The International Water Association (IWA) has announced the election of Diane d’Arras, currently Executive Vice President of Suez Water Europe, as its new President.

A civil engineer for nearly 40 years, d’Arras takes over the role of president from Professor Helmut Kroiss after six years on the IWA Board and many years’ active membership. Her appointment highlights the IWA's desire to bring scientists, utilities and water operators from around the world closer together, and to make a significant global contribution to meeting water needs and protecting ecosystems.

D’Arras is becoming President of the world’s largest international association of water professionals at a time of great challenges, changes and opportunities for addressing some of the most critical water issues facing humanity. She says that solving these challenges is one of her main motivations for working in the sector.

The new IWA President is particularly concerned with solving the lack of access to water and sanitation worldwide. “There is a political momentum around water with the launch of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which make a powerful commitment to ensure universal access to water and basic sanitation,” says d’Arras. “We must also focus strongly on building water resilience for communities and cities that are increasingly impacted by climate change and water scarcity. Today we have both the political will and the professional solutions. The IWA has a vital role to play in delivering both of these agendas.”