IDA appoints Emilio Gabbrielli as organization president for 2015-2017 term

Aug. 31, 2015
The International Desalination Association recently announced that it has officially appointed Emilio Gabbrielli as president of the organization for the 2015-2017 term.
Emilio Gabbrielli

SAN DIEGO, CA, Aug. 31, 2015 -- The International Desalination Association (IDA) recently announced that it has officially appointed Emilio Gabbrielli as president of the organization for the 2015-2017 term.

Gabbrielli is director of Overseas Business Development - Global Sales of Water Treatment for Toray. He has been involved in the water treatment industry for more than 40 years, and his experience is truly global. He started with solar desalination in Peru in 1975. Then, with Italconsult/Weir and Italimpianti, he worked on desalination plants in Libya, Algeria and Saudi Arabia based on EDR and MSF technology associated with power generation.

Later, with Permutit Australia, he became involved with membrane technology and zero-discharge, including vapor compressors and crystallizers. When Thames Water bought the PWT Group, which included Permutit Australia, he became involved in various combinations of BOT, PPP and asset acquisitions in all continents.

In 2003, after four years as managing director of Thames Water do Brazil, Gabbrielli was appointed executive secretary (CEO) of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), an international network of institutions committed to the sustainable development and management of water resources founded by The United Nations Development Program, World Bank and Government of Sweden.

During his six years at GWP, he was able to look at the water industry from the policy perspective and gained in-depth diplomatic experience. He visited governments, industry and institutions in water at all levels of society in more than 100 countries in pursuit of sustainable and equitable management of water resources. He joined Toray in 2009 and is based in Brazil.

"My vision is a better world through water security. Desalination and water reuse have an important role to play in this," said Gabbrielli. "I am committed to supporting those mechanisms of IDA that encourage the sharing of experiences and ideas and promoting a broader appreciation of water resources issues within the desalination community with the goal of facilitating the effective application, whenever appropriate, of more advanced, reliable, efficient and effective desalination, reuse and filtration technologies. Moreover, I am committed to working to revise the IDA Constitution as necessary to propel the Association into the future."

Born in Florence, Italy, Gabbrielli holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Bologna University, where he also obtained a post-graduate specialization certificate in Computer Modeling as part of a research program developed on the bases of his degree dissertation.

He has authored and co-authored over 20 technical publications; has often contributed to papers, magazines and newsletters; and has also participated in panel debates and interviews with media around the world. Active in IDA since the Association's founding, he also holds the honorary position of Global Ambassador of the Australian Water Association.

IDA also announced that it has appointed Shannon McCarthy, co-founder and partner of United4Water, as 1st vice president; and has appointed Eng. Zamzam Saleh Al-Rakaf, chief engineer and director of Design Department for Desalination Projects for the Ministry of Electricity & Water - Kuwait, as 2nd vice president.

See also:

"Desalination mentoring program launched by the IDA"

"Falling oil prices won’t impact thermal desalination projects - IDA"


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