IWRA task forces are conformed of selected IWRA members, which are experts and have considerable experience on water management topics. Panellists are supported by both IWRA Executive Office and its Board. They have the opportunity to proactively interact with other IWRA members who share common interests, as well as to contribute to international projects and initiatives that might otherwise would be inaccessible for individual members.  

SWM Task Force

The Smart Water Management (SWM) Task Force examine Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and real-time data and responses as an integral part of the solution for water management challenges. Since 2017, IWRA is delighted to collaborate with experts on water resources management, technology, engineering, planning, and policy, to strengthen and share insights into this new and exciting field.

The following list includes the names of IWRA’s SWM Task Force Panellists: 

  • Mónica García Quesada (Chair)
  • Henning Bjornlund
  • Sinafekesh Girma
  • Neil Grigg
  • Shaofeng Jia
  • Grisell Medina
  • Paul Omondi Agwanda
  • Fernando Ortiz Westendarp
  • Pamela Rojas
  • Mary Trudeau
  • Muhammad Wajid Ijaz 

Water Quality Task Force

IWRA launched in 2017 the debut of its Task Force on Water Quality (WQ).  With an open call for panellists, IWRA sought experts from around the world to join its WQ Task Force, to make a meaningful contribution to Water Quality through the WQ Project with strong support of the World Water Council.  

Almost 40 applications representing 25 different countries were received, with great representation from both women and developing countries. In mid-December 2017, the IWRA Task Force Selection Committee decided on a group of 14 panellists. These include: 

  • Sisira Withanachchi (Chair)
  • Dahlia Sabri (Co-Chair)
  • Suryakanta Acharya 
  • Aya Al Siblani 
  • Mohammed S. Ameen 
  • Ifeanyi Emmanuel Anyanwu
  • Daniele Cocca 
  • Cesar Huilinir Curio 
  • Alper Elci 
  • Malcolm Gander 
  • Alex Godoy Faundez 
  • Sessinou Houedanou 
  • Bayan Khalaf 
  • Nezha Mejjad 
  • Bridget Okudinia 
  • Nikola Rakonjac 
  • Mohammed Tahir Ghori 
  • Carla Toranzo 
  • Aashutosh Kumar Thakur
  • Heather Bond

    Details on the experts and the Water Quality Project here.

Water Security Task Force

The IWRA Water Security Task Force was formed to position and guide IWRA in discussions on water security and inform its debates. The Water Security Bureau (WSB) govern and leads the IWRA Water Security Task Force to identify topics of interest from the IWRA membership at the interface of science and policy, to work in an interdisciplinary way to better understand the issues and develop solutions, as well as to offer policy advice at country, regional, and international levels. The WSB also has a number of working groups (WG) with clear mandates, activities, and deliverables associated with timelines.

Selected panellists include: 

  • Amgad Elmahdi (Chair)
  • Hassan Tolba Aboelnga
  • Emmanuel Akpabio
  • Amali Abraham Amali
  • Jan Hofman
  • Muhammad Wajid Ijaz
  • William R. Jones
  • Kanokphan Jongjarb
  • Amrisha Pandey
  • Mary Trudeau
  • Maya Velis

Water & Climate Change Task Force

The Association set-up a knowledgeable, experienced group of members that can help further the Association’s work on this important topic. Our emphasis will be on how to better bridge water and climate change science with policy development. Panellists will have the opportunity to guide IWRA’s work and future activities on water and climate change, including such things as the development of dedicated policy briefswebinars, and sessions at international water events such as the XVII World Water Congress.

The list of task force panellists include:

  • David Molden (Chair)
  • Alexandre Alix
  • Karolane Caissy
  • Marie Chapuis
  • Jennifer Fernando
  • Mihretab Gebretsadik
  • Malcolm Gander
  • Ineke Kalwij
  • Aslam Khan
  • Anita Meldrum
  • Raya Stephan (Co- Chair) 
  • Pedro Torr

Early Career and Young Professionals Task Force

IWRA formed an Early Career and Young Professionals (ECYP) Task Force to help further the Association’s work on effectively raising their projects and voices, as well as engaging on other IWRA and partners initiatives. Panellists will have the opportunity to better understand the needs and interests of ECYP, engage with other members, exchange and share knowledge, network and create a stronger ECYP voice while also increase ECYP’s engagement in IWRA and key partners projects.

The list of task force panellists include:

  • Bassel Daher (Chair)
  • Rewa Assi
  • Nur Azizah Affandy
  • Lindsey Aldaco Manner
  • Oscar Alvarado
  • Karishma Asoodani
  • Heather Bond
  • Khadija Boussen
  • Alice Colson
  • Syeda Saleha Fatim Ali
  • Michel Frem
  • Hagira Gelo
  • Rasha Hassan 
  • Deepesh Jain
  • Awol Kedir Jewaro
  • Georgina Mukwirimba
  • Liudmyla Odud 
  • Francisca Olavarría
  • Amrisha Pandey 
  • Pallavi Pokharel
  • Tayyaba Suhail
  • Denzel Urieta
  • Nicole Webley

Groundwater Task Force

IWRA members have recently join the leadership “Bureau” that will guide development of this Task Force.  A call for broader participation and membership in the Groundwater Task Force will be issued shortly.

The list of task force bureau members include:

  • Robert M. Kalin (Chair)
  • Anita Milman (Co-Chair)
  • Alice Aureli
  • Michael Campana
  • Gabriel Eckstein
  • Eric Garner
  • Rasha Hassan
  • Yuanyuan Li
  • Renée Martin-Nagle
  • Geert-Jan Nijsten
  • Raya Marina Stephan
  • Tibor Stigter
  • Fengyue Sun
  • Karen G. Villholth
  • Lili Yu
  • Robert M. Kalin
  • Muchaneta Munamati


The IWRA LAND4FLOOD Task Force focuses on natural flood retention and resilience on private land and aims to explore such different issues and their interrelation to establish a common platform for academics from different disciplines, decision-makers, landowners, and other stakeholders relevant for the topic.

The list of task force bureau members include:

  • Lenka Slavíková (Chair)
  • Thomas Hartmann (Vice-Chair)
  • Johan Barstad (Secretary general and communication officer)
  • Arthur Schindelegger (PhD Coordinator)
  • Kristina Veidemane (stakeholder liaison)
  • Nejc Bezak (work group leader)
  • Antje Bornschein (work group co-leader)
  • Sally Priest (work group leader)
  • Dennis Collentine (work group leader)


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