Australian honour for IWA President Tom Mollenkopf

The International Water Association (IWA) president Tom Mollenkopf has been recognized in the Australia Day 2023 Honours List. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia by the Australian Government. Mollenkopf has been recognized for his “distinguished service to business, particularly through the essential services industry, and to the community”.

The IWA which is a network and an international global knowledge hub open to all water professionals and anyone committed to the future of water,  said the award underlines the significance of Mollenkopf’s contribution to the world of water and beyond.

Mollenkopf, who trained as a lawyer and holds an MBA, has been a substantive and well-regarded figure in the water sector for more than two decades. Prior to becoming IWA President, his roles have included being CEO of the Australian Water Association and of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, and he has worked extensively for WaterAid Australia, as well as having been IWA Deputy Executive Director from 2005-2007. He has also been a prominent figure in Australian surf lifesaving organizations.

On receiving the award, Mollenkopf commented: “Over more than 25 years, water – working and playing in it – has been a core part of my life. I feel very honoured then to be appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia. I’m grateful for the Award because, as much as it recognizes anything I have done, it celebrates all those who volunteer their time in lifesaving to give the community a safe aquatic environment. The award also highlights the critical role of all my colleagues and peers who work towards sustainable and equitable water management for the benefit of our communities and environment.”

The Order of Australia recognizes Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement. There are four levels of award, with individuals appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large.

Announcing this year’s awards, Australia’s Governor-General, Hon. David Hurley, said: “The recipients have had a significant impact at the local, national and international level and are, quite simply, inspiring.”