Founding Executive Director
Roberto Lenton is a specialist in water resources and sustainable development with more than 40 years of international experience. Until January 2012, Lenton chaired the World Bank’s Inspection Panel. Earlier, he was senior advisor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, director of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Division of the United Nations Development Programme in New York, director general of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and program officer in the Rural Poverty and Resources program of the Ford Foundation in New Delhi and New York. He served as adjunct professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and as assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lenton is past chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership. He co-authored Applied Water Resources Systems, co-edited Integrated Water Resources Management in Practice and is lead author of “Health, Dignity and Development: What Will it Take?”, the final report of the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation, which he co-chaired.
Lenton has a doctorate from MIT and a civil engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.