Sean Furey

Water and Sanitation Specialist

Director of Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)

Areas of expertise:

  • Rural water supply
  • Integrated water management & water resources regulation
  • Sustainable groundwater development
  • Joint Sector Reviews and sector coordination and documentation
  • Technology transfer
  • Knowledge Brokering and Networking
  • Facilitation and training
  • Project and programme evaluation

Sean Furey is an experienced water and knowledge professional who combines technical expertise and passion for communicating issues around rural water supply, groundwater research, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH).

Key data

Nationality British
Qualification (Institute) MSc Infrastructure Engineering – Community Water Supply option (Cranfield University at Silsoe, UK)

BSc Environment Sciences (University of East Anglia, U

Working languages English (native), German
Years of Experience 20+
Country experience and regional expertise Sub-Saharan Africa: Uganda, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Nambia, Tanzania, Kenya

Asia: Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand

America: Guatemala, Chile, Bolivia

Select projects, roles, achievements and publications
  • RWSN – Rural Water Supply Network: Director of Rural Water Supply Network/ Co-lead of Sustainable Groundwater Development Theme
  • Co-organiser of 6th RWSN Forum (Kampala, 2011) and 7th RWSN Forum (Abidjan, 2016)
  • UPGro – Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor
  • REACH – Improving water security for the poor
  • National “Water Source Protection Guidelines” for the Government of Uganda
  • “Effective Joint Sector Reviews for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)” co-author of World Bank Learning Note.
  • “Writing for WASH” short course (online and face-to-face) co-developer and trainer. Adapted to coach Government of Liberia staff to produce their first national WASH Sector Performance Report (SPR).
Key clients
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC)
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • University of Oxford
  • The World Bank
  • Ministry of Water & Environment, Uganda
Affiliations and networks
  • Visiting Teaching Fellow, Cranfield University
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London
  • Skat/RWSN representative to the Sanitation & Water for All (SWA) Knowledge & Learning constituency.