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

IWRA was glad to launch the debut of IWRA’s Smart Water Management (SWM) Task Force in 2017.  Expert panellists of this SWM Task Force made a meaningful contribution to SWM through the SWM Project with K-water.

As SWM is an emerging field, we were delighted to with these experts that bring their knowledge and skills in water resources management, technology, engineering, planning and policy to strengthen the Smart Water Management Project and share insights into this new and exciting field.

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

  • Henning Bjornlund
  • Sinafekesh Girma
  • Neil Grigg
  • Shaofeng Jia
  • Blanca Jiménez Cisneros
  • Paul Omondi Agwanda
  • Fernando Ortiz Westendarp
  • Mary Trudeau
  • Muhammad Wajid Ijaz 

Water Quality Task Force

IWRA launched also 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: 

  • Thomas Arsuffi
  • Malcolm Gander
  • Alex Godoy Faundez
  • Maxwell Anim Gyampo
  • Rajiv Kangabam
  • D.L. Marrin
  • Saskia Nowicki
  • Amrisha Pandey
  • Jocelyn Pesquera
  • Roxana Salazar
  • Raya Stephan
  • Carla Toranzo
  • Sisira Withanachchi
  • Hua Xie

Details on the experts and the Water Quality Project here.

Water Security Task Force

The IWRA has convened a panel of 12 experts from among its membership to assist in the UNESCO i-WSSM Global Water Security Issues (GWSI) Paper Series review, and to address other water security issues relevant to IWRA projects. This is a collection of case studies produced annually that aims to provide a starting point for a discussion on a range of issues that collectively fall under the umbrella of water security. Given the key role that Water Security will have in IWRA’s work in 2020 and beyond, this Task Force is going to have a very active role to play.

Selected panellists include: 

  • Hassan Tolba Aboelnga
  • Emmanuel Akpabio
  • Amali Abraham Amali
  • Amgad Elmahdi
  • Jan Hofman
  • Muhammad Wajid Ijaz
  • Wendy Jepson
  • William R. Jones
  • Kanokphan Jongjarb
  • Amrisha Pandey
  • Maya Velis

Water & Climate Change Task Force

The Association has 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:

  • Alexandre Alix
  • Karolane Caissy
  • Marie Chapuis
  • Jennifer Fernando
  • Mihretab Gebretsadik
  • Malcolm Gander
  • Ineke Kalwij
  • Aslam Khan
  • Anita Meldrum
  • David Molden
  • Raya Stephan
  • Pedro Torres

Young and Early Career Professionals Task Force

More information on this task force, its activities and members will be available shortly.

Groundwater Task Force

IWRA is currently seeking IWRA members to 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 in subsequent months, once the Bureau has been established.

More information on this task force, its activities and members will be available shortly.


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