Dr. Mark Smith was appointed Director General of IWMI by its Board of Governors commencing 17 August 2020. Smith, formerly IWMI’s Deputy Director General – Research for Development, brings more than 25 years of research and program management experience in water resources, agriculture, climate and sustainability.
He was formerly Director – Global Water Programme, and Manager for Organizational Change at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and a Governor at the World Water Council. He has led innovative, multi-regional programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America addressing river basin management, climate change adaptation and nature-based solutions, and transboundary cooperation in water management.
He has a doctorate in ecology and resource management from the University of Edinburgh and a master’s in climatology from the University of Guelph.