Dejan Komatina holds a PhD in civil engineering, with a focus on environmental river engineering. He has 28 years of national and international experience in integrated water resources management and sustainable development of river basins in the fields of science, education, engineering and management. He began his career as a teacher and/or scientist at the universities of Belgrade, Delft, Hamburg and Banja Luka. He subsequently became the first CEO of the International Sava River Basin Commission, a post he held for over 11 years, being responsible for planning, coordination, direction and management of work of the organization in the areas of water management, environment protection, climate change, sustainable waterway transport and river tourism. He joined the REC in April 2017, to coordinate the implementation of the organization’s programmes and projects in a wide range of environment-related fields.