Australian honour for IWA President Tom Mollenkopf

Tom Mollenkopf, president of International Water Association (IWA), has been recognised in the Australia Day 2023 Honours List with him being appointed as an officer of the order of Australia by the Australian government.

Mollenkopf has been recognised for his “distinguished service to business, through the essential services industry, and to the community”

On behalf of the association and of the wider water community, IWA congratulates Mollenkopf on the award, which underlines the significance of his contribution to the world of water and beyond.

Mollenkopf, who trained as a lawyer and holds a master of business administration (MBA), has been a substantive figure in the water sector for more than two decades. Prior to becoming IWA president, his roles include being the CEO of the Australian Water Association (AWA) and of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust. He has worked extensively for WaterAid Australia, having been IWA Deputy Executive Director from 2005-2007. He has also been a prominent figure in Australian surf lifesaving organisations.

Mollenkopf said: “Over more than 25 years, water — working and playing in it — has been a core part of my life. I feel very honoured then to be appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia. I am grateful because, as much as it recognises anything I have done, it celebrates all those who volunteer their time in lifesaving to give the community a safe aquatic environment.”

The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement. There are four levels of award, with individuals appointed an officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large.

Announcing this year’s awards, Australia’s Governor-General, Hon. David Hurley, said: “The recipients have had a significant impact at the local, national and international level and are, quite simply, inspiring.”