IHE Delft employs a total of 194 staff members of which 51 percent are academic staff. The Institute also has at its disposal a pool of more than 350 national and international guest lecturers from government agencies, partner universities and research institutes.

  • 194staff
  • 350guest lecturers
  • 3academic departments
  • 13chair groups

IHE Delft Governing Board

The role of the Governing Board is to safeguard the mission and financial stability of IHE Delft. In addition, the Governing Board authorises the mid and long term strategy for the Institute, annual work plans and monitors compliance. There are currently four members, with another three members to be appointed in due course. 


  • Koos Richelle, (Chair), is chairman of the Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs. He previously held office as DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission, DG for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DG for Welfare at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
  • Blanca Jimenez Cisneros joined UNESCO in 2012 as Director of the Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), the first woman appointed to this post. She holds a degree in Environmental Engineering, with a specialization in water, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, 1980), a Masters degree (1982) in Environmental Engineering and a PhD (1985) in Water and Wastewater Treatment from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquees (INSA) in Toulouse, France.
  • Arthur Mol is currently rector magnificus/vice-president at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands, and professor in environmental policy at the same institution. He has held visiting professorships at Renmin University and Tsinghua University (China), Chiba University (Japan) and National University of Malaysia (Malaysia). He lectured and published widely on environmental and food governance, globalization, ecological modernization, Southeast and East Asia, sustainable production and consumption, and sustainable and smart cities. 
  • Maarten Smits is the managing director of Deltares, an independent research institute for water and the subsurface based in the Netherlands. Maarten has more than 30 years of experience in the field of water and the subsurface. Before joining Deltares five years ago, he was the managing director of Fugro GeoServices B.V. and Fugro Ecoplan in the Netherlands. He studied Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology and obtained a Master of Business Administration at Twente School of Management.


The Institute is led by the Rectorate, which consists of the Rector, the Vice Rector (to be appointed) and the Business Director.

Remuneration Board Members

As of 1 January 2013 the standard remuneration law for top executives' public and semi-public sector (WNT) was introduced. The WNT decides what the general maximum remuneration should be for executives' in the semi-public sector. 

The general and sectorial remuneration limits are reviewed or re-established annually. For the Governing Board another WNT maximum has been decided and will not exceed the maximum allowable standards.

Please see the official website of the WNT for the maximum remuneration Please note that the website is in Dutch. 

Academic Departments

IHE Delft has three Academic Departments with academic staff responsible for education, training and research programmes. These are the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology, Water Science and Engineering, and Integrated Water Systems and Governance departments. For more information, go to the academic departments page

Each Academic Department is composed of Chair Groups, each of which is formed around a particular discipline or specialisation. For more information, go to the Chair Groups page.

Process Management Units

The work of the Academic Departments is supported by the Institute's Process Management Units. These include Central Services, the Education Bureau, Finance, Human Resource Management, IT, and the Office of the Rector, comprising Communication and Liaison Offices.

Central Services

The activities of Central Services focus on student and PhD services and facilitation (events, front desk, facilities, student and participant stay and housing, reproduction and documentation), procurement (for example travel and stay, excursions, catering) and operation and maintenance of the Institute facilities.

Education Bureau

The Education Bureau is the focal point for organising the educational programmes and the coordination of the processes of innovation in education and quality management. The bureau is responsible for education planning, coordination and administration. It provides guidance in change processes such as for more flexible programmes, involvement of partner organisations, credit transfer, etc.


Finance prepares annual and periodic financial reports and analyses, and the annual budget. It also maintains internal control over financial transactions and resources, expenditures for budgetary accounts, the receipt and disbursement of funds, and provides centralized accounts receivable processing and control. The department coordinates and controls purchasing functions.

Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management is responsible for the development and implementation of the Institute’s policy on human resources and organizational development. It supports and advises all departments and the Director on the various issues within the integrated personnel management. P&O is also responsible for the personnel and salary administration and provides information on (internal) rules and regulations.


IT is responsible for all IT related facilities and activities at IHE Delft.

Office of the Rector

The Office of the Rector consists of the Communication Office and the Liaison Office. The former is responsible for public relations, communications and marketing, including events coordination. Liaison Office is the focal point for project acquisition, providing support and advice to the academic departments in their acquisition and project implementation activities.


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