Technologist, analyst and researcher of technology and policy, with both engineering and policy educational background. +5yr experience in sustainable design, systems, and international development research. Bilingual (English, Arabic) and passionate about a genuine career in the development field.
Contact Gussai Sheikheldin
Area of Expertise:
Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
Infrastructure, Technology, Engineering, Science
Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
03/13 to present
Product Development Fellow
Global Cycle Solutions, Arusha, Tanzania
- Assessing mechanical and design challenges with technology products
- Field testing, troubleshooting, and prototyping
- Streamlining manufacturing process (including quality control)
- Conducting surveys with rural communities to identify key product priority
- Project Planning and Management
03/07 to present
Freelance Translator (part-time)
Took up several translation contracts and tasks (Arabic-to-English and the opposite), mostly related to policy research. The main ones are:
- Workshop: 'Gender mainstreaming and good governance,' sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Khartoum, Sudan, July 2006. Translated the workshop discussion notes from Arabic to English. Volunteer job.
- Contract with Emory University (USA): translated 3 chapters (English to Arabic) and researched/analyzed material for a new chapter of Dr. Abdullahi An-Na’im’s book Islam and the Secular State (2008, Harvard University Press); promoting constitutionalism, human rights and citizenship within Muslim political discourses.
- translation/transcription of field-collected data for a graduate student (confidential information - primary data for a PhD dissertation). from Sudanese dialects (Arabic) to English.
09/2011 to 12/2011
Solar Project Assistant
Merlyn Power: Renewable Energy Systems, Ontario, Canada
4-months contract. participated in design and installation of Solar photovoltaic energy systems. Also performed site assessments and customer consultations.
01/2009 to 12/2010
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Duties: Assisted in teaching courses ‘Planning Industrial Ecology’ and ‘Rural Planning and Development Theory’ and in research for course ‘Development Administration’. Also researched/analyzed H RM practices and impact of unionization on the agriculture and agri-food sector in Ontario.
08/2008 to 02/2009
Environment Canada & McMaster University
Designed and conducted a survey and analyzed collected data on the use of, and access to, science knowledge by Conservation Authorities’ staff in Ontario.
01/2008 to 04/2008
United Nations University- Institute on Water, Environment & Health, Canada
Researched and analyzed sustainable technologies/strategies of water treatment for developing countries, and established a database for related global learning networks.
03/2007 to 09/2007
Translator and Research Assistant
Emory University, USA
Translated 3 chapters (English to Arabic) and researched/analyzed material for a new chapter of Dr. Abdullahi An-Na’im’s book Islam and the Secular State (2008, Harvard University Press); promoting constitutionalism, human rights and citizenship within Muslim political discourses.
08/2005 to 05/2006
Formula SAE Team Member (International Competition Among Engineering Schools)
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Ph.D., Rural Studies, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Canada (part-time, distance study)
Focus: technology, institutions and development administration
Master of Engineering in Public Policy (MEPP), McMaster University, Canada
Focus: industrial systems, design, and sustainable development
B.Sc., Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA (minor in mathematics)
Secondary School (Science Curriculum), Jabir Bin Zaid Secondary School, Muscat, Oman
Affiliations and Achievements:
RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:
(please see attached CV)
RELATED VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE:
Science for Peace (2010-2012)
Canadian organization consisting of scientists, engineers, scholars and people from the wider community which seeks to understand and act against the forces that make for militarism, environmental destruction, and social injustice here and abroad.
The Sustainability Network, Toronto (Feb 2010 to Aug 2010):
NGO specialized in capacity building and coordination for Environmental NGOs. Help in database management, communication, event coordination and representation at symposia.
Committee for Practical Action in Sudan (May 2009 to current):
C-PAS is a group of Sudanese-Canadian young adults dedicated to advocacy and fundraising for development projects in Sudan that support sustainable appropriate technology approaches.
Sanitation: Global solutions for local problems
Organized by the United Nations University – International Network on Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). Hamilton, Ontario, October 2008.
Gender mainstreaming and good governance
Sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Khartoum, Sudan, July 2006. Also translated workshop discussion notes from Arabic to English.
- Consulting assignments
- Job opportunities
- Internships / Fellowships