The Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) is pleased to announce two additions to our team as we work to enhance water security around the world.
Rodolfo Camacho, a civil engineer with more than 30 years of experience working in water resources and environmental management projects, will lead SWP as project director/chief of party. Implemented by Winrock International, SWP supports the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) thought leadership, innovation and programming in global water security.
“I’m excited to contribute to the important work of the Sustainable Water Partnership,” Camacho said. “From Cambodia, Nepal and Pakistan to multiple countries in Africa, SWP is helping provide innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems by enhancing water security, combatting fragility and improving quality of life.”
Basil Mahayni, of SWP partner Tetra Tech, takes over as deputy director of SWP. Mahayni will lead SWP’s thought leadership activities, development of tools and resources for improved water security, and technical engagement with its Sustainable Water for the Mara Activity.
“Water insecurity can destabilize countries, increase disease, stunt economic growth and undermine the capacity of people to effectively respond to crises,” Mahayni said. “I’m thrilled to join SWP in its efforts to support a water-secure world where people have access to water of sufficient quantity and quality. Nothing could be more important.”
Camacho joins SWP from Abt Associates, where he led numerous projects that integrated his expertise in water resources and environmental management for clients including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, multilateral banks and country governments. Camacho has extensive experience in project management coupled with expertise in climate change, hydrologic modeling, flood control, disaster risk management, water and ecosystem management, and water and air pollution control strategies.
Prior to joining Abt Associates, Camacho was a water resources engineer for the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, where he worked on water modeling and assessments of the effectiveness of point and non-point source pollution control technologies within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. He holds an M.S. and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a civil engineering degree from the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.
Camacho succeeds Eric Viala as SWP director/chief of party. Viala has been named chief of party for the $39 million USAID RISE II Water Security and Resilience Activity in the Sahel, which is the second SWP associate award awarded to Winrock under SWP.
Mahayni is a water governance specialist with experience in project management, community outreach and stakeholder engagement, capacity building, communications, master planning, non-revenue water, and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining SWP, Mahayni was at Chemonics International where he helped launch the Water, Energy, and Sustainable Cities technical practice. Mahayni provided thought leadership on water governance and served as a technical resource for water-related projects and business development opportunities. Mahayni also completed a long-term assignment as the monitoring, evaluation, and communications lead for a USAID-funded humanitarian project in Jordan. In addition, Mahayni has worked as a project manager and consultant on several donor-funded development and humanitarian projects in the water, agriculture and education sectors in Bolivia, Jordan and Syria.
He has published applied research and analysis related to water quality and quantity, water scarcity, water governance reforms, climate change impacts on water security, management of water services in conflict-affected settings, and sustainable financing for climate change adaptation. Mahayni holds a Ph.D. in geography, environment, and society from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), where his dissertation research focused on water governance challenges and reforms in Jordan. He also holds an M.A. and B.A. in political science, and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from Iowa State University.