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Meet our staff

Our team at central office, based in London (UK), works closely with the IHA Board, committees, working groups and networks to deliver our work programme. We also have a national office in China and a regional office for South America in Brazil.

Chief executive

  • Eddie RICH

    Chief Executive

    Eddie Rich became Chief Executive Officer of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) in September 2019.

  • Richard Taylor September 2017

    Richard M. TAYLOR

    Executive Adviser

    Richard Taylor has been involved in the water and energy sectors since 1985, and his work has involved assignments in more than 50 countries worldwide...

Operations and membership

  • Kate Steel September 2017

    Kate STEEL

    Chief Operating Officer

    Kate is responsible for leading on all of our membership activities, as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the association. She co-ordinates...

  • Steve Whelton 2017

    Steve WHELTON

    Chief Financial Officer

    Steve joined IHA in 2014 as our finance director. Working across IHA’s two corporate entities, he is responsible for all finance and tax matters...

  • Gill McDonnell 2017

    Gill McDONNELL

    Operations Manager

    Gill has been with IHA since February 2015. She works predominantly on operations and membership matters, maintaining the membership...

  • Karen SMITH

    Events Manager

    Karen joined IHA in January 2018 as Events Manager. As well as supporting the Chief Executive, she works with the team... 

Communications

  • Will Henley 2017

    Will HENLEY

    Head of Communications

    Will Henley became IHA's Head of Communications in September 2017. He has extensive experience as a communications strategist...

Hydropower development

  • Maria UBIERNA September 2017

    María UBIERNA

    Hydropower Specialist and Focal Point, Knowledge Building Team

    María joined the hydropower development work programme in January 2017. Her work focuses on building and sharing knowledge on sustainable hydropower development...

  • Mathis Rogner September 2017

    Mathis ROGNER

    Senior Hydropower Sector Analyst

    Mathis joined the hydropower development work programme in 2014. His work focuses on building and sharing knowledge on global hydropower development...

  • Nick Troja September 2017

    Nick TROJA

    Senior Hydropower Sector Analyst

    Nick joined the hydropower development work programme in 2016.  His work focuses on building and sharing knowledge on...

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    Cristina DIEZ SANTOS

    Senior Hydropower Sector Analyst

    Cristina joined our knowledge building team in August 2017. Her work focuses on...

  • David SAMUEL

    Senior Hydropower Sector Analyst

    David joined our knowledge building team in October 2017. His work focuses on building and sharing knowledge on global hydropower...

  • Samuel LAW

    Junior Analyst

    Samuel joined the hydropower development work programme in July 2018. His work focuses on...

  • Claire NAKABUGO

    Knowledge Building Intern

    Claire joined the hydropower development work programme in January 2019. Her work focuses on...

Sustainability

  • João COSTA

    Senior Sustainability Specialist

    João joined IHA in October 2017. His work focuses on developing and implementing a suite of sustainability tools that provide guidance to the hydropower sector...

  • Alain KILAJIAN

    Sustainability Specialist

    Alain joined IHA in March 2019. He works with the Senior Sustainability Specialist on developing and implementing...

China National Office

  • Chen Liang

    CHEN Liang

    China National Liaison Officer

    Chen Liang is the liaison officer of our China National Office, based at the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) ...

South American Regional Office

  • Renata de Biasi Ribeiro TUFAILE

    South America Liaison Officer

    Renata is one of the liaison officers of our South American National Office, based at Itaipu Binacional in Brazil...

  • Rufino Andrés ROJAS

    South America Liaison Officer

    Rufino is one of the liaison officers of our South American National Office, based at Itaipu Binacional in Paraguay...