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David Zoellner
Senior Environmental Engineer , Water Authority of Fiji
Suva, Fiji
Degreed scientist/engineer with over thirty years’ experience in living, water, and energy resource systems. Focus has been on national and international programs and projects related to policy development and implementation, impact analysis and management, and institutional development. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Results oriented.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Infrastructure, Technology, Engineering, Science
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
Numerous leadership and specialist positions for bilateral and multilateral clients -

Fiji – currently developing facilities assessment, capacity building, trade waste program and environmental unit design;
Vietnam – conducted engineering and environmental assessment of proposed irrigation project;
Bangladesh – rural water infrastructure for indigenous tribes in Chittagong Hill Tract;
Afghanistan – development of national water sector strategy and $3 billion investment program;
Afghanistan – development of small scale water power systems for rural communities;
India – developed best practices for water/energy/farming nexus in local resource management model in rural communities;
Philippines – capacity building in environmental unit for road construction loan;
Washington, D.C. – developed environmental analysis for power trade assessment in Mekong River Basin countries;
Washington, D.C. – developed methodology for sector-wide planning and management tool for sector loans;
Costa Rica – assessment of a planned large infrastructure – dam, roads, pipelines, waste treatment, transmission and distribution and substations;
Washington, D.C. – preparation of U.S. Environmental Factbook for planning and managing environmental resources;
China – assessment of project for power, irrigation, flood control and drainage, together with a watershed management plan;
Vietnam – evaluation of a large hydropower project on local farming, village, groundwater, downstream flow and displacement of indigenous villagers;
El Salvador – assessment of a geothermal field, new and rehabilitated transmission lines with substations and a combined cycle plant on the coast;
Washington, D.C. – development of a first time environmental management handbook in aviation;
Haiti – development of an environmental impact assessment of a high tension transmission line with three substations;
Paris – researched and wrote chapters on wildlife and land use for the World Environment Report;
Washington, D.C. – preparation of an assessment of the cost of a clean environment for the U.S.;
Honduras – conducted an assessment of the practices and energy consumption of a association of rice farmers in Southern Honduras;
Global – provided technical assistance in planning, development and managing of small scale hydropower systems together with training workshops, manuals, case studies and contact network of professionals in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
B.S. Biology. Dual minor: Chemistry and Physical Anthropology
M.S. Marine Science. Thesis: Fouling Organisms of Mobile Bay and Mississippi Sound
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering. Dissertation: Biological Oxydation of a Colloid in a Hyperbaric Reactor
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish French
    United States
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