Leading Academics




Prof Adel Sharif

University of Surrey, UK, 

Director – Qatar Research Foundation




Adel is a Professor of Water Engineering and Process Innovation, and Founder Director of the Centre for Osmosis Research and Applications, (CORA) at the University of Surrey, UK. He is currently on leave at the Qatar Foundation, where he is directing the Water Security programme. Prof Sharif is a winner of The Queen’s 2011 Anniversary Prize for Water Research and the 2005 UK Royal Society Brian Mercer Senior Award for Innovation in Science and Technology. He is also the winner of the 2008 Science Business first pan-European Academic Enterprise Award in the category of Energy/Environment.  CORA water technologies were also awarded the Institute of Chemical Engineers 2011 Innovation and Excellence award in the Water Supply and Management category. He is a founder of Modern Water plc, a London Exchange AIM Market listed company specialised in desalination and renewable power generation.  Prof Sharif is a member of the Qatar Foundation’s Expatriate Arab Scientists Forum. A Chemical Engineer with degrees from Baghdad and Swansea Universities. He has over 150 publications; is an inventor and co-inventor of more than 25 patents and has supervised over twenty five PhD projects and more than 50 MSc dissertations.


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