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Jai Clifford-Holmes

South Africa & Rhodes University, 2011

I am an independent consultant and researcher, policy analyst, system dynamics modeller, facilitator, and project and process manager primarily working in the South African water sector. I hold a PhD in Water Resource Science in addition to qualifications in project management, social sciences, and system dynamics, awarded between Rhodes University and Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands). My doctorate was part of an extended action research project involved in the ‘turnaround’ of the Sundays River Valley Municipality in the Eastern Cape between 2011-2014, funded by the Water Research Commission (WRC) as part of the ‘Towards a New Paradigm for Integrated Water Resource Management in South Africa’.

I am a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, was a 2011 Mandela Rhodes scholar, and a founding member of the South African System Dynamics chapter, (where I served on the policy council until 2016). I have published in the journals of Water Policy and Systems Research and Behavioral Science in addition to leading book chapters for inclusion in the Wiley Series in Computational and Quantitative Social Science.

I am a lead consultant on the WRC project ‘Applying Strategic Adaptive Management to the Water Services Sector’, with Mr John Frame Pr Eng (Director, Amanzi Obom Consulting) and Dr Kevin Winter (Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town). I also hold associate-level positions in the Institute for Water Research at Rhodes University and the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD), which is the implementing agent for the RESILIM-O programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development, under USAID Southern Africa – RFA-674-12-000016 Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Program (RESILIM), where I am the team leader and project manager of a system dynamics-based, collaborative modelling process.


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