Mahdi Zarghami is professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Director of the Institute of the Environment, University of Tabriz, Iran. His main research and teaching fields are water resources and environment management including water governance. He graduated PhD from Sharif University of Technology, Iran on watershed management at 2007.

He has been visiting researcher at the University of Arizona 2006-2007 and Tufts University on Water Diplomacy Program 2014-2015 and MIT 2015.  He has co-authored 3 books (one in Springer), about 30 journal papers and 66 conference presentations. He is also the fellow of Earth System Governance Program.