Ing. Richard Appiah Otoo is the Chief Manager (GIS) responsible for the company’s technology direction with key focus on commercial and operational efficiency. Prior to this, he was the Manager for the GIS Department and also led the Non-Revenue Water and Prepaid Metering Technical teams under AVRL. He joined GWCL as an Engineer and has worked in the Water and Technology sector since 2003. He worked in the past as Team Leader for the Commercialization of Sierra Leone Water Company under the African Development Bank, Consultant for United Nations FAO; Project Advisor UN Habitat on Water for African Cities project, GIS Consultant to the German Technical Co-operation, Consultant for Nokia Siemens Networks NV in Gabon and Ghana on Fiber Optics projects.
He received records of achievement for his PhD work on Urban Water Metabolism with the WaterPower Doctoral team by IRI-THESys of Humboldt University of Berlin in 2015. He has postgraduate level qualifications in Water Management from Cranfield University-UK, Advanced Project Management from the University of Oxford-UK ,Climate Change Policy andTechnology from the University of Cambridge-UK, Water Transport and Distribution from the UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands. He has co-authored a number of international peer-reviewed journal articles with colleagues from University of Miami and Harvard.
He is a professional member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Ghana Institution of Engineers, Project Management Institute, AmericanWater Works Association, and International Water Association. He has received numerous awards including 2015 International Planetary Urbanism prize initiated by ARCH+ together with the German Federal Foreign Office and German Advisory Council on Global Change, 2009 Commonwealth Scholar given by the British Government, 2013 MASHAV Scholar given by the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry, 2011 African Geospatial Excellence Award among others.