Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore; co-Founder, Third World Centre for Water Management
Professor Asit Biswas is one of the world’s leading authorities on water and environment. Co-founder of Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico, and currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy, Singapore, he was formerly a Professor in UK, Canada and Sweden. He was member of the World Commission on Water and a founder of the International Water Resources Association and World Water Council. He has been senior advisor to 20 governments and six Heads of United Nations Agencies and a Past President of the International Water Resources Association. He advises Chairman of the Board or CEOs of four multinational companies on corporate strategies, technological issues and social responsibilities.
Among his numerous prizes are Crystal Drop and Millennium Awards of International Water Resources Association; Walter Huber Prize of American Society of Civil Engineering; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from University of Lund, Sweden; and Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow; Helsinki University of Technology; Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; and Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar. He received the Stockholm Water Prize, for ‘outstanding and multi-faceted contributions to global water resource issues. Reuters named him one of the top 10 water trailblazers of the world. In 2015, was named the world’s second most influential water industry leader.
He is the author of 83 books and over 650 scientific and technical papers. His work has been translated into 37 languages.
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