Speaker's Profile 

Asit K Biswas

Co-founder, Third World Centre for Water Management

Asit K Biswas is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on water and environmental management. He is the co-founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico and currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He is also concurrently Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, and Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar. Formerly, Professor in UK, Canada, Mexico and Sweden, he was member of the World Commission on Water, and a co-founder of the International Water Resources Association and World Water Council. He has been senior advisor to 19 governments, six Heads of United Nations Agencies, two Secretary-Generals of OECD, and many other major international and national organizations. He is Past President of the International Water Resources Association and is founder and co-chair of the Club of Tokyo. Among his numerous awards are the Stockholm Water Prize, considered to be the Nobel Prize for water, for ‘his outstanding and multi-faceted contributions to global water resource issues’; Crystal Drop and Millennium Prizes of the International Water Resources Association; Walter Huber Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineering. He received ’Person of the Year Award’ from Prime Minister Harper of Canada; Aragon Environment Prize of Spain; ‘Excellence Award for Achievements’ from New Global Indian Foundation; and ‘Hind Rattan Award’ (Jewel of India)’.