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Mary M. Matthews - Chief Technical Advisor and Regional Project Coordinator

Dr. Mary M. Matthews is the Chief Technical Advisor and Regional Project Coordinator for the UNDP-GEF International Waters Kura II Project: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin. Since 2001 she has served as stakeholder analyst, policy strategists, institutional expert, socio-economic expert, project manager, project regional coordinator, and multiple other roles in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean for UNDP-GEF, UNEP, EU, World Bank, and bilateral donors. She has worked with EIAs, SEAs, and environmental project design, development and implementation. Her background in social sciences combined with environmental sciences, mediation, and political economy make the unique challenges of GEF International Waters especially intriguing for her as a mean to build critical transboundary cooperation.

Mary M. Matthews is based in the PCU in Baku. E-mail:

Ahmed Abou Elseoud Ahmed - Project Senior Capacity Building Coordinator

Ahmed has over 28 years of experience in all aspects and phases of water resources and environmental management. He graduated in 1983 from the faculty of Engineering Cairo University as civil engineer and got a MSC in water and environmental Engineering in 1994 from Utah state university, USA. Then he got a professional Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the American University in Cairo in 1999. Eng. Ahmed has Significant expertise in water management computer modelling, information systems, decision support systems and environmental quality monitoring and analysis including oversight of biomonitoring and environmental flow monitoring to EU Water Framework Directives, in Egypt, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. He served as senior Biomonitoring expert in the previous phase of the UNDP GEF Kura-Aras Project. He Served as Water Resources Planner in the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation for 15 years and moved to the Ministry of Environment where promoted to be the First Deputy Secretary Head of the Central Department for Environmental Quality in the Egyptian Ministry of Environment. He is currently on leave from his role as CEO of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency to work on the Kura II Project.

Ahmed is based in PCU in Baku. E-mail: