100 Water Heroes: Dr. Sara Ahmed

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Gender and Water Policy Specialist

Dr. Sara Ahmed is a Gender and Water Policy Specialist, with close to 30 years of applied research experience on water, livelihoods and social equity. Sara is an Adjunct Professor at Ahmedabad University where she is pioneering their digital water museum, and “engaging young students, local communities and diverse professionals from the water sector, history, architecture and the arts to document our water heritage through visual narratives.” Sara is also currently on the board of WaterAid India.

Prior to this, Sara attained a Phd in Social and Political Sciences and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Sara worked as a Senior Program Specialist for the International Development Research Centre (IRDC) in Asia, managing research portfolios on water, food security and climate change. In 2012, she co-edited a book entitled Diverting the Flow: Gender, Equity and Water in South Asia; one of her many publications exploring issues of gender and water management.

Dr. Sara Ahmed is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her experience in the water sector, and her focus on the intersection of water, climate change and gender.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/sara-ahmed-5855765