External Advisory Committee Members

Dr. Allison Adams PE, joined INTERA as a Principal Water Resources Engineer working out of our Tampa, Florida office. She has worked in Florida on large-scale water supply and management issues for over 25 years, and served as the Chief Technical Officer for Tampa Bay Water (TBW) over the last few years. She has directed research into climate variability and its effects on supply reliability for the Tampa Bay region, and management strategies to mitigate these effects.

In her leadership role at TBW, she was responsible for implementing programs that optimize water supply and maximize environmental protection across the region. Dr. Adams was instrumental in the development of the agency’s first Decision Support System which has served as the gateway for staff to access and use the agency’s data, models and analytical tools in support of real-time and long-term decisions. She earned a doctorate degree in water resources planning and management from Colorado State University, a Masters’ degree from the University of South Florida in engineering management, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in environmental engineering. Dr. Adams is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Colorado and an active member of the American Water Works Association. Her work at INTERA will focus on delivering sustainability services and solutions for water supply utilities.

Ambassador (Ret.) Ram Aviram specializes in Hydro-Diplomacy. His experience is based on over 35 years of multilateral and bilateral diplomacy, while serving in high ranking positions at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs also as Chief of Staff of H.E. Shimon Peres and Ambassador to Greece. His career at the Ministry was highly connected to hydro politics and water-related issues. His responsibilities included Director of Water and Environment Department and Head of Israel’s negotiating team on water issues within the framework of the multi-lateral peace process. He participated in numerous international forums and multilateral negotiations on environment and water issues between Israel and its neighbors.

He retired in 2006 and established BIT–Consultancy which is providing Hydro-Diplomacy consulting services. BIT is the geo-political consultant for the Rehabilitation Administration of the Lower Jordan River. BIT has given services among others to: multinationals like Tetra- Tech in the context of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Project; NGOs like SIWI in building capacity on cross-boundary negotiations strategies for governments like Namibia; think- tanks like AIX in establishing novel ideas for Palestinian-Israeli water conflict resolution. 

He is a guest lecturer at Tel-Hai Academic College at the post-graduate program and at UNESCO Chair CON-E-ACT at Eastren Makdonia and Thrace Institute of Technology. He lectures often in other forums (among others): The Institute for Foreign Relations of Athens (“21st Century a century of war over water?”), World Water Forum in Korea (Role of Hydro-diplomacy in river rehabilitation), Virginia U. Darden Business School (Hydro-politics in the Jordan Basin), Texas A&M U. School of Law and at College Station (hydro-diplomacy in the 21st century). 

He is a graduate of Tufts-MIT special water diplomacy and UEA water security seminars. He is writing often on cross-boundary water issues. His publications include “Desalination as a game-changer in transboundary hydro-politics” and “The International Hydro-Political Policies of Israel”.

Andrea Huizar Beymer is the Vice President of Engineering & Construction at the San Antonio Water System, and  has over 20 years of experience in delivering water and wastewater projects. She oversees the execution of the SAWS Capital Improvement Program, totaling more than $2.5 billion over the next 5 years. She has had a role in the execution of many key projects and initiatives including the nation’s largest direct recycled water program, the Aquifer Storage & Recovery Project, the Brackish Groundwater Desalination project, new Operation Center Project, and the SAWS Strategic Plan. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Water Resources from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas.

Rhett Larson is a Morrison Fellow in Water Law and associate professor in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He is also a faculty fellow in the Center for Law and Global Affairs, and the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation. He is a senior research fellow with the Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Professor Larson’s current research and teaching interests are in property law, administrative law, and environmental and natural resource law, in particular, domestic and international water law and policy. Professor Larson’s research focuses on the impact of technological innovation on water rights regimes, particularly in transboundary waters, and on the sustainability implications of a human right to water. He works on dispute resolution and improved processes in water rights adjudications in Arizona and the Colorado River Basin with the Kyl Center for Water Policy.

Professor Larson was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, a visiting fellow with the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and works in the Middle East on water security issues.  Professor Larson also practiced environmental and natural resource law with law firms in Arizona, focusing on water rights, water quality, and real estate transactions.

Shawn Meyer-Steele has been the Managing Director of H2OPROFESSIONALS since 2013 where he supports those responsible for water treatment and energy infrastructure and services with an emphasis on water re-use, sustainable water development, and renewable energy.  Shawn enjoys a wealth of experience with public/private/partnerships (PPP) projects (BOOT/BOO/DBO/O&M) in the water and renewable energy space that range from design and financing, financial modeling and design to agreement structure and negotiation to operation.  He has been involved with the water treatment business for 27 years and has brought hundreds of projects to successful completion in over 55 countries. Shawn serves on a number of cutting edge technology boards.

From Jan 2008 to June 2013 Shawn was Sr. Vice President – Director of Business Development for Seven Seas Water Corporation, a leading “water as a service” provider in the Americas.  From Jan 2003 through May 2007 Shawn was Sr. Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Energy Recovery Incorporated, the world’s leading energy recovery device manufacturer. Shawn enjoyed a 12 year career at Ionics Incorporated(acquired by GE and now part of SUEZ) from 1990 to 2002, during which time, with $470,000,000 in yearly revenue, was the largest membrane-based water treatment company in the world, where he was General Sales Manager and prior to that Director of International Operations.

Shawn is President of the Board of directors of the Caribbean Desalination Association (CaribDA) and has been an active board member since 2009.  He has been a director of the International Desalination Association (IDA) since 2011. He founded the CaribDA Humanitarian Committee and Young Leaders Program and has chaired, served on panels, as well as written and presented numerous papers in industry conferences and has been published in leading industry publications.  He is also on the editorial board of the Water: Desalination + Reuse Journal and was an inaugural member of the Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance. Shawn is conversant in Spanish, speaks some German, Dutch, and Papiamento and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.

Dr. Mike Mouritz is a sustainability and urban development professional with 25+ years’ experience at local and state government and in the private sector and in research. Passionate about developing and delivering urban planning, development and regeneration strategies, with a keen focus on local economic development and sustainability. Solid track record in creating development frameworks that provide investment opportunity and build local ownership. Executive level experience in local and state government and in consulting – responsible for creating and building multi-disciplinary teams involved in sustainability, local economic development, urban renewal, property, and communications.

He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute undertaking research and coordination of urban and sustainability-related research projects. He is the Teaching – Unit Coordinator for Future Cities and Leadership in Sustainability, Chair of the Western Region Advisory Panel for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, and Chair of the Research Sub Committee of the Water Sensitive Cities Transition Network.

Etai Pinkas – bio coming soon

Carlos Rubinstein is the Principal member of RSAH2O, LLC – an environmental consulting firm with a strong emphasis on water issues, and a Senior Adviser to Poseidon Water. Rubinstein served as chairman of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) from 2013-2015. He also served as the Texas representative to the Western States Water Council, and the Border Governors’ Conference Sustainable Development worktable. Rubinstein served as a commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) from 2009–2013.  

Rubinstein is a former member of the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group, the Governmental Advisory Committee, which advises the EPA Administrator on environmental concerns regarding NAFTA, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation; and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, an independent federal advisory committee that assists the president and Congress on environmental infrastructure needs along the U.S. border with Mexico. He has also served as deputy executive director of TCEQ and as Rio Grande Watermaster. He is a former city manager for the City of Brownsville. Rubinstein received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pan American University.

Randy Shaw is the Facility Manager of the US Bureau of Reclamations’ Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) is a focal point for developing technologies for the desalination of brackish and impaired groundwater found in the inland states.

Lihy Teuerstein joined IDE in 2011 as legal representative in the Finance Department. In 2015 she established and was appointed Head of the newly established Commercial Department, and in 2016 assumed the role of Company Legal Counsel. In this position, Lihy is responsible for all commercial and legal aspects of infrastructure projects in the water desalination and water treatment market, including negotiation of complex transactions, M&A, sale of assets, DBO contracts, EPC turnkey agreements, BOT/P3 agreements. In addition to responsibility for the Company’s asset management of P3, BOT projects and O&M companies, she also manages the team of experienced lawyers who staff the commercial department, and serves on the Board of Directors of the group’s O&M companies. Prior to joining IDE, Lihy was employed in the International Commercial and Corporate department of a large legal firm, advising and accompanying clients in all regulatory and legal commercial aspects of their business activities. Lihy has a combined LL.B in Law and Far East Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is a member of the Israel Bar Association. She also has an MA in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Ilana Berman-Frank is the Director of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences (Haifa U), and transferred to Haifa University after 15 years at Bar Ilan University (BIU). Ilana completed her BSc. in Biology and Ecology at the University of California, Irvine (USA) and her PhD (joint Bar Ilan University and the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR), as well as an initial post-doctoral fellowship from the Hebrew University, at the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory (Sea of Galilee). After 4 years of post-doctoral work at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, NJ (USA), Ilana returned to Israel to head the Aquatic Ecology and Biological Oceanography Laboratory focusing on how global changes and environmental stressors influence the organisms forming the base of the aquatic food-webs with research spanning local to global scales in diverse environments including the Sea of Galilee, the Mediterranean and Red Seas, and the South Pacific Ocean. Prof. Berman-Frank has served as President of the Israeli Association of Aquatic Sciences; Chair of the Education Committee of the Mediterranean Research Center of Israel (MERCI; Co-Chair of the International Group of Aquatic Primary Productivity (GAP); member of the Board of Directors for “EcoOcean” and other local and international capacities promoting marine sciences.

Dr. Greg Characklis is the Philip C. Singer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also serves as director of the Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems. His primary research interests involve developing solutions to environmental challenges through systems-based approaches that integrate consideration of both engineering and economic principles. Specific areas of interest include the development of improved strategies for managing water supply and treatment systems, exploration of the economic and environmental trade-offs associated with energy production (e.g., hydropower, biofuels) and the management of environmental financial risks.

Dr. Characklis also has directed a number of laboratory and field studies that explore the role particles play in microbial transport, research with particular relevance in the development of water quality models used to evaluate the location and severity of microbial contamination.

Dr. Pei Xu is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at New Mexico State University. Her research goals are to develop a holistic approach for treatment and use of alternative water sources (e.g., municipal wastewater, brackish water, oil and gas produced water, agricultural runoff, and stormwater) to enhance sustainability in food-water-energy- environment systems. She focuses on an interdisciplinary approach and partnership to bridge clean water initiatives with resilience, stainability, and security initiatives to address critical water shortage challenges in arid and semi-arid regions.

Dr. Xu is an AAAS Leshner Fellow on Food and Water Security, and the C. Herb Ward Family Endowed Interdisciplinary Chair in Environmental and Water Science. Click to learn more about Dr. Xu’s research group.