Dr. Sean Avery

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Wide experience of hydrology, hydrogeology and water resource development for water supply, irrigation, drainage, sewerage, sanitation projects in East and Central Africa. Carried out many environmental audits and impact assessments and is a regional specialist in water resources in Africa and the Middle East.
Full Name
Dr. Sean Trevor Avery
Year of Birth
1949
Nationality
British, Kenya resident since 1979
Profession
Chartered Consultant in Hydrology and Water Resources
Range of Experience
40 years overseas professional consultancy experience, and until 2007, responsible for all GIBB Africa hydrological, hydrogeological and environmental studies and water supply, irrigation, drainage, sewerage, and sanitation projects in East and Central Africa. This included the management of many multi-disciplinary water, sewerage, and irrigation projects. Since 2017, Sean has focused on hydrological studies within the Horn of Africa, in particular assessing the impact of large-scale developments and downstream riparian conflicts. Sean is a regional specialist in water resources applied to the tropical climates of Africa and the Middle East, with special interest in arid lands, and he has undertaken numerous flood and drainage studies throughout the continent. Sean’s responsibilities as “Engineer” have included contract administration and construction supervision of water, wastewater and irrigation engineering projects in Africa.
Career Summary
  • 2007-date Consultant in hydrology, water resources and the environment, Kenya
  • 2008-date Visiting Fellow, University of Leicester, UK
  • 1996-2007 Unit Leader, Water & Environmental Services, GIBB Africa Ltd., Nairobi
  • 1993-1996 Business Development Manager, GIBB (Eastern Africa) Ltd., Nairobi
  • 1991 Appointed Director, GIBB (Eastern Africa) Ltd, Nairobi.
  • 1989 Associate Partner, Sir Alexander GIBB & Partners (Africa), Nairobi
  • 1981-date Chief Engineering Hydrologist, GIBB (Africa), Nairobi.
  • 1979-1981 Project Manager / Hydrologist, Watson Hawksley, UK based in Nairobi
  • 1976-1979 Project Water Engineer / Hydrologist, Watson (SE Asia), Brunei.
  • 1976 Assistant Engineer (Wastewater), JD&DM Watson, UK
Education
  • 1968-1971 Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  • 1972-1976 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Professional Affiliation
  • 2004-date: Chartered Environmentalist, Society for the Environment, UK
  • 2000-date: Registered Consulting Engineer, Kenya
  • 1996-date: Licensed Water Engineer and Hydrologist, Kenya
  • 1987-date: Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, UK
  • 1981-date: Chartered Civil Engineer, UK
Key Assignments
  • Qualified Water Resource Professional (gazetted under the Kenya Water Act) – licensed in Panel I in water supplies, dams, wastewater treatment, irrigation, and Panel III Hydrology
  • NEMA registered Lead Expert for environmental impact assessments in Kenya.
  • Chartered Civil and Water Engineer, UK; Registered Consulting Engineer, Kenya.
  • Hydrological studies and impact assessment of major Omo Basin dam and irrigation developments, Ethiopia.
  • Hydrological studies for the Nairobi Water Master Plan, Panel Member for Thwake and Yatta Dams, Kenya.
  • Hydrological, flood and water quality studies in Turkana Basin, sediment / bathymetric studies for Turkwel dam.
  • Rehabilitation of river gauging stations, water quality data collecting, and remote sensed data application, Kenya.
  • Evaluation of water and irrigation projects in the Horn of Africa.
  • Research into hydrology and water balance of Rift Valley lakes.
  • Presentations to regional workshops and conferences on development impacts on water resources.
  • Journal papers and media contributions on water resource development challenges in East Africa
Country Experience
United Kingdom, Brunei, Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Oman, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Languages
Fluent in English and good knowledge of Swahili & French
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