Benedito Braga es Secretario de Saneamiento y Recursos Hídricos del Estado de Sao Paulo y profesor de Ingeniería Civil y Ambiental de la Escuela Politécnica de la Universidad de Sao Paulo (USP), Brasil. Es Magister en Ingeniería Hidráulica de la USP, Magister en Hidrología y Doctor en Recursos Hídricos  de la Universidad de Stanford, EE.UU. Es autor de 25 libros y de más de 200 artículos científicos publicados en revistas y actas de simposios y congresos a nivel mundial.

Fue miembro del Comité del Programa Hidrológico Internacional de la UNESCO, Presidente del Consejo Intergubernamental del Programa Hidrológico Internacional UNESCO, formó parte de la Junta Directiva de la Agencia Nacional de Aguas de Brasil-ANA ,  y fue Presidente de la Asociación Internacional de Recursos Hídricos.

Fue galardonado con el Premio Gota de Cristal 2002 por la Asociación Internacional de Recursos Hídricos – IWRA, recibió el título de Miembro Honorario de la American Water Resources Association – AWRA, fue galardonado con el Premio Flavio Terra Barth de la Asociación de Recursos Hídricos de Brasil y con el Diplomado de Honor de la Sociedad Americana de Ingenieros Civiles.

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Benedito Braga is Secretary of State for Sanitation and Water Resources for the state of Sao Paulo and professor (on leave of absence) of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Escola Politecnica of University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil. 

Prof. Braga graduated from Escola Politecnica of University of Sao Paulo in 1972. He holds a M.Sc. in Hydraulic Engineering from USP (1975), a M.Sc. in Hydrology (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) in water resources from Stanford University, USA and he is a Honorary Diplomate of of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

Prof. Braga was elected to his first three-year mandate as President of the World Water Council in November 2012 and was reelected for a second term in November 2015. Before this, from 2006 to 2012, he served as Vice-President of the World Water Council and chaired the International Steering Committee (ISC) of the 6th and 7th editions of the World Water Forum in Marseille (France) and Daegu-Gyeongbuk (Korea). 

He was a member of UNESCO – International Hydrologic Program committee that designed its phase V (1995 – 2000). At UNESCO, he was elected President of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrologic Program (2008-2009). He served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy and Sanitation of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2010 and was a member of the Gulbenkian Think Tank for the future of water and humankind based in Lisbon, Portugal (2010 – 2012).He served on the Board of Directors of the Brazilian National Water Agency – ANA from 2001-2009. He was President of the International Water Resources Association (1998-2000).

He is the recipient of the 2002 Crystal Drop Award, given by the International Water Resources Association – IWRA in recognition for his lifetime achievements in the area of water resources management.