Prof. Dr. Reza Ardakanian is the Founding Director of UNU-FLORES. He previously served as Vice-Rector of UNU in Europe, ad interim (2009–2011). He sat on the Boards of various international programmes/organisations such as UNESCO-IHP, UNESCO-IHE, the International Hydropower Association and UNU-EHS.
Prof. Dr. Ardakanian holds a PhD in Water Resources Management from McMaster University (Canada). He formerly held a number of national offices in Iran.