Technical Committee

The purpose of the HWB Technical Committee is to oversee all of HWB’s technical activities.  This includes the selection of awardees for the HWB Fellowship program and the review of technical manuals, procedures and reports.   The Technical Committee is made up of the following prominent international hydrogeologists:

Dr. Ramon Aravena (Canada) is a research professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo with 20 years experience in the application of isotope techniques in hydrology. He has been involved in numerous groundwater studies in Latin America, Canada and the U.S. related to evaluation of groundwater resources and groundwater protection. His current research focus on groundwater contamination caused by agricultural and urban activities using environmental isotopes as tracers to provide information about sources and processes that affect nitrate and organic compounds in groundwater.

Dr. Antonio Chambel (Portugal) was born in Portugal in 1961 and has got a PhD in Geology, specialising in Hydrogeology, from the University of Évora, in Portugal, in 1999. He has been a teacher of hydrogeology in the Department of Geosciences of the University of Évora since 1985, as well as a ERASMUS teacher in the Universities Charles of Prague (Czech Republic) and Huelva (Spain). He has organised or co-organised 21 scientific meetings, participated in more than 120 congresses, symposia, seminars, workshops, courses and other scientific meetings, with about 90 oral and poster presentations. He has edited 8 scientific publications, and is the author of 18 book chapters and 56 other national and international publications. From 2002 to 2006 he was President of the South Chapter of the Portuguese Water Resources Association (APRH) and from 2004 to 2008 he was the President of the IAH Portuguese Chapter. From 2008 to 2012 he has been the IAH Vice-President for Finance and Membership.

Dr. Stephen Foster’s (U.K.) more recent professional posts include the World Health Organization-Groundwater Advisor for Latin America & Caribbean (1986-89), the British Geological Survey-Divisional Director for Environmental Surveys (1990-99), University of London–Visiting Professor of Groundwater Science (1993-2010), World Bank-Groundwater Management Team Director (2001-11) and the Global Water Partnership-Senior Adviser (2011-13). Dr. Foster is a very active member of IAH (the worldwide groundwater association) – Vice President-Western Europe(2000-04) and President (2004-08).  Dr. Foster is the author of some 175 publications – received DSc from University of London in 1983 for published work and awards from professional societies/academic bodies on 9 occasions including British IWES-Whitaker Medal (1976), Foreign Member – Spanish Real Academia de Ciencias (1993), IAH Presidents’ Award (2004) and GS London-William Smith Medal (2006).

Dr. Ricardo Hirata (Brazil) is a Certified Geologist (UNESP, Brazil), with MSc , DSc (University of Sao Paulo – USP, Brazil) and Post Doctorate (University of Waterloo, Canada) in hydrogeology. He is currently a professor at USP, Director of CEPAS (Groundwater Research Center, USP), former member of the Groundwater Management Advisory Team of World Bank (GW-MATE), adviser for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and UNESCO, and also a 1B-Level Brazilian CNPq Research Fellow. Dr. Hirata has 29 year experience working intensively in many aspects of groundwater and water resources for private and government companies in more than 20 countries in areas that include, among others, groundwater contamination, groundwater resource development, water resource management and governance, and groundwater protection policy.

Dr. Dave Kreamer (U.S.) is a Professor of Geoscience, Graduate Faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and past Director of the interdisciplinary Water Resources Management Graduate Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He also serves on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno, Hydrologic Sciences Program.  His Ph.D. is in hydrology from the University of Arizona, with undergraduate work in microbiology and chemistry.  Before coming to the University of Nevada in 1990, he served as an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at Arizona State University.  Dr. Kreamer serves as Director of the National Groundwater Association’s Division of Scientists and Engineers, is an Executive Board Member of the U.S. National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, serves as Editor of the USNC International Association of Hydrogeologists Newsletter.