Africa Division



The main objective and vision of the Africa Division is to bolster IAHR’s impact on the continent, by exploring and identifying the main water challenges, and expand the IAHR network, by attracting and engaging African institutes, universities, and professionals. As part of this vision, we will connect African scholars, professionals and institutions with worldwide organizations, and promote collaborations that will create solutions for the water security and climate change challenges and help meet net-zero and sustainability targets.


In the past decades, it has been challenging or even futile to connect and engage African scholars, and professionals with IAHR. One of the reasons is that Africa’s challenges and requirements for development and water security are diverse and vary from one country to another, and the means to address them are usually interlinked with each country’s unique characteristics and culture. Understanding these challenges and positioning IAHR in Africa’s dynamic landscape is not straightforward. “IAHR-Africa ambassadors” is a task force team initiated recently to strengthen the connection between IAHR and Africa, and they are now forming the new LT of the Africa Division.

Over the past years, we have made great strides in placing Africa in the spotlight of the IAHR community. For instance, we published an article in Hydrolink, Special Issue on IAHR 85th Anniversary, on the Hydro-environmental Education in Africa and openly discussed the potential role that IAHR can play to contribute. We have also organised an online forum session discussing the Water Challenges and Professional Development in Africa. In 2020, we submitted a proposal to the IAHR Council to obtain funds for providing free one-year membership to African scholars and young professionals and establishing an IAHR Africa Online Summer School dedicated to teaching and introducing the fundamentals of hydro-environmental engineering. Make sure to join and connect with us for the latest news and updates.

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Latest activities

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IAHR Online Summer SchoolIAHR Africa Online Summer School: Lectures now available online on demand
The IAHR Africa Summer School successfully took place from 2 to 12 October 2022 with more than 500 registrations.
18 video lectures on key hydro-environment engineering issues and their importance and practical applications in Africa accessible on-demand to IAHR members.

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Leadership Team

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong SAR, China

Past Chair
David Stephenson

University Botswana

South Africa

Feleke Arega

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, USA

United States of America


Center for Remote Sensing Applications, UM6P Polytechnic University


Kamal El Kadi Abderrezzak

Electricité de France, Division R&D


Charlène Gaba

Regional Center AGRHYMET (Centre Climatique Régional pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et le Sahel CCR-AOS)


Modupe Olufunmilayo Jimoh

University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Wada Patella

Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)


Tewelde Gebremedhin

University of Brescia


Abdoul Rachid Ouédraogo

Feng Chia University (Taiwan)

Taiwan, China

César Santos

Universidade da Beira Interior


Head of Advisory Board
David Ferras Segura

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education


Roger Falconer

Cardiff University

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Jill Humphries

University of Toledo

United States of America

Amparo López Jiménez

Universitat Politècnica de València


Dalila Loudyi

Hassan II University of Casablanca UH2C-Faculty of Science and Technology


Satoru Oishi

Research Center for Urban Safety and Security, KOBE University


Asaad Yahia Shamseldin

University of Auckland

New Zealand

Fairouz Slama

National engineering School of Tunis


Shaohua Marko Hsu

Feng Chia University

Taiwan, China

Elpida Kolokytha

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Arthur Mynett

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education


Stefan Riedelbauch

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machinery


Division Programme Officer

Elsa Incio, IAHR Secretariat,

Publications and documents


Past Congresses of the IAHR Africa Division

  • 5th IAHR Africa Division Congress. 11-13 December 2002 |  Arusha, Tanzania. Prof. Mtalo. E-mail:

  • 4th IAHR African Division Congress. 7-9 June 2000 | Windhoek, Namibia. Mr K.A.H. Lund, P.O. Box 3106, Windhoek, Namibia. E-mail:

  • 3rd IAHR Africa Division Congress. 1998 | Hurghada City, Egypt. Dr M.B.A. Saad, Hydraulics Research Institute, Delta Barrage, 13621 Egypt. Email:

  • 2nd IAHR Africa Division Congress: From Flood to Drought. 1996 | The Lost City, South Africa. Ms. Stephenson, Conference Office, P.O. Box 327, Wits 2050, South Africa.

  • 1st IAHR Africa Division Congress. 1994 | Khartoum, Sudan. Hydraulics Research Station, P.O. Box 318, Wad Medani, Sudan.

  • International Symposium on Water the Lifeblood of Africa. 13-15 July 1993 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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