Dr. John Briscoe
Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering
Hosted by the Fletcher South Asia Society
John Briscoe is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environment Engineering at Harvard University where he is on the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School. His career has focused on the issues of water and economic development. He has worked: as an engineer in the government water agencies of South Africa and Mozambique and as an epidemiologist at the Cholera Research Center in Bangladesh. His last assignments in his 20-year career at the World Bank were as the Bank’s Senior Water Advisor and (Country Director for Brazil. His role in shaping the governance and strategy of the World Bank is described in Sebastian Mallaby’s The World’s Banker (Penguin, 2006). In addition to his native South Africa, he has lived in the United State, Bangladesh, Mozambique, India and Brazil. He has published extensively in professional economic, finance, environmental, health and engineering journals. In recent years he authored the World Bank’s Water Sector Strategy, the Brazil/World Bank Country Partnership Strategy and the Oxford University Press books India’s Water Economy: Bracing for a Turbulent Future and Pakistan’s Water Economy: Running Dry.