Earth Sciences

: Mar 29, 2017

About Me
  • Senior Scientist in hydrology. I joined IRD (the French Research Institute for Sustainable Development) in 1979 and spent most of my working life in Africa; especially in semi-arid countries where I addressed four related scientific topics: (1) infiltration processes, runoff, erosion and fluxes transfers at the scale of cultivated catchments, (2) impacts of climate variability on water resources, (3) water and land management and ecosystem services under threat from climate change, (4) nexus water,  energy, food security.  

I have held the following positions in research management: (1) coordinator of the HYDROMED programme on small dams posted in Tunis (1995-2001), (2) laboratory director at the Montpellier Agricultural School (2001-2006), (3) representative of the French Research Institute (IRD) for East Africa, posted in Nairobi (2006-2012), (4) director of European affairs at the IRD headquarters (2012-2013), and (5) representative of the French research institutions in Southern Africa and director of the IRD-CNRS-CIRAD joint office in Pretoria (2013-2017). He is now posted in Montpellier as Special Advisor to Prof. Jean-Paul Moatti for the UN Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR 2019) and as director of the mission on expertise and consultancy.

Fields of Expertise:

 Plant Health
 International Cooperation
 Development and Cooperation
 Horizon Europe
 Euro-Mediterranean Relations

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