Keynote speakers:

Janos Bogardi

University of Bonn, Germany

Presentation title: Population dynamics, development options, climate change and variability: Regional perspectives and global consequences for water security
Janos Bogardi is senior fellow of the Center for Development Research of the University Bonn. where he is also professor for water resources management. Since 2014 Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Bangkok). He was executive officer of the GWSP (2009-2012). He served till his retirement from the UN as director of the United Nations University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security 2003-2009 and as Vice Rector a. i. in Europe 2007-2009.

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Roy Brouwer

University of Waterloo, Canada

Presentation title: Economic modelling and valuation of water security
Roy Brouwer is Executive Director of the Water Institute and Professor of Economics at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Zürich, member of the External Advisory Board of the Vienna Technical University Doctoral Program on Water Resource Systems and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Water Resources and Economics.

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Casey Brown

University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Presentation title: Water resilience by design: A water infrastructure planning framework for developing sustainable water management strategies
Dr. Casey Brown is an internationally recognized expert in water resources systems analysis and climate risk assessment. Dr. Brown is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University.

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Ximing Cai

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Presentation title: Achieving water security in the context of the food-energy-water nexus: from exhortation to action
Professor Ximing Cai is Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a research leader in integrated hydrologic-economic system analysis and its application for reservoir operations, river basin management, food-energy-water system design and policy development, and drought management.

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Susan Elliott

University of Waterloo, Canada

Presentation title: WaSHing your water security worries away
Professor of Geography and Public Health, Susan Elliott completed her PhD (1992) and has worked as a faculty member at 3 Canadian research intensive universities. She has an active research career, with over 200 peer reviewed publications related to environment and (public) health, focused on Canada and the developing world.

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Nadja Kunz

University of British Columbia, Canada

Presentation title: Progressing water security in mining regions
Nadja Kunz is an Assistant Professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and Norman B Keevil Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia, where her research focuses on advancing water management and governance within mining regions.

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Maria Carmen Lemos

University of Michigan, USA

Presentation title: Building adaptive capacity to climate change
Maria Carmen Lemos is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Engagement at the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) and co-Director of the Great Lakes Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on the use of scientific knowledge in environmental public policymaking, especially related to climate change (adaptation and adaptive capacity building) and the co-production of science and policy (the different means to narrow the gap between useful and usable knowledge) in different sectors including water management, urban planning and agriculture.

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Rob de Loë

University of Waterloo, Canada

Presentation title: Rethinking governance for water security: challenges and opportunities
Rob de Loë is a Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, and Director of the University’s interdisciplinary Collaborative Water Program. Since 2014 he serves as the Canadian Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission’s bi-national Great Lakes Water Quality Board.

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Stuart Orr

WWF International, Switzerland

Presentation title: Beyond water security: valuing rivers for their diverse benefit
Stuart Orr has spent the past decade devising and testing innovative approaches to freshwater conservation by engaging business and finance, and focusing on emerging themes such as the water-food-energy nexus, economic incentives and water-related risk.

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Christian Stamm

Eawag, Switzerland

Presentation title: Lessons learned from success and failures with integrated water resource management in Switzerland
Christian Stamm is senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology and Deputy head of the Environmental Chemistry department.

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Edward (Jed) Stevenson

University College London, UK

Presentation title: Water access transformations in Ethiopia: metrics, historical dynamics, and inequities
Edward (Jed) Stevenson's research combines perspectives from human ecology and the anthropology of development to understand the forces that underpin global hunger and thirst.

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Howard Wheater

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Presentation title: How does the science community address the challenges of water security in an era of unprecedented environmental change?
Professor Howard Wheater is Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security and founding Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan. An expert in hydrological science and modelling, he has published more than 200 refereed articles and 7 books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the American Geophysical Union and winner of the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.

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