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Professor David Grey


Visiting Professor

Professor David Grey has almost 40 years experience worldwide in inter-sectoral water assessment, management and development. He is a water practitioner, policy analyst, researcher and writer who has lived and worked for extended periods in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA. He is now a visiting professor at the universities of Exeter and Oxford while continuing to work with many governments around the world on water security issues. Professor Grey was a water specialist at the World Bank for 26 years to 2009, becoming its Senior Water Advisor with responsibility for corporate water policies and advisory oversight of the water community and the portfolio of water resources, irrigation, water supply and sanitation and hydropower.

He has had many affiliations over his career, including as Manager of the UNDP-World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme, Chair of the World Bank's Water Resources Management Group, Board member of the World Water Council, founding member of the Water and Sanitation Collaborative Council and member of its Preparatory Committee, and a founding partner of the Global Water Partnership. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society. Major current activities include: membership of an International Panel of Experts for the Mekong River Commission and an Advisory Panel for the World Bank's Ganges Strategic Assessment; advising the UN on negotiations on the Euphrates-Tigris River; and a leading role in an international policy and research partnership on water security.