Speaker's Profile

David James Molden

David James Molden joined ICIMOD as Director General in 2011. Dr Molden is a development specialist with more than 30 years of experience in designing, planning, executing, and monitoring programmes on water management, livelihoods, environment, and ecosystem services. He has been Deputy Director General for Research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) based in Sri Lanka, Chief of Party for the Irrigation Management Project in Nepal, Chief of Party for a water resources strategic research programme in Egypt, and Leader of the multi-institute Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture programme. 

Dr Molden holds a Ph.D in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, where he specialized in water resources. He contributed to the publication of nearly 200 works in books, refereed journals, research and project report series, the media, and educational materials. He has received many awards including the Outstanding Scientist Award of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2009.