Rasha Hassan is blogger for the Future Water Leader section on this website. She joined the team through her ongoing role as the co-coordinator in the Governance Group of the Water Youth Network. With her blogs she will further show the concept of youth participation and the key role of youth organizations worldwide.

Rasha recently joined the Ph.D. program at the University of Barcelona to research drought in the Mediterranean Basin. This position is the result of extensive efforts in academia. Rasha has a BSc in civil engineering and a MSc in environmental systems engineering from Tishreen University, Syria. Her master thesis about groundwater management was a milestone in her career and the entrance to the water sector. Then, she joined the Water and Coastal Management, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Program at the University of Bologna. This experience expanded her perspective, developed her skills, and prepared her to be a manager in this domain. Furthermore, she worked for five years as an environmental engineer in the governmental sector in Syria.

Rasha articulates volunteerism as an essential and constant activity to connect people, learn, and make a positive impact. An example, she was an assistant in the World Water Week 2019. Please connect with her via Linkedin, Twitter or via email – and share your ideas and suggestions.

About Future Water Leader

The Future Water Leaders (FWL) has been a significant platform of Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) since its launch in 2019. This platform illustrates the integral role of young water professionals in shaping and developing the water sector. It encourages them to show their interest and advocate for water issues worldwide. This environment of linking youth talents in the water sector between this moment and the future contributes in achieving the 2030 agenda where the integrated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are highly attributed with water sustainability and availability.

This engagement of young water professionals is demonstrated through the Future Water Leaders Ambassador role where the young water professional represents the youth interest, interacts with the different levels of the water sector, and discusses their projects and ideas. “Water Identity” was the first outcome of FWL presented by Chrysoula Papacharalampou, who was the first ambassador of this platform. Then, she handed the position in the final session of 2019 (AIWW) to Eleanor Treadwell who will serve this role until 2021.