Internationally renowned water resource management expert, Professor Kala Vairavamoorthy, has been appointed the Executive Director of the International Water Association (IWA). He will take up his new position on the 25th September 2017, and will be based in IWA’s Global Operations Office in The Hague, Netherlands.
Vairavamoorthy is particularly interested in urban water issues, and combines a strong engineering background with practical international experience. He has published extensively and has a strong international profile working closely with the World Bank, African Development Bank, UN-Habitat, Global Water Partnership, and the European Union.
“Professor Vairavamoorthy brings many years of high-level international experience, including as an active and well-respected IWA member,” Diane d’Arras, President of the IWA, said. “His wide scientific, managerial and cultural experience will be invaluable in shaping the IWA’s future strategy. In particular, how we as a global network of water professionals can be instrumental in achieving the water-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Vairavamoorthy will be joining the IWA from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), where he was the Deputy Director General for Research. He has expressed enthusiasm regarding the IWA appointment, “IWA can help the international water sector navigate a period of rapid change, and its membership is well placed to provide both innovative and well-tested solutions.IWA can also provide critical help to emerging economies in their quest for sustainable water management.”
Prior to IWMI, Vairavamoorthy was the Founding Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, and a tenured Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. Prior to that, he was a full Professor and Chair of Water Engineering at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (U.K.), and Professor and Head of Core of Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure Systems at UNESCO-IHE.
Vairavamoorthy has also been a member of many International Scientific Committees. Currently, he serves on the Stockholm World Water Week Scientific Program Committee and the Global Water Partnership’s Technical Committee. He was Co-chair of the IWA’s Cities of the Future Program and also a member of Singapore International Water Week’s Program Committee.
Vairavamoorthy holds a PhD and MSc in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College, London and a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from King’s College, London. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (U.K.).