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President (2014-2017)
President Dr. Nairizi
2014-2017

Dr. Saeed Nairizi, Iran

President, ICID

 

Dr. Nairizi began his career in 1969 as an Agricultural Extension Officer with Ghazvin Development Project, a leading developer of Irrigation Projects in Iran, later switched to teaching Irrigation at Faculty of Agriculture at Mashhad University of Iran, and was the Dean of the Faculty and Member of University Board in 1980. In 1983, he joined Mahab Ghods Consulting Engineers, the largest consulting firm in Iran, as its Regional Director at Khorasan, overseeing the projects works in Irrigation, Dams and Water Supply Projects. At present, Dr. Nairizi is Head of the Board and Managing Director of TOOSSAB Consulting Engineers Co. and Chairman of the Board of RAYAB Consulting Engineers Co. of Iran.


Born in 1946 in Iran, Dr. Nairizi holds a Ph.D. Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Southampton (1977) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Soil & Water Engineering from Cranfield University, England in 1974. He obtained his B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from Ahwaz University (Iran) in June 1968.


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Vice Presidents

Er. A.B. Pandya

2014-2017

Dr. Mohamed Abd-El-Moneim Wahba, Egypt

Vice President, ICID

 

Dr. Mohamed Wahba (born in 1960), obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy in Drainage Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt. He had contributed and participated in ICID activities in various capacities as the Secretary of the Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID). Dr. Wahba is a Member of the Arab Water Council (AWC) and Egyptian Water Partnership, and he has attended many international conferences and workshops for ICID and WWF and published more than 17 scientific papers.

 

Dr. Mohamed Wahba is the Coordinator of the Cooperation of Ministry of Water Resources of Egypt (MWRI) with other countries in the field of water resources (China and Iraq) and representative of MWRI in Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Committee on Water Resources (2011 till present).

 

Presently, he is the General Director of Minister’s technical office, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt.

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Er. A.B. Pandya

2014-2017

Dr. Ding Kunlun, China

Vice President, ICID

 

Mr. Ding Kunlun (born in 1963), obtained Ph.D. from Silsoe College of Cranfield University, UK, with specialisation in soil and water management in 1998. Presently he is the Professor and Chief-engineer, Department of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, IWHR and Vice Secretary General of Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID).

 

Dr. Ding has actively participated in ICID activities and serving as member since 2012 of the ICID Working Group on Poor Water Quality Irrigation (WG-PWQ), serving as Core Member of scoping document preparation for new WG on irrigation management transfer of ICID (2014), and attended many IECs and Congresses.


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Er. A.B. Pandya

2014-2017

Mr. Bong Hoon Lee, Korea

Vice President, ICID

 

Mr. Bong Hoon Lee (born in 1955), obtained MS from Seoul National University with specialisation in Agricultural Engineering. He has been contributing to the ICID activities since 1988 and attended various IEC, Congresses and Conferences. He has been conferred two times with Presidential citation by President Kim, Young Sam in 1994 and President Kim, Dae Joong in 2002. He has 30 years working experience in agricultural sector and has worked in the field of planning, policy making and research for rural development. As the Head of Four Major Rivers and Saemanguem Development Division of Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, he has made great contribution to drawing the compromised decision from the critical dispute for Saemangeum Project, which is the largest farmland and water resources development project in tidal area in Korea. Presently he is the Vice President of Korea Rural Community Corporation.


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VP Charlotte

2015-2018

Prof. Dr. Charlotte de Fraiture, The Netherlands
Vice President, ICID

 

Prof. Dr. Charlotte de Fraiture (born 1962) obtained her Ph.D in Civil Engineering with specialisation in Water Resources Management from University of Colorado, USA. Besides she also holds two master degrees, one in Economics from University of Colorado and the other in Tropical Land and Water Management (Irrigation Engineering) from Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands. Presently, she is Professor in Hydraulic Engineering for Land and Water Development, Department of Water Science Engineering, UNESCO-IHE Delft, The Netherlands.


Prof. Charlotte has more than 25 years of experience in research in agricultural water management, global water supply and demand, water economics, water pricing, irrigation management, irrigation performance, project leader of research projects, design, quality control and supervision of construction and rehabilitation works of village irrigation schemes etc. She has peer reviewed more than 100 publications of which some are for Google Scholar and journal papers. At present, Prof. Charlotte is involved in the ICID Vision 2030 process.

 

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VP Ian Makin

2015-2018

Mr. Ian William Makin, United Kingdom
Vice President, ICID

 

Ian Makin (born 1954) obtained his M.Sc. (Agricultural Engineering) from National College of Agricultural Engineering (now Cranfield University), United Kingdom. Presently, he is Theme Leader (Revitalizing Irrigation) at International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka, where he is responsible for leading research on large scale irrigation system operations. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Makin was the Principal Water Resources Specialist in the Regional Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB), where he was responsible for provision of leadership to ADB project teams on water-related investments in resources management, river basin development and agricultural water management.

 

Mr. Makin has more than four decades of experience in water resources management and has widened his management skills from specialized research project management to a competency in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural management and organizational development through a series of challenging appointments and personal training. He has authored and co-authored over 60 journals which includes articles, reports and book chapters etc.

 

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VP DEBBARH

2015-2018

Prof. Dr. Abdelhafid DEBBARH, Morocco

Vice President, ICID

 

Prof. Dr. Abdelhafid DEBBARH (born 1951) obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with specialisation in Groundwater Management from University of Minnesota, USA and a Doctorate in Agronomics from Agronomy and Veterinary Institute (IAV), Rabat, Morocco. Presently, he is Professor of Higher Education, Institute Agronomique et Vétinaire Hassan II, Rabat. He has professionally involved in the scientific expertise in groundwater management, irrigation, drainage, environmental impact evaluation of large scale irrigated schemes. Prof. Debbarh also participated in a number of technical studies and also acted as panel of expert in various domains, viz. water and natural resources management; environmental issues in large scale irrigated areas; environmental impact evaluation in large scale irrigated schemes in Morocco. He also coordinated bilateral and multilateral scientific and academic cooperation programmes related higher education, science and technology and research in countries like European Union, Canada, USA, China, and Francophone African countries. Prof. Debbarh has contributed a number of scientific papers, articles and technical reports on water management, irrigation, drainage, sustainable management of large scale irrigated schemes. He has contributed a number of scientific papers, articles and technical reports and is also a founding member of Amicale des Ingénieurs du Génie rural du Maroc (AIGR) in 1980.

 

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VP DEBBARH

2016-2019

Dr. (Mrs.) Irena G. Bondarik

Vice President, ICID


Born 1960, Dr Bondarik obtained her Doctorate in Geology-mineralogy in the year 1988.  With more than 35 years of professional experience, she has been participating in various ICID events since 1997. Dr. Bondarik was the force behind the organisation of the 55th IEC meeting in Moscow in 2004; 12th International Drainage Workshop in St Petersburg, Russia in 2014. Dr. Bondarik was instrumental in bringing out the ICID Multilingual Technical Dictionary on Irrigation and Drainage in Russian language, which was released during the 55th IEC meeting at Moscow, 2004. She has immensely contributed in various capacities to ICID Working Groups, such as Working Group on Technology and Research Uptake; Work Team on Drainage; European Regional Working Group; WG on Sustainable Drainage and Permanent Finance Committee.


Dr. Bondarik has contributed more than 150 scientific papers, articles and technical reports on land reclamation; reclaimed agro landscapes etc. in Russian language with more than 15 in English. She has been conferred with Honorary Employee of the Agro-industrial complex of the Russian Federation and Commemorative Medal for 50 years on The Large Scale Programme for Land Reclamation in Russia in 2016.


Currently Dr. Bondarik is a Leading Researcher of the Department on Ecosystem Water Management and Economy of the All-Russian Scientific Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Land Reclamation and Secretary General of the National Committee of the Russian Federation on Irrigation and Drainage (RUCID) (since 1998).

 

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VP Waseem Nazir

2016-2019

Mr. Waseem Nazir 

Vice President, ICID

 

With a degree of M.Sc. (Irrigation Engineering) from University of Southampton, United Kingdom, Mr Nazir has more than 35 years corporate experience with Government and Multinational Companies in the diversified field of planning, development and management of multidisciplinary projects and also in institutional and human resources development.  Mr. Nazir played a vital role in water resources conservation and their utilization, up-lift / modernization of irrigation system etc.  He had contributed and participated in ICID events in various capacities such as Member Steering / Management Committee; and Convener Promotion & Coordination Committee in organising the 59th IEC and 20th Congress of ICID in Lahore, 2008. He also contributed as member of Asian Regional Working Group (ASRWG), Task Forces and various Committees. 


Presently, Mr. Nazir is the Country Manager (Pakistan) and Regional Director (South Asia) of the Mott MacDonald Group and is responsible for overall business development and management of Group’s affairs in Pakistan and policies within the region.  Mr. Nazir is also the Managing Director, MM Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd., a local multidisciplinary company providing consultancy services to client in the field of engineering, management and community participation projects.

 

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VP DEBBARH

2016-2019

Er. Madhav Belbase

Vice President, ICID

 

Mr. Madhav Belbase, born in 1963, obtained his M. Engg. (Water Resources Management) from Lueneburg University, Germany in the year 1996.  Mr. Belbase has been conferred with DAAD Prize for his outstanding performance in the thesis submitted as the partial fulfilment of the M.Engg in 1996. He has over 28 years of working experience in various levels in the Government of Nepal.  He has represented his country in several bilateral meetings on water resources with India.


Mr. Belbase has contributed many articles in irrigation journals of Nepal. He is a member of the Working Group on Institutional and Organizational Aspects of Irrigation / Drainage System Management (WG-IOA).

 

Presently, Mr. Belbase is the Joint Secretary in Water and Energy Commission Secretariat, Nepal and President, Nepal National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (NENCID).

 

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Secretary General (2012-2018)
   
SG Tyagi
2012-2018

Er. Avinash C. Tyagi

Secretary General, ICID

 

Er. Avinash. C. Tyagi, a 1973 graduate from University of Roorkee, India and a post graduate from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, has 37 years of experience dealing with various facets of water resources management. He has worked in water resources sector for Government of India for 28 years at Central Water Commission (CWC), Inter-state Tungabhadra Board, and Ministry of Water Resources. For the last 9 years, at the World Meteorological Organization, he has developed an intimate knowledge of issues related to water resources management in developing countries around the world.

Er. Tyagi was the Director of the Climate and Water Department of the World Meteorological Organization, a specialized UN Agency, and is responsible for providing support to the countries in the field of water resources management including flood management and adaptations to climate change particularly in the water and agriculture sectors.


Er. Tyagi has been involved in the investigations, planning and design of irrigation and flood management projects, development of the National Water Policy (2002), and operation and management of one of the major inter-state multi-purpose projects. He was closely associated with the formulation of the Andhra Pradesh Participatory Irrigation Management Act 1997, and was instrumental in initiating Benchmarking of Irrigation Systems in India.


Worked at the World Meteorological Organizations, for nine years he has developed professional network, working closely with various UN agencies; with International Institutions such as World Bank, African Development Bank, European Commission, and African Union; regional institutions such as Nile Basin Authority, Niger Basin Authority, Lake Chad Basin Authority, Zambezi River Commission; non-governmental organizations such as GWP, WWC, IAHS, IAHR etc and has proactively collaborated with the various international programs on water and climate change issues. He is presently the coordinator of UN-Water Thematic Priority Area on Water and Climate Change.


At WMO, he was spearheaded a major initiative on climate change with a vision to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services to support various development sectors, including the water and agriculture sector in climate risk management; established an international program on flood management developing the concept of Integrated Flood Management; and is presently developing another international program on Integrated Drought Management in close collaboration with various international partners.


Er. Tyagi has been associated with activities of ICID in the past as an observer in its Working Groups on flood management and climate change and strived for closer relationship between ICID and WMO.

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