Dr. Douglas Merrey holds a PhD in Anthropology. He has nearly 40 years of experience in applied research, consulting, program design and evaluation and other services related to natural resources management, and especially water management. He has lived in India (2 years), Pakistan (4 years), Sri Lanka (17 years), Indonesia (9 months), Egypt (9 months), and South Africa (10 years); and made short term working visits to many other Asian and African countries. His career began with 18 months of field research on irrigation management in a small village in Pakistan. He subsequently worked for over 20 years at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), where he held several senior positions including Deputy Director General of Programs and the founding Director for Africa. Since 2008, he has worked as an independent consultant for many international institutions and consulting firms. IWMI remains an important client. He has numerous publications, many reflecting his substantial interdisciplinary experience. He was recently appointed a Global Fellow at the Robert B Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and is the Associate Editor for “Viewpoints” of the free online journal Water Alternatives. Doug now lives in Gainesville, Florida, USA.