David Thomas

David Thomas

  • Position Global Events Coordinator

David is a technical director of Wastewater with Mott MacDonald and a Fellow of the IChemE. He is a chemical engineer with over 25 years’ professional experience in the international water sector.

Having started out with an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Oxford, he also holds Masters in Environmental Pollution Control from Cranfield University and in Global Development Management from the Open University, as well as an Engineering Doctorate in Wastewater Treatment.  

A varied career has seen him working as an emergency engineer for Oxfam, a VSO volunteer, with an environmental start-up, as a policy adviser, as well as a process engineer with numerous UK water companies.   His work has taken him to Guyana, India, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Tanzania.

David works as a process engineer, with particular interest in digital twins, wastewater based epidemiology, anti-microbial resistance, process emission reduction and wastewater mathematical modelling.

David is an also a sanitation engineer with the British Red Cross with a strong professional interest in the delivery of wastewater treatment in low-income urban settings and refugee camps.  In addition, he is currently advising the British Government on the detection of COVID in wastewater.

David currently lectures on water and wastewater treatment at Oxford University on its MSc in Water Policy, Science and Management.

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