Join the Water Summit Delft on 15 March 2022 to discuss how multidisciplinary science, technology and innovation can improve access to water and how we can achieve this together.
Elizabeth Tilley – The Role of Tertiary Education in Achieving Universal Access to Water and Sanitation
Dr Elizabeth Tilley is Associate Professor of Global Health Engineering at ETH Zurich. Tilley’s research interests arise from the need to find technical, yet socially workable, solutions to the complex challenges that marginalised people face every day in the Global South. Her focus is on sanitation management, which is one of the biggest under- researched factors hindering sustainable development in many poorer countries. Before joining ETH Zurich, she held the position of Senior Lecturer at the University of Malawi.
Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy –Leap Frogging to Inclusive New Water Paradigms for Development
Kala Vairavamoorthy is the Executive Director at the International Water Association (IWA) and is an internationally recognized water resource management expert, with a particular interest in urban water issues. He combines a strong engineering background with practical international experience. He has published extensively and has a strong international profile working closely with the World Bank, UN-Habitat, UNESCO, GWP, SIWI, ADB and the EU. He has led several urban water management projects for the EU, World Bank, African Development Bank and DFID. He is currently a member of the ADB’s Water Advisory Group.
Nick van de Giesen – Sensing Water
Professor Nick van de Giesen holds the Van Kuffeler Chair of Water Resources Engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Delft University of Technology. He leads a group of post-graduate scientists which conducts research on integrated and operational water management. He is responsible for the development of teaching curriculums at undergraduate and graduate levels. On top of this he is co-director of the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory, which aims to build a dense network of hydro-meteorological monitoring stations in sub-Saharan Africa.
Henk Ovink – Special Envoy for International Water Affairs
Henk Ovink is the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In his role as thematic ambassador, the Water Envoy strengthens the Dutch international water ambition at home and abroad for the entire sector. “Worldwide, water is the connecting issue, the number one global risk and the opportunity for comprehensive cultural change.” Ovink is Principal of Rebuild by Design and was Senior Advisor to the former US Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task. He was both Acting Director General of Spatial Planning and Water Affairs and Director National Spatial Planning for the Netherlands.
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