ROLE PLAYERS 2018 - Thomas Kwadwo Gyedu-Ababio

Thomas Kwadwo Gyedu-Ababio

Chief Executive Officer
Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency

Dr Thomas Gyedu-Ababio is water resources professional scientist who has matured to be a competent and experienced water resources manager. Thomas obtained his honours degree in Biological Sciences and a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. Thomas accepted an offer by the Zambian Government to work as a Science Educator in 1989. In his quest for more academic laurels, Thomas left Zambia for South Africa to pursue further studies. He obtained his MSc in Water Pollution – "using meiofauna as indicators of pollution" from the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). He obtained a PhD in Aquatic Ecotoxicology from the same university. He has 29 years' work experience (eight as a science educator and 21 in water resource and aquatic biodiversity management). Thomas worked for Rand Water (South Africa) for six years managing the Vaal Dam Catchment where he received an award as the most admired individual in the South African Water Supply Industry. He joined the South African National Parks as a water resources manager in the Kruger National Park (KNP). After 10 years in the KNP, he joined the Inkomati Catchment Management Agency as the Chief Operations Officer and acting CEO in April 2013. He is now the CEO of the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency.

As an experienced water resources manager, he has a wealth of knowledge in pollution control, capacity building, public participation and environmental education. Thomas has managed a number of environmental and water related projects in his professional career. He interacts with government departments, mines, industries, farmers and communities (including international communities) at various levels in the discharge of his duties. He has also got experience at Governing Board level (Board member at Inkomati-Usuthu CMA and Komati Basin Water Authority). Apart from his management duties, Thomas takes time to do research/academic work in the field of water/environment. He acts as a supervisor/promoter for postgraduate students. He also acts as an external examiner for a few universities in South Africa. Thomas has several peer reviewed publications in water resources management.