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2021 IAH Council elections – voting open

Following the sad passing of Ralf Klingbeil and Devinder Kumar Chadha, we now have elections to fill their vacant posts on IAH Council. Voting is now open and all IAH members who have paid their subscriptions are entitled to vote.

IAH is run by a Council of 13 members who are directors of IAH, a charitable company registered in the UK. Council is elected every four years and the successful candidates will join the members who were elected in September 2021. You can find the details of other members of Council at

IAH’s Council members make important contributions to IAH and the international groundwater community. Council members have a vital role in developing IAH’s policies and plans, and in overseeing their implementation on behalf of all our members.

As Trustees of the Association, Council members have considerable responsibilites and must act with a duty of care. Those standing for election have signed a statement confirming they accept the duty and conduct required. As we come to the balloting stage we ask that you consider the responsibilities that the Council members must accept when reviewing the candidates and casting your votes.

Vacant posts

The Vice President, Programme and Science Coordination has responsibilities for commissions, networks and the promotion of science, internally and externally. The candidates are:

  • Shafick Adams
  • BS Chaudhary
  • Marco Petitta

The Regional Vice Presidents provide stewardship of IAH interests and coordination of national chapters in a particular region. The candidates for VP Asia are:

  • Dr Yongje Kim
  • Dr Dinesh Chandra Singhal
  • Dr Amarendra Kumar Sinha
  • Dr Han Zaisheng

You can find biographies and personal statements of all of the candidates here. We strongly encourage you to read the information about the candidates before you make your vote.

The voting process

The Association has contracted Mi-Voice, a reputable and well-established UK-based company, to help the IAH Secretariat to conduct the voting process. The Secretariat has provided Mi-Voice with details of the current membership, in secure formats, and will provide regular updates so that those who renew or join during the voting period will be able to vote. All members with current email addresses will receive instructions for on-line electronic voting, including access to the candidates’ biographies and personal statements. Members without email addresses will receive printed manual ballot papers, a brochure with the information about each candidate and instructions for returning their voting papers. With regard to canvassing, candidates have been advised that although not forbidden under current IAH Rules and may be helpful for some members, others may find this intrusive.

Voting commenced on 13 July and will close on Wednesday 25th August 2021 at 12.00 noon BST. The results will be declared at the Brazil congress at the end of August. All IAH members may vote for both the posts; this means that you are not restricted to voting only for the vice president of the region in which you live.

Voting online is a simple process. To cast your votes, you just click the button indicated on the website, which will automatically authenticate you with the voting site. There is additional information and also a Mi-Voice contact address on the website in case you need help with the voting process.

Members are strongly encouraged to use this opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote for these Council members, who will serve the Association until 2024.

Please vote now to help make a difference.

Questions or Comments?

Contact Ian Davey, Returning Officer, at

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