Water & Irrigation //

Our Demeter specialists comprise an exceptional team of experts actively engaged in agriculture, water and energy projects and programs around the world. Their breadth of expertise and depth of experience provide our clients with access to the very latest in research, technology, policy and strategic planning. Demeter specialists are, therefore, uniquely able to respond with relevant and appropriate solutions to specific conditions and needs wherever we are working.

Gil Sagi is an expert in water supply systems, sewage systems, wastewater reuse systems, water reservoirs, drainage and irrigation systems both at the municipal and country levels. Since 1995, he has served as Chief Engineer at Kibbutz Eyal Consulting Engineers (KECE). He also served as Chairman of the Board of Kibbutz Eyal since 2005 (except for 2012-4). He was also Member of the Management Committee of Granot Industries from 2006 to 2011 and a director at Eyal Microwave Industries from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Sagi has a B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering (magna cum laude) and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering  from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Giora Shaham is an international expert and consultant specializing in hydrology, water resource management and hydrogeology. He has extensive experience in water system rehabilitation, irrigation, and agricultural systems and development. As former long-term planner at Israel’s Water Commission, Giora has also served as Director of the River Restoration Administration and Director of Planning and Implementation of the Hula Valley Re-Flooding Project and the Hula Nature Reserve Rehabilitation Project. Mr. Shaham serves as a consultant on water resources and professional planning and management nationally and internationally; he consults on projects in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and is a senior consultant of the Israel National Roads Company and Israel Railways Company. Giora Shaham holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering with a specialization in Soil and Water Engineering and an M.Sc. in Civil Engineering with focus on Water Resources Analysis from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Shimon Tal is founder and CEO of Tal Content – Consulting and Enterprise Ltd as well as CEO and partner in RTS-Waterways LTD.  Both companies focus on the development, promotion and dissemination of water technologies and sustainability programs in Israel and abroad.  Tal is an internationally recognized educator and specialist in water resources management, water supply and sanitation. In addition, he has extensive experience in geopolitical impact of water issues and the negotiation of bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements. Shimon Tal has served as Israel’s Water Commissioner, and as Co-Chair of the Joint Israel-Jordan and Israeli-Palestinian Water Committees; he has led the establishment of a regional farmers’ cooperative to regulate and manage water resources and supply to 52 communities in Northern Israel. Appointed by the Minister of Trade and Labor, Tal chaired the International Water Exhibition and Conference in 2013 and was the President of Cleantech 2012.  Shimon Tal holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Soil and Water Sciences from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Shmuel Azenkot is an expert in irrigation and specializes in water management for field crops and fruit trees. He has extensive experience in irrigation management, including design and handling of drip and overhead irrigation systems; use of desaline, saline and recycled water; fertilizers; as well as field crop-, vegetable- and fruit tree production in desert and tropical climates. He currently serves as Head of Soil and Water Department at the Israeli Extension Service (Ministry of Agriculture). Prior to that, from 1993 to 2009, Mr. Azenkot worked as Chief Extension Officer at the Israel Ministry of Agriculture. During this period he provided agricultural consultation services (sponsored by USAID and the Israeli Foreign Ministry) in Ghana, India, Taiwan, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Bulgaria, China, Thailand, Papua, New Guinea and Fiji. Mr. Azenkot has an M.Sc. in agricultural botany and vegetable production from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Tal Ronen is an expert in the management, initiation and operation of technologies for the treatment of industrial and municipal wastewater. In 2005, she established Triple-T company, specializing in the design and operation of waste water treatment processes (WWTP), application of innovative technologies and process support, and since then has been the CEO and CTO of the company. Triple-T has developed two innovative technologies, which have evolved into full-scale products. Prior to that, in 1998-2005, Ms. Ronen served as CTO and Head of Business development at Blue Green Environmental Technologies, part of the Shikun & Binui Group. Since 1992, Tal has served in various R&D capacities in the field of WWTP both in Israel and South Africa. Ms. Ronen has a B.Sc. in chemistry and biology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an M.Sc. (magna cum laude) in biochemistry from the Faculty of Agriculture at the Hebrew University.