David James Molden

Director General



Dr David James Molden joined ICIMOD as Director General with effect from December 2011.

Dr Molden is a development specialist with more than 30 years of experience in designing, planning, executing, and monitoring programmes on sustainable mountain development, water management, livelihoods, environment, and ecosystem services. He has worked in several countries across Asia and Africa, and has spent over 25 years of his career in Asia. He has acquired considerable management experience in a number of positions, including Chief of Party for the Irrigation Management Project in Nepal, Chief of Party for a water resources strategic research program in Egypt, and Leader of the multi-institute Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture programme. Prior to joining ICIMOD he was the Deputy Director General for Research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) based in Sri Lanka. 

Dr Molden was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in 1987 specializing in water resources, and has since developed broader interests in integrating social, technical, and environmental aspects of natural resources management and engaging in the interface between science and policy. He has contributed to the publication of over 200 works in books, refereed journals, research and project report series, the media, and educational materials. He has received many awards including the Outstanding Scientist Award of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2009.