Thomas Gumbricht holds a PhD in Land improvement and drainage from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and is an autodidact in geoinformatics. He has worked in Africa for ten years, after having been lured to work as a post-doc at University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa on the Okavango Delta in Botswana. He joined ICRAF for the first time as a hydrologist in 2002. Since 2009 he lives with his family in Nairobi, and works as a senior scientist in geoinformatics with ICRAF. Apart from a professional interest in water he also enjoys sailing, skating and skiing.