Swelam is senior scientist with expertise on irrigation and water management with ICARDA’s Water, Land Management, and Ecosystems program. He joined ICARDA in 2009 as water management specialist.
Swelam’s work focuses on sustainably intensifying and diversifying small-scale farming in large irrigation systems under changing climatic conditions to improve the livelihood and resilience of vulnerable rural communities. He has managed regional and international water and land management projects, including the management of water and salinity in the Nile Delta project. In 2015, he received the Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers for technological innovation in agriculture. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California Davis in the United States between 2010 and 2011.
He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from the University of Zagazig in Egypt and completed his post-doctorate at the University of California, Davis.