Tom Williams has been with the International Water Association (IWA) since 2003 and as their Programmes Director since January 2013. At the IWA Tom is coordinating their thematic programmes, which aim to address and respond to some of the significant challenges we face in managing the water cycle. Within the thematic programmes are a portfolio of projects which aim to work together with institutions and water professionals to improve water management.
Tom has a background in public health sciences and microbiology and is committed to contributing to social and environmental development. His motivation for joining IWA was to contribute to the effective communication of science, an interest first established whilst working in microbiology laboratories and extended since working at IWA to the role of science in informing practice and policy.
Tom has worked in both developed and developing countries, with experience collaborating with a range of stakeholders including utilities, government, research institutes, donor agencies, UN agencies and NGOs. Tom has also spent time working as a short-term consultant for the World Bank on utility strengthening and reform issues.
Below Tom Williams sets the scene for the Water and Development Congress & Exhibition 2015 in Jordan