Dr. Khalid from Sudan, is a hydrologist by training and professional experience with civil engineering background (Grade: V. Good Honours 2nd Div.1, University of Sinnar, Sudan 2002) with over seventeen years of experience covering different aspects of water science and engineering including: Operational hydrology, hydroinformatics, catchment hydrology and hydrological modelling, water allocation modelling, water resources planning & management, GIS & Remote Sensing Applications in water resources management and impact of climate and humans on water resources. He conducted his MSc in Water Science and Engineering, Hydroinformatics specialization at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands, and his PhD at IHE-Delft and Technical University of Delft, Delft the Netherlands.

Khalid is currently working with IGAD/ICPAC as a hydrologist for the DOWN2EARTH project. His main roles will be: (i) to Participate in the conceptualization and development of tools and platforms for communities of users on drought forecasting; and support the formulation of strategies for assessing hydrological capabilities of Meteorological and Hydrological Services (MHS), as required by ICPAC and undertake hydrological simulation using project recommended hydrological models. (ii) Support the development of operational systems for hydrometry and water monitoring as well as innovative approaches to hydrological data management and exchange. (iii) Provide backstopping for the implementation of a system capable of indicating the current and future hydrological status of the HAD region and assessing its variability from short-term to seasonal time-scale. (iv) Plan and manage project activities on a day-to-day basis, to support implementation at the regional level (v) liaising with the relevant focal points from the regional and/or national implementation and execution partners (vi) Liaise with appropriate IGAD departments and units to obtain relevant inputs during project design and implementation as requested by the project. (vii) Coordinate communication with all project partners, relevant stakeholders, and financing partners.