About Us

IWMI’s mission is to provide water solutions
for sustainable, climate-resilient development..

IWMI is a research-for-development (R4D) organization, with offices in 13 countries and a global network of scientists operating in more than 30 countries. For over three decades, our research results have led to changes in water management that have contributed to social and economic development.

IWMI’s Vision reflected in its Strategy 2019-2023, is ‘a water-secure world’. IWMI targets water and land management challenges faced by poor communities in developing countries, and through this contributes towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of reducing poverty and hunger and maintaining a sustainable environment.

Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI

Based on evidence and knowledge drawn from our science, innovative technologies and testing of business models, IWMI works with governments, farmers, water managers, development partners and businesses to solve water problems and scale up solutions. Together with our partners, we combine research with data to build and enhance knowledge, information services and products, strengthen capacity, convene dialogue and deliver actionable policy analysis to support the implementation of solutions for water management.

IWMI’s value proposition is unique. It rests on our track record of more than 30 years of rigorous, solutions-oriented water management research, built on long term partnerships at local, country and regional levels, a sustained field presence across Africa and Asia, and recognized through the award of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize in 2012.

IWMI is a Research Center of CGIAR, the global research partnership for a food-secure future. The 2019-2021 CGIAR System Business Plan calls for innovation to transform the global system to address the world’s urgent challenges. In its commitment to this shared ambition, IWMI leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), which, with other CGIAR Centers and partners develops, disseminates and catalyzes solutions for sustainable and resilient land and water management.

IWMI works through collaborative research with many partners in the North and South, and targets policymakers, development agencies, individual farmers and private sector organizations.

Read more about IWMI’s achievements as it celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015.


CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR Centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector.



The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) is a global research-for-development program connecting partners to deliver sustainable agriculture solutions that enhance our natural resources – and the lives of people that rely on them. WLE brings together 11 CGIAR centers, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the RUAF Global Partnership, and national, regional and international partners to deliver solutions that change agriculture from a driver of environmental degradation to part of the solution. WLE is led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and partners as part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.


Our Strategy (2019-2023)

Innovative Water Solutions for Sustainable Development

IWMI’s forward looking strategy for 2019-2023 responds directly to the demand for innovative, scientifically tested water management solutions for sustainable development.

With offices in 13 countries and a global network of scientist operating in more than 30 countries, our research at field to basin and regional scales our strategy focuses on science for a transformative agenda. With this in mind we will address three high priority water challenges.

To improve food security will sustainably managing water resources and ecosystems.
To adapt to and mitigate climate change while building resilience to water related disasters and disruption.
To reduce poverty and advance inclusion with equality as agriculture transforms, energy transitions and urbanization intensifies.

Leadership Team

Mark Smith
Director General

Oyture Anarbekov
Country Manager – Uzbekistan

Olufunke Cofie
Country Representative – Ghana, Regional Representative – West Africa

Amgad Elmahdi
Country Representative – Egypt, Regional Representative – MENA

Mohsin Hafeez
Country Representative – Pakistan, Regional Representative – Central Asia

Inga Jacobs-Mata
Country Representative – South Africa, Regional Representative – Southern Africa

Manohara Khadka
Country Representative – Nepal

Simon Langan
Director of Digital Innovation and Country Manager, Sri Lanka

Abdulkarim Seid
Country Representative – Ethiopia, Regional Representative – East Africa

Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu
Country Representative – Myanmar, Regional Representative – South East Asia

Alok Sikka
Country Representative - India

Pay Drechsel
Senior Fellow/Advisor - Research Quality Assurance

Rachael McDonnell
Strategic Program Director – Water, Climate Change & Resilience

Alan Nicol
Strategic Program Director – Water, Growth and Inclusion

Syon Niyogi
Corporate Services Director

Stefan Uhlenbrook
Strategic Program Director – Water, Food & Ecosystems

Julie van der Bliek
Director, Partnership and Knowledge Management

Our Partners

IWMI thanks all its partners for their support and contribution to its research work and we look forward to strengthened partnerships and many more collaborations in the future.