April 21, 2021 IndustryMembership

Australian water industry expert becomes IWA President

Leading water consultant Tom Mollenkopf has today become the new President of the International Water Association, taking office following his election in Lisbon, Portugal back in October 2019.

Mr. Mollenkopf, who trained as a lawyer and holds an MBA, has been a substantive and well-regarded figure in the water sector for the past 20 years.

Tom has previously been CEO of the Australian Water Association and of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, and worked extensively for WaterAid Australia, as well as having been IWA Deputy Executive Director from 2005-2007.

Tom takes over from Diane d’Arras, who has led IWA effectively since October 2016, including during the challenging Covid-19 situation.

IWA President Tom Mollenkopf commented:

“I am humbled and excited to take up the Presidency of IWA. I look forward to growing the scale and impact of our programs and activities to achieve our vision, of a world in which water is wisely, sustainably, and equitably managed. There is much to do – but with billions of people without access to clean water and sanitation, there are so many reasons to do it.”

IWA Executive Director Kala Vairavamoorthy added:

“We are delighted to confirm that Tom Mollenkopf has taken over as President of IWA. Tom’s experience, knowledge and contacts will be invaluable to the Association in the coming period. We look forward to working more closely with Tom as part of our efforts to secure a water-wise world.

“I would also like to thank outgoing president Diane d’Arras for her endeavours in recent years. Diane’s wisdom and skill helped IWA diversify the Association, and significantly, to navigate the challenging Covid-19 situation, enabling us to be in a strong position as we look to the future.”

Furthermore, there have been a number of other changes to the IWA Board. Two former Board members have been selected as new IWA Vice Presidents, namely:

  • Senior Vice President – Prof. Enrique Cabrera (Valencia Polytechnic University, Spain)
  • Vice President – Prof. Hamanth C. Kasan (General Manager, Rand Water, South Africa)

In addition, there have been five new additions to the IWA Board, as follows:

  • Peter A. Vanrolleghem (Canada Research Chair on Water Quality Modelling, Canada)
  • Walter Kling (Vienna Water, Austria)
  • Rose Kaggwa (National Water & Sewerage Corporation, Uganda)
  • María Molinos-Senante (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile)
  • Xiaochang Wang (Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China)

Four Board members are stepping down, specifically: Sudhir Murthy, Daniel Nolasco, Joan Rose, and Helle Katrine Andersen.

Kala Vairavamoorthy added:

“Many congratulations to Hamanth Kasan and Enrique Cabrera, who will make excellent IWA Vice-Presidents. A warm welcome also to the newest members of our Board, who I am sure will make invaluable additions to the team due to their diverse expertise and knowledge.

“I would also like to thank the four outgoing Board members for their commitment and support.”

The full new IWA Board can be found at: https://iwa-network.org/about-us

Tom Mollenkopf
Tom Mollenkopf
Director and Independent Advisor, IWA President and Board Member
Tom Mollenkopf took up the Presidency of the International Water Association in April 2021, having been a Senior Vice-President and a Board Member for seven years. He is an advisor on water sector strategy, policy and governance; a Senior Associate with the Aither consultancy; and a Member of the Australian Water Partnership Expert Review Panel. Tom is passionate about the central role played by water and sanitation in the social, environmental, and economic well-being of society. He is also a firm believer in the power of constructive engageme... Read full biography