Daniel Zimmer has a background in Agricultural Engineering and in Hydrology. He graduated from the French “Institut National d’Agronomie”, today AgroParisTech, in Paris and completed a PhD in Hydrology at Paris VI, Pierre and Marie Curie University. He spent the first 15 years of his career at Cemagref, the French Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Research Centre (today IRSTEA). He started there as a researcher and became successively Head of a Research Unit dealing with water and waste management and Deputy Head of the Department on Water and Environmental Engineering. He also gained there a large international experience through projects and consultancy activities.
D. Zimmer became then for 8 years the Director of the World Water Council, a global umbrella organisation for all sectors and actors of the water community. He contributed to the development of this institution and to its flagship event, the World Water Forum that involves all water stakeholders, from water practitioners to Heads of State. He also organised Ministerial conferences and conducted important global projects in particular on financial issues, disaster prevention and climate change impacts on water.