2021 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. Nominations open for the 2021 IHA Board elections on 29 March 2021.

The 2021 Board elections will decide the international representatives who will shape and direct IHA’s work over the next two years. Its members are expected to be senior representatives of their companies. Women and members from developing countries are especially encouraged to consider serving on the Board.

The Board usually meets three times a year and once the new Board is constituted it will appoint a President and up to six Vice Presidents from its membership.

Find out more about the responsibilities of Board members by reading this extract from the Board Manual.


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

Any employee of an IHA corporate member or any Individual IHA member can stand to be a Board member.

Once elected, 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.

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 current or proposed transactions or arrangements

• Some Board members may be required to act as directors and/or members of the subsidiary legal entities. 

Five-step guide to standing in the 2021 IHA Board elections

1. Familiarise yourself with IHA’s activities

If you have not been actively involved with IHA’s work before now, you may find it useful to learn more about our activities and priorities before you prepare your nomination form.

Read IHA's 2021 Annual Report.

You can learn more about IHA’s mission and objectives here.

2. Check your eligibility

Individual members and employees of IHA corporate members are eligible to stand in the upcoming Board elections. Membership fees must be paid for the membership year in which the election takes place.

3. Submit a short video and/or written statement

To stand in IHA’s Board elections you will need to provide a short statement explaining the contribution you can make as a Board member.

Your candidacy should be supported by a short (up to 200 words) written statement explaining to members why they should vote for you, accompanied by a head and shoulders of yourself photograph for inclusion in election materials. You can also submit a short (up to 2-minute) video to accompany your candidacy.

• Details of your experience and particular areas of expertise relevant to IHA's work

• Where you have worked and insights you may have on a particular country or region

• Your vision for IHA and any ideas on how you would like to see the Association develop.

4. Nominate yourself

Finally, you or someone acting on your behalf needs to fill out your nomination form. Nominations open 29 March 2021 and close at midnight BST on 6 May 2021.

The simple form will give IHA Central Office the information required to process your candidacy. A member of staff from IHA will be in contact with you following your nomination with instructions on how to submit your supporting material.

5. Prepare to campaign

Hydropower Pro is an online community for IHA’s members and partners. The platform hosts knowledge networks and regional groups which users can join to receive and share news and insights on their areas of interest. Candidates can canvass by messaging other members directly or by posting in the corresponding regional group to where a candidate is standing.

In addition, we encourage candidates to use a range of social media platforms, including LinkedIn, Twitter and WeChat, to inform personal networks of their candidacy and highlight reasons why members should vote for them.

If you have any questions please email

If you have any questions about how to use Hydropower Pro to campaign, please email

What region does my country fall under?

Here is a breakdown of what countries comprise the regions that candidates can stand to represent:

Africa, including all members of the African Union, and Morocco

America, North and Central, including 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

Asia, South and Central, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen

Asia, East and Pacific, including Australia, Cambodia, China, 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, including, the members of the European Economic Area and Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, FYI Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Voting process

IHA members will be sent a ballot to vote in the election. Under IHA's Constitution, members vote for 18 candidates, with at least one vote cast in each category. .

In electing the Board members, a maximum of six candidates may be elected from any one region.

The deadline for the return of votes is six weeks after the sending date of the ballot form.

Read the constitution.

If you have any queries about IHA's 2021 Board Elections, please email

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