Delft, The Netherlands, 09 Mar 2018

New Vice Rector appointed

The Rectorate is pleased to announce that Prof. Charlotte de Fraiture, currently Head of the WSE Department and Professor of Hydraulic Eng. for Land & Water Development at IHE Delft has been named the new Vice Rector of the Institute. Charlotte will take up her new position on Thursday 15th March. The Rectorate and Institute welcome Charlotte to this new position and we look forward to working with her.


Charlotte de Fraiture has over 20 years of international working experience in the field of water management for agriculture. During the first five years of her career, she was involved in implementation and management of irrigation and rural development projects in Senegal and Nepal. She worked for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) from 1996 to 2011 based in Colombia, Sri Lanka, Ghana and Burkina Faso. She was involved in several research projects related to watershed development, irrigation performance, irrigation management transfer and modeling of global water supply and demand, leading the development and application of the global water and food model. This model was applied for global future scenarios on water, food and the environment as part of the Comprehensive Assessment on Water Management in Agriculture. She was project leader of several research projects, among others a large BMGF funded project on identifying promising options for smallholder water management in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia and India. Besides research she fulfilled several management tasks, being Head of Office of the West-Africa office, Theme Leader and Group Head. Since January 2012 she joined IHE Delft as professor of Land and Water Development.

She holds a PhD in Civil Engineering (specialization Water Resources Management) from the University of Colorado in Boulder-USA, a MA in economics from the University of Colorado in Boulder-USA and a MSc in irrigation water engineering from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Read her full profile here.