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Theib Oweis

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Flagship Coordinator, ICARDA

Home organization: 

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas


Dr. Theib Oweis is a water resources planning and management scientist, with over 40 years of experience in international research and education, development and human capacity building and in the management of water for agriculture especially in water scarce dry environments.

He holds an MSc and PhD degrees in Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA in 1979-1983, and BSc  In Agriculture from Aleppo University in Syria in 1968-1972.

He is the director of the Integrated Water and Land Management Program at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), based in Amman, Jordan. Since 1991,  he has joined ICARDA and worked in several capacities as scientist, principal scientist, research team leader and research manager.

 Earlier, he has joined the University of Jordan, in Amman, as an assistant professor in irrigation and drainage engineering and in the 70’s worked for Dar Al Handash Consultants (Shaer and Partners) as a field irrigation engineer in south Yemen. 

He is an author of over 200 refereed journal publications, books/book chapters and conference proceedings in the areas of water use efficiency, supplemental irrigation, water harvesting, water productivity, deficit irrigation, salinity and the management of scarce water resources; coordinating Lead author of water productivity and the Rainfed Agriculture of the Comprehensive Assessment of water management

He has contributed to the advocacy and promoting, at the local, international and global levels, of the concepts of water productivity and water savings practices in agriculture.

He is an active member of several scientific and professional associations, including:

  • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • Jordan Engineers association
  • Jordan Agricultural Engineers Association

His is a recipient of several awards and honors, including:

  • ICARDA staff of the year Award 2001
  • Outstanding Research Team award 2008
  • Outstanding scientific paper 2010

His current research interests focus on:

  • Water use efficiency
  • Water productivity
  • Supplemental irrigation
  • Water Harvesting
  • Optimization of water use in agriculture and management of scarce water resources in dry areas.
  • Fund mobilization, proposal writing, budgeting, and financial monitoring
  • Research & Capacity development
  • Team building, monitoring and out scaling of research outputs
  • Strategic planning & Leadership
  • Projects management tools& IT systems