Dirk Walther

Dirk Walther
Project Director,
Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Mr. Dirk Walther, the project director of ‘Support to National Urban Sanitation Policy’ project of GIZ is an expert in water and sanitation. He has been working in the sector for more than twenty five years at regional, national and international level. He has conducted a wide range of research and technical implementation on water and sanitation, water treatment technologies and water resource management. Amongst the long list of projects he worked for few companies and institutions such as –

  • German Geological Survey (BGR), Ground water exploration
  • Celler Brunnenbau, German drilling company
  • Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), International seconded expert
  • Anna University, Chennai India, faculty and Environmental Expert
  • German International Cooperation (GIZ), water and sanitation expert

In his professional journey he led many critical water and sanitation improvements in fields such as –

  • Water Resource Management
  • Rural Water Supply
  • Urban Sanitation Management
  • Though he is working continuously on various issues for the improvement of sanitation condition of India, he is also keen on sharing his knowledge with all. He believes that knowledge that he has gained should be shared for a better tomorrow. With this in mind he has authored, co-authored many articles and publications from very early age. One of his recent publications which he co-authored is an IWA publication (2014): Sanitation 21.

    Mr. Walther has also been part of many advisory boards under government of India; he was an Advisor to the State Planning Commission Tamil Nadu on Water Supply and Sanitation, Tamil Nadu. Currently he is closely working with Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India. He has done intensive work in the field of water and sanitation as well as wetland and river rejuvenation. His professional objectives are to provide and enhance technical knowledge in the field of water supply and sanitation and to create capacities for the protection of environment.

    Mr. Walther is currently the project director of GIZ Sanitation programme funded by German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Development (BMZ) and director Waste to Energy funded by Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. He is also in-charge of the Indo-German Ganges initiative as government to government undertaking.


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