Dr. Sommariva is Managing Director and member of the board of ILF Consulting Engineers Middle East.
He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Genoa University and a Diploma in Management from Leicester University.
In November 2013 Dr. Sommariva was conferred an honorary degree by Herriot Watt University in recognition to his contributions to chemical engineering.
In May 2014 Dr. Sommariva has been conferred by the President of Italy the title of “master of work” along with the cross of merit for his work distinguished contribution and career. He is an honorary Professor at Genoa and L’Aquila Universities where he holds regular courses on water treatment, energy efficiency, desalination and economics. He has published over 80 papers on various leading edge technical research and economics and published two books on water management and economics.
Dr. Sommariva co-authored the book Water, Energy & Food Sustainability in the Middle East : The Sustainability Triangle and he is the author of the book “Sustainability A Way to Abundance “ published by CRC Taylor Francis.
He was the President of IDA for the term 2011-2013, served as Co-Chairman of the Technical Program for the 2009 IDA World Congress in Dubai and Chairman of IDA’s recently held conference, “Desalination Industry Action for Good,” a landmark event held in Portofino, Italy that focused on water and social responsibility.
Along with his company ILF, Dr. Sommariva was engaged in the development of the largest Photovoltaic project in the GCC at His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and he was one of the promoters of the unique program for sustainable desalination that was launched by MASDAR in Ghantoot. Dr. Sommariva has also been President of the European Desalination Society (EDS) and chairman of the World Health Organization’s committee for the establishment of safe drinking water.
Day 1: Monday 16th April 2018
16:00 – 17:30 – Desalination – Customer Driven Innovation
Day 2: Tuesday 17th April 2018
11:00 – 12:30 – Desalination – The Desal R&D Olympics