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Syed Imran Ali

Syed Imran Ali

Research Fellow, Global Health and Humanitarianism

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Dr. Imran Ali is an aid worker and academic focused on humanitarian challenges at the intersection of environment and public health. He has worked in emergency responses and led operational research with Médecins Sans Frontières and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in South Sudan, Pakistan, Jordan, Rwanda, and Uganda. Dr. Ali has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Development Impact Lab and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Dr. Ali received his doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph and his bachelors in engineering from Queen’s University.


Global Health & Humanitarianism




Humanitarian Water Engineering - Online Intensive Course (Winter 2023)

Global Health Design: Safe Water Optimization Tools: Ensuring Water Safety & Protecting Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

Safe Water Optimization Tool V2 Launch

Humanitarian Water Engineering - Online Intensive Course (Fall 2022)

Related Work


Announcing the Winners of the 2023 Seed Grants in Critical Perspectives in Global Health Research | 8 May 2023

Applications Open! Humanitarian Water Engineering Online Intensive Course, Winter 2023 | 10 January 2023

York U researchers’ revamped AI tool makes water dramatically safer in refugee camps | 4 November 2022

DI Researchers Contribute to New Report on Scaling Humanitarian Innovations | 3 November 2022

Check out the SWOT at the UNC Water and Health Conference | 19 October 2022

Hot Off the Press – Modelling residual chlorine in humanitarian response in PLOS WATER | 6 September 2022

Research Fellow Syed Imran Ali Presented the Safe Water Optimization Tool at York’s Academia to Industry (A2I) Event | 15 June 2022

Join us in Fall 2022 for the popular Humanitarian Water Engineering Online Intensive Course at the Dahdaleh Institute | 8 June 2022

Highlighting the SWOT’s Risk-Based Approach at the 2022 Emergency Environmental Health Forum | 25 April 2022

Opportunity: Back-end Developer, Safe Water Optimization Tool Project | 12 May 2021

Safe Water Optimization Tool (SWOT) featured in Compendium of Water Supply Technologies in Emergencies | 6 May 2021

Safe Water Optimization Tool featured as Bold Innovations Helping People in Conflict | 21 April 2021

Opportunity: P/T Junior Developer, Safe Water Optimization Tool Project | 26 January 2021

Opportunity: Technical Advisor - SWOT and Humanitarian Water Engineering | 15 December 2020

New Research Grant: Safe Water Optimization Tool awarded WASH Evidence Challenge Grant from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund/Elrha | 10 December 2020

Virtual Launch of Safe Water Optimization Tool | 7 December 2020

New Publication: Dahdaleh Institute researchers publish groundbreaking study on safe water and public health in refugee camps | 30 November 2020

Dahdaleh Institute Fellow Syed Imran Ali featured on the Globe and Mail as part of their "Stepping Up" series | 30 November 2020

Safe Water Optimization Tool featured in two national magazines | 16 November 2020

Innovative new data analytics technology to help improve access to safe water in refugee camps | 5 November 2020

SWOT at MSF Scientific Days Conference (virtual) | 11 May 2020

Dahdaleh Institute Members Contribute to Doctors Without Borders Internal Newsletter | 2 April 2020

SWOT Second All-Team Meeting Moves Project Forward | 25 February 2020

Opportunity: Junior Developer, Safe Water Optimization Tool | 15 January 2020

Syed Imran Ali Tells Story and Science Behind Child Malnutrition Project | 29 October 2019

Presentation at Health Congress is Latest Dissemination Initiative from CWQ+SAM | 16 September 2019

Project Update: Emergency Data Science | 4 September 2019

Vote for Your Favourite Scientific Days Poster | 2 May 2019

Researchers Publish First-Of-Its-Kind Study in "Water" | 1 April 2019

WASH Project Showcased in London at Humanitarian Innovation Fund Meeting | 27 February 2019

Design is not just a pretty interface - and other lessons from Emergency Data Science | 20 February 2019

Researchers Facilitate Humanitarian Problem-Solving | 28 November 2018

Significant Progress at The Dahdaleh Institute | 17 May 2018

Dr. Imran Ali Presents in Berlin | 12 April 2018

New Grant Awarded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund | 22 February 2018

New Grant Awarded by the CIHR-IPPH | 31 January 2018

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