The United Nations University (UNU) today announced that Dr Vladimir Smakhtin has been appointed as the next Director of the Canada-based UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).
Director-Designate Smakhtin will take up the post in late June 2016. He brings to the role three decades of experience as a researcher and research manager in the broad area of water resources, with an emphasis on global and regional water variability and scarcity, environmental water management, climate change, and food security.
Since 2008, Dr Smakhtin has led the Water Availability, Risk and Resilience Research Department at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI, Sri Lanka). In parallel, since 2011 he has led a component of the global CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and coordinated the IWMI research portfolio of the CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
From 2001 to 2008, Dr Smakhtin served as IWMI’s Principal Hydrologist; he also served as Acting Head of IWMI’s Communication and Knowledge Management Division. Prior to joining IWMI, he worked in South Africa with the Institute for Water Research, Rhodes University (Grahamstown), and with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, Pretoria).
Dr Smakhtin holds a PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources from the Water Problems Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has authored more than 200 research publications.
For more information, see the UNU press release.