IWRA’s Executive Director – Callum Clench

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, one of three knowledge and innovation communities set up in 2010 by the EU’s European Institute of Innovation and Technology based in Budapest.  Today Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change.  Based at Imperial College London, Callum worked with KIC projects led out of the UK, and with partners from across Europe.

From 2010 to 2012 he was a policy advisor at the World Water Council in France, managing projects on water and green growth, ecosystem services, the water-food-energy nexus, and water for development in Africa. He also completed work on a water and green growth report for the OECD in 2012.

Prior to the WWC, 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 departments’ sustainable development 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 construction sector consultancy EC Harris.

He 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”.