Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 47th IAH Congress Director at Groundwater Research Center, University of São Paulo (CEPAS|USP)
Ricardo Hirata is a Full Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP, Brazil), Director of CEPAS|USP (Groundwater Research Center), and Geologist, with MSc (USP), DSc (USP), and Post Doctorate (University of Waterloo, Canada) in hydrogeology. He also was a member of the Groundwater Management Advisory Team of World Bank, a Visiting Professor at the universities of Calgary and Costa Rica, and an Adviser for IAEA and UNESCO. He also served as a Hydrogeologist for World/Pan American Health Organization. Ricardo has a 36 year-experience working intensively in many aspects of groundwater and water resources for private and government companies in more than 30 countries in areas that include, among others, groundwater contamination, groundwater resource development, water resource management, and groundwater protection policy. Ricardo received honorary awards throughout his career for contributions to society, including Distinguished Hydrogeologist of Latin America (Latin American Association of Groundwater for Development, ALHSUD), and Honorary Citizen of the cities of Sucre (Bolivia) and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic).