In its first issue of this year the US trade magazine Water & Wastewater International published the Top 25 of leaders of the water and waste water industry.

Number two on the 2016 list is the Dutch professor Mark van Loosdrecht of environmental biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

According to the renowned US magazine the listing goes from strength to strength, celebrating the best of the best, global thought leaders in the water/waste water industries.

dws-wwi-top25-leaders-loosdrecht-spinoza-350pxMark van Loosdrecht proudly shows the Dutch NWO Spinoza scientific research award that he won in 2014.

Top Dutch water technology scientist
The number two on the list is Mark van Loosdrecht, described as one of the four Dutch top scientists who won the 2014 NWO Spinoza Prize for his research on the cultivation of bacteria, such as for the biological treatment of wastewater.

Known to have contributed to the development of Anammox technology for the removal of nitrogen, he has led the fundamental research and development of aerobic granular sludge that is used in the space and energy efficient Nereda wastewater treatment technology.

There are now more than 30 full-scale variant plants in operation around the world. In 2012 Van Loosdrecht won the Singapore Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize.

Number one in 2016
Now in its second year, Water & Wastewater International published the Top 25 Leaders listing of the best, global thought leaders in the water and wastewater industries, that includes engineers, consultants, academics and utilities all having an important role to play in delivering crucial water services.

dws-wwi-top25-industry-top25-cover-200pxThe winner of this year’s listing is the past president of the International Water Association (IWA) and former chief technology officer at CH2M, Glen Daigger.

With four decades of experience in the global sector, Daigger has witnessed a shift in how water is treated and respected. Here he shares highlights from his career and thoughts on leadership.

New challenges: after four decades in the water industry Daigger is now working at the University of Michigan and also developed One Water Solutions.

Last year's number one was Neil Palmer, CEO, National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA)

See the full list op the Top 25 of 2016 leaders of the water and waste water industry.

(top photo at Amsterdam International Water Week, by Rob Kamminga

Read also on this website
● Professor Mark van Loosdrecht wins prestigious Spinoza Prize for research on sustainable water treatment technology, 10 September 2014
● Professor Mark van Loosdrecht takes stage at Singapore International Water Week 2012, 3 July 2012
● Interview with winner of the Singapore Lee Kuan Yew water prize 2012: professor Mark van Loosdrecht, 28 June 2012

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