Originally from Zimbabwe, Professor Neil Armitage is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) with more than 30 years’ experience – both as a consultant and an academic – in a wide range of water-related work. He graduated BSc(Eng) in Civil Engineering from the University of Natal; GDE and MSc(Eng) in water engineering from the University of Cape Town, and PhD in river hydraulics from the University of Stellenbosch. Currently, Neil is Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town, Director of the interdisciplinary Urban Water Management research unit and Deputy Director of the Future Water Institute. He mainly teaches courses in urban water services and integrated urban water management. He was the project leader for the development of the South African Guidelines on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) – and has been involved extensively in research into the problems of the provision of sanitation in informal settlements.