Akissa Bahri currently serves as Professor at the National Agricultural Institute of Tunisia. She was the Coordinator of the African Water Facility, African Development Bank Group, from 2010-2015, and the Director for Africa of the International Water Management Institute, based in Accra, Ghana, from 2005-2010. Prior to that, she was Director of Research at the National Research Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Water and Forestry in Tunis, Tunisia. She has experience in research, putting knowledge into action, and contributing to institutional development and partnership building. She has academic and professional experience in water resources management and water reuse and a long-standing interest in how a more integrated approach to managing water, stormwater, wastewater, fecal sludge, biosolids and solid wastes can contribute to meeting water demand and protecting the environment. She is a member of different international scientific committees and has received international honors from the Guinness Foundation (1984), the International Foundation for Science (1993), the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (1996), the 2009 “Prof. C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research”, and the 2018 IWA Women in Water Award. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California at Davis in 2005. She holds an Agricultural Engineer degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie de Toulouse, France, a Doctor-Engineer degree from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France, and a Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering from Lund University, Sweden.