Kathmandu: The Chair of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development Board of Governors, Mr. Tishya Chatterjee, announced in the Board of Governors meeting held on May 28, 2011 that Dr. David Molden has been selected as the new Director General designate of ICIMOD. He will succeed Dr. Andreas Schild, current Director General of ICIMOD, from 1st December 2011.
The selection was made by the full Board of Governors of ICIMOD, which met in Kathmandu from 25th to 28th May 2011.
Dr. David Molden, a national of the USA, is a development specialist with more than 30 years of experience in designing, planning, executing, and monitoring program on water management, livelihoods and environment, and ecosystem services.
Dr Molden has acquired considerable management experience in a number of positions, including Chief of Party for the USAID irrigation management project in Nepal, Chief of Party for a USAID strategic research project in Egypt, and Leader of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture program. Currently he is the Deputy Director General Research of IWMI in Sri Lanka.
He has worked in several countries in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, including China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, and has experience in projects in the Indus, Ganges, Yellow, Mekong, Yangtze, and Amu and Syr Darya river basins.
Dr. Molden was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering, specializing in groundwater and irrigation, from Colorado State University in 1987. He has received many awards including the CGIAR Outstanding Scientist award in 2009 and the Sri Lanka President’s award for Research in 2002 and 2005.