External Advisory Board


Ian Reece
Former Managing Director, Rabobank
Ian Reece is the Chairman of the External Advisory Board for the Global Water Institute. He is a retired banker having worked for international banks for 40 years. The last 23 years he worked for the Dutch bank, Rabobank. At Rabobank Ian was Managing Director, Senior Credit Officer and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for North America. It was in that capacity that he was a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, President of the Center for Food Integrity, the bank’s contact for the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International. Ian was also Co-Chairman of Global Green USA in Santa Monica, CA and a board member of Green Cross International in Geneva, Switzerland.

Members at Large

Araya Asfaw

John Bongiorno
CEO, Worldserve International
WorldServe is a key GWI partner in East Africa and on Native American tribal lands in the western United States. John has been implementing water projects in East Africa for 25 years. WorldServe is a recognized leader in solar-powered wells, instrumental in several GWI business development initiatives, and is a strong advocate of the GWI Sustainable Village Water Systems Model.

Dr. Laura Crossey
Professor and Chair of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico
Dr. Crossey’s research has produced over 150 peer-reviewed publications, most related to geochemistry and water quality. She has worked extensively on water quality issues of the western U.S., Australia, Africa, and Tibet. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America. She has received the 2015 New Mexico Women in Science Impact Award, and was the 2019 Birdsall Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer for the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America.

Monica Ellis

John Garland
CEO, Farm Africa
Farm Africa is a not- for-profit organization focused on enhanced weather and water forecasting in the Central African Republic. John is the former President of Central State University in Xenia, Ohio, and a board member of the Ohio State University Moritz Law School Advisory Board.

Bahati Hakimu Msomba
CEO and Founder, BM Farm Africa
Bahati is the CEO and founder of BM Farm Africa, a non-profit organization in Tanzania working toward providing innovations and creative solutions in addressing challenges facing rural communities in agriculture, social services, agribusiness, advocating fair agribusiness practices that enable rural farmers to boost their competitiveness in addressing rural poverty. Bahati also works with the Government as Acting Head of Regulatory Services Section at Sugar Board of Tanzania Monitoring implementation of the National Development Plan (sugar sector), the Sugar Industry Development Plan and the SBT Strategic Plan. BM Farm Africa has been a critical partner providing agricultural training in the GWI Pilot Villages project located in Singida, Tanzania.

Kris Kaffenbarger

Emmanual Kalobelo

Lukas Kwezi
Water and Sanitation Adviser, DFID
Lukas is a Water and Sanitation Adviser for UK’s Department For International Development, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is also a Co-chair of the Development Partner Group (DPG) for the Water Sector in Tanzania. In the last five years, Lukas has focused on the design and delivery of Tanzania’s national sanitation and hygiene behavioral change communication campaign alongside the first ever large-scale government led Payment by Results (PbR) scheme implemented by the Ministries of Health and Water in Tanzania.

Chris Long
Founder, The Chris Long Foundation
Chris Long retired from the NFL in 2019 after an illustrious 11 year career, winning back to back Super Bowls in 2016 and 2017 with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles respectively. In 2015 Long founded The Chris Long Foundation with the mission to help those most at-risk at home and abroad through focused programs in the areas of clean water, military support and forwarding educational equity and opportunity for underserved youth. Long’s Waterboys initiative unites fans, military veterans and professional athletes to raise funds and awareness to provide clean water to 1 million people. To date the initiative has funded 92 wells and provided water to over 372,000 people. The Chris Long Foundation has generously provided support to GWI’s project, “Entrepreneurship for Resilient Village Water Systems in Tanzania.”

Alais Ole-Morindat

Bridget Scanlon
Senior Research Scientist, UT Austin
Bridget is a Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin. Her current research emphasizes the interdependence of water and energy, focusing on water quantity aspects. She serves an Associate Editor for Water Resources Research and Environmental Research Letters and has authored or co-authored ~100 publications. Dr. Scanlon is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. http://www.beg.utexas.edu/people/bridget-scanlon

Michael Seid
Founder and Managing Director, MSA Worldwide
MSA Worldwide is a consulting firm providing strategic and tactic advisory services to commercial franchisors and licensors on a global basis. Michael is a past member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the International Franchise Association and is chairman emeritus of its Social Sector Franchising Task Force. Michael serves on the board, and is an advisor to several social franchisors in Africa. Michael shares his extensive knowledge on franchising with Ohio State graduate students, teaching a course on commercial and social franchising as an Adjunct Professor in the Fisher College of Business.

Winston Oluwole Soboyejo

Ralph Sudfeld

Avner Vengosh
Professor, Duke University
Dr. Vengosh is a professor of water quality and geochemistry at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Dr. Vengosh has worked extensively on the prevalence of geogenic and man-made contaminants in the Middle East, U.S., Australia, Africa, India, and China. He has also worked extensively on the energy- water quality nexus, including the impact of hydraulic fracturing and coal ash disposal on water resources. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and International Association of Geochemistry (IAGC) https://nicholas.duke.edu/people/faculty/vengosh

David Wilhelm