Dr. Latifa A. Yousef / Program Officer of UAEREP, NCM, UAE

Dr. Latifa A. Yousef is a program officer for the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science. Her primary responsibilities include managing the program’s awarding cycles and organizing the annual International Rain Enhancement Forum.  Her supporting tasks include the handling of proposal submissions, reviewer recruitment, organization of meetings and committees, outreach initiatives, and assisting with the overall management and strategy development of the program.

Prior to joining the program team, Dr. Yousef worked as a researcher in the iWater Center at Masdar Institute (prior to its merge with Khalifa University) between 2012 and 2015, where she developed models for better prediction of extreme rainfall events in arid regions, and studied the climatology of the Arabian Peninsula’s clouds, rainfall and dust. She held the position of President of the American Society of Civil Engineers – University of Sharjah branch between 2011 and 2012, managing educational student events for the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. She was also a member of the Masdar Institute Student Ambassadors.

Dr. Yousef obtained her PhD degree from Khalifa University (2018), with her dissertation focused on the study of clouds over the Arabian Peninsula region, which included aspects of remote sensing, modeling, and atmospheric controls on their climatology. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from Masdar Institute (2014), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Sharjah (2012).