Dr. Graham Alabaster

Dr. Graham Alabaster

Dr. Graham Alabaster is a public health engineer by profession. He leads UNHabitat’s work on environmental infrastructure including health and environmental issues, waste management and sanitation. He has a special interest in urban health and environment and is experienced in provision of services to low income urban populations, to reduce negative health hand environmental impacts. Currently he is based in Geneva where he is collaborating with UNHCR on WASH in urban emergencies, WHO on urban development, health and environment and the monitoring of SDG 6, environmental management of vector-borne disease, and UPU focussing on addressing systems for slums to assist I nthe provision of basic services. He was recently chosen to lead the Roll Back Malaria multi-sector working group, focussing on environmental management of vector-borne disease. Previously he was Section Chief responsible for Africa and Latin America in Human Settlements Financing Division of UNHABITAT developing both projects and normative work, with a special emphasis on leveraging support from the regional financing institutions. He is an Engineer by profession, with first degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering. Starting his professional life as a Research Fellow, he travelled extensively in Africa, Asia and Latin America, providing technical assistance on sustainable wastewater management and sanitation, thereafter as an International consultant. He joined UNHABITAT in 1992 and has played a key role in building the Water, Sanitation and Infrastructure Branch. He is a Charted Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Society of Health. He represents UNHABITAT on many inter-agency bodies. He was the agency representative on the WHO Panel of Experts for the Environmental Control of Vector-borne Diseases (PEEM), with a special interest in urban vector-borne diseases. He has over 35 years  experience in the water sanitation and solid waste management sector, working in over 50 countries. In addition to designing and implementing projects in Africa and Latin America, he has global responsibility for policy issues relating to sanitation, pro-poor water and sanitation governance, solid and hazardous waste management, and monitoring water and sanitation MDGs.