Nilaksh Kothari (pictured at left) , a past president of AWWA and member of AWWA’s International Council, was recognized as one of the 51 Most Impactful Leaders in Water & Water Management by a panel of experts. He is CEO and General Manager at Manitowoc Public Utilities in Wisconsin. His award was accepted in his absence by Shirish Kardile, former chair of AWWAIndia’s Strategic Board and international member of AWWA. Kardile, a consulting engineer in India, also presented a technical session describing the history of safe drinking water in the United States starting from 1881, when AWWA was established, and India’s current efforts to improve drinking water quality and sanitation. (Pictured at right, Shirish Kardile accepting award for Kothari from Sally Lee, mayor of Sorsogon, Philippines) This was the eighth edition of the World Water Leadership Congress, organized by the World Corporate Social Responsibility Congress, to bring together international leaders and celebrate building a better society and world. AWWA opened AWWAIndia in Mumbai in 2015 to support the preservation, management and distribution of clean water throughout the country, and to leverage AWWA’s deep experience in water management to improve public health, protect the environment and strengthen the Indian economy. AWWAIndia is AWWA’s first international community outside of North America.