Professor John Briscoe has been named the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his unparalleled contributions to global and local water management, inspired by an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people on the ground.
Professor Briscoe has become known for his passionate commitment to sustainable economic development, his disrespect for constructed boundaries between sectors and people, and for his insistence that the voice of people who are affected – from the poorest of farmers, to the private sector, to political leaders – be heard.
In his fusion of science, policy and practice, he has developed unrivalled insights into how water should be managed to improve the lives of people worldwide. This approach, which often blurs the boundaries of disciplines, has also included insights into sanitation.
Originally from South Africa, John Briscoe’s experience ranges from projects in Bangladesh and Mozambique to formulating the 2003 Water Strategy at the World Bank. He currently works as a professor at Harvard University in the United States.