Conceived and launched in Toronto, Canada, Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) is a not-for-profit organization working in collaboration with the 11-country Pan African Great Green Wall (PAGGW) agency.

TAP is dedicated to the permanent eradication of drought in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa via the construction of a continuous 8,000km fresh-water pipeline across the entire African continent. Supplied by solar-powered desalination plants located on each coast, TAP will distribute a substantial and free supply of safe, clean water in perpetuity for drinking, agriculture and industry, for use by communities and businesses in all eleven countries across the Sahel. The largest humanitarian engineering project in Africa, TAP will sustain a zero-carbon footprint and ensure that each country can take full ownership of the project upon completion.

TAP will also meet the water needs of the Great Green Wall project undertaken by the PAGGW which is planting millions of trees in a land corridor established by its member countries across the same route as the pipeline. TAP is also working with individual governments within the Sahel region and in tandem with its charitable arm, the US-based TAP Foundation.

The Tap Team

Dr. Rod Tennyson


Co-founder of TAP, Dr. Tennyson received his Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto. He was Professor and Director of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, with research experience in advanced materials and aerospace structures, fiber optic sensor systems and pipeline integrity. He has published 215 papers in these fields, holds six patents on sensing systems and has received many awards for his pioneering work. Dr. Tennyson directs all research and engineering aspects of the TAP project and leads negotiations with funding resources, governments and NGOs.

Daphne Lavers

Communications Director

Co-founder of TAP, Daphne is responsible for TAP Communications across all media platforms and additionally liaises with a variety of interested organizations and individuals striving to make TAP a reality. Daphne holds an M.A. in Journalism from Carleton University, Ottawa; a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo; and a Journalism Diploma from Conestoga College, Waterloo. Her career has focused on science and technology research and corporate communications.

Luke Crampton

TAP Foundation President

After several decades working in the media and entertainment industries as the founder and Managing Director of Original Media, Luke turned his attention to being a facilitator in the non-profit arena, establishing the TAP Foundation in the United States which works alongside TAP as its 501(c)(3) status charitable arm. He provides outreach and liaison expertise to funding sources and agencies for TAP and serves as a conduit for potential donors and partners including the PAGGW.

Ken Templeton, Q.C.

General Counsel

With a B.A. (Memorial) and an M.A. (Acadia) in history and economics, Ken moved on to an LL. B. (UNB) practicing law for business clients. From decades of service and memberships in the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Canadian Bar Association, he specialises in principled negotiations and consensus building. Using a variety of alternative resolution strategies Ken’s work for TAP includes developing effective working relationships with all stakeholders in the participating countries.

Pieter Tesch

Government Relations, Africa, Middle East & Europe

An academic Africanist historian and Classicist, Pieter began his career working for Dutch, Irish and British print and broadcast media in Ireland, Britain, Southeast Asia and Saharan and Sahelian Africa. After settling down in London he became a Media & PR consultant for the Sudanese, Indonesian and Mauritanian embassies in London founding, among other organisations, the Mauritanian British Business Council (MBBC). He currently serves as TAP’s government relations representative for Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Vivian Jean Stasse

Government Relations, Europe

With a Ph.D in Law from Brussels University in his native Belgium, Vivian has worked in senior management positions in finance, sales and marketing at several international corporations. A multinational career has included twenty years of business experience in the field of water in the US, across the Middle East and Africa, Australia and Europe which Vivian now brings to bear in liaising with European governments to increase awareness and commitment to the TAP project.

Joanna Meyer

Advocate, United Nations

A California native with a B.A. in International Studies from Fordham University in New York and experience in NGO development, the green economy and a focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in their specific relation to Africa, Joanna is TAP’s foremost liaison advocate with the United Nations.

Dr. Romila Verma

Environmental Research Director

A founding Director of TAP, Dr. Verma is an Instructor at the School of the Environment and Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Her teaching and research interests are in the field of global water management, environmental science and climate change impacts. She is also the founder of Water Speaks, an organization committed to advancing and translating the voice of water through research, education and action.

Robert McCammon

Engineering & Logistics Director

With a Master’s Degree from Queen’s University, Belfast, Robert founded Kilmurn PPS Ltd., in Northern Ireland as a dynamic project management, construction administration and health & safety consultancy services company. With over 20 years of experience working with clients in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Kilmurn’s professional project managers and engineers together control and manage the company’s operational activities. In leading that team, Robert’s in-depth knowledge and experience across an extensive range of quality services to the international engineering and construction industries brings both consulting and real-world expertise to the TAP project.

Steve Viau

TAP Communications and Media Manager

An alumnus of the University of Toronto, Steve has been creating and managing TAP’s web presence for more than a decade. He is the founder and CEO of his own web development media company, Global Village Design, which focuses on not-for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations seeking ‘design with a social conscience’. In addition to his digital world expertise, Steve’s broader communications experience includes developing, writing, editing and publishing books and materials for educators looking for resources connected to social justice, inclusion and equity. Steve also runs an events management company to create and manage awareness campaigns, logistics, fundraising and support for companies and projects working to improve the environment or the lives of those in need.

Professor John C. Balachandra

Sustainable Energy Advisor

With an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Texas A&M University, John is Director, Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems at the University of California Santa Cruz;. With some 45 years of power systems experience across several African countries and the United States, he has also consulted for the largest power companies in the US and with the US Departments of Defense and Energy. John brings this expertise to assist TAP in ensuring viable, sustainable, zero carbon footprint power solutions to meet the project’s significant energy needs.