Wednesday, 20 January 2021
List of speakers
Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat (UfM)
Almotaz Abadi is currently holding the position of Managing Director at the UFM Secretariat responsible for the Water Policies and Development cooperation, closely working with the Water and Environment Division at the UfM Secretariat. Mr Abadi was appointed to this position based on the Understanding between the UFMS and the GoP. He has earned a Master degree in water resources management and another one in the Governance and Public Sector Services.
Mr Abadi served as an acting deputy secretary general for water and environment division during Sept 2015 until Sep 2016. Previously, Mr Abadi worked as a director of the aid coordination and management Unit at Palestinian Water Authority and adviser to the Minster. During the last five years he was very active in the water sector in the country and also in the region through his active engagement with the regional dialogue and also the bilateral and trilateral relations aiming to enhance the regional cooperation and to enhance the way water resource and services are governed. Mr Abadi was one of main drivers for the water sector reform and also the governance initiative for the Mediterranean. Currently, he is leading the development and implementation of the Mediterranean Water Policy framework of actions and its financial strategy.
UNESCO, Water Division on Human Capacity Development
At the UNESCO, Murray presently works with the African Union’s NEPAD African Water Centres of Excellence. Murray has more than 25 years of experience in Development and Humanitarian Assistance in the Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health with NGOs and different donors working ACP, Asia and Central America. He has worked 6 years for DG EuropeAid (DEVCO) in the MEDA Water Programme and the ACP-EU Water Facility. Consultancies include evaluating the Water Sector in the new Republic of South Sudan and the response to the West African Ebola Outbreak for Medecins Sans Frontieres. Publications include the WASH Chapter for the UN PDNA Guidelines, an MSc course on Groundwater Studies for Southern Africa, case study contribution to the World Bank publication: The Future of Water in African Cities. He has done research and lectured in Hydrology, Groundwater, Resource Policy and WASH in Emergencies, and contributed to the Master’s curricula for the African Union Pan African University for Water, Energy & Climate Studies. Murray Biedler holds a BSc in Geography (Victoria Canada), an MSc in Geohydrology (Rhodes South Africa) & an MA in International Politics (Paris XI France).
(Lesha) Boleslawa M. Witmer
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Team Leader of Water Management in Developing Countries
Since 1997, César Carmona works as Senior Scientific Expert of European Commission at the JRC. He acts as the coordinator of the Networks of Centres of Excellence on Water Sciences in Latin America (RALCEA) and Africa (AU-NEPAD Centres of Excellence). He coordinated the scientific activities of the EUROCLIMA project for the assessment of the impact of climate change on natural resources in Latin America. He is currently coordinating the JRC's water resources management activities in developing countries and leads the EC WEFE-AFRICA project. In 1991, César Carmona-Moreno obtained a PhD in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics (Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - France) and was awarded the Léopold Scande prize in 1991 for the best scientific research work of the year.
Marlos de Souza
Land and Water Division
Team leader for Integrated Nexus & Water Resources Management
Marlos holds an Ph.D. in Water Resources Management from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a M.Sc. in Water Quality from the University of Brasília (Brazil). Marlos has more than twenty-nine years of experience in dealing with water resources management in rural and urban watersheds in different regions, countries and contexts. In Brazil, Marlos has worked for the State Government Environment Agency in Brasilia, for the Federal Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations Development Program. In Victoria - Australia, Marlos has worked for the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) as the program leader for water resources and as a lecturer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). He also worked for the Australian Government Murray-Darling Basin Authority as the Director – Murray-Darling Basin Plan Development. Marlos joined FAO in July 2015 as a Senior Officer with the Land and Water Division. He is currently the team leader for Integrated Nexus & Water Resources Management.
Pieter Hoekstra and Erna van der Werff
Platform of Vocational Excellence Water
Silvia Saravia Matus
Water and Energy Unit, Economic Affairs Officer
Silvia has more than 12 years of experience working for International Organizations (ECLAC, FAO, European Commission) and Governments from Latin America, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa on public policy, natural resources and development. At present, she is conducting regional research on sustainable water management challenges and SDG 6 monitoring in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as promoting the implementation of WEFE Nexus on public programs. She holds a PHD in economics from the University of Sheffield, UK. Silvia also engages part-time in online teaching at the University of Oxford on aspects of globalization and development since 2010.
Head of Sector for Biodiversity and Forest, Unit Environment, Sustainable Natural Resources, Directorate-General for International Partnership (DG INTPA)
Philippe Mayaux is the Team Leader for Biodiversity and Forest at the Environment, Sustainable Natural Resources Unit at the Directorate-General for International Partnership (DG INTPA). He started in 1988 as a researcher working on the monitoring of natural resources in Africa from Earth observation. He joined the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in 1995, working successively on tropical deforestation, land-cover mapping and biodiversity-related information systems, with a particular focus on Central Africa. Currently, within our unit, he coordinates the definition and implementation of biodiversity-related policies and programmes, in particular in line with the studies Larger than Elephants and Larger than Tigers. He has more than twenty five years of experience working at the European Institutions, including with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. He holds a PhD in forestry from the Université Catholique de Louvain.
Nchedi Sophia Maphokga-Moripe
South Africa Department of Water and Sanitation
Ms Nchedi Sophia Maphokga-Moripe is the Chief Director, Global Cooperation and Strategic Partnerships in the South Africa Department of Water and Sanitation. She is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the UN Water Action Decade 2018-2028, the UN SDG Political Forum Contributor, Water negotiator for the 2023 UN Conference, International Preparatory Group, and has served in high level advisory and negotiating roles as the Alternate Sherpa to the Director General of the Department, and the South African President during the UN- World Bank High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), the UN Water negotiator, on Sustainable Development, Commission, the UN negotiator, contributor and Panellist, on Commission on Status of Women, and the BRICS People to People’s Forum and the G20 Water Deputies negotiator.
Over the years, Ms Moripe has championed various initiatives to promote gender and the role of women globally. She championed the South African chapters of the Women Major Groups led by different Ministers, on Water, including other sectoral groups, like, SAWIMA, (South African Women in Mining) WOESA (Women in Energy South Africa) WINSA (Women in Nuclear South Africa) and was also the Leader of Delegation and Negotiator for UN Commissions in the sectors, Minerals and Energy, Women, and Water and Sanitation on Status of Women from 2003 to date. Nchedi has numerous accolades and Awards to herself, including the Industrial Action in the Public Service, Dispute Resolution and Representation, Best Special Programmes Coordinator, Best Public Service Employee of the Year and many other recognitions.
UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)
Michela Miletto joined Unesco in 2008 and is currently Coordinator of the WWAP. Michela has been involved for over 20 years in the assessment, development and management of water resources, and also worked in geothermal energy and environment. Her working experience in technical assistance includes projects implementation in various regions as the Mediterranean, the USA, Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean, Eastern Africa and China. Ms Miletto, a native of Italy, joined WWAP from the Organization of American States (OAS) General Secretariat in Washington DC, where she served as a Water Resources Senior Specialist since 2002.
Moshood N. Tijani
African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)
Moshood N. Tijani is presently, the Groundwater Desk Officer and Climate lead at the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), Abuja, Nigeria. He is charged with driving the groundwater agenda for sustainable utilization and management of groundwater resources in the African continent. He holds a doctorate degree in Hydrogeology and Hydrochemistry from the University of Muenster, Germany as well as a Post-graduate Certificate in Hydrogeology from University of Tuebingen, Germany.
He is before now, a Professor of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology at the Department of Geology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with 20 years of teaching and research experience and over 70 scientific publications. He is a member of national and international professional Hydrogeological Associations.
European External Action Service (EEAS)
Head of Human Rights Division
A national of Italy, Luisa Ragher holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Trieste, and a Master Degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. She started her career in the private sector as European and Governmental Affairs Manager for Ford Motor Company Europe. In 2001, she joined the European Commission External Relations Directorate General with responsibilities for relations with the US. During her time at headquarters, she has also been responsible for relations with Japan and worked for two years in the office of the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service. Between 2006 and 2010 she served at the EU Delegation to the United States as head of section for transport, energy and environment. Between 2014 and 2018 she served as deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Thailand. She is currently Head of the Human Rights Division of the European External Action Service.
Regional Director South Asia
As Director of BORDA South Asia, Stanzin Tsephel is responsible for the implementation and administration of all BORDA South Asia operations. He has 18 years of work experience in water and sanitation. He has worked with organization such as the Stockholm Environment Institute, International Water Management Institute, Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG), and the Government of Uttaranchal, India. He has an M.B.A from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and a Master degree in Environmental Change and Management from University of Oxford, England. His most recent efforts include some pioneering work in the area of faecal sludge management in India and Nepal.
Young Water Solutions
Antonella Vagliente heads an international NGO based in Belgium that supports the contribution of young generations in low and middle income countries to water and sanitation issues. Born and raised in Argentina, she has been implementing youth empowerment and water projects since high school. She co-founded the transboundary programme SedCero in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, and was Vice-President of the World Youth Parliament for Water. She holds a Licentiate degree in Local and Regional Development and an MSc in Integrated Water Management.
Young Water Solutions www.youngwatersolutions.org
Faecal Sludge Management Alliance (FSMA)