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Mutaz Ghandour accepts IDA Honorary Council membership invitation

  • The council is aimed at leveraging the knowledge, experience and volunteerism of all its honorary members to boost advocacy for desalination and advanced water treatment solutions

The Board of Directors of the International Desalination Association (IDA) invited Mutaz Ghandour, Metito Chairman and CEO, to become a member of the IDA Honorary Council and an IDA Ambassador in recognition of his extensive industry expertise, outstanding contribution to the water sector and for his service to the IDA over the years.

The aim of this Council is to leverage the wealth of knowledge and experience that resides with its members to fulfil the IDA’s mission around the world and its commitment to encourage research, promote and exchange communication, disseminate information, and support education in the field of desalination and water sciences.

“Among IDA’s great strengths are the commitment of its membership to serve the Association and the depth of their industry experience and knowledge. The IDA Honorary Council is recognition of notable individuals who have devoted their time to the Association and who have distinguished themselves in the field of desalination and advanced water treatment solutions. They bring an extraordinary level of longstanding insight of the global industry. Through the support of the Honorary Council members, who will act as ambassadors for the Association, IDA will intensify the engagement with the world’s policymakers to help ensure sustainable solutions to growing water scarcity challenges,” said Shannon McCarthy, IDA Secretary General.

IDA is a non-profit association and associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The IDA Honorary Council will be balanced by regional representation from five regions: Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and Africa, North America, Pacific and Asia.

Commenting on this invitation Mutaz Ghandour said, “It is an honour to accept this expression of confidence and invitation from the IDA, an organization that Metito has supported throughout the years and which I believe is an excellent platform to exchange ideas and come up with new ones”.

“There is a lot more that can be done and I am confident that with the new IDA leaders more can be achieved especially through integrating with other organizations to widen the reach and exposure of its mission and the critical knowledge its expertise have to share.  Water scarcity is not an industry issue but an issue of general and global importance and I hope the IDA Honorary Council can add shared value on this front’, Mutaz added.

In 2017, Mutaz was also appointed Goodwill Ambassador to The UN Intergovernmental Institution for Combating Malnutrition, a Permanent International Observer to The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Mutaz was also named the Water’s Longest-Serving Chief Executive in the Global Water Business by Global Water Intelligence (GWI).

Kigali Bulk Water Supply PPP Project Wins Big At The Partnerships Awards 2018

The Kigali Bulk Water Supply PPP project strikes again adding two coveted titles to its portfolio of awards. The project was awarded the ‘BEST UTILITIES PROJECT’ and the ‘GRAND PRIX’ award at the Partnerships Awards 2018 ceremony in London earlier this month.

The Partnerships Awards recognize and reward the best in PPPs and the Kigali Bulk Water Supply PPP project stood out for its trailblazing nature and ability to act as a standard bearer for the PPP industry across emerging markets. The judges felt the project is encouraging investors into both new sectors and new parts of the world, as well as recognized the high impact that the project has had on its community.

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Metito wins ‘Water Deal of the Year’ and ‘Desalination Company of the Year – Distinction’ at the prestigious Global Water Awards 2018

Metito is the proud winner of the ‘Water Deal of the Year’ and a distinction award recipient for the ‘Desalination Company of the Year’ as announced at the 2018 Global Water Awards* ceremony, part of the Global Water Summit 2018, that took place at the Pavillon d’Armenonville in Paris, France.

Rami Ghandour, Metito Managing Director, received the coveted awards at the ceremony. Metito was the only company to receive two awards at this prestigious event.

“We are honored to receive such important global water awards and proud to be playing an active role in empowering communities around the world through developing strategic water projects and pioneering business models that enable such capital intensive projects to be executed.”, commented Rami Ghandour.

Metito won the ‘Water Deal of the Year’, for making the biggest contribution to the advancement of private sector participation in the international water sector, for the Kigali Bulk Water Supply Project, the First Bulk Surface Water Supply project in Sub Saharan Africa, procured through public-private partnership (PPP). Awarded in 2014 after an international competitive bid and financial close was achieved in November 2017, the project will secure 40M litres/day of safe and clean water covering 40% of Kigali’s water needs and Improve quality of service for over one million people in the community.

Metito also won a Distinction Award as the ‘Desalination Company of the Year’ for spearheading the genesis of mass desalination in Egypt last year, building the country’s largest ever plant at Al Yosr, while securing contracts to supply the country’s next two large-scale installations. With desal being leant on to future-proof Egypt’s water security and avert a diplomatic crisis with its Nile neighbors, Metito’s success has a positive political impact far beyond the field of water supply. The company is bending the boundaries of the water-energy nexus, pushing an innovative solar-driven SWRO design at the King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia that promises to free utilities from the burden of grid-constrained energy when considering desalination as an option. Metito also completed a reverse osmosis plant to polish treated sewage effluent in Doha, Qatar, and a unique BWRO/SWRO facility serving the power industry in Burullus, Egypt, demonstrate a company equally at ease with the complexities of industrial water as with serving resource-constrained residential communities.

Fady Juez joins world-renowned guest speakers at Al Attiyah Foundation Quarterly CEO Roundtable

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development hosted its ‘8th Quarterly CEO Roundtable’ in Qatar, exploring the priority steps required to ensure availability and sustainable management of water.

Among the high-ranking participants who joined the discussion were representatives from Woqod, Qatar Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Qatar, Sasol Qatar, ConocoPhillips Qatar, Qatar Shell, Dolphin Energy, Marubeni Corporation, and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). In addition to member CEOs, the Al-Attiyah Foundation invited world-renowned guest speakers, Fady Juez, Metito Managing Director, Dr Samer Adham, Global Water Sustainability Center at Qatar Science and Technology Park Manager, and Nick Carter, PwC Senior Advisor to share their insights and vision on sustainable water management.

Fady shared updated statistics on water scarcity and the ultimate solutions the GCC need to focus on, particularly desalination, water recycling and reuse.

Al Tijara Magazine Interviews Fady Juez

Jeddah Chamber of Commerce magazine met Fadi Juez, Metito Managing Director, in Jeddah earlier last month and the interview has been prominently published in their April Edition. In the interview Fady shares his insights of the water and wastewater industry in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia,  its avid potential and Metito’s growth plans in the Kingdom with more than 15 projects being currently developed by Metito and more yet to be announced.

Click here to view the full interview

Saudi Gazette Interviews Fady Juez

Saudi Gazette met with Fadi Juez, Metito Managing Director to discuss the water and wastewater industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Vision 2030, and Metito’s plans in the Kingdom.

To read the full interview, please click on this link

IDA features Mutaz Ghandour, Metito Chairman and CEO

IDA speaks with Mutaz Ghandour, Metito Chairman and CEO, the longest serving CEO in the global water industry, and former IDA Director. The interview is featured in in the IDA April newsletter under the newly launched section “Executive Insights”.

To read the full interview, please click on this link

Metito reinforces access to clean drinking water as a universal human right on World Water Day

– Metito highlights how small efforts in extending water reach can make a big difference and change lives for the better 

– Creating awareness about water scarcity and developing sustainable water solutions and projects across the world highlight Metito’s commitment to bridging the gap between water supply and demand        

22 March 2018: As part of its ongoing commitment to bridge the gap between depleting natural water supply and the increasing demand for clean and safe water, Metito, the global provider of intelligent water management solutions, calls to reinforce access to clean drinking water as a universal human right amidst extreme climate change unravelling an even more challenging global water scenario.

With 60 years of experience, Metito is at the forefront of the water and wastewater industry with an impressive project portfolio that includes over 3000 projects most of which are in the most arid regions in the world. In celebration of World Water Day 2018, Metito is highlighting how companies must lead by example and play an active role in spearheading knowledge transfer about water scarcity, mindful water use and wastewater recycling and reuse.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas by 2025. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and WHO reported that almost 663 million people lack access to an improved water source. These numbers can get worse with rising populations, urbanization and industrialization and with lack of sufficient knowledge among consumers about water scarcity, the importance of safe water access and the prospects of conflicts pertaining to water security.

This year, in the lead up to World Water Day, Metito continues to promote the importance of information dissemination and knowledge transfer on water scarcity, water safety and security as part of its CSR program which primarily targets school and university students. Through this program, Metito hosts workshops, presentations and site visits where students are introduced to the latest water statistics and the concept of water recycling and reuse, challenging youth to improve the water situation in their country of residence and around the world, by changing their personal water consumption habits.

“With this year’s theme ‘Nature for Water’, World Water Day emphasizes nature’s full capacity to solve existing water challenges in the 21st century but for this to happen in a sustainable manner, we must all play an active part to positively influence each other through knowledge sharing. We believe that knowledge is the most effective driver able to bring about positive change. Tapping into the youth, their unrestricted thinking space and fresh energy, is the focal point to our CSR agenda,” commented Mutaz Ghandour, Chairman and CEO at Metito.

Metito also partnered with Planet Water Foundation, a leading non-profit organization that addresses global water poverty by delivering clean water access and hygiene education programs, to construct and deploy a clean water filtration system, or AquaTower, in Montong Tangi, Indonesia. Metito employee volunteers from Jakarta will join the team at Montong Tangi, a rural village located on the island of Lombok, Indonesia, where contaminated wells pose challenges among the community members in terms of drinking water conditions and healthy lifestyle.

“We are very honored to be partnering with Metito on this very important World Water Day program in Indonesia,” said Nick Hill, Executive Chairman of Planet Water Foundation. “Metito is a valued contributor to our Project 24 alliance of organizations that share a commitment to ending global water poverty.”

Correspondently in the GCC, Metito most recently organized educational trips for students and teachers from Dubai’s Nord Anglia School, Hartland International School and India’s SIES College-Mumbai, showcasing the GCC’s first wastewater concession at Dubai Investment Park (DIP) as an exemplar project for water recycling and reuse. Metito also conducted a ‘Bring Your Kids to DIP’ special event for its employees to further promote the concept among its employee ambassadors and their families.

On the business front, Metito has also spearheaded sustainable iconic projects in Africa and the GCC including: the first Bulk Surface Water Supply Facility in Sub Saharan Africa, through public-private partnership, allowing the off-taker, Water and Sanitation Corporation, to secure potable water needs for Kigali and other towns; and King Abdullah Economic City seawater desalination mega plant partially powered by solar energy; Al Yosr, the largest desalination plant in Egypt serving potable water to over 500,000 residents; the treated sewage effluent, recycling and reuse wastewater plant to produce feed water for district cooling to serve Burj Khalifa and makeup water for the world’s largest choreographed fountain, the Dubai Fountain.

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About Metito:

With a mission to sustain the world’s water resources, Metito provides effective water management and treatment systems that can reconcile the ever growing water demand and the dwindling natural resources. Committed to a cleaner environment, Metito endeavours to utilise its world-class global knowhow to provide millions of people across the globe access to clean and safe water.

Metito is at the forefront of the water and wastewater industry with an impressive project portfolio that includes more than 3000 projects in more than 46 countries worldwide through its strategically located offices with over 2500 experienced employees. For more information please visit

Reem Saleh