Dr. Apambire is Senior Assistant to the President for Global Sustainability and Director of the Center for International Water and Sustainability at the Desert Research Institute, Dr. Apambire is an expert in international Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and development matters with extensive field, academic, teaching, grant making and management experience. He has a deep understanding of the importance of integrating WASH programming into other development sectors such as health, agriculture, education, environment, gender and micro-finance, as well as the importance of strong partnerships to ensure long-term sustainability.
Prior to returning to DRI, Dr. Apambire served as a Senior Advisor at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, where he managed the Foundation’s WASH grant portfolio and represented the Foundation to the broader WASH sector. He was also previously the Director of the WASH Sector at World Vision US where he led the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of global WASH strategies and large-scale integrated sustainable programs. Early in his career, Dr. Apambire worked with the World Vision Ghana Ghana Rural Water Project as a hydrogeologist where he was involved in the siting, design and construction of over 500 water supply systems in about 400 remote and guinea endemic communities and institutions in Ghana. Dr. Apambire was born in Ghana, West Africa, and grew up in the northern and poorest region of the country. As a child, he sometimes walked long distances to fetch water during the dry season. He has researched and published numerous papers, articles and reports on WASH issues in developing countries, and on water quality and human health. Dr. Apambire received his B.S. from the University of Ghana; M.S. from Carleton University, Canada; and his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno.