Harsha Ratnaweera serves as a Professor of water and wastewater technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway, since 2012 (part timer since 2001). He received an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Kiev Polytechnical Institute (1987, KPI) and a Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1992, NTNU). Prior to the position at the university, he worked for 20 years at NIVA-Norwegian Institute for Water Research, where he worked as the Director of International Projects and initiated NIVA’s innovation and commercialization. He is a specialist on conventional water and wastewater treatment, especially focusing on coagulation of water and wastewater. His special interests include process control and optimising of treatment processes and water resources management. He has led several international projects and a worked in many countries in Asia, Africa, North and South Americas, and Europe. He has worked in several projects in China and as a Visiting Professor at the Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, China. Ratnaweera was born in Sri Lanka, studied first in Ukraine, and has been living in Norway since 1987. He is fluent in English, Norwegian, and Russian. He served as a Member of the Norwegian National Commission of UNESCO (from 2004 to 2012) and President of Norwegian Forum for Technology and Development. He acts as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Norwegian Polytechnic Society, the Nile Basin Research Program, and the Norwegian Water Research Program.
Biography Updated on 31 July 2013