The REC Announces New Chairman and (acting) Executive Director

July 31, 2018

The REC is pleased to announce Mr. Massimo Cozzone as its new Chairman of its Board of Directors and Mr. Dejan Komatina as its new Executive Director (acting) as of 25th July, 2018. In his message to the REC staff, describing himself a “friend” of the REC for a long time, Chairman Cozzone stated that he continues to believe in the added value of the organization. He also asked staff to support to Mr. Komatina in his new position.

Chairman Mr. Cozzone earned a degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Rome in 1982 and has 10 years’ experience in the probabilistic safety analysis of nuclear and industrial installations. He was chair of the UNECE Water Convention between 2012 and 2015 and has over 15 years of experience in international cooperation and negotiation, having been a member of various working groups and task forces under the UNECE, OECD, UN, WHO and EU. He is currently working for the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea at the Directorate General for Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, European Union and International Affairs. He is team leader for cooperation with Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and Iran, and coordinator of the EU–Central Asia Platform for Environment and Water. He is national focal point for the pan-European Environment and Health Process and a member of the European Environment and Health Task Force.

Appointed acting Executive Director Mr. Komatina holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (with focus on environmental river engineering) and has over 28 years of national and international work experience in integrated water resources management and sustainable development of river basins – in science, education, engineering, and management. During his 18 years long university career, he has worked as a teacher and scientist at a number of universities (Belgrade, Delft, Hamburg, Banja Luka), as well as a manager (vice-dean of educational affairs at the University of Belgrade) and professional engineer. Subsequently, he has worked for more than 11 years as the first, and only, chief executive officer of the International Sava River Basin Commission since its establishment. Working at this position, he has gained experience in planning, coordination, direction and management of work of the international organization, including setting up of the organization, coordination of preparation and implementation of strategies, policies, work plans, work programmes and projects, fund-raising, education activities, capacity building, public participation and stakeholder involvement, networking and partnership building, etc. Diversity of his professional career has helped him develop a variety of skills, as well as the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, the practically oriented thinking, and the pragmatic approach to problem solving. He is married and has three children.