Don’s experience in water and natural resources management spans nearly 40 years. He was the Chief Executive of the Murray Darling Basin Commission for 15 years until he retired in March 2004. He was Deputy Chair of Land and Water Australia for 9 years during the 1990s and has worked with a range of research funding and provider groups over the years. He was a Commissioner on the World Commission on Dams, an independent group established by over 50 international agencies and companies to review the development effectiveness of large dams for which a report was presented to the international community represented by Nelson Mandela. In 2004, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the environment. Dr Blackmore has provided advice to the World Bank regarding the management of large river basins and has recently worked on the Eastern Nile, Indus, Mekong and Brahamaputra Rivers. He currently chairs both the CRC for EWater and the Advisory Council for the CSIRO Flagship Program ‘Water for a Healthy Country’ and sits on a number of other boards.