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UNESCO-IHE in Delft employs a total of 194 staff members of which 51 percent are academic staff. The Institute also has at its disposal a pool of more than 350 national and international guest lecturers from government agencies, partner universities and research institutes.

  • 194staff
  • 350guest lecturers
  • 3academic departments
  • 13chair groups

Governing Board

The Governing Board comprises members elected by the Intergovernmental Council of The International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO as well as representatives of government ministries, international organizations, universities and the private sector, all appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The Governing Board is responsible for the programme and activities of UNESCO-IHE and ensures that these contribute to the broader UNESCO policies and strategies established by the General Conference.


Representatives of the Director General

IHE Delft Foundation Board

The IHE Delft Foundation Board provides the buildings and facilities that UNESCO-IHE needs to implement its programmes, and employs most of the staff that is seconded to UNESCO-IHE. This Board is responsible for safeguarding the continuity of the Institute’s operations by providing the resources. 

Members (alphabetical order):

  • Dirk Jan van den Berg, the Netherlands, Chair a.i.
  • Louis de Quelerij, the Netherlands
  • Koos Richelle, the Netherlands


The Institute is led by the Rectorate, which consists of the Rector, the Vice Rector Academic and Student Affairs, and the Business Director.

Academic Departments

UNESCO-IHE has three Academic Departments with academic staff responsible for education, training and research programmes. These are the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology, Water Science and Engineering, and Integrated Water Systems and Governance departments. For more information, go to the academic departments page

Each Academic Department is composed of Chair Groups, each of which is formed around a particular discipline or specialisation. For more information, go to the Chair Groups page.

Process Management Units

The work of the Academic Departments is supported by the Institute's Process Management Units. These include Central Services, the Education Bureau, Finance, Human Resource Management, IT, and the Office of the Rector.

Central Services

The activities of Central Services focus on student and PhD services and facilitation (events, front desk, facilities, student and participant stay and housing, reproduction and documentation), procurement (for example travel and stay, excursions, catering) and operation and maintenance of the Institute facilities.

Education Bureau

The Education Bureau is the focal point for organising the educational programmes and the coordination of the processes of innovation in education and quality management. The bureau is responsible for education planning, coordination and administration. It provides guidance in change processes such as for more flexible programmes, involvement of partner organisations, credit transfer, etc.


Finance prepares annual and periodic financial reports and analyses, and the annual budget. It also maintains internal control over financial transactions and resources, expenditures for budgetary accounts, the receipt and disbursement of funds, and provides centralized accounts receivable processing and control. The department coordinates and controls purchasing functions.

Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management is responsible for the development and implementation of the Institute’s policy on human resources and organizational development. It supports and advises all departments and the Director on the various issues within the integrated personnel management. P&O is also responsible for the personnel and salary administration and provides information on (internal) rules and regulations.


IT is responsible for all IT related facilities and activities at UNESCO-IHE.

Office of the Rector

The Office of the Rector consists of the Liaison Office and Communication Office. It is responsible for public relations, communications and marketing, including events coordination. It is also the focal point for project acquisition, providing support and advice to the academic departments in their acquisition and project implementation activities.