Lakhdar Boukerrou

Lakhdar Boukerrou

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Over the years, Dr. Boukerrou has worked in the public, private and academic sectors as a scientist, manager, and consultant. He has extensive experience, both in the US and abroad, with international development projects, training-program design, management and evaluation, as well as agricultural and environmental management. Dr. Boukerrou currently serves as the Regional Director of the USAID WA-WASH Program in West Africa. Since 2011, Dr. Boukerrou has been managing the Ouagadougou based FIU program, which is focusing on providing access to water and sanitation while addressing the issue of food security and adaptation to climate change in a number of countries in West Africa. In its 2nd Phase (2015-2017), the program has three major components: (1) coordinate the USAID/West African WASH portfolio in West Africa; (2) build the capacity of WASH regional organization; and (3) monitor the Phase I activity for sustainability. Since 2012, has also been focusing on developing the capacity of young professionals and students in West Africa. So far, the USAID WA-WASH program has offered 72 scholarship and hosted close to 200 students for research projects and three- to six-month internships.

In addition to international development issues (water, climate change, and food security), Dr. Boukerrou is interested in education and training. He has implemented a number of agricultural and environmental research projects, both in the US and overseas, for Fortune 500 companies, the private sector, and academic institutions. He has used his extensive experience in training to develop numerous training programs funded by organizations such as UNEP, IFAD, USAID, and USDA for participants from Central Asia, Central and South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe, representing some 30 countries.