International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage Commission Interationale des Irrigation et du Drainage


In addition to learning from past experiences, includingmistakes, what definitely is required under the increasing complexities of supply, demand and uncertainties, is a breed of professionals that approach the irrigation and drainage issueswith a more open mindset to accept the multi-dimensional aspects of the sector and are willing to undertake their activities in an inter-disciplinary context. With these long-term objectives in view, ICID had established a separate Working Group on Young Professionals Forum (WG-YPF) in 1993, which completed its mandated in 2015.

At the 65th International Executive Council (IEC) held at Gwangju, Korea, in September 2014, the Council approved establishing an ICID Young Professional’s e-Forum (IYPeF) with open membership. In order to throw open ICID platform to all the Young Professionals interested in agriculture water management issues, the e-Forum established as a new LinkedIn Group ( Click to join

IYPeF will not only acts as virtual meeting place but also a platform that would serve as a stepping stone into annual events of ICID that would provide opportunities to the budding professionals for interaction with the best professionals in irrigation and drainage sector, present papers, avail latest information and join technical working groups.

Sponsorship of YPs to ICID Events

(a) Depending upon the fund availability 10 YPs will be sponsored every year to ICID Annual events out of which 
5 YPs will be from nominations received from NCs, Coordinator, Joint Coordinator and the remaining three from 
IYPeF / Regional Groups; (b) ICID will cover expenses towards participation of these 10 YPs under YP scholarship to ICID annual events; (c) Sponsored YPs will be eligible for next sponsorship only after a cooling off period of 3 years in case they continue to contribute to ICID activities especially in strengthening their country’s NC, where these exists.For more details, please refer [ Concept Note ]

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Young Professional's Directory


Mandate: (i) Encourage and promote a high standard of professional development amongst the young professionals in the field of irrigation, drainage, and flood management; (ii) Provide an international platform for young irrigation and drainage professionals; (iii) Expose young professional to ICID's purpose, objectives, role and activities; (iv) Facilitate the wider dissemination of knowledge and information amongst the young professionals; and (v) Maintain and enhance links with national and international youth having interests in water related subjects or the activities, relevant to ICID objectives.
Established : 2016
Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Eng. Ms. Aya Mohammed Hassan Ali Elkholy Egypt Coordinator
2 Dr. (Ms.) Heidi Salo Finland Joint Coordinator
3 Dr. Ms. Eman Ragab Mohamed Nofal - Young Professional Egypt Immediate Past Coordinator
4 Mr. Hassan Farahani Iran Immediate Past Joint Coordinator










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