Hon Karlene Maywald has been invited to present the N.D. Gulhati memorial lecture

Irrigation Australia Ltd is delighted to announce that the Hon Karlene Maywald has been selected to present the N.D. Gulhati memorial lecture at the 24th Congress in Sydney in September 2020. Karlene Maywald is a former National Party politician who represented the irrigation district of Chaffey in the South Australian House of Assembly from October 1997 until March 2010. Her election to the South Australian Parliament made her leader of the South Australian Nationals and made her the first woman to lead a branch of the party at the state or federal level. During her tenure, from 2004 until 2010, she was the Minister for the River Murray and Minister for Water Security.

Karlene is currently Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd, providing specialist advice to the private and public sector. Karlene is also Chair of the CSIRO Land & Water Advisory Committee, Chair of the Peter Cullen Water & Environment Trust and Chair of the International Centre of Excellence for Water Resources Management.  Her other past roles include Chair of the Australian National Water Commission, and a Director the South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water)  Karlene is also a member of the Australian ICID National Committee (IACID).

The N.D. Gulhati memorial lecture is delivered at the ICID Congress by an invited eminent expert from across the world. The aim is to provide an international status and significant developments in irrigation and drainage engineering including all allied aspects like environment, sociology, economics etc.

N.D. Gulhati  has been rightly called the “Father” of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, as it was he who conceived this organization. The proposal of setting up of the Commission was mooted to the Government of India by him in 1946. The Commission was set up in the year 1950 and Mr. Gulhati was elected as first Secretary General. He served ICID as founder secretary General from 1950 to 1957, as Vice President from 1957 to 1960, and as President from 1960 to 1963.

Ms Maywald said that It was indeed a great privilege to present this lecture and she is deeply honoured to be able to accept the invitation to present the award.