EMEL ZERROUK is an established analyst and researcher of water and environmental issues. A background in international environmental studies, political relations, diplomacy, and water and land law, has led to an interdisciplinary approach to addressing local environmental concerns.
Having worked in Geneva, one of the world’s International Relations Hubs, and been immersed in the politics and diplomacy of that community, Emel is adept at negotiating the dynamics of large communities. Drawing on her unique experience with the United Nations, NGOs and their work on the ground, Emel is comfortable with developing strong relationships between stakeholders. Emel is a quick and efficient researcher with excellent writing skills. With over 12 years of research experience and publishing, she is comfortable handling large amounts of data for both quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Past experience and publications have been focused on South East Asia, specifically Myanmar, Thailand and China. Emel has produced well cited works on the Salween River, the Letpadaung Copper Mine and the role of media in local resistance to land grabbing in Myanmar. Academic background include: International Environmental Studies, PhD, from Kyoto University, Japan; a Masters of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIR) from the Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland; and a BA from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Other qualifications include: a Water Negotiation and Governance certificate, UNESCO Water Law, Policy and Science group, at Dundee University in Scotland and a Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners certificate from the University of East Anglia in England.
An avid student of martial arts, Judo, Archery and Rock climbing, Emel speaks multiple languages and is always up for a challenge.