WaterRA staff updates

July 30, 2019

In the coming month the Water Research Australia team will welcome Dr Arash Zamyadi, who has been appointed as a Research Manager and will commence on 26th August, 2019.

Arash has over 14 years of experience working with academics, government agencies, utilities and industry partners in Australia, Canada and the United States to tackle water treatment challenges. He brings to WaterRA his research expertise in how climate change and harmful algal blooms affect water treatment, removal of combined microbial and chemical contaminants, and reuse opportunities.

Arash has been leading and managing projects funded by WaterRA, the Australian Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the US Water Research Foundation. He also holds an adjunct academic position at the University of New South Wales and has a strong publication record with two book chapters, 38 refereed articles in top-tier journals and 72 conference presentations worldwide. He has frequently been invited to make keynote speeches across the globe from Australia, Canada, United States, South Africa and China. He actively volunteers in the water community and contributes as a member of the Australian Water Association, an International Water Association (IWA) Fellow, and Co-Chief Editor of Water Quality Research Journal.

Members are also advised that earlier this month we farewelled our Chief Research Services Officer, Dr Ian Overton, who has decided to return to his consulting business. The team have been working hard to ensure a smooth handover of projects, and that members are not impacted by his departure.

During Ian’s two years at WaterRA the organisation changed considerably. As Chief Research Services Officer and Deputy CEO, Ian contributed to growth in membership, research funding and staff resources. Ian supported the development of a new three-year strategy and helped implement changes across the organisation including an Annual Research Planning Process (Horizon) and designing expansion of the Education Program into a leading Research Leadership program. He personally led work on PFAS, Point-of-Entry water treatment systems, European Carp eradication, Burkholderia studies, WaterVal validation protocols and Regional, Rural and Remote water issues.

The Board and staff of WaterRA wish Ian all the best in his new role and thank him for his commitment to the organisation over the past two years. We look forward to Arash joining our team and working alongside our Board, staff and members as we continue to drive collaborative research that advances the science behind water to ensure its safety, security and sustainability.