BGID Committee

The IAH Burdon Groundwater Network is made up from practicing hydrogeologists worldwide. All are members of the International Association for Hydrogeologists and actively involved in African hydrogeology.

alan2Alan MacDonald


Alan is a principal hydrogeologist at the British Geological Survey and honorary professor at the University of Dundee. Much of his work focuses on the science base for the sustainable development and management of groundwater, with a particular interest in climate resilience and water security.  He has worked for 25 years across Africa and Asia with many different partners and is author of the book Developing Groundwater: A Guide to Rural Water Supply and editor of Applied Groundwater Studies in Africa.


V_MellilaViviana Re

Co-Chair, ITALY

Viviana Re is a post doctoral research fellow at the University of Pavia (Italy). She obtained a PhD degree from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) in Analysis and Governance of Sustainable Development, and in 2013 she was awarded a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship to develop a three-year project in Tunisia, aimed at promoting a participative approach to sustainable groundwater management in rural areas. Her research interests are isotope hydrogeology, groundwater quality monitoring and assessment, and socio-hydrogeology.



     Tamiru Abiye


Tamiru Abiye is a hydrogeology professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where teaches a graduate programme and leads an active groundwater research group.  Previously he was a professor in Addis Ababa University and has been chair of the African Groundwater Network. Tamiru has published about 70 papers, edited two books and prepared 4 text books for underprivileged students. He strongly believes in group research in order to produce integrated scientific material and provide sustainability to research projects. Since 1990, he has participated in more than 12 large scale projects in East Africa and Southern Africa.

     Morgan Burke


Morgan has more than 20 years’ professional practice in environmental management and groundwater resource development and protection. He is presently engaged in energy and waste sector project development.  Morgan is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin where he completed a Masters Degree in conjunction with the Geological Survey of Ireland specialising in karstification in Ireland.  Morgan is an accredited professional geologist (PGeo) and an elected member of the European Federation of Geologists (EurGeol).  He is the current Burdon Secretary for the IAH Irish Group having previously held the office of Secretary of the Irish Chapter.