Dato’ Ir. Ahmad Fuad Embi retired from the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), Malaysia in 2007. His last position was as Deputy Director-General I. He graduated with a BE (Canterbury, NZ) in 1975, and later continued with a DHE (Delft) in 1981, and an MSc (Southampton) in 1986. While at the DID, he was a pioneer in sustainable river management and in managing stormwater through source detention strategies. He led efforts to produce the Malaysian “Manual on Urban Stormwater Management” in year 2000 and in extensive training of engineers in the new methodologies.
He is the founder member of the Malaysian Stormwater Organization (MSO), an NGO set up in 2008 to train and certify erosion and sediment control professionals under an agreement with EnviroCert International, USA . The move has led to growing ESC competency in government agencies. Dato Fuad is also a strong proponent of rainwater harvesting as a means of water conservation, starting a pilot project at his former Drainage and Irrigation Department’s (DID) HQ in Kuala Lumpur in 2002. The government has recently adopted mandatory rainwater harvesting facilities for new housing developments. He raised awareness on “urban heat islands”, which are contributing to more intense and total rainfall in large urban areas of the country. He is fighting for changes in urban planning to provide more tree shade for heat absorbing pavements in urban areas and the widespread usage of green roofs to counter urban heat build-up.
As an Adjunct Professor at the National University (UKM) he was involved in pilot research for affordable solutions to control pollution from Batek cottage industry, Wet markets and Keropok factories in the East coast; besides the development of a “Hydromulch” for erosion and sediment control.
Dato Fuad is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia as well as a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) with EnviroCert International, USA.