Dr. Nathan Wangusi is a Research Scientist at IBM where he focuses on delivering cutting edge research in the water sector and government transformation. As a team member of the USAID funded Kenya RAPID project he is focused on developing a water information as a service solution that will simplify how stakeholders from water managers to consumer query, receive and use information about their water resources. His work in the public sector is focused on supporting African governments improve their trade competitiveness environment through enhanced services, processes and legislation aligned to the World Bank Ease of Doing Business measures. He recently led a technical team working with the Government of Rwanda to develop the Africa Smart Cities Blueprint which will be adopted as a standard by 17 African countries.
Dr. Wangusi’s began his career as an Environmental Engineer with Carollo Engineering in the Midwestern US where he designed municipal potable water and waste water systems. He was a Management Consultant with Excelsior Firm where he led a project with Strathmore University in Kenya in establishing their Water Governance Center and consulted with the Department of Water Affairs in South Africa in water resources planning. He has also worked as a Technical Advisor for the US federal government in capacity building for rural water utilities in areas such as governance, asset management, project financing and service delivery through the Rural Community Assistance Program.
He serves as a patron of the Teachers Environmental Rescue an NGO focused on tree planting among school children in Kenya. He has been the recipient of the Rotary International Ambassadorial Research Fellowship, Shelby Davis Foundation Projects for Peace Award and a National Research Foundation of South Africa Award.
He holds a Ph.D in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida.