IWRA's Executive Director
Callum Clench joined the IWRA as its Executive Director in February 2016. He is a policy expert in sustainable development & business practices, with a particular focus on water and economic development.
Previously he worked for three years at Climate-KIC based at Imperial College London. Climate KIC is one of the “Knowledge and Innovation Communities” set up in 2010 by the EU’s European Institute of Innovation and Technology. Callum worked with KIC projects led out of the UK, but with partners from across Europe.
From 2010 to 2012 he was a policy advisor at the World Water Council (WWC) in France, managing projects on water and green growth, ecosystem services, the water-food-energy nexus, and water for development in Africa. After the WWC he co-authored a water and green growth report for the OECD in 2012.
Prior to the Council, Callum worked at the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission, which reported directly to the Office of the Prime Minister. He authored the annual “Sustainable Development in Government” report and assessed government departments’ sustainable development progress against their action plans, providing constructive feedback. In the private sector, Callum has worked in the Corporate Responsibility team at Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) and in the built environment consultancy EC Harris LLP.
Originally from New Zealand, Callum has a MSc in “Business Strategy, Politics & the Environment” from Birkbeck College, the University of London, where he also lectured part-time for several years at both postgraduate & undergraduate levels on “Environmental Management & Business Policy”.