Jauad El Kharraz

Executive Director 

Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

Dr. Jauad El Kharraz is the Executive Director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE). Dr. El Kharraz took his office on October 3, 2021 bringing over 20 years of experience in various sustainable energy fields including energy policies, wind and solar technologies, and green hydrogen in addition to water management, desalination, water-energy-food-climate nexus, and environment.

As the Executive Director, Dr. El Kharraz undertakes the strategic management of RCREEE. He leads RCREEE Secretariat in implementing its strategy aiming to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energies and energy efficiency practices in RCREEE 17 member states. With the region’s great potential, rapid sustainable energy market changes, Dr. El Kharraz is entrusted with tailoring innovative initiatives to deepen Arab-Arab cooperation in sustainable energy fields & to boost our member states’ efforts towards energy transition.

Prior to joining RCREEE, Dr. El Kharraz held the position of Director of Research at the Middle East Desalination Research Center in Oman (2015-2020). Previously, he served as a senior expert, advisor, and evaluator for several international institutions (e.g. European Commission, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, KAS-REMENA, Ocean Oasis, COMSTECH Scientific Advisory Council, EMME-CCI Task Force) and member of International Desalination Association, European Desalination Society and Oman Energy Majlis.

Dr. El Kharraz sustainable energy career officially started in 1998 as a researcher at the Global Change Unit -University of Valencia. Through his journey in sustainable energy fields, he coordinated and contributed to several international programs such as FP5-FP7, H2020, ENPI CBC Med, INCO MED, INCO NGOs, SMAP, LIFE, PRIMA. He carried out projects for international donors such as GIZ, SIDA, IsDB, and USAID.

Dr. El Kharraz is a founding member of Nice hub (France) aiming to push young talents from Nice to develop projects of development for their local community.

Author of many publications, Dr. El Kharraz chaired and contributed to the development of many papers and numerous events worldwide.

Dr. El Kharraz is a national of Morocco and a graduate of the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi. Dr. El Kharraz obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in Physics from the Department of Earth Physics and Thermodynamics, University of Valencia, Spain, and a diploma in enterprises management and strategies from SKEMA Business School, France. He is a fluent French, Arabic, Spanish and English speaker and a father of 2 kids.