TIANJIN, China — Dr. Abdullah Al-Alshaikh, deputy governor for planning and development of Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) in Saudi Arabia, has been named president of the International Desalination Association (IDA) for the 2013-2015 term, according to a press release.

Emilio Gabbrielli, vice president of business development of Toray Membrane, has been named first vice president and Miguel Angel Sanz, director of development and innovation of Degrémont, has been named second vice president, the release reported.

Al-Alshaikh has more than 25 years of experience in the municipal water industry, noted the release.

He has been a member of the IDA board of directors since 2009, the release reported, and has served as chairman of the IDA R&D Committee since that time.

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