Johann Poinapen

Johann Poinapen

  • Scientific researcher

Johann recently joined KWR and works in the Industry, Wastewater and Reuse team. His role as a Senior Researcher is to attract and deliver high calibre applied research and consultancy projects.
He has around 20 years’ experience in the water and wastewater engineering sectors in developing and developed countries. Throughout his career, he has developed and demonstrated his capabilities in the fields of technical leadership, engineering design, research, business development, project governance, operations and business management. Johann has worked both as a consultant and a practice-oriented researcher in the areas of water/wastewater treatment, reuse and resource recovery for the water and resources industry. His industry experience in many parts of the world has allowed him to develop and demonstrate his competencies in bio-chemical process design, water quality engineering, water reuse, membrane filtration, brine treatment, biological nutrient removal, anaerobic digestion, disinfection, advance oxidation and modelling. As a technical leader in water and wastewater process engineering for International Engineering Consultancy firms, he worked with water utilities, mining clients, oil and gas producers and government authorities to ensure that water quality, water/effluent reuse and discharge guidelines and biosolids quality are met.
Prior to joining KWR, he served as the Director of the Institute of Applied Sciences which is the Research and Consulting arm of the University of the South Pacific, working directly with both the public and private sectors to respond to their economic, environmental and social needs. In that role, he provided technical leadership and strategic direction to promote a more sustainable Pacific in the areas of water and environment. In Australia, he served as the Water Technical Lead for Amec Australia and led the process engineering of a major Coal Seam Gas water and brine treatment project for Arrow Energy-PetroChina/Shell. Prior to joining Amec Australia, he worked for the global consultancy firm MWH (now part of Stantec) where he served in several leadership roles and made many key contributions to the organisation. Over the years, he has developed a rich national and international network of collaborators and partners in the water sector. Johann holds a PhD in the co-treatment of sewage sludge and acid mine drainage, received from the Water Research Group of the University of Cape Town. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a registered professional chemical and environmental engineer with Engineers Australia.