It is with very deep sadness that I inform you that David Duncan, founder and CEO of The water Diplomat passed away after a brief and serious illness on 11 January. David had lived in both the United States and Edinburgh, Scotland.
David’s experience in news gathering and journalism led him to establish The water Diplomat in 2006, to fill a “gap” in readily available, actionable information about issues on water. His efforts focused on regions of the world where reliable information is often hard to source. Data is targeted for decision-makers in the water community: governments, think tanks, multi-lateral institutions, public and private sector companies, international NGO’s, water associations, academics, youth groups.
The underlying ethos of the company is to expand the global discourse on all water issues: water security, quantity and quality, corporate risk, government policy, science and technology, transnational hydropolitics, and climate change.
David was an active advocate for water issues and his insight, persistence, curiosity and “nose” to report on the “unknown unknowns” informs all matters at The water Diplomat.
Publications, interviews, and panel discussions must be relevant and accessible not only for those who are engaged full time in resolving water issues but also for those professionals and non-professionals who are intellectually curious. Now, more than ever, it is imperative to continue the flow of the information from all parts of the world to all parts of the world.
David’s is a great loss to his family, the company and the wider water community. He will be greatly missed.
Kathleen Morris, Director of Operations