Richard A. Meganck, President is a part-time Professor of International Water Policy at Oregon State University and a senior advisor to the development of the UNESCO Category II center in Frutal, Brazil. He retired from the United Nations in 2009 after a career in international development spanning some 34 years. His most recent position was that of Rector of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education located in The Netherlands. Prior to joining UNESCO, he served in a number of senior posts in both the Organization of American States and the United Nations Environment Program.

He began his professional career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, followed by 4 years as an assistant professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Dr. Meganck and his family have lived in eight nations in the Americas, Asia and Europe and he has undertaken more than 350 technical and administrative missions to 111 countries throughout the world. Dr. Meganck has published more than 80 journal articles and five books. He holds BSc and MSc degrees from Michigan State University in Watershed Management and Resource Development Policy and a PhD from Oregon State University in Natural Resource Management.