Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy
IWA Executive Director


Prof. Kala Vairavamoorthy is an internationally recognized water resource management expert, with a particular interest in urban water issues. He combines a strong engineering background with practical international experience. He has published extensively and has a strong international profile working closely with the World Bank, UN-Habitat, UNESCO, GWP, SIWI and the EU. He has led several urban water management projects for the World Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and DFID.

He joined the IWA from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), where he was the Deputy Director General for Research. Prior to IWMI, Prof. Kala was the Founding Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability and a tenured Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the University of South Florida. Prior to that he was a full professor and Chair of Water Engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK, and Professor and Head of Core of Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure Systems at UNESCO-IHE. He still holds professorial appointments at the University of South Florida and UNESCO-IHE.

Prof. Kala has has been a member of many International Scientific Committees. Currently he serves on the Stockholm’s World Water Week’s Scientific Program Committee (WWW-SPC) and the Global Water Partnership’s Technical Committee (GWP-TEC). He was Co-chair of IWA’s Cities of the Future Program and also a member of Singapore International Water Week’s Program Committee.

Prof. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy has a PhD and MSc in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, UK and a BSc(Hons) from King’s College, London.


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