Dr. Will Waters
earned his master's and doctorate from Cornell University in Development Sociology after serving two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. He is professor of public health and sociology at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito ( USFQ ) , where he is also Co-Director of the Nutrition and Health Research Institute.
Between 1988 and 1994, he was Dean and founding professor of USFQ, and from 1994 to 2005 he was Associate Professor of Global Health and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He rejoined USFQ in 2005. He has over 30 years of professional experience, 20 of them in Ecuador.
His research areas and professional work include health and development, intercultural health, rural development, indigenous communities, gender, the elderly, the environment, small businesses and the informal sector, extreme poverty and social protection policies.
His work also includes the design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of social development projects and the use of quantitative and qualitative methods. He has organized workshops on these issues in Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Africa.