Francisco De Assis De Souza Filho is a graduate in Civil Engineering from Federal University of Ceará (1990). He has a Master of Hydraulic Engineering and Sanitation by the São Carlos School of Engineering of the University of São Paulo (1995) and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo (2006).
De Souza Filho is currently a professor in the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Federal University of Ceará, Research Associate at Columbia University in New York, and Director for Columbia Water Center (CWC), Brazil. From 1998 to 2007 he worked at Bulk Water Company (COGERH), participating in the implementation of this project as head of studies and projects department. De Souza Filho was a Professor at the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) and former President of Ceará Foundation of Meteorology and Water Resources (FUNCEME). He has also held a post as President of the Brazilian Water Resource Association from 2008-9.
While Technical Planning Secretary of the Ceará Water Resources he was responsible for the technical coordination of World Bank projects: PROURB, and Proágua Progerirh. He was a Member of the National Water Resources Council and chaired the Technical Board of the National Water Resources during the preparation of National Plan (2005-2006).
He has experience in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Water Resources, acting on the following themes: water allocation, water resource economics, water resource planning, climate, reservoir operation and water quality.