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New vice presidents also announced
The International Desalination Assn. (IDA) announced that Imad Makhzoumi has been elected its new president for 2009 to 2011. In addition, Khoo Teng Chye has been named the new first vice president and Michel Canet, second vice president, for the 2009 to 2011 term.
Makhzoumi is the chief operating officer of Future Pipe Industries Group. During the past decade, Makhzoumi has participated in many international and regional committees aiming for the development for safe use of fiberglass non-corrosive pipe systems in high temperatures and pressures within desalination plants.
He has been an IDA member for more than 14 years and has served as a director for the past eight years. Immediately prior to being elected president, he served as second vice president and was a member of the Organizing Committee for the IDA World Congress in Dubai as well as the Operations and Strategic Planning Committees. Previously, he was chairman of the IDA Membership and Elections Committee.
Makhzoumi’s educational background includes a diploma from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and water resources management from the University of Southern California.
“My vision is to enhance the regional and international recognition of IDA’s important role in desalination technology and water reuse,” he said. “I would like to use this term to continue to promote interaction, knowledge and the sharing of best practices between IDA members in order to further develop our industry.”