During the World Future Energy Summit, the International Desalination Association, Shannon McCarthy, Secretary General and Miguel Angel Sanz, President talks to GineersNow TV about the past, present and future of the organization. In this exclusive interview Shannon and Miguel discussed IDA’s training programs and global initiatives within the water desalination industry.
About the Leaders
Miguel Angel Sanz, President
Miguel Angel Sanz is currently Director of Strategic Development of SUEZ, Treatment Solutions. He has 32 years of professional experience in desalination as well as in the drinking water and wastewater fields. Working with SUEZ group, he has a stake in promoting innovation in the field of membrane desalination, and he has taken part in the design, build or operation of more than 40 brackish or seawater desalination plants, in the five Continents.
Mr. Sanz has been a member of the IDA Board of Directors since 2009, and currently serves as President. He has served in leadership roles on several IDA committees including IDAS World Congress, Technical Programs, Site Selection, Membership and Election, and Awards and Publications. Mr. Sanz received his Industrial Engineer degree in 1981 from Bilbao High Technical School of Engineers.
Shannon McCarthy, Secretary General
Ms. McCarthy has extensive experience working internationally and specifically with the Middle East and North Africa region, in the field of water sustainability, research and application of non-conventional water resource technologies. She has served the International Desalination Association in the role of First Vice President, Chair of the Foundation and Public Outreach Committee, and champion for the IDA Sustainable Water Resources Foundation. Prior to IDA, Ms. McCarthy, served as a Partner of United4Water, a consulting firm operating in the water, food and energy sectors and as the Deputy Center Director of the Middle East Desalination Research Center, an international intergovernmental non-profit organization, born through the Water Working Group of the Middle East Peace Process and based in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman with Diplomatic status.
Ms. McCarthy completed an executive study program related to Public Policy and Management for Infrastructure Development at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and holds a BA degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University.
About the Organization
The International Desalination Association (IDA) is the world’s leading resource for information and professional development for the global desalination industry – and the only global association focused exclusively on desalination and water reuse technologies.
IDA is committed to development and promotion of the appropriate use of desalination and desalination technology global in water supply, water reuse, water pollution control, water purification, water treatment and other water sciences and technology. IDA carries out this mission by encouraging research, promoting and exchanging communication, disseminating information, and supporting education in the field of desalination and water sciences. A non-profit association, IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
IDA connects the global desalination community in many ways. We serve more than 2,600 core members in 60 countries and reaches an additional 4,000 affiliate members around the world. Our membership includes scientists, utilities and other end-users, engineers, consultants, financiers, developers, researchers and students representing governments, corporations and academia.
Our educational resources include scholarships, the IDA Fellowship Program, Young Leaders Program and the IDA Desalination Academy. Our publications and online and multi-media communications provide ready access to timely industry information. Workshops and conferences held around the world explore specific topics in depth, and our biennial IDA World Congress is widely recognized as is the premier global event for the desalination and water reuse community.
IDA is also committed to informing the public about desalination and water reuse, and their critical role in providing new, reliable and sustainable sources of fresh water around the world.
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