August 18, 2023 Membership

Introducing the New IWA Specialist Group Chairs

Following recent elections and nomination processes, several IWA Specialist Groups have appointed new Chairs as leaders of their group. The Chairs and members of the management committee drive forward the boundaries of knowledge towards a water-wise future within their respective specialist group. Within its dynamic global network, IWA currently hosts 51 Specialist Groups (SGs) designed to facilitate members’ engagement and active participation. Through these SGs, IWA cultivates vibrant arenas for dialogue, discourse, and pioneering thought on matters of science, technology, and governance. 

These groups form cohesive communities, gathering like-minded experts who share a common passion for specific water and sanitation domains. These groups are enriched by the voluntary contributions of accomplished IWA members who dedicate their time to group activities.  

Meet some of our newly appointed IWA Specialist Group Chairs (below). Learn more about the SGs and connect with IWA members on IWA Connect Plus.

Suanny is a Chemical Engineer and Professor at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Ecuador. Through her water treatment classes, she aims to empower global professionals in the Water and Chemical Industries. Wastewater treatment is one of Ecuador's most pressing needs. Suanny believes that industries have a significant role to play in expanding water treatment capacity across the country. There are many other countries facing the same challenges because of water scarcity, contamination, and population growth. Reusing water and implementing innovative technology is key to solving these challenges, but partnerships and strategic alliances with other stakeholders are also vital. In her role as chair of the IWA Chemical Industries SG, Suanny spreads knowledge globally, connects industry and academia, seeks new technological advancements, and manages strategic stakeholders. Suanny is currently Chair of the IWA Chemical Industries Specialist Group and also Chair of the IWA Young Water Professionals Ecuador Chapter.

Chair of the IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group Aaron has worked in the UK and internationally covering multiple roles across water companies, NGOs, consulting, academia, regulatory agencies, and the government. He currently leads the water resources, drought and water demand teams in the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He was previously Secretary of the Efficient Specialist Group, a member and then Water Resources Theme Leader of the 2018 and 2021/22 IWA World Water Congress Programme Committees, and a member of the CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water Environmental Management) Water Resources Panel and the Mayor of London's Water Advisory Group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Environmentalist and Charted Scientist.

Rohini works as a Senior Technical Assistant for the Forest Survey of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. In her technical role, she deals with remote sensing, GIS (Geographical Information Systems) techniques for forest cover mapping, space planning for inventory work, mangrove studies, and more. She holds a PhD in Biotechnology from RTM Nagpur University and has published her research on four bacterial strains at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Her new position as Chair of the Forest Industry SG will allow her to advance multidisciplinary work, meet different approaches, and make a significant impact on the world.

Sarah is an academic lawyer specialising in water and environmental law. She is the Head of Law at the University of Dundee and works within the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science hosted at the University. Sarah is Scottish Editor for the Journal of Water Law and the Journal of Environmental Law and Management, and Chair of the IWA Specialist Group on Institutional Governance and Regulation. Her interest in Scottish, EU and comparative water law extends across both water resources and water services, and she has published widely, including on comparative frameworks for water law reform, on the ‘Scottish model’ of governance and regulation of water services, and on the regulation of emerging pollutants.

Rosina Girones is currently a Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics, and Dean of the Faculty of Biology at the University of Barcelona. She has been an IWA member since 2000, participating regularly in IWA international conferences, and presenting scientific studies since 1996 with the Health-Related Water Microbiology Specialist Group conference held in Mallorca. Dr Girones has been a member of organising committees in conferences and workshops, and she served as member of the IWA COVID-19 Task Force Committee during the pandemic.

Victor works as a Communications Director at Somes Water, the second-largest regional water company in Romania. Victor has a combined degree in Mass Communication, Sociology and Cultural Anthropology and a post-university specialisation in Diplomatic Negotiation, with more than 25 years of experience in strategic communication, PR and Customer Relation management in the public sector within large regional water utilities. Co-initiator, founding member and member of the Management Board of the Global Network of Water Museums, acknowledged by IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme) UNESCO Resolutions in 2018 and 2021. In his new role as chair of the Public and Customer Communication SG, Victor wants to give the new Management Committee a new impulse for achieving IWA's strategic goals.

Luiza Campos is a Civil Engineer with a PhD by Imperial College London, UK and an MSc in Water and Sanitation by the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before moving to the UK, she worked for 10 years for a public water and sanitation company of Goias, and another 10 years as a lecturer at the Federal University of Goias in Brazil. She is currently Professor of Environmental Engineering at University College London, specialising in water and sanitation with research focus on advancing developments in water treatment technologies, exploring interlinkages in the water nexus, and promoting improvements in sanitation, hygiene, and health.

Dr Ng How Yong, Chair of the IWA Membrane Technology SG since January 2023, is a Changjiang Scholar Professor at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai, China, and an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Formerly, he led the NUS Environmental Research Institute and the Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory. His research centres on sustainable water management, particularly biological treatment technologies, membrane bioreactors, and microbial electrochemical sensors for water reuse and resource recovery. With 430+ publications in global journals and conferences, Dr Ng is an IWA and Academy of Engineering Singapore Fellow, and an Associate Editor of Water Research, as well as an Editor of Water Reuse.

Dr J. Paul Chen has been a professor at National University of Singapore since 1998. He has worked in R&D, education and consultancy across separation, water treatment, safety, carbon capture, and biomedical engineering areas with more than 100 projects leading to great impacts (>200 papers and books/book chapters with citation>19500, H-index = 74, 8 patents, 2 NUS spin-off). Through his international work on industrial projects (eg, UK, US, China, Norway, and Malaysia) he has established strong networks with industries, universities, and governments. Since 2023, he serves as Chair of the Management Committee of the IWA Nano and Water SG. Additionally, he has served as a member of several IWA committees as well as vice chair of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Singapore. He is a recipient of the IChemE Sustainable Technology Award.

Muttucumaru Sivakumar is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia. He has research and teaching experience in Australian and overseas Universities over three decades and established the discipline of environmental engineering at UOW. He has published over 200 technical papers that are relevant to the water and wastewater engineering industry and 27 PhDs have completed under his supervision. Siva has chaired the First International Workshop on Coastal Reservoirs. His research expertise includes coastal reservoirs, water quality and water resources engineering, pollutant export from urban catchments, development of sustainable water and wastewater treatment technologies including management of coastal eco-systems. He is the inaugural Chair of the IWA Specialist Group Sustainable Coastal and Estuarine Development.

Professor Dr. Ioannis K. Kalavrouziotis with PhD in Environmental Geochemistry from Department of Geology, University of Patras, Greece (1999) is currently a Professor and President of Hellenic Open University, and is Director of Education on Wastewater Management Master Programme, and Visiting Fellow in the University of Derby, UK (2015- 2018). Guest Professor of Hubei University, China (09 May, 2019- 2022). He taught at the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Western Greece (2000-2013). He has completed administrative responsibilities as: Agronomist of the Greek Ministry of Agriculture (1988-2000), Director of Western Greece Region Administration (1993), Member of the Administrative Board of the National Agricultural Research Foundation (2006-2009), President of the Sector for the Management of Messologion Lagoon (2006-2009). He is a member of IWA and President of IWA Symposium on ‘Water, Wastewater, and Environment: Traditions and Culture’, 2014, Patras, Greece, a member of the interim Management Committee of IWA Specialist Group on Water and Wastewater in Ancient Civilizations. President of the Regional Council for Research and Innovation of the Western Greece Region (2020-2024). He has published 6 Books and chapters, 120 peer-reviewed full research papers in International Journals, 81 papers in International Conferences, 38 papers in National Conferences and more than 120 articles in journals and newspapers.