Dr Seidou is a professor of water resources at the department of civil engineering, University of Ottawa. He has 15 years of experience in research, teaching and capacity development activities related to water resources management, hydrological risk and adaptation to climate variability and change. He is involved in studies that are shaping policies internationally, especially in North America and West Africa. Between 2009 and 2012, he contributed to the International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS), which evaluated the existing management plan of the Great Lakes and formulated a new one that took into account changing climate, environmental impacts, economic benefits and ease of lake levels’ regulation. Dr Seidou was a key contributor to a program initiated in 2014 by the UNISDR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) to support and assist West African countries in estimating their disaster risk and optimizing their investment plans to tackle risk. He is also part of a technical committee in charge of estimating environmental flows in the Upper Niger and the Inner Niger Delta in order to protect their unique ecosystems from both anthropogenic and climatic threats. His work, which led to the first quantitative assessment of flood and risk mitigation investments in the region, is helping local authorities objectively identify risk reduction strategies.