Feb 03, 2009

Toray Membrane USA Welcomes Vice President of Business Development

Emilio Gabbrielli joins Toray with more than thirty years of water experience

Toray Membrane USA has announced the addition of Emilio Gabbrielli as vice president of business development.

Gabbrielli has more than thirty years of water desalination and reuse experience. After first being involved in a solar desalination plant in Peru in 1975, he developed a career in water desalination. He started with multistage flash evaporators by Weir Westgath and Italimpianti in Africa and the Middle East. He got involved with membrane plants in Australia with Permutit-Boby, and later Thames Water Asia Pacific. Here he played a key role in the design, construction and operation of many of the first RO plants in Australia and in particular in the zero-discharge schemes in coal-fired power stations such as Bayswater in NSW.

In 1995 he moved to Thames Water Headquarters in the UK as business director for Spain then the Americas and 1998 he moved to Brazil as managing director of Thames Water do Brazil. Between 2003 and 2008, he has served as the executive secretary of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the worldwide network committed to promoting sustainable water resources management with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden.

He is now enthusiastically rejoining the desalination community. Gabbrielli has always remained very active in the International Desalination Association, of which he has been serving as a director for many years and once vice president.