WLS Africa is theboots on the ground for African operations. Headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa, location of the 2017/2018 Day Zero water shortage scare, our team has gained valuable insight into deploying water supply, sanitation, and food security solutions that can withstand the continent's diverse challenges.
Peter Akari is a Ghana based International Development Professional with penchant towards Water Resources Development. Mr. Akari has over 30 years’ work experience in the conception, development and management of infrastructure and water resources schemes.
His key competencies include:
Akari has worked in national institutions (Ghana Water Company) and international organizations (World Bank, African Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development) where he has occupied senior positions and assumed lead responsibility for a variety of innovative infrastructure and water resources endeavors, some of which have resulted in paradigm shifts in the sectors. Akari has also provided short-term support to other international organizations - GIZ, and GAC (formally CIDA).
Notable projects Mr Akari has worked on include:
Akari has working experience in: Botswana, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, UK, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Thomas Yeung is a United Kingdom based internationally experienced project engineer and former consultant (PwC, Logica, and AT Kearney) with over twenty years’ experience of planning, building, and managing/contracting energy and utilities services for urban and rural communities. This has included:
Before moving to Saudi Arabia to work for Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company, Mr. Yeung was UK Energy Manager at Vodafone and UK Energy Buyer for Virgin Media. At Vodafone I oversaw the roll-out of 500 smart meters across our sites, and at Virgin Media he negotiated a new electricity supply contract (500 GWh or approx. £40 m pa). Yeung has also worked with Anglian and Severn Trent Water on biogas and sludge digesters for local power generation and CHP, and with Suez on a 300,000 ton pa EfW facility in Suffolk.
In 2018 Yeung worked with WaterAid in London (as a pro bono volunteer) on water supply, wastewater treatment and sanitation (WASH) projects in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Pakistan; with Drax Haven Power (a consultancy project helping set up the new Energy Services team); and currently with WaterAid (pro bono) advising on WASH in the context of urban planning and development.
WLS president, Thomas Murphy, is participating in the inaugural cohort of the InnovACTION Post-COVID Readiness Program, a 4-month program for innovators and entrepreneurs in Africa to support the development, deployment and diffusion of home-grown innovations. It offers African entrepreneurs and innovators the much-needed support in accelerating their products/services, ameliorating existing technologies and redesigning business models for the post-COVID-19 period.
The program is offered by experienced, passionate and committed Global Network of Innovation Experts for Africa. The diverse backgrounds of instructors, mentors and coaches ensures that participants receive a multi-level and multi-disciplinary support for innovation development.