Holding a MSc in Hydraulic Engineer at Polytechnic of Bari and a PhD. in Irrigation Engineering at the Technical University of Lisbon, Mr Lamaddalena has been working for more than 20 years on agricultural engineering and water resources management, with a focus of design, performance analysis and management of large scale distribution systems, new delivery technologies with associate modelling development under water scarcity conditions, governance models of Water Users Associations. He served as University Professor at the Polytechnic of Bari (Italy) and provided consulting services to public and private sectors. Scientific and technical activities have been conjugated with the management of many water-related development projects in Southern Europe, North Africa and Near East, also in cooperation with International Research Centres and Universities. Author of over 80 publications in scientific journals and books, reviewer for several scientific journals, he is the author of the FAO Irrigation and Drainage paper n. 59. He joined CIHEAM Bari Institute in 1986 where is the Head of the L&W Dept since 2005.