David Garman
President: 2006-2010


David Garman is a water technology expert and strategic visionary in water research. He was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Water Technology, Research and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and Chief Technology Officer of The Water Council in Wisconsin. He is also the founding Dean of UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences, the first of its kind in the US, since 2011.

He has worked extensively on environmental management research and policy, where he focused on strengthening linkages between scientific research and the water industry. David Garman was first a prominent scientist in the Australian water community. He served 9 years as the Executive Director of the Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Center and was the former Director and Chairman of water technology company Phoslock Water Solutions Ltd. He was a technical advisor on projects for private companies and governments across the world, including projects in China and Bangladesh.

David Garman was President of the World Water Congress in Melbourne in 2000. On the conclusion of the conference, he was elected Senior Vice-President of IWA and Chairman of the Investment Committee. He was elected President of the IWA in 2006 and served two terms as head of the Association.

David Garman was appointed Distinguished Fellow in 2014 and served on the IWA Board of Directors. Currently, he is Co-Chairman of the Fellows Steering Committee.