Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Technical Advisor
Born and raised in northern Ghana, Dr Akudago lived in a community where water and sanitation facilities were almost non-existent which resulted in an interest to study a discipline related to water supply from his early childhood. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and proceeded to Okayama University, Japan, where he obtained his masters and PhD degrees in Environmental Science. Dr John Akudago has more than 18 years’ experience in development and disaster response. His core expertise include water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), behavior change, waste management, water resources development and protection, water quality issues and community development under both development and relief contexts as well as providing technical advice and implementing projects in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors in both rural and urban environments. Currently, He is a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Technical Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse global WASH Programs. He also held various positions in several organizations including Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Ghana, World Vision Ghana and Pacific Institute in the USA. Dr Akudago responded to the Haiti earthquake and cholera outbreak in 2010, Japan Tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011, Mozambique floods in 2013, Philippine typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, in all disasters as a WASH technical expert and lead. Having installed over 1,000 water supply wells and over 6,000 latrines in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, Dr Akudago has so much interest in water quality and its contribution to disease, poverty reduction and self-esteem in both relief and development contexts. He is fluent in English with intermediate French and Japanese and seven Ghanaian languages with over 20 conference and Journal publications to his credit.