Harsha Ratnaweera is a professor on Water and Wastewater Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (www.umb.no) since 2012 (part-time since 2001). He has a MSc in Chemical Engineering from Kiev Polytechnical Institute (1987, KPI) and a PhD 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 commercialisation of R&D results. He is a specialist on conventional water and wastewater treatment, especially focusing on coagulation of water and wastewater. His special interests are 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 also a visiting professor at the Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, China. Ratnaweera was born in Sri Lanka, studied first in Ukraine and living in Norway since 1987. He is fluent in English, Norwegian and Russian. He was a member of the Norwegian National Commission of UNESCO (2004-2012), President of Norwegian Forum for Technology and Development (http://www.tekna.no/ftu). He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Norwegian Polytechnic Society (http://www.polyteknisk.no/), the Nile Basin Research program (http://www.uib.no/rg/nbrp) and the Norwegian Water Research program (www.VAnnforsk.no).
Biography Updated on 13 May 2013