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President (2014-2017)
President Eng. Reinders
2017-2020

Eng. Felix Britz Reinders, South Africa

President, ICID

 

Eng. Felix Britz Reinders is a professional engineer with 36 years of experience in the field of Agriculture and Civil Engineering. He holds specialization in water resources management and irrigation engineering, including research, design, training and mentoring. Born in 1955, Eng. Reinders completed his Engineering studies in 1979 from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has authored many scientific and semi-scientific papers and articles in the field of the irrigation and served on various Water Research Commission projects.  Eng. Reinders is also a visiting lecturer at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, where he imparts knowledge on design and operation of Drip and Sprinkle irrigation systems.


Eng. Reinders has been actively involved in the establishment of the South African National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (SANCID) as a member of ICID in 1993. He served as the Vice Chairman of SANCID from 1993-1999 and as its Chairman for the period 2000-2003 and 2008-2014. Eng. Reinders was elected as Vice President of ICID for the period 2005-2008. He successfully chaired and organized the 51st IEC Meeting and 6th International Micro Irrigation in South Africa in October 2000. Under his chairmanship for the period 2008-2011, SANCID was adjudicated as the Best Performing National Committee of ICID.

 


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Vice Presidents

VP Charlotte

2015-2018

Prof. Dr. Charlotte de Fraiture, The Netherlands

 

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

 

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

 

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, Russia


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, Pakistan

 

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, Nepal

 

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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Vice President Dr. Hayashida

2017-2020

Er. Naoki Hayashida, Japan

 

Er. Naoki Hayashida has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) for 36 years and engaged in the design, planning, construction, international affairs and policymaking concerning agriculture and rural development in Japan. He has knowledge and experience concerning international cooperation for agriculture and rural development which he obtained during his tenure as the Deputy Director General for International Affairs at MAFF and as the First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan and Philippines.


Er. Hayashida’s contribution to ICID activities dates back to 2002 during the 18th Congress and 58th IEC held in Montreal, Canada. He participated in various ICID Meetings (2014-2016, 2002 and 1998) and served as the President of the Japanese Association of ICID since 2014. He served as Secretary General of JNC-ICID from 2002 to 2004. In addition, Er. Hayashida actively served as a member of ASRWG and PFC of ICID since 2014. Born in 1953, Er. Hayashida completed his Bachelors in Agriculture from Kyoto University, Japan and M.Sc. from University of California Davis, C.A U.S.A. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Japanese Society of Rural Development Engineers and as Vice-President of the Japanese Society of Irrigation, Drainage and Engineering, which is the largest academic organization for irrigation and drainage in Japan.

 

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Vice President Dr. Brain Wahlin

2017-2020

Dr. Brian T. Wahlin, USA

 

Dr. Brian T. Wahlin has 23 years of experience in hydraulic engineering and water resources. Throughout his career, he has analyzed the impacts of flowing water on bridges, dams, levees and irrigation canals and has a unique blend of research and practical experience. Born in 1969, Dr. Wahlin holds Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2002) related to automatic control of irrigation canals from Arizona State University. He has written over 50 professional papers and reports in the field of water resources, hydraulics, hydrology, and sedimentation engineering. In his career span, Dr. Wahlin has spoken in over 30 conferences and won many awards. He is currently a lead instructor for four different HEC‐RAS courses and has conducted over 50 short courses.

 

Dr. Wahlin has been an active member of USCID for several years, having made technical presentations during the USCID conferences, and has also chaired an USCID conference. He was an active participant during the 2nd World Irrigation Forum and a panel expert during the 23rd ICID Congress held in Mexico City in October 2017. He is currently the President of the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID) and Vice-President of WEST Consultants, Inc. managing their WEST’s Tempe, Arizona office.

 

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Vice President Dr. Reddy

2017-2020

Dr. K. Yella Reddy, India

 

Dr. Reddy is the Director of Water and Land Management Training and Research Institute (WALAMTARI), Hyderabad since 2012. He did his Masters (1984) and Ph.D (2002) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. Dr. Reddy has rich experience of above 30 years in teaching, research, extension, project management and administration. Under his supervision, he successfully guided the Norwegian funded "ClimaAdapt” Project implemented in Nagarjuna Sagar project area during 2012-17. Dr. Reddy has established collaboration with the international centre of excellence in water resources management (ICEWaRM), Adelaide, Australia and organized 15 Australia Award fellowships during 2016. He has organized various national and international events successfully.

 

He has been actively involved in ICID activities since 2008. Dr. Reddy has successfully organized two side events, during the 22nd ICID Congress held in Gwangju, South Korea in 2014 and the 2nd World Irrigation Forum held in Chiang Mai, Thailand 2016, involving WALAMTARI, FAO, Norwegian Institute of Bio-Economy and other international partners. He was also the recipient of ICID WatSave Technology Award in 2008. Since 2010, he is the Secretary of ICID's WG-Water & Crop Workbody and actively contributing to the mandate. He has contributed to a number of scientific papers, articles and technical reports.

 

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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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