Helen Locher, Lead Assessor
Helen has a long history of contribution to advancing hydropower sustainability at both a local and global scale, including through a leading role in development and implementation of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol since 2003. Helen led assessments on early Protocol versions, initiated and led development of the Sustainable Hydropower Website (www.sustainablehydropower.org), coordinated the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum (2008-2010), developed training materials for the 2010 Protocol, and most recently has authored the IHA’s Good International Industry Practice guidelines. During her career, Helen has participated in and led Protocol assessments in Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, China, Colombia, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and Vietnam. Helen holds a B.Sc. (Earth Science), an M.Env.Sc. (Environmental Science), and a PhD (Civil Engineering, focused on hydropower interactions with riverine mining wastes and sediment transport). Helen initiated and led numerous award-winning social and environmental programs for Hydro Tasmania between 1997-2015, and since 2015 as an independent consultant has delivered hydropower-related contracts for institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Mekong River Commission, International Hydropower Association, and major energy businesses. Helen has served for nine years on Tasmanian government boards relating to resource planning and development and environmental protection, and is presently on the board of directors for TasWater. In 2015 she was honored with the IHA’s Mosonyi Award for excellence in hydropower, recognizing her globally significant contributions to advancing sustainable hydropower.