Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Peter McCornick

Senior Fellow (non-resident)


Peter McCornick is a senior fellow (non-resident) with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions water program. In this capacity he focuses on critical water resources management issues, with on-going activities in North East Africa, South East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. He has approximately three decades of experience in addressing the challenges in the water resources, agriculture and environment sectors, that has included research, policy development, planning, implementation, teaching and capacity building. He has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America, including long-term assignments in Ethiopia, Eritrea, India, Indonesia (Timor and Java), Jordan and Sri Lanka.  Much of this has been in a senior leadership role, working with decision makers in international, national and sub-national institutions in the public and private sector. 

He is currently Director for Asia for the International Water Management Institute. 

He has a Ph.D. and master's degree in water resources and irrigation engineering from Colorado State University, and a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the U.K.  He is a registered Civil Engineer in Colorado, and a member of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE).  He has published widely on critical water issues.