Team members

Austrian Institute of Technology

Ali Hainoun

Ali is the coordinator of SUNEX project. He is a senior scientist at AIT, Centre for Energy, Digital Resilient Cities Unit. Ali holds a master and PhD degrees in mechanical and energy engineering from KIT/Karlsruhe and Bochum university, respectively. He has extensive experience in integrated energy systems analysis and sustainable energy development. Ali worked and consulted for several research institutions and international organizations. His current research focus is on sustainable energy system transformation, GHG mitigation and cities decarbonisation strategies, FWE -Nexus, monitoring and evaluation of smart energy solutions and positive energy districts.

Wolfgang Loibl

Wolfgang is a Geographer and Spatial Planner with Master (1979) and PhD degrees (1984) from Vienna University. He was working 5 years for urban and spatial planning institutes and during 35 years for AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology as senior scientist, spatial planner and policy advisor dealing with smart cities, environmental analysis, climate change adaptation, and mitigation, managing and working on a wide range of national and international projects. During 20 years he was additionally teaching these topics at Vienna University, Graz University, and the Technical University Vienna. After his retirement he is setting up an independent research consultancy. 

Romana Stollnberger

Romana Stollnberger is a Research Engineer at AIT, Centre for Energy, Digital Resilient Cities Unit. As urban planner her main areas of research are sustainable development of cities and regions, spatial energy planning and GIS-based analysis of spatial systems. She supports in strategy development for climate change mitigation and adaptation (urban greening, microclimate simulations) and has experience in participatory planning processes such as living labs.

Sebastian Stortecky

Sebastian Stortecky works since 2020 as a Junior Research Engineer for the AIT’s Center for Energy in the unit Digital Resilient Cities. His main focus lies on working as an energy system analyst and developing sustainable energy scenarios for cities and municipalities. Sebastian graduated as MSc in Renewable urban energy systems and as BSc in “Urban renewable energy technologies” at the University of applied sciences- FH Technikum Wien. 

Ghazal Etminan

Ghazal Etminan is Senior Research Engineer for Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility. She is also International Business development at AIT. Ghazal works on functional requirements for business, finance, costing, business model development as well as impact and performance assessment of smart city strategies and solutions. She is involved
in various European smart city projects. Furthermore, she was involved in the set up of the European Smart Cities Information System.

Lema Nail

Lema Nail is a Senior Research Engineer for Computational Urban Planning at AIT’s Digital Resilient Cities Unit.  She is an Architect and Urban Planner, with a diverse range of international experience ranging from architecture projects to comprehensive regional urban masterplans, transit-oriented developments (infrastructure), integrated townships & residential/resort developments. 

Anna Kozlowska

Anna Kozlowska is a researcher in Smart and Carbon-Neutral Urban Development division of AIT. She holds a MSc degree in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics and a BSc in Urban Area Development and Planning. Her main focus lies on working with urban data and carrying out spatial data analysis, for better understanding processes taking place in the urban spaces. 


Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)


Annette Piorr

Annette Piorr is head of the Working Group “Land Use Decisions in the Spatial and System Context” at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape research (ZALF) near Berlin, Germany. As agricultural scientist she holds a PHD from the University Bonn. Her research at ZALF (since 2002) deals with understanding land use management behavior in response to policies, urban-rural relationships, agri-food system innovation, and governance. She has been active in research and coordination of many European projects (FP6, FP7, H2020) and many collaborative projects by national funders.

Jose Luis Vicente-Vicente

Dr José Luis Vicente-Vicente is a postdoctoral researcher at ZALF. He developed his PhD thesis in soil organic carbon dynamics in soils of olive orchards in Andalusia (Spain). Currently at ZALF he is working on foodshed modelling, ecological impact assessment of food initiatives and agroecological transformation.

University of the West of England(UWE)

David Ludlow

David is an urban planner with substantial practice based experience in government agencies and consultancy in UK, as well as research expertise in pan-European and global perspectives. He is advisor to the European Commission Smart Cities and European Sustainable Cities Programmes; Member of the EU Expert Group on the Urban Environment; Consultant to the European Environment Agency; and Coordinator of more than 50 major EU funded research and innovation projects, focused on the development of tools, methodologies and intelligence to support integrated and participatory urban governance.

Joanna Bushell 

Jo Bushell is an urban geographer with over 10 years research expertise in UK, pan-European and global research projects, specifically in the fields of environmental and social sustainability. She is experienced in European Commission funded research projects and uses a wide range of qualitative and participatory methods to work with city-based stakeholders and diverse communities. Jo’s current PhD research involves working with members of Bristol’s Somali community to understand their food, water and energy values and practices to inform city strategy and policy. 

Bristol Water

Patric Bulmer

Ministry of Municipality and the Environment(Qatar)

Mohammed Saif Al-Kuwari

Dr. Mohammed Al-Kuwari is currently an Assistant Undersecretary and Director of Environmental and Municipal Studies Institute, consultant and engineering expert in the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Global Carbon Council (GCT). Dr. Al-Kuwari authored 19 books and contributed more than 39 scientific and technical research papers.


Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI)

Abdulkarem Amhamed 

Dr. Abdulkarem Amhamed is a senior scientist, CO2 Cluster program director in Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI). He is chemical engineer with 22 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry including Industry 4.0.  He earned his doctorate and MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering from Bradford University, and the University of Salford UK, respectively. His research and industrial experience have attracted more than $10 million in external funding

Odi Alrebei 

Dr. Odi Alrebei has been the Head of the Aeronautical Engineering department and the Assistant Dean for R&D Affairs at Queen Noor Civil Aviation College. His research scope covers CCS, numerical and experimental combustion. His current research cooperation is with Cambridge University and Qatar Foundation.


UWE Bristol
Bristol Water
Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute
Ministry of Municipality and the Environment