Dr. Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, Cert. Hon. – Director of the Water Authority-Cayman
Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, as Director of the Water Authority in the Cayman Islands, brings almost 37 years of experience in many different areas of the water and wastewater industry. For the last 20 years, she has been responsible charge the overall management of the Water Authority, a statutory corporation owned by the Cayman Islands Government, and oversees the development of water and wastewater infrastructure in the Cayman Islands. Dr. Frederick-van Genderen began her professional career as an Environmental Health Technologist with the Cayman Islands’ Department of Environmental Health where she worked for five years. She left to take up a position with Water Authority-Cayman as Operations Scientist were she was responsible for water quality control and staff training for the entire organisation. She was later promoted to Deputy Director and subsequently, Director of the Water Authority. Dr. Frederick-van Genderen’s broad experience includes practical hands-on water research, water quality control management, water resources regulation, human resources development, overseeing of major civil engineering contracts, and development of water and wastewater legislation. She received her Ph.D. in the use of bacteriophage hydraulic tracers in waste stabilisation ponds from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Surrey, U.K. She is a member of a number of water and wastewater associations regionally as well as internationally and participated in a WHO sponsored committee which developed guidelines related to desalination. She has served as a Vice President of the Cayman Islands Civil Service Credit Union and as a Councilor on the Cayman Islands Chamber Council.
Fun Fact – really likes frogs and loves to travel!