Dr. Pay Drechsel, IWMI and WLE (co-opted)

Dr. Pay Drechsel leads the ‘Resource Recovery, Water Quality and Health’ division of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Flagship on ‘Resource Recovery & Reuse in Urbanizing Ecosystems’ of the IWMI led CGIAR Water, Land & Ecosystems (WLE) Research Program.

Pay has 25 years of working experience in the rural-urban interface, studying extensively urban and peri-urban agriculture, safe wastewater irrigation in low-income countries, as well as economic opportunities of resource recovery and reuse. In 2015, he received for his work the IWA Water & Development Award for Research.

Before he joined IWMI, Pay supported as Africa Research Coordinator the International Board for Soil Research and Management (IBSRAM). With a background in Environmental Sciences, Pay’s strength is in applied multi-disciplinary research linking agriculture and sanitation. He served as scientific and technical advisor for WHO, FAO, DGIS, IDRC, SIDA, UN-Water and EU funded projects and expert groups and supervised a large number of graduate and postgraduate students. Pay authored and co-authored about 300 publications, half in peer-reviewed books and journals. He has worked extensively in West and East Africa, and South and South-East Asia, and was based for 11 years in Ghana before he moved in 2009 to IWMI HQ in Sri Lanka.