James Dalton is the Director ad interim of the IUCN Global Water Programme. He is the Coordinator of Global Initiatives for the IUCN Water Programme. He has worked on water resource management issues for the last twenty years. Prior to joining IUCN, James worked at the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) in Fiji where he was the Integrated Water Resource Management Adviser to Pacific Island governments. Prior to this he was a water management and development consultant for ITAD Water, based in the U.K. but working internationally. He spent years working for consecutive DFID Senior Water Advisers in London as a consultant adviser.
He holds a Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering focusing on groundwater management in the Aral Sea Basin. James has worked in over 25 countries worldwide, with extended periods working in the Pacific Islands, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the Middle East, East Africa, and Eastern Europe.