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 October 2017 through October 2019.

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:  Dr. Emilio Gabbrielli
Co-Chairperson:  Mr. Guillaume Clairet


Ms. Hattie Wang

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. Imad Makhzoumi
Co-Chairpersons:  Mr. Fady Juez, Prof. In S. Kim
Members:  TBD

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. Mounib Hatab
Mr. Devesh Sharma
Ms. Blanca Salgado


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. Carlos Cosin
Mr. Alejandro Sturniolo

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. Domingo Zarzo Martinez

Ms. Zamzam AlRakaf

Mr. Gerard Canton

Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto


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: Mr. Miguel Angel Sanz
Eng. Zamzam AlRakaf
Mr. Borja Blanco
Mr. Carlos Cosin
Mr. Rachid Ghamraoui
Mr. Youqing Li
Mr. Maurice Neo
Mr. Devesh Sharma


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:  Dr. Rick Stover
Co-Chairperson:  Eng. Mohammed Al Shahrani
Editor:   Dr. Corrado Sommariva

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:  Dr. Ruan Guoling
Co-Chairperson: Mr. Youqing Li

Member:  TBD

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. Borja Blanco
Co-Chairperson:  Dr. Mike Dixon

Mr. Guillaume Clairet

Mr. Joan Galtes
Dr. Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, WR
Prof. Maria Kennedy, WR/Desal
Mr. Ralf Krueger, WR/Desal
Mr. Hiep Le, Desal
Mr. Ravid Levy, Desal
Ms. Melissa Meeker, WR
Mr. Wade Miller, WR
Mr. Alistair Munro, Desal
Mr. Mehul Patel, WR
Mr. Rodrigo Segovia, WR/Desal
Mr. Troy Walker, WR
Mr. Greg Wetterau, WR/Desal
Mr. Domingo Zarzo, WR/Desal


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)
Co-Chairperson:  Mr. Antonio Casanas (AEDyR)
Mr. Jose Joaquin Munoz (ALADYR)
Mr. Greg Wetterau (AMTA)
Dr. Masaru Kurihara (APDA)
Dr. Mike Dixon (AWA)
Mr. Borja Blanco (EDS)
Dr. P.K. Tewari (InDA)
Mr. Yoshinari Fusaoka (JDA)
Dr. In S. Kim (KDPA)
Mr. Ziad Salibi (LDA)
Dr. Ruan Guoling (MIAC)
Mr. Fayyaz Mubeen (PakDA)
Mr. Tan Ngo Chiaw (SWA)
Eng. Mohammad Alshahrani (WDEC)
Mr. Ali Redha Hussain (WSTA)


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: Dr. Nobuya Fujiwara
Co-Chairperson:  Mr. Domingo Zarzo Martinez

Mr. Greg Wetterau

Dr. Hideaki Kurokawa

Mr. Harry Seah

Dr. Ahmed Al-Arifi


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:  Mr. Leon Awerbuch
Mr. Devesh Sharma
Members: TBD

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.

Chairperson:  Ms. Shannon McCarthy

Foundation Committee Members: TBD

Foundation Committee Advisor:  TBD

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
Co-Chairperson:  Dr. Hideaki Kurokawa


Dr. Ahmad Al-Amoudi

Dr. Don Anderson

Mr. Claran O. Cuinn

Prof.  Tony Fane

Prof. Maria Kennedy

Prof.  John Lienhard

Mr. Aik Num Puah

Dr. Goulin Ruan

Prof.  Johannes S. Vrouwenvelder


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.

Chairperson: Mr. Maurice Neo
Co-Chairperson:  Mr. Mohammed Jaroudi

Mr. Borja Blanco

Mr. Carlos Cosin

Dr. Masaru Kurihara

Mr. Sean Meyer-Steele

Mr. Johnny Obeid

Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto

Mr. Miguel Angel Sanz

Mr. Greg Wetterau


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:  Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto
Co-Chairperson:  Mr. Greg Wetterau

Mr. Mohamed Atta Aljaj

Mr. Magda Armendariz

Ms. Monica Boodhan

Ms. Holly Churman

Mr. Eduard Gasia Bruch

Mr. Rahul Hampaul

Ms. Naomi Jones

Mr. Nicholas Nelson

Dr. Muhammad Wakil Shahzad

Mr. Kamkshi Sharma

Mr. Michael Warady

Ex Officio: Ms. Shannon McCarthy on all committees