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


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 to engage the Young Professionals interested in agriculture water management issues in the ICID platform. The e-Forum is available at LinkedIn Group ( Click to join

The e-Forum is an open online membership consisting of more than 500 members to encourage and promote a high standard of professional development amongst the young professionals and network with the national and international youth having interest in water-related subjects or the activities, relevant to ICID objectives. IYPeF acts not only as a virtual meeting place but also a platform that serving as a stepping stone to ICID annual events and provides opportunities to the budding professionals for interaction with the best professionals in irrigation and drainage sector, present papers, avail the latest information and join various technical working groups. 

The IYPeF is composed of one coordinator and five joint-coordinators, including Mrs. Kathleen Murray (Australia), Mr. Amali Abraham Amali (Nigeria), Ms. Sahar Norouzi (Iran), Ms. Adey N. Mersha (Ethiopia), Ms. Eman Ragab (Egypt) and Mr. Shoaib M. Saboory (Afghanistan).To encourage and intensify the active participation of Young Professionals in ICID activities in the domain of irrigation, drainage and flood management, IYPeF is organizing a series of e-discussions and webinars as per their

In addition to learning from past experiences, including mistakes, what definitely is required under the increasing complexities of supply, demand and uncertainties, is a breed of professionals that approach the irrigation and drainage issues with a more open mindset to accept the multi-dimensional aspects of the sector and are willing to undertake their activities in an interdisciplinary 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 mandate in 2015. IYPeF held its third physical meeting during the 69th IEC Meeting, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, August 2018.

Established in 2016,  the mandate for the ICID YOUNG PROFESSIONAL'S e-FORUM (IYPeF) is given below:

  • Encourage and promote a high standard of professional development amongst young professionals in the field of irrigation, drainage, and flood management,
  • Provide an international platform for young irrigation and drainage professionals,
  • Expose young professional to ICID's purpose, objectives, role and activities,
  • Facilitate the wider dissemination of knowledge and information amongst the young professionals,
  • Maintain and enhance links with national and international youth having interests in water-related subjects or the activities, relevant to ICID objectives.

MembershipOpen online membership, consists of more than 500 members.


Sl. No.

Name / Coordinator Country Membership


Ms. Kathleen Murray   Australia Coordinator (2016)


Ms. Adey N. Mersha  Ethiopia  Joint Co-ordinator
3 Mr. Rafat Nael Al-Intaki  Iraq Joint Co-ordinator
4 Mr. Mika Turunen  Finland  Joint Co-ordinator
5 Ms. Eman Ragab Egypt Joint Co-ordinator


Mr. M. Shoaib Saboory Afghanistan Joint Co-ordinator

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e-Discussions Scheduled for 70th International Executive Council Meeting
1-7 September 2019, Bali, Indonesia

# e-Discussion Topics
1 Non-conventional Water Use/re-use in IrrigationMentor: VPH Dr. Ragab Ragab, Principal Research Scientist at Ecology and Hydrology, UK; Co-ordinator: Dr. Eman R. Nofal, National Water Research Center (NWRC), Egypt (15-31 January 2019) – Background Note
2 Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems: Exploring Opportunities and ThreatsMentor: Petra Schmitter – Research Group Leader - Agriculture Water Management, IWMI; Co-ordinator: Amali Abraham Amali – Graduate Student, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), University of Applied Sciences, TH-Köln Germany (15 February - 2 March 2019) – Background Note
3 Soil Conditions to Ensure Sustainable Agriculture and Coping with Climate Change, Mentor: Dr. Abdul Walid Salek, Professor at Kabul University of Afghanistan and Co-ordinators Mr. Shoaib Saboory, Water Resources Consultant, World Bank, Mrs. Kathleen Murray, Extension Agronomist at Verterra Ecological Engineering (15 - 31 March 2019) –Background Note
4 Flood Management in Agriculture (15-30 April 2019); Mentor: Vice President ICID Dr. Kamran Emami (Chairman WG-CAFM); Co-ordinator: Ms. Sahar Norouzi, River Engineering Expert in Iran Water Resource Management Company (Ministry of Energy) and Executive Secretary of IRNCID – Background Note
5 Cost-effectiveness of Agricultural Field Drainage (15-31 May 2019), Mentor: Dr. Tena Alamirew Agumassie, Deputy Director and Head of Knowledge Generation Division, Water and Land Resources Center, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Co-ordinators: Mrs. Adey Nigatu Mersha – PhD Researcher, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands, and Mrs. Kathleen Murray – Project Manager, Growcom, Australia –Background Note

Based on the active participation in and rich contribution to the e-Discussions, Young Professionals will be selected for Scholarship to join us at Bali representing Young Professionals.

Concluded e-Discussions 2018

# e-Discussion Topics

The Use of Groundwater for Sustainable Agriculture, Coordinator: Ms. Eman Ragab (15 January 2018) – Background Note

2 On-farm efficiency for small scale farming, CoordinatorMr. Rafat Nael (15 February 2018) – Background Note
3 Policy Options for Enhancing Food Security, Coordinator: Ms. Adey Mersha (15 March 2018) – Background Note
4 Climate Change Impacts on Irrigation & Drainage, Coordinator: Mr. M. Shoaib Saboory (15 April 2018) – Background Note
5 Farmer-led Innovation for water efficiency, shared global success stories, Coordinator: Ms. Kathleen Heuvel (15-31 May 2018) - Background Note

Concluded e-Discussions 2017

# e-Discussion Topics
1 Water-Food-Energy Nexus in a Changing World (6 April 2017) - Background Note for e-Discussion [Coordinator: Ms. Adey Marsha]
2 Gendered Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture (16 May to 3 June 2017) – Background Note for e-Discussion[Coordinator: Ms. Jakia Akter]
3 Opportunities and Challenges of Drainage Development (9-30 June 2017) – Background Note for e-Discussion[Coordinator: Dr. Mika Turunen]
4 On-farm efficiency for small scale farming (1st week of July 2017) – Background Note for e-Discussion [Coordinator: Mr. Rafat Nael]
5 Role of irrigation in food security (1st week of August 2017) – Background Note for e-Discussion [Coordinator: Ms. Kathleen Heuvel]
6 Discussion on Education in Irrigation and Drainage Sector, 15 July to 7 August 2016 - Background Note
7 Discussion on Role of Women in Irrigation and Drainage Sector, 15 July to 7 August 2016 - Background Note
8 Discussion on Role of New Technologies for Irrigation and Drainage, 17 August to 2 September 2016 - Background Note
9 Sustainable Development of Tidal Areas,12-31 August 2016 - Background Note

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