Hosni Ghedira

Dr. Ghedira is the Director of Research Engagement at Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in Abu Dhabi. He was the Director of the Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment at Masdar Institute from 2011 to 2020. Dr. Ghedira received his MSc degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada) and his PhD in Water Sciences from the University of Quebec (Canada) in 1997 and 2001, respectively. Before moving to the UAE, Dr. Ghedira spent six years at the City University of New York as assistant professor and research associate professor. He also acted as director of the Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Processing Laboratory at the NOAA Cooperative Remote Sensing Science & Technology Center (NOAA-CREST) in New York from 2003 to 2008. Dr. Ghedira has played a leading role in establishing Masdar Institute as regional research hub for adaptation of earth observation technologies for environmental monitoring and atmospheric modelling in desert and arid environments. He is an active member in several regional and international working groups in the field of clean energy, space technologies and water resource management. He has authored and co-authored more than 140 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and referred conference proceedings. He has also supervised more than twenty PhD and MSc theses in the US and the UAE. Dr. Ghedira was nominated in January 2019 by Solar Quarter Magazine in the list of Most Influential Solar Business Leaders in The MENA PV Market.

Most research interests for a scientist

  • Renewable energy resources and technology performance assessment in desert and arid environments
  • Data analytics, big data analysis, machine and deep learning, artificial intelligence.
  • Development of smart tools for environmental monitoring
  • Climate modelling and impact assessment
  • Application of remote sensing in natural resources management in arid regions
  • Water quality monitoring from space
  • Earth observation and satellite image processing
  • Environmental Monitoring


  • Earth observation and satellite image processing
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Mapping and assessment of renewable energy resources