Shaping the future of hydropower

Ms. Karen Atkinson, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for South East Asia for SMEC/Surbana Jurong Group, has been elected to the board of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) in the East Asia and Pacific region. IHA is a non-profit membership association committed to the responsible and sustainable development and operation of hydropower.

Karen Atkinson

Ms. Karen Atkinson, the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for SEA for SMEC / Surbana Jurong Group.

Ms. Atkinson is a Civil Engineer who has been actively involved in the hydropower industry, based in the Asia Pacific region, for over 20 years. She has significant exposure to the wide variety of projects being developed, and the challenges faced, across South East Asia. Within SMEC, Ms. Atkinson is also part of a global network of hydropower specialists delivering iconic projects including Snowy 2.0 in Australia and the Ulu Jelai Hydroelectric Project in Malaysia.

“I’m passionate about the exciting future of hydropower as a core to the world’s renewable energy solutions and excited that IHA, as the leading industry body, is proactive in shaping conversations within the industry and with critical stakeholder groups who can advance hydropower development,” said Ms. Atkinson.

The new Board will begin its two-year mandate on 21 October 2021 and will help shape and guide IHA’s work at a crucial time in the clean energy transition. Read more

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