Roberto Lenton is founding executive director of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska. He is a specialist in water resources and sustainable development with more than 40 years of international experience in the field. Until January 2012, Lenton was chair of the World Bank’s Inspection Panel, of which he remains a member. Earlier, he was senior adviser 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 has served as adjunct professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lenton has a doctorate from MIT and a civil engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has served as chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership. He is a co-author of Applied Water Resources Systems, a co-editor of Integrated Water Resources Management in Practice, and a 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.