On 1 July 2016, Dr Vladimir Smakhtin joined the United Nations University as Director of the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He brings to the role three decades of experience as a researcher and research manager in the broad area of water resources. Prior to joining UNU, Dr Smakhtin worked at the CGIAR research center International Water Management Institute (IWMI), headquartered in Sri Lanka.
Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, UNU-INWEH is supported by the Government of Canada and hosted by McMaster University. It seeks to help resolve pressing global water challenges through the synthesis of existing scientific knowledge, cutting-edge research to identify emerging policy issues, application of on-the-ground, scalable solutions, and relevant public outreach.
From 2008, Dr Smakhtin led the Water Availability, Risk and Resilience Research Department at IWMI. In parallel, from 2011 he led a component of the global CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems focusing on water resources variability management and competing water uses, and coordinated the IWMI research portfolio of the CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. He holds a PhD from the Russian Academy of Science, and previously worked at Rhodes University and CSIR in South Africa.
Dr Smakhtin succeeds previous UNU-INWEH Director Dr Zafar Adeel, who is now founding Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University British Columbia).
For more, see the announcement on the UNU-INWEH website.