Sandra Serumaga-Zake

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Geography and the Environment

Supervisors: Professor Rob Hope and Dr Alex Money

Water Infrastructure Finance in sub-Saharan Africa

Academic Profile

Sandra's research study seeks to evaluate and improve the use of existing financing mechanisms and instruments to fund urban water infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa. Seeing that, sub-Saharan Africa faces some of the highest climate change-related water security risks worldwide and yet continues to face significant challenges to meeting SDG 6.1, which encompasses providing safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.

Sandra is an infrastructure investment professional with nine years of multi-sector experience in project and development finance, project management, and consulting on private and public sector projects in emerging markets. Having consulted on mega and mid-sized projects across sub-Saharan Africa, she possesses demonstrable experience in the management and development of feasibility studies, including financial models and risk analyses, and the development of bespoke research in various sectors, including Water Agribusiness, Energy, Health, and Transport. She leverages her skillset to screen and select projects with a higher probability of success which includes the achievement of economic hurdles and impact-driven mandates.

Sandra Serumaga-Zake
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment