Our Governance

IDA is governed by a 40-member Board of Directors. To assure that the global desalination community is properly represented within the Association’s leadership, 21 elected directorships are apportioned between the five regions (Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and Africa, North America, Pacific and Asia) in proportion to the number of Class I and Class II members in good standing in each region. The other eight voting Directors are appointed by IDA’s Regional Affiliates.  In addition, eight nonvoting directors are appointed by IDA’s Association Affiliates.  Three other officers are also included in the 40 members of IDA’s Board.

The current term runs from September 3, 2015 through through October 19, 2017.

Standing Committees


This committee must be made up of the Comptroller as Chairman and the remaining members of the committee may not be Directors and may not have any business dealings with the Association during the past year.

Chairperson: Ms. Lisa Henthorne, Former IDA President

Conference/World Congress

The main function of this committee is to prepare the Technical Program for the World Congress. This includes preparing the Call for Papers and allocation of abstracts; preparing session categories; nominating session co-chairs; and then reviewing all abstracts, draft manuscripts and final presentations. This is done with the support of IDA’s head office and our on-line paper management/submission program. All other related World Congress activities are handled by the IDA office.

Chairperson: Mr. Miguel Angel Sanz
Co-Chairpersons:  Mr. Guillaume Clairet, Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto, Mr. Renato Ramos
Dr. Ahmed Al-Arifi
Prof. Gary Amy
Mr. Antonio Casanas
Prof. Maria Kennedy
Prof. In S. Kim
Mr. Shawn Meyer-Steele
Mr. Harry Seah
Mr. Nikolay Voutchkov

Constitution & Bylaws

The Constitution Committee reviews the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws and, as needed, makes motions to amend the Constitution or Bylaws following the procedures outlined in the Constitution.

Chairperson: Mr. Carlos Cosin
Mr. Borja Blanco
Mr. Imad Makhzoumi, Former IDA President
Ms. Shannon McCarthy
Mr. Neil Palmer (observer)


The Finance Committee, which reports to the Treasurer, reviews the finances of the Association and prepares quarterly financial reports based on data supplied by the bookkeeper and accountant. The Treasurer reviews the investments of the Association and makes quarterly recommendations to the President on a strategic approach regarding investments.

Chairperson:  Mr. Michel Canet
Mr. Rachid Ghamraoui

Membership & Elections

The Membership & Elections Committee is responsible for reviewing all new members and submitting the names to the Board for acceptance on a regular basis. The Committee is also responsible for recommending any increase in dues and recommending any new membership categories for review. The Committee also develops new membership development campaigns to increase and retain membership. The other function of the Committee is to prepare a slate of directors once every two years and provide this to the office to assure that the ballot for new directors is adequately populated. The Membership Committee must have at least one General Member for each region.

Chairperson:  Mr. Johnny Obeid
Co-Chairperson:  Mr. Borja Blanco
Ms. Zamzam Al Rakaf
Mr. Leon Awerbuch, Former IDA President
Mr. Gerard Canton
Mr. Neil Palmer
Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto
Mr. Devesh Sharma


The Operations Committee is the executive committee of IDA, chaired by the President and its composition spelled out by the Constitution:  The Operations Committee shall be composed of eight Directors to include the President, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President. The Secretary General is a member ex officio.

Chairperson: Dr. Emilio Gabbrielli
Ms. Shannon McCarthy
Ms. Zamzam AlRakaf
Mr. Michel Canet
Mr. Carlos Cosin
Mr. Mohamad Jaroudi
Mr. Maurice Neo
Mr. Greg Wetterau



The Publications Committee reports to the Editor. Together with the Editor, the Publications Committee reviews all IDA publications – both new and existing – and makes recommendations to the Board on updating existing publications. This Committee also includes the Association’s electronic media assets such as the website, podcasts and videos production.

Chairperson:  Mr. Neil Palmer
Co-Chair:  Mr. Omar Abou Ibrahim
Editor:   Mr. Antonio Casanas
Ms. Holly Churman
Dr. Trevor Loveday
Mr. Ben Movahed
Mr. Greg Wetterau

Education, Scholarship and Fellowship

This Committee administers the IDA Scholarship, Education and Fellowship programs. They recommend candidates for the programs and make appropriate awards according to program-specific criteria.

Co-Chairpersons:  Mr. Mounib Hatab and TBD
Mr. Nikolay Voutchkov
Prof. Dr. Harry Winters

Technical Programs

This Committee organizes all IDA Technical Programs including conferences, seminars, workshops and other events. In some cases, they are stand alone events, while others are co-sponsored or supported by IDA and other organizers. The roles for each event are reviewed and selected based on the stated criteria for acceptance and the agreed-upon role that IDA will play.

Chairperson: Mr. Leon Awerbuch
Co-Chairperson:  Mr. Nikolay Voutchkov
Mr. Guillaume Clairet
Mr. Ghassan Ejjeh
Mr. Christopher Gasson
Ms. Lisa Henthorne, Former IDA President
Mr. Fady Juez
Dr. Masaru Kurihara
Dr. Valentina Lazarova
Mr. Maurice Neo
Mr. Miguel Angel Sanz
Mr. Devesh Sharma
Dr. Corrado Sommariva, Former IDA President

Special Committees


The role of this Committee is to review the ideas and concerns of each affiliate – both regional and association affiliates. The Committee should be composed of a representative from each affiliate.

Chairperson:  Mr. Shawn Meyer-Steele (CaribDA)
Mr. Miguel Angel Sanz (AEDyR)
Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto (ALADYR)
Mr. Greg Wetterau (AMTA)
Dr. Masaru Kurihara (APDA)
Mr. Neil Palmer (AWA)
Mr. Borja Blanco (EDS)
Dr. P.K. Tewari (InDA)
Dr. Hideaki Kurokawa (JDA
Dr. In S. Kim (KDPA)
Mr. Ziad Salibi (LDA)
Dr. Ruan Guoling (MIAC)
Mr. Fayyaz Mubeen (PakDA)
Mr. Foo Hee Kiang (SWA)
Mr. Ali Redha Hussain (WSTA)
Eng, Mohammad Alshahrani (WDEC)


This Committee nominates and selects the Best Paper Awards at the IDA World Congress and also nominates and selects candidates for special categories, such as Lifetime Achievements, World Water Masters Awards and others.  The Committee insures all authors and presenters are given an equal and fair chance to win.  They establish the selection criteria and evaluation methodology and determine the best way and time to announce the winners after the World Congress.  The Committee also promotes the awards within the two year term.

Chairperson:  Mr. Borja Blanco
Dr. Mike Dixon
Dr. In S. Kim
Mr. Shawn Meyer-Steele
Dr. Ronan McGovern
Mr. Fayyaz Mubeen
Mr. Neil Palmer
Mr. Ziad Salibi
Mr. Greg Wetterau

Energy and Environmental Committee

The ultimate objective of the Energy and Environment Committee is to encourage the industry to implement best practices on energy efficiency in all desalination projects using the best available and most appropriate technologies according to the location of the plants.  This committee will facilitate discussion of environmental issues associated with desalination.  They will form a task force that will include experts in the industry and the environment.

Chairperson:  Dr. Rick Stover
Mr. Greg Wetterau
Mr. Gary Crisp
Dr. Masaru Kurihara
Mr. Shawn Meyer-Steele
Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto

Foundation/Public Outreach

The IDA Foundation Committee will build strategic alliances with utilities, industry, non-governmental organizations, governments, and international institutions to broaden the opportunities to support worthy activities in education, thought leadership and humanitarian endeavors related to water sustainability and the role of desalination and water reuse.


Ms. Shannon McCarthy

Foundation Committee Members:

Dr. Abdulmajeed Ali Alawadi
Mr. Borja Blanco
Ms. Patricia Burke
Dr. Adil Bushnak, Former IDA President
Mr. Antonio Casanas
Mr. Neil Palmer
Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto
Mr. LI, Youqing

Foundation Committee Advisor:

Dr. James Birkett, Former IDA President

Research and Development

This Committee reviews potential R&D development with other entities and offers guidance to facilitate capacity-building.

Chairperson: Dr. In S Kim
Mr. Nikolay Voutchkov

Site Selection

This Committee is charged with reviewing all bids for the next IDA World Congress in 2019.  The Committee comprises a global cross-section and endeavors to discharge its duties in a clear, transparent manner, so as to ensure that the most suitable venue is chosen to host the event.

Co-Chairpersons:  Dr. Rick Stover and Mr. Maurice Neo
Mr. Ahmed Al-Mudailheem
Ms. Patricia Burke
Mr. Gerard Canton
Mr. Carlos Cosin
Mr. Rachid Ghamraoui
Mr. Neil Palmer

Financial Advisor:  Mr. Michel Canet

Young Leaders Program

IDA’s Young Leaders Program allows emerging desalination leaders to connect, advance their careers, and promote interest in desalination around the world.

Chairperson:  Dr. Nobuya Fujiwara
Co-Chairperson:  Mr. Maurice Neo
Mr. Muhammad Ariful Haque
Dr. Matan Beery
Ms. Monica Boodhan
Mr. Eduard Gasia Bruch
Mr. Simon Choong
Ms. Holly Churman
Dr. Sanghyun Jeong
Ms. Naomi Jones
Ms. Blanca Salgado
Dr. Muhammad Shahzad
Dr. Victor Sim
Dr. Xing Yang

Ex Officio: Ms. Patricia Burke on all committees except Site Selection