Rachel Hershey


     Areas of expertise

  • Water supply
  • Humanitarian water engineering
  • Sanitation
  • Youth engagement

Rachel Hershey grew up in Central Asia, which motivated her to engage in international cooperation and development. She has worked on projects in humanitarian relief, residential construction, and the technical design of water filtration systems, and is experienced in cross-cultural communication, youth engagement and coaching, and networking.

Key data

Qualification (Institute) BSc in Civil Engineering | Cedarville University, USA

Select courses from MSc in Environmental Engineering | ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Humanitarian Water Engineering Online Intensive Course | York University, Canada

Watershed Management Certification | EPA Watershed Academy, USA

Working languages English & German
Nationality American &Swiss
Years of Experience 3
Country experience and regional expertise Central Asia: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan

Africa: Senegal, Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, Seychelles

Americas: United States

Selected projects, roles, achievements and publications Backstopper: RésEAU & 1 Million Youth Actions Challenge

Researcher: Transdisciplinary case study on the sustainability of cultural tourism in the Seychelles

Team manager: R&D project to case and commission boreholes in sandy soils in rural Senegal

Lead Author: “A sustainable alternative to traditional building materials: assessing stabilised soil blocks for performance and cost in Malawi” (2023) International Journal of Sustainable Engineering https://doi.org/10.1080/19397038.2023.2237062