International Hydropower Association - IHA, International
(College 5 - Professional organizations and academic institutions)
About the organization
The International Hydropower Association is a non-governmental mutual association of organizations and professionals. Through its international membership (covering 83 countries), the Association is established as a global organization advancing hydropower's role in meeting the world's water and energy needs by : championing continuous improvement and sustainable practices; building consensus through strong partnerships with other stakeholders; driving initiatives to increase the contribution of renewable and hydropower in particular.
Fields of expertise and activities: Water Resources Management, Regulation and Governance, Development or Infrastructure, Climate or Natural Hazards, Environment or Ecosystems, Education or Capacity Building, Economics or Finance, Research or Development, Energy or Industry, Media or Awareness.
About the Governor representative
Prof. Dogan Altinbilek is a professor at Middle East Technical University (METU) of Turkey. Since 1970 he has held posts at METU, Turkey and King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. From 1996-2001, he was the Director General of State Hydraulic Works (DSI) in Turkey, and was responsible for water resources development, including hydropower, irrigation, water supply to large cities and flood control. His expertise is in the fields of water resources engineering and hydro systems engineering. He was re-elected President of the International hydropower Association in 2005.
About the Alternate representative
Since 1986 Richard Taylor has been working in the water resources sector, specializing in hydropower. During this time, he has been, or is currently engaged in various United Nations programmes. He was the co-ordinator of the Water and Energy Theme of the Third World Water Forum.