Ayesha Hamid Laher

Ayesha is a professionally registered environmental scientist in the water stream. She has 18 years’ experience in all aspects of water and wastewater treatment: treatment technologies, design, operation, maintenance, and management of water and wastewater supply system.

Her participation in various policy and planning projects including the development of the Second National Water Resources Strategy has contributed to understanding of policy, legislation, water resource planning and institutional requirements for management of the entire water cycle.

As a Lead Inspector for the Blue, Green and No Drop Certifications programs of the Department of Water and Sanitation, she has sound knowledge of best practise principles for operation and management of water and wastewater treatment systems with emphasis on risk-based management.

She has developed leadership, management and financial skills in her position as Hub-Sector Lead of the Water Systems division of AECOM for two years and is currently the sole director of AHL Water, a Level 1 BBBEE water and wastewater consultancy focusing on providing holistic solution to water services challenges for commercial and municipal clients.

Ayesha has gained entrepreneurship skills to manage her business by qualifying for and successfully completing the requirements for the one-year M Category of Raizcorp Comprehensive Enterprise Development Programme and receiving the Spirit of Raizcorp award for the 2018 program.

Ayesha is an active member of WISA, currently appointed as non-executive director on the board of Water Institute of South Africa (WISA) for period 2021- 2023 and served as council member for South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) in the Water Resources Division.

Ayesha has contributed to several Water Research Publications, presented at numerous conferences and assists with social responsibility initiatives focusing on sector building and citizen support, in particular technical support to Gift of the Givers on water issues.

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