Team Biography

Marc Manyifika

Country Lead for Urban Water Resilience and Head of the Cities Program, Rwanda, World Resources Institute

Marc Manyifika is the Lead, Urban Resilience for Africa at World Resources Institute. Since 2021, he has been the Country Lead for Urban Water Resilience and head of the Cities Program for the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Rwanda. In these roles, he worked closely with the cities of Kigali and Musanze in Rwanda to coordinate and engage stakeholders to implement their climate-resilient city strategies, both of which heavily relied on the WRI Urban Water Resilience Initiative and Cities4Forests. In his new role, Marc will oversee the Climate Resilience Cities Portfolio in Africa.

Marc previously worked in the Ministry of Environment in the Government of Rwanda where, in his capacity as Director General, he oversaw policy coordination in Land, Water, and Forestry. Prior to that, he was involved in developing the water sector in Rwanda as a leading hydrologists. He has also done research across the region spanning from hydropower development, spatial analysis for water resources management, and sediment fingerprinting using a combination of GIS-based tools coupled with hydrologic/hydraulic modeling.

Marc holds an MSc. in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for WREM from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, as well as a BSc. in Water and Environmental Engineering from the College of Science and Technology at the University of Rwanda, formerly known as Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.