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Phani Adapa Director of Operations

Global Institute for Water Security


Phani Adapa is the Assistant Director for the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS), University of Saskatchewan (USask) and joined the institute in 2013. He is a certified Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. Phani’s role is to assist with the day to day operations of the GIWS; provide project management and network management expertise; develop new and sustain existing collaborations with stakeholders, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, external funding agencies, industry partners; support internationalization efforts, assist and where required lead coordination and writing efforts for development of major grant applications; provide writing support; research facilitation; responsible for outreach and engagement efforts; and leverage existing funding to further the research vision of the GIWS.

Phani is also the Director of Operations for the for the $144 million Global Water Futures (GWF) program funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), USask (2016-present). As the Director of Operations, he is responsible for HR & Facilities, Communication, and Outreach portfolios, and also responsible for project and network management.

Before joining the GIWS, Phani was the Director of Research and International Relations with the College of Engineering, USask.

As part of his professional development, Phani has 32 refereed journal articles, 3 book chapters and have to his credit 29 conference proceedings/ presentations.  He has been awarded the 2009 George Ira Hanson Post-Graduate Award for Energy Research.  Also, his Ph.D. dissertation has been recommended for University graduate awards. The Canadian Society for Bioengineers has recognized his research contributions and bestowed him with their Ph.D. thesis award for 2012. 

He served as the Vice-President Academic for the USask Graduate Students Association from 1999-2000. Also, he was elected as one of the five Canadian men’s cricket team selection committee members (2009-10), the President of Saskatoon Cricket Association (2005-10) and the Vice-President of Saskatchewan Cricket Association (2007-10).


PhD, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, 2011
MSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, 2001
BE, Mechanical Engineering, Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur, India, 1998

Find out more about Phani's areas of research interest and publications on his USask research profile.