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You are here : IAHR Council : 2017 Council Elections

2017 - 2019 Council Election

Nominating Committee

At its meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka in August 2016, the IAHR Council identified a Nominating Committee (NC 2017) for the next Council election ahead of the World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 13th-18th, 2017. The Nominating Committee is chaired by Bruce Melville (New Zealand), former IAHR Council Member, and comprises José Vargas (Chile), Christos Katopodis (Canada), Jeff Bradley (USA), Bruce Melville (New Zealand), Zhaoyin Wang (China), Ahmad Sana (Oman), Roger Falconer (UK), Teodoro Estrela (Spain) and Aronne Armanini (Italy). IAHR President Peter Goodwin (USA) is the Council contact person.
The NC collects proposals from individual and institute members, searches itself for candidates, and evaluates the performance of present Council members in view of their possible re-election. It must consider the alignment of candidates with Council composition requirements, including the question of progression of Council Members to Vice Presidential positions or to the Presidency.
It is the task of the NC to propose a list of candidates for the 2017 Council election, which includes four Executive Committee positions (President, and three Vice-Presidents) and at least four regularly elected Council members. This list must reflect a balance between the possibly conflicting requirements of:
  • world-wide representation of the IAHR membership and yet at the same time a small active group which is capable to lead the Association, and to fulfil Council assignments;
  • continuous renewal through new members while assuring necessary continuity;
  • adequate representation of hydro-environment engineering practice.

Slate of Candidates

The Nominating Committee has now completed its work and proposes the slate of candidates herebelow for the vacant council positions. Members have until June 20th to propose additional candidates using "nomination by petition" facility (see below). A ballot of members will take place following this period.

For President (one position): Peter Goodwin, USA (eligible for second two-year term)
For Vice President - Europe (one position): Damien Violeau, France
  Silke Wieprecht, Germany
For Vice President - Americas (one position): Arturo Marcano, Venezuela  (second term)
For Vice President - Asia Pacific (one position): James Ball, Australia (second term)
For Council Member - Americas (one position): Robert Ettema, USA
For Council Member - Asia Pacific (one position):
Azazi Zakaria, Malaysia
  Vladan Babovic, Singapore
For Council Member - Asia Pacific (one position): Pengzhi Lin, China
  Zhongbo Yu, China
For Council Member - Europe (one position): Ioana Popescu, The Netherlands
  Olivier Métais, France
For Council Member - Europe (one position): Dragan Savic, UK
  Vladimir Nikora, UK

Nomination of candidates by petition (open until June 20th)

If the Nominating Committee has not included your suggestion in its slate or if you have another suitable candidate not hitherto considered, all members have the option to file a nomination by petition by June 20th. The new election procedure gives any group of members in the Association, which feels that its interests are not properly taken into account by the NC 2017 slate, the chance to submit nominations by petition for any vacant Council Member positions. A valid petition requires signatures of 15 members from at least five countries or from a group of countries representing 10% of the IAHR membership. This assures that there is support for a candidate which goes beyond a personal or national interest. All valid nominations by petition will be included in the ballot.
Nominations by Petition must be submitted to the Secretariat (elsa.incio@iahr.org) within two months after publication of the NC slate of candidates with a statement from the candidate, that she or he is willing to accept the nomination, a resumé including professional career, involvement in IAHR, and a statement on the planned contribution as Council member. 


The NC will submit its list of candidates to the Secretariat for publication together with any candidates “by Petition”, reaching members at least two months prior to the congress. Members will be invited to elect the new Council through electronic ballot before and at Kuala Lumpur Congress, closing on Wednesday 16th August, 2017.


NC 2017 Chair: Prof. Bruce Melville, Former IAHR Council Member b.melville@auckland.ac.nz