Wolfgang Podewils studied civil engineering at the RWTH Aachen University (Germany) with a focus on urban water management. With the degree of “Diplom-Ingenieur” he started his professional career in 1979 at Tuttahs & Meyer Consulting Engineers, Aachen. In 1992 he joined the RWE Group as Senior Consultant and Head of Department at the subsidiary DAR - Deutsche Abwasserreinigungs-Gesellschaft mbH (German Environmental Consultants), Essen. Since 2001, he has taken on various tasks for different group companies and last worked as coordinator for water research and development. After retirement at the end of September 2020, he runs his own consulting company in the water business.