Amit Chanan
State Water Corporation, Australia, Vice-Chair


Dr Amit Chanan is an experienced senior executive with a career spanning over two decades within the international water industry and infrastructure services.

Amit is currently appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF). Prior to this role, Amit was the Director City Projects and Property with The City of Sydney, Australia. He led the City’s centre of excellence in infrastructure delivery, responsible for developing and delivering major infrastructure projects to realise the Council’s strategic intent. Amit was also responsible for ensuring the sustainable performance of the City’s multi-billion dollar property portfolio, balancing return on investment with community and social objectives.

Before that, Amit was the Chief Operating Officer of the New South Wales State Water Corporation. In this role, Amit represented the state of New South Wales on the River Murray Water Committee, an inter-jurisdictional entity comprising Commonwealth and State Governments to manage operational aspects of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Amit is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Engineers. With a PhD in Engineering, Amit has strong academic interests and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Technology Sydney.  He has published several academic papers and book chapters on topics of water management and environmental engineering.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of UK’s Institute of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Municipal Engineering.

Amit is a Member of the Advisory Board to UNESCO, under its International Hydrological Program. He is also the Vice Chairman of the International Water Association’s Specialist Group on Water Security and Safety Management. Amit is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the WaterLinks, a Philippines based NGO focussed on water sector capacity building through collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region.

Amit have chaired, led, and participated in numerous national and international conferences and symposia. Competition in water, efficiency of water services, and its interface with Smart Cities of the future are his particular areas of interest where he has published and spoken extensively both within Australia and globally.