The Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI, is an independent, not-for-profit foundation, which seeks to strengthen the governance of fresh water globally, regionally, nationally, and locally. It is governed by a board combining experience from the public and private sector.

The origins of SIWI date back to 1991, when the City of Stockholm organized a public water festival. As part of the festivities a scientific symposium was held which has over the years evolved into what we today know as World Water Week. The Stockholm Water Prize was also instituted to award water-related achievements. The Stockholm Water Foundation (SWF) was formed to govern the Stockholm Water Prize and there is also a Foundation for the Benefit of SWF and World Water Week.

Growing out of these institutions, the Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI, was founded in 1997 and has since gradually expanded. Today, SIWI is active all over the world in several water-related fields. It is based in Stockholm, Sweden and headed by the Executive Management Team, led by an Executive Director, who is reporting to the board. The organization consists of several departments, led by department directors, who together form the Senior Management Team.

Our team

The Stockholm Water Foundation (SWF) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) Board are elected annually and has ten board members, plus two co-opted members.

* (M) =  Moderate Party
* (L) = Liberal Party
* (KD) = Christian Democrats
* (S) =  Social Democrats
* (MP) = Green Party
* (V) = Left Party

Daily operations at SIWI are led by the Executive Director, who reports to the Board. Torgny Holmgren has been SIWI’s Executive Director since 2012.

SIWI staff members come from more than 15 countries, with a wide diversity of backgrounds. Each of us provides deep expertise on water management, environmental science, strategy or technical support.

Meet our team