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Joao COSTA

Sustainability Specialist

Joao joined IHA’s sustainability team in October 2017. His work focuses on developing the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol and on driving its implementation through training and capacity-building projects worldwide.

Joao earned an MSc in civil engineering at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, before deciding to further his studies with an MPhil in engineering for sustainable development at the University of Cambridge. There, he focused his research on hydropower, particularly on the development of a screening tool to assess the viability of harnessing energy from storm water. 

Prior to joining IHA, in his eight years of experience as a civil engineer, Joao worked in numerous international projects, including a hydropower plant in Portugal and a range of construction schemes in the UK and the Middle East.