General Information

Jerson Kelman is a Brazilian engineer, born in 1948, married since 1970, two children and five grandchildren. He graduated as Civil Engineer in 1971, got his M.Sc. on Hydraulics in 1973, both from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and received his Ph.D. on Hydrology and Water Resources from Colorado State University in 1976.

Since then he has been professor of water resources at COPPE - the Engineering Graduate School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ. In this capacity, he served in 65 committees of graduate work for M.Sc. and Ph.D. candidates (26 of them as advisor). He was also president of ABRH, the Brazilian Water Resources Association.

Kelman chaired the task force appointed by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso to investigate and explain the electric energy rationing of 2001. He is the author of two books, "Floods and Hydroelectric Power Plants" (1983) and "Challenges of the Regulator" (2009), 35 book chapters, 26 book prefaces, 121 scientific or technical papers and 217 articles published by the most influential Brazilian newspapers.

In his long career, he has had several executive jobs:

  • CEO of SABESP, the water utility of Sao Paulo State serving 28 million people (2015-2018).
  • CEO of ENERSUL, the power company of Mato Grosso do Sul State, serving 2 million people (2013-2014).
  • CEO of LIGHT, the power company of Rio de Janeiro State, serving 4.5 million people (2010-2012).
  • Partner of BR-Investments (2009).
  • President of ANEEL, the Brazilian Electric Energy Agency (2005-2008).
  • President of ANA, the Brazilian Water Agency (2001-2004).
  • Senior Assistant of the Brazilian Minister of the Environment (1999-2000).
  • Senior consultant of the World Bank for water resources loans and technical assistance (1997-1998).
  • CTO of SERLA, the Rivers and Lakes Authority of Rio de Janeiro State (1991-1996).
  • Visiting engineer at Pacific Gas and Electric – PG&E (1987)
  • Senior researcher of CEPEL, the Electric Energy Research Center (1976-1990).

Kelman is or has been member of several boards:

  • ENEVA, a thermal power generation company. 
  • SABESP, the water utility of Sao Paulo State.
  • ONS, the Brazilian Electricity System Operator.
  • ELETROPAULO, the electricity utility of Metropolitan Sao Paulo.
  • FEBRABAN (Advisory Board), the Federation of Brazilian Banks.
  • IGUÁ, a private water utility.
  • EVOLTZ, a Eletric Power Transmission.
  • COSESP, the insurance company of the Sao Paulo State Government.
  • ABDIB, the Brazilian Association for Infrastructure.
  • FBDS, the Brazilian Sustainable Development Foundation.
  • ABENGOA (International Advisory Board), Spain.
  • UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, Netherlands.
  • CNPE, Brazilian Council of Energy.
  • CMSE, the Brazilian Electricity System Monitoring Committee.
  • CONAMA, Brazilian Council of Environment.
  • CNRH, Brazilian Council of Water Resources.
  • FIESP (the Infrastructure Committee), the São Paulo Industry Federation.
  • FIRJAN (the Energy Committee), the Rio de Janeiro Industry Federation.
  • WORLD BANK (the Advisory Council of the Global Water Practice).
  • GWP (Task force on water security of the Global Water Partnership).
  • SWW (Scientific Committee of the Stockholm World Water Week).

He is fellow or received awards from the following professional or merit organizations:

  • King Hassan II Great World Water Prize (World Water Council).
  • Order of Rio Branco (Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry).
  • Order of Scientific Merit (Brazilian Sciences Ministry).
  • ABRH (Brazilian Association of Water Resources, Flavio Terra Barth Prize).
  • ANE, Brazilian Engineering Academy.
  • UFRJ, Engineering Alumni Award by choice of former students of the Polytechnic School.
  • CSU, Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award of Colorado State University.
  • Ceara Water Council, Francisco Gonçalves Aguiar Award.
  • Brazilian House of Deputies
  • Minas Gerais State House of Deputies
  • Felow of International Water Resources Association - IWRA