Meet our new Director: Elisabeth Lictevout


On the 1st of January 2022, Elisabeth Lictevout joined the IGRAC team as Director. Elisabeth brings to the table 26 years of worldwide experience as a consultant, project manager, researcher and R&D Center director. She has worked in Europe, South-East Asia, Middle-East, North Africa and Latin-American and did this in different sectors (private, public, and academic) and diverse fields of intervention (humanitarian and Development sector, Research and Development). Time to sit down for a brief interview to get to know the new leader of the IGRAC team.

What is your academic background?

“I am a Hydrogeologist with a PhD in Water Sciences from the University of Montpellier, France, and a Master's Degree in Sustainable Management and Protection of Water Resources from the University of Braunschweig, Germany.”

What is your work experience?

“I have 26 years of worldwide experience as a consultant, project manager, researcher and R&D Center director, in diverse geographic regions, different sectors, and diverse fields of intervention. 

From 1994 to 1998, I have worked at a consultancy firm in France, before moving to Action Against Hunger. There, I worked seven years as WASH Headquarter Coordinator and Field Project Manager in Latin America and Southeast Asia. From 2005 to 2008, I have been active as Regional WASH Expert for the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, before becoming Director of the CIDERH (water resources research and development centre) in the North of Chile. 

In 2016, I joined the Joint Monitoring Program (UNICEF/WHO) as Water Quality Consultant. In addition, I also worked as Associate Professor of the Faculty of Forestry Sciences of the Universidad de Concepción in Chile, in 2016 and 2017. My most recent position was as Co-founder and Director of Carpe Science, where I worked from 2018 until my appointment as IGRAC Director at the start of this year.“

Why did you apply at IGRAC?

“Because I fully identify myself with IGRAC mission: it represents all what I have been seeking for in my professional life.”

What do you expect from your time at IGRAC?

“To enjoy the challenging position of managing successfully a global center, with a wonderful professional team and excellent partners. I strive to further push IGRAC and groundwater forward, fulfilling outstandingly IGRAC mission.”