The International Desalination Association (IDA) has appointed Imad Makhzoumi as its new president. He replaces outgoing president Lisa Henthorne.

Imad Makhzoumi is the chief operating officer of the UAE’s Future Pipe Industries Group. He has been a member of the IDA for more than 14 years and has served as a director for the last eight years. Prior to his election as president, Makhzoumi served as second vice-president and was a member of the organising committee for the IDA World Congress held in Dubai in early November.

The IDA has also named Khoo Teng Chye as its first vice-president and Michel Canet second vice-president. All three terms will expire in 2011.

Khoo Teng Chye is the chief executive officer and board member of Singapores’s Public Utilities Board. He has held the position since December 2003.

Michel Canet is executive vice-president of the major projects group within Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, a subsidiary of France’s Veolia Water.

The IDA is a non-profit association of scientists, customers, engineers, consultants and researchers. It has 2,200 members in 60 countries.