Geo Expertise is a non-profit organization governed by its own statutes and by articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code. It is denominationally neutral. The headquarters of the association are in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland.
The association works towards the following goals :
- Promote the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as an essential decision-support tool in the following areas :
• Sustainable development
• Natural resource management
• Promotion of human rights
- Contribute to the collection of geographic databases and relevant information for making reasoned decisions in the aforementioned areas
- Contribute to the production of thematic maps
- Contribute to the publication of directories and statistical reports
- Contribute to the strengthening of NGOs and public and private bodies’ capacities through the development of appropriate GIS tools
- Encourage knowledge sharing and exchanges on the development of GIS tools and access to new information and communication technologies.
Geo Expertise’s team includes local, regional and international experts with various backgrounds: economics, geography, hydrogeology, geology, engineering, agriculture, environment, law, governance, international relations, conflict and peacebuilding.
The founders of Geo Expertise are
- Imed Ben Hammadi
- Hayat Tib Ben Hammadi
- Ahmed Haj Asaad
Team Members are:
- Ahmed Haj Asaad holds an engineering degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Aleppo, Syria and post-graduate diplomas in Development Studies, Human Ecology and geomatics from the University of Geneva. He is currently completing a PhD at the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. His doctoral research focuses on water management as a tool for post-conflict peace-building and reconciliation.
- Omar Chamali holds a degree in Geological sciences from the University of Damascus, Syria and post-graduate diplomas in hydrogeology and geophysics from the high institute of Lengeprovodkhouse (USSR). He worked as Director of the Orontes basin Directorate and Director of water resources in Homs Governorate.
- Myriam Saadé-Sbeih earned her PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2011, after a master degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and since 2012 has been the Scientific Coordinator of a research program on the transboundary Orontes River basin, funded by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency. Her research focuses on human – hydrosystem interactions in uncertain contexts, especially in the Middle East. She is a Swiss expert for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
- Nur Bekkur, Public relation, data collection
- Ahmad Alaloush, holds a degree in veterinary from the Al-Baath University, Syria and participated in training in Rapid Rural Appraisal, Personal safety and security, First aid & Information security awareness, Effective strategy planning using the balanced score and special administrative behavior of organizations. He worked in humanitarian aid in Syria. He works with the program in the planning of data collection in the crisis.
- Ibrahim Dybou, holds a degree in mechanical engineer from the University of Aleppo, Syria. He worked as Director of pumping stations in the authority for Drinking Water and Sanitation in Idlib -Syria. He is Adviser Geo Expertise. He is setting up a training program on Installation and operation and maintenance of pumping stations equipment.
- Mazen Abd Albaqi, holds a degree in Electric engineer from the University of Aleppo, Syria. He worked as Director of water resources in Idlib Governorate. He is Director of Geo Expertise project “Rehabilitation and Management of the Ar – Ruj irrigation Scheme Idlib – Syria.
- Jihad Sawaq, holds an engineering degree in Agricultural from the University of Aleppo, Syria. He worked as Director of Ar Ruj irrigation Scheme Idlib – Syria. He is associate director of Geo Expertise project “Rehabilitation and Management of the Ar – Ruj irrigation Scheme Idlib – Syria.
- Rima Ghalib, holds a degree in Hydraulic enginnering from the University of Aleppo, Syria, and participated in training in Water resources management during crisis and Drinking water quality standards in emergencies. She worked in private engineering office and in the Directorate of technical services. She was volunteer in the Red – Crescent organization and in BIR Association.
- Mohamad Alassad, holds a degree in public health, and participated in training in first aid in conflict situations. He worked in humanitarian aid in Syria. He coordinates our activities in Syria.
- Maha zeytoun, Data collection, Partnership mechanism
- Ragda Alatrash, Partnership mechanism
- Muhannad Haj Asaad, Partnership mechanism
The members of the scientific committee are:
- Professor Ronald Jaubert
- Professor in Development Studies – The Graduate Institute, Geneva
- Professor at the Geography Institute of the University of Lausanne
- Dr. Mohamed al-Dbiyat a PhD in Human Geography, Researcher at the French Institute for the Middle East
- Researcher at l’Institut français du Proche-Orient. Specializations: Human geography and spatial socio-economic analysis
- Manager of the Map library in Damascus
- Dr. Youness Chtaini is a geologist in charge of GIS (Geographic Information System) and of Geology within our organization. Graduated from the University of Grenoble in Geosciences, Youness Chtaini has accumulated a great range of experiences on the field during his previous positions. He has also been involved in sustainable development in Switzerland, as well as internationally. Additionally, Youness works on projects supporting the popularization of sciences within schools. He is also a member of the Swiss Association of Environmental Professionals, the Swiss Society of Hydrology, as well as the Swiss Society of Geology.
- Dr. Wasim Ali
- Hayat Tib Ben Hammadi
- Accessibilité à la santé, Droits de l’Homme
- Defne Gonenc
- Politique globale de l’environnement
- Gouvernance globale
Previous team members and intern
- Steven Dixon, working with Geo Expertise on its Syrian Civil Society Support Program. Steven holds a BA from the University of Leeds and an MA from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Steven’s academic experience is centred on humanitarian intervention, conflict & peace building and humanitarian response. Previously employed as a research assistant at the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI), Steven has extensive experience in the role of civil society in peace processes. At IPTI he was specifically responsible for analysing the role of women in peace negotiations, co-authored the report “Making women count – Not Just Counting Women” and was a credited contributor to the UN Women Global study on resolution 1325 released in 2015. Passionate about the dynamics of humanitarian response, Steven wrote his Master’s thesis on the localization of humanitarian assistance in the Syrian crisis
- Elsa Romera Moreno, holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Geneva and a Master of International Affairs at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Working with Geo Expertise on its Syrian Civil Society Support Program she is interested in the interplay between armed conflicts and humanitarian action. Elsa wrote her Master’s thesis on humanitarian access in the Syrian crisis, looking specifically at the role of the Syrian state in obstructing humanitarian assistance. She is fluent in French, Spanish and English, and is currently learning Arabic
- Amal Sadozai, completed a Master of International Affairs with a specialization in Conflict and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and is currently working with Geo Expertise on the Syrian Civil Society Support Program. She wrote her Master’s thesis on the role of Syrian civil society capacity building in remote humanitarian operations. She holds a Bachelor Honours degree in International Relation and History from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has recently completed an internship with the Qatar Red Crescent in Gaziantep focusing in their remote humanitarian operations and partnerships with Syrian NGOs. She is a fluent speaker of English, Urdu and Pashto.
- Viviane Schönbächler, Syrian civil society organizations and potential support from Swiss Aid Agencies and NGOs.
- Dominique Fraser, is a postgraduate student currently completing a Master in International Affaires at the Gradaute Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She holds a B.A. in Peace and conflict studies and an Honours degree in International Relations from the University of Queensland. Her previous work has centred on humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect, as well as women’s inclusion in peace processes and the Women Peace and Security agenda.Ahmed Eleiba, holds a B.A. in Political Science from Cairo University. He is currently completing a Master in International Affaires at the Gradaute Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He joined SwissPeace in April 2016 as a Program Assitance at the Mediation Program. He worked as a Program Officer at the Swiss Agency for Development and Coopération’s office in Egypt, and as a political Officer at the US Embassy in Cairo, as well as with UNDP and IOM country operations.
- Justine Boillat, is a M.A. candidate in International Affaures at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and holds a B.A. in social anthropology from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Her academic focus is on migration, refugee studies and humanitarianism. She has worked with Syrian refugees – among other nationalities in Greece, Lebanon and in Geneva.