Water, Environment and Business for Development
David Smith

    Director of Water, Environment and Business for Development

    2015: MSc in Water and Environmental Development, WEDC, Loughborough University (United Kingdom)

    2001: Post Graduate Honours in Limnology, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

    2000: BSc in Botany and Zoology, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

    David is the director of Water, Environment and Business for Development (WE&B). His expertise in economic and social development is focused on environmental management, integrated water resource management, water technology, process innovation, business models, economic viability for water and sanitation treatment, ecosystem services 
and capacity building.

    David was an elected board member (2012 – 2013) of the European Water supply and sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP), he was also selected to Co-Chair the WssTP water reuse task force (2011 – 2013) and to be the scientific lead writer of the Water and Energy task force group (2010). He was also the vice President of the Network for Water in European Regions and Cities (NetwercH2O) from 2012 to 2013. He is currently a core member of the International Water Association Ecosystem Services Specialist group and the Water Sustainability Audit Process group. Since July 2014, David has been elected to co-chair the WssTP group on International Water Relations, together with UNESCO-IHE. David has worked for four and a half years as a project coordinator at the research centre CTM in Spain, where he sourced and managed funding for consortiums of several water and environmental projects.

    David has worked for 5 years (2003 – 2008) for the water and wastewater treatment company Thames Water Utilities Ltd, in London England. During his time there he was the process plant manager for the largest water treatment plant in England, which supplied treated water to half of London, he was also a core member of the water quality auditing group.

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