Kathmandu, Nepal: The Chair of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) Board of Governors, Tishya Chatterjee, announced in the Board of Governors meeting 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 December 1, 2011.
Dr David Molden, a US citizen, is a development specialist with more than 30 years of experience in designing, planning, executing and monitoring programmes 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 programme. Currently he is the Deputy Director General Research of IWMI in Sri Lanka.
Dr Molden was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering, specialising in groundwater and irrigation, from Colorado State University in 1987. He has received many awards including the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Outstanding Scientist award in 2009 and the Sri Lanka President’s award for Research in 2002 and 2005.