Dr. Alan Nicol is the Strategic Program Leader – Promoting Sustainable Growth, at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
A political scientist by training, Dr. Nicol has more than 20 years of experience in research, policy advice, consulting and program development across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He is a specialist in a range of water and development issues from transboundary water resources management to catchment management and community-level water supply and sanitation. He has advanced analytical, project leadership and program implementation skills, including experience of leading multinational programs at director level in Africa, working closely with government and other policy influencers on water and climate change and delivering research for development that supports the livelihoods of local beneficiaries. He continues to engage in fieldwork and has recently completed assignments on refugees and water and IWRM and pastoral development in northern Uganda. Currently based in Addis Ababa as the Sustainable Growth Program Lead, Dr. Nicol oversees a team of more than 30 professionals across three research groups (Governance and Gender, Water Futures and Transforming Economies).