YLP Committee Members 2011 – 2013

Veronica Garcia Molina (Co-Chair)Dr. Verónica Garcia Molina started her adventure in the water world back in the year 2000, when she began her PhD in the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Barcelona. After graduation, Verónica focused her career in membrane filtration technologies. Currently she is the Desalination Global Application Development Leader at Dow Water and Process Solutions. Spoken languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, GermanE-mail: [email protected]


Richard White (Co-Chair)Mr. Richard White has over 10 years experience in the water treatment and membrane technology business. He has held many positions in the development of membrane treatment plants including: Business Development, Project Engineer, Design Engineer, Field Start-up Engineer and in the past few years Project Engineering Manager. Spoken languages: English, FrenchE-mail: [email protected]


Wong Xin Wei (Regional Coordinator – Asia/Pacific/Australia)Mr. Wong graduated with an Economics degree from University College London, and subsequently obtained a masters degree in Water Science, Policy and Management from University of Oxford. Thereafter, he was seconded in the Global Water Intelligence and embarked on a joint project with the Singapore Water Utility (PUB).  Recently he has been reassigned to a project with the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources of Singapore. Spoken languages: Chinese, EnglishE-mail: [email protected] 


Juan Miguel Pinto (Regional Coordinator – Latin America/Caribbean)Mr. Pinto has over 8 years of RO process and application experience. Juan started his career at Caramondani in 2003 specializing in the operation and maintenance of RO systems. He currently holds the position of Technical Sales Manager for Americas for Energy Recovery Inc where since 2005, he has been responsible for research and development, technical support and sales.  Juan holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Venezuela. Spoken languages: Spanish, EnglishEmail: [email protected]


Ryan Furukawa (Regional Coordinator – North America)Mr. Furukawa has over 10 years of experience in the membrane industry dealing with MF, UF, NF, and RO systems.  He began his career at Hydranautics as an Applications Engineer and later held the role of Group Leader Technical Support.  Currently he holds the position of Regional Sales Manager for Professional Water Technologies  where he works since 2009. Ryan has a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University. Spoken languages: EnglishE-mail: [email protected] Assiyeh Tabatabai (Regional Coordinator – Europe)Ms. Tabatabai is a PhD researcher in Water Supply Technology at UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology. She has over 4 years of academic experience in water treatment technology and is currently researching physical-chemical processes for surface water treatment and seawater desalination pre-treatment. Spoken languages: English, Persian, Dutch, SpanishE-mail: [email protected]


Mike Dixon (Special/Technical Coordinator)Dr. Mike Dixon completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Adelaide University whilst working for South Australian Water Corporation and has over 8 years experience in the water industry. Nowadays he is a Senior Applications Engineer at NanoH2O Inc., in Los Angeles. Previous to this he was the R&D Engineer for the Adelaide Desalination Project. Mike is also the National President for the Australian Water Association (AWA) Young Water Professionals and a committee member of AWA’s Membrane and Desalination Special Interest Network. Spoken languages: EnglishE-mail: [email protected]


Beatriz Garcia (Special/Technical Coordinator)Ms. Garcia currently works as a design project manager in international projects at Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies since 2007. She has over 10 years of experience in water chemistry, processes, mechanical and piping design as well as in control, instrumentation and electrical, gained during her Master Degree in Chemical Engineering at the Bilbao Technical University and working in desalination, waste water and potable water projects. Spoken languages: Spanish, English, FrenchE-mail: [email protected] 


Erik Desormeaux (Special/Technical Coordinator)Erik Desormeaux is the Asia Operations Manager of Consolidated Water Company. Mr. Desormeaux has a BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Environmental Engineering from Auburn University.  Mr. Desormeaux has worked in the desalination industry for 8 years previously with the Alameda County Water District and Camp Dresser & McKee. Spoken languages: EnglishE-mail: [email protected]