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Mark Smith

Director General

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Mark Smith

Dr. Mark Smith was appointed Director General of IWMI in August 2020. Dr. 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 of the Global Water Programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He has led innovative, multi-regional programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America addressing river basin management, transboundary cooperation, climate change adaptation and nature-based solutions. 

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.