Ilyas Masih has completed his PhD Degree in June 2011 in Hydrology and Water Resources from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Delft the Netherlands.
He holds a Masters Degree in Water Resources Management from Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering (completed in 2000), University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan and a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Engineering from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan (completed in 1997).
Dr. Ilyas Masih is working at UNESCO-IHE as a lecturer in Water Resources Planning since April 2011. He is working at the Water Management chair group of the Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance.
His educational activities include teaching the subjects related to water resources planning, hydrology, water resources assessment and water systems modeling.
He is also engaged in curriculum development activities related to these subjects for the water management program at the UNESCO-IHE as well on various projects in other countries e.g. in Ethiopia and South Africa for developing curriculum and teaching material for the master course in water resources planning.
He is actively involved in catering the capacity building and training needs of various organizations from developing countries (e.g. Bangladesh and Ethiopia) in the field of hydrological modeling and integrated water resources planning and management.
His current research engagements are focused on the spatial and temporal variability of hydrology and water resources in river basins, application of hydrological data analysis and modelling tools for better understanding of the hydrological process underpinning the formulation water resources planning and management strategies.
He has been supervising PhD fellows and MSc participants who have undertaken (or currently working on) research in many countries of Asia and Africa (e.g. Mekong Basin, mainly in Vietnman; Incomati Basin, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique; Volta Basin Ghana).
While working at International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Pakistan, Iran and Sri Lanka during 2001 to 2010, he has worked on wide range of water management issues. His work in the Indus Basin, Pakistan was focused on water saving and water productivity at various scales of rice-wheat systems, groundwater assessment, utilization and management, conjunctive management of surface and groundwater resources to reduce soil salinity and improve land and water productivity. His PhD research was on understanding hydrological variability for improved water management in the semi-arid Karkheh Basin, Iran.