Past President of International Water Resources Association and advisor to CEOs of major MNCs.
Prof. Asit K. Biswas is one of the world’s leading authorities on water and environment. He is Co-founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico, and is currently Distinguished Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. He was member of the World Commission on Water, and a founder of International Water Resources Association and World Water Council. He has been senior advisor to 19 governments and six Heads of United Nations Agencies; Past President of International Water Resources Association and advisor to CEOs of major MNCs.
Following graduation, Asit Biswas worked as a Civil Engineer at Ward, Ashcroft and Parkman, Liverpool, England. Thereafter, he was a Research Fellow at the Loughborough University of Technology, England, and a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He moved to Canada in 1967 as a Visiting Professor at Queen’s University, Kingston. Later, he joined the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources as a senior scientist. When the Government of Canada established a new Ministry of Environment, he played an important role during its formative years. In 1974, he was invited to help in formulating the programme of the newly established United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. He spent 15 months in Nairobi under the Executive Interchange Programme of the Government of Canada. During 1980–81, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis at Luxemburg, Austria. He spent 1981–97 in Oxford, UK, pursuing his research interests and advising national governments and international organizations. He chaired the Middle East Water Commission during 1993–97.
He author or editor of 64 books (seven more in publication) and more than 600 scientific and technical papers; works translated into 31 languages