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 30 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 100 publications in scientific journals and books, reviewer for several scientific journals, he is the author, among others, of the FAO Irrigation and Drainage paper n. 59. Vice-President of the International Section Board on Land and Water - CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering). Chairman of the Task Team for the preparation of the Policy workshop on “Water for Food Security and Nutrition” (FAO-CFS) and Special Rapporteur at Policy workshop on “Water for Food Security and Nutrition” - FAO-CFS 42. He joined CIHEAM Bari Institute in 1986 where was the Head of the Land & Water Dept. from 2005 to 2019. He is currently Deputy Director of CIHEAM Bari Institute.