Ashton Maherry is a Senior Researcher and volunteers as the South African Young Water Professionals (YWP-ZA) National Secretary, Project Manager for the Second YWP-ZA Publications Workshop Roadshow and Programme Chair for the 8th IWA International Young Water Professionals Conference. Ashton is passionate about capacity building the young professionals and is the. In his private capacity, Ashton is a freelance consultant specialising in GIS, groundwater and freshwater conservation. Ashton is currently lecturing part time at Durban University of Technology for the Environmental Sustainability/Global Environment module as part of the General  Education programme.