Irena Creed holds an MSc in Botany and Environmental Sciences, and a PhD in Geography from University of Toronto. Dr Creed is the Executive Director of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, and Adjunct Professor at Western University, ON, Canada, where she served as Canada Research Chair in Watershed Sciences for 10 years. Dr Creed has gained an international reputation for creatively combining theory and practice to improve understanding of the links between hydrological and biogeochemical processes and their ecological consequences in freshwaters, particularly for communities-at-risk. She combines advanced techniques to develop a predictive understanding of global change effects on ecosystem hydrological and biogeochemical processes and their ecological endpoints. Approaches include satellite and ground-based measurements, field and laboratory experiments and statistical and mathematical models. Dr Creed provides expert advice to provincial and federal governments to inform policies on ecosystem services. She carried out environmental research across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, including studies of the future of the Laurentian Great Lakes and the Saskatchewan River Basin. At UNU-INWEH, Dr Creed provides input to water security and nexus project.