Syed Imran Ali

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EducationPh.D in Environmental Engineering
Alma materUniversity of Guelph
  • Environmental engineer
  • Academic

Syed Imran Ali Ph.D is a Canadian environmental engineer and academic who invented the Safe Water Optimisation Tool.[1]

In August 2010 Ali deployed with Médecins Sans Frontières to Sukkur, Pakistan as a water and sanitation specialist.[2]

Ali worked at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at University of California, Berkeley.[2]

He graduated with a Ph.D in Environmental Engineering in 2012, from the University of Guelph.[1][2]

In September 2012, deployed with Médecins sans Frontières to Jamam refugee camp in Maban County, Upper Nile (state), South Sudan. While in South Sudan, his team treated water for community distribution according to World Health Organization guidelines but still found that unsanitary storage of drinking water in homes resulted in disease spread, notably Hepatitis E.[1][3][2]

After reflecting on his experiences in South Sudan, Ali invented the Safe Water Optimisation Tool.[1][3][4]

Ali currently works as a research fellow at York University|York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research.[1]

His academic writing has been cited 145 times in other publications.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dickson, Janice (2020-11-25). "Stepping Up: Sanitation specialist develops system to ensure refugee camps anywhere can have healthy drinking water". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Sutedjo-The, Raymon. "Development Impact Lab | Beyond Providing Clean Water: A Profile of Development Engineer Syed Imran Ali". Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Web-based tool out of York's Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health evaluates safe drinking water". Excalibur. 2020-11-19. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  4. "The Water Network | by AquaSPE". Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  5. "Syed Imran Ali". Retrieved 2021-12-19.

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