WIMEK International Advisory Board (IAB)

The main task of the International Advisory Board is to give advice and critical guidance on strategic issues concerning the research and the educational programme of the Graduate School and to evaluate its performance.

The IAB consists of four leading international scientists representing the various scientific fields of WIMEK.

  • Prof. Alex Zehnder, Scientific Director of the Alberta Water Research Institute in Edmonton, Canada, founder and director of triple Z Ltd, Visiting Professor at NTU, and Professor emeritus of ETH Zurich (chair)
  • Prof. Petra Döll, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt
  • Prof. Harold van Es, Professor of Soil Science and former Chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University
  • Prof. Peter Mollinga, University of London, UK
  • Prof. Lea Kauppi, General Director Finnish Environment Institute – SYKE
  • Prof. Martin Prominski, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Mini CVs IAB member

Prof. Alexander Zehnder

Prof. Alexander J.B. Zehnder is Visiting Professor and member of the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, founder and director of triple Z Ltd., former president of the ETH Board and Professor emeritus of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He was the scientific director of AWRI, the Alberta Water Research Institute, of Water Resources of Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions, Canada, headed EAWAG, the Swiss Federal Institute for aquatic science and technology, has been on the faculty of Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands and Stanford University, USA. He heads NTU’s Sustainable Earth Office which coordinates NTU’s sustainability activities and chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of SCELSE, one of Singapore’s Research Centre of Excellence. He is a member of the Council STS (Science and Technology in Society) forum Kyoto, Nestlé’s Advisory Board on Creating Shared Value, the Board of Trustees of the Dubai based Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award, the Switzerland based Holinger AG for consulting, planning and realization in construction, process and environmental technology, and the Industry Advisory Board of zouk ventures, a London based venture capital firm investing primarily into clean technology, energy and water.

Prof. Petra Döll

Professor Petra Döll is full professor of Hydrology at the Institute of Physical Geography, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, since 2003. Her research focuses on global hydrology (water resources and water use) and climate change risks (quantitative modelling) and methods for transdisciplinary research and participatory processes. She studied geology at the University of Erlangen (Vordiplom) and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA (MSc). She has a PhD from TU Berlin and received her “Habilitation” in Environmental Systems Analysis at the University of Kassel in 2002.

She worked as research scientist at the Geological Survey of Hamburg (1988 – 1992), at the Institute of Ecology of the Technical University of Berlin (1993 – 1996) and as research scientist and lecturer at the Center for Environmental Systems Research of the University of Kassel (1996 – 2003).

Moreover, she is lead author of Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), including Summary for Policymakers (IPCC 2014) as well as of IPCC’s Technical Paper on Climate and Water, Member of Scientific Board of German IHP/HWRP National Committee (UNESCO) (2004-2013) and Member of Senate Commission Earth System Research of German Research Foundation (DFG) (2017- ).

Prof. Harold van Es

Harold van Es is a Professor of Soil Science and former Chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University.  He received degrees from the University of Amsterdam, Iowa State University and North Carolina State University.  He was the 2016 President of the Soil Science Society of America and is also a Fellow of both the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy.  His broader interest is in soil and water management, specifically precision management of crop inputs, soil health, and space-time statistics.  He teaches an undergraduate course in sustainable soil management and a graduate course in space-time statistics.  He has published over 130 refereed papers, co-authored a widely-read book on soil health management, wrote numerous extension and proceedings articles, and advised 60 graduate students and postdocs.  His research has been conducted at locations in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and North America.  His team made internationally recognized contributions in design of field experiments and soil health, including an assessment and management framework. He is also lead inventor of Adapt-N, computational nitrogen management tool that was commercialized by a global crop nutrition company and recently won a $1M international prize. https://scs.cals.cornell.edu/people/harold-van-es/

Prof. Lea Kauppi

Professor Lea Kauppi has been Director General of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), a multidisciplinary environmental research institute since 1995. She received her PhD from the University of Helsinki in 1984. Her research focus has been on agricultural pollution of rivers and lakes, modelling of impacts of acidification, impacts of climate change as well as management of transboundary waters. She has a long experience on working at the science –policy interface related to various environmental issues. She has participated in evaluations of EU RTD Framework programmes and been a member of evaluation panels of various research institutions and research programmes in Europe. She is also actively involved in the development of research infrastructures at the national as well as European level. Since 2016 she is a member of the council of the International Institute for Applied Systems and was a member of the International Resource Panel of UNEP in 2008-2016.

Prof. Peter Mollinga

Professor Peter Mollinga is a full professor of Development Studies, SOAS University of London, UK. His Masters in irrigation and PhD on the political economy of unequal water distribution in Indian canal irrigation were both from Wageningen (Agricultural) University. His Habilitation in Development Sociology is from Bonn University, Germany. At SOAS he initiated the Centre for Water and Development. He is one of the three founding editors of Water Alternatives. An interdisciplinary journal on water, politics and development (www.water-alternatives.org). His research fields are water governance & water politics, agrarian change and technology, and inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to natural resources management. His geographical focus is Asia, particularly South Asia and Central Asia. He is coordinator of the EU H2020 research programme ‘Migration governance and agricultural & rural change in ‘home’ communities: comparative experience from Europe, Asia and Africa (AGRUMIG; starting Feb 2019). Two recent publications are: Suhardiman Diana and Peter P. Mollinga. 2017. Institutionalised corruption in Indonesian irrigation: An analysis of the upeti system. Development Policy Review 00:1-20http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12276, and Mollinga, Peter P. 2016. Secure property rights and non-credibility: The paradoxical dynamics of canal irrigation in India. Journal of Peasant Studies 43(6):1310-1331 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2016.1215304

Prof. Martin Prominski

Prof. Martin Prominski is full Professor and chair of Designing Urban Landscapes at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, and a registered landscape architect. He studied landscape planning at the Technical University of Berlin and received a Master´s in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, with the support of a DAAD scholarship. He has a PhD from TU Berlin, published in 2004 as Landschaft Entwerfen. He co-founded the Journal of Landscape Architecture (JoLA) in 2006 and served as editor until 2010. Since 2008, he has been a member of the STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN, an interdisciplinary platform for research, practice and teaching on urban landscapes. In 2016, he co-founded the "Sino-German Cooperation Group on Urbanization and Locality Research" together with Peking University (with Prof. Fang WANG). His current research focuses on design research strategies, qualification of urban landscapes, and concepts of nature and culture in the Anthropocene. His most recent books are Urbanization and Locality - Strengthening Identity and Sustainability by Site-specific Planning and Design (with Wang F. (Eds.), 2015), Urbane Natur gestalten (mit Maaß M. u. Funke L., 2014) and River. Space. Design. (with Stokman A. et al., second, enlarged edition 2017; translated into Chinese)