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Jan Peter van der Hoek (born 1959, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) holds an MSc degree in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology (1984), and a PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from Wageningen University (1988). In 2001 he obtained an MBA degree from TSM Business School. He has over 30 years experience in the water industry. At the moment he is Chief Innovation Officer at Waternet, the water utility of Amsterdam and surroundings. He also holds the chair Drinking Water Engineering at Delft University of Technology, since 2011. He is involved in the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solution as Principle Investigator on the topic Integration of Water, Energy and Material flows. He chairs the program board of the Joint Research Program of the Dutch drinking water utilities, and he is a member of the drinking water committee of EurEau, the European Federation of National Water Associations. In 2019, the Global Water Initiative ranked him on position 8 of the Technology Power List.
Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern is a Professor in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath and a co-director of Water and Innovation Research Centre. Her principal research interests fall into the three interrelated research areas of environmental, analytical and water sciences. She has major contributions to understanding chemical speciation of emerging and legacy pollutants in the environment, and in developing and evaluating new (not necessarily technology driven) solutions aimed at reducing environmental pollution levels. Her recent interests are related to environmental pollution and public health. Barbara is currently focusing on the development of an early warning system for environmental and public health assessment via water fingerprinting. She is also exploring the phenomenon of stereochemistry (especially enantiomerism) in the context of environmental fate and effects of emerging and legacy pollutants.
Prof. James R. Mihelcic is the Samuel L. and Julia M. Flom Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Centre for Reinventing Aging Infrastructure for Nutrient Management, and Director of the International Development Engineering (IDE) Program at the University of South Florida (Tampa). The IDE program allows graduate students to combine interdisciplinary training with extensive international training, service, and research with the U.S. Peace Corps and nongovernmental organisations as a water/sanitation engineer (in low income country settings). He also directs a Coverdell Fellows Program for returned Peace Corps volunteers. Dr. Mihelcic is internationally recognised for education and research contributions in the areas of sustainable water and nutrient management, and delivery of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) in low and middle income countries. He is a Fellow with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), past president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member and past Board Trustee with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES). Dr. Mihelcic has also served two terms as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chartered Science Advisory Board (SAB). Dr. Mihelcic has authored close to 200 published journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and peer reviewed reports. He is also lead author for 4 engineering textbooks that include: Field Guide in Environmental Engineering for Development Workers: Water, Sanitation, Indoor Air (ASCE Press, 2009); and, Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design (1st and 2nd Editions, John Wiley & Sons, 2014)
Steve is the CEO of UKWIR, an organisation that delivers research to meet the short, medium and long term challenges of the UK water industry.
Steve is a Chartered Engineer and has worked in the water industry for over twenty eight years. He also holds an MBA and is a visiting professor at Imperial College, London.
Steve’s career in water started in the manufacturing industry where he was responsible for the development & design of water related products.
At Anglian Water Steve has held key roles in Engineering, Operations and Innovation.
He has helped develop Anglian Water`s Open Innovation Strategy, including successful initiatives like the Water Innovation Network (WIN) and the Innovation Shop Window.
Steve is a creative individual who is passionate about making a better world through research and innovation. He has always been actively involved in fostering collaborations between different organisations and industrial sectors.
Kala Vairavamoorthy is an internationally recognised water resource management expert, with particular expertise 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 and the EU. This includes leading several urban water management projects for the World Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and DFID.
Prior to joining the International Water Association, he was the Deputy Director General for Research at the International Water Management Institute. Kala was also the Founding Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability and a tenured Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the University of South Florida (USA). Prior to that he was a full professor and Chair of Water Engineering at the University of Birmingham (UK), and Professor and Head of Core of Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure Systems at UNESCO-IHE (Netherlands). He is currently Professor (adjunct) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM).
Kala has a PhD and MSc in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, UK and a BSc (Hons) from King’s College, London.
Terry is Chief Executive of CIWEM responsible for the delivery of the Institution’s strategic aims and its services to members and the public interest. He has over 30 years’ experience as a water and environmental manager having delivered major projects in some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging locations. Previously, Terry managed the rivers and coastal business for Jacobs Engineering and worked in their global business development group. Terry is a member of CIWEM and has served the Institution on the committee of CIWEM's Rivers and Coastal Group between 2004 and 2011 and was chair during its 60th anniversary year in 2009. He has also served as a Board Trustee. Terry has always been active in helping to influence policy and research, exemplified through representing CIWEM and the Institution of Civil Engineers at several conferences including an international conference on adaptation to climate change, held in China and a joint conference with The American Society for Civil Engineers held in Canada. Terry firmly believes that water should be managed by considering the entire water cycle and all demands placed on water.
DProf. DProf. Prof. Prof. Miklas Scholz, cand ing, BEng (equiv), PgC, MSc, PhD, DSc, CWEM, CEnv, CSci, CEng, FHEA, FIEMA, FCIWEM, FICE, Fellow of IWA, Fellow of IETI, is Prof. in Water Resources Engineering at Lund University, Sweden. He also holds the Chair in Civil Engineering at The University of Salford, UK. He is a Professor and the Head of the Civil Engineering Research Group in Salford, UK. Moreover, Miklas is a Distinguished Professor at both Johannesburg University and the Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa. His main research areas in terms of publication output are as follow: treatment wetlands, integrated constructed wetlands, sustainable flood retention basins, permeable pavement systems, decision support systems, ponds and capillary suction time. About 49% and 44% of his research are in wastewater treatment and water resources management, respectively. He has published four books and 239 journal articles. Prof. Scholz has total citations of 6504 (above 3600 citations since 2015), resulting in an h-index of 41 and an i10-Index of 143. Prof. Scholz was/is an Editor, Sub-editor and Editorial Board member of 33, 9 and 96 journals, respectively. In 2019, Prof. Scholz was awarded EURO 7M for the EU H2020 REA project Water Retention and Nutrient Recycling in Soils and Streams for Improved Agricultural Production (WATERAGRI). In the previous year, he received EURO 1.52M for the JPI Water 2018 project Research-based Assessment of Integrated approaches to Nature-based SOLUTIONS (RAINSOLUTIONS).
Rodney Stewart is a Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Engineering and Built Environment based at Griffith University, Gold Coast City, Queensland Australia. Professor Stewart is an expert in engineering, construction and environmental engineering and management research. His current particular area of research focus is on digital utility transformation. Professor Stewart is leading industry collaborative research projects that seek to integrate 'big data' metering and monitoring technologies and associated expert systems into infrastructure, particularly in the water and energy utility sector, in order to better manage these critical resources and better integrate contemporary solutions such as renewable energy and decentralised water supply. He has a rapidly growing citation trajectory with a H-Index of 44, i-10 index of 108 and over 6000 citations (December 2019; Scholar). He has received over USD $5M of external funding, including over 15 years of continuous prestigious significant Australian Research Council (ARC) funding to date. He has averaged over 15 refereed publications per year in his academic career. Professor Stewart has research peer esteem being ARC assessor for grant applications, as well as organising committee or invited/keynote speaker for a number of international specialist conferences. Rodney has supervised to successful completion over twenty PhD/MPhil graduates to date; many of which have received national or international accolades for their research outputs and all employed after completion. He has numerous visiting Fellow (funded) invitations including for example, 2012 and 2017 visits to the strong Urban Water Systems Group in Exeter (UK), 2013 visit to UC-Davis Centre for Watershed Sciences (USA), and 2017 visit to Cambridge University.
Ian Barker is an independent consultant specialising in water governance, strategy, regulation, supply security and river basin management. He is Vice-President Environment, Fellow and Director at the Institute of Water; a Director of the Society for the Environment; a Director of the Water Industry Forum and a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter Centre for Water Systems.
Ian has over 35 years’ experience in the water sector, including having had overall responsibility at the UK Environment Agency for water planning, regulation and river basin management, as well as fisheries, biodiversity, and farming and land management, across England and Wales. At the EA Ian worked closely with the UK government and was responsible for specifying the water companies’ programmes of environmental investment totalling £1 billion per annum. He also had direct oversight of their long-term plans for water supply security and drought management, and the regulation of abstractions and discharges by all sectors.
He is an expert advisor to the OECD, and has worked as part of their team on three in-depth reviews of water governance and management in the Netherlands, South Korea and Brazil. He has also been invited by the Chinese, Tanzanian and South African governments to discuss water strategies and management. Other clients have included UNESCO, development banks, the UK and other governments, water companies and major consultancies.