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IHA Board Elections

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is governed by a Board composed of international experts and stakeholders who bring high-level experience and multiple perspectives of hydropower.

Elections are held every two years. The current IHA Board was elected in July 2017 and is serving a term covering the period from September 2017 to September 2019. The Board meets three times a year.


Eligibility for membership of the Board is governed by IHA's Constitution and Bye-laws. 

Once the Board is constituted, it will appoint a President and up to 6 Vice Presidents from its membership.


To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be an individual member or employed by a corporate member.

Once elected, candidates must be willing to contribute to the shared responsibilities of the Board, and commit to attend the majority of its meetings.

2019 Board election results

View the results of the 2019 Board election

Board member duties

Elected Board members are expected to fulfil the following responsibilities and duties:

  • Act in accordance with IHA’s Constitution and Bye-laws
  • Promote the success of the association
  • Exercise independent judgement
  • Exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence
  • Avoid conflicts of interest
  • Not accept benefits from third parties
  • Declare interest in proposed transaction or arrangement
  • Declare interest in a current transaction or arrangement
  • Some Board Members may be required to act as directors and/or members of the subsidiary legal entities.

Election rules

The composition of the Board and the rules for its election are set out in the IHA Bye Laws, as follows:

6.i. The Board will include up to 18 elected Board members from the following categories:
a. Regional categories
• Africa, comprising all members of the African Union, and Morocco
• America, North and Central, comprising Belize, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean nations, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador and the United States of America
• America, South, comprising Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela
• South & Central Asia, comprising Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen
• East Asia and the Pacific, comprising Australia, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and the Pacific
Island Nations.
• Europe, comprising, the members of the European Economic Area (including the United Kingdom), and Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYI Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

6.ii. Candidates for Board election will be nominated according to the regional categories. Candidates in the regional categories will be
Members based within these regions.

6.iii. The elected Board members may co-opt up to six additional Members to the Board.

6.iv. The term of office for all Board members is two years.

6.v. All Board members, despite being proposed as candidates within their respective category, will work in their individual capacity in the
interest of the Association. Nomination of candidates for election to the Board.
a. At least four weeks’ notice will be given by the Central Office in the call for nominations.
b. A candidate may be proposed in writing to the Central Office by any two current Members based in different countries.
c. Candidates will be required to give a written description of what contribution to the Association they could make, if elected.
d. Candidates must confirm that sufficient time and resources are available to meet the shared responsibilities of the Board, including a commitment to attend the majority of its meetings.

6.vii. Election process of Board members.
a. All Members will vote for 18 candidates, with at least one vote being cast in each category (provided that there is at least one candidate in each category, and at least 18 candidates in total).
b. The election process may be conducted by postal, facsimile or electronic vote according to the guidance issued by the Central Office at
the beginning of the process. The deadline for the return of votes will be six weeks after the sending date of the ballot form from the Central Office.
c. Counting of the votes will be witnessed by the Auditor.
d. A minimum of one candidate will be elected from each category, provided there is a candidacy for each and such candidate has received at least one vote (in addition to any vote the candidate may have cast in his/her own favour).
e. In electing the Board members, a maximum of six candidates may be elected in any one category.
f. No more than three candidates based in the same country will be elected.

6.viii. Co-option of Board members.
a. Candidates agree to assume the shared responsibilities of the Board, if their appointment is supported by the majority of elected Board members.
b. With the exception of the selection of other co-opted members, co-opted members have full voting rights within the Board.
c. The term of office for a co-opted member will begin at the time of the first meeting after the member has accepted the appointment to the Board. The term ends two years after the date of this meeting.

6.ix. If a Board member retires within his/her term of office, the elected Board members may co-opt a replacement for the remaining period
of the original member’s term.