The International Conference on
Lake Chad Basin


Ambassador Assem Hanafi Elseify                                                       

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science . The American University in Cairo

Bachelor of Arts in Law , Cairo University

Masters of Arts In International Politics, CERIS , Belgium.

Entered Diplomatic career in 1989,Served in Embassies in Italy, Tunisia, Spain

Former Permanent Representative of Egypt to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Ambassador of Egypt to Nigeria since December 2016


Dr Hassan Haruna Bdliya

Phone and email 08034084937,

Country of Citizenship/Residence Nigeria

University College of North Wales, Bangor, U.K.,Post-Doctoral Work on Land Degradation

Salford University, England M. Sc (Urban Studies) and Ph.D. (Agricultural Land Evaluation)

Bayero University, Kano B. A. (Hons) Geography

Coordinating the activities and day to day management of the Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu Yobe Basin Trust Fund. Serving as Executive Secretary Damaturu, Yobe State, Nigeria 2007 to date

Worked as Project Manager for an IUCN and DFID natural resources management projects Nguru in Yobe State, and Dutse in Jigawa State. 1995 to 2001, 2002 to 2006

Served as IWRM Consultant for WSSSRP11 and WSSSRP111 FMWR, Abuja 2013 to date

Served as Chairman of Global Water Partnership, Nigeria Abuja 2010 to 2017

Authored 14 published articles and one book in Nigeria, Chad and Europe 1991 to 2011

Honourable Aliyu Ahman-Pategi, son of foremost nationalist and patriarch of Nigerian nationhood in the immediate post independence era - Alhaji Galadima Ahman-Pategi was born in Patigi on the 3pt of December 1964. He had his primary education in Patigi at the Sudan Interior Mission, Patigi and Patigi Central School Patigi, after which he proceeded to the Government Secondary School, Ilorin for his secondary education. Aliyu Ahman-Pategi bagged his first degree in International Relations from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Though he went straight into business where he has been very successful, his quest for knowledge prompted him to further his education at the University of Abuja, where he obtained a Masters degree in Political Economy and Development in 2002. 
Hon. Aliyu Ahman-Pategi until his election into the Federal House of Representatives, was the Chief Executive Officer of Platform Nigeria Limited, a Civil Engineering Construction firm (which was established over 25 years ago), the Chief Executive Officer of Ahman Pategi Farms with vast array of cash crop plantations and other subsidiary ventures, a Director of Tranex Nigeria Limited and Chairman Board of Trustees of the Ahman Pategi Foundation. 
Honourable Ahman-Pategi, has demonstrated pure altruism with an avowed commitment to the general good of his people at the grassroots with every little opportunity that he has had, even before becoming a member of the House of Representatives. For example, he annually rehabilitated the Saachi - Nupeko road which links Pategi in Kwara to Niger State across River Niger, a project central to the economic well-being of his constituents, from his own personal funds; a responsibility he adopted long before he started his legislative career. 

Since becoming a member of the House of Representatives, Aliyu has executed various constituency projects in each of the local government areas constituting his Federal constituency, Edu, Moro and Patigi Local Government Areas. He has also successfully sponsored and lobbied severa! projects in rural electrification, roads, erosion control, education, health and provision of potable water throughout Edu/Moro/Patigi Federal Constituency, including a Multi-billion Naira Pategi Water Supply Project which will service Pategi and many adjoining communities. As a result of his determination to reduce poverty amongst his constituents, Aliyu commissioned a six million naira revolving micro credit scheme in partnership with the National Poverty Alleviation Programme (NAPEP), which has been in operation since June 2007. 
Honourable Aliyu's philanthropy which has endeared him to his people, is a natural trait he inherited from his illustrious father. Asides from the usual motorcycles which are often used to empower constituents, Aliyu has distributed over 30 buses and saloon cars to his constil:uents for various commercial endeavours. 
Because of his insatiable quest for knowledge and his deep seated desire to lift his constituents out of ignorance, poverty and disease, Aliyu Ahman-Pategi through his personal funds, embarked on setting up the Ahman Pategi University in his home town of Patigi in Kwara State. This very daunting and commendable feat is a testament to Aliyu's fearlessness and unflinching commitment at meeting challenges head-on provided it leads to the emancipation of his people. The Ahman Pategi University is expected to formally open its doors in 2017/2018 Academic Session. 
In 2008, Honourable Ahman-Pategi received the Prestigious Mayor's Proclamation and the Key of the City of Moses Lake, State of Washington, USA after he successfully initiated and sponsored the successful Kwara State Free Medical Week, when he brought the Moses Lake Medical Mission Team, a philanthropic group of medical practitioners in the City of Moses Lake, State 
of Washington, United States of America to Nigeria for the Free Medical Week. He successfully repeated this stride in April 2009, bringing the American Doctors to Lafiagi and Patigi for another round of free medical intervention. Also, in July 2009 he single-handedly sponsored another successful free medical outreach in more locations in his constituency, with medical personnel from the National Hospital, Abuja. 
In the National Assembly, Hon, Pategi was appointed the Chairman of the Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, a post which he meritoriously held between August 2007 and October 2008. During his tenure, his Committee succeeded in getting the NABRO Bill passed by the House of Representatives.At the inception of the 7th House of Representatives, the leadership of the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, Aliyu Ahman-Pateqi was made the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Water Resources, a position he continues to hold in the 8th Assembly; he is also member of tns Committees on Petroluem Resources (Upstream), Finance, FCT, NDDC, Niger Delta Affairs, Privatization and Commercialization, Health Institutions, Environment and Habitat and Science and Technology. 
He received several awards among others/ 
The award of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, Nigeria 
(NULGE) for his exemplary, people oriented leadership in 2008. ~ NANUSA Award of Excellence 2011 
Nigeria Association of Hydrologist - Honorary Fellowship Award 2012 ~ Nigeria Rotaract Multi District Information Organization Award 2008 
Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award by West African Students Union - 2014 ~ Nelson Mandela Award by All African Students Union 2016 
NANS JCC Award 2015 
ECOWAS Youth Council Award 2016 ~ Nigeria Youth Parliament Award 2016 
Aliyu is truly a detribalized Nigerian, speaking as many as four Nigerian languages fluently - he speaks Nupe, English, Yoruba and Hausa. Aliyu Bahago Ahman-Pategi is married with children. 

Profile of Professor Joseph Owolabi Ajayi
Professor Joseph Owolabi Ajayi was born on 7th April 1951 in Ibadan, Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Geology (1972); obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Groundwater Research from the Groundwater Research Centre of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (1973); an MS degree in Hydrology (1976) and a PhD in Water Resources Administration (1982) from the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He spent a post-doctoral period as a Research Specialist, at the Caribbean Research Institute of the College (now University) of the Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands and Assistant Director of the US Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Program (USVI-CZMP) in 1983-84. He is a Professor in the Department of Geology of OAU. Currently he is the Chairman of the Nigerian National Committee of UNESCO – International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP). Since 2015 he has served as a member of the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP), a World Bank assisted project to alleviate flooding in Ibadan Metropolis. 

Guillaume Favreau – PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France
A Senior Scientist at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD, G. Favreau has performed studies on aquifer resources in semiarid regions since his PhD thesis in 2000, mostly working on the impact of LUCC and climate on groundwater recharge, combining various methods (remote sensing, subsurface geophysics, geochemistry, groundwater modeling). He was an invited scientist at University of Texas at Austin (summer 2008) and at the Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey, Niger (2009-2012) where he has given lectures and co-supervised PhD students working on sedimentary aquifers, with strong collaboration with several Universities from west African countries (Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria). He has co-authored ~50 peer-reviewed papers on groundwater recharge, mostly in semiarid regions of SS Africa (including Lake Chad). He has been involved in scientific projects supported by various agencies such as ANR and AFD (France), ARC (Australia), EU (FP7), NERC (UK). He is a former Associate Editor of Hydrogeology Journal (2008-2012) and member of the IRD scientific Council (2017-2020).


Senior Advisor of BONIFICA S.p.A. High Management experiences - 2008-2014 Head of the Technical Office of the Italian Ministry of Transport Infrastructures. He was responsible to manage and coordinate the realization of The Infrastructure Strategic Program of the Country (budget 245 billion euro)

- Since the October 2004 represented Italy in the European Union High Level Group in order to realize “Wider Europe for Transport” Strategic Plan.

- From August 2003 to December 2004 creation of Iraq Plan Infrastructures and Transports coordinator on behalf of Ministry Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Infrastructures and of Transports.

- Since December 2002 represented Italy in the European Union High Level Group for the revision the Transport Trans European network. - Since June 2001 advisor of the Infrastructures and Transports Minister for the definition of strategies and planning of the Italian and European transport network.

- Assistant to the CEO of F.S. S.p.A for “Planning and major infrastructure works and integration with national and international transportation systems” from November 1996 to September 1997.

- Manager at the FS (Italian State Railway Company) since August 1st, 1991 and CEO of the Treno Alta Velocità TAV S.p.A. from September 1991 to November 1996. - Since 1984-1991 Head of the Technical Secretariat of the General Transportation Plan.



Member of Board of Directors at Bonifica S.p.A.. Actually he is Technical Director and Project Manager of the company with more than 30 years of international professional experience as coordinator and responsible for the Transport Planning Unit, he has directed the following main projects, particularly for aspects concerning planning of road and railway infrastructures, road and railway tracks, interchanges and optimal harmonisation with urban and extra-urban territorial systems, including environmental impacts of works and definition of technical solutions aiming at impact minimization. From 1979 to 1984 he has been lecturer in Design of Road infrastructures at the faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and has been author of various publications and technical papers in the road design sector.


CEO and Managing Director of BONIFICA S.p.A., from 2002, part of a group in expansion, with operations around the world (Asia, Europe, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central America) with more than 600 personnel. The activities carried out in the role of Chief Executive Officer are substantiated in operational activities related to the management and coordination of the technical and administrative team with their leaders from every area, and the coordination and the same operation in trade through the care and development of relations with customers and partners in all areas in which the company operates. Industrial Relations reports interface between top management (Members of the Board of Directors) and managerial staff operating. Activities on the coordination and, management of all projects and processes of Corporate Reorganization and Restructuring. (until now have been realized five important processes of reorganization and restructuring that also looked at the use of social safety nets for employees, reduction plans and reallocation of staff). Other key qualification concerning the management and coordination of legal sector / litigation.


Dr. Charles Ichoku

Dr. Charles Ichoku is a Research Physical Scientist at the Climate & Radiation Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA. His activities include the quantitative evaluation and utilization of satellite retrievals of landsurface and atmospheric products for important environmental research and applications. He is leading the team that, over the last several years, has been conducting a major NASA interdisciplinary research on the interactions and feedbacks between the environmental processes and water cycle dynamics in the northern sub-Saharan African region. That study has led to many scientific results published in high-ranking international professional journals. However, his activities over the years have included developing and applying both experimental and remote sensing approaches to research in various branches of the earth sciences, including geology and geodynamics, hydrology, and atmospheric studies. He has won several NASA individual and group achievement awards, and has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Guillaume Favreau – PhD

Dr Guillaume Favreau is a Senior Scientist at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD, G. Favreau has performed studies on aquifer resources in semiarid regions since his PhD thesis in 2000, mostly working on the impact of LUCC and climate on groundwater recharge, combining various methods (remote sensing, subsurface geophysics, geochemistry, groundwater modeling). He was an invited scientist at University of Texas at Austin (summer 2008) and at the Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey, Niger (2009-2012) where he has given lectures and co-supervised PhD students working on sedimentary aquifers, with strong collaboration with several Universities from west African countries (Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria). He has co-authored ~50 peer-reviewed papers on groundwater recharge, mostly in semiarid regions of SS Africa (including Lake Chad). He has been involved in scientific projects supported by various agencies such as ANR and AFD (France), ARC (Australia), EU (FP7), NERC (UK). He is a former Associate Editor of Hydrogeology Journal (2008-2012) and member of the IRD scientific Council (2017-2020).


Guy Immega

Guy Immega is a retired aerospace engineer and entrepreneur, living in Vancouver, Canada. His company, Kinetic Sciences Inc. built experimental robots for the space station, robots to clean up nuclear waste and miniature fingerprint sensors for cell phones. In 2005, he sold the corporate intellectual property to a Californian company.

Over the years 1980-1985, Guy was the Renewable Energy Coordinator for the Province of British Columbia (Canada). He contracted an engineering survey of small-hydroelectric sites and organized the first wind and solar installations feeding the electrical grid.

During the period of 1966-68, Guy served in the US Peace Corps in Niger, Africa. He was stationed in N'Guigmi, on the shores of Lake Chad. He worked on a Peace Corps medical team vaccinating Toubou nomads in a local smallpox epidemic in 1967. He undertook a survey of schistosomiasis disease in Lake Chad. While on Lake Chad, he came into contact with the Buduma people.

Upon retiring in 2005, Guy published an e-book Ancient Egypt’s Lost Legacy? The Buduma Culture of Lake Chad. This book describes the remote Buduma people in the northwest region of the lake in Niger, who maintained a traditional way of life, fishing and cattle herding. Wide distribution of this book ultimately resulted contacts with the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

At the International Conference on Lake Chad in Abuja (February 26-28th, 2018), Guy will present his engineering proposal: “Ubangi – Lake Chad Water Transfer Using the Solar Option.” Saving Lake Chad and food security for millions are Guy’s goals.




François Kalwele


Dr Uche Okpara

Dr Uche Okpara is an environmental social scientist. His research advances scientific understanding of intractable planetary security and development challenges, addressing fundamental questions of global significance within a rapidly re-aligning global climate science and sustainable development policy context. He uses socio-ecological systems and political economy approaches to stimulate breadth and richness of practical environmental governance planning tools at range of scales in both multi-functional urban and rural settings. His in-depth theoretical knowledge of livelihood vulnerability and climate security research has produced: (i) significant new diagnostic tool for understanding how different portrayals of vulnerability influence the discursive formation of climate security; and (ii) composite vulnerability and double exposure metrics for characterising ordinary people’s capacity to adapt to environmental degradation. Uche recently completed a project where he used event data on Lake Chad conflict covering periods of abnormal lake drying trends across the Small and Dry Small Lake Chad phases (1980-2015) to unravel the nexus of climate shocks and conflict in the Lake Chad riparian zones covering Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Through research publications in a range of good quality international journals, as well as stakeholder/NGO engagements across the world, Uche’s work has continued to provide progressive scientific support for relevant actors concerned about environment and development issues in very challenging environments. He is a former DFID/Commonwealth Scholar at Greenwich University, London, and a US SSRC (Social Science Research Council) Fellow. Uche holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics (First Class – University of Nigeria) and a PhD in Environmental Sustainability (Leeds University, UK).

Jimmy O Adegoke

Dr. Jimmy Adegoke is an associate professor at University of Missouri, Kansas, USA. He did his Ph.D. in Pennsylvania State University, USA in Geography with specialization in Climatology. He is an Editor for Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere (SOLA), Meteorological Society of Japan. He is a Board Member, Marine Research (Ma-Re) Institute of the University of Cape Town. He is a member of Technical Advisory Committee, UNESCO cross-cutting project on the application of remote sensing for water resources and ecosystem management in Africa and African Association for Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE).


Engr. Professor Salihu Mustafa was born in Hong, Adamawa State of Nigeria in 1948 and had his secondary school education between 1963 and 1967 at Government School, Yola.   In 1968, he proceeded to the Federal Government College, Sokoto for higher School Certificate and in 1970, gained admission to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained his BSc degree in Civil Engineering in 1973.  he obtained an M.Sc degree  (Water Resource Technology) from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1977 and in 1978, from where he proceeded to the University of Strathyclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK where he obtained a Ph. D in Water Resources Engineering in 1981. 
On completion of his graduate studies Glassgow, he returned to Ahmadu Bellow University, Zaira, Nigeria to continue his career and in 1981 was promoted to the post of lecturer Grade 1, and gradually rose up the ladder until he became reader at ABU, Zaria. In 1987. He was later appointed to the chair of Civil Engineering in 1989 by the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, where he initially served as the head of Department of Civil Engineering and later Dean of Engineering.  Professor Mustafa also served as Special Adviser in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in 1990-1991 and later in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1992-1993 where he was mostly responsible for the development and implementation of existing irrigation and water resources policies in Nigeria.  Although, his working experience in tertiary institutions started at Ahmadu Bello University of Technology, Yola where he serve as the Vice Chancellor (1999-2004).  Between 1999-2005, he also successfully chaired committees for the establishment of two other Universities in his State viz: Adamawa State University at Mubi and Abti-American University of Nigeria, at Yola.  He has also served the Nigeria Universities Commission, NUC in various capacities.
Professor Mustafa is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Nigerian Academy of Science. He has published over 60 papers in national and international journals as well as authored the book: A textbook in Hydrology and Water Resources. 


Location: Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria.
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