WARREC International Advisory Board

WARREC draws advice from the expertise of a diverse International advisory board of accomplished practitioners who are leaders in their fields, particularly water. The Board comprises of people with wide experience, ideas, and knowledge of potential funding sources. They represent International and national professional associations, Government organizations, research organizations and consulting firms in water resources management and related fields. Collectively, the Advisory Board brings perspectives from, Government, statutory boards, public and private sectors, non-profit and international institutions. In the process, the board informs the Center of emerging challenges, issues, trends, and opportunities in relevant areas concerning water resources management and development that will help the Center keep its research, capacity building and advocacy programs up-to-date, relevant and dynamic.

The current WARREC  International Advisory Board membership include:

Eng. Philip Gichuki  – Chairman

Eng. Philip GichukiEng. Gichuki holds an MSc in Soil and Water Engineering and a BSc in Civil Engineering from University of Nairobi and he is the Managing Director Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with Engineers Registration Board of Kenya. He is a corporate member of Institute of Engineers of Kenya. He has a fast experience in the water sector spanning over 26 years. Eng. Gichuki has steered the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company to a great height of performance and was awarded the Water Utility CEO of the Year (2015/2016) during the African Utility Week held in Cape Town South Africa. He is also a governor in the Board of World Water Council (WWC) and Fellow in the International Water Association (IWA). He is a chairman of Board of Trustee for Nairobi Upper Tana Water Fund and also chairs the International Advisory Board of Water Resources Research Centre (WARREC).

Prof. Joy Obando- Member

prof Joy ObandoProf. Joy Obando holds PhD in Geomorphology from King’s College London. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Kenyatta University. Prof. Joy Obando is a mentor, researcher and is involved in research, training and community outreach relating to Integrated Watershed Management (IWM). Through the Capacity Building for Integrated Watershed Management (IWMNET), she coordinates an international Masters programme (MSc IWM) hosted at Kenyatta University. In research, she has also been awarded grants on issues relating to water resources management. She is a regional expert and trainer in grant writing. She is a member of the steering Committee of the International Geographical Union, Geomorphology and Society Commission; and also a member of the International Advisory Board of Water Resources Research Center (WARREC).

Eng. Maimbo Mabanga Malesu- Member

Mr Maimbo MalesuMaimbo Mabanga Malesu is an agricultural engineering expert with 28 years of experience in managing complex and multi-disciplinary, government and donor funded programmes and projects as well as facilitating sustainable smallholder agricultural research and development in the areas of land management, conservation agriculture, soil and water conservation, small and large scale irrigation and water harvesting and management. He has an Msc. in Agricultural Engineering and his contribution is mainly in bettering the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and to engineering and science through numerous publications.  Maimbo is currently heading the Water Management Unit at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) within the Eastern and Southern Africa regional programme.

Mr. Kiragu, Gibson Mwangi .- Member

Mr KiraguMr. Kiragu is the  Head of  Climate Change Unit in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Kenya. He represented Kenya during the negotiations for Paris Agreement as a Delegate to UNFCCC COP 21 in France, COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco and at the UNCCD COP 12 in Ankara, Turkey.  He has expertise and training on Climate Change and Adaptation up to PhD level and was therefore appointed to coordinate implementation of the Paris Agreement under Article 15(5)(c) of the Kenya Climate Change Act, 2016. As A Deputy Director In charge of Policy and Planning in Irrigation and Land Reclamation, he has participated in Formulation of Water, Irrigation, Climate Change and land Reclamation Policies, Bills and Strategic plans to implement Kenya Vision 2030 and the MDGS/SDGs. As the Desk Officer for Water Research and Resource Centre, Coordinating the development of bilateral agreements/MOUs with Israel and universities in Kenya. He a Member- International Advisory Board, WARREC, Jomo Kenyatta University. Chair to FAO- Kenya Task force on Agricultural Water Management. Recently, Protocol/Liaison Officer, TICAD VI and UNCTAD 14 (2016).

Capacity Building of National Institutions in reclamation and rehabilitation of land and water ecosystems in order to increase water conservation, storage and increase land productivity. He has written a book: “Suspended Sediment and Environmental Flows of Transboundary Waters”.

Mr. Kiragu, Gibson Mwangi is Married with three children


  1. Prof. John Gathenya, Professor,  Soil Water and Environmental Engineering Department, JKUAT
  2. Eng. Petronilla Ogutu, National Water and Pipeline Corporation
  3. Dr. Ayub Macharia, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
  4. Dr. Elizabeth Khaka, United Nations Environment Program
  5. Dr. Rebbie Harawa, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  6. Prof. Bancy Mati, Director WARREC – Secretary to the Board.