H2bid congratulates the persons below for their leadership in the world’s water and wastewater utilities.

June 2017


HE Dr. Hazim El Naser earned his Post-Doctorate studies in Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis from Harvard University-USA in 1996. PhD from the Technical University of Munich and Wüerzburg-Germany in Groundwater Resources in 1991. MSc in Hydrology from the University of Jordan-Jordan in 1987 and BSc Hydrology from the University of Jordan-Jordan in in 1985.

HE worked in developing the long term vision of Jordan’s Water and Agriculture Sectors and associated policies. HE worked on developing the long term vision of Iraq Water and Sanitation Sector and paved the road for the implementation of the strategic projects for Jordan and Iraq.

HE published more than 55 scientific papers in the field of water, sanitation , irrigated agriculture and environment, and a BOOK on “Management of Scarce Water Resources in the ME (2009), WTI Press, UK.

Since his assignment as the Minister of water and Irrigation for the second time in March 2013, HE has initiated strategic regional water projects like the Red-Dead Water Conveyance project and the Wadi Arab Water Supply Projects in addition to national large scale supply water projects like the Shiedieyh-Hasa water conveyance project and witnessed the full operation of the Disi water conveyance project which is supplying the most water stressed governorates of Jordan.

HE also initiated a bundle of fast track projects to absorb the shock of the Syrian refugees which resulted in a sudden rise of water demand in the country.
HE played a key role in the sector reform and amendments to the Water Authority laws and legislations for water resource protection and control of illegal violations on water infrastructure which resulted in controlled abstraction of the precious groundwater resources

March 2017


Lee Addams has been engaged in water resources challenges throughout his career, especially focusing on solutions enabled by the private sector and the link between economic development and water. He co-founded Good Earth Irrigation (GEI), a startup that boosts crop yields and resiliency by investing in efficient irrigation systems on behalf of absentee landowners. GEI uses data analytics to identify sustainable irrigation opportunities to increase land productivity, and mobilizes third party equity to overcome historic barriers to investment.

Addams previously was senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Valmont Industries, a global company manufacturing irrigation systems and other infrastructural support products, as well as providing irrigation technology. Addams also served on McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice. Earlier, Addams held positions at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Exxon Exploration Corp. and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

He is on the board of directors for iDE and the Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers. He holds a doctorate in earth and environmental sciences from Stanford University, specializing in hydrology and water resources, and a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from Brigham Young University.
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January 2017

 Felicia Marcus Chair, State Water Resources Control Board for the State of California

Felicia Marcus
State Water Resources Control
Board for the State of California

Felicia Marcus is the California State Water Resources Control Board (Board) Chair, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. The Board implements both federal and state laws regarding drinking water and water quality, and it implements the state’s water rights laws. Before her appointment to the Water Board, Marcus served in positions in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector. In government, Felicia served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX in the Clinton Administration where she was known for her work in bringing unlikely allies together for environmental progress on a wide range of issues including urban, agricultural, multi-state, tribal, and US-Mexico border issues. Prior to that, Felicia headed Los Angeles’ Department of Public Works at a time when the City went from garnering lawsuits to garnering national awards for environmental excellence. In the non-profit world, she was the Western Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and was the Executive VP/COO of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national non-profit devoted to conserving land for people. She also was a private and non-profit sector attorney in Los Angeles. She currently serves or has served in the past on many non-profit boards and Advisory Councils including the Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Leadership Council, Sustainable Conservation, USC-Kesten Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, and the Center for Diversity and the Environment. She is also currently an Obama Administration appointee to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (US, Mexico, Canada) and was a Schwarzenegger Administration appointee to the Delta Stewardship Council prior to being appointed to the Water Board.
December 2016


Nina Joshi was named as President and Chief Executive Officer of UES, Inc. in May of 2008. In her role as CEO, Dr. Joshi continues to maintain UES’ current core competencies in material science while expanding into the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology. She places a special emphasis on the development and commercialization of UES’ high-tech products; and under her short tenure as CEO, UES’ revenue has doubled.

Dr. Joshi received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University. As a genetic toxicologist she has conducted research in the monitoring of toxins in the environment and as biomarkers of human health. Her most recent scientific research focused on the development of biomarkers for pre-neoplastic esophageal cancers.

In addition to her role as CEO, Dr. Joshi currently serves on the Wright State University Board of Trustees and the Water Technology Innovation Cluster Board of Directors. A native of Dayton, Dr. Joshi currently resides in Beavercreek with her husband and two children.

October 2016
Anne de Pazzis is currently the global head of all BOT activities for SUEZ. Her responsibilities include managing and developing the investment portfolio of BOT projects in the water & waste recovery sectors. She serves on the board of directors of several investment joint venture companies.
Anne has held a number of senior management positions since joining SUEZ in 1999, including within the Strategy Department and as Chief of Staff to the COO in charge of waste recovery activities. She has in-depth experience in the origination, financing, negotiation, investment approval, closing, construction management, operation and refinancing of PPP and similar large capital projects across the globe (Europe, Maghreb, Near and Middle East, Mexico, Peru, Chile, South East Asia, Australia).
She is fluent in French, English, German and Spanish.

H2bid congratulates the persons below for their leadership in the world’s water and wastewater utilities.

September 2016

Professor Mark van Loosdrecht, professor of environmental biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Mark van Loosdrecht was one of four Dutch top scientists to win the 2014 NWO Spinoza Prize for his research on the cultivation of bacteria, such as for the biological treatment of wastewater. Known to have contributed to the development of Anammox technology for the removal of nitrogen, he has led the fundamental research and development of aerobic granular sludge that is used in the space and energy efficient Nereda wastewater treatment technology. There are now more than 30 full-scale variant plants in operation around the world. In 2012 he won the Singapore Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize.

January 2016


Amanda Brock
Founder and CEO, Water Standard

Amanda Brock is the CEO of Water Standard, a global water treatment company focused on enhanced oil recovery and desalination solutions for the energy industry. Amanda was named one of the “Top 10 Women in Energy” by the Houston Chronicle in 1996 and in 2001 was named Louisiana State University’s “Under 40 Alumni of the Year”. In 2008 she secured one of the largest equity commitments for a start-up in the water industry to develop Water Standard. She is regularly asked to speak at industry events such as the Goldman Sachs and Citi Global Industrial Conferences, the Women’s Leadership Summit sponsored by the United States Senate, and the 2009 GASTECH Conference in Abu Dhabi where Amanda was the Innovation Speaker. She was also invited to attend the Bloomberg 50 Thought Leaders in Water conference held in 2012 and spoke at the 2013 Bloomberg Oil and Gas Conference. Amanda is a regular columnist writing on the Water Energy Nexus for Global Water Intelligence

May 2015

Dionysios Dionysiou

Dionysios Dionysiou

Dionysios Dionysiou, University of Cincinnati, USA
Dr. Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou is currently a Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science Program at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches courses and performs research in the areas of drinking water quality and treatment, advanced unit operations for water treatment, advanced oxidation technologies and nanotechnologies, and physical-chemical processes for water quality control. He has received funding from NSF, US EPA, NASA, NOAA/CICEET, USGS, USDA, and DuPont. He is currently one of the editors of Chemical Engineering Journal, Editor of the Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies, and Special Issue Editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering (ASCE). He is a member of the Editorial Boards of several other journals. Dr. Dionysiou is the author or co-author of over 200 refereed journal publications, over 90 conference proceedings, 17 book chapter publications, 17 editorials, and more than 450 presentations. He is currently co-editing three books on water reuse, harmful algal blooms, and photocatalysis. Dr. Dionysiou’s work received over 6,000 citations with an H factor of 47.

January 2015

Michael Markus, Orange County Water District, USA

Michael Markus, Orange County Water District, USA

Mike Markus is the general manager of the Orange County Water District. With more than 35 years of experience, Mike is well known for his expertise in large project implementation and water resource management.

During his 25-year career at the District, Mike was responsible for managing the implementation of the $480 million Groundwater Replenishment System program. This project is the largest planned indirect potable reuse project in the world and has won many awards including the 2008 Stockholm Industry Water Award, 2009 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, 2014 U.S. Water Prize and 2014 Lee Kuan Yew Prize

October 2014

Gerald E. Galloway, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, is Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Gerald’s focus is on water resources policy, resilience, and disaster risk management. He serves as a consultant to several international, federal, state, and non-governmental agencies and is involved in water projects in the U.S., Asia, and South America. He recently co-authored a UNESCO book on Flood Risk Management with the WWF (UK) and China Ministry of Water Resources, chaired a National Research Council (NRC) Study on Levees and the National Flood Insurance Program, and served as a member of a NRC Study, “Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative.” He is currently a member of the U.S. National Academies’ Disasters Roundtable, Louisiana Governor’s Advisory Commission of Coastal Protection and Restoration, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Public Administration, and a Department of State Senior Fellow in the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas. He is a 38-year veteran of the U.S. Army, retiring as a Brigadier General and Dean (Chief Academic Officer) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

July 2014

Jorge Moreira da Silva
Portuguese Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy

Jorge Moreira da Silva

Jorge Moreira da Silva is the first Vice President of the Executive Board of Partido Social Democrata (PSD), the party chaired by the Prime Minister of Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho. He is the Founder and Chairman of the think tank Platform for a Sustainable Growth (a Lisbon-based non-profit and independent think-tank launched in October 2011 that aims at identifying policy and measures to foster a sustainable growth in Portugal). He is also the co-chairman of the European People’s Party (EPP) Working Group on Energy and Climate Change.

June 2014

Heather Cooley

Co-Director of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program

Co-Director of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program

Heather Cooley is Co-Director of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program. She conducts and oversees research on an array of water issues, such as the connections between water and energy, sustainable water use and management, and the hydrologic impacts of climate change. As a Pacific Institute staff member, Ms. Cooley has authored numerous scientific papers and co-authored five books, including The World’s Water, A 21st Century U.S. Water Policy, and The Water-Energy Nexus in the American West. Ms. Cooley has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Award for Outstanding Achievement (for her work on agricultural water conservation and efficiency) and her work was recognized when the Pacific Institute received the first U.S. Water Prize in 2011. She has testified before the U.S. Congress on the impacts of climate change for agriculture and on innovative approaches to solving water problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Ms. Cooley holds a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Pacific Institute, she worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory studying climate and land use change and carbon cycling. Ms. Cooley currently serves on the Board of the California Urban Water Conservation Council.

May 2014

Jason F. McLennan


Jason F. McLennan

Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today and the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world. McLennan serves as the CEO of the International Living Future Institute – a leading NGO that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. He was recently received the 2013 VERGE 25 Worldchanger Award for his leadership with the Institute and its programs.

An Ashoka Fellow, McLennan is the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, widely considered the world’s most progressive and stringent green building program. McLennan works on cutting edge projects through a unique collaboration with the Integral Group – one of the globe’s most innovative engineering firms.

April 2014
Professor David Kay

David Kay joined IGES in 1998 from Leeds University where he was Executive Director the Leeds Environment Centre. He now leads the Centre For Research into Environment and Health (CREH), an academic research team of approximately 10 staff responsible for almost £4m of HESA spend through Aberystwyth University over the RAE 2008 assessment period. Academic outputs from this funding are seen in over 100 publications and reports since 2001. CREH led development of the microbiological standards for new WHO Guidelines for recreational waters in 2003 and have coordinated two large EUFP6 projects which are still ongoing to inform the Commission on the health effects of bathing water exposures (EPIBATHE) and the potential for new molecular methods of pathogenic virus detection as a regulatory tool in EU bathing waters (VIROBATHE). Significant RCUK funding within the WaND, FRMC and REVISIONS consortia as well as WHO and World Bank resources have been devoted to developing the new discipline of Health Impact Assessment (HIA), resulting in three Research Monographs edited by the CREH team and published by the International Water Association and WHO in 2001 and 2008. David Kay serves on the NERC strategy and grants committee for the new Environment and Human Health programme and has acted as consultant and/or adviser to WHO, EU-DGENV and USEPA on recreational water quality and HIA. He has advised most UK regulators and governments on related areas since 2001.

March 2014

Dr Butare, an engineer by profession and former Minister of State for Energy and Water in the Republic of Rwanda, has more than twenty years of energy, technology, and renewable energy experience in Africa. Skilled in high level public sector policy and project development and implementation, engineering, social, and economic development. Education background includes a PhD in energy policy and implementation instruments, Masters and Bachelors of Science in Engineering, in energy and Industrial engineering respectively. Fluent in English, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili and proficiency in German and French.


i. Won the U.K.-based Ashden Foundation’s International Award for Renewable Energies based on the design and production of an energy-saving baking stove – first of its kind in Africa

ii. Successfully engineered the process of developing the first ever under water methane to Electricity pilot project in Rwanda.

iii. Received two awards for putting in place the best national ICT Policy Framework in Africa from the South African based Indaba and the Kemilinks International based in the UK

iv. Participated in the establishment of one of the lead Technical Universities in Rwanda (The Kigali Institute of Science and Technology)

v. Electricity access to Rwanda increased more than 100% (from 4% to 9%) during his tenure as a Minister responsible for energy.

vi. Put in place the regional lead national green growth path focusing on renewable energies in Rwanda.

vii. Developed and successfully implemented the Biomass energy policy staging Rwanda as the lead country in the region to this effect.

viii. Propelled Rwanda to emerge as a lead country in adapting to the use of improved stoves where by 80% of the rural Rwanda and 50% of the urban areas already use improved stoves.

January 2014
Luis Santos Pereira

Professor (emeritus) and former Head of the Center for Biosystems Engineering, Institute of Agronomy, Technical University of Lisbon, and the invited professor at CIHEAM – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Italy. He has been President of CIGR and Vice-President of ICID. Co-author of the FAO Guidelines on Crop Evapotranspiration, is leading research in irrigation, water management, water scarcity and droughts and has a long history of cooperative research and teaching in numerous countries, mainly in Mediterranean, Latin America and China.

December 2013

Doulaye Kone, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr Doulaye Koné was born in Côte d’Ivoire. He holds a PhD and MAS in sanitary and environmental engineering; a certificate in environmental communication; a MSc. and BSc in Physics and Chemistry. He is currently working as Senior Program Officer, on the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program (Global Development) at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this capacity, his investment (grant making) portfolio focuses on innovation in science and technology to reinvent the Toilet and its associated business models for sustainable service delivery. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr Kone worked for the African Water Association (AfWA) as Program Coordinator Africa Water Operators Partnerships’ (WOP-Africa). In this capacity Dr Kone was engaged in fund raising activities and deep project management to promote partnership for systematic knowledge exchange and capacity building for uptake of innovation among water and sanitation professionals to speed up progress towards the achievement of the MDGs. Prior to AfWA, he worked as Senior Program Officer and Group leader coordinating an international research and development portfolio at Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec). He was lecturing at the Swiss Federal institutes of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) and Zurich (ETHZ), and guest lecturer at the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Burkina Faso and UNESCO-IHE (Delft).

Dr. Paul Boulos President, Innovyze, CO, USA and President-elect American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, Reston, VA, USA

Dr. Boulos is one of the world’s foremost experts on water resources and navigation engineering, authoring nine authoritative books and more than 200 technical papers on issues critical to the water and wastewater industry. He is the recipient of numerous honors from national and international scientific and engineering societies, government and research organizations and NGOs. Among his acknowledgements are notable technical awards for excellence in scholarship from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). He also received the distinguished U.S. Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of America’s highest accolades; the Pride of Heritage Award from the Lebanese American Foundation; the Alumni of the Year Award by the Lebanese American University; and was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, the most prestigious honor given by the university to its alumni. He was also awarded Honorary Diplomate status (Hon.D.WRE) by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) as well as Distinguished Diplomate status (Dist.D.NE) in Navigation Engineering by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE), both academies’ top honors. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE) and a Diplomate (by Eminence) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (BCEEM). He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World, America, Science and Engineering, Finance and Industry, Finance and Business, and the West.

Dr. Boulos serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University (Beirut, Lebanon and New York, NY) and was unanimously elected as its chairman on September 14, 2012, the America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc./AMIDEAST (Washington, D.C.) and chairs its Lebanon Advisory Board since September 27, 2011, the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (Reston, VA) was unanimously named as its chairman-elect on October 13, 2012, and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies (Chicago, IL). He has been a member of advisory boards and councils for many organizations, including the Buck Advisory Council of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging (Novato, CA), the Lynx Investment Advisory, LLC (Washington, D.C.), the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI), the USEPA Science Advisory Board, and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council.

October 2013
Adnan Z. Amin,Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Adnan Z. Amin was elected as the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in April 2011. Mr. Amin served as Head of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Secretariat. In this function, he was responsible for overseeing the Secretariat supporting the CEB in its UN system-wide policy coordination under the Chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General and comprising the Executive Heads of UN System organizations. The CEB is the highest level interagency coordinator framework in the UN system and oversees UN coordination on Policy, Management and Field Operations.

Mr. Amin also served as the Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel, co-chaired by the Prime Ministers of Mozambique, Norway and Pakistan, on UN System-wide Coherence. The Panel undertook an ambitious and unprecedented level of consultation on development, environment, and humanitarian aspects of the work of the UN System and proposed an ambitious reform programme that still continues in the UN General Assembly under the framework of the “One UN ”. The development of coherent field operations, harmonised business practices across the United Nations System, and the establishment of a new organisation , UN Women, are outcomes of the process launched by the panel.

Previously, Mr. Amin served as the Director of the New York Office of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Special Representative of the UNEP Executive Director
September 2013
Benedito Bragas, President, World Water Council; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Benedito Braga is a civil engineer with technical and management expertise in hydrologic forecasting, mathematical modeling, water resources planning and management, multiple objective decision-making, operations research applied to water resources management, and environmental hydrology. In addition to his roles with the World Water Council and the University of São Paulo, Brazil, Braga is vice-chair of the Latin America and Caribbean region of the International Hydrological Programme, part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Previously, Braga served as vice-president of the World Water Council for six years and was director of the National Water Agency of Brazil for eight years.

Braga received a doctorate in water resources from Stanford University. He is a member of the Brazilian Water Resources Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, International Water Resources Association and International Association of Hydrological Sciences. Braga has published extensively on issues related to water resources development. He recently chaired the international committee for the sixth World Water Forum and has chaired other international workshops and conferences on sustainable water resources management.

July 2013
George N. Abrahim, Veolia Water Solutions


George Abrahim is Vice President of Strategy & Initiatives for VWST Industry with operations in over 50 countries and revenues exceeding one billion dollars annually. He drives the development of VWST industry business vision & strategy to identify market transitions and develop integrated strategies that leverage all VWST assets. He works closely with the CEO and the executive leadership team to tie strategies to operational excellence, promotes strategy execution discipline, and performance culture throughout the company.

Recently, as Vice President and General Manager of the Industrial Business at N.A. Water Systems, he directed Capital and Design & Build activities in North America. He focused on integrating innovative technologies into complex solutions to solve challenging water and wastewater issues facing industries.

At U.S. Filter Engineering & Construction, Mr. Abrahim was VP/GM of the Environmental Engineering Group. The group provided air and water services including feasibility studies, process design engineering, technology demonstration projects, and project management services. He also worked for Law Environmental and had a short stint with a regulatory agency.

Mr. Abrahim holds a Master’s of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville and MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Strategic Management Professional.

He is an Executive Committee Member of the International Water Conference, and an active speaker internationally on topics related to Strategic Management Systems, technology innovation, and challenges & opportunities facing the water industry.

June 2013
Marielle van der Zouwen, KWR Watercycle Research Institute

Dr. Mariëlle van der Zouwen is senior scientific researcher on knowledge networks and governance at KWR Watercycle Research Institute. Her research focuses on collaboration among water professionals and how they form knowledge networks by crossing disciplinary, organizational and national boundaries. She was trained as a political scientist of the environment and previously worked as an assistant professor and PhD candidate at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group at Wageningen University and the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands respectively.

May 2013
Regina Finn, Chief Executive


Regina Finn is the Chief Executive of Ofwat, the water regulator for England and Wales. She has extensive experience regulating utility sectors, including the electricity and natural gas sectors in Ireland, the telecommunications, post and electricity sectors in Guernsey in the Channel Islands and the communications sector in Ireland.

April 2013
David L. Rudolph, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Dr. Rudolph is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo specializing in regional hydrogeology and groundwater protection and management. Dr. Rudolph’s works extensively in areas related to the regional management of groundwater resources, participating with provincial and municipal authorities in the development of groundwater protection strategies. Recent research applications have focused on assessing the impacts on shallow groundwater and surface water quality from agricultural land-use practices and the evaluation performance of Beneficial Management Practices.

March 2013
Craig Williamson, Miami University, Oxford, OH

The world is getting warmer and wetter, and lakes and reservoirs are some of the most responsive ecosystems. As the lowest point in the landscape these inland waters provide signals of change that we have yet to fully decipher. Understanding these signals is critical to the effective management of surface water resources. Lakes respond in opposite ways to these two components of climate change. Warmer temperatures may increase water clarity but also aggravate harmful algal blooms. Wetter conditions may pose an even more severe challenge by decreasing water clarity due to an increase in dissolved organic matter. Consequences include reduction in UV transparency in particular and the potential for natural and artificial UV disinfection of surface water supplies, and increases in the production of carcinogenic disinfection byproducts. Decreasing UV transparency may also open up invasion windows for undesirable invasive species, while increasing UV transparency may reduce the spawning success of commercially important fish. Extreme events are becoming more common and are aggravating these changes. The question is, can we decipher the meaning of the sentinel responses of lakes and reservoirs in time to improve our ability to manage our water resources effectively in a changing climate?

Craig Williamson leads the Global Change Limnology Laboratory in the Department of Zoology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his PhD from Dartmouth College and was a faculty member in limnology and aquatic ecology at Lehigh University for over two decades. In 2005 he moved to his current position as the Ohio Eminent Scholar of Ecosystem Ecology at Miami. Williamson’s expertise is in the ecology of ultraviolet radiation, and his current interests are centered on understanding the value of lakes as sentinels of climate change. As the lowest point in the landscape lakes provide signals of change in local, regional, and global climate conditions. His research focuses on a variety of questions ranging from the effects of UV and climate change on the ecology of infectious diseases to developing and deploying mobile as well as profiling buoy systems with advanced sensors. The lakes on which he works range from inland reservoirs in highly disturbed agricultural landscapes to heavily forested glacial lakes and high elevation alpine lakes. Williamson serves on the United Nations Environment Programme Environmental Effects Assessment Panel which reports to the United Nations annually on the status of UV effects related to ozone depletion, under the auspices of the Montreal Protocol. He also serves on the Freshwater Indicators Technical Team for the United States Global Change Research Program that prepares the National Climate Assessment for the president and congress. He and his students do comparative lakes research in collaboration with the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON), National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), and marine scientists as well

February 2013
Ana Deletic, Monash University, Australia

Ana Deletic is a Professor in Water Engineering within Monash University’s Civil Engineering Department, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and Director of the Monash Water for Liveability – an Interdisciplinary Research Centre involving 50 researchers at Monash University. She is also Hub Leader of the new Corporate Researcher Centre for Water Sensitive Cities – a national centre that involves over 75 partners from industry and academia with a budget of around $117 mil.

She became involved in urban water research in the ‘90s, studying stormwater management in Yugoslavia and Sweden. She completed her PhD at The University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where she lectured between 1995 and 2003. Since then she’s worked at Monash University, forming a world renowned research group in stormwater management, conducting research on technologies that employ sustainable, innovative ways for treating urban runoff for stream protection and human consumption. Biofiltration technologies developed under her leadership have been implemented across Australia and exported to Singapore and Israel. She also co-leads Australian involvement in the EU FP7 project PREPARED, that aims to adapt urban water systems to climate change. She regularly consults with national, state and local government, helping to guide policy and participating in regulatory committees.

She has served as Associate Editor of Water Research and Water Science and Technology, two of the top international journals in her field. She has published over 200 publications including book chapters, conference papers and journal articles. Over the past 10 years she supervised 25 PhD students

January 2013
Joseph Alcamo , Chief Scientist of the United Nations Programme (UNEP)

Joseph Alcamo is the Chief Scientist of the United Nations Programme (UNEP). He is the first Chief Scientist in the United Nations system.

He is an American citizen, but has lived in 7 countries, including India and South Africa.

He is on leave as Director and Professor at the Center for Environmental Systems Research at the University of Kassel, Germany, where he has led the development and application of global environmental models since 1996. Between 1992 and 1998 he led the global climate change modeling team at the National Institute of Environment and Public Health in The Netherlands and provided scientific support for the Kyoto Climate Treaty negotiations. Between 1982 and 1992 he helped pioneer the field of integrated modeling of the environment at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. He has played a leading role in the development of RAINS, IMAGE 2, GLASS and other integrated models.

One of his main interests has been the use of models and scenarios in global integrated assessments and he has argued strongly for the development of scientific models that have clear policy relevance. He is has been a leading co-author of the global report of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and UNEP`s report on the global environment, A Global Environmental Outlook.

He is “Coordinating Lead Author” of the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on climate change impacts. He was responsible for coordinating the chapter on the impacts of climate change on Europe. Alcamo has worked for 15 years with the IPCC and has been a lead author of many of its reports, including co-authoring the year 2000 report in which the IPCC presented scenarios of future greenhouse gas emissions. These scenarios have been a main basis for calculating future climate change. The IPCC was the co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has also published many scientific articles about new research on climate change impacts on land use, agriculture and water resources.

He has published five books on global environmental themes, including the 1998 book Global Change Scenarios of the 21st Century (Pergamon Press). A fifth book, “Environmental Fu-tures,” has just been published by Elsevier and is the first book-length description of the meth-odology of environmental scenario analysis. One of his research aims is to develop a scientific approach to scenario analysis.

He is co-founder and one of two chairpersons of the Global Water System Project, set up by four international global change research institutions, to stimulate the new field of global water research. He has argued strongly for a global viewpoint of water as a scientific and policy issue. Beginning in the late 1990s his team in Kassel developed one of the first global water resource models, WaterGAP, which has since been used in the UN World Water Assessment Program, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the scenario exercise of the World Water Commission, and many other global assessments and studies of the world water situation.

For his contributions to the development of global modeling, and for his applications of global models to policymaking, Alcamo was co-winner of the 1998 Max Planck Research Prize, an international prize jointly awarded by the Max Planck Society and Humboldt Foundation of Germany. He was the first environmental scientist to win the award.

He has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.

December 2012
Benedito Braga, Vice President, World Water Council

Benedito Braga is a civil engineer with extensive experience and management skills. He currently holds the position of Vice-President of the World Water Council (WWC) and
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of São Paulo (USP).
From 2001 to 2009, he held the position of Director of the National Water Agency (ANA) of
Brazil. Prof. Braga earned a Ph.D. in Water Resources from Stanford University. His areas of technical expertise are hydrologic forecasting, mathematical modeling, water resources
planning and management, multiple objective decision making, operations research applied to water resources management and environmental hydrology.

Prof. Braga is Vice-Chairperson for Latin-America and the Caribbean region of the
International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO.

Prof. Braga is a member of a great number of organizations dedicated to water resources
management, both national – Brazilian Water Resources Association (ABRH); – and
international – American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); International Water Resources
Association (IWRA); International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS).

Mr. Braga has published extensively on issues related to water resources development and
has chaired several international workshops and conferences on the subject of sustainable
water resources management

November 2012
Sir John Beddington

Sir John Beddington was appointed as Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) on 1 January 2008. Since being in post, the GCSA has led on providing scientific advice to Government during the 2009 swine flu outbreak and the 2010 volcanic ash incident. The GCSA has also been responsible for increasing the scientific capacity across Whitehall by encouraging all major departments of state to recruit a Chief Scientific Adviser.

Throughout 2008 and 2009 Sir John raised the concept of the “Perfect Storm” of food, energy and water security in the context of climate change, gaining considerable media attention and raising this as a priority in the UK and internationally.

Prior to his appointment as GCSA, he was Professor of Applied Population Biology and headed the main departments of environmental science and technology at Imperial College. His main research interests are the application of biological and economic analysis to problems of Natural Resource Management.

Sir John has previously been advisor to a number of UK Government departments including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office. He has also advised several Governments and international bodies including the Australian, New Zealand and US Governments, the European Commission, the United Nations Environment Program and Food and Agriculture Organization.

He was, for six years, a member of the Natural Environment Research Council. In June 1997 he was awarded the Heidelberg Award for Environmental Excellence, in 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2004 he was awarded the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George by Her Majesty the Queen and in June 2010 was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honors.

October 2012

Ana Deletic, Monash University, Australia

Ana Deletic, Monash University, Australia

Ana Deletic is a Professor in Water Engineering within Monash University’s Civil Engineering Department, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and Director of the Monash Water for Liveability – an Interdisciplinary Research Centre involving 50 researchers at Monash University. She is also Hub Leader of the new Corporate Researcher Centre for Water Sensitive Cities – a national centre that involves over 75 partners from industry and academia with a budget of around $117 mil.

She became involved in urban water research in the ‘90s, studying stormwater management in Yugoslavia and Sweden. She completed her PhD at The University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where she lectured between 1995 and 2003. Since then she’s worked at Monash University, forming a world renowned research group in stormwater management, conducting research on technologies that employ sustainable, innovative ways for treating urban runoff for stream protection and human consumption. Biofiltration technologies developed under her leadership have been implemented across Australia and exported to Singapore and Israel. She also co-leads Australian involvement in the EU FP7 project PREPARED, that aims to adapt urban water systems to climate change. She regularly consults with national, state and local government, helping to guide policy and participating in regulatory committees.

She has served as Associate Editor of Water Research and Water Science and Technology, two of the top international journals in her field. She has published over 200 publications including book chapters, conference papers and journal articles. Over the past 10 years she supervised 25 PhD students.

September 2012
Amanda M. Cassa, Golder Associates Africa

Amanda Cassa is a Civil Engineer from South Africa. She has been awarded her PhD in Civil Engineering which focused on the behaviour of cracks in water supply pipes. This was a continuation from her Masters which looked at the sensitivity of pressure to leakage for different leak openings.
She recently joined Golder Associates Africa in Johannesburg where she is involved in Water Resources specialising in both Hydrology and Hydraulics. She is involved in storm water management planning and water balancing in projects throughout Africa. Her interests also lie in dams, pipelines and hydro-electric power generation. She is co-author of a textbook on engineering hydrology that is used at a number of universities in South Africa. Her research has been presented at several national and international conferences and has been published in the Urban Water Journal.

August 2012
Giovanni Bidoglio, Head of Unit, Water Resources Unit, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Giovanni Bidoglio is Head of the Water Resources Unit at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission where he provides science-based support to the implementation of EU Directives related to water resources and contributes to the integration of water resource-efficiency considerations into sectoral EU policy areas (agriculture, industry, energy, trade, environment, development cooperation). His research interests include the sustainable management of water resources, mapping of ecosystem services, modelling of bio-geochemical fate and hydrological processes of pollutants, environmental risk assessment and environmental monitoring. His previous work included research on soil and groundwater protection and greenhouse gas emissions from natural ecosystems, and assessments of impacts of agri-environmental and rural development measures. He is member of various advisory boards and has published widely in the scientific press.

July 2012
Colin Skellett,Executive Chairman, Wessex Water

Colin Skellett was born in Nottingham and has lived in the Bristol and Bath area for over 40 years. He is a scientist and engineer by training, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has worked largely in the water industry for over 40 years.

He has had non-executive roles in rail, travel and international infrastructure businesses. He served on the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency and is involved with a number of charities.

Colin is currently Executive Chairman of Wessex Water, non-executive Chairman of European Connoisseurs Travel, joint Chairman of BusinessWest, and Chairman of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

June 2012
Ned Breslin, Water for People

Edward D. (Ned) Breslin joined Water For People as its Director of International Programs in January 2006, and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2009. In 2011, Breslin received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship for his commitment and proven work with Water For People.

Ned was first introduced to the challenges of water supply when living in the Chalbi Desert of northern Kenya in 1987, linked to a Lutheran World Relief program through his university – St. Lawrence. He subsequently worked for a range of local and international water and sanitation sector NGOs in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, including positions at the Mvula Trust and as Country Representative for WaterAid in Mozambique, before joining Water For People.

Ned strongly believes that conventional approaches to water supply and sanitation are not scalable or sustainable – helping some but not others and often failing shortly after implementation. Finding this unacceptable, he has led innovative programmatic efforts that demand greater accountability of water and sanitation programs so that lives for Everyone are truly transformed, not temporarily but Forever, and without the continued dependence upon charitable organizations. The “Rising Tide” blog will focus on sustainability issues that attempt to move away from the PR that dominates the sector by asking hard questions on long-term impact.

The “Rising Tide” name comes from Ned’s passion for the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide football team – he had little choice as a child as his house was full of ‘Bama gear, his first dog was named Bear, and the Crimson Tide is a critical link between him and his extended family.

Ned’s insights and experiences were fundamentally enriched in partnership with his wife Lindsey, whose dedication to HIV/Aids, and women and children in difficult situations, has inspired him for over 2 decades. Lindsey and Ned are the proud parents of two beautiful girls born and raised in Africa whose outlook on life and the world is somewhat different and compelling.

May 2012
Mark Edge, Drought and Water Utilization Lead,Monsanto Co.

Mark Edge’s expertise is in biotech research, managing seed business development and grain export. He is responsible for leading commercial introduction of Monsanto’s biotech corn drought trait and developing commercial business related to water management issues. Previously, he was Monsanto’s Europe and Africa marketing team leader, helping to define and implement the regional consolidated marketing strategy for seeds and traits. He also has been Monsanto’s global cotton product manager and was responsible for managing, licensing and introducing Monsanto’s cotton technologies in the U.S. and globally. Edge helped manage the launch of Bollgard II® and Roundup Ready® Flex Cotton technologies and started Cotton States, a business unit for licensing cotton germplasm in the U.S. He also was director of trait marketing for Monsanto’s corn licensing business through Corn States.

Edge has a master’s degree in genetics from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Business Administration from Drake University and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.

April 2012
Colin Chartres, Director General, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka

Colin Chartres is playing a leading role in alerting the world to an emerging water crisis that will impact water users and food security in many developing countries. Before joining the International Water Management Institute in 2007, he was chief science adviser to Australia’s National Water Commission. There, his role included developing a national water information system, creating a national groundwater action plan and using scientific evidence to inform water policy options. Previously, he held senior research and research management positions with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s Bureau of Rural Sciences, and Geoscience Australia. He also has worked in academia and the private sector.

In March 2012, IWMI was awarded the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize, the world’s most prestigious prize for outstanding achievements in water-related activities. Chartres has a doctorate in soil development from the University of Reading, U.K. He has published more than 100 journal articles, technical papers and book chapters on natural resources management and is the senior co-author of Out of Water, published in 2010

March 2012
Research Agricultural Engineer – James Ayars

James Ayars has worked on irrigation and drainage water management projects throughout the world. His research interests are determining the water and fertilization requirements of young pomegranate orchards and finding sustainable water management strategies for table, wine and raisin grapes grown in California. He also has investigated water requirements for other horticultural crops, including peaches, broccoli, lettuce and garlic.

A 31-year veteran of USDA-ARS in Parlier, Calif., Ayars’ initial research focused on integrated water management applied to irrigation and drainage systems in arid and semi-arid areas. He was especially interested in how improved irrigation water management could reduce drainage water volumes and improve drainage water quality. Ayars pioneered work in the management of irrigation and drainage systems to induce in-situ use of shallow groundwater by crops. He has written or co-authored 75 peer-reviewed publications and nearly 140 additional publications, including conference proceedings, book chapters and invited presentations.

February 2012
Professor Inyang

Professor Inyang holds a Ph.D. with a double major in Geotechnical Engineering and Materials, and a minor in Mineral Resources from Iowa State University, an M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University, and a B.Sc. Honors in Geology from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. He is President of not only the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria, but also of the International Society for Environmental Geotechnology, and of the Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction. Prof. Inyang serves as the Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science, and professor of Earth Science, and is the founding director of the Global Institute for Energy and Environmental Systems at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Over the past 20 years has also taught at DuPont University, The University of Massachusetts, Purdue University, George Washington University, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Prof Inyang has made more than two decades of technical and policy contributions to regional and global sustainable development as an educator and administrator, researcher, government official, and corporate leader. He has made exceptional contributions to knowledge advancement, technology development/implementation and national agency programs on contaminant generation process from geomaterials and energy wastes. Prof. Inyang has served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator, and implementation leader on 36 projects, has served on more than 100 technical and policy panels for both government and professional societies, has given more than 110 invited speeches around the world, and has authored more than 210 research articles, book chapters, federal design manuals, and a textbook. Prof. Inyang is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Energy Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers, an associate editor or editorial board member of 27 refereed international journals, and a contributing editor of three books.

Among his many professional awards, Prof. Inyang was one of 10 environmental scientists honoured for their contributions to the United States of America through the USEPA, at a ceremony in Washington, DC, organized by the US government in 2002. Prof. Inyang was also the first African-American to be endowed as a distinguished professor in engineering in both the University of Massachusetts and University of North Carolina Systems. His research and professional focus are on contaminant leaching and dusting from materials, containment systems and materials for barriers, energy systems and geohazards.

January 2012
Rod DeBuhr

Rod DeBuhr is responsible for planning and administering activities related to rules and regulations for groundwater supply and nonpoint source groundwater contamination. His duties include overseeing data collection for groundwater quantity and quality and educating farmers on topics such as irrigation water management and nitrogen management. DeBuhr also oversees activities related to wellhead protection planning assistance for district communities, among other programs and projects.

Prior to coming to the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District in 1979, DeBuhr worked for two other Nebraska natural resources districts. He is a graduate of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, part of the University of Nebraska system.

December 2011
Dominic Mazvimavi

Dominic Mazvimavi is the Professor of Water and Environmental Science in the Department of Earth Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Water Studies which are both at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Prof Mazvimavi obtained a PhD in Hydrology from the Wageningen University and the International Institute of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation in the Netherlands. From 2007 to 2010 he served as the Managing Guest Editor for an annual special issue of the Journal of the Physics and Chemistry of the Earth covering papers on water resources management. Prof Mazvimavi has research interests on water resources planning and management, hydrological regionalization, effects of land-use change on runoff, and environmental flow assessment. He has previously worked at the Okavango Research Institute of the University of Botswana, and Department of Geography and Environmental Science of the University of Zimbabwe.

November 2011
Regina Finn

Regina Finn is the Chief Executive of Ofwat, the water regulator for England and Wales. She has extensive experience regulating utility sectors, including the electricity and natural gas sectors in Ireland, the telecommunications, post and electricity sectors in Guernsey in the Channel Islands and the communications sector in Ireland.

October 2011
Kebede Ayele

Kebede Ayele started an International Development Enterprises (IDE) pilot project in Ethiopia in March 2005 and helped it become a full-fledged country program with legal registration in July 2007. Ayele has 23 years of experience with government, nongovernmental and bilateral organizations in various capacities, including as a grass-roots practitioner, trainer, planning officer and manager.

Ayele has a master’s degree in sustainable agriculture and rural development, a postgraduate diploma in water supply and sanitation, and a bachelor’s degree in applied sociology

September 2011
VINCENT CAPRIO -COO, Water Innovations Alliance

Mr. Caprio is the COO of the Water Innovations Alliance HYPERLINK “” Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technologies at both the State and Federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and has participated in the NNI Workshop HYPERLINK “” Mr. Caprio is the founder of the Water Innovations Alliance Conferences and has successfully produced 5 Water Innovations Alliance Conferences. Mr. Caprio is the Event Director of the 3rd Annual Water Innovations Alliance Conference, September 26-28, 2011 in Boston, MA. In addition, Mr. Caprio has appeared on numerous Connecticut TV and radio stations, including WICC 600AM, discussing the impact of Water and Nanotechnology.

Mr. Caprio graduated from Villanova University in 1979 with a B.S in Accounting and completed a MBA from Northeastern in 1987. Mr. Caprio is a member of Villanova University’s Financial Club and serves as an active member of Villanova’s President Club. Mr. Caprio serves on the Board of Trustees for the Easton Community Center and the Easton Learning Foundation in Easton, CT. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Caprio was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Fabricators & Manufactures Association Communications, Inc. based in Rockford, IL.

August 2011
KEVIN BROPHY -Co-Founder & Managing Principal, Meidlinger Partners LLC

Mr. Kevin Brophy is a co-founder and Managing Principal of Meidlinger Partners, LLC. He has a wide range of experience in the water industry, ranging from utility operations and public utility rate design to mergers, acquisitions and strategic planning. Mr. Brophy manages investor relations, oversees the firm’s daily operations, and manages financial planning for Portfolio Companies. Mr. Brophy also plays an integral role in negotiating and structuring investments and strategic planning for Portfolio Companies

Prior to co-founding Meidlinger Partners, Mr. Brophy worked for nearly 14 years at Aqua America, Inc. (Aqua) (NYSE: WTR), one of the nation’s largest publicly traded water utility companies serving approximately three million people in 13 states. At Aqua America, Mr. Brophy held roles in operations as well as several director positions (investor relations, corporate development). The latter half of Mr. Brophy’s career with Aqua consisted of executive roles in mergers, acquisitions, business development, investor relations and strategic planning. He participated in various projects such as public utility rate case filings and follow-on equity offerings and occasionally managed aspects of Aqua’s securities portfolio, including equities and derivatives

From 2004 through 2007, Mr. Brophy held full responsibility for Aqua’s ‘growth through acquisition’ program throughout the State of Texas. Residing in Austin, Mr. Brophy directed the acquisition of five companies for Aqua Texas which significantly increased Aqua Texas’ customer base. In addition, he executed 12 water provision/wastewater deals for new, large ‘greenfield’ real estate development projects in Texas.

Mr. Brophy has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Villanova University. He has also attended the Utility Rate School program of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, has completed the NCEE Mergers, Acquisitions and Business Valuation curriculum and finished the London Business School Private Equity Program. Mr. Brophy is a member of Investors’ Circle, a leading network of private and institutional investors using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. Mr. Brophy is also on the Executive Committee of CCTC, a Philadelphia-based private non-profit agency dedicated to helping children and their families cope with the impact of behavioral health issues and traumatic events.

July 2011
Sanjay Bhatnagar – Chief Executive Officer – Global

A global innovator and business leader, Sanjay Bhatnagar leads new generation green enterprise at WaterHealth International. Mr. Bhatnagar is also the founder of the THOT Capital Group, a private equity firm based in New York. Prior to setting up the THOT Capital Group in January 2001, Sanjay was the CEO of Enron Broadband Services for Middle East and Asia, based in Singapore. He was also Chairman and CEO, Enron South Asia. Earlier, he worked for Schlumberger as an engineer and manager in several countries worldwide.

Sanjay received an MBA with Honors, from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction from the Indian Institute of Technology.

He has also held other pivotal positions such as Director Emeritus, US India Business Council (USIBC), US Chamber of Commerce, Washington DC, Director, Punj Lloyd Construction Company, India, Director, AIESEC International, President, American Chamber of Commerce in India (1999-2001), Member YPO/WPO, Chairman, Infrastructure Committee, Confederation of Indian Industry (2000), Member, National Committee on E-Commerce, Confederation of Indian Industry (2000) and Member of ISOC (Internet Society International) Geneva. June 2011
Dr. Joan Rose
Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, Michigan State University

Dr. Joan Rose serves as the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University, the Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) and the Director of the Center for Water Sciences (CWS). She is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety publishing more than 300 manuscripts. She has been involved in the investigation of numerous waterborne outbreaks world-wide. Her work has examined new molecular methods for waterborne pathogens, zoonotic agents (such as Cryptosporidium ), enteric viruses and source tracking. She has been involved in the study of water supplie,. She specifically interested in microbial pathogen transport in coastal systems and has studied the impact of climate change on wastewater discharges and storm waters on water quality and health. Her career has advanced the information needed to establish science-based quantitative microbial risk assessments. She won the Clarke Water Prize in 2001 (one of 5 international awards for contributions to water science and technology) and in 2008 Dr. Rose won the first Hei-jin Woo Award for Achievements of Women in the Water Profession, from Intern. Water Assoc. (IWA). In 2009, she was awarded the Public Service Medal from the Singapore Ministry of Environment and Water Resources for her work on water and health.

She is currently serving as Chair of the Drinking Water Committee for the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chair of the Specialist Group Health-Related Water Microbiology (IWA).

May 2011

Zafar Adeel, Director, Institute for Water, Environment & Health, United Nations University
Dr. Zafar Adeel has experience in a variety of water and environmental issues, including monitoring and control of water pollution, water management in dry areas, solutions to industrial environmental problems, modeling of environmental systems and environmental policy formulation. He is also keenly involved in development of and liaison with international networks of water experts. For the 2010-2011 period, he will serve as the Chair of UN-Water – a body that coordinates work on water of 26 UN organizations. He serves as Director at UNU-INWEH, where he has the overall responsibility for the direction, organization, administration and programmes of the institute. Dr. Adeel is an environmental engineer with post-graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Iowa State University.
April 2011

Dr Sommariva is a consultant of international reputation. He is presently the Managing Director of ILF Consulting Engineers Middle East and the head of the worldwide desalination activities of ILF . Dr Sommariva has experience in both thermal, reverse osmosis desalination and waste water system and served in all the major desalination developments in the Middle East in various roles. Dr. Sommariva has a PHD in Chemical engineering from Genoa University and a diploma in management from Leicester University.

Dr Sommariva has been President of the European Desalination Society (EDS) and Vice President of the international desalination Association (IDA) and chairman of WHO committee for the establishment of safe drinking water from desalination. He is the technical Chairman of the 2009 IDA world conference in Dubai and he is an honorary Professor at Genoa and L’Aquila Universities where he holds

regular courses on desalination and water re-use related matters.

Dr Sommariva published over 50 papers on desalination leading edge research and economics and published a book on Desalination management and economics.

Dr Sommariva joined ILF in 2009 after working 9 years with Mott MacDonald where has been leading the desalination and water treatment group as Managing Director of generation Middle East.

In his early career Dr Sommariva worked in Ansaldo Energia and Italimpianti in various roles in the Middle East

March 2011

Dr William T. Muhairwe is a Management Specialist trained in Economic and Business Management and has been managing public companies for more than the last 15 years in Uganda and abroad.

Since 1998 to date, he has been the Managing Director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation, a State Corporation that was almost collapsing due to mismanagement. Out of his initiatives, Dr Muhairwe has implemented innovative change management programmes that have successfully turned round NWSC from a loss making organisation to a profit making government parastatal which is now a benchmark for best practice both nationally and internationally among water utility organisations.

The organisation was named “Employer of the Year 2003 for Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility” and again got a Golden Award for Management Excellence in June 2004 and Employer of the Year 2004 for “Productivity and Performance Management”. In 2005, URA presented to the organisation with the “URA Vantage Award” for exemplary Tax Compliance on the Tax Payers’ Appreciation day. In 2007, NWSC was recognised as the East Africa’s Most Respected Company in the Service Sector.

Formerly, Dr Muhairwe worked for the Uganda Investment Authority as its Deputy and eventually Ag Executive Director for 3 years and was responsible for attracting inward private investments in Uganda. He was also, at one time, the MD of the East African Steel Corporation, a Joint Venture Company between the government of Uganda and a private company (The Madhvani Group).

Dr Muhairwe has key competences in Strategic Planning, Policy formulation, private sector development, restructuring of ailing state companies and managing them while preparing them for private sector investment and participation.

Dr Muhairwe has spearheaded the formation of an External Services function at NWSC, which has, hitherto, become a strong platform for sharing best utility management practices in the sub-Saharan African region and beyond. He has been retained to provide professional services to the World Bank in several assignments on top of his other External Services assignments in performance improvement strategy development in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, India and Pakistan.
February 2011
Robert A. Pietrowsky, Director of IWR

Robert (Bob) Pietrowsky has served as Director of the USACE Institute for Water Resources (IWR) since January 2000. As Director he oversees a $50 million/year national program of Civil Works policy development, research, and technology transfer programs in applied planning, hydrologic engineering and investment decision-making methodologies, along with management of the nation’s navigation data and statistical information programs.
IWR’s unique mission links economic, social and environmental needs within the framework of contemporary water resources planning and engineering analysis. As a national center for integrated water resources planning, hydraulic engineering and Civil Works systems data management, IWR’s primary focus is on the development of methods, tools and information needed to solve practical, real world water problems.
His responsibilities span activities on socio-economic and multi-objective planning techniques led by the Institute’s main office in Alexandria, VA, along with R&D on technical models at the Hydrologic Engineering Center, Davis, CA, and management of U.S. navigation data through IWR’s Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center, New Orleans, LA. IWR’s broad program includes work on trans-boundary and international water resources issues, including administration of the U.S. Section of the International Navigation Association (PIANC), technical support to the International Joint Commission, and management of USACE Memorandums of Understanding with Netherlands Rijkswaterstaat, UNESCO-IHE Delft, Japan’s Ministry of Land Infrastructure & Transport, and partnerships with water centers hosted by other nations.
Mr. Pietrowsky is a native of New York, NY. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a M.S. in Civil Engineering with dual specialties in Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Planning from the Polytechnic Institute of New York. He is a graduate of the USACE Planning Associate Program and of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) resident program for career executives in Charlottesville, VA. He is also a charter member of the Army’s Executive Development Program for Engineers and Scientists.
Mr. Pietrowsky’s 35-year’s with the Corps has afforded him with the opportunity to experience water resources development through a wide range of perspectives. He began his career with New York District as a planning practitioner on river basin studies, and later, as Chief of District planning-engineering offices directed water resources development efforts for northern New Jersey/southern New York, with oversight of a an annual $17 million GI planning-engineering program for a $3 billion construction program, and in the process, pioneered the implementation of basin-wide flood preparedness systems, the preservation of wetlands as natural flood storage, and floodplain evacuation in combination with structural flood protection.
Previously at the Institute, he served as Chief, Navigation Analysis Division, and earlier as Director of the $5 million Federal Infrastructure Strategy (FIS) Program, an intergovernmental effort that manifested integrated infrastructure policies across federal agencies, including an Executive Order on Benefit-Cost Analysis signed by the President. The FIS pioneered the use of collaborative approaches across Federal, state and local governments, national organizations, professional associations and other NGO’s.
He is the principal author of over thirty planning studies and technical reports for river basins in the northeast U.S. and more than two-dozen IWR reports on a wide range of water resources issues. Mr. Pietrowsky serves on the U.S. National Committee for UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and since 2004 has represented the USG on multiple delegations to IHP meetings overseas. He also currently serves on the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Water Education (IHE) at Delft, Netherlands, and on the U.S.-Canada Permanent Engineering Board (PEB) for the Columbia River Treaty.
He is a multiple past-Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Waterways Committee and a member of ASCE’s Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute. He also has served multiple terms on the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board Committee on Ports and Channels, and is a long-time member of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA).

January 2011
Prof. Ramesh Kanwar

Dr. Ramesh Kanwar is professor and department chair of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department at Iowa State University and is an internationally recognized expert in the area of water quality and water management systems. He has done extensive research on determining the effects of crop production and animal waste management systems on surface and ground water quality. His research and other professional work have taken him to more than 45 countries. He has been invited by the World Bank, FAO, European Union, UNDP, NATO, USAID, and several foreign governments and universities to work on the development of international educational and water projects and to evaluate the outcome of multi-million dollar investments on international irrigation and water pollution control projects. Kanwar teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in water quality, soil and water management, erosion, and sediment transport, and has advised 28 master’s and 25 doctoral degree students and has been a host professor to more 50 visiting professors/scholars. He has authored or co-authored more than 500 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings papers. He was awarded Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Trakia University of Bulgaria, an honorary doctorate degree from the Georgian Agrarian University, Tbilisi, Georgia, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India and Fellow of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

December 2010

David W. Schindler, Killam Memorial Chair & Professor

David W. Schindler, Killam Memorial Chair & Professor

Dr. Schindler holds the Killam Memorial Chair and is Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. His work on lakes has been widely used in formulating policy internationally. He received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He has served as President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and as Canadian National Representative to the International Limnological Society. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications. Dr. Schindler’s international awards include the G.E. Hutchinson Medal of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the Naumann-Thienemann Medal of the International Limnological Society, the first Stockholm Water Prize (2001), the Volvo Environment Prize (1998), and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2006). In 2001 he was awarded the National Science and Engineering Research Council’s Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Canada’s highest scientific honor. In May 2009, he received the Royal Canadian Institute’s Sandford Fleming Medal for public communication of science. Schindler is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Society of London, a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences, and a foreign fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He has received ten honorary doctorates from Canadian and US universities, including the University of Winnipeg. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada and a member of the International Water Academy. In 2008 he was appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence. Trent University has recently named an endowed professorship in aquatic sciences after Schindler. Schindler also chairs the board of directors of the Safe Drinking Water Foundation, a small non-profit foundation that specializes in helping aboriginal communities with their water problems and in educating students about protecting freshwater.

November 2010

Dr. Peter Huck, NSERC Chair in Water Treatment


With a theme of “Drinking Water in the 21st Century – from research to reality”, Dr. Huck, as the holder of an NSERC research chair in water treatment, will provide insight into Canadian research priorities, and how they will shape the future of municipal water treatment.

Dr. Huck received his Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in Civil and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His Ph.D., obtained from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1977 is in Chemical Engineering. Following two years in consulting, Dr. Huck joined the University of Regina in 1979 and moved to the University of Alberta in 1982.

Since 1993, Dr. Huck has been Professor and NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Chairholder in Water Treatment in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. The Chair’s mission is to conduct leading edge, fundamentally-based yet practically-oriented research in critical issues related to drinking water treatment. Funding for the Chair is provided jointly by NSERC, the water industry and the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Huck has 30 years experience in directing research related to drinking water treatment, including several major studies for the Water Research Foundation (previously American Water Works Association Research Foundation). He has more than 100 refereed publications and several hundred conference proceeding papers. His academic and consulting experience are internationally recognized and sought after.

In 2008 Dr. Huck was reappointed a second time for a 3-year term to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Advisory Council on Drinking Water Quality and Testing Standards, which provides advice directly to the Minister. Dr. Huck was the recipient of the George Warren Fuller Award for 2007 from the Ontario Water Works Association (a section of the American Water Works Association [AWWA]) and in 2008 was the first person outside the USA to receive AWWA’s prestigious A.P. Black Research Award. Dr. Huck was retained as the water treatment expert by Part One of the Walkerton Inquiry in 2000-2001.

October 2010

Christopher Hilkene, President, Clean Water Foundation

Christopher Hilkene Chair’s the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy’s Program on Water Sustainability and the Future of Canada’s Natural Resource Sector. He is the President of the Clean Water Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to engaging individuals in actions that preserve, protect and improve our water. He specializes in surface water management issues and has made significant contributions to water policy in Canada. In addition to his work at the Clean Water Foundation, Chris develops and manages environmental outreach and engagement programs for many organizations including Waste Reduction Week in Canada, the Recycling Council of Ontario and the Summerhill Group. Chris teaches at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies on the Great Lakes and environmental policy. During his public service career, he served as a policy advisor to the federal Minister of the Environment, and as well as a Communications Advisor in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE). He is a Governor of Ryerson University and a Director of the George and Helen Vari Foundation.

September 2010

Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism Solutions

Hunter Lovins
Hunter Lovins, president and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute and California Conservation Society, will keynote the WaterSmart Innovations 2010 opening session on Wednesday, October 6.

Through NCS, Lovins educates senior public- and private-sector decision-makers about strategies to enable companies, communities, and countries to become more sustainable. Lovins developed the Economic Renewal Project and is a founding Professor of Business at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Time Magazine in 2000 named her a “Hero of the Planet” and in 2009 Newsweek dubbed Lovins a “Green Business Icon.”
Lovins has authored and co-authored numerous books, including Brittle Power (1982), Energy Unbound (1986), Factor Four-Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use (1997), Green Development (1998), Natural Capitalism (1999), and hundreds of papers and articles.

August 2010

Prof. David Stephenson, University of Botswana, Botswana

David Stephenson

David Stephenson is a Consulting civil engineer, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Botswana. He is also a professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand and a visiting Professor in Stuttgart and Tokyo.

He holds a PhD and a DSc and has published 10 books and 200 papers in the field of water engineering. He is a Council member of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and consults and lectures internationally.

He is presently advising on a dam in Lesotho and major pipelines in Botswana.

July 2010

Joseph Mantua, AWWA President

Joseph Mantua
Calling for water industry leaders to “be bold, take chances,” Mantua, a Black & Veatch
client services manager, laid out his agenda for his one-year term as AWWA president.
He pledged to facilitate a smooth transition for AWWA’s new executive director, David LaFrance; to complete several association projects already in motion; to enhance
member value, and to build relationships and strategic partnerships with other
Mantua, who spent many years in a utility environment with the Washington Suburban
Sanitary Commission, becomes president at a time when the water industry is facing
enormous challenges—aging infrastructure, regulatory uncertainties, climate change,
a pending workforce crisis and limited financing. “One could easily come to the
conclusion that the future is bleak,” Mantua said. “But I believe that these challenges
present the opportunity for AWWA and the water community to embrace adversity and to adapt to our changing world by doing things differently.”
Mantua is no stranger to AWWA. He has been an active member of the organization’s Chesapeake Section since 1987, serving on numerous committees as chair and as
section trustee and director. He has also served on AWWA’s board of directors and
as vice president for the past year.
Mantua has worked in the water industry for 26 years. With a background and license
as a professional engineer, he previously served as head of project delivery for WSSC,
one of the largest U.S. utilities, where he designed and implemented water projects.
Now with Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, construction and consulting
company, he manages water and wastewater projects for clients in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
In recognition of his diplomatic talent, skilled engineering, and constructive leadership,
Mantua received the Malcolm Shaneman Quality of Life Award from the Maryland
National Capital Building Industry Association in 2005, and he was presented with
AWWA’s George Warren Fuller award in 2006.
“My predecessors have shown tremendous vision, and we’ve worked hard to initiate
a number of exciting changes,” Mantua said. “I am committed to bringing these
programs to completion

June 2010

Steven Solomon
Author: Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization.
Steven Solomon

During his career as an economics journalist, Solomon has written articles for The New
York Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, and Esquire. He has also been a regular commentator on NPR’s Marketplace, and has appeared as a featured guest on the late Tim Russert’s CNBC show, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Bloomberg TV, CBS Evening News, and many other news shows. Through his book, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, Solomon offers a narrative portrait of water and the resulting power struggles, personalities, and breakthroughs that have shaped humanity from antiquity’s earliest civilizations to the world we live in today.

Recognizing that freshwater scarcity is one of the twenty-first century’s decisive, looming challenges and is driving the new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe, Solomon will share his insights about the key role water has had in the development of modern societies, and the growing issues over scarcity and pollution, that could lead to a global crisis unless we adopt more sustainable approaches to water management.

May 2010

Pamela Turner
Director, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
Pamela Turner

Ms. Turner was named Director on July 22, 2009, after having served as Interim Director since September 2008. Prior to her selection, she was Assistant Director of Water Supply Operations and also served as Water Quality Division Manager. She has worked in the Department since 1977. Ms. Turner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Michigan.

Ms. Turner has served on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Technical Advisory Committee for the MDEQ Source Water Assessment Program. She is a member of the American Water Works Association and has served on the AWWA Research Foundation’s Research Advisory Council and on the AWWA Michigan Section’s Water Utility Committee.

Ms. Turner was a member of the International Blue Ribbon Commission on Lake St. Clair charged with developing long-term strategies for protecting source water in the Lake St. Clair – Lake Erie corridor.

In March 2009, the Women’s Informal Network recognized Ms. Turner as one of the “Most Influential African-American Women in Metropolitan Detroit”

April 2010

Chris Williams
Director Of Freshwater Conservation, WWF
Chris Williams

Chris Williams is Director of Freshwater Conservation at World Wildlife Fund-US. He directs WWF’s work on international and national freshwater policy, supports WWF field projects all over the world, and develops partnerships for freshwater conservation with governments, corporations, foundations, and bilateral and multi-lateral aid agencies. Chris serves as Deputy Director of the Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS), a USAID-funded consortium of NGOs and academic institutions supporting integrated water resources management around the globe. He is a member of the board of directors of the Alliance for Water Stewardship.

Chris has been a conservation professional for 15 years, first as a policy analyst and federal lobbyist for endangered species and other natural resource issues, and then as manager of a large-scale ecoregional conservation project in the Chihuahuan Desert of the southwestern US and northern Mexico. It was his experiences grappling with water issues in the Rio Grande basin that led Chris to his current specialization in freshwater.

Chris holds masters and law degrees from the Vermont Law School, and a history degree from the University of Washington. He has authored, co-authored, or edited numerous publications on the subject of natural resources conservation.

March 2010

Dr. Corrado Sommariva
LF Consulting Engineers Abu Dhabi

Dr. Corrado Sommariva

Dr Sommariva is a consultant of international reputation. He is presently the Managing Director of ILF Consulting Engineers Middle East and the head of the worldwide desalination activities of ILF . Dr Sommariva has experience in both thermal, reverse osmosis desalination and waste water system and served in all the major desalination developments in the Middle East in various roles. Dr. Sommariva has a PHD in Chemical engineering from Genoa University and a diploma in management from Leicester University.

Dr Sommariva has been President of the European Desalination Society (EDS) and Vice President of the international desalination Association (IDA) and chairman of WHO committee for the establishment of safe drinking water from desalination. He is the technical Chairman of the 2009 IDA world conference in Dubai and he is an honorary Professor at Genoa and L’Aquila Universities where he holds

regular courses on desalination and water re-use related matters.

Dr Sommariva published over 50 papers on desalination leading edge research and economics and published a book on Desalination management and economics.

Dr Sommariva joined ILF in 2009 after working 9 years with Mott MacDonald where has been leading the desalination and water treatment group as Managing Director of generation Middle East.

In his early career Dr Sommariva worked in Ansaldo Energia and Italimpianti in various roles in the Middle East

February 2010

Dr. Tom Arsuffi
Director of the Llano River Field Station at Texas Tech University

Dr. Tom Arsuffi

Tom Arsuffi is Director of the Llano River Field Station
at Texas Tech University in Junction. He received his
Ph.D. at New Mexico State University in 1984 and did
a post doctorate at the University of Georgia Marine
Institute. His research interests are in aquatic and
watershed ecology and environmental education and
he and his students have worked in a range of aquatic ecosystems. He teaches courses in Aquatic Biology,
General Ecology, Stream Ecology, Environmental Impact Analysis, Invasive Species Ecology, Scientific Method
in Aquatic Resources and Wetlands Ecology. He has
publications in leading ecological journals and given
invited and contributed presentations on his work at
national and international aquatic, ecological and
scientific meetings. He has served as: President of a
1000+ member Texas Academy of Science, as Program
Chair for regional and international scientific societies,
Executive Board of Organization of Biological Field
Stations, a reviewer for National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture panels, external reviewer for state science
center programs, original ESA SEEDS partner & mentor,
advised NSF/NIH funded K-12 teacher training in
research, developed K-12 watershed education units,
worked with the national media, received research/
education grants over $8.7 million from numerous state,
federal and foundation funding sources, completed 32
graduate students as thesis adviser, served on over
50 graduate committees and was an invited
representative for the American Institute of
Biological Sciences Congressional Visits Day to inform
Congress on the research and education importance
of Field Stations in the United States. For the past 7
years, he served as a nationally selected member of
the Science Review Panel, evaluating environmental
studies associated with a $1 Billion interbasin water
transfer project in Texas.

January 2010

Zafar Adeel
Director, Institute for Water, Environment & Health, United Nations University

Zafar Adeel

Dr. Zafar Adeel has experience in a variety of water and environmental issues,
including monitoring and control of water pollution, water management in dry
areas, solutions to industrial environmental problems, modeling of environmental
systems and environmental policy formulation. He is also keenly involved in
development of and liaison with international networks of water experts. For
the 2010-2011 period, he will serve as the Chair of UN-Water – a body that
coordinates work on water of 26 UN organizations. He serves as Director at
UNU-INWEH, where he has the overall responsibility for the direction, organization, administration and programmes of the institute. Dr. Adeel is an environmental
engineer with post-graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Iowa
State University.

December 2009

Team Leader, CIDA Project, Ethiopia


Gebremedhin is currently a national team leader in the Sustainable Water
Harvesting and Institutional Strengthening (SWHISA) Project, in the Amhara
Region of Ethiopia. The project is funded by CIDA, and managed by HYDROSult Inc.
of Canada. It focuses on building capacity of farmers and their institutions as
well as those government agencies that work with farmers in the use of water
for Irrigation for the ultimate goal of food security of poor farmers in selected
districts of the Amhara region of Ethiopia. Previously Mr. Dereje was head of
the Bureau of Agriculture, and later on General Manager of the Environment
Protection, Land Administration and Use Authority of the Amhara Region of
Ethiopia. He holds an MSc in Agronomy from Free State University, South Africa.
He has wide experience in Agricultural Development, Food Security, Environment,
as well as in small scale water harvesting.

November 2009

Mr. Oded Distel, Director of – ISRAEL NEWTECH
2006 – Director of – ISRAEL NEWTECH
the National Water Technology Program
Investment Promotion Center
Foreign Trade Administration,
Ministry of Industry Trade & Labor State of Israe

l Mr. Oded Distel

Major Achievements:

Creating a long term vision and working plane, that is well accepted
by the government, the private sector and the academia

Positioning Israel as a source for creative and innovative technologies
Establish cooperation with large multinationals like: GE and Siemens and
with the water utility companies of Madrid, Beijing and Singapore.

2003 – Director of International Investments
Investment Promotion Center

Foreign Trade Administration,
Ministry of Industry Trade & Labor State of Israel Academic: 2004-2006 M.B.A in Business .The School for Business Administration Tel-Aviv
1989-1993 B.A. in Business .The School for Business Administration Tel-Aviv
Major in Marketing

“Appel” computers
Creating a long term vision and working plane, that is well accepted by the government, the private sector and the academia

October 2009



Charles Chaumin has been appointed President of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
Asia and member of the Executive Committee. Based at SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Asia
Headquarters in Hong Kong, he will supervise SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT’s operations
and business lines development in the region.

Charles Chaumin started his career in the SUEZ group in 1980 as Branch Director f
or SAFEGE, a consulting engineering company. From 1993 to 1998, he assumed the responsibility of Deputy Managing Director of Aguas Argentina. In 2002, he became
Vice Managing Director for SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT in South America. From 2005 to
2009, Charles Chaumin has been CEO of Ondeo Industrial Solutions, the European leader
for industrial water.

Backed by a large International and European experience, Charles Chaumin
has shown exceptional entrepreneurial and managerial talent and is a graduate
from Ecole Polytechnique and has an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale
des Ponts et Chaussées.

Charles Chaumin succeeds Erik de Muynck as President of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Asia.

September 2009

YBhg. Tan Sri Rozali Ismail

YBhg. Tan Sri Rozali Ismail

One of the very few Malay entrepreneurs to champion conglomerates in leading
position in several industries, YBhg. Tan Sri Rozali Ismail has set an example of
personal and professional achievement for entrepreneurs, particularly in water
and wastewater management in the country. Founder of Puncak Niaga Sdn. Bhd
in 1997, Tan Sri Rozali has used his position as the Executive Chairman to campaign
tirelessly for the preservation of water resources environment and the need to
educate the public on pollution prevention, preservation and conservation.

A lawyer by qualification, Tan Sri Rozali began his career as a Legal Advisor with
the Urban Development Authority (UDA) before joining Bank Islam (M) Berhad in
1987.Often a pioneer in his profession, Tan Sri Rozali conceptualized the first
institution of Islamic banking in Malaysia while in office. In 1987 Tan Sri Rozali
progressed further in his legal capacity to drive his own legal practice as an
Advocate and Solicitor for seven years specializing in corporate, property and banking f

Tan Sri’s Rozali’s passion for entrepreneurialship led him to embark further into
property development sector in the Klang Valley, Kuantan and Johor. Under the
banner of Puncak Alam Housing Sdn Bhd, a family owned company, Tan Sri Rozali
developed a new township named Bandar Baru Puncak Alam.

Following the accomplishments under his belt, Tan Sri Rozali was entrusted by the
Selangor State Government through PNSB, to manage the water treatment plants
for the whole of the State of Selangor Darul Ehsan and the Federal Territory of
Kuala Lumpur. PNHB was subsequently incorporated in 1997 as the holding company
of PNSB and was listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in July 1997.

In recognition of his remarkable contributions in championing management excellence
and best practices in the Malaysian water and wastewater industry, Tan Sri Rozali
has received many honours and awards. Among them include the prestigious Asia
Water Management Excellence Award 2002 – Individual Award by the Regional Institute
of Environmental Technology and prior to that, in 2001, Tan Sri Rozali was conferred the Fellowship Award by the Institute of Marketing (IMM). Nominated twice for the Ernst
and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Master Entrepreneur Category) in 2003 and 2004,
Tan Sri continues to receive recognition for his outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership
and achievements in the water industry when recently SMI Association of Malaysia
conferred the SME Platinum Award 2007 to Tan Sri Rozali on November 30th , 2007.

While Tan Sri Rozali’s colourful reputation stemmed from his engagement in diverse
field primarily water and wastewater industries, Tan Sri Rozali is also highly
acknowledged on the academic front. Tan Sri Rozali was recently named the
Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia for a term of 3 years from July 2007
to June 2010. Prior to this, Tan Sri was already involved with Universiti Malaya
as the Advisor to the Business and Accounting Faculty as well as made the
Board of Director of Universiti Utara Malaysia in 2004. Tan Sri Rozali was also
awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Complementary Medicines (Humanity Services)
by the Open International University Colombo Sri Lanka for his endless contributions
in humanitarian activities.

Tan Sri Rozali is also highly active in various influential government and non-governmental associations. His work has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the country.
Tan Sri Rozali has served as President, Committee Members and Life Member for 17
associations and this include President of Malay Chamber of Commerce 2004/2008
Session, Member of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High
Technology (MIGHT), re-elected President of DPMMS for 2007/2010 Session,
Life Member of Gabungan Ikhtisas dan Usahawan Bumiputera Anak Selangor just
to name a few. On the onset of the critical issue of the management and sustainability
of water supply and wastewater management in the Klang Valley, Tan Sri Rozali
formed the Water Association of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (SWAn) and,
he was elected as the President of SWAn for 2007/2009 Session. His objectives are
obvious in addressing the water woes relating to the preservation of resources amid
pollutions and degradation of the water resources.

Executive Chairman to PNHB and Syabas, and major shareholders of two listed
companies namely TRIplc Berhad and WWE Holding Bhd, Tan Sri Rozali takes pride
in the environment and social responsibilities and this is reflected in his achievements
thus far.

August 2009

Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow

Anti-free-trade activist Maude Barlow has been called “the Ralph Nader of Canada,”
and the description is more than apt. She chairs the Council of Canadians, a
Nader-inspired organization that Canada’s National Post has called that country’s
“local command post” for the anti-food-technology movement. Under Barlow’s
leadership, the Council has run successful scare campaigns convincing Canada’s
Liberal government to prohibit the use of bovine growth hormone (BGH) in beef
and dairy cattle, and (until recently) to heavily regulate genetically improved foods.

Barlow has been a vocal opponent of free-trade agreements between the
United States and Canada, holding positions that put her in line with modern
socialists. Complaining to Canadian newsweekly Maclean’s that “governments
are now saying everything should be on the open market,” she defiantly
declared that she and her organization “have decided that is not going to happen.”

In her book Global Showdown: How the New Activists Are Fighting Global
Corporate Rule, Maude Barlow emerged as a big-time international rabble-rouser;
she makes prominent appearances at just about every major protest event on
the World Bank/WTO calendar. In an April 2001 address to demonstrators in
Quebec City, Barlow even defended vandalism and property destruction,
saying that “the real violence lies behind that wall, with the 34 political leaders
and their spin doctors and their corporate friends who bought their way in.”

Chairperson, The Council of Canadians; Director, International Forum on
Globalization; Author, Global Showdown: How the New Activists Are Fighting
Global Corporate Rule

July 2009

Joseph E. Zuback


Joseph E. Zuback is the President and Founder of Global Water Advisors, Inc.,
a firm that specializes in providing support to global water managers, solution
providers, and investors regarding the performance, development, and
commercialization of advanced water technology products and systems

Mr. Zuback’s thirty-five years experience in the water industry spans the
spectrum of municipal, industrial, commercial, and residential water and
wastewater treatment markets around the world. He retired at the end of
2008 from Siemens Water Technologies Corp. where he served as Chief Technology
Officer, Senior Vice President, and a member of the Executive Council management
team. His responsibilities included senior management direction of new product
rationalization and development processes, intellectual property management,
technology risk assessment, new venture commercialization strategies, and
coordination with Siemens’ global network of water technology partners. During
his Siemens tenure, Mr. Zuback served as Siemens’ chief water technology spokesman
at numerous global water policy and technology conferences and panels.

A graduate of Purdue University, Mr. Zuback holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Chemical Engineering and has been a licensed General Engineering
Contractor in the State of California for 20 years. He currently serves as a
board member for the Water Environment Research Foundation and was a
member of the International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s Environment & Water
Industry Development Council from 2006 to 2008. He has also served on the
Advisory Board for the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department for the
University of California in Riverside and as an advisor to the US Strategic Water
Initiative under the auspices of the University of Illinois and WATERCAMPwS.

June 2009

Len C. Rodman
Chairman,Black & Veatch

Len C. Rodman

After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Civil Engineering,
Len Rodman joined Black & Veatch in 1971. In the ensuing years, he served as
process designer, project engineer, and project manager for more than 50 municipal
water, wastewater, and industrial wastewater treatment projects. He was named an Executive Partner of the firm’s Environmental Group and later became a Managing
Partner. He was named CEO and President in 1998 and added the role of Chairman
of the Board in 2000, succeeding P. J. Adam.

May 2009

Mr Alan Gregory
Theme Leader for the Water for a Healthy Country

Mr Alan Gregory: Theme Leader

Mr Alan Gregory, Theme Leader for the Water for a Healthy Country
Flagship’s Urban Waterscapes research, is helping to improve the management
of urban water resources.

Australia’s major east coast cities – particularly Melbourne and Sydney –
consume more than a third of Australia’s drinking water (almost 3 000 million
litres a day).

As Theme Leader for the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship’s Urban
Waterscapes research, Mr Alan Gregory leads a team that is examining
these cities as total urban systems and investigating the full impact of
urban water activities, from the ocean to the outer reaches of water supply
‘With most major cities close to the limits of their water supplies, we face
significant challenges as population continues to grow,’ said Mr Gregory.
‘The added prospect of climate change is further reducing water availability.
In response to this, the urban water industry is in an exciting phase of change,
pursuing more sustainable ways to provide water services.’

Mr Gregory has 30 years’ management, technical and policy experience in:

water and wastewater infrastructure planning and acquisition
urban development
strategic planning.

He also has a Master of Management from the Macquarie University Graduate
School of Management and is keen to bring an industry point of view to CSIRO’s
water research.

‘My previous work was at the forefront of implementing change to more
sustainable provision of water services and I aim to bring an industry
perspective into the Flagship to help with the challenges of establishing
Australia’s cities as world leaders in the efficient use of water,’ Mr Gregory said.

‘Agencies in all the major capital cities are pursuing water strategies that
include demand management, water recycling and other diversified supply
initiatives, many of which are new to Australia. The successful implementation
of these plans will require a range of supporting research.’

He added, ‘I think CSIRO, through the Flagship, has a unique capacity
to draw together researchers from different science disciplines and industry
experience to tackle urban water issues with a fresh perspective.’

April 2009

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak
2009 Stockholm Water Prize Award Winner

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of the Sulabh Sanitation Movement in India,
has been named the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate.

As the founder of the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation,
Dr. Pathak is known around the world for his wide ranging work in the
sanitation field to improve public health, advance social progress, and
improve human rights in India and other countries. His accomplishments
span the fields of sanitation technology, social enterprise, and healthcare
education for millions of people in his native country, serving as a model for
NGO agencies and public health initiatives around the world.

Since he established the Sulabh Sanitation Movement in 1970, Dr. Pathak has
worked to change social attitudes toward traditional unsanitary latrine practices
in slums, rural villages, and dense urban districts, and developed cost
effective toilet systems that have improved daily life and health for millions
of people. He has also waged an ongoing campaign to abolish the traditional
practice of manual “scavenging” of human waste from bucket latrines in India
while championing the rights of former scavengers and their families to economic
opportunity, decent standards of living, and social dignity.

Born to a Brahmin family in 1943 and raised in the Indian state of Bihar,
Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak attended Patna University where he earned an M.A.
in Sociology, an M.A. in English, a Ph.D. in “Liberation of scavengers through
low cost sanitation” and a Doctorate of Literature in “Eradication of scavenging
and environmental sanitation in India: a sociological study.”

Dr. Pathak first came to understand the plight of scavengers in 1968 when he
joined the Bhangi-Mukti (scavengers’ liberation) Cell of the Bihar Gandhi
Centenary Celebrations Committee. During that time, he traveled throughout
India, living with scavenger families as part of his Ph.D. research. Drawing on
that experience, he resolved to take action, not only out of sympathy for the
scavengers but also in the belief that scavenging is a dehumanizing practice that
would ultimately have a destructive impact on modern Indian society. With the
establishment of the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation in 1970,
he thus launched a unique movement that combines technical innovation with
humanitarian principles.

March 2009

George MacKenzie
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

George MacKenzie

George MacKenzie began his appointment on May 17, 2006 as non-executive
Chairman of the Board of American Water, the largest investor-owned
U.S. water and wastewater utility company.

Mr. MacKenzie most recently served as interim president and CEO of American
Water until the appointment of Donald L. Correll, which took effect April 17, 2006.
He has been a valued member of the American Water Board of Directors since
August 2003 and was a past Chair of the Audit Committee of the Board.

In addition to his role with American Water, Mr. MacKenzie is a director on
the Boards of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., Tractor Supply Co., and C&D
Technologies, Inc., where he served as Interim CEO early in 2005. He also
serves on the Board of Trustees of the Medical Center of Delaware and is
a member of the Investment Committee at the University of Delaware.

George MacKenzie previously served as vice chairman of the Board and chief
financial officer of Hercules Incorporated, a global manufacturer of chemical
specialties whose 5,000 employees generated sales of approximately $2 billion
in fiscal 2005. During his 22-year career with Hercules he served in a variety
of senior management roles including president of the Chemical Specialty Division.

February 2009

John Gerretsen
Minister of the Environment, Ontario

John Gerretsen

ohn Gerretsen, Minister of the Environment for Ontario, was first elected in
1995 to represent Kingston and The Islands. He was re-elected in
1999, 2003 and 2007.

As former Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, he brought forward the
award-winning Greenbelt Plan which permanently protects 1.8 million acres
of agricultural and environmentally sensitive land around the Greater Golden
Horseshoe Area.

His work and that of the Ministry has been recognized with a national planning
award for planning excellence in the category of Environmental Planning from
the Canadian Institute of Planners.

While Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, John Gerretsen was
responsible for new stronger planning legislation and bringing the Ontario
Building Code to the most energy efficient standards in Canada.

His tireless support and personal commitment to brownfield redevelopment
earned him a Special Recognition Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award.
The Canadian Urban Institute’s Brownie Awards are sponsored by Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation and are given annually to projects and
programs that reflect leadership and innovation in brownfield redevelopment.

He also introduced the New City of Toronto Act, providing Ontario’s capital
city with new tools to help it thrive in a global marketplace.

As former Minister Responsible for Seniors, John Gerretsen was involved in
improving services and programs for Ontario’s seniors. This included launching
the first Elder Abuse Awareness Day, increasing the Comfort Allowance for
our long term care residents and increasing tax credits for low and moderate
income seniors for the first time in more than 10 years.

Mr. Gerretsen has been a leader in his Kingston community, first as a city
councillor, and then as the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.

He has also been president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
and chair of the Ontario Housing Corporation.

His volunteer and charitable activities include work with Kingcole Homes,
Big Brothers, Rotary Club of Kingston and Almost Home. He has been
chair of South Eastern Ontario Emergency Health Services Committee and
a trustee of Queen’s University.

A graduate of Queen’s, Mr. Gerretsen has practised law in Kingston since 1971.
He lives in Kingston with his wife Assunta.

January 2009

Tang Kin Fei,
The Singapore Water Association

Mr. Tang Kin Fei,

Mr Tang is Group President and Chief Executive Officer
of Sembcorp Industries. He leads Sembcorp with strong
emphasis on its Utilities and Marine & Offshore Engineering businesses,
while strengthening its Environment and Industrial Parks businesses.

Mr Tang has been instrumental in Sembcorp’s bold
transformation into a focused utilities and marine group.
A 20-year veteran of the Sembcorp Group, he is credited
with developing its Utilities business into a global energy,
water and centralised utilities provider serving customers
in Singapore, the UK, China, Vietnam and the UAE.
Currently, Mr Tang has direct oversight over Sembcorp’s
Utilities and Environment businesses. Going forward, his goal
is to leverage Sembcorp’s expertise in energy and water for new
growth, while tapping synergies within the Group’s businesses for
greater business opportunities.

Mr Tang serves as director, Finance & Investment
Committee Chairman and CSR Steering Committee Advisor of
International Enterprise Singapore. In addition, he lends his
expertise operating in overseas markets as a council member
of Saudi-Singapore, Abu Dhabi-Singapore, and several China-Singapore
business councils. Mr Tang is also a director of GuocoLeisure, formerly
known as BIL International. He holds a First Class Honours degree in
Mechanical Engineering from the University of Singapore and underwent
the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD.

The Singapore Water Association (SWA), the national body of private
sector water players, has elected Mr. Tang Kin Fei, as its new President
As head of the Sembcorp Group, a major home-grown water player operating
wastewater treatment,industrial water treatment, water recycling, steam and
desalination facilities in Singapore, China, the United Kingdom and the United
Arab Emirates, Mr Tang brings rich industry experience to the leadership of the
In an opening address to the new Council, he commented, “With the growth
of Singapore’s water industry, I believe SWA’s role as a platform for companies
to come together to exchange views, jointly tackle issues facing our business
and expand our business opportunities both here and overseas, is more important
than ever”.
Mr. Tang was elected for a two-year term of office together with SWA’s new

December 2008

Jeff R. Garwood
GE Water & Process Technologies

President and CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies

Jeff R. Garwood
Jeff R. Garwood is president and CEO of GE Water & Process Technologies, a
$2 billion business unit of GE Infrastructure. Mr. Garwood assumed this role
in February 2006.

Water & Process Technologies is an industry leader in solving some of the
world’s most pressing water challenges by providing industrial, agricultural
and potable water while lessening our dependence on fresh water sources.

Mr. Garwood began his career as a process engineer with Dupont, with
responsibilities for water treatment, powerhouse and boiler management,
air compression and nitric acid production. He then joined McKinsey
Consulting where he focused on business development, change management
and strategic business modeling.

Mr. Garwood joined GE in 1992 in business development and sourcing at
GE’s global headquarters and later served in a variety of management roles
at GE Plastics, including leading the Engineered Styrenics Resins business.
He expanded his leadership skills outside the company from 1999 to 2001
where he assumed chief operating officer roles for Commerx and Youcentric.
He returned to GE in 2001 as president of Garrett Aviation Services in the
Aircraft Engines business, and he was named president and CEO of GE Fanuc
Automation in 2003.

Mr. Garwood is a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina State University
where he earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering. He graduated first in his
M.B.A. class from the University of North Carolina

November 2008

Professor John Anthony Allan
“Virtual Water” Innovator

Prof John Anthony Allan

Professor John Anthony Allan
Professor John Anthony Allan from King’s College London and the School of
Oriental and African Studies has been named the 2008 Stockholm Water
Prize Laureate. Professor Allan pioneered the development of key concepts
in the understanding and communication of water issues and how they are
linked to agriculture, climate change, economics and politics.

People do not only consume water when they drink it or take a shower. In 1
993, Professor Allan, 71, strikingly demonstrated this by introducing the
“virtual water” concept, which measures how water is embedded in the
production and trade of food and consumer products. Behind that morning
cup of coffee are 140 litres of water used to grow, produce, package and
ship the beans. That is roughly the same amount of water used by an
average person daily in England for drinking and household needs. The
ubiquitous hamburger needs an estimated 2,400 litres of water. Per capita,
Americans consume around 6,800 litres of virtual water every day, over triple
that of a Chinese person.

Virtual water has major impacts on global trade policy and research,
especially in water-scarce regions, and has redefined discourse in water
policy and management. By explaining how and why nations such as the US,
Argentina and Brazil ‘export’ billions of litres of water each year, while others
like Japan, Egypt and Italy ‘import’ billions, the virtual water concept has
opened the door to more productive water use. National, regional and global
water and food security, for example, can be enhanced when water intensive
commodities are traded from places where they are economically viable to
produce to places where they are not. While studying water scarcity in the
Middle East, Professor Allan developed the theory of using virtual water import,
via food, as an alternative water “source” to reduce pressure on the scarcely
available domestic water resources there and in other water-short regions.

In its Citation, the international Nominating Committee wrote:
Professor Tony Allan is awarded for the Stockholm Water Prize for his unique,
pioneering and long lasting work in education and raising the awareness
internationally of interdisciplinary relationships between agricultural production,
water use, economies and political processes. The introduction of new important
concepts like “virtual water”, the use of the “problemshed” concept to
emphasise that the most serious water sector problems are remedied
outside the water sector, that energy is the big issue and above all that
understanding the political landscape is the most important factor in the water
science/policy nexus has created both innovative new research and actions from
both individuals, large organisations and NGOs. The improved understanding of
trade and water management issues on local, regional and global scales are of
the highest relevance for the successful and sustainable use of water resources.

The Stockholm Water Prize which Professor Allan will receive is a global
award founded in 1990 and presented annually by the Stockholm Water
Foundation to an individual, organisation or institution for outstanding
water-related activities. The activities can be within education and
awareness-raising, human and international relations, research, water
management and water-related aid. The Stockholm Water Prize Laureate
receives USD 150,000 along with a glass sculpture, and will be presented
August 21 in the Stockholm City Hall. H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is
the Patron of the Stockholm Water Prize.

The Founders of the Stockholm Water Prize are Swedish and international
companies who strive to push sustainability forward in the water sector.
The Founders of Stockholm Water Prize working in co-operation with the
City of Stockholm are: Bacardi, Borealis & Borouge, DuPont, Europeiska
Insurance, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, General Motors, Grundfos
Management, Hewlett Packard, ITT Water & Wastewater, Kaupthing Bank
Sverige, Kemira Water, KPMG Sweden, Läckeby Water, P&G, Ragn-Sells, Scandic, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Siemens AG, Snecma, SJ, Uponor and Water
Environment Federation.

Promoting Smarter Water Decisions
As a scientist, educator and advisor, Professor Allan has built essential
knowledge and communication tools for sustainable and efficient water
resource management and policy. His research deploys a wide range of
environmental, economic, social and political theory to give insights on global
water resources and the extent to which they can be made sufficient to meet
the needs of future populations. Because of his work, policy makers, scientists,
water professionals and the general public have greater awareness of the role
of water in the production of different types of products and its impact on global
trade and economy. Virtual water remains a central and active component of
scientific research and policy formulation, and has empowered individual
consumers to affect water management on a global scale.

“Beyond the Box” Thinker
Professor Allan has furthermore developed the idea and terminology of
“hydro-hegemony” and the “problemshed.” This work has led to better
understanding of potential and real conflicts in transboundary regions such
as the Nile Basin, where water resources are shared between countries,
while providing perspective on economic and political processes that can
make food and water security possible for all nations in such water basins.
He remains a leading voice for sustainable water development and expert
advisor on balancing population growth and increasing food demand in developing
countries, institutional reform, valuing water, conflict resolution, and on the Middle
East and North Africa (MENA) region.

A Lifetime of Achievement
Professor Allan has authored or edited seven books and has published over
100 papers in political science, natural resource management, and
interdisciplinary water journals. He has also educated more than 1100 current
or future water professionals. He has worked for over 35 years with the MENA
region and has advised on joint management of shared water resources on
every basin in the Middle East. He also served as editor for the scientific journal
Water Policy and as a consultant for numerous governments, the World Bank
and the European Union. His keen perceptions and scientific analysis have inspired
new thinking on the spectrum of water challenges, and is described by many
as one of the most influential thinkers in the global water sector today.

SIWI – Independent, Leading-Edge Water Competence for Future-Oriented
Action The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute
that contributes to international efforts to combat the world’s escalating water
crisis. SIWI advocates future-oriented, knowledge-integrated water views in
decision making, nationally and internationally, that lead to sustainable use
of the world’s water resources and sustainable development of societies.

October 2008

Barry M. Jackson
Programme Manager Global
Sanitation Fund, WSSCC

Barry Jackson

CEng, MA (Oxon), MICE, FWISA Barry Jackson joined the WSSCC as the Programme Manager of the Global Sanitation
Fund in September 2008. Prior to that, he was the most senior policy analyst at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. A graduate of Oxford University, he worked
for ten years as a consulting civil engineer in London, Johannesburg, and Maseru,
Lesotho, and a further eight years with the World Bank, and later with British Aid, as a sanitation adviser in Lesotho.

He has spent 19 years with the DBSA in a number of roles. Much of his policy work
has contributed to important government policy such as white papers on Water
Supply and Sanitation, the National Public Works Programme and the Municipal
Infrastructure Investment Framework.

He was a member of the team that prepared the bidding documents for Nelspruit’s
concession for water supply and sanitation. He helped establish the Municipal
Infrastructure Investment Unit, which administered grant funds for technical
assistance to set up deals for private sector participation in service delivery.
He was Project Manager of the Municipal Finance Management Technical Assistance
Project, financed by World Bank and DFID, and he was an adviser to the World Bank
Water & Sanitation Program – Africa Region, supporting the development of sanitation

policies in several countries in East Africa.

The Global Sanitation Fund is a financing mechanism within the WSSCC created to
support national efforts to help larger numbers of poor people to attain sustainable
access to basic sanitation and to adopt good hygiene practices. This demand-driven programme specifically targets poor populations in developing countries that lack basic sanitation, respects national leadership, pools funds and promotes sustainable services.

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September 2008

Christine Todd Whitman
Chair, The Water Policy Institute

Christine Todd Whitman

The Water Policy Institute chaired by former EPA Administrator and New Jersey
Governor Christine Todd Whitman,the Institute will address water-related issues
and provide information to the public through its website.

“I believe water is one of the most pressing environmental issue facing
our world today. Water issues have escalated in our country and worldwide,
with record droughts, threats to water quality, and cross-border disputes over
water. The Institute provides a one-of-a-kind forum for water leaders to
consider the problems and develop new ideas and potential solutions,” said
Christie Whitman, who is currently president of The Whitman Strategy Group.

Whitman was elected Governor of New Jersey in 1993 and served in the post
until 2000 when President George W. Bush asked her to head the Environmental
Protection Agency. The youngest of four children in an affluent family active in
Republican politics, she earned a B.A. in government from Wheaton College in 1968.
She then worked as an outreach worker for the Republican National Committee,
a staff member of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, an English-as-a-second-language teacher in New York City. In 1982 Whitman was elected to the
Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders (county commissioners), where
she served until 1988 when Gov. Thomas Kean appointed her to the state Board
of Public Utilities. In 1990 Whitman resigned to run for the U.S. Senate against
incumbent Bill Bradley. Although she had little name recognition, Whitman surprised
pundits by getting 49 percent of the vote, narrowly losing to Bradley. In 1993
she defeated incumbent Gov. James Florio. Whitman has cut taxes, promoted
business, streamlined government, and promoted tough anti-crime legislation.
Her support of abortion and gay rights has made her unpopular with much of the Republican party. Environmentalists say she has a mixed record. She supported
a measure allowing $1 billion to preserve some one million acres of land from
development and imposed environmental reviews on new development’s water
and sewer facilities. Whitman also tried to promote business, reducing fines for
polluters, streamlining the building permit process, and reducing staff at the state environmental protection office. She resigned her EPA post in May 2003. She is
married to John Whitman, a financial consultant whose grandfather was governor
of New York. They have two children and own two farms.

August 2008

Nie Meisheng
President, China Water Industry Association CCES

Nie Meisheng

Prize ( 1st rank ), State Education Commission “ RPersonal

Born 1st Dec 1942, Kun Ming, Yun Nan Province, China
Nationality: Man Zu
Origin: Dalian, Liaoning
1957 – 1962 Water Supply & Drainage Section, Civil Engineering Department, Tsinghua University
1984 – 1986 Environmental Engineering, Rensselear
Polytechnic Institute, dispatched by the State Education Commission as the visiting scholar
Work Experience
1963 – 1970

Municipal Engineering Research Institute,
Ministry of Construction, as a technician
1970 – 1973 First Construction Co., Si Chuan Construction Industry Bureau, as a technician
1973 – 1978 China Southwest Municipal Engineering Design Institute, as a technician
1978 – 1984 Ditto, as an engineer
1984 – 1986 Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, USA, as a visiting scholar.
1986 – 1987

China Southwest Municipal Engineering Design Institute, as division chief & engineer
1987 – 1989 Ditto, as Deputy Chief Engineer, Senior Engineer
1989 – 1990 Ditto, as Deputy Director, Deputy Chief Engineer, Senior Engineer
1990 – 1991 Ditto, as Deputy Director, Deputy Chief Engineer, Professor
1991 – 1993 Science & Technology Department, MOC, as Deputy Director General, Doctorate Tutor
1994 – 1998 Science & Technology Department, MOC, as Director General
1995 – present Harbin Institute of Technology, Visiting professor
1996 – present Chairperson, Water Supply & Drainage Association, China Civil Engineering Association
1996 – present Tsinghua University, Visiting Professor
1998 – present Science &Technology Committee, MOC, as Vice Director
2001 – present International Water Association, China National Committee as Chairperson
2001 – present China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce, President
Major Achievements



1.2006. Beijing Science & Technology Progress Prize (1st rank), Beijing Municipality, ”Green Building Assessment System”.

2. 1992, Science & Technology Progress Prize ( 1st rank ), MOC, “ Research on Oxidation Pond Engineering Technology ” as Chief Researcher.

3. 1992, Science & Technology Progress esearch on High Density Organic Wastewater Biological Treatment Technology ”, as the Chief of the sub – subject.

4. 1995, Science & Technology Progress Prize ( 3rd rank ), National Environment Protection Agency, “ Research on Cresol Chemical Wastewater Test ”, as the subject chief.

5. 1983, Science & Technology Research Award ( 3rd rank ), Sichuan Vinylon Works Wastewater Biological Treatment Test Research, as Chief Researcher.

6. 1978. National Science & Technology Conference Prize, “ Si Chuan Vinylon Works Waste Water Treatment Experiment Research ” as Chief Researcher.


1. 1985, Excellent Papers Prize 57 New York Annual Conference on Waste Water Control, “ Phosphorus Transformation in a Rapid Infiltration Column”.

2. 1995, praised by the 4th Women Conference of UN ( as the woman scientific and technical expert ).

3. 1996, praised by MOC for her heartfelt efforts to participated in the 2nd HABITAT Conference.

B. Written Works or Publications

1. Air Pollution and Control > , as co – writer with two American Professors, 1985, published by China Environment Press.

2. Design Manual for Urban Wastewater Stabilization Pond > , as Deputy Editor in Chief, 1990,published by China Building Industry Press.

3. Design Guideline for Urban Wastewater Land Treatment Utilization >, as Editorial Member, 1991, published by China Standard Press.

4. Urban Water Drainage Engineering Manua > as translator, 1993, published by China Building Industry Press.

5. China Housing Industry Technology > as Editor in Chief, 1995, published by Ji Lin People’s Press.

6. Selection of Design on Water Industry Engineering Technology > as Editorial Member, 1997 published by China Building Industry Press.

7. Design Manual on Water Industry Technology > as the Director of the editorial committee, will be published by China Building Industry Press in 1998.

8. China Eco-housing technology Evaluation Handbook > as the first editor,2001 published by China Building Industry Press.


1. “ Phosphorus Transformation in a Rapid Infiltration Column ”, 1st author, 1985, published by Northeastern Environ, Sci, V4.nos3/4, pp149-154.

2. ”Studies on the Mechanism of Phosphorus Removal from Treated Wastewater by Sand”, as 2nd author, 1988, published by JWPCF pp2089-2094.Vol.60.

3. ”Developing Chinese Characteristics Suitable Urban Wastewater Treatment Technology ”, as the Only Author, 1988”China Water Supply & Drainage Journal ” Vol 4, No. 4.

4. “ Test Research on Technical and Economical effect of Urban Water Stabilization Ponds ”, 1st author, 1990.5.6 “ China Water Supply & Drainage Journal ” There are two papers published by “ Water Science & Technology ” of IAWQ ( all rights reserved ).

5. “ Technical & Economic Analysis of Stabilization Ponds ”, as 1st author, 1991, published by “ Water Science & Technology ” Vol 24, No. 5, pp55 – 62.

6. “ System Optimization of Stabilization Ponds ” as 1st author, 1992, published by “ Water Science & Technology ” Vol 26, No. 7 – 8, pp1678 – 1688.

7. “ Consideration on Scientific & Technical Issues for Social Development ” as 2nd author, 1992. 5, papers released at Social Scientific and Technical Seminar.

8. “ Energy Efficiency in Urban Buildings ”, as 1st author, 1993.3. “ Report, Expert Group Meeting, Urban Areas, Environment & Energy ”, pp87, organized by UN HABITAT Center and Swedish Government.

9. “ Human Settlement Sustainable Development ”, as the only author, 1993.10. “ Essay on Chinese Sustainable Development ” pp60, published by China Marine Press.

10. “ The Scientific Research and Development on Urban Water and Wastewater in China ” as the only author, 1994.7. “ Selection Papers for International Seminar on Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment ”. pp1, published by China Building Industry Press.

11. “ The State of the Art of Human Settlements Environment and Countermeasures for Improvement in China ”, as 1st author, 1994, “ Selection of papers for 14th Eastern Region Planning Conference ” pp423

12. “ China Sustainable Energy Utilization in Building ”, as 1st author, pp162, 2nd HABITAT Conference, June 7, 1996, Istanbul, Turkey.

13. “ Year 2000 China Water Industry Sustainable Development Strategy – the Industrialization of Water Industry ”, as 1st author, released at the 10th Anniversary Meeting of the founding of China Civil Engineering Association, published by China Environment Press, “ Resources, Development, Environmental Protection” pp771, and also compiled by the symposium on Environmental Protection ( across Taiwan Straits ).

14. ” The Emerge & Development of Water Industry & Its Learning ” as 1st author, 1997.4. “ Water Supply and Drainage Journal ”.

July 2008

Roman Thomassin
President & Regional Director
Roman Thomassin

As President of Elster AMCO Water, Inc. Roman Thomassin leads the water business for the North Americas as well as drives business strategy for market implementation of the recently launched evolution™ AMI, Elster’s revolutionary new AMI product solution for the water industry. Roman also serves on the Executive Management Team as Regional Director for the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico water businesses. A visionary leader and technical innovator with extensive global management experience, Roman has served in leadership positions in the manufacturing sector, both domestically and internationally. A progressive change agent and an International and Multicultural Specialist, Roman is fluent in 3 languages and has lived and worked in several different countries including Germany, Slovakia, Colombia, and the United States. He has hands-on experience in a variety of different countries and cultures all over the world in various industries including automotive, Aerospace, and Energy. Roman has built start-up companies in the United States, turned around Europe wide relocation projects (Slovakia), reorganized companies in North and South America, and restructured companies in various cultures.

A progressive change agent and an international and multicultural specialist, Thomassin is fluent in 3 languages and has lived and worked in several different countries including Germany, Slovakia, Colombia, and the United States. He has hands-on experience in a variety of different countries and cultures all over the world in various industries including automotive, Aerospace, and Energy. Thomassin has built start-up companies in the United States, turned around relocation projects including Slovakia, reorganized companies in North and South America, and restructured companies in various cultures.

Prior to his appointment as president of Elster AMCO Water, Thomassin held several senior executive positions with Elster including chief operating officer for Elster Electricity in Raleigh, North Carolina and general manager for Elster in Bogota, Colombia. As president of Elster AMCO Water, Thomassin will lead the water business for the North Americas, as well as drive business strategy for market implementation of the recently launched evolution™ AMI, Elster’s revolutionary new AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) solution for the water industry.

June 2008

Dr Glen T. Daigger
Senior Vice President, CH2M HILL
Glen T. Daigger

A recognized expert in wastewater treatment, especially the use of biological processes, Dr. Daigger is currently a Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for CH2M HILL where he has been employed for 27 years. He also served as Professor and Chair of the Environmental Systems Engineering Department at Clemson University. As the author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers, four books, and several technical manuals, he has contributed to advancing practice within our profession. For the Water Environment Federation (WEF) he has served as Chair of several committees, including the task force that developed the most recent edition of the WEF MOP No. 8, Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants, Board of Editorial Review of Water Environment Research, the Technical Practice Committee, and the Committee Leadership Council (CLC). He is current Chair of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) Research Council. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kappe and Freese lectures and the Harrison Prescott Eddy, Morgan, and the Gascoigne Awards from WEF. A member of a number of professional societies, Dr. Daigger is also a member of the National Academy of Engineers. Books by Glen T. Daigger Widgets

May 2008

Colin Harris
Director of Arup
Cokin Harris

Colin Harris is a Director of Arup with 30 years’ experience of large infrastructure and utility projects in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Far East.

He has extensive experience of appraisals, technical auditing design, procurement, and site supervision of capital works. He also has substantial experience in the Utilities sector.

Colin has been responsible for Capital Programme Frameworks with Yorkshire Water Services since 1996, has advised many water plc’s on cost issues relating to the Regulatory Framework and a large number of clients on the procurement of substantial infrastructure projects.

He currently represents Arup at C2C Board meetings for Package C of the MoD Aquatrine Project and is also advising on the acquisition of major utilities undertakings in the UK.

Established in 1946, Arup is a global organisation of consulting engineers, planners and project managers working in all areas of the built environment. Its’ work covers a wide range of sectors, where the firm is currently advising on construction projects totaling approximately US$50 billion in value. Arup now has more than 6,500 people operating from 71 offices worldwide and an annual turnover exceeding US$500 million, derived from work in 32 countries.

Arup has a future statement, a simple statement encapsulating its’ aspirations.

We shape a better world …

April 2008

Soz , Prof. Saif-ud-Din
Union Minister of Water Resources, India
Prof. Saif-ud-Din

Positions Held
Leader, Ministerial Conference on U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification in Asia, Beijing, May, 1997.
Leader of the Indian Delegation at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS) to review implementation of Agenda 21 – New York, 23-27 June,1997.

Visited Austria to hold bilateral discussions with the Environment Minister of Austria on conservation of water bodies, solid waste management etc., July 3-8, 1997.
Leader of the Indian delegation at IX Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol – Montreal, Canada, September 15-17, 1997.
Leader of Indian delegation at the 1st Conference of Parties of Convention to Combat Desertification – Rome, October 8-11, 1997.
Leader of Indian delegation at XIth World Forestry Conference – Anatalya, Turkey, October 11-16, 1997.
Leader of Indian delegation at the Conference of Parties – Cop 3 of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change – Kyoto, Japan, December 9-11, 1997.
Participated in Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change – Birmingham, UK, May 14-16, 1998.
Member, Presidential delegation. Accompanied President of India, Shri K. R. Narayanan in his tour of Germany, Portugal, Luxemberg and Turkey, September 5 – 21, 1998.
Addressed the UN Special Session on Human Rights – Geneva, March 22 – April 30, 1999.
Leader of Indian Parliamentary delegation to 10th General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Parliamentarians’ Conference on Environment & Development (APPCED) to COZUMEL ISLAND (Mexico), November 13-15, 2003.
Leader of Indian Parliamentary delegation to 11th General Assembly of the Asia Pacific arliamentarians’ Conference on Environment & Development (APPCED) to KOROLEUV ISLAND (Fiji), August 17 – 20, 2004.
Represented Indian National Congress at the Third International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) – Beijing, China, September 3-5, 2004.
Represented India at the 50th Anniversary of Bandung Conference under the auspices of Afro-Asian Solidarity Organisation – Cairo, Egypt, February 28 – March 4, 2005.
Attended meeting of the Standing Committee of International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) – Seoul, South Korea, May 26-27, 2005.
Attended the 4th Governing Body Meeting of the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (established under the auspices of UNESCO) – Tehran, Iran, May 13, 2006.
Led Indian Delegation to the World Water Week – Stockholm, Sweden, August 23-26, 2006.

Attended the 30th Anniversary of UN Water Conference at Zaragoza (Spain) from 13-15 March, 2007.
Educational Qualifications : M.A. (Economics)
Profession : Educationist, Economist, Writer, Political and Social Activist

March 2008

Sir Peter Mason KBE
Chairman of Thames Water Utilities
Sir Peter Mason

Sir Peter Mason KBE is Chairman of Thames Water. He is also the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of BAE Systems plc (from January 2003), and was appointed to the Treasury/DTI Asia Task Force in 2005.

Previously, he was Chief Executive of AMEC plc, the international project management and services company.

He was a board member of British Trade International from 2000 to 2005, and awarded a KBE in 2002 for services to international trade.

Prior to joining AMEC in February 1996, Sir Peter was an Executive Director of BICC plc and Chairman and Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty Limited.

He held a number of appointments in the engineering and construction industry before he joined Norwest Holst in 1980.

Three years later he became Managing Director of the company’s civil engineering division and, in 1985 was appointed Chief Executive of Norwest Holst Group PLC. He held this position until he joined BICC in 1992.

Sir Peter Mason brings extensive management and oil service sector experience, having served as Chief Executive for AMEC from 1996 until his retirement in September 2006.

Prior management positions include Executive Director of BICC plc and Chairman and Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty. He was appointed a Non-executive Director of BAE Systems plc in January 2003 and joins the Board of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in a non-executive capacity from October 2006. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and he holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Engineering. Sir Peter is a British citizen.

February 2008

Craig Woolard
Woolard to become AWWA president-elect
Craig Woolard

Craig Woolard, treatment division director of the Anchorage (Alaska) Water and Wastewater Utility, has been elected by the AWWA Board of Directors to become the association’s next president-elect.

The election took place at the board’s mid-winter meeting, January 27, in Coronado, Calif. Woolard will complete a term as AWWA vice-president in June and then assume his new position during the association’s annual conference in Atlanta.

Woolard has undertaken a variety of roles in the water industry throughout his career. He worked construction in college and since graduating, has worked as a consultant, civil engineering professor and department chair, and associate dean of research and graduate studies for the University of Alaska?Anchorage engineering program before joining the Anchorage utility.

An AWWA member since 1995, Woolard has served on the Credentialing, Camp Scholarship, Publications Award, Young Professionals, and Strategic Planning committees and was the liaison officer to the Administration and Policy Council.

On the section level, Woolard has served as section chair and chair of the annual conference and the research and development committees. In 1997, he was named the AWWA Alaska Section Volunteer of the Year. He received the AWWA Fuller Award in 2003.

Woolard is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. He has served on several Anchorage city boards.

Woolard earned a BS and a PhD in civil engineering from Montana State University and the University of Notre Dame, respectively. He did postdoctoral research at the Institute for Water Quality and Waste Management at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He has also completed the University of North Carolina’s Water and Wastewater Leadership Center program.

After serving as a university civil engineering professor for 12 years and becoming tuned into young engineering professionals of the future, Craig Woolard is getting another perspective of the drinking water industry.

Woolard has participated in the water industry in a variety of roles throughout his career. He worked construction in college and since graduating, has worked as a consultant, civil engineering professor and department chair, and associate dean of research and graduate studies for the University of Alaska?Anchorage engineering program.

“I enjoy the challenge of a new position. I’ve also found that each new job gives you a different perspective on the industry, which has been valuable,” said Woolard, 41.

His college doctoral advisor, Bob Irvine, was his primary mentor. “Bob had a profound impact on my career. He elevated my level of thinking and my intensity. He taught me how to think critically and to understand both the details of an issue and the big picture.”

Woolard’s dedication to the water industry the past decade has involved many facets of the Alaska Water–Wastewater Management Association, A Section of AWWA, said Tom Winkler, president.

“He has served in multiple leadership roles and worked tirelessly to promote the section, AWWA, and the water industry January 2008

Professor John Langford
Director of the University’s Melbourne Water Research Centre
John Langford

Professor John Langford, a leader in urban and rural water management reform, joined the University of Melbourne in November 2003 as inaugural Director of the University’s Melbourne Water Research Centre.

He brings to the University a career expertise in the water industry spanning more than three decades, along with a deep affection for the natural environment and a desire to see it used sustainably.

Professor Langford chose water as a career field because, he says, it is one where it is possible to make a strategic contribution. Internationally recognised for his expertise in water resource and catchment management and urban and irrigation water supply and research management, he plays a prominent role in the wider water debate, including speaking at major internationally sponsored forums.

In 2004 the inaugural Engineers Australia listing of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers included Professor Langford (along with fellow Melbourne colleagues Professor David Boger, Professor Rod Tucker and Professor Jannie van Deventer).

Professor Langford chaired the Boards of the highly successful Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Catchment Hydrology (in which the University was a core partner) and the CRC for Freshwater Ecology for more than a decade, and also the Advisory Board of Sydney University’s Special Research Centre on the Environmental Impact of Coastal Cities during it’s nine-year life. Currently he is chair of the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre.

From 1994 to 2003 he was inaugural Executive Director of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), the peak body of the Australian urban water industry, and was Managing Director of the Rural Water Corporation, Victoria’s state-wide irrigation and rural water authority, from 1989 to 1994.

Among his career highlights Professor Langford notes helping to build the WSAA from its conception into an industry association with 28 members servicing 14.5 million people in Australia and New Zealand.

He sees launching the Melbourne Water Research Centre as a significant achievement, having started with nothing and raised $6 in research grants for every $1 invested by the University to create a portfolio of $7m of multi-disciplinary outcome-focused water research across the University.

A Melbourne graduate (BEAgr 1967, PhDEng 1972) he is a Churchill Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a recipient of the Peter Hughes Award for his contribution to the Australian water industry, the 2003 Centenary Medal and the Order of Australia (2005).

December 2007

Lindiwe Benedicta Hendricks, Mrs
Minister of Waters Affairs and Forestry of the Republic of South Africa
Lindiwe Benedicta

Current Positions

Minister of Waters Affairs and Forestry of the Republic of South Africa since 22 May 2006.

Academic Qualifications

  • Kwa-Gijima Primary School, Lamontville
  • Montebello Combined School
  • Secondary Education: St. Mary’s Entshongweni, Durban
  • Matriculated from Ohlange High School, Inanda, Durban
  • B Proc Degree from University of Fort Hare (1981)
  • LLB Degree from University of Fort Hare (1983)
  • DIP in Management from Rhodes University (1992)

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

  • Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa (17 June 1999 – 21 June 2005)
  • Served articles of clerkship with Simelane and Co Attorneys, and with Magqabia and Co (1983 – 1985)
  • Admitted as an Attorney in December 1985
  • Established a firm of Attorneys, Ngwane and Ngwane in Durban in Partnership (1986)
  • Professional Assistant with Attorneys Qabaka and Co (1986 – 1988)
  • Started to practice for own account as Ngwane and Ngwane Attorneys (1988)
  • Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court (1995)
  • Joined East London Youth Congress (1984)
  • Executive member of the 1st Mdantsane Residents Association (1985)
  • Joined the African National Congress (ANC) and over the years held the following positions at Branch level: Secretary, Deputy Chairperson, Treasurer etc. both in Mdantsane and East London
  • Former National Deputy President of National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL)
  • Member of Parliament (1994 – 1999)
  • Member of the Justice and Constitutional Development Committee
  • Member of the Constitutional Affairs Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on the quality of the life and status of women
  • Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Statements by Minister Maduna
  • Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence
  • Minister of Minerals and Energy of the Republic of South Africa (22 June 2005 – 22 May 2006)

November 2007

Nilaksh Kothari
President , AWWA
Kothari Nilaksh

Nilaksh Kothari, general manager of public utilities for Manitowoc, Wisconsin, assumed the presidency of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the world’s largest and oldest water organization, at a Gavel Passing Ceremony during AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE07).

“It is a great honor to lead the world’s largest and best organization dedicated to public health through the provision of safe water,” said Kothari, who has served for many years as a leader in the Wisconsin Section of AWWA and as an AWWA vice president. “This is a privilege and an immense responsibility, and I promise to serve with the same enthusiasm, passion and commitment that define our profession.”

During Kothari’s career as a water professional, he has been honored with the AWWA George Warren Fuller Award (2002), the Wisconsin Section Research Award (1997), and the Achievement Award in (1996). He also has served as chair of the Diversity & Member Involvement Committee and on the Strategic Planning, Education, Water for People, and Small System and Membrane Process committees. He is married to wife, Dipika, and has two sons, Anai and Annoj.

In accepting the gavel, Kothari told that he would focus on listening to members, strengthening Section-Association cooperation, encouraging the use of the best available technologies, identifying and engaging strategic partners and continuing succession planning

October 2007

Dr YaacobB Ibrahim

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

Dr Yaacob was born in Singapore on 3 October 1955. After graduating from the University of Singapore with an honours degree in Civil Engineering in 1980, he worked as a structural engineer at Bylander Meinhardt Partnership. In 1984, he began his PhD studies on scholarship at Stanford University (US). After graduating in 1989, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cornell University (US).

He returned to Singapore in 1990 and joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the National University of Singapore as a Research Scientist. In 1991, he joined the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, where he became Senior Lecturer in 1993 and obtained the teaching excellence award for the academic year 1994/95. He is currently on leave of absence from the university as Associate Professor.

Dr Yaacob has been active in community service. In his schooldays, he was a youth member at Jamiyah (Muslim Missionary Society of Singapore). He became a volunteer tutor at Yayasan Mendaki (Council for the Development of Singapore Muslim Community) when it started tuition classes in 1983. Following his return to Singapore in 1990, he continued his association with Yayasan Mendaki. He also became actively involved with the religious council Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), and the Association of Muslim Professionals. He was a council member at MUIS from 1992 to 1996. At Yayasan Mendaki, he became a board member in 1993, Deputy Chairman in 1994, and has been Chairman since March 2002.

Dr Yaacob has served as a board member at the Civil Service College, the National Heritage Board, STV12 Pte Ltd and Temasek Polytechnic, and as a trustee of NTUC Income, a union-linked cooperative.

On 2 January 1997, Dr Yaacob was elected as one of four Members of Parliament (MP) for the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency (GRC). He served as a Government Parliamentary Committee member for both the Ministry of Information and the Arts and the Ministry of Community Development. He also served as a member of the Singapore 21 Committee, the Feedback Unit Supervisory Panel, the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Aging Population, and the Singapore Talent Recruitment (STAR) Committee.

On 1 July 1998, Dr Yaacob was sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Communications that later became the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. On 1 May 2001, he was promoted to Senior Parliamentary Secretary. Dr Yaacob was the first Mayor of Central Singapore District, from 1 April 2001 to 23 November 2001.

On 3 November 2001, Dr Yaacob was re-elected as one of five MPs for Jalan Besar GRC.

On 23 November 2001, Dr Yaacob was sworn in as the Minister of State for Community Development and Sports. On 25 March 2002, he was appointed as the Ministry’s Acting Minister and Minister-In-Charge of Muslim Affairs. On 12 May 2003, he was promoted to Minister for Community Development and Sports.

On 12 Aug 2004, he was appointed Minister for the Environment and Water Resources in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Cabinet. Dr Yaacob was re-appointed in the same capacity following his re-election on 6 May 2006 as one of five MPs for Jalan Besar GRC. He continues to be in charge of Muslim affairs.

Dr Yaacob serves in the People’s Action Party’s Central Executive Committee as vice-chairman.

Dr Yaacob is married with two children: a son and a daughter. He enjoys reading, listening to music and meeting people.

September 2007

Letitia A. Obeng
Chair, Global Water Partnership
Letitia A Obeng

Letitia A. Obeng is the new Chair of the Global Water Partnership (GWP).
Ms Obeng, a Ghanaian holding a Ph.D. degree in public health and water resources engineering from Imperial College, University of London, has extensive experience in water and sanitation strategy development and service delivery across the African continent. Dr. Obeng has held increasingly responsible positions since joining the Bank in 1982, most recently as Director for Environment, Water Resources, Rural and Social Development in the Middle East and North Africa Region; Strategy and Operations Director in the Office of the Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean; and Director, Office of the President, The World Bank. In accepting the position as Chair of the GWP, Letitia Obeng said, “The work of the Partnership in supporting the development of sustainable water resource management is vital and much needed. I am truly honored to contribute in this way and look forward to working with the members of the GWP family.”
Dr. Obeng will assume her duties as Chair of the GWP at the end of the year.

August 2007

Ryan L. Brooks
CSFPUC Commissioner
Ryan L. Brooks
Ryan L Brooks is President of the Commission. He serves as the Western Region Vice-President of Public Affairs for Viacom Outdoor, a leading global media company, and is responsible for governmental and public affairs activities from California to Texas. He is a member of the California International Relations Foundation (CIRF), which provides assistance to the California State Senate in furthering economic, educational and cultural exchanges with foreign governments and citizens. Brooks has served as Director of Administrative Services under Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr., where he was responsible for policy and planning for fourteen City Departments, managing over 300 employees and a budget of $94.6 million.

In November 2003, Mayor Brown appointed Brooks to the Commission. At that time, Brooks stated, “Water and power issues touch every resident of San Francisco every day. Their effective management is essential to our economy and our quality of life. I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the City I love.”

Commissioner Brooks is a native of Los Angeles and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University. As a contractor, he was a Pentagon Advisor on public policy to the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Environmental Securities. Through his broad range of experience, Brooks is recognized as an authority on issues of environmental concern, public policy and city management. Brook’s term expired in January 2004 and he was reappointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom on August 30, 2004. His term will expire in January 2008.

July 2007

Philip W. Allin
Chair: Fairfax Water
Philip W. Allin
For only the fifth time in its nearly 50-year history, Fairfax Water elected a new Chairman – Philip W. Allin of the Sully District – at its regular meeting held September 7, 2006.

“I look forward to continuing the long tradition of fiscal and environmental stewardship Fairfax Water has built over the last 50 years,” said Chairman Allin. “I also look forward to continuing our efforts to provide high-quality drinking water and reliable service to our rapidly growing Northern Virginia communities.” Allin, a 14-year veteran of the Board of Directors of Fairfax Water, has also served as Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of the Board. Allin and his family are residents of Centreville.

“As a Member of the Fairfax Water Board, Phil Allin has overseen the many improvements that have taken place to provide county citizens the best water service in the region at the lowest cost. I was very happy to hear the news, and I am confident that he will do an outstanding job as Chairman of Fairfax Water,” said Supervisor Michael Frey upon hearing the news.

Fairfax County Water Authority (Fairfax Water) is Virginia’s largest water utility, serving one out of every five Virginians who obtain their water from public utilities. More than 1.3 million people in the Northern Virginia communities of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Alexandria depend on Fairfax Water for superior drinking water.

Chartered in 1957 by the Virginia State Corporation Commission as a public, non-profit water utility, Fairfax Water operates water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 270 million gallons per day. The plants include the Corbalis Treatment Plant, operating on the dependable and free-flowing Potomac River in the northwestern area of Fairfax County, and the Griffith Treatment Plant on the impounded Occoquan River in the southeastern area. Water is distributed throughout Fairfax Water’s service area through nearly 3,200 miles of water mains.

Fairfax Water produces, on average, 148 million gallons of water per day. More than 235,000 mostly residential accounts in Fairfax County comprise about 60 percent of total water sales. Approximately 40 percent of total water sales are wholesaled to Loudoun and Prince William Counties, the City of Alexandria, the Town of Herndon, Ft. Belvoir, and Dulles Airport. Revenues in 2005 were $120 million.

Fairfax Water is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors composed of Fairfax County citizens who are appointed by the elected Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County. A General Manager, supported by a senior staff of engineering and business professionals, manages the day-to-day operations of Fairfax Water.

June 2007

Timothy F. Brick
Chair: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Timothy F Brick
Born: Omaha, Nebraska

Represents on MWD board: City of Pasadena

Joined MWD board: June 1985

Current MWD committee appointments:

Chair: Metropolitan Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Water industry affiliations:

Brick served 14 years on the Pasadena Utility Advisory Commission, which directs the municipal water and power department, including four terms as chair. He is a member of the Colorado River Water Users Associations, National Water Resources Association and a member of the board of POWER (Public Officials for Water & Environmental Reform.) He also belongs to the Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy and the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Brick was vice-chair of the MWD board from 1998-2000 and chaired the Water Planning & Resources Committee (1995-1998) as well as the Headquarters Committee, which developed MWD’s Union Station Headquarters. He has also chaired the Water Education Committee, the Water Quality Committee, and the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee. This Spring Brick attended the World Water Forum in Mexico City and delivered a presentation on Southern California conservation and integrated planning efforts at a panel on the “Challenges and Perspectives of Megacities.” Brick also played an important role in the development of MWD’s World Water Forum program, which provides grants to Southern California colleges for educational efforts addressing world water problems.
Professional and community activities:

Brick is an organizational consultant, currently serving as Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to the protection and promotion of the Arroyo Seco watershed, a major tributary of the Los Angeles River. He has previously served as an executive and consultant for a wide variety of business, governmental and nonprofit organizations such as the Hahamongna Operating Company, Pasadena AIDS Community Coordinating Committee, Hospice of Pasadena, the Pasadena Health Department, USA for Africa and others. Brick was also a member of the advisory committee of the Business Technology Center of Southern California.

Previous appointments have included the California Energy Commission’s residential standards advisory committee, the Joint Public Utilities Commission/Energy Commission committee on marginal cost pricing and the advisory committee for the Rand Corporation/Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Peak Period Pricing Experiment. Brick graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and has pursued further studies in broadcast journalism and resource economics.

May 2007

Emeritus Prof. Nancy Millis,

An Australian Legend, Chairperson, CRC


If you work within the Australian water industry you are sure to meet some extraordinary individuals because the industry just seems to attract them. These are people with an obvious commitment to this country, to its people and to finding solutions to the water-related issues Australian communities face. One of these extraordinary individuals is Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis AC MBE.
Nancy, as everybody knows her, has been the independent chairman of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Water Quality and Treatment since its beginnings in 1995. If that doesn’t sound like much, imagine an unincorporated joint venture that has grown from an initial seventeen parties to the joint venture agreement to a current figure of twenty-nine. Who could chair a gathering of representatives from that many interests, move a complex agenda along and yet achieve consensus? Nancy can and at the same time keep a keen eye on the quality of the science being pursued on behalf of or by these various interests.
As chairman of the Board, Nancy has made a significant contribution to the CRC. However her involvement in the water industry goes back much further than that.
Nancy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Science in 1948 and received her PhD in 1952 from the University of Bristol in the UK. She recently described her research interests in these terms: “Throughout my career as a microbiologist, I have had an abiding interest in microbial physiology. This underpins all the various interests I’ve had in applied microbiology from fermentations to food, and from sediments and mudflats to the waters above them. Each environment favours the bugs with the physiology to live there. When you control the environment, you can control what thrives.”
Nancy returned to Australia with her PhD degree in 1953 and took up a position as a lecturer in the Microbiology Department at the University of Melbourne. What followed was a long association with that university and that department. She became Reader in 1968, was awarded a personal Chair in Microbiology in 1982, was Deputy Chairman of the Department 1985-87 and was granted the status of Professor Emeritus in 1987. Nancy was awarded an honorary doctorate of science by the University of Melbourne in 1993.
Her academic involvement hasn’t been limited to one university. She has held visiting positions at a number of overseas university and since 1992 has been Chancellor of La Trobe University.
Recipient of many honours, Nancy is currently one of five Australian medical scientists being featured on a postage stamp by Australia Post as part of its Australian Legends Award. The other prominent scientists in this series are Sir Gustav Nossal, Professor Peter Doherty, Professor Fiona Stanley and Professor Don Metcalf. Nancy’s face is now on stamps across Australia.
Nancy has been involved with more than water. Her earliest research interest was in the spoilage of cider. She was a pioneer of biochemical engineering, writing the basic textbook on the subject “Biochemical Engineering” with co-authors S Aiba and A E Humphrey in the 1960s.
She later became prominent in the emerging science of genetic engineering and chaired the Commonwealth Government’s surveillance committees from 1981 to 2001. She is now a member of the recently formed Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee providing advice to the Gene Technology Regulator and to a Ministerial Council under the terms of the Gene Technology Act 2000.
However there has also been that long association with the water industry. This led to Nancy being appointed to the Board of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works 1990-92 and then as a director of the newly corporatised Melbourne Water until 1994.
She also contributed to the development of the 1996 Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
Nancy currently chairs the Water Resources Strategy Committee for the Melbourne Area, a committee established by the Victorian Government to look at ways to manage Melbourne’s water resources sustainably over the long term.
Then there has been her involvement with environmental research for the water industry including her chairmanship of the Research Advisory Committee of the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre since 1989 and membership of the Board of the CRC for Freshwater Ecology since its formation in 1993.
The Australian water industry generally and those associated with the CRC for Water Quality and Treatment in particular are fortunate that Nancy’s research interest in microbial physiology led her eventually to take an interest in water quality issues, amongst other things.

April 2007

Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, China

Mr. Wang Shucheng

Wang Shucheng

Wang Shucheng (1941-), born in Liyang County, Jiangsu Province, senior engineer with a post-graduate diploma.

Acting as a deputy general manager of State Electric Corporation, and member of the corporation’s Chinese Communist Party (CPC) committee, before Wang was promoted to the minister of water resources.

Graduated in 1959 from the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, majoring in water engineering, Wang joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1965.

Wang, in 1968, went to work in No.6 Engineering Bureau under then Ministry of Water Resources & Electricity. Ten years later, he was appointed deputy secretary of the bureau’s Party committee.

In 1984, Wang acted as deputy secretary of the Party committee integral to the Water Resources & Power Generation Corporation under then Ministry of Water Resources & Electricity.

In 1986, Wang was promoted to the post of deputy general manager of the Water Resources & Power Generation Corporation, and concurrently, a member of the corporation’s Party committee.

In 1987, Wang became director of Bureau of Water Resources & Power Generation, of then Ministry of Water Resources & Electricity, and concurrently, secretary of the bureau’s Party committee.

In 1988, Wang was made director of the Department of Water Electricity Development in then Ministry of Energy, following a cabinet reshuffling.

In 1993, Wang was promoted to a vice-minister of then Ministry of Electric Power, and concurrently, a member of the ministry’s Party committee.

In 1998, Wang became deputy general manager of the State Electric Corporation, and a member of the corporation’s Communist Party committee.

In November 1998, he took the post of minister of Water Resources.

He was a member of the 16th CPC Central Committee.

In March 2003 he was re-appointed minister of Water Resources.


March 2007

Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department

John Renfrow, Director

John Renfrow

John W. Renfrow began his service as the Director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department in January 2006.

An active member of many committees and organizations that make important decisions regarding Miami-Dade County’s water and environmental health, Mr. Renfrow’s career with Miami-Dade County began in 1977 as an Engineer with Department of Enviromental Resources Management (DERM). A University of Miami graduate, Renfrow holds a civil engineering degree and is a registered professional engineer.

As the Director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, Mr. Renfrow’s duties include updating the water and sewer system and ensuring that adequate capacity exists for Miami-Dade County throughout the 21st century. The Department is one of the largest public utilities in the United States, employing 2,604 people with annual operating revenues of approximately $425 million. It provides direct service to more than 415,000 accounts, wholesale water service to 15 municipalities and wholesale sewer service to 12 municipalities.

In addition to being a certified hazardous materials manager, Mr. Renfrow acts as the secretary of the Environmental Quality Control Board, is executive council for the Developmental Impact Committee, and serves on the advisory council of the University of Miami School of Engineering. He has also been a member of the Governor’s East Everglades 8.5 Square Mile Study Committee, the North West Dade County Fresh Water Lake Plan Implementation Committee, and represented the County on the Miami-Dade County / Florida Keys Water Supply Plan Advisory Committee.

Before being tapped to lead the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, Mr. Renfow had been serving as the Director of DERM since 1988. Under his direction, DERM grew into a nationally respected local environmental regulator and educator.


February 2007

Mary E. Blackmon, President, Board of Water Commissioners

Mary E. Blackmon

Mrs. Blackmon was elected President in January 2003. She is a retiree of Ameritech, where she served as a Director of Public Relations and Associate Director of Urban and Civic Affairs. She is a current member of the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency Board of Education, where she has served since 1982. Mrs. Blackmon also served for 10 years as a member of the Detroit Board of Education. She has served on several committees for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), where she is a Vice President. A graduate of Leadership Detroit, Mrs. Blackmon remains active in a number of civic and community organizations. Mrs. Blackmon has served on the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners since November 1988.