phil. and B.Sc. in Physics from the UWI and she served as project manager for the EU-funded DIREKT project. Over the years Ms. Boodhan has successfully completed numerous training courses in the areas of Renewable Energy, Desalination, Water Treatment, Smart Grids and other courses related to Research and Teaching. Additionally, she has served as a trainer in Solar Energy at various workshops across the Caribbean and Bangladesh. Ms. Boodhan sits on the Board of Directors for the Caribbean Desalination Association (CaribDA) and is the inaugural co-chair for the CaribDA’s Young Leaders’ Programme. Spoken language: English
E-mail: monicaboodhan@gmail.com
SChoong photoDr. Simon Choong (Regional Coordinator – North America) Dr. Choong is currently a Membrane Scientist at Gradiant Corporation, focusing on developing a membrane-based system in treating high TDS wastewater. Prior to Gradiant, he received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a project on oil/water separation using nanofibers membranes.  While at MIT, he co-founded the MIT Water Club that provides a platform for the students and water professionals to network and to share expertise in water treatment.  Spoken languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay
E-mail: simonchoong5665@gmail.com
Holly Johnson Churman (Special/Technical Program Coordinator) Ms. Churman is the Technology Manager at Water Standard, managing efforts relating to research, demonstration and integration of water treatment technologies for water-based improved and enhanced oil recovery applications in the oil and gas space. Prior to joining Water Standard, Ms. Churman served as a Senior Applications/Process Engineer for Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, where she designed advanced water treatment and desalination solutions for seawater and industrial water and wastewater projects globally. Ms. Churman has authored a number of technical papers related to technology design, development, and sustainability, and has presented on these subjects at national and international forums. A registered professional engineer in Texas and West Virginia, USA, Ms. Churman earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, respectively. Spoken language:  English
E-mail:  hchurman@waterstandard.com
Mr. Eduard Gasia (Special/Technical Program Coordinator)
E-mail: egasiabruch@dow.com
Dr. Sanghyun Jeong (Special/Technical Program Coordinator) Dr. Jeong is currently a post-doctoral research fellow in Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He completed his PhD in environmental engineering at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in Australia. After that, he spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at UTS. He was involved in a number of projects on wastewater treatment, water reuse as well as desalination as a principal researcher and chief investigator during last 9 years. His main research interests include analyzing and control of organic and biological fouling, membrane-based filtration processes (MF/UF, NF/RO and FO/MD) and environmental biotechnology for desalination and water reuse.  Spoken languages: English and Korean
E-mail: Sanghyun.Jeong@kaust.edu.sa
 Dr. Muhammad Wakil Shahzad (Regional Coordinator – Middle East Africa)Dr. Shahzad has expertise in thermal desalination systems design and comparative economic analysis. He is involved in many desalination piloting projects designing, installation and commissioning in GCC and Asia pacific region. Currently, he is working as a postdoctoral fellow in Water Desalination and Reuse Centre (WDRC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Saudi Arabia. Dr. Shahzad graduated from National University of Singapore in 2014. He has authored more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conferences. Their innovative hybrid “MEDAD” desalination cycle won GE-ARAMCO global innovation challenge award 2015:-water production LCC <$0.5/m3. Dr. Shahzad also deliver workshops on desalination system designing and optimization.  Spoken languages: English, Urdu
E-mail: wakil.engr@gmail.com
Dr. Victor Sim (Regional Coordinator – Asia Pacific)Dr Victor Sim is currently the Deputy Director Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute Community Development (NEWRIComm). He is responsible for leadership and overall coordination of the activities within the group to focus on regional geographies in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. In the last six years, through its partnership with the Lien Foundation in the Lien Environmental Fellowship (LEF), NEWRI has built a network of community projects and partners across Asia through technical collaborations shaped by its community-centric development goals. There has been eight such community projects in six countries – namely Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and, Sri Lanka. Altogether, this portfolio have benefited more than a million people through better water access and sanitation, access to know-how, and capacity building.

He previously served as CH2M Singapore’s process lead for design considerations and process options for drinking water works. He is proficient in US EPA Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2ESWTR), Disinfection By-Products (DBPs) Control and Process Trade-offs. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a PhD under Professor Tony Fane on the support of the National Research Foundation Environment and Water Technology (NRF-EWT) scholarship by the Singapore government. His PhD work on the development of novel monitors for early detection of fouling in reverse-osmosis systems has won numerous awards and accolades including the World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD prize and American Water Works Association (AWWA) Academic Achievement Award for the best doctoral dissertation in his research field. A two-time recipient of the IDA Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship (2010-2012) and the recipient of the Young Leader award for his presentation at the World Congress 2011, he looks forward to contribute back strongly to IDA as well the field of water as a whole. He concurrently holds the vice-chair position of the Singapore Water Association Young Water Professionals (SWA-YWP).

E-mail: Victor.sim@ntu.edu


Dr. Xing Yang (Special/Technical Program Coordinator)
E-mail: alwaysbe_yx@hotmail.com