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Asit Biswas

Prof. Asit K. Biswas

Expert on Water and Natural Resources Management
Country: Mexico

Prof. Asit K. Biswas is a recognized leader in the field of water and natural resources management. He founded the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico and he has advised 19 governments and organisations in 40 countries. Among his prestigious awards is Stockholm Water Prize which is equivalent to the Nobel Prize. His keynotes take a look at issues concerning water policies and environment, food and energy security.

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Prof. Asit K. Biswas is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on water and natural resources management. He is the Founder as well as the Chief Executive of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore and Indian Institute of Technology in Bhubaneswar, India. Prof. Asit K. Biswas was formerly a Professor in UK, Canada and Sweden, he was also a member of the World Commission on Water, and a founder of the International Water Resources Association and World Water Council.

He has been a senior advisor to six Heads of the United Nations Agencies, 19 governments, Secretary General of OECD, Chief Executive of several major multinational corporations and many other major international organisations. He is a Past President of the International Water Resources Association, and the International Society for Ecological Modelling. He is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Club of Tokyo.

Prof. Biswas is the founder of the International Journal of Water Resources Development and has been its Editor-in-Chief for the 24 years. He is the author or editor of 73 books (6 more are now under publication) and he has published more than 610 scientific and technical papers. His work has been translated into 33 languages.

Among his numerous prizes are the two highest awards of the International Water Resources Association, Walter Huber Award of the American Society of Civil Engineering and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from University of Lund, Sweden, and Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science from University of Strathclyde, Helsinki University of Technology, and Indian Institute of Technology. Prof. Biswas also received the Stockholm Water Prize for “his outstanding and multi-faceted contributions to global water resource issues”. He received the Man of the Year Award from Prime Minister Harper of Canada, and the prestigious Aragon Environment Prize of Spain. In 2012, he received the award for ‘Excellence and outstanding contributions to water management” from the New Global Indian Foundation and was named ‘Water Hero of the World’ by the Impeller Magazine.

    Keynote Topics

    • Development policies, both in terms of topics and regions
    • Water, environment, food and energy related issues
    • Close interrelationships
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