John A Akudago
John A Akudago

Director, International Shelter Initiatives, Global Programs Development

Habitat for Humanity

Born and raised in northern Ghana, Dr. Akudago lived in a community where water and sanitation facilities were almost non-existent which resulted in an interest to study a discipline related to water supply from his early childhood. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and proceeded to Okayama University, Japan, where he obtained his masters and PhD degrees in Environmental Science. Dr. Akudago has more than 20 years’ experience in development and disaster response. His core expertise include water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), behavior change, waste management, water resources development and protection, water quality issues and community development under both development and relief contexts as well as providing technical advice and implementing projects in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors in both rural and urban environments. Currently, he is the Director for International Shelter Initiatives with Habitat for Humanity International. Prior to joining HFHI, he served as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Technical Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse global WASH Programs. He also held various positions in several organizations including Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Ghana, World Vision Ghana and Pacific Institute in the USA. Dr. Akudago responded to over fifteen major disasters in the world over the last 9 years including Japan Tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011, Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 and the Hurricanes in the Caribbean Islands in 2017, in all disasters as a WASH technical expert and lead. Having installed over 1,000 water supply wells and over 6,000 latrines in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, Dr Akudago has so much interest in water quality and its contribution to disease, poverty reduction and self-esteem in both relief and development contexts.