Yakob Umer

Regional Researcher - Water Risks and Data Science Specialist

Pretoria, South Africa
Yakob Umer


Water-related hazard assessment and risk reduction, hydroinformatics for water management, and hydrometeorological modeling for urban and river flood management

Before IWMI

Dr. Umer served as a Post-doctoral Researcher at Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Department of Applied Earth Science (AES) - Natural hazard and Risk Reduction Research Group, University of Twente, Netherlands. Dr Umer contributed to an integrated landslide early warning system in Indonesia using open sources geospatial databases and a hydrometeorological modeling system. He has experience in project coordination, assisting MSc students with project work and regular MSc courses and MSc theses. He holds a PhD from the same department focusing on exploring open source geospatial datasets, and advances in hydrometeorological modeling systems to improve urban flood hazard assessment in scarce data areas. Dr Umer holds a MSc from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in Hydroinformatics, focusing on flood hazard mapping in data-scarce areas.


English and Ethiopian languages