Eng. Philippe Lempérière passes away suddenly at 58
Philippe Lempérière, a Senior Irrigation Specialist at the East Africa and Nile Basin Office of the International Water ManagementInstitute (IWMI) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, passed away suddenly and totally unexpectedly on the night of February 4, 2014.
Philippe was born in France in October, 1957, where he was educated. His tertiary training was in agricultural and rural engineering at the National Agricultural and Rural Engineering Institute, Angers, France (1981). In 1989, Philippe followed this up with in-service training on agricultural water resources development and management with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Centre of Tropical Agronomic Studies, Montpellier, France.
From this background, Philippe began to explore the opportunities and challenges offered by working in Africa. Over the subsequent 25 years, he had built-up an incredible range of experiences and a sterling reputation in water resources management and irrigation planning, working in Somalia, Sudan, West Africa, East Timor, Ethiopia and Kenya in farmers’ organizations, consultancyfirms and at IWMI. He was a consultant to, and conducted projects for, several African governments (Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali), the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office, the European Commission, the US government’s
Millennium Challenge Corporation and the United Nations.
On the personal side, Philippe was a real enthusiast for life, often masked by his humble nature. Some of his enduring aspects and qualities were his dry sense of humor, his incredibly caring nature and his love for his family. Philippe is survived by his wife, Khalda, and son, Basile.
The funeral took place on February 12, 2014, in Maubeuge, France.