Short Biography

Prof. Zubari currently holds the academic position of Professor of Water Resources Management at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU). He holds the administrative positions of the Acting Director of the Water Resources Management Program, and the Coordinator of the UNU Water Virtual Learning Center for the Arab Region. He served as the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies (2010-2013) and AGU Vice-President for Academic Affairs (2008-2010) .

He obtained his MSc degree in 1987 in the field of groundwater mathematical modeling from Ohio University and PhD degree in 1990 in the same field from Colorado State University, and joined AGU in 1990. Since joining AGU, he has taught many courses in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management and Planning in Arid Regions, and has published more than 90 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and seminars. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Gulf Journal of Scientific Research (AGJSR), a multi-disciplinary regional Journal for the GCC countries, during the period September, 2006 – January, 2010. He serves as a consultant for many international and regional organizations, including UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, ESCWA, and FAO.

In the period from February 2006 to March 2008, he wrote a weekly column in the Alwasat Newspaper on water and environmental issues and challenges in the GCC countries. He has been active in the Water Science and Technology Association (WSTA), a regional water NGO in the GCC countries, and has made significant contribution to its conferences scientific committee (chairman of the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Gulf Water Conferences), and its president (2001-2003 cycle). He is has been elected as the WSTA president for the current cycle 2013-2015.

In December 2002, he received the Award of Best Researcher in the Arab World in the field of Water Resources from the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization. In March 2008, he published his first book on Water Issues and Challenges in the GCC (in Arabic), which received Yousif Bin Ahmad Kanoo Best Authors Prize in early 2012.