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Alya Al Mazroui

Alya Saeed Al Mazroui is the Director of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science. In this role, she leads a team responsible for managing an international competition promoting the UAE’s engagement and capacity-building in the field of weather modification, particularly in the research and development of scientifically advanced technology for Rain Enhancement.

She has managed a number of Meteorological Courses certified by the World Meteorological Organization through a cooperative agreement with the UK Meteorological Office. Alya graduated as a Bachelor of Business Science from Zayed University, Abu Dhabi in 2002.



Dr. Youssef Wehbe

Dr. Youssef Wehbe is a Program Officer for the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science. His main role consists of project management and oversight by spearheading the monitoring and evaluation mechanism for awarded projects. His tasks also include managing research output in terms of publications, intellectual property and data archives, in addition to screening proposal submissions and supporting the program’s overall science mission and roadmap. Youssef holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Notre Dame University, a Master’s degree in Water and Environmental Engineering and a PhD degree in Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering from Khalifa University.

Dr. Wehbe has led and contributed to a number of studies and peer-reviewed research on water resources in the region, including machine learning-based calibration of satellite remote sensing products for improved rainfall monitoring, coupling land-atmosphere numerical prediction models, and mapping macroscale groundwater recharge and migration paths.


Siddharth Tampi

Siddharth Tampi is a Program Officer for the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science. Responsible for liaising with Program awardees based outside the UAE, Siddharth assists with the operation and maintenance of awardees’ field research stations in the UAE and organization of awardees’ research experiments or operations in the UAE.

Siddharth has a strong background in sustainability in building design and operations, managing operations and construction in the UAE, and supporting UAEREP operations. In addition, he has two years’ experience as a research engineer at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (currently Khalifa University) while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (2012 - 2014).