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Dr Sudhir Pillay: Research Manager

Dr Sudhir Pillay is the Research Manager for the Sanitation Research Fund for Africa (SRFA) Project, a key initiative co-funded by both the WRC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop localised solutions and capacity for Faecal Sludge Management in Africa. Dr Pillay was direct product of research funding from the WRC having completed his MSc, PhD and post-doctoral studies at the Pollution Research Group, University of KwaZulu-Natal where he was primarily involved in researching anaerobic baffled reactor and membrane technology for decentralised sanitation. For his post-graduate development, he received training in INSA Toulouse, Norwegian University of Science & Technology and University of Trento to learn different aspects of membrane technology evaluation, and attended the CDD DEWATS engineer’s course in Bangalore, India. As a post-graduate student in wastewater research, he has received three different Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) scholar awards for his work on anaerobic baffled reactors and membrane technology. His previous work at the Pollution Research Group (UKZN) has enabled him to work within multidisciplinary projects involving scientists and engineers from universities worldwide, municipalities such as the eThekwini Municipality, non-profit organisations such as BORDA, and the WRC. Dr Pillay has authored and co-authored several journal articles, conference proceedings and three WRC reports (two main) related to on-site sanitation technologies.