Bastian Schnabel

Senior Consultant, Engineering

Nine years’ experience in water resource, environmental management, water quality monitoring and microbiology and public health, with a focus on low-resource and disaster settings.

Bastian has recently joined the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation sub-stream in IMC Worldwide’s Engineering team.

He has worked in the water sector since the completion of his MSc in International Development Studies in 2009.

He gained experience as an Assistant Project Engineer in water supply and purification, before briefly supporting the international Red Cross movement in disaster response.

Bastian worked for the German Federal Environment Agency in their drinking water section for several years. He was mainly responsible for water safety planning and policy implementation. Core areas included the amendment of the German and EU Drinking Water Directives and supporting the WHO Collaboration Centre for Drinking Water Hygiene.

In 2018 Bastian completed his PhD research within the Environmental & Public Health Research Group at the University of Brighton. He focused on improving diagnostic solutions for assessing drinking water quality in low-resource areas and modified the H2S test, considerably increasing its sensitivity and specificity.

Bastian spend two years working as freelance journalist and editor for Global Water Intelligence. His publishing portfolio has a strong focus on water resource management, ultrapure water, hygiene, and international affairs.   


  • PhD in Water Management and Microbiology, University of Brighton, 2018
  • MSc in International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam, 2009
  • BA(Hons) in Geography, University of Brighton, 2007