DUBAI, The United Arab Emirates – The International Desalination Association (IDA) announces that Carlos Cosin, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, has been elected President of IDA for the 2019-2021 Term. The Association also announced a new slate of officers for the 2019-2021 term, finalized during the 2019 World Congress, “Crossroads to Sustainability,” hosted by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

In addition to Cosin’s appointment as President, Devesh Sharma has been named first vice president and Alejandro Javier Sturniolo has been named second vice president.

Cosín is currently the CEO of Almar Water Solutions. He is responsible for strategic management of Almar, whose main investor is Abdul Latif Jameel, a company whose aim is implementing and promoting its activity in the water sector. Before that, Cosín worked at Abengoa between 2005 and 2016, ending his career as Chairman and CEO of Abengoa Water, the water subsidiary of the group. Cosín also spent seven years (1997-2004) at Veolia Water Systems. Before this he held several high-level positions, most notably the ownership of a private company that developed and designed heat exchangers.

"As president of IDA, myself and the board will work internally to respond to the growing demands of our industry,” Cosin said. “In the next two years, we intend to increase IDA's reach, enabling the association to meet the needs of our members, affiliates, and the market at large."

Cosin has been an active member of the International Desalination Association Board of Directors since 2013. In 2018, he was elected No. 1 Top Water Leader among 50 Top Water Leaders.