URAdapt is facilitated by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and the Water Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Ghana.

Project team

Dr. Liqa Raschid-Sally is the URAdapt project leader. She is an environmental engineer, currently working as a senior researcher at the International Water Management Institute in Accra. Her work focuses on urban water supply and sanitation, water pollution control, as well as wastewater use in urban and peri-urban agriculture both in Africa, and in South and Southeast Asia. She has extensive experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder processes that address natural resource-based challenges. She has also been involved in designing and facilitating training programmes in the water and sanitation sectors, along with conducting environmental impact assessments and project evaluations. She obtained her PhD in antipollution engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Toulouse, France. She has a MEng. degree in environmental engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand; and a BTec.(Hons) degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India.

Dr. Barnabas Amisigo is a hydrologist and water resources engineer. He is currently a senior research scientist in the Surface Water Division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Water Research Institute (CSIR-WRI) in Ghana. He also teaches computational hydrology as a part-time senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS) at the University of Ghana. His work has focused on rainfall runoff modelling in the Volta Basin of West Africa; assessing climate change adaptation options for the water resources of Ghana; identifying, characterising and prioritising water management issues in Ghana; and hydrological analysis for the Integrated Water Resources Management framework for the White Volta Basin. He has a PhD in hydrology from the Technical University of Delft, the Nethethands; a MSc. in water resources engineering from the University of Guelph, Canada, and a BSc. (Hons.) in Agricultural Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.

Dr. Semu A. Moges is an expert on hydrology, climate change and water resources. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering (Faculty of Technology) at Addis Ababa University. In the past, he has worked in various professional and leadership capacities in the Ethiopian Valley Development Studies Authority, Ministry of Water Resources and Arba Minch University. He obtained both his MSc and PhD degrees in water resources engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam. He has a BSc. degree in hydraulics engineering from the Abra Minch Water Technology Institute.

Dr. Alebel Bayrau Weldesilassie is a research fellow at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), a think tank that conducts policy-relevant research and advises the Government of Ethiopia on economic development.  He also acts as a director of the Poverty and Sectoral Research Directorate of the EDRI, as well as an assistant professor at the Addis Ababa University School of Economics. In the past, he has worked as a research assistant at the International Livestock Research Institute and International Studies on Childhood Poverty Program in Ethiopia. He has also served as a water resource economist in the Ministry of Water Resources. He did his PhD in agricultural and resource economics at Hohenheim University, Germany. He obtained his MSc. in economic policy analysis from Addis Ababa University and BSc. in agricultural economics from Alemaya University.

Geremew Sahilu has international experience in civil engineering and infrastructure development within the water and sanitation sectors. Prior to his current post as researcher and lecturer at the Addis Ababa University, he worked as a programme and technical officer for the UNHCR in Afghanistan and Cameroon. He has a BSc. degree in civil engineering from the Civil Engineering Department (Faculty of Technology) of Addis Ababa University and a MSc. degree in infrastructure planning from Stuttgart University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the the Institute of Civil Environmental Engineering at Stuttgart University. The title of his thesis is “Integrated Decision-Making Tools for Rural Water Supply based on Ethiopian Case-Studies”.

Edmund Kyei Akoto-Danso  will be providing management support to the URAdapt team. He is a Junior Research Officer at the International Water Management Institute. He holds an MPhil. in Environmental Science from the University of Ghana. His research focused on Water quality and river recovery process in the Densu river of Ghana.

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