Sanjay Giri

Sanjay Giri

River Dynamics and Inland Shipping


Dr. Sanjay Giri is a specialist in fluvial hydraulics and geomorphology with a focus on river basins, reservoirs and water infrastructures. He completed his bachelor’s in civil engineering (1990-1994) and master’s in hydro-technical engineering (1994-1996) from St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia). He worked for about 5 years in micro and small hydropower sector in Russia before he joined Hokkaido University (Japan) in 2001 for a PhD in river science, which he completed in 2004. In 2005, he was awarded with postdoctoral fellowship by Japan Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS) to continue his research activities at Hokkaido University. In 2007, he joined Delft Hydraulics (known as Deltares since 2008) in The Netherlands.

His professional activities comprise a broad range of assignments worldwide that include specialized consultancy, applied research, training and capacity building. He has experience of working in different river basins and reservoirs around the world (from mountainous region to lowland deltas), e.g. Brahmaputra, Bhagirathi, Congo, Ganges, Koshi (Kosi), Rhône, Indus, Kura, Meuse, Rhine and many other rivers. He has longstanding experience of development and application of knowledge-based models and tools to address water related problems in real-world practices as well as linking them with policy and decision-making processes. He is regularly involved in research cooperation as well as supervision and guidance of students and research scholars from different research and academic institutions in The Netherlands, Japan, Russia, Spain, USA, India, Bangladesh, China and Nepal. He is actively involved in developing and conducting capacity building programs for government and non-government institutions, particularly in Asia and Europe. He is a professional member of International Association of Hydraulic Research (IAHR), International Commissions on Large Dams (ICLOD) and International Hydropower Association (IHA).

His experiences of studying, working and residing in the countries of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Worlds as well as possessing sensitivity and capability to deal with people from different cultural and societal backgrounds add values to his professional competences. His linguistic capability comprises English, Russian, Hindi and Nepalese (excellent), Dutch (moderate) and Japanese (poor).

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