Dr. Lahbib is the Founder & CEO of ‘Green WATECH’ social enterprise, research scientist and an
inventor. He was worked as a Researcher at the National Center for Studies and Researches on Water
and Energy (Morocco), having graduated from the University of Cadi Ayyad with a PhD in
Environment and Water. He was trained on Water and Wastewater Management at the Faculty of
Life and Environmental Sciences, Shimane University (Japan). From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Lahbib has
worked as an expert consultant at the International Institute for Water and Sanitation, where he was a
member of international initiatives and cooperation projects with international organisms like
USAID, GIZ and JICA.
Dr. Lahbib invent a new wastewater treatment technology called Multi-Soil-Layering system (Patent
2017), which offers a new practical solution for wastewater management in unsewered communities
in African and developing countries. Dr. Lahbib also contributed to the organization of more than 20
international conferences and workshops, and he published several scientific articles in the field of
water and sanitation. His research interests include Climate change; Environment; Environmental
stresses, Hydraulics; Microbiology; Pollution control; Reuse; Waste treatment and management; and
Water quality. Lahbib has published extensively and notably in the field of environment, and he was
involved in several international projects.
In reconnaissance of his excellent entrepreneurship achievement, Dr. Lahbib received numerous
awards around the world in Africa, Asia and in Europe. Recently, Dr. Lahbib won the ‘Cleantech
Innovation Program 2018’, the ‘Mediterranean Water Heroes contest 2018’, and the ‘Green Africa
Innovation Booster 2018’. In 2018, Dr. Lahbib nominated as the Ambassador of the ‘Next Einstein
Forum’ in Morocco, an African initiative connecting science to humanity.
In the Moroccan kingdom, science has significantly developed in recent years. The Moroccan
government has been implementing reforms to encourage scientific research in the Kingdom. While
research has yet to acquire the status of a national priority in Morocco, the country does have major
assets that could transform its R&D sector into a key vehicle for development. The national system of
S&T research in Morocco is guided by different elements, such as the pronouncements of the king,
reports of special commissions, five-year plans, and the creation of a special program for the support
The Moroccan government’s Five-Year Plan for 2017-2022 articulated the priority lines for research.
The declared objectives of this plan were to align S&T research with socio-economic development
priorities. Sectors declared as priority areas were: agriculture, health fisheries, potable water,
sanitation, geology, mining, energy, environment, climate change, information and
telecommunications technologies, and transport.
This is the reason why, Africa Science Week – Morocco 2018 aims to promote science in Morocco,
through igniting the scientific spirit in young Moroccan students particularly young Moroccan girls
and give tribute to innovators particularly working in rural areas.