Dr Inga Jacobs-Mata

Regional Representative, Southern Africa IWMI

Inga is a political scientist and has a PhD in International Relations from St-Andrews University, Scotland. She specialises in water governance with over 10 years of experience in transboundary water governance (particularly cooperative governance in Africa), science communication, and research impact and uptake.

She is currently the Country Representative for the International Water Management Institute's Southern Africa regional office, in Pretoria, South Africa. Before joining IWMI, Inga was the research group leader of the integrated water solutions group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) where she managed a transdisciplinary team of researchers working on the co-development of integrated water solutions in South Africa and throughout SADC. Inga was also the Executive Manager: Business Development, Marketing and Communications at the Water Research Commission.

Current areas of focus: operationalizing the water-energy-food nexus and its governance frameworks; water stewardship; community-based approaches/supported self-supply; hybrid water law; environmental migration.