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IWA Publishing Open Access Ambassadors

Our OA Ambassadors raise awareness in their local communities about global OA movements as well as related opportunities through IWA Publishing. They are representative of both the International Water Association and IWA Publishing and our joint goals to empower the next generation of water leaders and to shape the future of the water sector. Learn more here.

Tomiwa Adesoji


“Science is part of the cultural endowment of the world civilization. It should be available to anyone interested, from the poorest to the richest countries on the planet. Open access, however, is more than a moral stance- it is a practical recognition that knowledge advances more rapidly when the greatest possible number of minds are engaged” – Steve Stearns

Tomiwa is a graduate student of Microbiology at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria with a focus on understanding antimicrobial resistance in the water environment. Tomiwa is passionate about research and seeks to expand his knowledge while contributing meaningfully to the development and well-being of humanity through Science. 

Magnus Arnell

Dr. Magnus Arnell is a researcher affiliated with both RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (dep. of Urban Water Management) and Lund University (dep. of Industrial Electrical Engineering and Automation). As a researcher, Magnus focuses on sustainability analysis of wastewater systems targeting circular economy, e.g. recovery and recycling of energy and nutrients. Besides his own research Magnus is chairing the Swedish research consortium VA-kluster Mälardalen, he is a member of the management committee of IWA Sweden (chair 2012-2019) and an independent member of the IWA board committee on Governance and Nominations. Magnus is an IWA Fellow since 2018.

Tooba Aslam

Tooba Aslam is a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is currently researching wastewater treatment by Advanced Oxidation processes with specific attention to fouling. She published her master’s research on wastewater treatment by Advanced Oxidation Processes. Her research focus on water and wastewater treatment was developed after witnessing the disastrous safe drinking water situation in her home country Pakistan. While working towards her PhD, she is also the institute representative at the University of Edinburgh. In this role she is responsible for arranging events communicating with the new PhD students regarding their problems and conveying these to the authorities. She is also doing volunteer work at The Royal National Institute of Blind, UK to help ethnic minorities experiencing sight loss problems. She also gives online classes to aspiring engineers and plays badminton in her free time.

Merve Atasoy

Merve is a PhD student in the Resource Recovery Division at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. She has been working on water and wastewater for more than ten years. The (waste)water technologies have been developing enormously and it is amazing to witness this evolution. Merve believes that everybody must have the right to access all technologies/improvements in (waste)water technologies. Therefore, she is glad to be part of the Open Access program.

Ajay Bhave


Ajay Bhave has worked on water resources management, climate change adaptation and decision making under uncertainty. Specifically, his research interests lie in exploring uncertain drivers of water availability and demand, including climatic and socio-economic futures, and their interactions with future plans and management options. Currently, Ajay is a Core Research Fellow for the Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub at Newcastle University where he leads interdisciplinary research on uncertain water futures. Previously, he led water resources research in Malawi for the UMFULA project (part of Future Climate For Africa programme) at the University of Leeds, and continues to be associated with the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP). At the Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics, he applied a novel decision making under uncertainty approach in India.

Cecilia Burzio


Cecilia Burzio is a 3rd year Ph.D. student at the department of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Chalmers University of Technology. Her work addresses the removal of pharmaceutical compounds in wastewater via biological treatment processes with focus on biofilm technology. Cecilia graduated in 2016 with a double MSc in Environmental Engineering from Chalmers and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She is interested in sustainable sanitation systems, water management, and hiking in forests.

Rob Colston


Rob is a first year PhD student at Cranfield University. He has an MSc in Geochemistry from the University of St Andrews and a BSc in Geological Sciences from the University of Leeds. Rob's academic career has seen him move towards environmental sciences as his love for nature and conservation has grown and experiences have shown him the need for sustainable development if we are to preserve and heal these wonderful ecosystems. At Cranfield, Rob hopes to help develop part of this through his studentship improving the efficiency and sustainability of resource recovery from wastewaters using bacteria over chemicals. Rob is also helping to write a Nutrient Recovery textbook headed by the IWA Resource Recovery Cluster.

Hamdy Elsayed


“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu

Hamdy Elsayed is a PhD student at the University of Exeter, UK. He also works as a Teaching Assistant at Menoufia University (MU), Egypt. He obtained his M.Sc. in Irrigation and Hydraulics from MU in 2014. His current research focuses on interdisciplinary research in water science and engineering. He is especially interested in water-food-energy nexus, water resource management, transboundary water management as well as developing and applying system-based approaches to better understand and improve cross-sectoral and cross-regional system(s) management. Hamdy also likes cycling and reading history books. 

Tessa Gough


Tess has a MSc in Environmental Engineering from Newcastle University. She is now working towards a PhD utilising citizen science rain data in flood management which has given her an insight into the benefits and pitfalls of open data. Tess has worked in several countries providing engineering program management and technical expertise during humanitarian emergencies. She is a keen champion open access publications to aid collaboration, facilitate knowledge transfer and to promote the great work that happens in all corners of the world.

Hongxiao Guo


Hongxiao is a Ph.D. candidate at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from Beijing Forestry University, China, where he gained his initial wastewater-treatment-related research experience. Due to his interest in bioenergy recovery from waste streams, Hongxiao's currect study focuses on anaerobic conversion mechanisms of particulate substrates, such as waste activated sludge and aerobic granular sludge, coupled with digester design. Hongxiao's close collaboration with industrial project partners made him recognize that his passion lies in bridging fundamental research to industrial applications in waste water treatment.

Jan Hennigs


Jan obtained his M.Sc. degree in environmental and energy process engineering at the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. During his studies, he developed an interest for water treatment and WASH efforts in a development context. After a project in the Philippines aimed at sustainable irrigation solutions for smallholder farmers, he joined Cranfield University’s Nano Membrane Toilet project, where he worked on testing of prototypes. In May 2020 he successfully defended his PhD thesis about this work. For years, he has been advocating for open access to academic knowledge as important factor in ensuring effective WASH interventions.

Emmanuel Nyadzi

Emmanuel is a postdoctoral researcher in the Water Systems and Global Change Group at Wageningen University and Research, where he works on climate risk assessment and management. He holds a PhD in climate and environmental science from the same university where he focused on developing climate services for water management and food production. He previously worked as a research officer / Consultant at MDF West Africa where working on climate, environment, agriculture and development projects. Emmanuel uses multi-approach and multi-data frameworks to understand and model the complexities of climate and environmental change and its impact on natural and human systems. Thus, develop robust measures for adaptation. Emmanuel believes ’open access’ is an ethical obligation.

George Kimbowa


George is a PhD candidate at Wageningen University & Research. His PhD explores multilevel governance in a contested landscape, Uganda. George is also a Lecturer at Busitema University. He holds an MSc in Water Engineering from Pan Africa University, Institute for Water and Energy Sciences, Including Climate Change, University of Abou Bakr Belkaïd, Tlemcen, Algeria and a BSc in Agricultural Mechanisation and Irrigation Engineering from Busitema University, Uganda. George teaches courses related to Hydrology, Watershed Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Research Methods, Climate Change, Agrometeorology, Applied GIS and Remote Sensing. His current research interests are on catchment and lake hydrological modelling, sustainable land management, rainwater harvesting, flood management, climate change, ecosystem services and climate services for agriculture and water.

Bernhard Pucher


Bernhard is a researcher engineer at Institute of Sanitary Engineering at BOKU University in Vienna. His current projects investigate greywater treatment and irrigation using nature-based solutions such as living walls. His research passion lies within the field of treatment wetlands. Since 2019 Bernhard is a member of the management committee of the IWA specialist group on "Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control". For his PhD, Bernhard is in the process of developing a clogging model for nature-based solutions such as treatment wetlands and other infiltration ecotechnologies. This work will result in important insights in the change of soil hydraulic parameters of filter materials to predict the long-term behavior of such systems.

Francisco Rubio Rincón


Francisco is a lecturer in Sanitary Engineering in the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands. Originally from Durango, México, Francisco gained work experience in different companies and projects throughout México and abroad before feeling the urgency to preserve our earth and its resources and the desire to contribute. He completed his PhD and MSc (with distinction) at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education where he focused on the recovery of nitrogen and phosphorous from waste streams, using affordable sources of magnesium such as Seawater.

Oscar Samuelsson


“Making research openly available is a key to provide equal opportunities for a sustainable water development.” 

 Oscar has worked with water and wastewater for the last ten years, including R&D, operations, and management. He has had the opportunity to work with different facilities and organizational sizes ranging from small facilities (100 p.e.) up to large facilities (1 000 000 p.e.). He's currently finalizing his PhD with the topic “Fault detection in WRRFs”, focusing on data driven methods for improving data quality in mainly on-line sensors. Oscar is also part of the IWA MetaCo task group - dedicated towards best data practice in WRRFs.

Sheilja Singh


Sheilja is a Ph.D. research Scholar in the Physical Planning Department at the School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi, India, researching urban water resource management and approaches. Sheilja obtained her Bachelor of Architecture and her Masters in Urban Regeneration from Jamia Millia Islamia - A Central University, India. Her interest areas are how urban land uses and societies respond to water resources, along with this she wants to change the water resources picture in Asian countries, particularly in India by implementing existing projects, schemes and policies on the ground level.

Mohamed Tawfik


Mohamed is a PhD student at Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands. He gained his Masters degree in Environment from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Mohamed is interested in sustainable development, promoting and innovating more sustainable practices, policies and strategies to achieve water and food security in development countries. Therefore, he was keen to develop his international experience in the field of integrated water management and sustainable development; he had the chance to work in a number of developing countries such as Egypt, Ghana and Sri Lanka as well as supporting in data collection and critical analysis for water and wastewater sector in Jordan and Lebanon.

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