We are pleased to announce the first five Accent Speakers who will be joining us at Ozwater this year. Stay tuned for more speakers to be announced soon!
TUESDAY 5 MAY
Stream 6, Water Planning & the Importance of a Catchment/Basin Focus
COLORADO RIVER BASIN DROUGHT PLANNING AND INTERNATIONAL, FEDERAL, STATE, AND INDIGENOUS NATIONS COLLABORATION
Dr Sharon Megdal, Director, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center
Professor Sharon B. Megdal is Director of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona, USA. Her work focuses on water policy and management, on which she writes and frequently speaks. The geographic scope of Dr. Megdal’s work ranges from local to international. Projects include comparative evaluation of water management in water-scarce regions, groundwater recharge, and transboundary aquifer assessment. She is the lead editor of the book, Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges. For over 10 years Sharon has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Central Arizona Project (CAP), a large water conveyance project that delivers Colorado River Water. She holds a PhD degree in Economics from Princeton University.
TUESDAY 5 MAY
Stream 6, Urban Drought Resilience in Cities
THE FUTURE OF WATER SECURE CITIES: APPLYING LESSONS FROM THE MILLENNIUM DROUGHT
Rachel Barratt, Associate Director, Aither
Rachel Barratt has around 20 years’ experience in the water sector and joined Aither as the South Australian lead in 2018. Prior to joining Aither, Rachel held a number of senior roles including Chief Executive Officer with the Water Industry Alliance, Director Strategy in the SA Department for Water and Principal Policy Officer in the SA Office for Water Security. Rachel was a member of the SA Murray Darling Basin National Resource Management Board and is currently Director of Brownhill, Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Board. In addition to her knowledge and expertise of water and natural resources management and policy, Rachel is well known for her strategic foresight and engagement expertise.
WEDNESDAY 6 MAY
Stream 6, Water Efficiency & Demand Management
Room TBC, 10.55am
REDUCING URBAN DEMAND BY MORE THAN HALF: CAPE TOWN’S DROUGHT SUCCESS STORY
Dr Gisela Kaiser, Director, Sustainable water management, Water Globe Consultants, South Africa
Gisela Kaiser is a qualified professional Civil Engineer with an MBA and PhD and has nearly 30 years’ experience in infrastructure development in public and private organisations. She is passionate about finding a balance amongst the competing priorities of social equity, technical excellence, financial limitations and environmental sustainability. Gisela is a seasoned management executive, latterly responsible for Utility Services at the City of Cape Town (from 2012 to 2019), where she was the technical lead during the Cape Town drought response.
WEDNESDAY 6 MAY
Stream 7, Using Voice of the Customer to Improve Utility Operations
Room TBC, 1.25pm
Phil Duncan, Chair, Murray Darling Basin Community Committee / Macquarie University
Phil Duncan is from Moree New South Wales and is a member of the Gomeroi Nation and an elected representative of the Gomeroi Nation Native Title Claimant Group. His homelands are Moree and Terry Hie Hie. Phil has over 38 years’ experience working with Aboriginal people and government to improve the lives of Aboriginal people through recognition of our rich cultural history, the return of our lands, the improvement of our living conditions and education of our next generation through both his employment and active volunteer community work. Phil provides high level policy and strategic advice and leadership to key Indigenous Representative Organisations, Universities, State and Federal government agencies as well as key external stakeholder groups. The strategic advice, leadership and engagement is around issues of culture and heritage significance, community engagement in on-ground projects, as well as the design, delivery and implementation of programs in partnership with government. Phil has made significant contributions in a variety of domains from education and organisational reconciliation action through to areas of focus such as cultural heritage, natural resource management, freshwater river management, forestry, native fish, water rights and allocations. Phil Duncan holds a position at Macquarie University and is the first indigenous chair of the MDBA Community Committee.
THURSDAY 7 MAY
Stream 4, Beneficial Reuse of Wastewater
Room TBC, 1.55pm
PARADIGM SHIFTING IN WASTEWATER RESOURCE RECOVERY
Prof Guanghao Chen, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Guanghao obtained his PhD in Environmental Engineering at Kyoto University in 1990 and joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1995. Currently he is a chair professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at HKUST, director of Water Technology Center of HKUST, head of the CNERC for control and treatment of heavy metal pollution (Hong Kong Branch), and an associated director of the Institute for the Environment of HKUST. Guanghao was elected Distinguished Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA) (DFIWA) in 2015, received four international awards including the Global Honor Award of IWA Project Innovation Awards (PIA) in 2012; a bronze winner of IWA PIA of Breakthroughs in Research Development in 2018, and the gold award of Hong Kong Green Innovation Awards in 2019. Professionally he is a member of the Strategic Council of IWA, an editor of Water Research, and an international monitor of The Global Sanitation Graduate School at IHE Delft (formerly UNESCO IHE) funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is the major inventor of SANI process. He has applied 24 international/national invention patents and published 200 journal papers including 74 published in Water Research. Currently he is the leading editor of the second edition Book of Biological Wastewater Treatment-Principles, Modelling and Design, the IWA Publishing bestseller