Mark Smith

Dr. Mark Smith is a water expert with areas of specialization in agriculture, forestry and hydrology. As Deputy Director General – Research for Development of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, he leads the center’s science agenda to address global development challenges for water security and natural resources management. 

Prior to joining IWMI, he spent ten years as Director of the Global Water Programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), where he led major, cross-sector initiatives at the interface of water resources, development, conservation, food security, governance and resilience. He has a PhD in ecology and resource management from Edinburgh University and over 25 years of research and program management experience.