Charlotte de Fraiture

Professor of Water and Land Development, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands

Former Member of the WLE Steering Committee

c.defraiture (at)

Charlotte de Fraiture has over 20 years of international experience in the field of water management for agriculture. In January 2012, she joined UNESCO-IHE as professor of land and water development.

Charlotte worked for the International Water Management Institute from 1996 to 2011, based in Colombia, Sri Lanka, Ghana and Burkina Faso. She has been involved in several research projects related to watershed development, irrigation performance, irrigation management transfer and modeling of global water supply and demand, leading the development and application of the global water and food model.

She holds a PhD in civil engineering (specialization in water resources management) from the University of Colorado in Boulder, US, a MA in economics from the University of Colorado in Boulder, US, and a MSc in irrigation water engineering from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.