News | January 30, 2018

International Desalination Association Presents Lifetime Achievement Award To Dr. Adil Bushnak


Recognizes Dr. Bushnak’s Exceptional Contributions in Desalination and Water Reuse

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Adil Bushnak of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in recognition of his great contributions in the fields of desalination and water reuse.

Dr. Bushnak is the CEO of Bushnak Group, a leading investment group in desalination and water reuse. He holds BS and MS degrees from University of California (Berkeley) and a PhD from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Dr. Bushnak started his career in 1972 as a lecturer at the College of Engineering of King Saud University. With his brothers Zuhdi and Faisal, he co-founded several technology and engineering companies, most of them in water-related activities.

Dr. Bushnak has over 35 years of experience in education, applied research, consulting, entrepreneurship and public service. He has been appointed by the Saudi government to several top policy councils on both the national and regional levels. He co-founded several national initiatives, philanthropic foundations and NGOs. He has active interests and investments in education and technology of water, saline agriculture and renewable energy.

Bushnak Group is a co-founder of several technology and investment companies in Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Indonesia, Bahrain, Bosnia, India and Yemen.

Dr. Bushnak was an active participant in establishing IDA. He repeatedly served on IDA’s Board of Directors and was President of IDA from 1987-89.

Conferred during IDA’s World Congress in São Paulo, Brazil, the IDA Lifetime Achievement Award is one of IDA’s highest honors. It is presented to those individuals who have dedicated their lives to desalination and water reuse, sharing their deep knowledge and exemplary leadership with the industry. Previous IDA Lifetime Achievement Award winners are Dr. James Birkett (2013 and 2003), Dr. Masaru Kurihara (2011), Dr. Miriam Balaban (2009), Dr. Totaro Goto (2009), and Leon Awerbuch (2007).

About IDA
The International Desalination Association is a non-profit association that serves more than 2,600 core members in 60 countries and reaches an additional 4,000 affiliate members. Its membership comprises scientists, end-users, engineers, consultants and researchers from governments, corporations and academia. IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). For more information, visit

SOURCE: International Desalination Association (IDA)